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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ahhhhchooo! Spring is Here: 10 Ways to Deal

Spring has sprung! You're excited about the longer days, warmer weather, and finally being able to wear shorts again!  However, for allergy sufferers, it's not such a happy time of year. An estimated 54% of the American population has a reaction to at least one allergen (a substance, often a protein, that causes an allergy, such as pollen or dust). 

Although indoor allergens like dust mites, mold, pet dander and mildew can be problematic year-round, pollen is probably the major contributor to spring (outdoor) allergies.  Tree and grass pollens can start causing problems as early as late February and last through the beginning of summer.  While many seasonal allergy cases are considered to be fairly mild and mainly a big nuisance, some cases are severe with symptoms that can mimic the flu and persist for months.  Untreated symptoms can often lead to secondary infections of the sinuses, ears, throat, nose and lungs, because the fluid that builds up in reaction to the allergy provides a breeding ground for bacteria.  Seasonal allergies can also trigger asthma attacks due to the accumulation of pollen and fluid, which irritates the lungs.

Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to minimize your exposure to allergens and make spring a little more enjoyable.

Earthbound’s Earthfest Benefits Black Warrior Riverkeeper on April 18th

A beloved event is returning for all who enjoy live music, clean water, and local food, beer, and art. Saturday, April 18 from 2pm to sundown, Earthbound will play their annual outdoor rock concert, Earthbound’s Earthfest, at Avondale Brewery (201 41st Street South, Birmingham, AL 35222).

The event’s purpose is to celebrate Earth Day and promote Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a nonprofit clean water advocacy organization. The Black Warrior River basin includes parts of 17 Alabama counties and provides approximately half of Birmingham’s drinking water plus all of the water for Tuscaloosa and many other cities.

 “Earthbound’s Earthfest is a blast each year while highlighting water, a key to survival and prosperity,” said Charles Scribner, Executive Director of Black Warrior Riverkeeper. “Water is threatened around the world, with California as a new example. We are blessed with reliable water in Alabama – let’s keep it that way.”

The family-friendly concert is open to all ages, although guests under 21 must be accompanied by a parent. Suggested $5 donations at the door – as well as proceeds from merchandise, art, beer, Saw’s Street Kitchen, and Red Mountain Crawfish Company – will support Black Warrior Riverkeeper. The event’s top sponsor is Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, followed by MacLellan, Inc., their award winning water treatment partner, and Skates 280.

“Mercedes-Benz U.S. International puts significant focus on ensuring that our plant operations protect the environment that surrounds us, including our rivers and wildlife,” said Jason Hoff, CEO of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International. “Our plant sits on 1,000 acres of land which we share with beavers, geese and a wide array of wildlife. Our high-quality rainwater ponds and spill control systems allow these creatures to co-exist with us, and serve as a testament to their effectiveness. Respecting nature and ensuring we are doing our part to maintain wildlife habitats is an important part of the MBUSI culture. We are proud to support Black Warrior Riverkeeper as the lead sponsor of Earthbound’s Earthfest.”

 To view all of the sponsors of Earthbound’s Earthfest on this year’s poster, click here.

 To view a picture of part of the crowd last year at Earthbound’s Earthfest, click here.

 To view a picture of Earthbound on stage last year at Earthbound’s Earthfest, click here.

Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect and restore the Black Warrior River and its tributaries. The citizen-based nonprofit organization promotes clean water for improved public health, recreation, and wildlife habitat throughout the Black Warrior River watershed. Learn more at BlackWarriorRiver.org.

Elena White is the founder and editor of  Life The Green Way, clean water advocate, and a "rurban" wife and mother.  Learn more about her here and follow her on Twitter at @Lifethegreenway.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ways to Green the Food Supply Chain

Converting farm waste into energy is one of the most efficient ways to reduce our carbon footprint. It was reported that the process of converting waste into energy or farm fuel can end up generating as much as twenty eight billion dollars in 2016. With this in mind, farmers and distributors are working their way towards greening the food supply. To expand on the statistics and technologies surrounding this cause, I would like to bring to your attention an infographic created by Marylhurst University's Green MBA program titled, "Ways to Green the Food Supply Chain."


Marylhurst University Online

Elena White is the founder and editor of  Life The Green Way, clean water advocate, and a "rurban" wife and mother.  Learn more about her here and follow her on Twitter at @Lifethegreenway.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Chocolate Mousse That Is Healthy And Delicious!

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

1 Ripe avocado
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup raw agave nectar
1/4 cup almond milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract


Combine all of the ingredients. Puree until smooth. Serve chilled.

Elena White is the founder and editor of  Life The Green Way, clean water advocate, and a "rurban" wife and mother.  Learn more about her here and follow her on Twitter at @Lifethegreenway.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Yummy and Healthy Avocado Dip

Avocados are a creative way to increase your fruit intake during the fall and winter months. You can add them to almost any dish. Avocados contain about 8% of your recommended daily value of fiber
Photo Credit: Elena White @lifethegreenway
per serving. Dietary fiber from fruits, as a part of an overall healthy diet, can help reduce blood cholesterol levels and also may lower risk of heart disease.

Here is a family favorite that is healthy and yummy (and a great football gameday snack)!


4 ripe avocados
1 cup fresh cilantro
1/2 cup Plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 jalapeno, seeded and roughly chopped
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. of Sriracha (if you want it spicy)


1. Scoop the avocados out of their skins and place in a food processor.
2. Add the cilantro, Greek yogurt, lime juice, jalapeno, salt, pepper and other spices, then blend until smooth.

You may serve with vegetables, such as, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, and jicama.
I really like Snappea Crips - they're delicious with hummus, too.

Elena White is the founder and editor of  Life The Green Way, clean water advocate, and a "rurban" wife and mother.  Learn more about her here and follow her on Twitter at @Lifethegreenway.