From www.OrganicAuthority.com (quickly becoming a Tiny Green Mom favorite!) comes this savory pasta dish by Laura Klein which incorporates broccoli, touted as one of the “12 Super Foods with Healing Powers,” on MSN.com. Dig into this delicious dinner that is easy to make – tonight!

Fresh Herb Organic Broccoli Tossed with Pasta, Toasted Pine Nuts and Parmesan Cheese

Ingredients

6 tablespoons olive oil
6 garlic cloves
1 1/2 lb Broccoli, cut into florets and small stem pieces
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup of pine nuts
1 cup fresh herbs
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
salt and pepper

Directions

Cut broccoli from the stems and into small florets. Trim and shave off dry ends stems (if necessary) and slice thin.

Heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add garlic, broccoli, white wine, and chicken stock to pan and pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Simmer 30-45 minutes over medium high heat until fork-tender and broccoli is falling apart.

While broccoli is simmering, toast pine nuts in a dry pan over medium low heat
until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.

Once broccoli is done, combine it in the food processor with pine nuts, herbs, lemon juice, and parmesan cheese. Blend until slightly chunky.

Toss broccoli mix with cooked pasta, add olive oil (if necessary) to loosen it up a bit. Taste for seasoning.

From MSN.com comes this enlightening article on the 12 Foods with Super Healing Powers. With each food touting its own “super power,” these are the ones to pile up in your grocery cart the next time you head to the store. Better yet – head to the Farmer’s Market to support local farmers and find a bevy of local produce, fresh and in season!

The fabulous 12 include: Kiwi Fruit, Cherries, Guavas, Beans, Watercress, Spinach, Onions, Carrots, Cabbage, Broccoli, Kale, and Dandelion.

How many out of 12 do you eat on a regular basis?

Visit the website for the full article: http://health.msn.com/health-topics/pain-management/fibromyalgia/slideshow.aspx?cp-documentid=100256169

For complete oral care – EvoraPlus™ by Oragenics offers a unique all-in-one formula in a tiny, tasty mint! After brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, simply let one tablet dissolve in your mouth. There is no need to swallow a large pill! This refreshing little mint is the first probiotic used in conjunction with oral care, as it whitens teeth, freshens malodorous breath, and supports tooth and gum health. Each box contains 60 mints for a 30 day supply.

Furthermore, EvoraPlus™ attacks nasty breath at the source, by balancing the “bad” bacteria found in the mouth with the patented Probiora3™ probiotics. These probiotics bind to the teeth as well as penetrate beneath the gum line, and prohibit harmful bacteria from creating an imbalance in the mouth.

Oragenics also offers a chewable oral care probiotic for children, called EvoraKids™, and a probiotic powder for pets, Teddy’s Pride. For more information, visit www.evoraplus.com.

*Company provided a sample, images and information for this review.*

Today’s informative article was written by health professional Marissa Oachs. Check out Marissa’s blog for more up-to-the-minute articles on parenting at http://the-hardest-job-on-earth.blogspot.com/. A BIG thanks to Marissa for this engaging piece for families!

What Every Mother Should Know…About the Air We Breathe

By Marissa Oachs

As a health professional, healthiness has always been a priority to me. Now that I have a new baby my focus on health has really switched from my health to focusing on making my child’s life and health as healthy as possible. What I have learned over the last year as I have researched the best products for my family is that it is a very scary world. Almost all the products you buy in the store are unhealthy for you…it scares me to death and often infuriates me. WHY and HOW can industries and companies sell things to humans that they know are hurting us! When I started learning this, I knew I had to change my life and spread the word to other mothers.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) called indoor air pollution one of the nation’s top environmental health concerns. The World Health Organization (WHO) is investigating this disturbing phenomenon, too. In fact, the WHO states that 40% of all buildings pose a serious threat to health because of polluted air. A cubic foot of untreated indoor air alone can contain up to 20 million particles such as pollen, dander, and smoke. Scary, I know!

