At 8.30pm on Saturday March 31st, 2012 millions of people around the world will turn out the lights for Earth Hour. This awareness movement is intended to get people talking about the importance of reducing human impact on the Earth.
Below you will find lists of activities that you can do to save energy, reduce your impact on the environment, and help spread awareness about Earth issues such as climate change.
You don’t have to wait for Earth Hour to try out some of these energy saving techniques. They are a great way to practice conservation monthly, weekly or even every day! Even planning ways to conserve is a great way to reassess our dependencies, and our impact on the Earth.
Earth Hour Checklist
Top Ten Things to Do to Save Energy
Here are some things that you can do to prepare for Earth Hour. Remember that saving energy is about more than just turning down the lights. Challenge yourself to do some or all of these energy saving things for Earth Hour – and every day – to save energy and help the planet.
#10 Fill Up Your Freezer
Did you know that an empty freezer uses up more energy than a full one?
If you have empty space in your freezer or deep-freeze, you can conserve energy – and reduce your electric bill – by freezing used pop bottles or milk jugs of water. Fill empty containers about 2/3rds full and place them in your freezer. The ice will...
With warmer temperatures arriving soon we are all excited to open the windows, wear a lighter jacket and take care of some spring cleaning. With all of the spring time sprucing up don’t forget about your body!
Spring detoxing is an important aspect of the ayurvedic seasonal routine and can help to increase immunity against colds, flu and infections. The changing of foods from warming winter meals to fresh, lighter fare is a natural and easy way of preparing your body for the spring season. During the winter our bodies store excess nutrients often in our gallbladder and liver and by spring we are ready to let go of it all, including the toxins. In order to help your body with its spring cleaning avoid sugary foods and caffeine. Try to reduce the amount of heavy animal fat you are consuming and try a lighter form of protein like free range or organic turkey or quinoa. Experiment with the local fruits and vegetables which being to emerge with the onset of warmer weather. Asparagus, peas, radishes, spring onions, chives, garlic, and lettuce are all spring vegetables that can be readily enjoyed. Dandelion greens and spinach are spring greens that will help with the detoxification process and can be eaten either cooked or raw. Try substituting coconut milk or coconut oil where you would normally use a dairy product or a vegetable oil. They provide added energy, necessary fats and great flavor!
If its still feeling a little frigid outside, Dr. Oz suggests...
(Dairy Free) Fettuccine Alfredo w/ Wild Salmon and Roasted Asparagus. As featured in EAT magazine online!
Thank you to EAT magazine for featuring The Apple Bistro in their online magazine! Here is a recipe from our test kitchen, look for it coming to an Apple Bistro near you!
by Claire Sear on Mar 22, 2012 • 9:44 am
Enjoy this Dairy Free Fettuccine Alfredo w/ Wild Salmon & Roasted Asparagus
at home courtesy of Nature’s Fare-Apple Organic Bistro
Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce
2 cups Raw Cashews
4 cups water
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp minced garlic
1tsp sea salt
2tsp white pepper
1 tsp nutmeg
1 bunch asparagus
1tbsp grapeseed oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 fillet wild salmon
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
4 tbsp dill
2 pkg Black Rice Soba Noodles
½ cup chopped parsley to garnish
Place cashews and water in a sauce pan and simmer for 20 min. Transfer cashews and water to a blender and
puree until smooth. In a separate saucepan sweat the shallots and garlic until translucent and add the pureed cashews.
Add sea salt, white pepper and nutmeg.
Cut your salmon filet into 6 pieces and toss them with the grapeseed oil, lemon juice, sea salt and black pepper.
Lay face up on a sheet pan and bake @325 for 7-10min. Chop the dill and sprinkle on top of baked salmon
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