Trash Talk May 2 – May 6, 2011

May 2, 2011
Leslie Phillips, Director of Business Development & Client Relations

How much water do we waste?

  • Down the drain…goes 95% of the water entering our homes.
  • You’ll waste 4 gallons if you run the tap while brushing your teeth.
  • Older toilets? Use 2 gallons more (over 3 gallons) than new with every flush.
  • Many people exist on 3 gallons of water per day (or less). We can use that amount in one flush of the toilet.
  • Leaky faucets – at one drop per second waste up to 2,700 gallons each year.
  • Turn it off, fix leaks, think of water as the precious resource it is!


Weekly Wisdom – May 2 – May 6, 2011

May 2, 2011
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian

Healthy levels of HDL ("good") blood cholesterol may reduce the risk of memory loss & Alzheimer’s disease

  • People with HDL levels > 55 were less likely to develop Alzheimer’s
  • HDL may help block the formation of plaque in the brain (and arteries)
  • To boost your HDL: lose excess weight, engage in moderate-vigorous exercise, limit refined foods


April 28, 2011
Denise Simmons, Corporate Chef 

I keep up with a few foodie blogs. One I’ve always found interesting is "Serious Eats". It is full of cutting edge trends and ideas, mouth watering recipes and beautiful pictures!

The latest posting defines fair trade, and does a great job of explaining what that phrase really means. I appreciate the fact that some of the pitfalls of the fair trade certification are also included.

Check it out here!

Photo courtesy: seriouseats


Weekly Wisdom – April 25 – April 29, 2011

April 25, 2011
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian

Once you’ve lost weight, exercise is key to keeping pounds off & you healthy!

  • Maintains improvement in body fat, blood pressure & cardiorespiratory fitness
  • If you do regain weight, exercise helps maintain many health benefits derived from weight loss

Trash Talk April 25 – April 29, 2011

April 25, 2011
Leslie Phillips, Director of Business Development & Client Relations

Save the veggie!
Before you pitch the tired ones, consider…

  • Soups! And remember chilled soups as it gets warmer
  • Chopped toppings for salads or pastas
  • Stir fry

Tired made tasty!

Tree Hugger?

April 22, 2011
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian

“Tree hugger” I am not. But I like to think of myself as someone who is concerned about the environment. Shop at the farmers market & buy locally: check. Limit consumption of animal products: check. Recycle, limit food waste: check, check. Limit trash that goes into the landfill....uhhh, this one is a little more complicated. I recently bought my husband a Keurig coffee maker, which, truth be told, is used more often by me. I am one of those people who prefer a fresh made-to-order cup of hot coffee rather than coffee that has been sitting in a pot for 2 hours. So those hot steamy cups of coffee have become my new best friend. A cup of decaf at 2pm? Sure no problem! Just pop the pod in the pot and it is ready to go.
Ahh, the pod… here is my dilemma. Those pesky pods are nagging at my environmentalist-wanna-be soul. Each time I place one of those pods in the trash my heart wrenches and I know I am contributing pod by pod to the destruction of our great environment. What’s a girl to do? So while I am saving money & some waste (less trips to Starbucks & no paper cups), I am under no illusion that I am doing the environment any favors.
Keurig does address social responsibility on their website. While good in theory, it does not solve my current predicament. So, I must admit I won't totally kick my pod addiction, but I am going to try the "My K-Cup" which is a reusable filter cartridge that can be refilled with your own coffee. Although I have heard this can be cumbersome, really how hard can it be?!
If I pull this off maybe I can switch to cloth diapers…

May Featured Recipe: Chilled Blueberry Soup

6 servings

1/2 cup - sugar
1/2 cup - orange juice (fresh is best)
1 T - orange zest (optional)
1 cup - fruity white wine (or 1/2 cup white grape juice with 1/2 cup of water)
2 cups - blueberries, fresh or frozen
dash - salt
1 cup - whipped cream or plain yogurt fresh mint, chopped

1. Bring sugar, OJ, orange zest, wine or grape juice/water to boil.
2. Add blueberries; cook until they pop & sugar has dissolved.
3. Add dash of salt; remove from heat & cool completely.
4. Puree cooled blueberry mixture. Strain through fine sieve. Chill.
5. Before serving, swirl in whipped cream or yogurt.
6. Garnish with a little chopped fresh mint.

Trash Talk April 18 – April 22, 2011

April 18, 2011
Leslie Phillips, Director of Business Development & Client Relations

Earth Week 2011

All week we are focusing on ways we can be more earth friendly: local foods, less meat, less waste!



Weekly Wisdom – April 11 – April 15, 2011

April 13, 2011
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian 

Eat green, be lean?
Avocado eaters may be thinner than their non-avocado-eating counterparts.

  • Avocados are abundant in fiber, Vitamin E & K, magnesium, potassium, & healthy (unsaturated fat)
  • Smear this creamy fruit on toast or indulge in some guacamole


Trash Talk April 11 – April 15, 2011

April 11, 2011
Leslie Phillips, Director of Business Development & Client Relations

Earth Week starts next week (April 18-22)

  • Eat Local & Seasonal – this month that means looking forward to asparagus, broccoli, carrots, lettuces, onions, squash and more
  • Meat Mindfulness - think about how much meat you consume – both for the environment and your heart
  • Lower the Lights – turn them off, turn them down
  • Be a Recycling Machine! Challenge yourself to do the GAPP: glass, aluminum, paper and plastic