Makeover your morning strawberry and banana smoothie with the addition of pomegranate juice, making it antioxidant-rich! This delicious recipe can be found in the new Green Smoothie Joy!

Pomegranate & Strawberries Smoothie

Ingredients

1/2 cup of fresh pomegranate juice
1 banana
A handful of fresh strawberries (or frozen mixed berries)
1 large TBSP. of creme fraiche or low-fat plain yogurt
1 tsp. of honey (optional)
1 cup of water
ice

Preparation

Put all ingredients into blender and mix until smooth.

*Recipe and image courtesy of “Green Smoothie Joy!”*

These are powerhouse muffins for a great breakfast on-the-go, filled with a bevy of nutritious ingredients including oats, almond butter, agave nectar, banana and Mamma Chia!

Mamma Chia Banana Breakfast Muffins
Created by: Sage Gordon

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups organic whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup organic oats
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon organic cinnamon
1/4 cup organic agave nectar
1/4 cup organic almond butter
1 cup organic banana (mashed)
1 bottle Raspberry Passion Mamma Chia

Preparation

In a small bowl whisk together agave nectar, almond butter, mashed banana, and Mamma Chia (all wet ingredients). In a medium bowl combine wheat pastry flour, oats, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon (dry ingredients). Add wet to dry and mix until evenly moistened.

For smaller muffins, divide evenly into a 12 cup muffin tin. Can also make 10 large muffins in larger muffin tin. Paper muffin cups recommended.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 18 minutes, until a wooden toothpick comes out clean.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Sage Gordon and Mamma Chia.*

5 Natural and Easy Ways to Improve Your Fertility

Any couple that has considered their options for increasing fertility is no doubt a little worried about the possible results of hormonal or pharmacological means. Just look at what happened to octomom Nadya Suleman. Messing with your body chemistry could not only result in way more kids than you’re planning for, but it can also lead to uncomfortable side effects along the way, and there is no guarantee that a pregnancy will occur. And for the green would-be parents looking to reduce their carbon footprint, natural options are no doubt preferable. So here are a few easy adjustments you might make in order to raise fertility and optimize your chances for conception, sans pills, shots, and other unnatural treatments.

1. Adjust your diet and exercise. Being healthy and fit can only help to prepare your body for incubation, so your first efforts to improve fertility should fall in this area. If your regimen currently includes a lot of processed foods and very little exercise, there are several simple changes you can make. For starters, consider switching to natural or even organic foods. A diet that features mainly lean meats, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products (in proper portions) will help you to maintain or even lose weight. And adding moderate exercise 3-4 times per week in 30-minute sessions (as recommended by doctors) could help, as well. If you happen to be in good health already, you might consider whether or not your workout routine is rather extreme (90-minutes of intense exercise every day, for example) as this could also tip the scales. This applies to both women and men.

2. Take vitamins. Lowered levels of fertility may occur if your body is lacking essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. So get tested if necessary and ask your doctor to recommend ways in which you can increase any nutrients you are lacking. You might be able to get them through the foods you consume, but daily vitamin supplements could also be an option.

3. Avoid extra fluids. This doesn’t mean you should stop drinking water – hydration is essential to optimum levels of health! But there are certain areas where extra fluids could affect your fertility. So if you’re using lubricants (which can kill sperm) or douching (which can alter your pH balance and adversely affect the conditions that facilitate conception) you might want to give up the extra fluids for a while and see if it helps.

4. Ditch the briefs. Sperm seem to flourish in cooler conditions, so if dad is a fan of the tighty-whities, he could try switching to boxers and wearing looser pants in an effort to lower the temperature and ensure maximum levels of viable sperm.

5. Watch the calendar…and the clock. As you probably know, your best chances of conceiving fall during ovulation, which generally occurs between days 11 and 21 of your cycle (although this will vary from woman to woman and even from month to month). So you’ll want to focus your efforts on this time of the month. What you might not realize is that the time of day could make a difference, as well. Studies have shown that, on average, sperm count tends to be higher in the morning, so if your nocturnal activities haven’t yielded much success in forming the family cord, you might want to shift the hour of your efforts. Of course, these steps won’t technically increase your fertility, but they could just help you to target your strongest natural window for conception.

Bradley Cooper Wears an Eco-Friendly Suit to the Golden Globes

Celebrities have long been known for pushing the boundaries of fashion and moving the industry forward, especially where red carpet events are concerned. These galas are designed for celebs to show off their flamboyant and larger-than-life styles, and most of the participants do not disappoint. In some cases their risks pay off big, netting them the coveted title of “best dressed”. Others make the worst lists. It doesn’t really matter which type of attention they get, so long as they don’t fade into the background and get ignored by the media completely. While the public may be more interested in the performances these actors and actresses give on the silver screen, as well as the awards they receive, there is a certain segment of the population that pays close attention to what these stars are wearing, mainly so they can steal the style and remain fashion forward. So when a hot celebrity like Bradley Cooper, recently nominated for his acclaimed turn in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, is spotted in an eco-friendly tuxedo, it has a major impact.

