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INSPIRED BY EARTH DAY’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY ...and modeled by Mambo’s Staff!

1. FRESH A deliciously refreshing food documentary with a positive angle featuring Michael Pollan, Joel Salatin and Will Allen. Not only does it celebrate the good stuff, it’s inspirational for everyone. www.freshthemovie.com

2. METHOD’S BATHROOM CLEANING KIT The best fresh, spa scented and all-natural green cleaning team. Earth-loving non-toxic, biodegradable and even flushable! www.methodhome.com

Maria applying her sunblock! 3. NATURE’S GATE SPORTS BLOCK SUNSCREEN Nature’s Gate products are cruelty-free, botanically-based and partner with WaterAid America to bring clean water to Africa and Asia. This sunscreen protects your skin and the planet. www.natures-gate.com

4. ONEIDA BAMBOO COOKING UTENSILS Bamboo is famous for its sustainability, durability and natural beauty. These are great for using on surfaces you don’t want to scratch and super easy to clean. www.kohls.com

5. STONYFIELD YOGURTS & SMOOTHIES Healthy yogurt comes from healthy cows. Healthy cows come from healthy farms. Healthy farms mean a healthy planet. Plus, it’s delicious and probiotic! www.stonyfield.com

6. RENT-A-GREEN BOX Save money and the planet – while you move! Rent-a-Green box is America’s first, comprehensive, zero-waste pack-and-move solution made entirely from post-consumer recycled trash – mined from local landfills! www.rentagreenbox.com

7. MACBOOK PRO Highly recyclable and even more energy efficient, the new MacBook Pro notebooks are designed with the environment in mind. Our favorite thing? Longer lasting battery! www.apple.com

8. RE SPUN CHOCOLATE BOHO BAG This hip accessory is made of Earth-friendly recycled t-shirts. www.dogeared.com

9. VEGAN CLASSICS BY TOM’S SHOES Eco-shoes made without animal sources for the truly vegan-inspired! Plus, for every pair you purchase, they give one pair to a child in need. www.tomsshoes.com 2


10. YES TO CARROTS LIP BALM A portion of proceeds from every Yes To product goes toward the Yes To Seed Fund – providing fun, engaging ways for kids to connect with Nature and lead healthier lifestyles. The lip balm? Our personal favorite! www.yestocarrots.com

11. MANDUKA (YOGA) SOUL MATS Zero toxic emissions are produced during manufacture and each mat lasts a lifetime so you aren’t contributing to a landfill. Get in shape and keep the Earth healthy, too! www.manduka.com

12. GARDEN’S ALIVE Environmentally-friendly lawn and garden care. Try the WOW Plus fertilizer and natural weed control – it’s corn gluten. www.gardensalive.com

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13. THE GOOD HUMAN A blogger simply dedicated to encouraging people to become better humans by working to clean up the environment, becoming active politically and becoming more aware of one’s life and surroundings. www.thegoodhuman.com

14. ROBERT REDFORD AND THE SUNDANCE RESORT A movie star’s resort with a rich history of environmental conservation and artistic experimentation. It’s renowned for its dedication to environmental stewardship and preservation. www.sundanceresort.com

15. PATAGONIA We recommend their clothes not just for the comfort but for the company’s environmental stand – they actually live up to the green hype. www.patagonia.com

16. KLEAN KANTEEN WATER BOTTLE OTTLE It’ll last a lifetime, won’t develop a smell ell and will really keep your water cold. Give the Earth a break from those plastic bottles everywhere.. www.kleankanteen.com

17. EARTH911.COM A great, free resource for finding recycling cling g. centers and learning all about recycling. www.earth911.com

18. ERIDESHARE.COM Carpool and save money while you save ave the planet. www.erideshare.com

19. EPA’S “PLUG-IN TO ECYCLING” NG” PROGRAM Recycling cell phones is great for the environment, saving energy and keeping usable materials out of landfills. www.epa.gov 3

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20. SUNCHIPS Yummy snack or happy planet? Why should you have to choose? Sunchips’ bags are now made with plant material – so they are compostable. Plus, they’ve started using solar energy – putting new meaning into the name SunChips! www.sunchips.com

21. FREECYCLE NETWORK It’s all about reusing and keeping that good stuff out of landfills. Even membership is free! www.freecycle.org

Sarah and Annie munching on some delicious SunChips!

