Health & Wellness

Queen of Green: Reishi the Magic Mushroom

By Lauren Von Der Pool | March 13, 2014

(Photo by Natures Paparazzi)

Lauren Von Der Pool’s hunger for healthy living began in Washington, D.C. where she grew up in a food desert—an environment totally lacking fresh, healthy options. When Von Der Pool realized that what was going on in her life and community was happening globally, she began to educate herself, her community, and the world about healthy living. A passionate humanitarian and artist, Von Der Pool dedicates her life to raising awareness about living a conscious, creative, green life.

This is the second in a series of guest posts by Queen of Green Lauren Von Der Pool about healthy and natural lifestyle tips.

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The Best 3 Foods to Protect the Skin

By Tawnya Manion | July 23, 2013

Photo: Benson Kua
Photo: Benson Kua

Photo: Benson Kua

We all apply sunscreen and cover up with big sunglasses and a hat, but did you know that what you eat can protect your skin too? Certain foods’ antioxidants have the ability to protect the epidermis from UV rays; plants produce these natural agents to  protect their own cells from decomposing, and when we consume the same compounds, they safeguard us from premature aging. So it’s imperative when trying to take care of your skin to incorporate foods that contain copious amounts of vitamins and minerals, which will protect the body from the wear and tear of every day life. A little confused on which fare to eat for better defense against  beams? Here are the Top Three Foods that can help protect you from sun damage.  Read More

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The Sense of Morels

By Patrice Johnson | June 7, 2013


Morels, mushrooms, fried morels, spring vegetables, healthy

“These are really good,” my coworker spoke quietly, “Don’t tell anyone I gave them to you,” he added as he glanced around nervously. He pressed a brown bag into my hands and backed out of my office.

At home I opened the bag and golden morels spilled out on to the counter. The spores were aliens; scary creatures of mystery but not intrigue. In my early years, mushrooms represented the dark, dank unknown. I stored the fungi in the refrigerator until I was able to forget their existence, and eventually they were pitched. Read More

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Back to the Roots Reveals How to Grow Oyster Mushrooms

By Allana Mortell | May 31, 2012

Back To The Roots Mushroom Kit

Back To The Roots Mushroom Kit

Sitting in a lecture hall at UC Berkley with semester of college left, students Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora were on the fast track to graduation, a bright future ahead of them in the corporate world of investment banking and consulting. During class, their professor mentioned how it was possible to grow mushrooms from old coffee grounds and suddenly : Boom!- an idea had sparked.

The thought of turning waste (hundreds of pounds of recycled coffee grounds) into food (delicious, home-grown oyster mushrooms) was extremely intriguing to Velez and Arora and within weeks, their idea was swiftly put into action in the kitchen of Alex’s fraternity house. After six months of trial and error, their attempt of creating mushrooms from recycled coffee grounds was a success. Read More


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