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01.30.14 One Simple Change: Drink Water First Thing in the Morning

Guest post: We are thrilled to introduce Winnie Abramson, ND for a series of posts excerpted from her book, One Simple Change. Winnie lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York with her family and is passionate about good food and good health. She also shares her wisdom and delicious recipes on her blog HealthyGreenKitchen.com.

Read on for a simple pledge that enters you in a monthly drawing for $250 from MightyNest.  Read more...

01.13.14 Mightier Ways to Pop Your Corn

Find out how you can make this wonderfully nutritious snack even healthier, then take the pledge to try a mightier way of popping corn!

Every year, Americans eat 16 billion quarts of popcorn. Or, 51 quarts for each of us. Or, let's just say, we snack on a quart of this tasty (and potentially nutritional) treat every week. With all of this popcorn eating, it only makes sense to make the tastiest and healthiest popcorn we can.  Read more...

07.18.13 Refreshing Flavored Waters

We are reminded often of the very important health benefits of staying well hydrated. A cool glass of clean water is often the answer. But other times, it's just not enough. Instead of sugary juices and sodas to satisfy (some) taste buds, try creating new combinations of muddled fruit and herb concoctions. No calories, loads of flavor and the advantage of easily adding to your total daily water intake.

Using a glass jug, pitcher or carafe, start by adding citrus, berries or melon and a complementary herb like mint, basil, sage or rosemary and muddling the contents at the bottom. Muddling simply means to press the fruit and herbs against the side of the glass (with a muddler) to release the flavors of the fruit and herbs. Mint and basil can be muddled with a lighter touch - you don't want to over muddle these or they turn bitter, but ingredients like rosemary and limes can withstand a heavier muddling hand, although rosemary releases a strong flavor, so you'll want to be mindful of this otherwise the flavor will overwhelm any accompanying fruit.

Some favorite flavor combinations: Read more...

06.13.13 Farm to Table

For many people, a trip to the local Farmer's market is a weekend must. Many markets have food vendors whipping up ripe smoothies, delicious crepes, tamales and some even provide great kid entertainment, and fresh food to sample. I can safely say that going to the grocery store is not a favorite errand for my daughter. But going to the Farmer's Market...sure thing!

Clearly, most would agree that shopping at the local farmer's market is much more appealing than a trip to a big chain grocery store. And beneficial too. Besides actually talking to a farmer about their growing methods, and maybe even learning a new method of preparing their specialty crop, you'll reap the benefits from: Read more...

06.04.13 The Essential: 6 Uses For Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil has so many uses, it's no wonder this oil is a staple in many people's medicine cabinets. And it certainly does much more than freshen your breath! It's used to soothe nausea and other stomach issues, perk the senses up before a long meeting, and cool overworked muscles (thanks to the menthol). Luckily, peppermint also helps to clear congestion, quiet headaches and tackle symptoms from PMS.  Read more...

05.08.13 The Heavy Cost of a Plastic Water Bottle

Last week, we wrote about what's involved in the making of a plastic water bottle. As a quick reminder, consumers are really (and obviously) mainly paying for the plastic water bottle itself when they choose to buy a disposable, single-use plastic water bottle...equaling 90% of the cost. That's quite a bit of unnecessary oil that could be used for far better purposes than a quick answer to thirst. We also talked about the inevitable opportunity for a plastic water bottle to be contaminated during manufacturing, as that's just chance in a complicated process.

Why take a chance? Read more...

04.22.13 Healthy Home, Healthy Earth: Win A $500 Healthy Home Makeover!

Happy Earth Day! 

At MightyNest, we believe that creating a healthy home is the foundation of a healthy Earth. Our purpose is to help families create healthy, safe and nontoxic homes that are free of known toxins. For us, it all starts with avoiding the many harmful chemicals that are present in synthetic materials.  There are over 80,000 synthetic chemicals present in products on the market today and a higher volume of them are produced each year. Of those, less than 20% have been tested for their toxicity. That's certainly an unsettling number. It is still unclear what the long-term consequences of some of these chemicals will pose to our health and the health of our children. And yet, chemicals are all around us so we can't entirely avoid them, but we can make informed decisions to reduce our exposure. That is what MightyNest is all about. We're here to empower you to do the same for your family. Read more...

04.18.13 Clean Green Laundry Routine

Many years ago, out of the blue, I developed the itchiest rash I had ever experienced. It was like a switch turned on and my skin (mainly my arms and legs) felt on fire. In order to not scratch them like mad, I resorted to slathering on all sorts of anti-itch creams, aloe, benedryl. But the itching persisted and I became more and more filled with anxiety. Hives? I had had a bout earlier in my life..maybe that was it. Dust mites? My mom was convinced that I was experiencing an allergic reaction to mites and a good dust mite mattress cover would solve this itching crisis. Bedbugs? I had just moved to NYC...

There was no time to hypothesize. I went to my family doctor. His first question: "Did you change laundry detergents?" And then he added, "Did you use a dryer sheet?"

I did.  Read more...

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