Archive for August, 2010

Could You Be Carrying More Than Just Groceries?

As most of you know, I am a big fan of the reuseable grocery bag.  I have blogged before about the many wonders of saying no to plastic and carrying a reuseable tote for trips to the grocery store (see past blog here).  I even keep my stash of bags in my trunk so that I’m never without them!

 

I might be a little late with this news, but I was shocked to hear that a new study out by The American Chemistry Council shows that our reuseable grocery bags are hosts to many forms of bacteria and microbes!  Researchers for this study took reuseable totes from shoppers as they entered the grocery store for testing.  The study showed that all of the bags had some form of microbial growth and that 12% tested positive for E.coli.  This bacterial growth can cross-contaminate the food that we put into these bags.  I’m not sure about you, but this creeped me out! 

There is great news though.  This bacteria can be eliminated with a simple washing in the machine.  Using laundry soap to wash the bags and hanging them up to dry rids the bags of all detectable microbial growth…what a relief!  You better believe that I immediately washed all of my bags and hung them up to dry.  An article I read in Better Homes and Gardens August 2010 suggested that you wash your bags every other trip to the grocery store and you should also designate a bag for produce and one for meats, just as you do to cutting boards in the kitchen.

My freshly washed and bacteria-free bags hanging up to dry!
*Just a side note:  washing these bags in the machine does not change their shape at all.  I was worried about that :).

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Oh, Honey…Tighten Up! Honey Mask

As always, I have a vlog or, if you prefer to read, I have included text and pictures below.  Thanks for stopping by :).

 

I am always on the lookout for fun and easy beauty treatments and this awesome mask is the easiest I have ever come across.  It only has one ingredient: honey!  I know that all of you have honey in your kitchen cupboard and if for some reason you don’t, you can pick it up at the grocery store for around $3.  Honey is an amazing natural sweetner.  I like to put honey on my grapefruit, on cooked shrimp and salmon (recipes coming soon) and in tea and any other food that needs a little sweetner added.  Honey is a single ingredient, all natural product, so I love it.  Honey as a beauty treatment is a new concept to me.  I’ve done a little research and this is what I have found so far.

  • It’s a natural humectant, which means it seals in moisture.
  • Honey tightens pores in the skin.
  • It is one of natures best antibacterials.
  • It calms acne and breakouts.
  • Honey brightens and energizes the skin.
  • And it can, over time, lighten and eliminate scars.

So, now that we have all the benefits down, let’s get started on this super easy mask…
bee ready to bee amazed! (hehe).
Oh, Honey…Tighten Up! 
(I love this name, and I thought of it all by myself!)

Grab any old honey that you have in your kitchen cupboard.  If you don’t have any honey at home and need to purchase, I would go for organic honey.  It costs the same as regular honey and is more “natural”.   This mask is so easy, you might think it’s too good to be true

Step 1:  Wash and pat dry your face. 

Step 2:  Put a few tablespoons of honey onto your finger tips. 

 

Step 3:  Rub the honey onto your face using an upward motion.  Ensure that you are spreading a thin film on your entire face.  (Please forgive me, I have no makeup on!).  Avoid your eye area, honey is your eyes is a sticky situation!  If you get any in your mouth, no worries, its like a built in snack!

Step 4:  Kick up your feet and relax for 15 minutes!

 

 

Step 5:  Rinse off with warm water and follow with a mild facial cleaner to remove all of the honey.

Step 6:  Enjoy you newly tightened skin and rave to your friends about the natural beauty benefits of honey:)!

Drink Up! Organic Lemonade Recipe

There is a heat wave and it’s hot outside!   On days like today, when the temperature is well over 100 degrees (I know…it’s flippin’ hot) its super important to stay hydrated.  A few of my readers have asked me for drink ideas and with the sun shining hot like today, it’s the perfect time to share this natural and healthy Organic Lemonade Recipe…drink up!

Organic Lemonade

This recipe is super fast and easy and most importantly all natural!  Just follow these three easy steps.

Juice of 6 large lemons
1/2 cup Agave Nectar
1 Quart Water

Mix all ingredients in a large pitcher.  Chill.  Enjoy!

I use agave nectar because it is a natural sweetener.  It is a 100% organic sweetener that is made from the agave plant.  Fun Fact: Agave plants are also used to make Tequilla.   Agave has a very subtle sweet flavor and can be purchased at Whole Foods, Trader Joes, or in the organic section of your average grocery store.  If you can’t get your hands on agave, replace it with 1/2 cup sugar or 1/2 cup honey.

 

 

Mix it Up!  Variations on this Recipe

Adding fresh fruit to this recipe, or any drink, will not only change the flavor, but will also give you a natural sweetness and serving of fruit.  My favorites for lemonades and teas are raspberries, peaches, lemon and lime slices, and blueberries.  You can simply cut up the fruit to float in your glass or you can “muddle” (smash) the fruit at the bottom of your glass to release more flavor and mix into your lemonade. 

 

 

I also like to freeze lemonade into ice-cube trays to make lemonade ice.  You can do this with any drink, iced tea, fruit juice, or coffee for iced coffee.  As your ice cubes start to melt, your drink will not be watered down like traditional ice cubes can do.  If I feel very fancy, or for special occasions, I love to pop a raspberry or slice of strawberry into each ice-cube before filling with the liquid.  It looks so beautiful floating in a glass!