22. HEALTHY CHILD HEALTHY WORLD

Author Christopher Gavigan teaches you how Create a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home for you and your family. www.amazon.com

23. CALIFORNIA BABY PRODUCTS An eco-driven company, California Baby uses only HDPE #2 bottles that contain 25% post consumer content. www.californiababy.com

24. ILOCAVORE IPHONE APP This great application helps locavores and foodies find locally grown produce, meat and cheese. It’s free and easy to use! www.appshopper.com

25. PETER RABBIT FRUIT POUCHES Made from pure, organic fruit, these BPA-free pouches have no added sugar or preservatives. Happy kids and a happy planet! www.peterrabbitorganics.com

26. 35 GALLON ECOCART This waste container is made from 82% recycled material which means it is environmentally friendly – and it can be used to hold the recycling and/or trash. www.chooserenewables.com

27. REBEL GREEN LUNCH BAG The average school-age child generates about 70 pounds of trash per school year when he packs a disposable lunch. Instead, check out these reusable lunch bags (kid-approved)! www.rebelgreen.com

28. ECO’BRELLA A stylish, earth-friendly auto-open and close umbrella, complete with chic bamboo handle and a waxed hemp strap. www.totes-isotoner.com

Tracy waiting for the rain with her Eco’Brella

29. PLANETDOG RECYCLE BALL Made from leftover materials so it’s good for the planet. Non-toxic, recyclable and rinses clean – so it’s good for the pup! www.planetdog.com 4


30. EARTHBOUND FARMS ORGANIC SALAD MIXES These ready-to-go salads’ containers are made from recycled bottles and the company is truly dedicated to organic farming. www.ebfarm.com

31. GDIAPERS Finally 100% biodegradable flushable diapers! gDiapers puts waste where it belongs: in the toilet, not the landfill! www.gdiapers.com

32. RAW REVOLUTION ORGANIC LIVE FOOD BARS Raw Organic foods are closest to their natural state, bringing us closer to healing ourselves and the global ecology. www.rawindulgence.com

33. CARROT MOB Businesses compete with social responsibility, and this network of consumers votes with their dollars to support the business with the greenest offer! www.carrotmob.org

Love Terracycle!

34. TERRACYCLE PENCIL CASE Terracycle saves tons of waste from filling up landfills each year and creates some amazingly cool products! This pencil case will earn some cool points in school. www.terracycle.net

35. PRINT FRIENDLY Make a print friendly version of any web page so that you can waste less paper (save more trees) and waste less ink (save more money! www.printfriendly.com

36. MOKU GIFT You can plant a tree for yourself. And Moku Gift’s makes it easy to inspire others to do the same. By sharing the inspiration, we can reach UNEP’s collective goal of planting seven billion trees! www.mokugift.com

37. JAMIE OLIVER’S FOOD REVOLUTION ON ABC Watch as The Naked Chef tries to revamp America’s food habits – one school cafeteria at a time. His work with lunch ladies, first graders and a diabetic family is both surprising and inspiring. www.abc.go.com

38. COLLINGSWOOD, NJ Mambo’s headquarters and hometown, from it’s Award Winning Farmers Market to it’s bike shareit’s a small town doing big GREEN things and we love it! www.collingswood.com

39. PRESERVE PRODUCTS Don’t you love it when nothing goes to waste? Durable personal care and kitchen-ware products – plus, you can send them your #5 plastic containers for recycling. www.preserveproducts.com

40. ZERO TRASH A community clean-up project committed to reducing waste, ridding city streets of trash, supporting local business and fostering a sense of environmental responsibility. www.zerotrash.wordpress.com 5


Back aches. Stiff joints. Sore leg muscles. No one is immune to the aches and pains of everyday life. They’re suffered by gym goers, the elderly, busy moms and anyone else who puts their body through its paces day in and day out. And who among us doesn’t? Pain, soreness and stiffness are all symptoms of inflammation, a natural bodily process kicked into gear whenever we sustain an injury. When muscles are overworked or the joints ache, the body reacts by sending cells and natural chemicals to the site of the injury to support the repair process. Unfortunately, the body has a difficult time fighting aches and pains on its own, which is why some injuries take a tremendous amount of time to heal. And sometimes the inflammatory response is excessive and actually causes more pain than necessary. So what do most of us do when faced with these commonplace annoyances? We typically ignore them. Or we pop an OTC non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pill (or NSAID) like aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxe and hope for the best. NSAIDs have their place in our medicine cabinets, but relying on them for pain relief too often can be a bad idea.This class of medicines can irritate the stomach lining and lead to ulcers. In fact, 10 to 20% of NSAID users are thought to experience indigestion, while the side effects of these drugs is estimated to cause over 100,000 hospitalizations and 16,500 deaths per year in the United States alone. A whopping

