Glass Straws

Written by Sheila Emery Murphy on .

I’ve been thinking about straws. Yep, that’s right straws. Why? Because typically if you drink through a straw, you will drink more. So, I often put a straw in my water so more healthy hydration goes down the hatch.

I try to be environmentally friendly, but this little disposabe plastic item escaped my attention for quite some time. Then I learned some compelling facts. According to the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC), “Today we produce far more plastic waste than can be recovered or recycled.”  And per the Be Straw Free Campaign, “each day we use 500,000,000 disposal straws” – that is a lot of plastic!  Not to mention that plastic straws are made of polypropylene, a petroleum bi-product.

I am a firm believer that small changes add up to a big difference long-term. So, I decided to make a small change. I switched to reusable glass straws. Not only are these Dharma Glass Straws beautiful, reusable and environmentally-friendly, they are backed by a lifetime guarantee. However, although they offer this guarantee, they are NOT claiming that they are unbreakable. (Any more than your pyrex coffee pot or pie plate would be.) 

Another good way to make a simple small change is to commit to ask for your drinks "strawless" when eating out or on the go.  To learn more about the “Be Straw Free Campaign” click here. A small change, like skipping or upgrading your straw can have a real environmental impact – each of us can make a difference.

Spiced Almond Flour Pancakes

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Upgrade your pancakes! This classic breakfast treat gets a recipe makeover with nutrient dense almond flour, chia seeds and sprinkles of spices that sweeten your pancakes without adding sugar.  

What you need…

1 ½ C     Blanched almond flour

3             Eggs

¾ C        Almond milk

1 tsp      Vanilla extract

1 TBS     Chia seeds (optional)

Spice it up with dashes of cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, ginger, cloves and nutmeg!


What to do…

Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well with an immersion blender

Pour ¼ C batter circles onto medium heat skillet and cook until bubbly on edges and light brown on both sides

Top with a good quality maple syrup and fresh fruit. Pancakes are like having dessert for breakfast, so eat them in moderation.

Summer Salad Superstars

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Ready for a new twist on a summer salad? Try this refreshing Watermelon Cucumber Salad. Super nutritious and simple to make, this unique summer salad has a lovely Asian twist. Hoisin sauce and fresh lime juice are the magic ingredients that make this salad a superstar.

Watermelon is nutrient dense, a great source of the antioxidant lycopene as well as 90%+ water – complete with nourishing electrolytes – making it a delicious way to stay hydrated. Cucumber is a low calorie and high water content veggie with healthful phytonutrients. Together, watermelon and cucumber are a great way to “eat” your vitamin water.

So, ditch the standard potato salad and bring this salad to your next summer soirée! Click here for recipe. Recipe note: I prefer to leave the skin on my cucumber instead of peeling it. No need to waste the fiber and other nutrients in the peel that are so good for your body!

Black Bean Fudgesicles

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The classic summer treat gets a delicious and healthy recipe makeover! The original Fudgsicle® has a whopping 17 ingredients many of which are not stocked in the typical pantry. This re-envisioned popsicle has just five wholesome ingredients including a boost of protein from the secret ingredient – black beans – which remain undetectable to your taste buds.

Black Bean Fudgesicles Ingredients (5): black beans, light coconut milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, honey, vanilla

Fudgsicle® Ingredients (17): nonfat milk, sugar, corn syrup, whey, high fructose corn syrup, water, palm oil, cocoa processed with alkali, tricalcium phosphate, mono and diglycerides, cellulose gum, guar gum, malt powder, salt, polysorbate 80, polysorbate 65, carrageenan

I made these pops with my daughter and she loves them! They are a lighter chocolate flavor from the original making them a satisfying summer treat. Click here for the recipe.

Chopstick Cherry Pitter

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I love cherries. Cherries are nature’s sweet summer treat. They are full of antioxidants and powerful flavonoids that boost our immune system and reduce the “sludge” in our bodies that accelerate the aging process. But, I feel like a Major League Baseball player spitting out the pits.

Happily, I have discovered a more civilized way to enjoy my cherries without having to invest in a pricey cherry pitter. Chopsticks! Yes, this simple utensil you probably already have in your kitchen or you can get with your next order of Chinese take-out.  

This is how it works. Simply take a chopstick and slide it through the center of the cherry and – voilà – the pit slides out easily. I prefer to wear an apron and do my chopstick maneuver over the sink to minimize any potential mess.

Pitted cherries are also a great snack for kids so this way the whole family can enjoy them.