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articles by: Mel, selected from Kiwi magazine

Sunflower Seed Soup

Sunflower seed soup? Yes! Variations of peanut soup are common throughout Africa, but this bright and savory sunflower butter soup puts a fun spin on the genre--and adds a little extra nutritional pun…

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Almond Butter Clusters

It's hard to go wrong with a sweet recipe like this--crunchy, chewy, nutty, fruity, yummy. It may not hover at the bottom of the calorie-count list, but if you're going to splurge on a sweet treat, it…

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Green Tea Rice with Edamame and Shiitakes

Cooking with tea is a great way to add a new depth of flavor, as well as health-boosting antioxidants, to everyday meals. This recipe from Kiwi pairs the smokey nuances of green tea with nutty brown r…

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Cooking with Tea

Update your spice rack with tea! Since the discovery of the tea plant Camellia sinensis in China 5,000 years ago, tea has been a popular drink worldwide. But the Chinese didn't just sip it--according …

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Natural Laundry Solutions

By the time laundry day comes around, you’re probably more concerned with cleaning your son’s Spider-Man jammies and your daughter’s favorite purple shirt than you are with the chemicals swirling arou…

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Nutty for Nut Butter

Whether you are working around the salmonella outbreak, a food allergy or you simply want some variety, a wide range of nut butters offers healthy, delicious surprises. Nut butters have seen a spike i…

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Learning with School Gardens

Planting a school garden is a great equalizer: Teachers get dirty, parents break a sweat and kids, for once, have a height advantage. The benefits of gardens are extensive--and sometimes unanticipated…

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Teaching Green: Eco-Conscious Schools

Deciding where to send a child to school is one of the most overwhelming decisions parents can face, especially with the plethora of options out there today. To narrow the playing field, eco-conscious…

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Chemical Contaminants in Mattresses

Considering most people spend up to a third of their lifetimes asleep, you might want to think twice about what you’re laying your head on when you hit the hay. We may worry about the chemicals in …

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Natural Deodorants

If recent research has you thinking twice before you swipe, try switching to natural deodorants. Many conventional antiperspirants and deodorants have ingredients linked to diseases such as Alzheimer'…

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Laura B.

Laura is a Care2 Causes Senior Editor. She graduated from Pitzer College with Honors in English and World Literature and a minor in Music. She’s... more

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Imaginative upcycling. These crafty artists remind us why we need the arts in our school: to see the…

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