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43% of ER visits are due to NSAIDs! Thankfully, there are several natural ways to relieve everyday aches, pains and muscle soreness. Try one or try them all— the power to relieve pain naturally is in your hands. Enzyme Supplements: Some inflammation is good—after all, it is the body’s defense against injury. Unfortunately, the body can’t heal itself completely without some help from you. This is because your body needs the proper amount and correct balance of various enzymes for a healthy inflammatory response. If your balance of enzymes is out of whack—and for most people it is, as increased age, diet and lifestyle all affect the body’s ability to produce enzymes—then you’ll have too much inflammation and too much pain. Garden of Life Wobenzym® N is a supplement that contains a blend of essential enzymes that have been shown in clinical studies to support the body’s natural inflammation response and provide temporary relief from aches, pains and muscle soreness*. Wobenzym® N tablets are coated to protect the enzymes from being broken down in the stomach and their exact formulation of enzymes has been featured in six human clinical studies—a staggering number for a natural product. Dietary Changes: Many of our favorite foods and beverages can provoke our inflammatory system and cause inflammation. A few examples include chocolate, coffee, dairy, sugar, potatoes, peanuts and wheat. Junk food is also problematic, usually because it’s loaded with unhealthy fats. So what should you be eating to prevent inflammation? Plenty of fruits and vegetables that are loaded with antioxidants (the more colorful the food, the better), foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and protein from lean poultry, fish and nuts and legumes (red meat can actually trigger inflammation). The Old Standbys: You’ve heard it before, but the “RICE diet” for injuries is still worth repeating. “Resting” your body to give it time to heal, “Icing” the injury to reduce inflammation, “Compressing” the injured area to reduce swelling and “Elevating” injured body parts to change blood flow are all simple steps you can take to cut down recovery time.

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This spring, enjoy everything nature has to offer.

pring is a time to embrace warmer days, beautiful colors and happier moods. It’s time to get back to nature. So get out there and enjoy the simple things in life—including something simply delicious from Back to Nature.

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In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. -Aristotle

Incredibly Delectable Cookies!

Back to Nature has done it again! They’ve baked up a new batch of cookies with fantastic flavors and 100% whole grain.You’ll also be happy to know these cookie cartons are made from 100% recycled paperboard made with a minimum 55% post-consumer content. *see side panels for details.

At least 21g of whole grain per serving in every granola variety!

Discover more about Back to Nature’s products and mission at BackToNatureFoods.com.

White Cheddar Rice Thin Crackers are Certified Gluten Free by the Gluten Free Certification Organization.


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typical hallmark of a tasty meal is freshness. Nothing compares to a dish that’s made from crisp, fresh ingredients—which is why so many of us, when pressed for time, would rather order take out or head to a local restaurant than reach for a frozen, boxed meal. “Fresh” just doesn’t go with “frozen.” That’s because most frozen food companies have a huge warehouse, where a massive inventory of ingredients can sit around for months, slowly losing flavor and freshness before they’re finally used in a product and shipped to a store (where it may sit in a freezer even longer before you buy it!). But Michael Angelo’s gourmet frozen meals are different. Instead of a warehouse, the brand has a kitchen, where they cook their meals from scratch everyday, then package and ship them within 36 hours. Their handcrafted and delicious entrees, appetizers and sauces are made-to-order, using only wholesome, high quality ingredients just like the ones you’d find in a genuine Italian kitchen. They could only be fresher if you made them yourself! And now they’ve expanded their line to include Pocket Calzones—made with lean protein, premium imported cheeses and organic roasted tomatoes baked inside a tasty and organic crust. Frozen food never sounded so fresh!

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f you’re like many health-conscious people, you genuinely want more fresh produce in your life. But if you don’t feel thrilled by a stack of plain carrots, don’t lose heart. You can boost your vitality and enchant your palate if you know the secret: salad. Salads appeal because they offer unlimited creative possibilities and can be packed with tasty protein, nutrients and crunch. Just say sayonara to the “same old salad” and explore a world of vibrant possibilities. Each salad you create can be unique. Start with fresh, brightly colored produce in season, which adds natural variation throughout the year. Mix up your greens and crisp veggies and add enticing extras like avocado, whole grain croutons and almonds, walnuts or pumpkin seeds for protein-rich crunch. Then drizzle your masterpiece with care, as a scrumptious dressing makes a world of difference. Add delicious flair to both veggie and pasta salads with San-J’s all-natural Asian dressings, each now featuring a certified gluten-free formula with the same great taste as the original. San-J Wheat-Free Tamari—made with 100% soybeans vs. 50% wheat like most ordinary soy sauces—imparts a rich, smooth flavor that enhances each salad dressing. Explore mouth-watering Tamari Sesame, Tamari Peanut and Tamari Ginger flavors. Toss and savor.

