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Giveaway: The Green Foodprint

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

*** This giveaway is now closed. Thank you all for participating. A winner will be announced shortly

Congratulations to our winner Debbie! She wrote "I shop at our local farmers markets as much as I can and always use re-usable bags. I also ride my bike as much as possible and living in Arizona makes that possible for most of the year."

I know a lot of you Herbies are concerned with your carbon footprint, but have you thought about your foodprint?  The Green Foodprint gives advice on various ways to reduce your foodprint.

There are many things we can do to reduce our foodprint and make it greener. The most apparent is to buy food with little packaging. Obviously, if there is less packaging (or recyclable packaging) there is less of a foodprint left behind.

The Green Foodprint talks about this as well as many other ways to lower your foodprint, like eating lower, shorter and wider on the food chain. It also explains the difference between the types of grocery stores and gives great ideas about how to reduce your foodprint when eating out and even camping. They also discuss ways to reduce your foodprint at home, did you know there was such a thing as a solar oven?

This book is very detailed and easy to follow for those of you who may be new to reducing your foodprint as well as beneficial to those of you looking for more and better ways. There are many little interesting facts added in, like how the city of San Francisco collects food waste and composts it before sending it to vineyards, and other local businesses.

Leave a comment below about what you do to reduce your foodprint to win a copy of the book! I will announce the winner on Tuesday.

Happy Holidays!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays from HHHQ!

This Week's Q&A (Talking food prep, road trips, eating out & more)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQ

You've got questions, I've got answers!

1. What foods are good to prep and freeze before a holiday?

Most anything can be prepped ahead and stored in the fridge. I don't like to freeze anything - I find it always changes the texture. Plus I've never really had freezer space. With holidays and such, I do the prep work a few days ahead so I'm just shoving things into the oven or heating them on the stove. They're still cooked or baked fresh, rather than reheated, but the legwork is done in advance.

2. What can I take to eat on road trips? I have kids.

We always bake a batch or two of HH muffins, ingredients for PB&J, fresh fruit, bean burritos, trail mix, the granola bars p. 23 in Everyday Happy Herbivore. If we're stopping overnight at a hotel, soup. Though you can heat soups in most gas stations. I've also heard great things about McDougall's Right Food soup mixes. I think you just add water.

3. Are dried beans susceptible to pesticides?

Organic dried beans should be pesticide free. If it's not organic, anything goes -- it would probably depend on the brand.

4. What are some tips for eating out?

See my post on traveling and eating out.

5. What do you feed your dogs? 

The pugs are on a homemade vegan diet, which I talk about here. There are also plenty of vegan and vegetarian kibbles on the market -- like Vdog