Peanuts- More Than They Are Cracked Up To Be

While it was recently peanut butter lover’s day, it is also National Peanut month. While there are many who suffer from peanut allergies, if you do not, there are some amazing peanut recipes out there. I have found this link to ten absolutely delectable recipes. It includes snacks such as Homemade Crunchy Peanut Butter with Maple Syrup, main dishes like the Bakes Smoked Salmon, Miso Peanut Butter, Crunchy Salad and Lime, sides, and desserts! If you want to go a little more well known, I also found this delicious Pad Thai recipe.

Peanuts are not just good for you, they have a plethora of beneficial properties, including lowering your risk for heart disease and diabetes, reducing inflammation, and lowering blood pressure. The Peanut Institute’s website has all kinds of interesting facts on this, and also important resources to back up their facts. Don’t wait, start getting those benefits now (provided you are not allergic).

Sustainable Shopping- “GoodGuide”

It is that time, we’re coming into the #1 shopping season of the year here in United States.  So, what happens if you want to purchase products that were truly healthy, sustainable and oriented for the common good, then how about heading to “GoodGuide” ( Dara O’Rourke started “GoodGuide” in 2009 after pondering the chemical make-up of children’s sunscreen (which turned out to be not so good).  His app and web-based platforms use over 1500 scientific sources to rate the health and environmental impacts of everything from shoes to shampoo, to crackers and cleaning supplies.  You can read more about O’Rourke and what changes he’s seen in the past decade since starting “GoodGuide”.

Searching is a snap.  They do a great job of explaining their rating system and even highlight some of the most commonly “chemically laden” items for you to search. If you are not looking for a rating but instead a similar item you can also find suitable alternatives for items on the site. I searched the hand sanitizer, deodorant and soap I use, and they all camel up with mixed results. Puts an entirely new face on “Black Friday” and big box shopping doesn’t it? And if you are interested in using the guide more, here is a link to their actual website:

Let us know what you think, or if you are already using this guide tell us what you like!!