Good old pizza night. It can be easy to find a ready made crust, but I like to make mine. When I was experimenting with a gluten free diet, it took me awhile to come up with a crust I liked. This cauliflower crust is super good. There is so much cheese in the cauliflower mixture, you barely need any as a topping.
1 large head cauliflower
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 egg, beaten
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. dried oregano
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Break up cauliflower intoflorets. Place florets and 1/2 to 3/4 cup water in a medium sized pot. Cover with a tight lid, steam florets on high for 5-8 minutes or until cauliflower is is very tender. Chop cooked florets into very small pieces, or pulse in a food processor. The cauliflower should be fine but not mushy. In a large bowl, mix together egg, caulilfower, salt and oregano. Lightly grease a cookie sheet or pizza pan. Pat mixture into a round “crust.”
Bake at 450 degress for about 15 minutes or until golden. Let the crust cool slightly. Top with your favorite pizza ingredients. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
Makes one 10” pizza
Finger Lakes Running & Triathlon Co. on the Commons
Do you remember the warm weekend we had a few weekends ago? That warm weather got me me quite excited for spending time outside (thank you for the joke, mother nature). One of my favorite outdoor activities is running or walking the Cass Park loop. It is a nice flat loop about 2.5 miles long. A few of us from GreenStar started exercises together last spring to get in shape for the Tough Turtle (more on that later).
Running was never my thing, but it started to feel pretty good. The shoes I bought last year are pretty worn out. Luckily the Guide to Being Local book features a few different coupons from the Finger Lakes Running & Triathlon Co. Getting 20% off a single in-stock item seemed like a good opportunity to check out their selection of road and trail running sneakers.
Lisa the store manager
This is the type of store that gives real customer service. Lisa, the store manager, was very helpful. She asked me about my exercise and running habits. She had me walk to see what my gait was like and gave me a few shoe options to try out. The personalized service was very informative. I would have bought a very different sneaker online that would not have been the right shoe for me. In my dreams I am my 20 year old self living in Colorado running up mountains. My shoe would be a super slick trail shoe. Reality is now, at 40 something, with barely time to workout, and difficulty going uphill. My new sneakers are white and pink with very good support. Finger Lakes Running carries a nice selection of workout apparel too. They sponsor special events and are a resource for running information in our area.
My fist run of the season ended up being a tiptoe through the ice at Cass park. It was a bit early in the day (8am) for the ice to melt. Fresh air felt so good! I can’t wait for the weather to break. Maybe you will join me some morning for a walk or run.
Eating heathy is not always easy. Every time we leave our homes there is temptation and encouragement to eat bad quality food. It takes far more effort to make conscious choices than to just run to any store and grab anything you can find. I have identified the three most common situations where clean eating is the most difficult and have addressed some tips that will help you keep your goals.
Travel is so tricky. We get off of our regular schedules and finding healthy food can be tough. My biggest tip: travel with a large empty water bottle. You cant take liquids through security, but you can take an empty bottle. Once you go through, find the nearest water fountain and fill up. I personally hate plastic water bottles and worst of all, they are all too small! Flying dehydrates our bodies and if we don’t get enough water, we will be much more tempted to eat bad food. Also, the two cups of water that you get on a flight is not even close to enough!! Try to drink at least an entire large bottle of water during your trip–more if you can. Also, food. Food in airports is usually pretty gross (although Emmy’s Organics macaroons are available in many US airports!), if you don’t plan ahead, you are forced to eat something that you don’t want to. The night before your flight, get a healthy snack together. Many of the bagged snacks in the bulk section are perfect for travel or take a few pieces of fruit. If you eat eggs, my favorite is to bring 2-3 hardboiled eggs with me. Put them in a zip lock bag that you can peel them into when you are ready to eat. They are filling and easy to travel with.
DINNER WITH FRIENDS
Going to someone else’s house for dinner who doesn’t follow the same diet as you is hard. It is so easy to feel guilty for not eating what they prepare for you. My favorite tip: offer to bring an appetizer and side dish. Bring some fresh vegetables and hummus and a hearty salad. When you serve yourself at dinner, take some salad first. Make that the bulk of your plate before taking the other dishes. You will feel better knowing that your meal was mostly vegetables. Also, if the weather is nice, suggest a walk after dinner with the group, this will allow you to burn off some of the food that you wouldn’t have eaten otherwise.
