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Gluten-Free Tips To Still Eat the Foods You Love

By Melaina Gasbarrino | May 24, 2012

Photo: roboppy

Photo: roboppy

A lot of people I know cringe at the idea of living a gluten-free diet, but as I continue along the path of becoming a vegan and living a gluten-free lifestyle I give a little snicker each time someone asks, “So what exactly do you eat?’ Of course I explain to each person I eat food just like the next person, but am mindful of what is exactly on my plate, no matter where I dine out.

When you look at the term ‘gluten-free’ it’s all about understanding what exactly living this lifestyle means. Gluten-free is a diet that excludes the protein gluten. The gluten protein is found in foods such as barley, rye, wheat, spelt, food starch, semolina, the list goes on. Basically it is a diet with no grains. Of course this may be a tough feat, but over time, switching to a gluten-free diet is as simple as becoming a vegan.

Before we get started on our path of gluten-free dieting I want to make one thing known; gluten-free doesn’t always necessarily mean healthier. I know a lot of products out there add extra sugar to make their products taste better, so I hope this list will provide you with an easy how to guide on living a gluten-free diet, that of course, is kind to your waistline.

With that in mind, here are some alternatives to spanning into the realm of gluten-free living without missing the foods you love to eat the most Read More

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Perfect Picnic Picks From Your Farmers Market

By Melania Gasbarrino | April 30, 2012

Photo: Alex Lang

Photo: Alex Lang

Spring is a time for lounging around, getting your garden ready and picnicking in the park. Planning the perfect picnic is one of the loveliest things to do during the spring as with the cold winter days behind us, and long summer days ahead we all want to spend as much time outside as possible.

One of the easiest ways to plan the perfect picnic in the park is to stroll on through the Farmer’s Market, select some of the freshest fruits and vegetables available and take to your kitchen to create a few masterpieces. Of course many stick to the traditional picnicking basics of a creamy potato salad, peanut butter sandwiches, and cheese, grapes and wine, but why not expand your horizons to enjoy the fruits and vegetables harvested by local farmers? Think of this as a time to explore all the sweet spring flavors out there, all the while keeping localism in mind.

When fruits and vegetables are in season, you of course want to get your hands on them. These are just a few quick recipes you can create using fresh, locally in season fruits and vegetables that you can find in your local farmers market.

Here are a few fresh farmers market picks that can spice up your spring picnic: Read More

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Your Spring Guide to Heirloom Gardening

By admin | April 25, 2012

Photo: United Nations Photo

Photo: United Nations Photo

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

We all have at least a vague understanding of gardening, but what about heirloom gardening? We hear about heirloom tomatoes all the time, but what exactly does that mean? I have to be honest, the first book that I picked up on heirloom gardening I had no idea what wonderful world I was getting myself into. After reading that book, I now want to purchase heirloom seeds so every one of my fruits and vegetables will have a unique story behind them. If you’re wondering why I’ve been so inspired by heirloom seeds, well that’s because they are seeds originating from plant varieties introduced at least 50 years ago. Heirlooms are also non-hybrid and open-pollinated, in laymen’s terms, an heirloom seed will grow just as its parent seed year after year unlike genetically modified seeds.

Because the seeds have not been tampered with, like that of genetically modified seeds, the varieties of fruits and vegetables that come about are nutritious and certainly delicious. Read More

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Why Grocery Stores are Making Us Fat

By admin | April 12, 2012

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By: Melaina Gasbarrino

When you walk into the grocery store do you ever notice how each one is created the same? The milk, meat and eggs are in the back corner, flowers at the front, candy at the checkout, produce at the start and all the processed foods you can think of in between.

As you start off your grocery shopping adventure, you’ll notice the produce is where it all begins. Of course, this is where you want to purchase almost all of your food to ensure you’re leading a healthy lifestyle. But little did you know that by beautifully displaying those bright colored fruits and vegetables actually creates a ‘strong psychological impression on you’. After picking out your produce you’ll pursue the aisles with a happy hop in your step, as produce is placed at the start of your journey to ensure you’ll continue to fill up your cart. Read More

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Tips For Spring Cleaning Your Body and Home

By admin | April 3, 2012

Photo: Jason Rowe

Photo: Jason Rowe

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

Spring has certainly sprung, and with the spring comes new life whether it be in our community gardens, flowerbeds, homes and most importantly ourselves. As we believe in recreating your life throughout the seasons, spring is the perfect time to cleanse the soul.

