Posts published on April 2013

RECIPE: Munchie Bites (gf, raw, vegan)

Lifestyle, Newsletter, recipe

This recipe introduced me to dates and I am in love. They are nature’s candy. So amazing! (And inexpensive-but full of sugar so be careful.) I was overwhelmed by how many different varieties of dates were offered at the store but at  $1.99-3.99 a pack (each container has enough for two batches) I was happy to try a few. I’m certain that any of the dates would work for this recipe-but I noticed the softer and larger dates were easier to de-pit and sweeter so that’s what we used for the recipe. These bars are a sweet treat that are packed with fiber (click here for detailed information about the health benefits of the ingredients we used).

Munchie Bites Recipe
(gf, raw, vegan, energy bars)
*makes 12 bites or 6 snack size bars

1 cup raw cashews (try hazelnut or walnuts!)
½ cup pitted dates (try substituting other dried fruit: cherries, figs or prunes)
1/3 cup almond butter (or other nut butter)
2 T chia seeds (bulk spice section of People’s Organic Food Cooperative)
1 T honey (or agave)
1 T hemp seeds (buy in bulk from the coolers at People’s Organic Food Cooperative)
¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut (bulk section of People’s Organic Food Cooperative)
¼ cup raw pepitas (bulk section of People’s Organic Food Cooperative)

Food Processor or Blender
Parchment paper and hemp twine
9” x 5 “ loaf pan

We bought all the ingredients from People’s Organic Food Cooperative in Ocean Beach but you can get everything from any natural/health food store.

 

1. Blend 1 cup raw cashews (or other nut) in the blender or food processor for 20-30 seconds.

2. Add ½ cup dates (after removing the pits) , 1/3 cup almond butter, 2 T chia seeds, 1 T honey and 1 T hemp seed into the food processor and blend with the cashews until everything is well combined.

3. Line a 8” x 4” or 9” x 5” loaf pan with parchment paper so that it hangs over the sides.

4. Transfer the blended mixture into the loaf pan, using a spoon to press, flatten and smooth it out.

5. Sprinkle and gently press pepitas and coconut into the surface of the bars.

6. Fold the sides of hanging parchment into the loaf pan, use your hands to press down and even out the surface of the bars one last time.

7. Refrigerate 1 hour (or freeze for 20 minutes) before pulling the wax paper lining out of the loaf pan to slice the bars.

8. Wrap each bar in parchment paper (we just re-purposed the sheet we lined the loaf pan with) and secure with a piece of hemp string.

9. Refrigerate the remaining bars.

SD Hydro Named 2013 Recycler of the Year

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San Diego Hydroponics & Organics Recognized by the City for “GREEN” efforts.

 

SD Hydro’s Earth-friendly nature has been noticed by the City of San Diego. We have been selected by the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department as one of the “Recyclers of the Year” in the 2013 Waste Reduction and Recycling Awards Program!  This award is given to local businesses who have the most innovative and comprehensive recycling programs in San Diego. Our recycling and waste reduction program includes post-consumer recycled paper products, the minimization of plastic bags at checkout, bulb recycling, growing food in-store that is passed along to customers and staff, as well as community outreach and education efforts.

Here at SD Hydro we work hard to implement environmentally responsible practices in all aspects of our store. For instance, if you’ve ever used our bathroom the thought may have crossed your mind that our TP situation might need some consideration. But actually we choose to forgo the 7-ply paper bliss in the name of reduced waste and eco-friendly toilet paper. Too much information? Just keeping it real and letting you know that your sacrifice was not in vain-I’m sure we must have saved a tree or two by now.

SD Hydro representatives will be attending a special media event to receive recognition by Mayor Bob Filner for our green efforts on Earth Day, April 22, at the San Diego International Airport.

This recognition is a big deal for us as a company and for some of the staff on an individual level. It acknowledges and validates the time, energy and money (in addition to friendly fights between employees) spent on appropriate recycling etiquette.

We rarely have an appropriate opportunity to brag about how awesome we are and this just happens to be one of those times so we wanted to take a moment and give ourselves a big pat on the back! GOOD JOB TEAM AWESOME!