In truth, it wasn’t his idea to don the two-piece Tom Ford creation, a tuxedo made from European wool that was spun and woven in a low-impact manner. Ford used this OEKO-TEX fabric to design what is being called the eco-tux, and Cooper wore it as part of Livia Firth’s Green Carpet Challenge, now in its fourth year of attempting to get actors on board with sustainable practices, presumably so that they can act as role models for the rest of us. Cooper may be one of the hottest names to go green on the red carpet thus far, but he’s in good company, joining other notable actors and actresses who have participated in previous years, including Javier Bardem, Kenneth Branagh, Meryl Streep (who won an Oscar for her role in ‘The Iron Lady’ while wearing an eco-friendly gown by Lanvin as part of the challenge), and of course, husband Colin Firth.

Firth, for her part, is the creative director of retail concept creator Eco Age, which generates green living solutions. And her desire to get celebrities involved in her environmental crusade is what brought about the Green Carpet Challenge. Since its inception it has attracted not only celebrities wishing to use their fame for good, but also designers keen to showcase their eco-friendly wares on an international stage. Tom Ford may have been the biggest “get”, and Firth commented that he has been something of a driving force in the “quest to merge ethics with aesthetics”. But fashion houses from Valentino to Chanel have lined up to participate, along with unsurprising additions like Stella McCartney, who has long boasted green sensibilities in both her personal and professional life.

And no one can deny that Cooper made an excellent spokesperson for the challenge. He couldn’t look bad in a suit if he tried, and Tom Ford’s eco-tux is certainly no exception. When it comes to red carpet dress attire, men don’t get a wide variety of options. But with Livia Firth’s Green Carpet Challenge they have certainly proved that they can use their wardrobe to make a bigger statement. And with the celebrity and designer names that the challenge has already managed to nab, the trend towards greener garments on the red carpet seems sure to grow.

Looking for a gift that will be appreciated by the mama-to-be? This affordable, luxe little gift set is the perfect addition to any gift to pamper the expectant mother. The Mom & Baby Gift Set Sampler by Dr. Hauschka offers a selection of nourishing trial size remedies for both moms and their newborns, and can be used on all skin types. “Mom” is loving the Rose Body Moisturizer – keeps your little one smooth as silk, and it makes her hands soft, too! An affordable $27.50, the set can be found online at Hazel Wood Children’s online store. We’re pretty sure your shopping won’t end there though with all of the lovely natural and organic choices for the whole family!

The Mom & Baby Gift Set Includes:

Rose Day Cream: has natural soothing properties, making it perfect for changing time, protecting baby’s skin from dryness often caused by diapering or harsh weather conditions, a moisturizing emulsion after bath time

Rose Body Moisturizer: Featuring precious rose ingredients to wrap baby’s skin in protective warmth. Sensitive skin is hydrated and kept as soft as a rose petal

Rose Body Oil: Damask rose extract and essential oil balance and harmonize, soothing and calming irritated skin while helping to soothe the senses

Lavender Bath: Perfect for Baby & Bath. Lavender essential oil imparts soothing warmth to the skin, relaxing the body, easing the mind, calming skin sensitivities and visibly reducing redness

Hand Cream: Softens, protects, renews. A daily moisturizer for dry, overworked hands. Protects hands from cold, harsh conditions

Blackthorn Body Oil: Care For Moms. Provides warmth and protection while supporting elasticity. Helps minimize the appearance of stretch marks due to weight loss or gain

Dr. Hauschka is a 45 year old German based, holistic skincare line that is made from 100% organic and biodynamic plant based ingredients offering products that can be used for moms, dads and babies alike. The line is truly a step above all others in terms of handcrafted quality and ingredients. They have been nurturing plant and mineral extracts since the 1930s. Their pharmaceutical expertise joins over forty years of pioneering work in holistic esthetics to create the purest, most effective natural skin care preparations available.

*Samples generously provided by Hazel Wood Children.*

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop has created this fresh, lively salad that pairs pomegranate with cauliflower! Vegetarians can leave out the turkey bacon, or choose to use Smart Bacon instead.

Winter Roasted Cauliflower and Pomegranate Salad

Ingredients

3 oz baby arugula
¾ cup cauliflower, bite size pieces
¼ cup pomegranate seeds
1.5 oz turkey bacon (approximately 3 slices), chopped
¼ cup red onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 oz fresh lemon juice
4 oz pomegranate juice

Preparation

1. Add a pinch of olive oil, and salt and pepper to the cauliflower. Then roast the cauliflower in a 450 degree oven until al dente (approx. 10 minutes)
2. Reduce the pomegranate juice to a syrup by heating it over high heat
3. Mix all ingredients (except pomegranate reduction and crispy onions) and season with salt and pepper
4. Plate the salad, add the crispy onions, and drizzle the pomegranate syrup over the salad while still warm
5. ENJOY!

