Healthier Meals from Farm to Table

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With busy schedules and a plethora of unhealthy, but convenient foods out there, it’s easy to get your family in an unhealthy eating lifestyle. A recent article published by the Mayo Clinic explains that buying local not only supports farmers in the community and local economy, but also gives you an opportunity to go green and refresh your healthy eating habits. Here are some simple strategies that will help get you more bang (and flavor) for your buck at your local farmers market.

1) Shop Early for the Best Selection

Growers show up in the a.m. With their trucks full, so the closer to opening time you arrive, the better and broader your options will be. Take a few minutes to walk around and check out all the vendors’ offerings; you’re likely to find competing price points for the items you want.

2) Shop Late for Savings

Many farmers (though not all) would rather sell some of their items at a deep discount than haul heavy loads of their goods all the way back to their property. You may have to sacrifice variety (especially on busy weekends), but you might score a few bargains during the last hour of the day.

3) Have a Taste

You’d get some funny looks if you started nibbling on the fruits or baked goods at your grocery store. But plenty of vendors hand out samples to encourage you to test their bounty, so you’ll know right away if the berries are sweet enough for a pie or if the bread will make an excellent sandwich.

4) Try New Things

Go ahead and experiment with unfamiliar ingredients like purple cauliflower or kohirabi. Sellers are usually happy to suggest ways to cook with their crops. If you’re unsure about preparation, strike up a conversation before you buy.

5) Stock Up

While supermarket produce is often harvested weeks before it arrives in stores, the items you see at a greenmarket are usually plucked from the ground the day before you buy them. That means your purchases will have a longer life expectancy-so take home an armload of your favorite seasonal treat!

 

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Getting Fit with “Green” Fashion and Accessories

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America’s closets are turning green. In USA Today’s story on eco-friendly green fashion, we see how the same environmental sensibilities that have swept the foodie world (farm-to-table, organic produce) are making their way into the fashion industry.

So why choose eco-friendly apparel? Social consciousness – ethical treatment of animals, protecting natural resources – is a big motivator. But no one wants to wear something that doesn’t look and feel good too.

Get in gear and support the planet with these eco-friendly workout finds that will not only have you feeling great about doing right by the environment, but will have you looking good while doing so!

Joe To Go

Talk about a perk: Used coffee grounds are woven into the lining of this Moving Comfort Vixen sports bra (from $36, movingcomfort.com) to help keep skin cool, dry and odor-free.

Short Story

Subtle details like a raw fabric border below the tie-cord waistband give these organic cotton French terry Adidas by Stella McCartney Essentials shorts ($70; shop adidas.com) extra style points!

Tanks A Lot

Sport one of these Horny Toad Swifty V tanks ($58; hornytoad.com) during your next sweat session. The sleeveless staples incorporate recycled polyester fibers that wick away moisture.

Strike A Pose

Made from a sustainable fabric and treated with low-impact dyes, these Beyond Yoga fold-over capris ($71; beyondyoga.com) also boast recycled elastic for a “safe” stretch and comfy fit.

Now Hear This

Econation wooden earbuds ($15; merkuryinnovations.com) allow you to support the cause without sacrificing sound quality.

Metal Protector

Silver particles in this bamboo SilverSport Silver towel ($21; silversport.com) nix odor-causing bacteria. Bonus: non-skid threading prevents the sweat sopper from sliding off machines mid-workout.

Water Porter

The protective sleeve of the Bamboo Bottle ($25; opensky.com) is sourced from sustainable bamboo, while the inner bottle features 51 percent recycled glass.

Tread Lighter

The uppers of these New Balance newSKY 101 sneakers ($70; newbalance.com) are constructed from 95 percent recycled water bottled – eight per shoe – to give you an environmentally FRIENDLY kick!

Beach Motivator

Going to the beach can be a hassle if you’re a parent. Strut your stuff wearing your new eco-friendly gear and work up a sweat! Have baby in tow? Not a problem. BB Waters’ newest innovation, BeachBaby Towa’Round ($20; bbwaters.com), makes it easy to get around in the sand. Now you and your little one can go have some fun in the sun!