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Healthy Super Bowl Snacks

Happy Valentine's Day! Sending Organic Flowers This Year

Celebrity Chefs Focus on Cooking For a Healthier Lifestyle in 2015

Make a Love Connection

10 Ways to Green Your Office

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Healthy Super Bowl Snacks

According to Health.com, the Super Bowl is one of the biggest calorie fests of the year for many Americans. The average football fan eats about a day's worth of calories during the game, and the U.S. Calorie Control Council estimates that Americans pack away 11 million pounds of chips on Super Bowl Sunday. Instead, snack on these delicious and healthy game day recipes from the folks at Health.com.

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes
Get a boost of beta-carotene and cut out much of the fat in traditional recipes with this shortcut to classic twice-baked potatoes.   Calories: 341

Ingredients
2 medium sweet potatoes (8 to 10 ounces each)
3 ounces Canadian bacon, diced
2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
3 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
2 tablespoons shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese

Preparation
Pierce potatoes with a fork, and arrange on paper towels. Microwave on high 8 minutes; turn potatoes over after 4 minutes. Cut each potato in half lengthwise, and scoop out the pulp, leaving 1/4-inch-thick shells. Mash pulp with 3 ounces Canadian bacon, 2 tablespoons sour cream, and 2 teaspoons chives in a bowl. Spoon mixture into shells. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons cheese over tops of potatoes. Microwave on high 2 minutes, and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon chives.

Artichoke Dip
This chunky dip contains more than 25% of your dietary reference intake (DRI) of calcium. 
Calories: 159

Ingredients
1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
1/2 cup light cream cheese
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella, divided
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon chopped scallions
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Preparation
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine the artichokes, mayonnaise, cream cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan, 3/4 cup mozzarella, garlic salt, pepper, scallions, and parsley in a bowl; transfer to baking dish. Top with remaining Parmesan and mozzarella; bake 20–30 minutes or until golden and bubbling.

To find more game-day healthy snack options from the Health.com team, visit: 

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20338949,00.html  or to subscribe to this fantastic magazine, visit www.health.com

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Happy Valentine’s Day!
Sending Organic Flowers This Year

Organic Bouquet is the largest online provider of eco-friendly and organic floral gifts. All of their flowers are grown in a manner that is not only environmentally friendly but also provides outstanding resources for farm workers and artisans.

Organic Bouquet partners with select flower farms in California, Ecuador and Colombia. All of their flower farms follow stringent growing practices which are monitored by multiple certification agencies and associations. When you purchase flowers from Organic Bouquet, you are helping to improve the life of a flower farm worker, their family and the local floral community.

Their eco-friendly flower arrangements include roses, calla lilies, tulips, gerbera daisies, hyacinths, sunflowers, alstromeria lilies and blue iris. In addition to a complete line of flower arrangements, they offer gift baskets, fruit baskets, nut baskets, gourmet chocolates, gourmet cookies, plants, wreaths, organic cotton apparel, organic towels, and organic linens. All of these products are certified eco-friendly and/or provide for environmental benefits through our participation in Carbon Offset programs.

Especially this Valentine’s Day…but whatever the occasion, their flowers make the perfect gift. Sending flowers from Organic Bouquet says that you care not only about the person receiving the flowers, but also about the environment. All of their gift items are shipped nationwide to all 50 states. To find out more, or to place an order, visit: www.organicbouquet.com

One World Flowers is a FairTrade USA licensed importer and distributor of Fair Trade Certified™ flowers. They currently sell our beautiful flowers to individuals through their website, as well as wholesale orders to customers throughout the United States.

Since the company was started in 2007, One World Flowers has been committed to working with only Fair Trade Certified™ farms to sell flowers that are not only environmentally sustainable but are also grown to promote social justice and economic development in the farming communities. For every order, One World Flowers pays a 10% Fair Trade Premium back into a workers’ fund located on the farms they work with. Workers organize democratically and vote on how to use these funds to improve living conditions and end poverty in their communities.

All of their flowers are shipped directly from Fair Trade Certified farms in Ecuador using premium shipping service, delivered in 48 hours, which means they are fresh.

