Healthy Foods to Eat While Saving the Planet

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<p>Yesterday morning I woke up to a story on <a title=”NPR” href=”http://www.npr.org/” target=”_blank”>NPR</a>. <a href=”http://www.markbittman.com/” target=”_blank”>Mark Bittman</a>, New York Times food columnist, author of<span style=”FONT-STYLE: italic”>
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<a title=”Food Matters” style=”FONT-STYLE: italic” href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1416575642/bookstorenow89-20″ target=”_blank”>Food Matters</a>, and cast member of <a href=”http://www.spainontheroadagain.com/” target=”_blank”>Spain: On The Road Again</a> was giving some surprising advice: Eat less meat. From the impact of industrial farming on the environment to climbing national obesity, Bittman suggested our meat eating country should ease up on its meat consumption. The long-time food columnist didn’t preach. He also didn’t push the benefits of a vegetarian diet; rather, negative affects of industrial farming and how we can eat smarter to help our planet.</p>
<p>”From fish farming to chicken farming to egg and dairy farming–[it] has an environmental impact,” he says in <a href=”http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99268166″ target=”_blank”>Eating Right Can Save the Planet</a>. Indulge in seconds on vegetables and fruits and take it easy on servings of meat, Bittman also suggests. These tips come from a self-described bacon-and-eggs-for-breakfast-and-a-hamburger-for-lunch kind of guy. At the suggestion of his doctor, Bittman also says in the article that he now eats oatmeal with maple syrup and fruits, and vegetables for lunch, and the change improved his health and weight.</p>
<p>Another way to improve your health and the environment is to <a title=”plant a kitchen garden” href=”https://www.motherearthliving.com/gardening/five-year-kitchen-garden-design-plan.aspx”>plant a kitchen garden</a> with your favorite herbs. Flavor your food with the herbs you grow, rather than salt: It will reduce your cholesterol while enhancing the natural flavors in the dish. Last week I tried Editor in Chief KC Compton’s <a title=”Parmesan French Toast” href=”https://www.motherearthliving.com/wiser-living/chukar-cherry-salsa-recipe-mystery.aspx”>Parmesan French Toast</a>, and although it wasn’t completely vegan (my roommate is vegan), it was a big hit in my house. Here are a few <em>Herb Companion</em> recipes I’m going to try over the next week:</p>
<p>• <a href=”https://www.motherearthliving.com/cooking-methods/whole-grain-granola.aspx”>Whole-Grain Granola</a>
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• <a title=”Orzo Salad With Dittany, Spinach, and Feta Cheese” href=”https://www.motherearthliving.com/cooking-methods/orzo-salad-dittany-spinach-feta-cheese.aspx”>Orzo Salad With Dittany, Spinach, and Feta Cheese</a>
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• <a title=”Vegetarian Lentils” href=”https://www.motherearthliving.com/cooking-methods/web-exclusive-vegetarian-lentils.aspx”>Vegetarian Lentils</a>
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• <a title=”Crustless Herbal Quiche” href=”https://www.motherearthliving.com/cooking-methods/crustless-herbal-quiche.aspx”>Crustless Herbal Quiche</a>
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<p>These recipes are not only healthy for you, but also for the planet.</p>
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<em>Orzo Salad with Dittany, Spinach and Feta Cheese</em>
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