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green your spring ~ recycling (and a giveaway) is a beautiful thing!

 

It’s true, we have a problem.

If I had a mountain spring in my backyard where I could simply fill my cup with great tasting- healthy water, I would.
But I don’t.
and you probably don’t either.

We all have re-usable water bottles and we do use them, just not 100% of the time. We can’t completely avoid plastic containers unless we live in a bubble, but it would probably be made out of plastic too!  So what are we to do?

1. reduce the number of plastics you buy
2. re-use those plastic bottles when you can
3.  and when you can’t re-use them, RECYCLE them!

Sure you have heard this before and sure it sounds totally boring, but it’s not. Do you know what happens when you recycle that bottle? Watch the video to see how your little bottle can continue on in a useful way.

Recycling is one of the easiest and most beneficial ways we can all help the environment. Sadly, only about 30% of PET plastic bottles get recycled. For recycling to work, we all have to do our part.

Unfortunately, not all plastic bottles are made with recycled plastic. It’s Arrowheads goal to continue increasing the use of recycled materials in their bottles, but they need everyone’s help. Currently, there isn’t enough recycled plastic available for Arrowhead to make 100% rPET bottles.

Make recycling a part of your family’s routine.

and because giving one of these awesome Wooly Living Wall Planters away also gives me an excuse to get one for myself , let’s get the giveaway started! Now you see how cool and beautiful recycling really can be, these Wooly pockets and planters are made from recycled water bottles.

 

 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Thanks to Arrowhead Waters for sponsoring today’s discussion.
The giveaway is not sponsored by Arrowhead or Wooly.

March 6, 2013 - 11:08 am

Rebecca Rider - Cool video!! I love recycling cans – gives me extra cash for fun treats!

March 6, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Melinda - I love to recycle in as many ways as I can. Thrift, consignment and architectural salvage stores for clothes and housewares, newspapers go into the garden beds and are made into pots for seedlings, veggie leftovers become compost.

March 6, 2013 - 1:03 pm

Lynda @MommyPowers - Recycling is good for the environment!

March 6, 2013 - 1:07 pm

Ana Lydia Monaco - I wish I had a “spring” in my backyard too!!

March 6, 2013 - 4:39 pm

Audrey - I like to use reusable plastic bags for grocery shopping.

March 13, 2013 - 10:57 am

Cynthia @kindasillymommy - Cool video! We recycle here at home, and as my kids get older they are starting to grasp the importance of recycling.

March 14, 2013 - 5:30 am

Dee - That number of bottles not recycled in CA is downright scary!

March 14, 2013 - 1:16 pm

jocelyn - fun video. we are big into recycling. there is always a “killing time” or art project to be found in the recycling bin. 🙂

shaved spring asparagus salad

 

Asparagus season is here and this means great deals on this sometimes expensive vegetable. I bought 2.5 pounds of asparagus and came home to find that my husband had also bought 2.5 pounds! So soups, salads, pastas and sandwiches all include asparagus right now. For most recipes I roast or steam it, but this one is totally raw. Raw asparagus certainly sounds intimidating, but I promise you this shaved asparagus salad is crisp yet tender and allows the great flavor of asparagus to take center stage.

This easy dressing also works well on steamed asparagus or any salad. It was so good, I took to just eating with with a spoon! Using fresh squeezed lemon juice with a good quality olive oil makes for a divine dressing that will be a frequent visitor to our table. I think my family is getting a tad spoiled (yes it’s MY fault) with only homemade dressing and croutons. I just can’t seem to buy the bottled stuff anymore, and it only takes a minute to whip up a great dressing. Try it, you’ll like it 😉

 

 

Ingredients: 4 servings

1 pound large stalk asparagus
8 ounces firm tofu- crumbled
1/4 cup Italian parsley – roughly chopped

dressing:
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoon light agave
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
salt and pepper

 

Method:

with a mandolin, knife or vegetable peeler shave of long lengths of asparagus. in a jar or bowl with whisk, combine dressing ingredients and mix well. pour over shaved asparagus, add tofu and parsley and toss to mix. serve immediately.

 

March 1, 2013 - 4:22 pm

Heather - I love asparagus! This recipe looks delish. and I eager to try out that dressing recipe too!