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ealthy eating was something our distant ancestors rarely had to worry about. That’s because there were very few food options available, so they ate what nature offered them— things like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and what meat they could hunt or raise and preserve themselves. Today, it’s a different story. Our grocery stores are packed with aisle upon towering aisle of food products, many of which contain ingredients your great-great grandmother wouldn’t even recognize. And while all of today’s options sound like a good thing, our expanding waistlines have paid the price of these socalled convenience foods. So what are we supposed to eat? Plenty of health experts agree that upping your intake of whole foods—things like fruits and veggies and anything your great-great grandmother would instantly recognize as edible—is the way to go. The Bear Naked ® brand agrees. Ever since they made their first batch of handmade granola, Bear Naked® Granolas, Granola Bars and Cereals have always been made from the very best that Mother Nature has to offer. Every product contains 100% pure and natural ingredients like luscious fruits, nutritious nuts and seeds and real whole grains; nothing fake, nothing artificial and nothing you can’t pronounce. So go ahead and enjoy delicious food the way nature intended—your great-great grandmother would approve.

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What’s in Mambo’s Shopping Cart? Switch Your Snack When’s the last time you read the nutrition facts on the package of your favorite “guilty pleasure” snack? If you’re too scared to look, maybe it’s time for a new snack that’s actually good for you. Clif MOJO sweet and salty trail mix bars are not only delicious but they’re entirely natural, 70% organic, packed with 9-10g of protein and low glycemic. And, they’re the perfect healthy snack when you’re on the go! Snack crisis solved. clifbar.com

The Finest Food, Fast For most families, finding time to put together a healthy dinner made from scratch—not one of those artificial, preservative-laden quick fix meals—is next to impossible. Let Nate’s and PJ’s help: Nate’s has 3 varieties of meatless meatballs to make any meal complete and PJ’s Organics burritos and enchilada meals are hand made from 100% organic ingredients that are locally sourced and are downright delicious. Dinners you’d make yourself—if you only had more time. elenasfoods.com

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iet and exercise tips bombard us in our daily lives, from the checkout line at the grocery store to well-meaning friends and family members. Some are not so great. No bread, potatoes or pasta, you’ve got to be kidding! Others are pretty good, like the fact that if you exercise with a buddy you are more likely to stick with your workout routine. A workout partner will lift your spirits when you don’t feel like lacing up your running shoes. They will push you to bike that extra five miles. If you are lucky, they will even boost your confidence by telling you that your behind really doesn’t look fat in those pants! Now it is up to you to find the perfect workout partner . . . someone who has a lot of time on their hands and will not let you slack off, and thinks that walking, running and playing until they are ready to drop is fun. How about your dog? Unlike most people, dogs actually enjoy running themselves silly. To most dogs, a good day is one in which you rise with the sun, stretch thoroughly, drink plenty of water, take an invigorating romp, maybe chase a few sticks and finally collapse, dog-tired. In fact, your dog never has more important things to do than go outside and run around. Let’s say that you resolve to take your dog on a one mile walk each evening when you come home from work. You have just unwittingly made your dog the enforcer of your workout routine. The first time you decide to skip the workout, your dog will give you the guilt trip to end all. It may begin with a stare, and progress to whining, 16


barking, pacing, running from the door to you and back—whatever it takes to get you off of the couch and out on to the pavement. After all, it’s pretty difficult to disappoint someone who is so eager to keep you on track to a healthy lifestyle. Besides the obvious health benefits of exercising with your dog, think of the wonderful impact that it can have on the both of you mentally. Regular exercise boosts metabolism, fights depression and releases endorphins. And dog trainers are doing a booming business correcting habits such as constant barking or unruliness, when the root of problems such as these is very often, a lack of exercise. Before you and your pup jump headfirst into a workout routine, please take a few precautions. 1. K  now your (and your dog’s) capabilities. Just like people, animals are individuals. Some dogs may be fine with a quick, 15 minute walk while others may need much more. 2. K  eep your dog’s breed-type in mind when choosing the type of exercise in which to partake. Know that many bracheocephalic dogs with pushed in noses cannot handle exercise in hot temperatures. Giant breeds should not run on concrete as it may cause bone and joint problems. 3. B  efore engaging in any exercise program with your dog, have a veterinarian assess his fitness level. 4. D  ogs will usually try to keep up with their people even if they are exhausted. If your dog tries to stop, it may be time to slow it down. This is a clear message that he is pushed beyond capacity. No time for a dog of your own? Consider volunteering at a local animal shelter, where plenty of needy dogs are in need of walks and exercise each day. Studies show that 56% of American people and 40% of American pets are overweight, and the numbers are growing rapidly.

