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Green Diva Meg’s Easy Peasy Vanilla Cashew Milk Recipe

Green Diva Meg’s Easy Peasy Vanilla Cashew Milk Recipe

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cashews: sexy lil nuts

I’ve been enjoying this delicious and nutritious nut for many years in a variety of forms. Here are just a few of my favorite vegan cashew cheese and yogurt recipes. There are many claims out there about just how amazing this odd lil nut that grows outside of it’s fruit is. According to several sources it is a heart-healthy, diabetic-controlling, iron-metabolizing, immune-boosting super hero nut that also may increase sexual vitality in men. Definitely incorporating more of these into hubby’s diet.

Before there were a huge grocery store shelf loaded with a variety of nut and plant-based milk boxes, I used to make my own nut milks — so last-century man. 

I got lazy and started using all these amazing organic boxed almond, rice, soy, oat, coconut and cashew milks. Then I learned about a particular ingredient common in most of these alternative milks — carrageenan. Ugh. The price we pay for convenience, right? According to one article in Prevention magazine online, although the source of it may be natural (seaweed), “Carrageenan predictably causes inflammation, which can lead to ulcerations and bleeding,” and the articles goes on to say there have been studies connecting gastrointestinal cancer in lab animals (poor animals). 

While there are brands that have removed carrageenan, I find it just simpler and perhaps safer (definitely cheaper) to make my own. So, for the past couple of years, I’ve been making vanilla cashew milk (along with other nut cheeses and yogurts) pretty much on a weekly basis. It’s become a part of my Monday routine. 

Here’s a fun GD Video tutorial on just how simple it is to make vanilla cashew milk…

recipe for vanilla cashew milkcashew milk ingredients for recipe on the green divas

ingredients

4 – 5 cups filtered water
1 1/2 cup raw organic cashews (pieces are cool)
3 tablespoons organic maple syrup (or to taste. sometimes I use only 1 tablespoon for flavor and a tiny  bit of good stevia)
1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla powder (you can substitute vanilla extract, but use less)

what to do

  1. soak the nuts in about 3 of the cups of water (enough to cover completely) for at least 3 hours, but can leave overnight (covered in fridge if overnight)
  2. drain the nuts 
  3. put it all in a blender and add 1 cup of fresh filtered water and begin to blend on high
  4. add water as needed to get desired consistency (can be a bit thicker for cream substitute—great for vegan coffee creamer. just sayin’)

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Spring Cleaning Can Be Even Healthier using Green Products

The welcome return of spring sunshine makes me think of one thing – grimy, winter-weary windows. And then there’s the fridge, the baseboards, the carpets, the bathroom grout, the kitchen cabinets. All these little spots we ignored all winter are now ready for a thorough scrub. No wonder nearly 75 percent of Americans like to do a good spring cleaning.

Good thing you can use the EPA Safer Choice label to help you find cleaning and other household products that are made with ingredients that are safer for people and the environment.

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That’s a great assurance, considering household cleaning products are one source of indoor air pollution, which can cause irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue.

Products with safer ingredients improve indoor air quality and can lower the risk of health hazards, including respiratory conditions like asthma; allergic reactions, which can cause skin rashes, hives or headaches; and a variety of other conditions. Children and older people, in particular, are more susceptible to risks — so they’re better off in spaces cleaned with safer products and wearing clothes cleaned with a laundry detergent that uses safer solvents and surfactants.  And what about parents and those who regularly clean and do the wash, coming in close contact with cleaners and detergents? Safer is certainly better for them. Safer Choice recognizes that everyday cleaning products make a big difference to your family’s well-being.

Cleaners also affect the quality of our local streams, rivers and lakes. When Safer Choice products get rinsed down the drain and make their way into the watershed, they are less toxic to fish and other aquatic life. That’s good news for New England’s iconic waterways, whether it’s Lake Champlain, the Charles River or Long Island Sound… or the ponds, streams and wetlands found throughout New England.

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Here’s something that may surprise you. Unlike food producers, cleaning product manufacturers are not required to list ingredients on their containers or make them public. But to display the Safer Choice label, manufacturers must list all of their product’s ingredients either on the product or on an easy-access website.

Safer Choice is the first federal label for cleaning products and it is proving incredibly popular. More than 2,000 products have already earned the right to carry the logo. They’re available in local grocery stores and hardware stores, and include cleaners for use at home, offices, schools, hotels and sports venues.

The agency’s website (https://www.epa.gov/saferchoice?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss) lists all the products that proudly carry the Safer Choice label. We also offer interactive tools to find the best cleaning products for your home and for businesses like schools, hotels, offices, and sports venues. And my personal favorite – cleaners for those grimy windows.

By Curt Spalding, Regional Administrator, US EPA Region 1 (New England Region)

Source: EPA Science Water News

Source: Water Industry News

State Water Board releases new conservation standards

The State Water Resources Control Board today [April 7] released new water conservation standards for many urban water suppliers that reflect adjustments and credits of up to eight percentage points. The new conservation standards are effective March 1 and are authorized by the February 2016 Emergency Regulation for Statewide Urban Water Conservation.

Source: California Water News feed

Source: Water Industry News