Celebrating America's Eco-Friendly Lifestyle.

Author: Samuel Sinclair West

Foxtail Coffee & Vegan Eatery Leguminati Opens in Hourglass District.

Foxtail Coffee & Vegan Eatery Leguminati Opens in Hourglass District.

The days of driving to winter park for a nice cup of foxtail coffee or tea is no longer necessary. The coffee joint has opened a location south-east of Orlando located in the new hourglass district at 2401 curry ford road. This particular location is […]

How To Buy The Best Olive Oil

How To Buy The Best Olive Oil

Walking down the aisle of olive oils can be an intimidating experience. There are so many different types of olive oils and brands that are claiming to be the best. Over the years, there have been reports of imported olive oils not being 100% authentic […]

Indie Saturday: Call on Me | Paul McDonald

Indie Saturday: Call on Me | Paul McDonald

Happy Saturday! This is our first indie Saturday post. Every Saturday we will feature a song by an indie artist we think you should know. Music can be so inspirational and uplifting. Plus music has a way of making us move. Whether you are a taking a jog or simply taking a walk in the park finding ways to stay active is key, and I believe music keeps us moving and is a mood booster. Our first featured song Call on Me by artist Paul McDonald. I hope you enjoy this song as much as I have and please don’t be afraid to share this post with the world. Stream it now on Spotify.

Orlando’s Farm To Table Eatery, The Rusty Spoon, Will Delight Your Tastebuds.

Orlando’s Farm To Table Eatery, The Rusty Spoon, Will Delight Your Tastebuds.

The most sophisticated eatery in Orlando offering the best farm to table experience. Rusty Spoon is run by two times James Beard-nominated chef & restauranter Kathleen Blake. What makes the Rusty Spoon so unique? First the food and the peaceful ambiance right in the heart […]

Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution

Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution

Annually there are marches and festivals that are for clean energy awareness, but do you honestly know about what renewable energy really is and when it all started? You may not know as much as you think. Sure, I believe most citizens have some idea […]

Pancake Syrup vs Maple Syrup

Pancake Syrup vs Maple Syrup

It’s time to call it quits to the bottle of pancake syrup you may be reaching for on Sunday mornings and introduce yourself to mother natures sweet substance maple syrup. Most pancake syrups are filled with artificial caramel coloring and artificial maple flavoring. There is nothing close to healthy in all the conventional pancake syrup brands we so-called knew and trusted for years that took space in our pantries. On the other hand, maple syrup is not only natural but naturally sweet with a heavenly taste. Yes, it does cost a little more than the fake substances, but it’s worth the extra cost. In the past, there have been reports of possible nutritional benefits to consuming maple syrup, but there hasn’t been enough research to prove those claims. No matter if the nutritional claims are valid or not it’s more than what we can say about brands that are producing artificial substances in a lab somewhere trying to be natural.

If you are purchasing maple syrup for the first time, there are a few things you want to know before buying. Just because the bottle states pure, it doesn’t mean anything. There are no guidelines or rules for manufacturers to abide when it comes down to the term “pure.” It’s always best to first check the ingredients list and then look on the bottle to see where the maple syrup was produced or made. In America, the very best maple syrup comes from Vermont, and some may agree its also known as Maple Syrup country. Vermont is very serious about their famed natural product maple syrup, in fact so serious that there are laws that protect the authenticity of maple syrup itself and maple products with maple syrup used as an ingredient.

When storing maple syrup after opened for the first time you want to place the bottle in the fridge as there are not perseverative or additives that will keep maple syrup from going bad. You don’t have to consume all the maple syrup at once, but you do want to be mindful of how long syrup will stay in the fridge. But I’m sure most consumers won’t have this problem since pancakes and waffles are somewhat of a staple during the weekend and maybe during a normal work week. The pantry is only for unopened bottles of maple syrup maybe you might want to stock up for unexpected guests or a spontaneous breakfast get together. No matter what you have going on there is always a proper way to store maple syrup to keep it fresh and tasty.

Currently, there is a battle with maple syrup and the government about whether maple syrup should be labeled as an added sugar on nutritional labels. In my opinion, I say no because first and foremost, added sugar means what it means. The action of adding sugar to a product to sweeten a substance of product. There are no added sugars during the process of producing pure maple syrup because there is no need to add sugar to a content that’s already sweet naturally. Added sugars should only be accounted for if sugar is added to a product like most processed foods commonly. As for now, don’t be distracted by big food drama the next time you go to your local grocery store pick up a bottle of maple syrup and enjoy natures sweetness.

