Let us re-gift!

I am so grateful to be working very closely with two amazing charities, FeedingHK and PathFinders. When I visit the office, I am inspired by the work that they do on a daily basis to help those in need, right here in Hong Kong. This Christmas, in keeping with the giving and ‘waste not’ spirit, I hope we can help fill some basic office needs of these two charities who work tirelessly to serve the community.
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I got the idea of re-gifting when I noticed that black and blue pens were hard to find around the office. They were either running out of ink or multi-colored. I asked the office staff why there were only green pens lying around and she replied, “because they were donated (with a sweet smile)”. When I got home, I gathered all the pens I’ve collected while traveling or attending seminars and compiled a nice pack that will eventually be of much use for somebody else. The same thing happened at FeedingHK with mugs and utensils. I’m sure all of you have stuff lying around the house that would love to find a new home too. It’s a small ask, but makes life that much easier for the people behind these wonderful charities.

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Homemade Soy Yogurt and Green Living Workshop

Living sustainably is something that I’m trying to achieve not only for the new year but for some time now. It’s a goal of mine to be able to reduce my carbon footprint. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not easy (like losing or gaining weight). It takes quite a bit of planning and you need the motivation to learn how to live green. It’s a huge commitment. As a start, Green Living for Free offers workshops to teach the public how to reduce waste, eat healthfully, and be one with nature. I was one of the lucky few who got to learn how to make soy milk, soy yogurt, veggie patty and a nifty fertilizer tool today. Be sure to “like” them on facebook and join their next event.

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2 Quick Vegan Dinner Ideas

Loaded Veggie Pasta

Use any veggies you like or have leftover in the fridge. I chose canned tomatoes to save time but fresh is better. If you’re using canned tomatoes, there’s no need to add salt for flavor. I used refined pasta in this dish but you can use 100% whole wheat pasta for added fiber.

Pasta with Garden Vegetables Recipe-Skip the broth (use water), cornstarch and cheese.

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Squash and Black Eyed Peas Curry

Quick and easy one pot dinner. If you’re using dried beans, make sure to soak them over night. You can substitute any beans you’d like in this recipe, chickpeas work great. Pair with brown rice, pita or bread.

Squash and Black Eyed Peas Curry Recipe-Skip the broth (use water), no need for potatoes, tomatoes, cumin and mustard seeds if you don’t have them.

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Menugraphic – Vegan for the Earth. Vegan for Life.

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What better way to honor Earth Hour 2013 than to release a vegan menugraphic that supports environmental sustainability. According to the Environmental Working Group, animal-based foods have very high carbon footprints. They state that if every American stopped eating meat and cheese for one day a week, it would be the same as not driving 91 billion miles – or taking 7.6 million cars off the road. Pretty powerful, huh?

The purpose of this menugraphic is to show you the variety of foods you can enjoy on a vegan diet. I included foods that can be purchased at restaurants, are readily available at your local supermarket and are relatively fast and easy to prepare. I hope you find this infographic fun and useful. Remember that going meatless just once a week can have a great impact on the future of planet earth.

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Are You a TreeHugger Health Nut?

Do you ever judge people who eat at fast food restaurants? Look down on people who don’t exercise? Or tell people that they should really buy “natural” and “organic” products? Are you a promoter of all things fresh and eco-friendly? Then I suspect that you do all of the following (and more)!

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Health Nut

1) You buy organic food most of the time or at least for the following produce-considered most contaminated by EWG (the Dirty Dozen +2).

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes (Imported)
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Kale/Leafy Greens

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