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Published on February 8th, 2012 | by The Green Divas

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Healthy V-Day Chocolate & Keeping Snow and Ice at Bay

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Once again, we had one of our favorite guests, Green Dude Paul Miller, Coordinator for the Town of Morristown Office of Sustainability, in the studio with us. Of course, we carried on quite a bit about the benefits of supporting your local community in terms of food, farms, businesses, charities, etc.

Green Diva Lisa did a mouth-watering segment on why we should eat dark chocolate (fair trade please!) or give it to a special someone we love for Valentine’s Day. Some surprising reasons to consider the healthy attributes of chocolate! Here are just a few of the reasons she talked about:

  • Eat about 3 to 4 oz a day (LOVE this idea!)
  • It is good for your heart and stimulates your endorphin production
  • Chocolate is high in flavonoids which you are the goodies you find in cranberries, apples, onions, tea and red wine
  • It can lower blood pressure
  • Dark chocolate can lower the bad boy LDL cholesterol by up to 10 percent
  • 1/3 of the fat is the same as olive oil
  • 1/3 of the fat had a neutral affect
  • 1/3 is the not-so-good fat
  • Has 300 compounds and healthy biochemicals in each bite
  • Eat chocolate with at least 65 percent cocoa in it
  • Improves blood flow to the brain and heart (two very sexy organs)
  • More on the Green Divas blog post for this podcast . . .

Our feature interview was with Carol Westinghouse, President of Informed Green SolutionsShe’s very busy helping schools and other public and commercial facilities transition to a clean, green indoor environment. She’s helped make a difference in her own home state of Vermont, in getting legislation passed that will mandate certain standards for the kinds of products used inside schools for cleaning and other potentially harmful chemical applications.

Sleeping Naked is Green segment: Shovel Your Own Snow & Use Sand Instead of Salt

Tips for eco-friendly shoveling and de-icing:

SHOVELING

  • If you HAVE to use a snow blower, there are electric ones that are a little bit easier on the ozone layer.
  • Employ neighborhood kids!
  • Take the opportunity to get some exercise (but be cautious if you are out of shape or experience any symptoms of cardiac distress)
  • Get out early and often to keep on top of it during a big storm
  • More on the Green Divas blog post for this podcast . . .

ICE

Avoid rock salt or Sodium Chloride

  • Salt can leach heavy metals and carry them into soil and water supplies
  • Salt builds up in the soil like fertilizer
  • Salt run off from sidewalks and streets can increase salinity in local bodies of water, causing long-term damage
  • Salt residue can inhibit plants from absorbing necessary nutrients and water
  • More on the Green Divas blog post for this podcast . . .

For a LOT more ideas on this topic, please listen to this week’s 5-min segment on Eco-Friendly Snow & Ice Removal.

We also announced the winner of last week’s Eco Friendly Printer KNOW YOUR GREEN Quiz - Kirby Pellegrin, who won a $50 Gift Certificate to the Eco Friendly Printer! Please go to our Facebook page and find this week’s quiz and play to win!

As always, please visit our website for LOTS of relevant links & resources from the show – Green Divas website.

Hope you’ll listen to this broadcast!

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