LUNCH AT WORK
When you are busy working on numerous projects, the last thing you want to do is to figure out what to eat thats healthy. My plan? SALAD! People have this idea that salads take time to make. I strongly disagree. At the beginning of the week, buy a large container of pre-washed salad greens. Then pick a few toppings that will last you throughout the week. I love seaweed, seasoned nuts, avocado and some kind of protein (cubed tofu, hardboiled egg, leftovers from dinner the night before). If you keep this handy to take to work or even leave in your office refrigerator, you will never need to go buy a lunch that is less quality. Will you eat the same thing all week? Yes. Will you be able to keep your energy and nutrition levels up all day? Yes.
What other situations to find it hard to keep your diet clean? Do you have any other tips or advice that you want to share? Please share in the comments!
Get ready for a year of shopping with me. Today I bought The Guide to Being Local. Have you seen this? It is a coupon book generated by Local First ithaca. For $15 you get over $1000 worth of saving s at local businesses. The GreenStar coupons alone are worth fifteen bucks. It is easy to make your money back and the coupons are good until the end of the 2014. The guide is full of fun information about our local economy and small businesses.
Here is an example of the deals:
10% off at Good to Go! in Trumansburg
$5 off a purchase of $20 or more at Sarah’s Patisserie
$10 off a class package at Mighty Yoga
20% off a single in-stock item at Finger lakes Running and Triathlon Co
2 for 1 admission at Cinemapolis
The list goes on and on….
My first coupon to use will be for GreenStar, $5 off a $20 or more purchase. An easy opportunity. With so many choices to save, where will I go next?
Local First Ithaca
So many people want to talk to me about starting their own business. I love it. I think it is so fun to get creative and figure out how to make things happen. Ian and I started our company just based on a dream. We literally thought “wow, these macaroons would like so cute in a package!” We had no experience and no idea what we were doing. But we DID it and have learned so much along the way. Here are some easy first steps you can take to turn that dream or idea into a reality:
TALK ABOUT IT OUT LOUD: So many times, we get ideas and we are too embarrassed to share them. If you feel like you have a great business idea, your words are going to bring it into a reality. So, call a friend, talk with someone at the grocery store, etc. Make it a part of your daily conversation. Listen to feedback or brainstorm. Your words will begin to create your business and will call you forward to take the next steps.
GET INSPIRATION: Whatever type of business idea you have, there are so many people out there running incredible businesses. Target a few companies (large or small) that you can be inspired by. Sign up for their newsletter, follow them on facebook, etc. Start to get acquainted with the way they do business. It just might spark a new idea for you. There are many food companies that I look up to but I also get a lot of inspiration from Marie Forleo’s business videos. She is a marketing and business guru and I love the way she presents her company.
FIGURE IT OUT: After getting inspired and talking about your business idea, you need to come up with a semi-plan. What are you selling? What does your product or service cost you? Who are you selling to? What are your goals from starting this company? These are some of the basic questions you will need to answer to get things going.
MAKE IT TANGIBLE: After you have gotten a little more clear on what it is you are doing, make your business a tangible thing. Create a facebook page, start a blog, start an instagram account. If you are selling products, perhaps list them on Etsy or Amazon. There are so many free ways to get your business out there! If you want to really make it real, purchase a domain name! This will cost you anything for $10-$15 for a whole year. This will really give you some motivation to use your domain and make things happen!
Starting a company is not complicated, it just takes action and drive. Half the battle is in not convincing yourself to stop moving forward. Believe me, if I can you do it, you can to .
Go for it!
We had so much fun sharing our boozy bourbon chili and our farmhouse beef chili (With local beef from Englbert farms). Special thanks to all the folks as Downtown Ithaca for making such a great event happen. Check out some our photos from the event:
Photo Credits: Janelle Tompkins Photography
Cold weather, hot chili, what could be a better combination. GreenStar is so excited to participate in this weekend’s Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-Off. This is one of our favorite events of the year, even when it is 20 degrees outside.