Nicole Larocco CPDT, Director of Animal Training and Behavior for the Pennsylvania SPCA


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oll out the grill, blow off the dust and fire it up—it’s grilling season! Warm weather is synonymous with grilling and relaxing backyard barbecues filled with yummy (and sometimes not so healthy) food. Not only does grilling give food a unique and distinct flavor, but it can actually be quite nutritious.

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healthy marinades like, olive oil and/or citrus juices mixed with herbs, to add extra flavor and to tenderize the meat.

Grilling is healthier than other forms of cooking for a few reasons. First of all, when grilling food, the fat on the meat drips off, automatically making the food healthier. Chefs also recommend trimming excess fat off of the meat before tossing it on the grill (too much fat drippings can cause grill flare ups, causing the meat to burn). To keep your grilling lean, it’s also important to choose foods that are low in fat, high in nutrients and full of flavor. Use

Don’t Let Your Health Go Up In Flames You don’t have to choose nutrition over taste when you grill—you can have both! Incorporate some of these delicious recipes and useful tips into your personal grilling cookbook:

• For a healthier version of French fries, spray the inside of an old metal cake pan with a non-stick cooking spray. Cut a potato into thin strips and scatter on the bottom of the pan. Next, dust with your favorite herbs and seasonings and cook over a low flame until they are tender.

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• Fish is full of protein, low in fat and

light coating of butter and a little salt.

simple to prepare on the grill. Place a fillet on a large sheet of aluminum foil (enough to cover the fish) with some herbs, garlic, lemon wedges and a splash of white wine. Fold the aluminum over the fish, place it on the grill and cook until the fillet is flaky.

• For an effortless side dish, serve up grilled tomatoes. Cut out the stem, slice in half and place face down on the grill. Brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper and your favorite spices. Grill them for about two minutes and immediately remove. Top with cheese, nuts, seasoned bread crumbs or whatever else you want.

• Sweet corn is a snap to prepare on the grill. Take a few ears of corn, pull back the husks and remove the silk tassels. Soak the ears of corn in water for about 20 minutes, then shake off any excess water and brush with some olive oil. Reposition the husks back over the kernels and grill for about 5-10 minutes. Pull back the husks and serve with a

• Grilled pineapple slices are great for dessert! Place a few pineapple slices on the grill and cook them for just a couple of minutes. Serve with a scoop of frozen yogurt and top with some crushed almonds.

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supplement may help protect against inflammation, which can promote many chronic diseases, including heart disease and stroke. Vegetarians can substitute flax oil, hemp oil or walnuts, though the alpha-linolenic acid they contain must be converted to the important longer-chain forms that occur in fish.

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espite our best intentions with our diets, many women may fall short on key nutrients, especially during busy times. Though regular meals of fresh, whole, organic foods are irreplaceable, the right nutritional supplements can help fill in the often inevitable gaps in your daily fare. Ensuring that you obtain optimal levels of essential nutrients is not only important for energy and vitality in the short term, but can also help minimize the risk of many health issues over time—especially within the framework of an overall healthy lifestyle.

Lay Your Nutritional Foundation Although the world of health supplements can seem overwhelming at times, let’s start with the basics. First, lay the foundation for wellness with a comprehensive, high-potency, daily multi-vitamin/mineral formula— one that contains all essential vitamins, minerals and trace elements. You typically get what you pay for, so invest in quality. You’re worth it.

Bone Up with Calcium and Vitamin D Women need 1,000-1,200 mg. of calcium each day, yet many of us get less than half this amount through food alone. Vitamin D may also support the immune system and the circulatory system. Yet, most daily multi-nutrient formulas provide only 400 IU of vitamin D, falling short of current recommendations that women obtain at least 1000 IU per day.

Omega Up By now, you probably know of the benefits of fish oil rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Unlike other essential fatty acids found widely in most diets, omega-3’s are harder to obtain since few Americans consume salmon, herring, or sardines daily. Among other benefits, a high-quality marine oil

If your daily multi-nutrient formula does not contain at least 1000 mcg. of folic acid—with rich amount of vitamins B6 and B12—add this important vitamin combination, for your heart’s sake. These nutrients collectively reduce the amino acid homocysteine which is considered an independent risk factor for heart disease at elevated levels as it can damage coronary arteries and promote blood clots.

