Try making them sweet instead with a little oil, cinnamon, and sugar.
Oct
29

DIY Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Shubhra

Don’t toss those slimy “guts” from your jack-o-lantern … turn the seeds into a yummy treat instead. There are no scary ingredients in this all-natural and healthy snack.  Greenista Girl Shubhra remembers having toasted and salted pumpkin seeds at her pre-school and has been in love with them ever since. Here is a grown-up, gourmet version using not just salt, but other spices as well.

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

  • Organic pumpkin seeds
  • Organic olive oil
  • Organic salt
  • Organic garlic powder (optional)
  • Organic onion powder (optional)
  • Organic cayenne pepper (optional)

1.     Rinse the pumpkin seeds and separate the pumpkin pulp.

2.     Use your fingers to remove all the pulp. Drain pumpkin seeds and discard pulp.

3.     Spread out on a baking sheet to dry overnight.

4.     Preheat oven to 300 degree.

5.     Lightly oil a baking sheet.

6.     Toss pumpkin seeds in olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and your choice of garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. Toss to coat.

7.     Bake about 1 hour, tossing every 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown.

8.      Cool pumpkin seeds before eating.

9.     Eat them plain or top on salads, soup, or yogurt.

10.  Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 months.

PS: Feeling extra spicy? Try other combos like curry, cumin, Hungarian paprika, and more. Get creative!

Written by Greenista Girl Shubhra

Photo by Health Mad

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The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.
Oct
28

Halloween Week: Top 5 Eco Way to Dispose of Your Carved Pumpkins

Brianne

After Halloween is over and your carved pumpkin is looking all sad and shriveled, don’t kick it to the curb to be sent to the landfill. Check out these top 5 eco ways to dispose of your carved pumpkins.

Compost It: Cut the pumpkin into small chunks to help decomposition. The worms will do the rest of the work by breaking it down.

Bury It: If you don’t have a compost bin, try burying it in your garden. Just make sure it’s deep enough so squirrels and bunnies can’t dig it up. You might even have a pumpkin or two sprouting next fall.

Feed the Animals: Crack the pumpkin open and toss it into the woods. Deer, rabbits, and mice will nibble on this seasonal fave until it’s gone.

Make a Face Mask: Scoop out the insides, mash it with a little honey, soy milk, and brown sugar. Apply to your skin and wash off 10 minutes later.

Make a Bird Feeder: How cute is that idea? Follow these step-by-step instructions for a DIY bird feeder from your old pumpkin. We love it!

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

Photos by Sakurako

Pumpkins are very high in vitamin a and potassium so the ones you didn’t carve, try eating. And don’t forget to nibble on the seeds.
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Don’t forget to send your kid out with a reusable trick or treat candy tote.
Oct
27

Halloween Week: Organic Candy

Brianne

Whether you’re 6 or 66, candy is always the best part of Halloween. Unfortunately, most conventional brands are filled with chemical colors, artificial flavors, GMOs, and corn syrup. And if the ingredients aren’t grown organically, that means yucky pesticides, too. So this year, give out healthy, organic candy and sweets that are worlds better for kids (and adults) and still taste great. And do the kid in us a favor by skipping handing out fruit … no one likes it.

Yummy Earth organic candy is free of artificial and chemical flavors and colors and comes in lollipops, candy drops, and our fave, gummy worms and bears.

Candy Tree Organic Cherry Laces are organic, wheat- and gluten-free licorice whips. Yum!

Endangered Species Organic Milk Chocolate Bug Bites are organic, gluten-free, non-GMO chocolate. Plus, your purchase supports the endangered species.

Newman’s Own Organics Chocolate Cups come in 5 organic varieties – caramel in light and dark chocolate, peppermint with dark chocolate, and peanut butter in light and dark.

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

Photos by Yummy Earth

When High Fructose Corn Syrup is ingested, it travels straight to the liver which turns the sugary liquid into fat, and unlike other carbohydrates HFCS does not cause the pancreas to produce insulin; which acts as a hunger quenching signal to the brain. So we get stuck in a vicious cycle, eating food that gets immediately stored as fat and never feeling full.
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Oct
26

Halloween Week: Solar and LED Flashlights

Greenista Girl Shivani

Hey, it’s dark out and come Halloween, you’ll be wandering around at night … with kids. Grab a flashlight, will ya! And can you make it a solar one? Ok, we’re done being demanding Greenista Girls but seriously batteries can leach mercury, lead, and cadmium into our groundwater. Yuck! Switch to solar with one of these cute flashlights … just make sure you leave it in the sun the day before so you’re all charged up come Halloween night.

Solar Lite - Hybrid Flashlight ($20) – This solar flashlight comes in perfect Halloween colors … green, orange, yellow, and black. Plus, it’s waterproof and floats.

Sunpak Solar Flashlight and Battery Charger ($19.55) – Not only is it a handy solar flashlight but you can also charge your cell, iPod, and GPS off of it.

Wind Up/Solar AM FM Radio Dynamo Power ($29.95) – It’s a flashlight and radio in one … need we say more?

Written by Greenista Girl Shivani

Photos by Play Outdoors

Statistics show that 88% of mercury found in the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) stream comes from dry cell batteries.
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Just think how proud you’ll be after making your own costume. Bonus: No copycats.
Oct
25

Halloween Week: Eco & Vintage Halloween Costumes

Greenista Girl Neha

Ghosts, goblins, and dress up time! If you’re like us Greenista Girls, you live for Halloween. The candy, the fall weather, the scary movies, the costumes … the list goes on and on. However, most Halloween costumes are made from synthetic (read: chem-laden) fabric … and not to mention the toxic face paints. We’ll show you how to go green this Halloween.

Hit up your favorite vintage store for hippy, cow girl, prom queen, or even Lady Gaga or The Real Housewives-inspired duds.

Look around your house for items that you can turn into your Halloween costume. A sheet for a Greek Goddess toga, an apron for a Top Chef, and an all black long-sleeve and leggings is the start for any great animal … cat, skunk, dog, bat. PS: trash bags = bat wings.

Crafty? Make your own from scratch using organic fabric, bamboo, hemp, and other eco materials.

Share! Borrow your besties costume from last year and lend her yours. Or a week before Halloween, toss a costume exchange party. Bring one, leave with another.

Use Nova Natural Face Pencils. They are non-toxic and made from palm oil. They are super easy to apply and wash off. Just think of all the blood, bruises, and oozes you can create.

PS: Those gals are the LEED Green Building Fairies, who won Inhabitat’s Green Halloween Contest last year. How cute!

Written by Greenista Girl Neha

Photos Inhabitat

Store-bought costumes, makeup and accessories may contain phthalates, lead and other toxins.
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