*Recipe and image courtesy of Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop.*

Hearty, whole grain gnocchi and the “superfood” kale lay the foundation for this nutrient-rich comfort dish. The winning combination of canola oil and walnuts give the meal two of the best sources of plant-based omega-3 fat available. Healthy convenience foods such as pre-packaged whole grain gnocchi and frozen cubed butternut squash save time in preparing the dish.

Skillet Gnocchi with Butternut Squash and Kale Pesto

Ingredients

Kale Pesto:

2 cups chopped kale leaves
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
11/2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbsp canola oil

Gnocchi:

11/2 cups frozen pre-cut (1-inch cubes) butternut squash, thawed
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 package (16 oz) prepared whole grain gnocchi
1 cup kale leaves, cut into fine strips

Preparation

1. To prepare pesto: In food processor, purée kale, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, walnuts and garlic for 2 minutes until paste forms. While processing on low, drizzle in canola oil.
2. Warm large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add pesto, butternut squash, red onion (reserve 2 Tbsp for garnish) and sauté for 5 minutes. Add gnocchi and sauté another 5 minutes until thoroughly heated.
3. Top with kale strips and chopped red onion. Serve.

Yield: 6 servings. Serving size: 1 cup gnocchi.

*Recipe and image courtesy of CanolaInfo.org.*

This simple, nourishing stew, githeri, originated with the Kikuyu tribe in Kenya. Today it is eaten throughout the country as a staple dish. “Mom” is loving that there are only 7 ingredients, and most are always on hand in the pantry! This recipe was inspired by Whole Planet Foundation® microcredit client recipes.

Kenyan Corn and Bean Stew

Ingredients

1 cup dried kidney beans, soaked overnight, or 2 1/2 cups cooked kidney beans
1 tablespoon expeller-pressed canola oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 tablespoons tomato paste
3 cups corn kernels, fresh (from 4 ears) or frozen
2 potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Preparation

If using dried beans, drain and place in a medium saucepot. Cover by 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook about 1 hour or until tender. Drain.

In a large high-sided skillet or saucepot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook 10 minutes or until tender and golden, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomato paste and cook 1 minute, stirring. Add cooked beans, corn, potatoes, 4 cups water and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 25 minutes or until potatoes are tender and most liquid has been absorbed, stirring occasionally.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Whole Foods Market. This recipe was inspired by Whole Planet Foundation® microcredit client recipes.*

Yes – we know what you might be thinking! Kefir, in a quiche? Why, it actually tastes quite good and lends a creamy texture! We are loving this new discovery here at Tiny Green Mom, and decided to share our recipe. Yum!

For those sensitive to dairy, Redwood Hill Farm makes Goat Milk Kefir that is absolutely delicious!

Tiny Green Mom’s Zucchini, Bell Pepper and Kefir Quiche

Ingredients

2 Wholly Wholesome pie crusts

1 yellow bell pepper

2 zucchini

2 tsp. freshly chopped dill

10 cage-free, organic eggs

1 cup organic shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup Redwood Hill Farm Goat Milk Kefir

Freshly ground black pepper and salt, to taste

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Unwrap pie shells, place on baking sheet, and poke tiny holes with a fork in crusts. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the crusts begin to brown.

While crusts are baking, dice and chop the chosen vegetables, set aside. In separate bowl, break the eggs, and add the cheese and kefir. Stir and set aside.

Once crusts are ready, take them out of the oven. Place half of the vegetable mixture in the bottom of each crust, and pour 1/2 of the egg, cheese and kefir mixture over the top of each quiche. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and a pinch more fresh sill on the top of each one, if desired.

Turn oven to 350 degrees F, and place the quiches in the oven once more. Bake for 40-45 more minutes. Remove from oven, place on cooling racks, and let sit for 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Flu season is in full swing, with influenza activity remaining elevated in the US! Though the risk of influenza is decreasing in some areas, it is still a good idea to keep your immune system in tip top shape! One good way to do so is with what Dr. Oz calls the “miracle berry” — sea buckthorn! This small berry boasts a multitude of health benefits, and is quickly becoming “Mom’s” go-to supplement for well-being!

A cherished Asian health and beauty secret, the sea buckthorn berry is well-known for its impressive nutritional profile which includes the rare Omega 7, as well as Omega 3, 6, and 9. In additionto the essential fatty acids, sea buckthorn contains a host of vitamins and minerals, super-charged anti-oxidants, and more than 190 phytonutrients to support the immune system during this brutal cold and flu season.

SeabuckWonders offers USDA certified-organic products that are available in gel tabs or oils, so they can easily be added to juices, smoothies, yogurt, salads and more. “Mom” prefers the Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil® in her morning smoothie – such an easy addition that her little one doesn’t notice!

To learn more about this small and mighty berry, visit seabuckwonders.com. The product line can be found online as well as natural retail stores nationwide.

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