22 Apr 2009

Earth Day 2009

A happy Earth Day to everyone. May we all be more aware and caring of our one and only home, the Earth.

Most people by now are aware that the animal factory farming produces more greenhouse gases than all the SUVs, cars, trucks, planes, and ships in the world combined. Yet even with the stats that are available the majority are not willing to stop eating or reduce the amount of animal products consumed by their families. Hopefully this year will be different as people are now seeing the huge impact Global Warming is already having on our climate.

Also, do not to forget health issues encountered by more and more children, due to medication and additives given to animals and then passed on to them by this factory farmed meat, chicken and fish.

The horrors faced by animals in this industry is disgusting and certainly one wonders where the words humane and humanity come from, as many "humans" do not fall within either category by their ill use of them.

Useful Earth Links
GoVeg Factory farming video "Meet your Meat".
Farm Sanctuary Campaigns and Fact Sheets
Earth Day Network environmental fact sheets.
The World's Shortest Comprehensive Recycling Guide.
Kaboose Earth Day Crafts and Printables for Kids.


Fruit Smoothies
From Peter Glickman of the Master Cleanse
For those concerned about their protein in the morning or wonder what to have instead of eggs to start their day, this smoothie makes a wonderful start.

Ingredients: Soaked flax seeds, Banana, Fresh or frozen fruit and water (dates and grated orange rind optional)

1. Place 1-2 heaping tablespoons of soaked Flax Seeds* in your blender.
2. Add 1-2 cups of water.
3. Turn on high speed until the seeds turn thick and "goopy." Add more water if needed.
4. Add one peeled banana.
5. Add frozen or fresh fruit. If you didn't add frozen fruit and want it chilled, add ice cubes.
6. If you want it sweeter, add 4 - 6 soaked dates without the pits.
7. If you want a nice orange tang, add a bit of grated orange rind.
8. Mix and match any fruits you like:
Strawberries and bananas;
Peaches, strawberries and bananas; or
Peaches, pineapples, bananas and coconut.
9. Add raw (unroasted) carob powder to any smoothie.

* I keep a container of flax seeds soaking in the refrigerator just like other people keep milk or eggs on hand. I also keep a small dish of soaking dates in water to use as a sweetener.


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Marina Martin said...

Out of curiosity, why do you soak the flaxseeds ahead of time?

I know that flaxseeds need to be ground up in order for us to digest them, so I grind 2tbsp in the coffee grinder and then stir them into my smoothies. (My blender never seems to get every last seed otherwise.) Hoping I haven't missed something this whole time :)

Marion said...

I'm interested in the soaking of flax, as well. I have difficulty digesting them, even when I grind them as Marina does. But I've not heard of soaking them. I will try it, thanks, Jackie!

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Susan said...

Great and healthy recipe thank you!

Lilly said...

This looks great. I will have fun reading it as I am looking to make big changes in my diet etc. Found you through Blog Catalogue.

Naomi Stevens said...

I think Earth Day is a great way of raising awareness of the damage being done to the environment Jackie. Great smoothie recipe!

urban vegan said...

Smoothie season is finally here in the northeastern US!

Every day should be Earth Day, but sadly, even once a year is not enough to raise the needed awareness.

aTxVegn said...

I love the idea of a gooey smoothie!

jh said...

I like this recipe--it looks really great but I always hesitate to put banana in my smoothies, even though they are sort of ubiquitous. I think that they spike blood sugar levels too easily in most people. I like to add avocado instead to achieve creaminess, add good fat, and it doesn't interfere with the flavor.

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Mike Foster said...

Happy belated Earth Day to you! What are your views on quinoa? Just did a video recipe using it that you may find interesting.


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