Erik, our prepared foods manager is working on two great chili choices, Farmhouse Beef Chili made with local free range beef, and Boozy Bourbon Veggie Chili. He spends all day Friday and wakes up early Saturday to make these awesome chills. Our booth will be located on Cayuga St. by Sam’s Liquors. Get your picture taken with the giant chili and please vote for us for People’s Choice,
We are also sponsoring Galumpha, a family friendly dance troupe, at the State Theater on Saturday. The show starts at 3, just when you need to get warm. GreenStar member owners receive 20% off tickets to this show. Nothing like a member perk.
Cinnamon Banana Green Smoothie
This recipe is perfect for a Green Smoothie beginner or for anyone who is looking to add some more green into their diet. It is sweet, hearty and packed with nutrition that will certainly give you a morning or midday boost!
Makes Approximately 2.5 Cups
2 Cups Unsweetened Almond Milk (Store bought or fresh)
2 Frozen Bananas **
1 1/2 packed Cups Fresh Washed Spinach
1 Tablespoon Raw Hulled Hemp Seeds
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
Pinch of Himalayan Salt
Combine all ingredients in a blender (regular or high speed) and blend until smooth. If you are using frozen bananas in a regular blender, I recommend cutting the bananas into small pieces for blending.
Serve as soon as possible, fresh is best. Can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 24 hours.
**If you do not have frozen bananas on hand, use fresh bananas and add 1 Cup of Ice to the blender. The frozen element adds to the creaminess of this smoothie!
For the Love of Food
GreenStar Community Projects Benefit Concert!
GreenStar Community Projects invites the public to show their love for food justice this Valentine’s Day (Friday, February 14th) by joining them in the newly renovated Space @ GreenStar (701 W. Buffalo St.) for a benefit concert featuring The Blind Spots…Check out their music video “Animal State”
Doors will open at 6:30 PM, show starts at 7 PM, with a $10 suggested donation at the door.
Attendees who bring a food donation for the Friendship Donation Network will be entered into a raffle. Local beer, wine and snacks will be available for purchase and there will be fabulous silent auction items generously donated by local artists and businesses. The evening will feature a short presentation highlighting efforts to build food justice in our community.
GreenStar Community Projects (GSCP), started in 2008, is the non-profit affiliate of GreenStar Natural Foods Cooperative that works to build food access, nutrition education and a sustainable local food system. The organization’s primary purpose is to increase access to healthy, natural food to those who may have previously found it unobtainable. For too long, movements supporting local food and sustainability have been exclusive to those with the financial resources to access them. To build and maintain a cohesive and effective food system is one of the largest steps we can take towards creating food justice. To learn more about the work of GSCP visit www.GreenStarCommunityProjects.org.
The Blind Spots are an all original, female-fronted, five-piece band from Ithaca (www.theblindspots.com). Since the release of their debut album El Camino Dream in 2010, they have played a handful of the northeast’s most well-renowned clubs and summer festivals building an ever-growing following along the way.
GGoofreenStar Community Projects
Well, it finally happened — I caught a cold and so did my kids. Considering all of the illnesses that have been going around this winter, I should be grateful it took this long to catch one. The problem is what to do about it?
We have all heard that antibiotics don’t help the common cold. Rest and fluids are best. How do I get my kids to understand that, or me for that matter? Here I am at work, thinking maybe if I can make it through the day I’m not actually sick. My office coworkers are not appreciating my sneezing, coughing, and runny nose. They think I should be home, resting. If I went home, chances are I would start cleaning.
My kids and I share similar symptoms, so you’d think we could take the same products for relief. Never works that way. My daughter (age 8) will try liquid tinctures and cough syrups. My son (age 4) prefers stuff he can chew. He’s the kid who crunches on cough drops. Both of them like sweet. I like good old herbal tinctures, regardless of the taste.
Here is what we buy:
There are so many great cold relief products out there, it can be hard to choose. My best advice is to buy something you or your family members will actually take. My kids have taught me that.