Protect Your Cells Last but not least, a multi-antioxidant supplement can greatly benefit everyone living in a world that includes stress, pollution, cigarette smoke and diets that don’t feature consistently high levels of fresh daily produce. Antioxidants—which include vitamins C, E and carotenoids found in brightly colored fruits and veggies—work in the body to promote health throughout our lifespan by acting as a frontline defense against the free radicals that constantly and adversely confront our cells. Integrating these important nutritional components into your daily life will serve you well over time—especially against a background of beautifully fresh, whole food meals and a lifelong commitment to regular exercise. Here’s to your health!

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TV-Turnoff Week was officially Either way, Mambo’s got you covered. k throughout the year? TV-Free April 19-25 but why not try it any wee with nothing to do, an opportunity week could mean hours of free time elop a new hobby or to catch up for spring cleaning, the chance to dev get started with these fresh ideas. on quality family time. We’ll help you


No matter where you live, it’s likely you have some outdoor space to call your own. Why not use this opportunity to create your own garden? If you already have a garden, start a home

rain barrel project instead. It can be as small or as large of an operation as you want. Take advantage of April Showers now so that when the dry heat of summer threatens your plants, you’ll be prepared to defend them! A simple rain barrel project won’t set you back more than $100, maximum, and will probably pay itself off when your water bill lightens up over the warm months! It’s that easy – rain barrels are available at home improvement stores and many places online. Make sure to get one with a screen to keep mosquito and other bugs at bay. UV-resistant plastic barrels with opaque coloring are ideal to avoid algae. Check out Mother Nature Network’s

guide to find out more.

Love Google Maps for driving directions? Now there’s a bicycle routing feature you can use to map out an exciting bike ride with friends or family. The sun is staying out longer so a breezy bicycle ride before dinner is a great way to work up your appetite. Plan your trip using the map, whether you’ll be taking the scenic route or exploring a downtown. If you’ve got an iPhone, try the new EveryTrail app and you can roll with the punches and plan as you go. If you don’t live in suburbia or the country, don’t worry – you can still have a relaxing bicycling experience with RideTheCity.com. Ride the City is useful if you live in NYC, Chicago, Seattle, San Diego, DC, Louisville or Austin!

Have you dabbled with the idea of keeping a non-toxic home? Experimented with natural cleansers but can’t seem to break the toxic cleaning habit? Now’s the time to roll up your sleeves and finish the job! There’s no better time than now to say sayonara to harsh, unhealthy chemicals in your home. It’s easier than you think and remarkably frugal too! Battle germs, dirt and soap scum without bringing in nasty fumes, skin irritation or any of the other “side effects” of toxic “cleaning”. Vinegar,

baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice and plain table salt are the Fab Five

all-natural and dirt cheap, mean green cleaning team – they’ll make up the base of your artillery. For additional help around the house, employ some tea tree oil (easy to find and inexpensive),

olive oil (great for polishing wood surfaces) or essential oils to make your home smell like lavender, bergamot, citrus or eucalyptus! Read more here.

It’s easier and dramatically less expensive than your dryer. It’s also a savvy way to minimize wrinkles without having to iron and leaves clothes smelling fresh without using chemical dryer sheets! Plus, cotton won’t shrink and fibers won’t break down – meaning that your favorite outfits will last much longer. It’s easy to set up and you can do it anywhere! Check it out here.

Clothesline tips: Do a small load of laundry every day to stay on top of the game and maximize your clothesline’s usefulness. You’ll be less tempted to use the dryer!

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Got an old, tattered dictionary about to be replaced? Save the old one and turn it into an aesthetically pleasing planter! Check out the details here. Or make the most of an old tree stump in your yard or on your street by upholstering it! Beautify your landscape and make it more

naturally hospitable. Who knows who you’ll see perched upon it, taking a breather! Another fun idea is to create this quick and easy tote bag from an old tee shirt – it’s stylish, casual and fun.

First, find a worthy cause. It’s easy, they’re everywhere. Check your local paper, community bulletin or the local library’s events board. Once you’ve found something, recruit friends and family – anyone you’d like to have by your side. Visit VolunteerMatch.com to browse opportunities. Then go and do it! You’ll be helping a good cause and feeling great, too. Plus, it’s an excellent way to bond with loved ones while you serve others together. It is truly quality time!

