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March 5th, 2012

How to Make Perfect Popcorn

Perfect popcorn

When we are searching for a healthy snack popcorn is often the answer. It’s a longstanding favorite in our home. Over the years I’ve tried every way imaginable to make it: in an air popper, in the microwave and on the stove top.  My love for microwave popcorn didn’t last long once I learned about the toxic chemicals that are released once the bag is heated.  The air popper worked well until we lost the top. I’m seriously baffled by this one.  Socks are lost daily, but the top of an air popper?

I wasn’t willing to give up my popcorn fix so I was forced to revert back to old fashioned popcorn on the stove top and it doesn’t disappoint. After several attempts and a few (hundred) burnt kernels I think I have it down pat.

Popcorn is one of those foods that should be cooked in an oil with a high smoke point. I’ve turned to my new favorite oil for the job: coconut oil.

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for: my secret recipe for the……..

PERFECT POPCORN

Organic popcorn in bowl

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup organic popcorn
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 4 quart or larger pot with lid
  • Seasoning of choice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place coconut oil in pot along with 2-3 popcorn kernels.
  2. Cover the pot and heat the oil and few kernels on medium heat.
  3. Once the few kernels have popped add the remainder of the popcorn and place the lid back on the pot.
  4. After the kernels have been added remove the pot from the heat for about 30 seconds (a trick I learned from Simply Recipes).  Then return the pot to the heat.
  5. Shake the pot gently every 30 seconds to prevent the kernels from sticking and burning.
  6. Turn the heat off when there are a few seconds between pops. If you are using an electric stove top, move the pot to a different burner.
  7. Add your favorite topping. My favorite toppings are nutritional yeast and coarse sea salt.

Popcorn is dairy, gluten and nut free (provided you don’t use peanut oil).

What are your favorite popcorn toppings?

 

Have you used a Whirley-Pop ?

[Photos used under creative commons from Andrew Rivitt, Aspaonline/Flickr]

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Linked up with: The Greenbacks Gal, I Thought I Knew Mama

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 2nd, 2012

Tide, Safe Pots and Pans, Makeup and More

Newspaper

Every week I’m amazed by the variety of headlines that pass by my desk. This week was no different. Here are a few headlines that caught my attention:

  • There was a lot of buzz surrounding opening day of The Lorax movie. The movie opens today-Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
  • There was also great information on how to avoid artificial flavors in your food.
  • We found out that Walmart will be selling Monsanto GMO corn starting this summer.
  • My friend Anna over at Green Talk started a petition asking the FDA and the EU to institute strict guidelines regarding arsenic in rice. Please take a few seconds to sign Anna’s petition.
  • The beauty of Julianne Moore’s gorgeous clean air gardens (which happen to be right in New York City) helped to ground me and put some perspective on the larger issues facing us these days.

A Few Recipes to Try

Stephanie from Good Girl Gone Green shared an awesome recipe for an  Almond Cup Smoothie. Amy from The Healthy Apple has a fantastic recipe for Arugula Salad with Moroccan Mint Brussels Sprouts ,which is dairy and gluten free. Anything with brussels sprouts catches my attention.

How Safe are Your Pots and Pans?

My ongoing search for non-toxic pots and pans continues.  There are many different types of cookware to choose from, however not all pots and pans are created equal. Some materials used to make pots and pans shouldn’t come in contact with food.  If you are trying to create a greener and cleaner kitchen there are a few types of cookware that should be avoided. Also pay close attention to the safety of your cooking utensils. Continue reading HERE.

Tell Tide to Take the Cancer Causing Chemicals Out of Their Detergent

Last I checked we had 1,882 signatures on our petition asking Tide to remove 1,4-dioxane (a known cancer-causing chemical) out of its detergent! That’s amazing.Thanks to everyone who has taken a few seconds and added their name to the list. If you would like to sign the PETITION please click HERE.