 

Another fun way to mix up this recipe is to pour lemonade into freezer pop molds.  These can be purchased at any grocery store and are a great way to stay hydrated on hot day.  You can put large chunks of fresh fruit in them, fill with lemonade and freeze for a natural desert.  You can also fill molds with any natural fruit juice for a healthy treat.  Kids especially love these!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this Organic Lemonade recipe and other ideas!
Please comment below with your favorite ways to stay hydrated and cool on hot summer days 🙂

And the winner is…

Contest Results for the first ever Sarah Goes Organic Giveaway
3b Bags Reuseable Produce Bags

105 Comments
and only 1 winner
DRUM ROLL PLEASE…
CONGRATULATIONS…TERESA
!!!!!

If you have seen the comments you would have probably guessed that Teresa had a pretty good chance of winning.  She commented over 20 times!  Thank you, Teresa for being committed to my blog…it means a lot :).  Teresa will receive the 3 pack of 3b Bags Reuseable Produce bags and a fresh batch of my Coconut Citrus Sugar Scrub.  Thank you so much to each of you who commented!  I appreciate your support and interest in my blog.  I have already received several products from companies for my review so there will be more giveaways to come…stay tuned 🙂 

*Teresa, please send me a message with your mailing information so I can get your prize out ASAP*

 

Eat to Stay Young

As we get older, we start to ask important questions about our lives.  Some wonder if they are in the right career or not.  Some question if they are living in the right city, or with the right person.  Some ask if they are making a difference in the world, or if when they are gone, will people remember them.  People like me, however, wonder if they are looking older.  Call me superficial, but I don’t want to grow up!  I don’t want wrinkles and sun spots and yellow teeth.  So instead of freaking out, I’ve done some research on natural ways to stay young.  And as it turns out there are some pretty tasty ways to combat aging.

Wild Salmon
Salmon and other cold water fish are great sources of protein.  These proteins help to maintain skin cells and help promote cell regineration…which means they are anti-wrinkle!  The omega-3 fatty acids in Salmon help keep skin radiant and fresh and also helps brain function…bonus!  The dark pink color in salmon comes from an antioxidant called astaxanthin, which is an anti-inflamitory…goodbye fine lines and wrinkles!

 

Wheat Grass
Wheat grass and barley are close cousins of all dark leafy greens, but wheat grass packs a much more nutrient dense punch.  Green foods help to detoxify the skin to keep it looking radiant.  Because of the high levels of chlorophyll, wheat grass has positive effects on blood pressure, cholesterol, and the immune system.  The chlorophyll also fights against bad breath…who knew?

 

Olive Oil
Every diet needs good fat to help absorb the nutrients from our fruits and vegetables.  Olive oil keeps our cells supple which translates to smoother skin.  Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains oleic acid which helps us absorb omega-3’s and other nutrients in our food.  The acid keeps our cells outer walls supple allowing nutrients to enter easily and waste to escape.

 

Blueberries
These little blue balls (don’t be gross) are full of anti-inflammatory properties.  Inflammation causes sagging and wrinkles and we don’t want that.  Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and improve memory and brain function.  Anything that is good for the brain is good for the skin.

 

 

Green Tea
Green tea contains polyphenols which help to get rid of free radicals that cause inflammation.  New studies also show that polypphenols help protect cells from cancer causing DNA damage.  Another new finding suggests that the green tea polyphenols, also known as EGCG, reactivate dying skin cells, in turn, making us look younger!

 

 

Grapefruit
Sour citrus fruits, including grapefruit, lemons, and limes contain antioxidants called limonoids.  These limonoids help prevent cancer by boosting detoxification in the liver, lower blood cholesterol, and inhibit cancer cell growth in skin.  A study conducted for Bordeaux Medical also found that the proanthocyanidins (say that 3 times fast!)  found in sour citrus strengthen capillaries which maintains the elastin of our skin keeping it healthy and youthful.

Free Giveaway!! 3b Bags

*CONTEST CLOSED*
Free Giveaway
3b Bags

 

The great people at 3b Bags saw my blog review of their product and as a “thank you” sent me a few packages of their reuseable produce bags!  So, I thought I would share this wonderful product with my readers by giving you a chance to win!  Link here for the product review blog I did a few weeks ago: https://sarahgoesorganic.wordpress.com/2010/08/01/3bbags-reusable-produce-bags/

 

Here are the rules:  1.  You must subscribe to my blog.  Just click on the “subscribe” button located on the upper right side of your computer screen.  2.  You must leave a comment on this video.  Let me know what you have done to go organic, or what your favorite blog entry is on my site, or what you plan on working on to become more “green”.  You can pretty much say anything you want to, but each comment you leave has to be different from the last.  3.  The more comments you leave, the better chance you have to win! 

Contest starts with the posting of this blog and closes on
Friday August 20, 2010 at 5:00 pm
I will use random.org to choose the winner and will let you all know who wins after the close of this contest.
If you have any questions, please email me 🙂

You can purchase 3b Bags at:
www.3bbags.com

Farmers’ Market Haul

Farmers Market San Luis Obispo, Ca

I love going to Farmers’ Markets, but I especially love going to Farmers’ Market in San Luis Obispo, Ca.  If you are ever on the Central Coast in California you have to stop by downtown SLO on Thursday night for their unforgettable Farmers’ Market.  This is a year-round happening, every single Thursday and I LOVE it! I had the pleasure of making the short drive over last night and wanted to share the awesome produce and other wonderful products I purchased.  Farmers’ markets are a great way to buy locally and to help support organic farmers in your area.

You can find a farmers’ market in your area by going to:
www.localharvest.com