March 1, 2013 - 4:52 pm

Kim - This looks delicious! My husband makes a similar salad on occasion with shaved cucumbers, also a great basis for a salad.

March 5, 2013 - 2:02 pm

Monica P - Stopping by from SoCal Lady Bloggers 🙂

Salad looks great! I need to get a mandolin one day.

Monica
http://www.pear-shaped-gal.com

Valentine’s Day Granola

homemade granola for valentines day with chocolate and cranberries, healthy and vegan

 

Yes, Valentine’s Day is next week. And yes, my kids may revolt if I don’t have some sort of chocolate for them. Actually, they don’t expect or normally receive chocolate for Valentine’s Day, they prefer to get a new teddy bear or art supplies instead. But this year, I decided to go all out with a cute and healthy treat for them which included MY, I mean THEIR, beloved chocolate! Whole grain homemade granola with chocolate chips and dried berries more than satisfied their desire for Valentine’s Day treats.

Never underestimate the power of a cute package. A cute package filled with a yummy treat, even better! If you have ever made homemade granola before, the sweet scent that fills your home is amazing. My girls stood by the oven begging for granola and when I filled the boxes, they were thrilled. Actually, everyone was so thrilled with the granola that I didn’t get to take photos of  it and had to make another (DOUBLE) batch to keep everyone satisfied. If you need another healthy idea, check out my Valentines Day Smoothie too.

 

Ingredients:

3 cups whole oats
3 tablespoons wheat germ
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup non-gmo vegetable or canola oil
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
dash salt
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries

 

Method:

preheat oven to 275 degrees.  combine oats, wheat germ and flaxseed in large bowl. in another bowl combine next 6 ingredients and stir until sugar is dissolved. gradually pour mixture over oat mixture while stirring to coat evenly. spread mixture evenly over lightly oiled cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes. toss and bake another 30 minutes or until lightly browned and crunchy. once cooled, add chocolate chips and cranberries. store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Valentine’s Day Smoothie

 

healthy valentines day treat, smoothie photo and recipe on sunny vegan

What better way to celebrate the big Valentine’s Day than with chocolate and strawberries? But  you don’t have to clog the arteries of your loved ones to say I love you. Here is a sweet treat that says I Love You with great taste and nutrition.

This smoothie is so thick and rich, you will totally forget there are any health benefits. It just so happens to be packed with vitamins C, E, A, B6, K and folate (strawberries) fibre, iron and magnesium (cocoa powder) and omega-3 fatty acids and lignans (flaxseed oil). and for another healthy V-day idea, check out my Valentines Day Granola.
Cheers to your health and Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Ingredients:  makes 2- 1 cup servings

2 tablespoons fair trade cocoa powder
1 cup vegan yogurt
1/2 cup vegan milk
1 tablespoon flaxseed oil
1 tablespoon agave * optional
1 1/2 cup strawberries, cleaned and hulled

Method:

combine first 5 ingredients in blender and mix until smooth. add strawberries and blend again, garnish and serve immediately.

 

shameless use of cute fingers, just cause I like them.

 

all you need is love, love is all you need

 

 

free valentines day printable from sunny vegan

 

 

All you need is love.
All you need is love.
All you need is love, love.
Love is all you need.

All you need is love (all together, now!)
All you need is love. (everybody!)
All you need is love, love.
Love is all you need (love is all you need).

 

Are you singing with me yet? Ok, how about all you need is love and a free Valentines Day printable?
I have been SO into graphic word art lately, my husband is getting slightly annoyed with my sayings and fonts blown up all over the house ( more about that later) but I think he kinda liked this one. Honestly, I don’t care if he likes it or not, I like it and it’s staying  up for a few weeks =)

What kind of decorations do you like for Valentine’s Day?

 

and here’s the link to the 8×10 printable:

All you need is love   and Love is all you need

 

As for the vase, I have had it for years but the orange didn’t work with my decor anymore and it has been in a cabinet collecting dust. So, my trusty can of flat white spray paint was able to turn the vase into something I totally LOVE! Take a look around you place to see what things you could easily update with a coat of paint. The branches were also just lying around, 2 sheets of printed paper turned into the hearts and I just used a glue gun to attach a small piece of leftover ribbon to hang them with.

 

vase paint white black before and after with valentines day freebie

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