You’ve worked hard all week! Reward yourself with some peace, quiet and a good book (oh, and maybe a mocha)! Pick a fresh, green read and brush up on your eco-savviness. We’ve got four fantastic recommendations just for you. •

Super Natural Home by Beth Greer An invaluable resource chock-full of practical tips for busy people wanting to keep a healthier home and a greener planet!

Earth: The Sequel by Miriam Horn and Fred Krupp An excellent read for the deep thinkers of the green world. Challenge your mind to consider the options for climate change while you enjoy this one.

Wake Up and Smell the Planet: The Non-Pompous, Non-Preachy Grist Guide to Greening Your Day by Grist Magazine Doesn’t the title just say it all? Get a little greener at your own pace with this useful strategy guide for anyone and everyone. It’s ideal for passing along once you’ve read it – spreading the good, green news.

The Adventures of A Plastic Bottle by Alison Inches and Pete Whitehead Simultaneously delightful and enlightening, this book teaches kids and adults alike the real deal behind plastic bottles.

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A Fresh Start: Inspired to Serve

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pring is the season of change and re-birth. And there’s no better way to celebrate the season than to volunteer your time and help improve the world. But where do you begin? Thankfully, you don’t have to solve the problems of the entire world—just start by tackling the issues in your own backyard. Working on a community project offers you a tangible way to make a difference. Need proof? Check out what these three community organizations are doing to improve their little part of the world. They inspired Mambo to make a difference in our area and we hope their stories provide you with the same motivation.

Weavers Way Co-Op What It Is: First established in 1972, Weavers Way Co-Op in Mt. Airy, Pennsylvania is one of over 5,000 food cooperatives in the U.S. Food Co-Ops are collectively owned grocery stores that are managed and run by the people who shop and work there. At Weavers Way, you’ll find fresh, locally-grown produce, delicious cheeses, dried fruits and nuts, coffee, artisan breads and much more, all at great prices for food of such high quality. And while you don’t have to work at Weavers Way in order to shop there (like you do at some co-ops), just six hours of volunteered labor each year goes a long way in keeping the costs of the store’s goods affordable. Why It’s Inspiring: Most of what is sold at Weavers Way is locally grown or made, which means spending your money there helps support local farmers and businesses. In addition to stimulating the local economy, shopping at the co-op also helps foster a sense of community. It’s easy to get to know other shoppers when you volunteer your time, or even while perusing the aisles—and how many of us can say we actually know many of our neighbors? Weavers Way brings together people who might not have otherwise met, uniting them for a common good. And one such common good is building a better community: Weavers Way helped revitalize its surrounding neighborhood and now a coffee shop, book store, dance studio and wellness and maternity center all call the area home. 24


Sustainable South Bronx What It Is: This community organization is working to “green the ghetto” by introducing innovative environmental solutions to the problems found in the South Bronx section of New York City. They develop economically sustainable green initiatives that not only save the environment, but also improve the health, safety and beauty of the community. Their major project is developing the South Bronx Greenway, a bike and pedestrian path along a blighted strip of waterfront. Why It’s Inspiring: Replacing pavement with parks and trees would do more than beautify this neglected area of the Bronx. Research shows that apartment buildings with high amounts of green space see less crime—a boon to dangerous areas like the South Bronx. The bike and pedestrian path would also help improve the health of an obese population that has limited access to safe places to exercise outdoors. Plants also help trap pollutants that can cause asthma and other respiratory problems. Finally, Sustainable South Bronx’s projects create plenty of green collar jobs for a community that has been affected by the downturn in the economy.

Relight NY What It Is: This non-profit encourages people to help the owners of New York City buildings into going green by exchanging incandescent light bulbs for energy efficient carbon fluorescents. Participants “adopt” a building they want to “relight,” then use educational information provided by RelightNY.com to help them convince the powers that be to make the switch to CFLs. Why It’s Inspiring: It’s such a simple step, but swapping old bulbs for CFLs can have a huge impact on the environment. So far, RelightNY participants have adopted 627 buildings, changed over 110,000 bulbs to CFLs and saved the city more than $5 million in energy costs. Just imagine how much energy could be saved if other cities adopted this campaign? Inspired yet? Stories like these invigorate and encourage us to get moving in our own neighborhoods—bringing small changes together to make big ones! Share your stories with us! We want to know what you’ve done—and are doing—to make your part of the Earth a little greener, a little cleaner and a whole lot better! Send your inspirational stories to ideas@mambosprouts.com

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from allergies that make you sneeze. Springtime can bring allergies to visit. But you can fight them off by eating some of that tasty bumblebees’ honey! Click here to learn more about allergies and honey.

