Holy Hemp!

HempWhole Foods celebrated Hemp History during the week June 3-9. Although I am late in joining the celebration, I love hemp products!  From personal care products to food, this amazing, environmentally friendly plant has been in use for thousands of years.

Due to weird drug laws, hemp’s use in the US has been limited. Most of the current supply for products comes from Canada. That is changing, as voters recognize the benefits of hemp.

Natural News reports:

The recent passage of Amendment 64 in Colorado, which legalizes the cultivation and recreational use of marijuana throughout the state, is having a major impact on the state’s agricultural sector. But the biggest potential for economic growth may actually come from marijuana’s non-psychoactive cousin hemp, which is right now being planted on U.S. soil for the first time in 60 years, thanks to the initiative’s passage.

Whole Foods sent us several hemp products to try:

Manitoba Harvest Shelled Hemp Seed, 8-Ounce Bags (Pack of 2)

Hemp Hearts are packed full of protein with 10 grams of plant-based protein per 30 gram serving size. Hemp Hearts are a great way to get an ideal ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3‘s including the rare EFA known as Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA). Testimonials have shown that GLA alone helps with arthritis, joint mobility, eczema, hormonal balance, migraines, menopause in women, healthy cholesterol & blood pressure levels and even weight management.

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Raw Vegan Desserts: Superfood Chia Seed, Almond Milk, Date, Coconut Pudding Recipe

Vegan Desserts:  Superfood Chia Seed, Almond Milk, Date, Coconut Pudding RecipeOne of the benefits of having friends on cleanse, but not actually be on a cleanse yourself, is they share new healthy recipes. I just learned how to and made chia seed pudding. It is super easy!  It’s amazing how just soaking the chia seeds overnight creates a pudding consistency. [Read more...]

5 Green Products: Dr. Sears Family Essentials, Nourish, May Books Baby Diary, Erin Baker’s Breakfast Cookies, Bebe Au Lait

1.  Dr. Sears Family Essentials Baby Care

Dr. Sears and family have long been trusted advisers of health and child-rearing. They clearly support attachment, natural parenting without coming off as too didactic. Now, the Sears family has created a line of baby care products that are 100% natural.

In the Sears family, we’ve made healthy children our life’s mission. After raising eight children and practicing pediatric medicine for more than 30 years, we have answered questions from thousands of parents. Millions more have sought our advice through our 40+ pediatric books, articles in parenting magazines, and our appearances on more than 100 television programs such as 20/20, Donahue, Good Morning America, Oprah, CBS This Morning, CNN, NBC’s Today Show and Dateline.

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5 Green Parent Posts: Mickey Hart, Generation Green, healthy children, Technorati, Gawker

Don’t forget to click on the titles to read the full articles on the original sites!

1.  Huffington Post:  Mickey Hart: There’s a Fire on the Mountain

Neuroscientists also have shown that the brain is hardwired for music, innovation and creativity, all other human activities follow. No human culture known to historians or anthropologists has ever existed without music and dance. The arts are a necessity for insight: the arts make us human.The energy that you acquire from art and music turns inspiration into invention. This allows an inventor to dream up something never envisioned before and creates new industries and good-paying jobs.

 

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Peanut Butter Recall Hits More Natural Foods: Uncle Eddie's Vegan PB Cookies

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Uncle Eddie’s Vegan Cookies is the latest victim of the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak, recalling its über-delicious Uncle Eddies Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate-Chip Cookies because they contain peanut butter supplied by Peanut Corporation of America.

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The recent Salmonella outbreak initially seemed to be confined to the mainstream food system, but with the recall of Clif and Luna bars, people are starting to realize that just because you buy natural foods, you aren’t any safer from some inherent weaknesses in our supply chain.

When a product from one factory can infect hundreds, possibly thousands, of people all over the country, our reach is too big. We can’t possibly be ensured of the safety of our food with a system like ours.

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Reusable Swim Diapers Make Pool and Beach Time Greener

Konfidence-USA Baby Swim PackThe advances in cloth diapering over the last few years, not only in availability of handy diaper services, but also the quality and simple use of the diapers themselves, have converted many a disposable diaper user to “greener” ways. But while many cloth diaper enthusiasts and flushable diaper users have strong opinions about which cloth diapers work the best, I’ve yet to see commentary on reusable swim diapers.

If you’re already a cloth diaper user, than the concept of using a resuable swim diaper is probably not a far stretch. But if you use disposables or ‘sposies, then you might be glad to know that reusable swim diapers are a fantastic budget conscious choice, particularly since disposable swim diapers are super expensive.

Truth be told, disposable swim diapers are more for easing our minds and less about containing bodily fluids and bowel movements. Basically, they just don’t contain all the chemicals that regular disposables do, therefore keeping them trim and less saggy when they hit water. But, they certainly don’t hold urine well. And, while they might hold a bowel movement for a good five minutes, you do not want your kid swimming around with a swim diaper full of poop.

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New Chapter Organics Whole-Food Organic Multivitamins for Every Kid

I am not entirely sold on the idea that people need to take multivitamins if they eat right, but I give them to my children frequently despite my reservations. I feel that multivitamins can accommodate for days when my children don’t eat well (or I don’t cook well). Now, there is an organic multivitamin powder for kids made by New Chapter Organics.

EveryKid comes in three flavors: awesome apple, brilliant berries, and grape (sold exclusively at Whole Foods). The powder can be taken directly or mixed with water, and it is recommended for children over the age of four. At first, my daughter thought EveryKid was strange, as she is used to a chewable multivitamin; however, in subsequent days she requested EveryKid over her regular Rainbow Light’s chewable NutriStars. EveryKid is organic. Since I only feed my children organic food, it makes sense to give them organic vitamins. Dr. Charles Benbrook, Chief Scientist of The Organic Center explains:

All kids need wholesome, safe foods that protect their growing bodies from pesticides, chemicals, and unknown risks from genetically-modified crops. Nourishing young bodies with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants each day is equally important, because growing up is serious business.EveryKid whole-food complexed multivitamins are a great way to fill any nutrient gaps in kids’ diets, so that they build a lifelong foundation for good health. [Read more...]

Kid Hosts Wanted for Whole Foods Video Podcasts

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