Wishing everyone a healthy and happy 2011 from “Mom” at Tiny Green Mom! May the next 365 days be filled with memories worth keeping, and each moment graced with joy.

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
Oprah Winfrey

If you’re like most Americans, 90 percent of your life is spent indoors. Therefore, it is critical to ensure your home is as healthy as it can be!

By utilizing the nine simple steps below, you can have a healthy home with improved indoor air quality in no time, and everyone will be breathing easier (pun intended!).

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Tips to a Healthier Home

1. Insulate your home to keep your family comfortable and improve energy efficiency. SAFETOUCH™ Insulation contributes to improved indoor air quality and resists mold growth.* SAFETOUCH™ Insulation doesn’t contain added formaldehyde or itchy fiberglass fibers.

2. Air Seal your home to keep critters and insects out and conditioned air in! Use GREAT STUFF™ Insulating Foam Sealants and save money on your utility bills, too! For usage tips, check out the Air Seal Audit Checklist.

3. Review the EPA’s tips 4 for preventing and controlling mold. Mold spores produce allergens that can trigger asthma attacks and cause sneezing, runny nose and red eyes.

4. Keep your home free of radon, a colorless, odorless gas that can cause lung cancer 5 by ensuring your home is properly insulated.

5. Ditch tobacco products. The toxic chemicals found in secondhand smoke from products like cigarettes can irritate lungs, or worse, lead to heart disease or lung cancer.

6. Consider purchasing a hygrometer to maintain the relative humidity in your home between 30–50%6 7. High humidity encourages mold growth.

7. Install a carbon monoxide detector8. Carbon monoxide is an invisible gas that is odorless and tasteless. Inhaling high levels of the gas poisons your body and can be deadly.

8. Limit the use of pesticides and household chemicals containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat; damage the central nervous system and kidneys; and increase the risk of cancer.

9. Change air filters every few months to make sure dirty air isn’t re‐circulating through your home.

You can find more valuable information online about how to protect your indoor air from pollutants from the American Lung Association and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

* Doesn’t support mold growth.

1 SAFETOUCH™ Fiberglass-Free Insulation.

2 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. 1997.

3 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Mold Basics.”

4 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home.”

5 American Lung Association. “Radon.”

6 California Environment Protection Agency Air Resources Board Fact Sheet. “Reducing Your Exposure to Formaldehyde.” August

2004.

7 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Dust Mites.”

8 Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. About.com: Chemistry. “Carbon Monoxide Detectors.”

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Twenty-five minutes is all it takes to roast these walnuts delicately spiced with a hint of rosemary, from CHOW.com! They make a unique appetizer to serve alongside cocktails at your New Year’s Eve soiree!

Roasted Rosemary Walnuts

Ingredients

5 cups walnuts

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped

4 teaspoons kosher salt

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle.

Place nuts on a baking sheet. Add remaining ingredients and mix with your hands to evenly coat.

Bake until nuts are browned and toasted, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet, transfer to a bowl, and serve.

*Recipe and image courtesy of CHOW.com.*

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Visit www.EcoMom.com.

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Voskos Greek Yogurt is offering a printable $0.75 off coupon on their website, perfect for nutritious snacking in the New Year! Print the coupon here.

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Snack Smarter in the New Year!

It is that time of the year again when we start to think of ways to improve ourselves in the upcoming year! For most, eating healthier and becoming more fit are high on the list of resolutions. Below are 5 snack-tastic ideas for tasty & nutritious foods to reach for that won’t induce guilt (or pack on the pounds!) in 2011. As always – everything in moderation is a good mantra to live by!

Voskos YoGreek Yogurt

Snack happy with YoGreek! Packaged conveniently, this healthy & delicious new snack from Voskos is just plain fun – one side contains crunchy granola that tips right into the yogurt side for easy snacking, especially on the go! “Mom” is wild about YoGreek, especially the strawberry flavor. Decadent, creamy, and brimming with health benefits, such as calcium, fiber, protein, and live probiotics – who needs ice cream? www.voskos.com