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Do Not Disturb! If you see a honeybee or a bumblebee buzzing around the flowers, Do Not Disturb! The bees need to collect the flowers’ pollen to make yummy honey. And when bees carry the pollen from flower to flower it helps make even more beautiful flowers. Can you color the flowers below?

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HEALTHY RECIPES! see more at mambosprouts.com/recipes

Roasted Tomatoes with Brie

Gluten-free!

Courtesy of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. From Globally Gluten-Free, by NFCA Director of Education Nancy Baker.

Ingredients: • 10 medium plum tomatoes • 2 tsp. of olive oil • 1 Tbsp. of pesto

• 4 oz. of ripe Brie cheese • Flat leaf parsley or basil • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 325°F. 2. Lightly oil a jelly roll pan. Cut the tomatoes lengthwise in ½. 3. Arrange the tomatoes cut-side up in the prepared pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper then drizzle with olive oil. 4. Roast the tomatoes for about 50 minutes or until they are very soft. 5. Let the tomatoes rest until warm, then arrange them on a small platter. 6. Spoon a dab of pesto onto each tomato half with a small slice of Brie. Decorate with fresh herbs. Serve immediately.

Black Bean & Cilantro Burgers

Vegetarian!

Thanks to Chef Keith Snow of Harvest Eating for this tasty recipe!

Ingredients: • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion • 1/4 cup finely chopped green

bell pepper • 1 large garlic clove, minced • 1 Tbsp. butter • 1 19-z can black beans, rinsed

and drained (about 1 2/3 cups)

• 1/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs • 1 large egg, beaten lightly • 3 Tbsp. fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine • 1/2 tsp. salt • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal • Pure olive oil for frying

Directions: 1. In a small heavy skillet cook onion, bell pepper, and garlic in butter over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened. 2. In a bowl, mash one-third beans with a fork and stir in remaining beans, onion mixture, bread crumbs, egg, coriander, salt, and pepper to taste. 3. Form mixture into four 4-inch patties. (Mixture will be wet and soft.) Gently dredge patties in cornmeal and transfer to a large plate lined with plastic wrap. 4. In a heavy skillet heat 1/4 inch oil over moderate heat until hot but not smoking and cook patties in 2 batches 1 1/2 minutes on each side, transferring to paper towels to drain. Chef’s Note: Serve bean cakes with salsa. Can be prepared in 45 minutes or less.


Maple Cinnamon Snickerdoodles

Gluten-free!

Thanks to Iris of The Daily Dietribe for this delicious recipe. Servings: Approx. 24 Cookies

Ingredients: • • • • • •

1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup shortening 1 cup maple syrup 1 egg 1 Tbsp. flax seed meal 1 3/4 cup sweet white rice flour (a.k.a. glutinous rice flour)

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2/3 cup potato starch 1/3 cup amaranth flour 2 tsp. xantham gum 2 tsp. cream of tartar 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. salt

Directions: 1. Cream the butter and shortening together. 2. With a whisk or hand blender, completely mix in the maple syrup, egg, and flax seed meal. 3. Stir in the rest of the ingredients until completely mixed. 4. Chill dough in fridge for an hour. 5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 6. Form the dough into balls with your hands, and place on a greased cookie sheet. Don’t flatten the balls, as they will spread while they bake. 7. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the edges just barely begin to brown.

Summertime Potato Soup

Gluten-free!

Recipe submitted by Roxanne C. of Albany, CA Serves 6 Prep Time 20 Cook Time 20

Ingredients:

• 1 yellow onion, chopped •2 cloves garlic, minced • 1/2 tsp. curry powder • 1 Tbsp. olive oil • 1/2 lb. Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced • 3 cups vegetable broth • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels

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1/2 cup chopped yellow bell pepper 1 Tbsp. yellow mustard 1 cup Brown Cow Cream Top Plain Yogurt 1/2 tsp. Jane’s Krazy Mixedup Lemon Pepper 1/2 tsp. Jane’s Krazy Mixedup Salt 1/2 tsp. tsp. lemon zest Garnish- chopped chives and lemon twists

Directions: 1. Saute the onion, garlic, and curry powder in the oil in a soup pot for 3 minutes. 2. Add the potatoes and broth, corn and peppers. 3. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer 15 minutes or till the potatoes are soft. 4. Puree the soup adding the mustard, yogurt, lemon pepper, salt and zest. 5. Cover and chill. At serving time garnish each serving with chives and a lemon twist. Chef’s Note: An inexpensive cold soup that can be made ahead of time, thus saving time and money. A substantial soup but low in fat and calories, yet another savings.


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