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20 Uses for Leftover Fruit and Vegetable Rinds and Peels

9 Mar

Avoiding processed foods is good for your body and the environment; it means less salt/fat for you and less trash at the dump. But I find that even when I buy vegetables and fruits, I still have trash. Yes, it’s biodegradable waste but you learn in school about the Native Americans who use every part of the buffalo, etc… and I am inspired to do the same with my food sources! That is why I am so excited to share this article with you. I posted the beauty uses for fruit and vegetable leftovers from the article:

Make a Banana Sugar Scrub. Sprinkle sugar on the flesh side of banana peels and use as a soft, exfoliating loofa. Rub gently all over your body and then rinse in the shower.

Refresh Your Face. For a skin tonic, rub orange or grapefruit peels on your face (avoiding your eyes) and then gently rinse with warm water.

Moisturize. Rub the fleshy part of an avocado peel on your face for a rich moisturizer.

Relieve Your Peepers. Potato peels can reduce puffiness around eyes; press the moist side of the fresh peels to the skin for 15 minutes.

Read the full article here.

Do you have any uses for leftover fruit and vegetable peels that you would like to share?


Seasonal Ingredient Map

19 Jan

Ever wonder what’s really “in season” since most conventional grocery stores offer most fruits and vegetables year-round? I’ve been faced with that dilemma way too many times!! Well, now we have a nice little solution! 

Click here for the map.
FYI you will need the most recent version of Flash Player.

You can usually find locally grown, in-season produce at your local farmers’ markets. If there aren’t farmers’ markets in your area, you can still do good by using this guide to find produce in season. When you make the choice to buy in-season produce, not only are you making the better choice for your health, but also for the environment and your local community. Many studies have shown that produce lose as much nutrient value in transit. Some of you may know that I actually work in the logistics of produce. I can confirm that sometimes the produce travels halfway around the world and then some before it arrives on your plate. And you probably don’t even want to know all about the chemicals used to keep it from ripening or what is done to get rid of pests that the destination country does not want.

Shorthand version of this post…
You should eat in-season and/or locally grown produce because:

1. The nutritional content is higher.
2. You lower your carbon footprint since food that’s not in season uses much more fuel and other resources in the transportation of it.
3. Local farmers will keep the money flowing in the community.