Take action against climate change by replacing beef with pork, chicken, or turkey

Our 3 Favorite Tasty Meaty Burger Recipes Without Any Beef

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We love burgers! The bun, the juicy meat, the sauces, and the toppings. We can barely go through a week without one. But realizing how big of an impact beef has on climate change is making us rethink our dinner plans. How do we get our burger fix while also making more environmentally friendly choices? Turns out that switching from beef to another meat is one of the easiest things you can do to make a big impact. Yes that's right! No need to go with a veggie burger (although more power to you if that's what you choose!) If you swap out beef for pork in a meal, your carbon footprint is cut by a third (1). And if you swap out beef for chicken, your carbon footprint for that meal is 7 times smaller! That's why we love these three easy no-beef burger recipes. They're so flavorful and delicious that all meat loving eaters will enjoy them!

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3 DIY Face Mask Recipes to Brighten, Hydrate, and Tone

Ditch the harsh chemicals, plastic packaging and make your own!

Whether it's too much sun in the summer or much needed hydration in the winter, a sheet face mask is a great way to give nutrients and an extra boost to your skin. Plus face masks are basically the definition of self care. But as fun as store-bought face masks are, they do have some downsides. Many commercially available sheet masks contain harsh preservatives like parabens and potentially harmful chemicals because there isn't enough regulation on what can actually go in beauty products. And they aren't really that great for the environment because of the plastic packaging and every face mask just gets thrown away, creating more garbage.

Luckily you can save money, give your skin some much needed pampering, and help the environment by making your own DIY face mask! Win, win, win! Our favorite DIY face mask recipes feature ingredients like citrus, honey, yogurt, avocado, matcha, and turmeric. Each of the ingredients are favorites among skin care experts and we've tested all of them ourselves. All three of our favorite recipes have only 2 simple ingredients that you likely already have on hand, so you can definitely try one of these tonight!

We suggest buying a reusable washable sheet face mask to get the same spa-ish feel as a single-use sheet face mask. Here are some silicone face mask covers, and another cloth one that are both reusable and washable.

Honey Orange Brightening Face Mask Recipe

Orange juice is full of vitamin C, which is a natural skin brightener and has many anti-aging properties (1). Honey is a natural exfoliator and raw honey especially provides great balancing and soothing properties (2). These ingredients in combination make for a great brightening mask that's great for skin that appears dull and damaged. It's especially great during the summer, when UV rays can wreak havoc on your skin.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp Orange Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Honey

Instructions:

Mix the orange juice and honey in a small bowl and then apply and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with a lukewarm washcloth.


Super Green Hydration Face Mask

The creamy healthy fats in avocado provide some hydration super powers. Avocado is also an excellent source of Vitamin E and Vitamin C (3). Matcha green tea is packed with anti-aging and anti-inflammatory antioxidants (4, 5). When combined into a face mask, the texture is luxurious and provides a cooling and moisturizing effect that is addicting.

Ingredients:

  • ½ avocado, smashed until smooth
  • 1 tsp matcha

Instructions:

Mix the matcha into the avocado puree. You can also use an immersion blender if you want a smoother and fluffier texture. Apply the face mask and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with a lukewarm washcloth.


Turmeric Yogurt Toning Face Mask

Yogurt is a natural source of lactic acid that can gently help tone, brighten, and exfoliate your skin (6). Turmeric is antiinflammatory and the active compound, curcumin, has been shown to improve a multitude of skin conditions (7). This simple mask will help clarify your skin, while also increasing hydration and preparing your skin for the moisturizers or serums in your usual skincare routine.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp plain yogurt
  • ¼ tsp turmeric

Instructions:

Stir the turmeric into the plain yogurt. Apply the mask and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with a lukewarm washcloth.



Sources

  1. https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/9/8/866
  2. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jocd.12058
  3. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10408...
  4. https://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/24/23/4277
  5. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0021967303011336
  6. https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2014.0261
  7. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27213821/
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Sometimes the hardest part of cooking or meal prep can be figuring out what to make. It's hard to find a good balance between tasty and healthy. That's why we're sharing a tasty salad recipe that incorporates tips from our recent interview with Dr. Cynthia Li.

In our article titled 10 Science-Backed Ways to Detox With Cynthia Li, MD, Dr. Li mentions an important part of detoxing is to eat food your grandmother or great-grandmother would have recognized. Super processed food with a ton of hard-to-pronounce ingredients can have a detrimental effect on our health. There are certain foods that support detox more than others. This includes...

Foods that are good for detox such as omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, natural fiber, and herbs and spices

1. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids: wild salmon, walnuts & almonds, flax seeds freshly ground, avocado

2. Fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants: berries, kale, cabbage, tomatoes, citrus fruits, parsley, cilantro

3. Foods high in natural fiber: steel-cut oats, legumes, flaxseed meal, fruits & non-starchy vegetables

4. Herbs & spices: turmeric, fresh garlic, cumin, horseradish, ginger

It's easy to mix and match ingredients to create a ton of tasty dishes! The possibilities are endless. We created an awesome salad recipe using detox-approved ingredients. This salad is healthy, super tasty, and easy to make! You can also add protein and other seasonal fruit.

Kale, Chickpea, Avocado, and Citrus Salad

1 bunch kale, chopped into bite sized pieces

1/2 cup chickpeas (bonus points if cooked from dried beans or in a tetrapak or jar)

1 avocado, sliced

1 orange (or other citrus fruit) peeled and sliced

Creamy and Herby Walnut Dressing

1/3 cup walnuts

1 small garlic clove

1 Tbsp chopped parsley

3 Tbsp apple cider or white wine vinegar

1 Tbsp honey

1/3 cup olive oil

Salt and pepper

Instructions

Add walnuts, garlic, parsley, vinegar and honey to small food processor. Process until walnuts are in small chunks then start adding in olive oil

Massage kale with dressing then add toppings

Add dressing to taste

Enjoy!

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Klean Up Kraft Petition

Add your name to get chemicals out of our mac and cheese

Not the beloved mac 'n' cheese! Sadly, it's true. Researchers have found phthalates, a chemical often added to plastic to make it flexible, in your favorite comfort food. Yuck!

While our mac 'n' cheese isn't the only way phthalates are getting into our bodies, it is still something we want to avoid. As phthalates get into our systems, they can cause problems like infertility, slow developmental growth, diabetes, and even asthma. So, we really do want to avoid them as much as we can so that we can keep our risk of getting any of these health problems as low as possible.

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