Eco-Tips for a Green Valentine's Day

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1) CARDS
Approximately 180 million Americans exchanged Valentine's Day cards in one year alone, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, demonstrating how our holiday decisions can have a major impact on the environment.  This year, show your love for the planet & that special someone by making your cards from scratch, selecting those printed on recycled paper, or go extra green by sending an e-card and save a tree!

2) JEWELRY
Diamond's may be a girl's best friend, but sustainability is the real gem that lasts forever. Consider buying heirloom jewelry from a vintage dealer!
 
3) FLOWERS
Part of the beauty of the season are all those aromatic blooms! This is a great opportunity to support sustainable farming practices by buying organic. Also, instead of giving a cut bouquet, try surprising your loved ones with a floral potted plant! The petals won't wither in a couple days like the uprooted kind, and will symbolize your enduring affections.
 
4) CANDIES
Add a little extra sweetness to your treats by giving homemade desserts (like the recipes below). This allows you to make fresh organic recipes and add the best ingredient: a personal touch of love!

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~  Bliss Balls Recipe ~

As featured in The 21 Day Superstar Cleanse by Rainbeau Mars
  
INGREDIENTS
1 cup Walnuts (raw, organic)
1 cup Dates (raw, organic)
1 pinch Celtic Sea Salt (or Pink Himalayan salt)
1 tsp-tbsp Coconut Oil (or Olive Oil - depending on your desired texture/consistency)
1 tsp Vanilla Powder (raw, organic)
*Optional: 1 tsp-tbsp Cacao Powder (raw, organic), or 1 tsp-tbsp Maca Powder (raw, organic)
 
DIRECTIONS
Combine walnuts, dates, sea salt, coconut oil, vanilla powder, and (optional) cacao powder in a food processor and mix until ingredients bind like dough. Empty contents into a bowl and with clean hands roll about a tsp sized amount of dough into a ball and set on plate or cookie sheet.  Place Bliss Balls in the fridge or freezer to firm and serve.
*For extra bliss, roll bliss balls in shredded coconut, cinnamon, spirulina, cacao, or your choice!
 

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~ Guilt-Free Strawberry Pie Recipe ~

As featured in The 21 Day Superstar Cleanse by Rainbeau Mars
 
INGREDIENTS
Crust:
2 cups Macademia Nuts
1 tsp Sea Salt
1 tsp Vanilla Powder
1 tbsp Honey or 3-6 Dates
 
Fillling:
1 whole Banana
2-3 Figs (or Prunes)
2-3 cups Sliced Strawberries
1 tsp Vanilla Powder
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
1 tbsp Honey
¼ cup Coconut Water
 
DIRECTIONS
Combine crust ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the mixture binds like dough. With clean hands, gather the dough and press into your pie pan evenly. Then as a base, lay out sliced strawberries so covering the breadth of the pan.  Next, blend the filling ingredients
in a VitaMix or high-powered blender, using more or less coconut water to reach
desired consistency.  Pour filling over the layer of strawberries and then
decorate with a few more sliced strawberries on top. Voila!