To our brave service members past and present: We thank you for your service and dedication. This Memorial Day we are thinking of you and the loved ones we have lost.
Easter is a holiday of colorful decorations, sweet snacks, increasingly warm weather, and wonderful outdoor activities for the whole family. It is also a holiday that can create a lot of waste because of one-time-use decorations, toys, and wrappers. If you and your family are looking to have a greener Easter, here are some organic and environmentally friendly ideas.
- Prepare a delicious organic Easter breakfast, like this recipe for Artichoke-Scrambled Eggs Benedict. It replaces the English muffin with artichoke bottoms for a low-carbohydrate alternative.
Artichoke-Scrambled Eggs Benedict
8 canned organic artichoke bottoms
6 large organic eggs
4 large organic egg whites
4 teaspoons organic extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/3 cup chopped organic pancetta
2 tablespoons reduced-fat organic cream cheese
2 tablespoons reduced-fat organic mayonnaise
2 tablespoons nonfat plain organic yogurt
1 teaspoon water
2 teaspoons organic lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon organic salt
3 teaspoons chopped fresh organic oregano, divided, plus garnish
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Toss artichoke bottoms with 2 teaspoons oil and 2 teaspoons oregano. Place artichoke bottoms on half of a large baking sheet, topside down. Spread 1/3 cup chopped pancetta evenly on the other half of the baking sheet. Roast until the artichokes begin to brown and the pancetta is crispy (about 12 minutes).
While the pancetta and artichokes are roasting, whisk lemon juice, water, yogurt, and mayonnaise in a bowl until smooth.
In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of extra-virgin olive oil on medium-high. Add the eggs, stirring and folding constantly with spatula for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and fold in cream cheese, salt, and 1 teaspoon oregano.
Divide artichoke bottoms among 4 plates, topping each with scrambled egg, pancetta, and lemon sauce. Garnish with oregano and enjoy!
- Instead of buying new Easter baskets, reuse baskets from previous years and revamp them with new decorations. If you don’t have any from last year, purchase them from a garage sale or resale store. Or, even better, make your own unique baskets from scrap fabric or any other materials you might have around the house.
- Don’t use plastic grass in your Easter egg baskets. Not only does it go to the landfill after one day of use, but it’s also toxic, and many young children end up ingesting it. Instead, shred some colorful paper from the office or home that was headed to recycling, or use some fabric from old clothing.
- Instead of using plastic Easter eggs, use real organic eggs, round stones, paper mache, or even felt. There are all sorts of creative alternatives to boring, toxic, plastic eggs.
- Rather than using artificial dyes for decorating your eggs, use natural alternatives. A variety of fruit juices can be used to get different colors, or you can try using saffron, coffee, or red wine.
- Use any leftover hardboiled eggs for a delicious Easter snack of potato salad, deviled eggs, or egg salad sandwiches. This way you are not wasting any unused eggs.
- Purchase organic chocolate bunnies and candies. Or for even more Easter fun, make your own organic fruit snacks with this easy recipe!
Organic Fruit Snacks
1 cup organic fruit puree
5 tablespoons raw organic honey
6 tablespoons organic gelatin
Puree your fruit of choice in a blender or food processor and measure out one cup of puree (about one and a half cups of chopped fruit should make one cup of puree).
Warm puree on the stove at medium heat in a medium-sized pot until the puree is warm, but not too hot to touch.
Mix in the raw honey and then slowly stir in the gelatin until it becomes an even consistency.
Pour the mixture into fun shaped silicone molds, or line a baking sheet with parchment paper and make a sheet that can be cut into shapes with a cookie cutter.
Place in freezer for 5 to 10 minutes to set, and they are ready to be enjoyed!
- Easter is the perfect time to plant a garden. This activity is perfect for kids, who can learn to plant seeds and water them until they grow. It is educational and eco-friendly!
- Adopt a bunny from your local animal shelter. The kids will love it, you will be helping an animal in need, and you will have natural fertilizer for your yard!
Everyone gets stressed out during the holidays. It could be from shopping, family gatherings, or planning too many events in a short time. Whatever the cause, you need a healthy way to relieve it. Here are 10 activities that will naturally relieve your stress.
- Take a Relaxing Bath
Take time to enjoy a relaxing bath after wrapping presents. Maybe even light some candles and add some essential oils. Make it a special occasion!
- Drink Organic Herbal Tea
Just the act of preparing and sipping tea will give you some personal time for relaxation. Research also shows that it can lower blood pressure.
- Listen to Music
Music has a special link to our emotions, so it can have an extremely relaxing effect on our bodies and minds. It also distracts us from our stress and helps prevent the mind from wandering.
- Write In a Journal
Whether it’s a journal or a daily planner, organize your life and your thoughts. Write down your plans for the day so that you don’t feel pressed for time. This will help you feel a sense of control and give you peace of mind during this busy season.
- Get Regular Exercise
Make an effort to do some kind of physical activity and get your heart rate up for at least half an hour a day. This will help you vent frustration and relieve tension. Try yoga, deep breathing, or meditation as well.
- Eat Healthfully
Eating foods that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids will naturally stress naturally. Examples are fish, nuts, avocado, strawberries, and leafy greens. These foods are great for your body for many reasons, and stress relief is a great added bonus! It also doesn’t hurt to eat healthfully to make up for all those holiday sweets.
When under stress, your body heightens its sense of smell, which is a survival instinct to identify threats in your environment. Aromatherapy addresses stress issues through the use of essential plant oils, giving your brain pleasant and healing aromas.
