Showing posts from November, 2013

Save Money By Learning When To Buy Organic: The New "Dirty Dozen" Plus

Image via Wikipedia Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is an important part of having a healthy lifestyle; and while no one wants to eat produce that is full of pesticides, most of us are and don't even realize it.  There are many benefits of eating organic food: most importantly, they're pesticide-free, meaning no pesticides or chemical fertilizers were used to grow it. Unfortunately, organic food almost always costs more than conventionally-grown produce.

As I mentioned in my post, "Do You Know When To Buy Organic?", most of us cannot afford to buy all organic produce; it's just too expensive, especially in today's economy. That's why knowing what's most important to buy organic (those fruits and vegetables that are most contaminated with chemicals) and those fruits and vegetables that are probably okay to skip on the organic aisle- which will definitely save you money.

The Environmental Working Group has released a revised "Dirty Dozen" …

15 Healthiest Frozen Fruits and Vegetables: Get Leaner and Save Money, Too!

What if I told you that you could be more fit, boost your antioxidant intake, and save money — all at the same time? Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, I've put together a list of 15 frozen fruits and vegetables - yes, frozen - that will help you do just that!

Especially during the winter months, fresh produce is limited - or expensive - in most of the country, which forces many of us to turn to either canned or frozen fruits and veggies. While canned vegetables tend to lose a lot of nutrients during the preservation process (some notable exceptions are tomatoes and pumpkin), frozen vegetables may be even more healthy than some of the fresh produce sold in supermarkets.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the International Food Information Council (IFIC) both agree that nutrients in produce are generally NOT lost during freezing and they provide the same essential nutrients and health benefits as fresh fruits and vegetables.

Once a fruit or vegetable is picked, …

4 Easy Tips To Make Your Holiday Kitchen Greener

The holiday season is upon us! For most of you, that means spending a lot more time in the kitchen - whether you're hosting a party or simply cooking a traditional meal for your family. No matter what the reason, you're going to shop for many ingredients, cook, clean, and enjoy lots of yummy food (let's hear it for the leftovers)!

If you're like me (and I'll bet you are, since you're here), you want to buy quality food that is also healthy for your family, while keeping costs down. I've done the legwork for you and created a list of tips to help you accomplish your "green" feasts.

Here are 4 easy tips to keep in mind as you shop, cook, eat and clean: 

- Choose food low added chemicals and toxins

- Avoid toxic chemicals in cookware

- Store and reheat your leftovers safely

- Clean the greener way!


As you may already know, today's food can contain ingredients that you definitely don't want…

Just How Wasteful Are We in America?

It is a well-known fact that Americans produce a LOT of waste. This is the main reason why recycling and repurposing are so important. Fast Haul loads and unloads tons and tons (literally) of consumer waste every month and they strive to recycle as much of the materials that they collect as possible. A big thanks to Fast Haul for allowing me to share this wonderful infographic with you.

Courtesy of: Fast Haul
+Elena White is the founder and editor of  Life The Green Way, corporate sustainability coordinator at her day job, and a "rurban" wife and mother.  Learn more about her here and follow her on Twitter at @Lifethegreenway.