Orlando’s Best Salad Bar: Greens and Grille

Orlando’s Best Salad Bar: Greens and Grille

The best salad bar on the planet is seriously greens & grille. The greens are organic, and the dressings and vinaigrettes are housemade. You can indeed have it your way by choosing what type of protein your heart desires from beef, turkey, salmon, chicken, or […]

Could Your Sunscreen Be Toxic?

Could Your Sunscreen Be Toxic?

Last year we went on a hunt to seek out sunscreens that have an SPF number that was not too high, but moderate and effective. Some dermatologists have reported a high SPF number could be damaging. We also went a step further and investigated the […]

Sustainable Independence Day

Sustainable Independence Day

We know supermarkets all across America will try to get consumers to purchase conventional brands by running special promotions this Fourth of July but don’t give in. Think of your family and friends by buying meat, produce, and condiments that are raised and produced with your health and well-being in mind. There are so many great American food companies that are doing the right thing by putting consumers first while making a good profit. That alone is another reason to celebrate the stars and stripes. Below are a few items that I believe will make your holiday celebration extra special. Don’t just keep this good information for yourself. Share it with the world. These specialty food items deserve world-class fame on Independence Day and beyond.

1. Sir Kensington Organic Mayo

Whether you are in need of a little mayo for your famous potato salad or just on a burger, Sir Kensington mayo has got you covered. This organic mayo is by far the best mayo I’ve consumed and its made with organic sunflower oil. Just what summer ordered and you don’t have to worry about guessing whether this substance is real mayo or not; you will taste it and never go back to the so-called nation’s number one seller. Try it for yourself you won’t regret it.

2. Santa Cruz Organic Lemon Juice

Grab a bottle of the best lemon juice and make some lemonade for your guests. Consumers are always looking for a way out of squeezing lemons by hand. Although we know there is nothing like freshly squeezed lemon juice, we also understand you could be short on time. Try Santa Cruz’s organic lemon juice, its straight up lemon juice and nothing else added.

3. Rudi’s Bakery Organic White Hamburger Buns

Don’t forget the buns for your backyard barbeque. While most hamburger buns could be filled with so much junk such as high fructose corn syrup and preservatives, our friends at Rudi’s produce hamburger buns that are dairy-free, non-GMO, and has 1 gram of whole grains. The taste of these delectable buns are heavenly you won’t forget ever again the next time you have a summer get together. Go to rudisbakery.com and explore the difference you may find a coupon to save on your next purchase.

Julie's Classic Vanilla Ice Cream

4. Julie’s Organic Classic Vanilla Ice Cream

Right in the middle of summer, we all scream for ice cream, but not all ice cream is produced the same way. Most brands add various fillers and artificial flavors that I wouldn’t necessarily call ice cream in the end. Try Julie’s organic vanilla ice cream made with high-quality ingredients without soy lecithin. Experience nothing but the best delightful rich, creamy ice cream.

5. Dakota Organic Grass-Fed Beef

The most superior grass-fed beef on the market. The taste is sinfully delightful, and I always have a peace of mind knowing the livestock was treated, and it just doesn’t get any better than that. Other brands may feed their herd of cows with grains and other necessary food items, but at Dakota grass-fed cattle starts and finishes on grass. So if you are looking for authentic organic grass-fed beef, Dakota is your brand. No doubt about it, you will taste the difference.

6. Applegate’s The Great Organic Uncured Beef Hotdog

Not all wieners are clean, so I recommend trying the great organic uncured beef hotdog by Applegate. The taste is so much better than the nation’s leading brand, and you don’t have to worry about nitrates they don’t exist in this dog. Grab a bun, grill, and enjoy this hot dog all summer long that is indeed premium.

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Whole Foods Market Halts GMO Labeling Promise

Whole Foods Market Halts GMO Labeling Promise

Five years ago, Whole Foods Market announced they would require brands to inform consumers of the presence of GMOs by mandatory labeling on food packaging. Unfortunately, the health-food chain has put the mandatory GMO labeling program deadline of September 2018 on pause. I am hoping […]