by Zemas Madhouse Foods
Apr 2017

Earth Day is one of my favorite days to celebrate each year. There are so many ways to teach our kids about taking care of and honoring Mother Earth-through food, community gardening, art projects, inner city recycling programs and clean-up days in our own towns. Getting our younger generation excited and involved in having an active part in our planets sustainability is so important.

Here’s some tips on how to get your family involved: 

Shop Organic and Non-GMO

Devote April 22 to buying new foods that you can have fun taste testing with your family.  Make healthy food swaps this Earth Day that are good for your family.

There are easy ways to avoid sugars, which are not benefiting your diet in any way.  Use pureed fruits in place of refined sugars, such as smashed bananas in pancakes, waffles and muffins, or pureed sweet potatoes or pumpkin in baked goods and smoothies.  Also, switch over from using refined white sugar in your family’s recipes to low-glycemic options, such as palm sugar, pure maple syrup or stevia.

 

Community Service

Get your family involved and give back to our planet.  Joining a community service project is a great way to spend Earth Day with your kids. Cleaning up a local park, beach, or forest preserve is a great way to give back.  Check your local park districts or facilities for opportunities. Separating recyclables from the trash is also something the whole family can do.  Many communities have opportunities to help with this on a large scale. If nothing seems to be available, put together your own Earth Day project.  Decide what YOU think is a great project and get family and friends together to help. Pinterest is a great resource for Earth Day crafts! 

 

Dream of a Better Planet

At bedtime on Earth Day, replace your typical fairytale with a great Earth Day read for kids.  Many books and stories have lessons on preserving our resources and environment.  Curious George Plants a Tree, The Lorax, and The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge are all great options.

Below is a new “Green” Vegan Pesto Sauce that will be featured on Fox News Chicago April 20th celebrating earth Day 2017.

Enjoy this new recipe on your favorite pasta, fresh breads or a dip for veggies:

Makes 2 cups

¼ c. nutritional yeast

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1/2 c. chopped walnuts

1 t. Himalayan sea salt

½ t. black pepper

6 c. fresh basil leaves

1 t. fresh lemon juice

¾ c. olive oil

Add all ingredients except basil leaves, lemon juice and olive oil to food processor and pulse for 20 seconds.

Add basil leaves and lemon juice, pulse for 30 seconds.

Drizzle in olive oil until combined.