Panda Licorice

Craving something sweet yet natural? Reach for Panda Licorice! Made with fruit puree, this all-natural snack has no artificial colors, artificial flavors, preservatives, hydrogenated fats or salt. In addition, Panda is suitable for vegetarian, vegan, Kosher and Halal diets. Panda Licorice comes in 3 juicy, delicious flavors: Original Black, Raspberry and Cherry! All Panda Licorice come in boxes, re-sealable bags and 100 calorie bars. www.pandalicorice.com

Newman’s Own Organics Chocolate Bars

Stop – that chocolate cake may look tempting, but conquer your lust for chocolate with a square or two of Newman’s Own Organics Chocolate Bars. Rich, satisfying, and made with organic ingredients, a small square savored is sure to please! Plus, the dark chocolate bars pack an additional antioxidant punch! The bars are available in Dark Chocolate, Super Dark Chocolate, Mocha Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Espresso Dark Chocolate, and Orange Dark Chocolate. www.newmansownorganics.com

Nature’s Path Granola Bars

100% USDA Certified Organic – Nature’s Path Granola Bars make a convenient snack at anytime of the day, whether you need a quick yet healthy bite for breakfast as you dash out the door, or an afternoon pick-me-up that won’t break the caloric bank! The best part? Nature’s Path Granola Bars don’t contain artificial preservatives, additives, genetically modified organism (GMOs) or synthetic pesticides, but they are full of great tasting ingredients such as fruit, nuts and real organic yogurt. Plus, they are a great source of whole grains and omega-3’s.

Nature’s Path Granola Bars are available in 8 delicious flavors:

Pumpkin-n-Spice – mineral-rich roasted pumpkin seeds and Omega-3 rich flaxseeds with a dash of cinnamon.

Mmmaple Pecan – made with organic maple syrup, crunchy pecans and a drizzle of sweet, creamy icing.

Berry Strawberry – a mix of organic strawberries and raspberries, topped off with just the right amount of real, creamy yogurt.

Lotta Apricotta – chock full of dried apricots, roasted almonds and drizzled with real yogurt icing.

Sunny Hemp – a blend of hempseed, flaxseed and sunflower seeds with juicy raisins.

Peanut Buddy – peanut butter and whole roasted peanuts for a chewy bar with crunch.

Peanut Choco – two of our favorite flavors, crunchy peanuts drizzled with dark chocolate.

Chococonut – the perfect combination of dark chocolate chips and a hint of sweet, buttery, nutty coconut.

The bars are available nationwide at Whole Foods, or you can order them online at www.naturespath.com.

Resveratrol WineTime Chocolate Raspberry Bar

Chocolate? Check! Antioxidants? Check! Resveratrol? Check! Fruit? Check! Who says you can’t have it all? WineTime has just introduced their newest bar – Chocolate Raspberry! Brimming with flavor and all manner of good things – this is the bar to reach for when snacking that truly does it all. As they say, indulge in longevity…. www.winetimebar.com

*Companies generously provided samples and images for this article.*

A light, refreshing, and non-alcoholic drink that can be served on New Year’s Eve to both children and adults, this Green Apple Sparkler from CHOW.com adds a nice touch to the festivities!

Green Apple Sparkler

Ingredients

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup water

2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 7 to 8 medium limes)

1 medium Granny Smith apple

Ice

3 3/4 cups club soda, chilled

1 medium lime, cut into 6 wedges

Preparation

At least 4 hours and up to 3 days before making the drink, bring the sugar and water to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the lime juice. Let cool to room temperature, then transfer to a 1-quart container.

Halve, core, and cut the apple into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Place the apple slices in the lime syrup and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate until the apple flavor infuses the syrup, at least 4 hours or up to 3 days.

When ready to serve, strain the mixture through a mesh strainer set over a medium bowl or small pitcher; reserve the apple slices for the garnish. Fill a 10-ounce collins glass with ice, add 3 ounces of the syrup, top with 5 ounces of the club soda, and stir gently with a long spoon or straw. Garnish with a lime wedge and a few reserved apple slices. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make 6 drinks.

*Recipe and image courtesy of CHOW.com.*

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Offering natural and superior defenses against stress, sun damage and toxins, this tonic is taken daily in liquid form for optimal absorption. Just 1 tsp. a day is all you need to take advantage of the numerous health benefits!

For more information on Resveratrol Cellular Age-Defying Tonic, other products from Reserveage Organics, or to order, please visit www.reserveage.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

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