They strive to be the market leader in Fair Trade Certified™ flowers by educating consumers about Fair Trade practices, and how to be aware of the human rights violations that happen every day in the global supply chain. One World Flowers doesn't just want to sell flowers; they want to make a world of difference. To find out more, or to place an order, visit: www.oneworldflowers.org/index.html

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Celebrity Chefs Focus on Cooking For a
Healthier Lifestyle in 2015

The holiday binge on food, snacks and desserts for most Americans is commonplace. This often means changing eating habits and diets to kick start a new, healthier lifestyle in the month of January. The leading corporate consulting agency for Celebrity Chef acquisition, Celebrity Chef Network, believes that prominent Celebrity Chef personalities are now the biggest contributors attempting to persuade Americans to take control of their health in 2015.

Celebrity Chefs have invaded Capitol Hill in the last week. Top Chef Judge and well-known Celebrity Chef Tom Colicchio and his Celebrity Chef confidant Jose Andres were present at several recent meetings with government officials to discuss GMO labeling and other public policies regarding important food issues. Celebrity Chef Colicchio’s presence is certainly being felt in Washington. He was reported as one of only a handful of VIP guests on hand for President Obama’s State of the Union Speech delivered on January 20. Colicchio, Andres, and several other famous Celebrity Chefs including Rachael Ray, Rocco DiSpirito, Nathan Lyon, Katie Lee and Mario Batali will use their social influence as food experts to help make it easier for Americans to make health-conscious decisions at the grocery store.

Still there are many other Celebrity Chefs who are taking a stance to promote healthy eating habits in the new year. The host of Food Network’s Cook Yourself Thin Candice Kumai and her latest cookbook of green drinks has introduced the public to over 100 clean, healthy drink recipes that contribute to a healthier lifestyle. Skinny Chef Jennifer Iserloh and The Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien both own and operate popular websites with hundreds of thousands of subscribers reading their blog posts and new recipes posted daily. Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver has taken on the role of professor in 2015 to lead a new cooking class program being offered at Stanford University. The program will give students a hands-on learning experience in the kitchen while educating them about the importance of healthy eating habits.

 


Make a Love Connection

San Francisco based LivingPlug delivers something sweeter than a box of chocolates and longer lasting than a bouquet of flowers with its energy-efficient INLET and designer faceplate collection celebrating Cupid’s favorite day. The LivingPlug INLET is a three-prong adapter plus USB port that plugs into any standard outlet and features hundreds of interchangeable faceplates for quick design updates in the home or office. The Company’s Valentine’s Day Faceplate Collection brings a burst of color and the opportunity to personalize a “Will You Marry Me” for a more creative proposal this year.

Founded by college friends and business partners, LivingPlug is set to innovate the overlooked outlet by bringing a solution to market that reduces energy bills while increasing design opportunities in the home. “Vampire Charges” are the hidden costs incurred when electronics stay plugged in when not in use yet still tap into energy at the source. 

“The average home has 75 outlets which account for up to 25% of the energy bill and detract from home design,” says co-founder and architect Charley Curran. “We put a new face on the outlet and improved it by including a kill switch to help homeowners reduce electrical bills while adding decorative accents around the home,” adds Mr. Curran.

With hundreds of images to choose from, the Company’s Valentine’s collection features original designs from artists it partners with plus customers can DIY their love connection this year with a more personalized design. 

Co-founder and Vice President, Sam Leichman sees the opportunity to tap into an overlooked outlet in the house makes good business sense.

“We’re delivering form and function which is a growing trend in the Home and Office industry and our approach to design gives the business a lot of room to grow.” “This holiday season we worked with many customers whom bought for themselves, family members, and gave as office gifts because it was a product that did more than hang on the wall.”

The INLET and Faceplates are sold separately but work together, each is priced at $25 with bundle sets available through the website. Additionally, LivingPlug is available on Amazon and specialty retailers.


10 Ways to Green Your Office

1. Start small. Recycle all paper, aluminum and glass.

2. Turn off monitors, if not computers, at the end of the day.

3. Invest in water coolers and paper cups instead of bottled water and styrofoam.

4. Make sure that all printing/copying paper is 100% post-consumer recycled.

5. Change kitchen habits to include non-disposable utensils.

6. Participate in a mass transit program - discount incentives save employees money and preserve the planet.

7. Purchase or lease fax machines, copiers and printers that print on both sides of paper.

8. Reuse shipping boxes and fillers.

9. Teleconference instead of traveling, whenever possible.

10. Use natural lighting, turning off overhead lights, whenever possible.