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It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday 9th May. So to help you prepare, this week our newsletter is devoted to our Mothers and to Mother Earth.
The essence of Mother’s Day is to cherish our Mums, to make them feel special, honoured and loved. Without our Mums we would not be here today, so make the time to show them that all their efforts are appreciated. We also need to acknowledge that Mother Earth sustains us all and that the planet also needs our care and respect.
So this week we have a mouthwatering, meat-free, planet-friendly recipe you can cook up for Mum, and we reveal the amazing health benefits – especially for women – of almonds. Our special feature is some great gift ideas for Mother’s Day that honour our Mothers and the Earth.
So this Mother’s Day let your Mum know that she means the ‘world’ to you!
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Food of the Week
Almonds are the most nutritious of all nuts. Not only are they a good source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, they also provide lots of energy. They are a real powerhouse food.
- High levels of protein and calcium
- Magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc and copper
- Vitamins B2, B3, E, and K
- Folic acid and selenium
- Dietary fibre
Almonds have been shown to:
- Reduce the risk of heart disease by helping to regulate blood pressure and lower bad cholesterol
- Maintain healthy bones and joints, and alleviate joint pain
- Promote healthy skin, hair and eyes
- Assist with weight loss when eaten in moderation
- Nourish the skin and help to diminish the appearance of fine wrinkles when almond oil is massaged into the skin on a regular basis.
Almonds make a great snack. They taste great and help you to feel full fast so you don’t need to eat a lot of them. And because they are such a good source of protein and calcium they are especially beneficial for vegans. So enjoy them often!
And don’t forget to look for the locally grown product so you don’t add to your carbon footprint. If your greengrocer or supermarket doesn’t stock locally grown produce, please encourage them to do so.
Recipe of the Week
Dr. VB’s Spicy Stir-Fry with Tamari-Roasted Almonds
500 grams jasmine rice
200 grams green beans, cut into 5 cm lengths
150 grams mushrooms, sliced
1 red capsicum, seeded and cut into thin strips
125 grams tamari-roasted almonds, halved (available from health-food stores)
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, crushed or grated
1 red chilli, seeded and finely chopped
125 ml hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons mirin
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Cook the rice (absorption method) as per the instructions on the packet.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a wok and add the garlic, ginger and chilli. Cook for 1 minute, or until lightly browned. Add the beans, mushrooms, capsicum, hoisin sauce and sugar and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Stir in the mirin and cook for 1 minute, or until the beans are tender but still crunchy.
Remove from the heat and stir in the almonds. Serve with the rice.
Save the Planet
It was Earth Day on April 22. Earth Day asks us all – individuals, corporations and governments – to work towards living sustainably.
With the approach of Mother’s Day, this video reminds us that we all need to honour ‘both’ of our mothers and make a commitment to making every day Earth Day. One simple thing you can do to help is to reduce your meat consumption. The planet will love you for it!
Healthy and Green Gift Ideas for Mum
This is just a small sample of gifts you can get for your Mum that are good for her and good for the planet. Most are available online and there is still time to order for Mother’s Day.
1/ What about an Australian Vegan Cookbook? You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy healthy and delicious meat-free recipes.
Here are a few suggestions that Mum will love:
(i) Vegan Indulgence by Leigh Drew
(ii) Now Vegan: Fresh and Healthy by Lynda Stoner
(iii) Vegan Cooking: Recipes for Health and Happiness by Amanda Quinn and Diipali Liburne
2/ Organic cotton bed linen, clothing, shawl or scarf
Check out these sites for ideas:
3/ Beauty products
(i) Pure almond oil. Look for an organic cold-pressed oil to get the best quality product for your Mum’s skin.
(ii) Skincare products from Jurlique. The entire range is plant-based and contains no synthetic preservatives. Most of Jurlique’s ingredients are organically and biodynamically grown, without the use of pesticides, insecticides or synthetic fertilisers. www.jurlique.com
(iii) Eco lipstick from Aveda. Lipsticks made from plant oils and waxes, mineral pigments, plant pigments and essential oils. www.aveda.com.au
(iv) Gorgeous hand made soaps and natural cosmetics from Lush. All of their products use fresh fruits and vegetables, are not tested on animals, and do not use palm oil so they are kind to the environment. www.lush.com.au/catalog/home.php
4/ Some fun gift ideas for the Mum who has everything
(i) I am not a paper cup. A ceramic copy of a disposable paper coffee cup. Comes with a silicone lid to prevent spills. It’s microwave and dishwasher safe.
(ii) Green is Good notebook. A beautiful notebook made from 100% waste paper for storing thoughts, ideas or reminders.
(iii) Green Book of Sudoku. A book of Sudoku puzzles printed on recycled paper with soy ink.
See these last two items and much much more at www.biome.com.au
5/ A native plant for Mum’s garden from www.growinggifts.com.au
Purchase a beautifully packaged native plant for Mum and support www.greeningaustralia.org.au
6/ A beautiful book on the Earth, the environment, or how to care for our unique wildlife