For a moment let’s take it back a couple of months. Remember those New Year’s Resolutions you made? Well props to you if you have stuck through them during the cold winter months. And if you’re one of the hundreds of people who make resolutions but don’t have the time or energy to stick to them, we’ve creatively crafted a plan to assist you with your spring-cleaning, inside and out. With these couple tips, you’ll be able to do a little spring cleaning to cleanse your body and home. Read More

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5 Health Benefits To Eating Dark Chocolate

By Melania Gasbarrino | March 28, 2012

Photo: Lee McCoy

Photo: Lee McCoy

With Easter just around the corner I’m sure many children are wondering if the Easter Bunny will be hopping into their houses with a nice big bag full of chocolate. Since we all want to eat a little bit healthier, during this Easter season (and may I add that it’s soon bikini season, so for those of you who really want to get fit this spring you’ll take a liking to these benefits) we are going to show you the ins and outs of the nutritional benefits to eating dark chocolate. Read More

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What is New Nordic Cuisine?

By admin | March 20, 2012

Photo:  Laissez Fare

Photo: Laissez Fare

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

We’ve all heard of Chinese, Italian, Thai, and Greek food, but there is a new cuisine that is hitting the world, one region at a time. This new cuisine technically isn’t that new, as it has been around for years, but it is certainly new to New York City. The cuisine were talking about is New Nordic Food.

New Nordic cuisine is all about ‘purity, simplicity, and freshness’ in all Nordic regional ingredients. It’s all about developing unique dishes that look towards the overlooked ‘fish, game and produce local creations from the Arctic tundra to The Norwegian fjords’. Basically this type of cuisine is all about taking modern approaches to cooking, using the freshest ingredients and created something magical. Read More

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Providing New Orleans with a Green Alternative

By admin | March 15, 2012

Photo: Topher Seguin

Photo: Topher Seguin

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

Food insecurity is a major growing concern, especially in lower income areas where fresh and nutritious food is rarely available to the entire population due to either proximity or affordability. Large urban sprawl can often times be to blame. Recently in the urban center of New Orleans, actor turned grocer,  Wendall Pierce who opened up a greener convenience store Sterling Express  in December, now plans to open a whole grocery, Sterling Farms, throughout New Orleans’ low-income neighborhoods to help address this same issue.

The idea first sprung up in Mr. Pierce’s head because of his deep-rooted passion and interest in all things food. Read More

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Teaching Kenyan Children How To Soar: A Look at Flying Kites

By admin | March 14, 2012

Rahab and friends

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

Flying Kites is a unique initiative that emphasizes the fact that Third World Kenyan children do matter. Many moons ago, the founders of Flying Kites volunteered at orphanages in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. With a set-up that ‘wasn’t effective’ and was a shameful way to treat children, Leila de Bruyne, Toby Storie-Pugh and Justine Axelsson developed Flying Kites. As their initiative to change grew into an organization, they wanted to ensure that we all see children as children and not label them as orphans.

The organization seeks to showcase the potential that children of Kenya have. With headquarters in Brooklyn, and a children’s home in Kinangop, Kenya the expansive agriculture-like land and room to run freely, the children of Flying Kites will ‘one day change the world.’ The home houses 150 children living in ten separate houses, students are educated and have the potential to flourish with a perfect view of The Aberdare Mountains in view.

Flying Kites focuses on not only providing these children with a home and education, but also instilling leadership, living, and cooking skills that can help them succeed in the future. We had the great opportunity to speak with Leila, Founder and Director of Marketing at Flying Kites to learn a little bit more about the organization. Read More

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City Dweller’s Green Thumb: Tips For Gardening in Small Spaces

By admin | March 13, 2012

Photo: sidewalk flying

Photo: sidewalk flying

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

We all have a secret love for gardening, I have grown to believe that it is in our blood to find a dirt-laden path, pick up a shovel, throw some seeds down below and create the perfect garden. But the thing is, when you live in a city where there are no dirt paths, no open spaces and no chances to garden you have to get inventive in your gardening initiatives.

Not to worry, here is a guide to ensure you perfectly grow all the vegetables you want this year, with of course the trusty help of a few containers, some sunlight and a whole lot of love. Read More

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