Pin of the Week

Pinterest continues to be my new playground. I’m thrilled to see so many of you have joined me. This week my favorite pin led me to this article on 7 Ways to Clean with Castile Soap. Dr. Bronner’s has been a staple in our house for a long time.

Giveaway

If you’re interested in testing out mineral makeup, don’t forget to enter the great giveaway from Style Essentials. The products are non-toxic, green and without harmful chemicals.

Are you heading to see The Lorax this weekend? Let me know what you think. Have a groovy green weekend!

[Photo used under Creative Commons from NW Newsflash/Flickr]

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December 20th, 2011

3 Vegan Healthy Hanukkah Recipes

3 Vegan Healthy Hanukkah Recipes Groovy Green Livin

As Hanukkah (the Jewish festival of lights) settles in for eight days tonight at sundown, traditional Hanukkah foods find their way onto tables around the world.  It’s surprising to many that much of the food we eat is already vegan without even putting forth an effort. Tweaking simple, traditional Hanukkah recipes into vegan and vegetarian dishes is an easy way to make a big impact on your health and the health of the planet.

Why vegan or vegetarian?

  • Vegetarian is a person who does not eat meat, fish, fowl, or, in some cases, any food derived from animals, as eggs or cheese.
  • Veganism (vegan pronounced VEE-gun) is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients.

Veganism, the natural extension of vegetarianism, is an integral component of a cruelty-free lifestyle. Living vegan provides numerous benefits to animals’ lives, to the environment, and to our own health–through a healthy diet and lifestyle.

The UN estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that accelerate climate change. Each year the average American eats 200 pounds of meat.  Eating a plant-based diet isn’t just kind to animals and good for your health (and waistline!), it’s also the single most effective thing you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.

In the spirit of a green and healthy Hanukkah here are a few recipes for traditional Hanukkah foods in their vegan form.

Healthy Hanukkah recipe vegan potato latke Groovy Green Livin

Vegan baked latkes. Jewish or not, these traditional Hanukkah potato pancakes will work year round. They won me over because they are baked rather than fried.  Use organic ingredients for an extra dose of healthy eating. Serve them up with some applesauce and you can’t go wrong.

Vegan sweet potato latkes. It’s challenging to find a vegan latke recipe since most call for eggs. This recipe changes up the traditional latke recipe and uses flax meal, sweet potatoes and buckwheat flour.

Homemade unsweetened applesauce. This recipe is delicious, simple and doesn’t have any added sugar. Make a batch and pile it on top of those latkes.

Wishing everyone who celebrates Hanukkah a wonderful holiday.

Do you have any favorite vegan healthy Hanukkah dishes? Please share in the comments!

October 28th, 2011

Organic Apples and Snow

organic fruit bowl

As I write this post it’s late at night and snowflakes are falling for the first time this season. It’s October and I am going to sleep tonight in denial -knowing that my kids don’t have boots, coats, gloves or hats that fit. We are not prepared for snow. I’m hopeful that when I wake the grass will be green again and the sidewalks clear of the white stuff. **

In spite of of the atypical weather, it’s still technically fall and our fruit bowl is filled to the rim with organic apples and oranges. It’s a challenge to eat them before they become bruised, mushy  and inedible.  Recently I tried making apple chips, a recipe that’s gluten, dairy and nut-free. They were delicious, low calorie and devoured. The recipe itself is simple, but the chips have to bake for a bit.  Let me know if you give them a try.

What’s your favorite apple recipe? My favorite is apple crisp.

[Photo used under Creative Commons from Hakan Dahlstrom/Flickr]

 

**Update: There was still snow this morning.


snow in October

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I’m Lori Popkewitz Alper, a recovering attorney, mom of three and the Founder of Groovy Green Livin. I hope you'll join me as I embark on a journey to live a healthy life. Along the way I might make a few pit stops to fight for issues that affect the health and safety of our families. Come along with me as I work hard to make the world a little safer for each of us. Together we'll discover that simple, small changes can lead to a healthier lifestyle and a greener planet.

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