Even scarier is the fact that more than 99% can’t be seen, and many particles are small enough to enter your lungs. Pollen, ash, and dust come indoors from the outside. Pets give off dander. Dust mites, feeding on decomposing skin (gross!!), thrive in mattresses. And cigarette smoke lingers. We all know smoking is bad, but second-hand smoke has been identified as a major health risk too.

And as much as we care about our children, over the years the air has hurt us women the most. There has been a dramatic increase in rates of asthma in women in the past 10 years because of our longer exposure to household chemicals. We often work closely with toxic chemicals and research has shown that our health care costs are $12.2 billion just from environmentally associated diseases!!! Has it hit home, yet?!

So…what can we do to fight these harmful air pollutants in our homes and in our children’s lungs? The good news is there are lots of things we can do! And I can honestly tell you…once you start trying to make a difference, you will notice a difference. I did…and my conscience is clear too!

Here are some quick tips:

1) Start by cleaning up that air – Look into buying an air purifier. Look for one that attacks all three types of air pollutants – microbials, gases, and particulates

2) Ventilate your home – Run the exhaust fans in your bathroom and kitchen, open your windows, and make sure you have a good exhaust system in place for appliances and stove. Check out The American Lung Association’s recommendations for more ideas. http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/indoor-air-quality-47020101#ixzz0eJQL3iPT

3) Prevention – Be careful of the products you use.

  1. a. Use no-VOC or low-VOC paints – Paints release trace amounts of gases for months after application — even though they appear to be fully dried and the smell is gone. These gases are called VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, and can include highly toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. If painting indoors, open windows and use exhaust fans to remove gases. Do not store open paint containers indoors.
  2. Use non-toxic cleaning products – Most cleaning products on the market today can produce harmful air pollution indoors. Hair and nail products, cleaning products, art and hobby supplies and other common products can increase the levels of VOCs. Some of the VOCs in these products include substances linked to cancer, headaches, eye and throat irritation and worsened asthma.

Feel free to reach out to Marissa Oachs if you have any further questions! http://the-hardest-job-on-earth.blogspot.com/

For safe, portable sanitation while on the go with baby, the Hygenie offers families a simple solution to eliminate up to 99% of harmful germs on bottles, nipples and pacifiers. In just 7 minutes, environmentally-friendly UV technology combined with ozone, which is one of the most powerful disinfectants known today, has sanitized baby’s items! With summer travel looming ahead, the Hygenie is one item that families will want to take on the road – it tucks easily into any suitcase, backpack, diaper bag or purse. Available in bright pink or green, the Hygenie costs $29.99 each. www.hygenieusa.com.

*Company provided samples and images for this review.*

Today’s tip was written by Nancy Zazzaro, creator of the popular “Monster Spray” and “Storm Squasher” seen on Tiny Green Mom. Nancy uses organic lavender in her special formulation for making Monster Spray and Storm Squasher. Please visit her website for more information: http://www.etsy.com/shop/zazzaro.

The Many Benefits of Lavender

Lavender (Lavandula) has been used for centuries. It has been used for everything from food to heal people! It can treat acne, athlete’s foot, and stomach discomfort. Lavender is superlative as a disinfectant, for migraine or headache relief, to heal burns, and treat insect bites.

Lavender is exceptional as a fabric freshener and as a repellent for insects. It is often used to treat sore muscles, alleviate respiratory problems, as a relief for sunburns, and of course, to soothe nerves! Because Lavender has antiseptic properties, it makes a great household disinfectant, as well.

One of the most popular uses for Lavender essential oil is to induce sleep. The benefits of Lavender have been documented for well over 2000 years! Once you discover Lavender and its multitude of amazing uses, you will wonder how you ever lived without it!

The saying goes, “If Mama Isn’t Happy, Then Nobody’s Happy!” Here’s a way to combat those baby blues postpartum – with Earth Mama Angel Baby’s Happy Mama Spray. The name alone is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face! Touted as “virtual bliss in a bottle,” a simple spritz of this spray which contains ginger and lime pure essential oils is sure to settle mom’s nerves. Found at Babies R’ Us and online at www.earthmamaangelbaby.com.

*Company provided sample for review*