 

DIY Succulent Terrarium

Lifestyle, Newsletter

For this DIY project we have decided to highlight succulents. Not only do most varieties of succulents thrive in San Diego’s warm climate, but they are nearly indestructible. When it comes to my outdoor garden, I seek out plants that are low maintenance but still aesthetically pleasing. Succulents satisfy both these criteria. There is an almost endless variety of succulents to fit any decor scheme or outdoor space. As a bonus, they are especially easy to clone yourself.

Succulents have adapted to dry dessert regions with thick leaves to retain water during droughts. For this reason, succulents do not need to be watered as often as other plant varieties. This attribute makes them perfect for the novice or busy gardener; skipping a water every now and then won’t kill your succulents.

 

Most succulents need direct sunlight and grow well in a wide range of temperatures, even in temps as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit. In the summer water succulents about once a week. Make sure the soil is completely dry between waterings. In the winter reduce waterings down to about once every other month.

Materials Needed:

– Jar or container

-Soil Mixture – We used Sanctuary Soil’s Victory Mix then added in Growstones for better drainage.

-Activated Carbon -Can be found at a pet supply store.

-Drainage material – We used Growstones and seashells

– Succulents in 2 inch pots – Armstrong Garden Center had a great selection.

 

Directions:

1. Place a layer of drainage material in the bottom of your container. We used a mixture of Growstones and seashells. Rocks and pebbles also work well.

2. Next, add a layer of activated carbon over the drainage materials. We purchased our activated carbon from Pet Kingom for $9.99. The carbon removes impurities from your terrarium.

3. Make sure the soil you choose is well aerated. We mixed in smaller Growstones to the soil for better aeration. Succulents require a lot of aeration near their roots, so this step is extremely important.

4. Finally, add a layer of your soil and then plant the succulents in the container. Fill in any gaps with soil. I found that the succulents were delicate, and I used a paint brush to remove any excess dirt that had accumulated on the leaves.

5. Lightly water the soil so that is damp all the way through. Do not over water, you don’t want an excess of water at the bottom of your container.

Energy Dense Super Foods

Glossary, Lifestyle, recipe, Uncategorized

Below is a list of ingredients full of fiber, that if worked into your diet, will add that extra punch of energy you need to be energized all day long. Each ingredient has its own benefits but we used all of them in one awesome energy-packed snack bar. Check out this recipe for our Munchie Bites if you’d like to try them for yourself!

 

 

Dates: for extra energy in thirty minutes eat a date. Rich in vitamins and minerals they have the added benefit of fiber (dates are a solution to both constipation or diarrhea. Versatile!) They do have a lot of sugar in them-which is a great natural sweetener so don’t overdo it.

Chia Seeds: a complete protein that provides energy and a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids, good for weight loss, hydration, balancing blood sugar, feeling full and fiber. (also got information from here)

Hemp seed: they carry many of the same benefits of Chia seeds-also being one of the few complete plant based proteins-(meaning it contains all 8 essential amino acids that your body needs to ingest and cannot produce), they contain essential fatty acids and are associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Coconut Improves digestion, boosts energy and endurance while killing viruses, bacterium and fungi. It relieves symptoms and lowers the risk of diabetes, heart disease and inflammation.

Cashews Rich in omega-3 fatty acid, raw cashews lower the risk of cardiovascular disease; they have healthy monounsaturated fat which is linked to lowering “bad” (LDL) cholesterol.

Almonds: The protein, folic acid, mono-saturated fats and potassium in almonds aid in a healthy heart, blood pressure regulation and an uncomplicated pregnancy (folic acid reduces risk of birth defects). Almonds also boost energy levels, contains nutrients for brain development and are good for hair and skin.
(caution: those with kidney or gallbladder problems should avoid eating almonds)

Pepitas: Loaded with essential minerals, vitamins, amino acids, carbohydrates and healthy fatty acids such as Omega-3 which reduce inflammation, while lowering risks of heart disease, cancer and arthritis. Pepitas also produce chemicals associated with improving mood, sleep, anxiety, depression and appetite.