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Earth Day 2017
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Earth Day 2017

Saturday, April 22 — earth day started on April 22, 1970.

Dear Readers, There are no ads in Greeneroo blog posts. Why? I hope that we can share information, rather than pushing you to BUY something. I do like to let you know about really cool books, but I’d really rather have you go outside and have some fun!

Happy Earth Day!!  — the editor

Some activities:

Enjoy a meatless meal! Why? Pasture and alfalfa – the food for cattle to graze on are two of the highest water using plants. Save water, eat a veggie meal.

Plant a Tree! Why? Trees help keep soil in place, they provide homes for many animals and birds, they produce air for us to breath and they provide shade in the summer. A tree can absorb up to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, remove harmful particulates in the air – wow!

Take a Walk! Why? Discover your neighborhood and meet your neighbors.  You’ll learn more about the history of the area, and what other people near you like to do. I often share mint from my garden with people that pass by.

Plant a seed! Why? You’ll learn more about how plants germinate (sprout) and grow. You’ll be responsible for watering and caring for your plant.  You’ll learn about how seeds really look different from one type of plant to the next.

Turn off your lights, Computer, TV, Washer, Dryer and think about walking/ biking rather than driving! Why? Trying out new methods of doing something are the first step of making a healthy habit. Use less energy, turn off the lights and other devices when you aren’t using them.

Don’t buy anything on Earth day! Why? We tend to buy what we want rather than what we need. This leads to throwing so much stuff away. Millions of pounds of clothing are tossed in the trash each year, by people who “bought it … but didn’t need it”!

Type “parks in California” in your computer browser (substitute your STATE for California or write in your Zip code)  Why?  You’ll get a list of parks. Get outside and have some fun! You’ll feel better and you may meet some friends that live near you.  Now that you have a list of places close enough to walk to and enjoy! I used the zip code and found 5 parks that are great and I can walk to each one!

Go to a Farmer’s market. Why? These open air markets are so much fun. You can taste things you have never tried, make friends with a farmer and buy local fruits, vegetables, nuts other stuff that is tasty and fresh. Remember to bring a reusable bag to put your purchases in.

For each of the suggestions, there are many more reasons to try out the activity. Can you think of other reasons to try something new or go outdoors and play?  I bet you can.

Some links to enjoy:

  • www.filoli.org  – beautiful estate and garden in Woodside, CA
  • parks.smcgov.org/san-bruno-mountain – San Bruno mountain is often ignored, commuters say they drive past it all the time. But they don’t stop. It has great hikes, picnic tables, views of SF and flowers to enjoy.
  • birding.sequoia-audubon.org – the audobon society has bird watching information and events everywhere!
  • www.discovery.com/…/1-top-10-most-amazing-hikes-in-north-america – take a hike, learn more!  The Sierra Club has many hikes.

Beans -Truly Good For Your Heart

We all know the old limerick. But it turns out that beans really ARE good for you. Low in fat, calories, and sodium, and high in protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates, beans are a wonder food.

Beans are a healthy plant-based alternative to beef, chicken, and fish on the list of good protein sources. A veggie-meal a week is good for you, the planet, and a wonderful variety. The American Cancer Society recommends that you eat a healthy, varied diet mostly from plant sources.

Beans are usually available in the grocery store either dried or canned. Canned beans are inexpensive and so much easier, but learning how to make beans is a good idea too. For each pound of dried beans, soak in 10 cups of clean water for at least 8 hours to prepare them for cooking. If you choose canned, try to choose products lower in sodium.

And it’s hard for beans to get boring with so many different choices. Pinto, black, green, great northern, garbanzo (chickpeas), red, kidney, fava, navy, and more provide colorful and versatile variety to your food dishes.

This flavorful recipe is from the new cookbook Maya’s Secrets, available from the American Cancer Society bookstore. It’s also available in Spanish.

Recipe: Cuban-style Black Beans and Rice

Making your own black beans is easy and economical. First, presoak the beans overnight, covering with water. Before cooking, strain the beans and add fresh water. You can cook the beans on the stovetop, in a pressure cooker, or in a slow cooker. To cook on the stovetop, add 3 cups of water for each cup of beans and cook over medium heat, partially covered, for 1½ to 2 hours, skimming off any foam. In a slow cooker, use 3 cups of water for each cup of beans and cook on low for 8 hours.

Canola oil, 1 tablespoon
Red onion, finely chopped, ½ cup
Garlic, minced, 1 tablespoon
Ground cumin, ¼ teaspoon
Dried oregano, ¼ teaspoon
Sea salt, ¼ teaspoon
Black beans, cooked, 3 cups, or 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, drained, liquid reserved
Bay leaves, 2
Brown or white rice, cooked, 3 cups
Extra-virgin olive oil, 6 teaspoons

For variety: Depending on the season, I like to add fresh on the cob corn (just cook it, and scrape it off the cob, so great in the summer!)  and a spoonful of low-fat sour cream.  –the editor

1. Heat the canola oil in a large, heavy pot and cook the onion until translucent. Add the garlic, cumin, oregano, and salt. Sauté for 2 minutes.
2. Add the beans and bay leaves. If using canned beans, add a small amount of the liquid along with the beans. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes on medium heat.
3. Remove the bay leaves.
4. To serve, put about ½ cup of cooked rice on a plate and top with ½ cup of black beans. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of olive oil on the top.
6 servings

Per serving:
Calories, 291
Total fat, 8.2 g
Saturated fat, 1.1 g
Transfat, 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated fat, 1.7 g
Monounsaturated fat, 5.1 g
Total carbohydrate, 45 g
Dietary fiber, 9 g
Sugars, 3 g
Protein, 10 g
Sodium, 105 mg

STAY FIT, eat right~

Your Mama told you…. time to take heed! Avoid the flu, feel better, use your fork to make the difference!

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  1. Chili, go veggie, or meat, the beans are great for us, the spices are energizing
  2. Clementines – Vitamin C – grapefruit, tomatoes, strawberries…. if desperate, drink a fizzy Airborne
  3. Chicken Soup, there are many recipes, try Healing Soup or THIS ONE its a veggie recipe!, make enough to bring to a friend! ASK has many examples to look at too.
  4. Foods with Zinc (roast beef sandwich on whole grain bread), nuts, legumes, Vegetarian choices
  5. Tuna Salad
  6. Ginger…. ginger tea, ginger snaps, great for soothing a ruffled stomach too
  7. Dark Greens, Swiss chard, spinach, spring mix salad, make friends with a brussel sprout or two

It’s time to take great care of ourselves.  And if cooking isn’t your “thing” arrange a pot luck / wine tasting and bring the wine. Ask friends to each contribute something from this list or a favorite main dish.

Vegetarian Friends are coming to T-Day

You may have it “handled” or maybe not. If you’d like a few new vegetarian ideas for Thanksgiving, learn more!

Herbavoracious has pulled out all the stops and has such good recipes that your meat-lovin’ celebrants may convert to the veggie life right then and there!

And not to be outdone…. 101 Cookbooks has a Veggie feast organized for your perusal, you must enjoy this one too!

brussel sproutsfarmers market

And if you are looking for adventures out is SF, south / east / north as well, this is a must-see list from Heidi Swanson, she is a master chef and blogger and the inspiration for 101 Cookbooks.