- Arts and Crafts
Find time to do some kind of creative activity, such as painting, ceramics, woodworking, or paper maché. Having an activity to focus on, with no pressure or time restraints, is a great way to relax your mind and body. You may also find that you’ve created a great present for someone!
- Get a Massage
Getting a massage is one of the best ways to relieve stress. It can enhance circulation, improve range of motion in your joints, and help relax tight muscles that hold your stress. If you’ve ever had a massage, you know how wonderful and light you feel afterwards.
Sleep is, above all else, the most important activity for reducing stress. Each person is different, so it is important for you to figure out how much sleep you need to feel alert and rested. You can improve your sleep schedule by getting into a routine or pattern that lets your mind and body know that it’s bedtime!
So don’t let yourself become overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle. Try out some of these activities and have a relaxed and happy holiday season!
The giving season is upon us! This year, instead of giving the usual socks and mittens, why not branch out and give a night of healthy and comfortable sleep with OMI bedding accessories?
Here are some OMI products that make great gifts this holiday season:
OMI has a wide variety of pillows, with many fills that offer different comfort options. Pick the perfect pillow for your loved one to provide a truly restful night’s sleep.
100% Certified Organic Cotton Pillows
Our organic cotton pillows are for those seeking a firmer, flatter feel. Our cotton option is filled with pure, sanitized 100% certified organic cotton. Available in three weights: light, medium, and full.
100% Organic Eco-Wool™ Pillows
In general, wool offers a softer and springier feel, and tends to “sleep cooler” and compact less than cotton fill. Available in three weights: light, medium, and full.
The Crush 100%-Natural Shredded Rubber Latex Pillow
Adjustable and supremely comfortable, our Crush pillow is made without wool for ultimate resiliency. Covered with signature OrganicPedic® knit fabric and filled with 100%-natural shredded rubber latex, the Crush has a soft yet supportive feel, and can be adjusted to any height to meet the needs of individual sleepers.
Wool-Wrapped 100%-Natural Shredded Rubber Latex Pillow
This dual-chambered pillow is a best seller! It is made with a center chamber of 100%-natural shredded rubber latex, surrounded by an outer chamber filled with Eco-Wool™. This pillow is made with a zipper, so you are able to remove material and customize it to your personal preferences.
Wool-Wrapped Organic Buckwheat-Hull Pillow
In this dual-chambered pillow, the outside chamber, filled with organic Eco-Wool, cushions both the feel and the sound associated with buckwheat hulls. It’s made with a zipper, so sleepers can remove material and customize each pillow to their personal preferences.
100%-Natural Rubber Latex Pillows with Double Covers
Our Molded and Contour Pillows are sold with double covers. The inner cover is a certified organic cotton mesh fabric that is designed to ensure that the pillow keeps its shape and integrity for many years. The second (removable) case is envelope style, made from our certified organic cotton woven mattress cover fabric, and is hand washable.
Pearl Organic Sheet Sets
Starting at $230
OMI’s sheets make the perfect gift for that one family member who loves to snuggle up in a super cozy bed! These sheets are soft and luxurious, making going to bed that much more amazing. Our Pearl Organic Sheet Set is made of 300-thread-count GOTS-certified organic cotton sateen in creamy ivory.
Starting at $85
Now that the nights are chilly and cold, the OMI Thermal Blanket is a perfect choice for lightweight warmth to keep you toasty at night. Give this blanket to loved ones who need a little extra warmth through the night. The soft pebbly, textured fabric is 100% organic cotton in a crepe weave.
This holiday, treat yourself or your loved ones to some great OMI accessories for a comfortable, restful, and organic night’s sleep! For more OMI products click HERE.
Father’s Day is a great time to recognize all of the wonderful things dads have done for their children this year. There are many ways to show appreciation, like planning a special event, finding that perfect gift, or doing something nice to help him out. Here are some ideas that are fun for Dad and friendly for the environment.
Prepare an organic breakfast-in-bed
Buy him a nice organic-cotton tie, shirt, or bathrobe
Take him on a trip to a farmer’s market or a local restaurant
Take him to a concert, festival, or sporting event
Set up a hammock for him in the backyard so he can relax
Take him bird watching and take pictures of birds you see
Go on a hike or bicycle ride and spend some quality time together
Get a pair of fishing poles and take him out to the river
Find a nice recipe for dinner that the two of you can make together
Whatever you decide to do, the best part of Father’s Day will be spending some quality time together!
Memorial Day Weekend is the perfect occasion to pack a picnic and head outdoors to enjoy the beautiful weather. First you have to decide what dishes to bring. Typical picnic foods can include hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, and cookies, which are not the healthiest choices (though they may be delicious). If you’re looking for better options, here are 10 healthy finger-food ideas for your next picnic outing!
2. Ants on a Log (celery with peanut butter and raisins)
3. Grilled Vegetables (zucchini, squash, mushrooms, etc.)
4. Pita Chips with Hummus
5. Homemade Trail Mix (dried fruits and nuts)
6. Turkey Sandwiches with low-fat ingredients (whole-grain bread, lettuce, tomato, sprouts, and low-fat cheese)
7. Shrimp and Lemon Skewers
9. Fruit Salad
10. Angel Food Cake (low in calories) with fresh fruit and fat-free whipped cream
Now that your basket is packed with delicious foods, it’s time to head out and enjoy the beauty of nature!