Thursday, April 30, 2009

Eco-Friendly Reynold's Wrap!

The days are getting longer and the weather has been amazingly beautiful lately! This combination means that my family spends more and more time on the run and we need easy to transport snacks! One of my favorites is the Fruit and Oatmeal bar snack that we introduced to you last August. My family goes through these like there's no tomorrow!

In an effort to keep ahead of the demand, I have been making double batches and freezing a portion of the bars-they freeze really well! One of our readers had asked our Eggspert which items freeze the best-and this is a perfect candidate. All you need to do is wrap the uncut bars in plastic wrap AND foil and they will taste as fresh as if you made them that day! All the foil is good for protecting the bars, but not good for the environment!

As I was looking for new recipe ideas, I was eggsploring Mary Audet's blog, author of and Eggology Egg Whites endorser, and discovered the answer to my dilemma - 100% Recycled Foil from Reynold's Wrap! I was excited to find a way to have my bars on hand at all times AND be nice to Mother Earth! Mary says the recycled foil works just as well as the real stuff! If you want to find out how they make eco-friendly foil, read more on Mary's blog. Thanks for the tip, Mary!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Eggology Shares Eco Deeds You Can Start Doing Today!

Happy Earth Day from Eggology fresh organic egg whites!

We at Eggology are happy to share these suggestions that we complied through resources such as Earth 911, Treehugger and Ecology Fund to help us be more mindful of our beautiful planet and keep money in our wallets. Start today to make a difference today, tomorrow and beyond!

1. Create a Non Toxic Environment in Your Home
Your pets and family will appreciate living in a non-toxic environment. Gather up all products in your house or garage that contain unsafe chemicals and drop off at your local hazardous waste facility or attend a hazardous waste (HHW) event if available in your community. Examples of what needs to be disposed of at a hazardous waste facility:
  • Paint
  • Solvents
  • Batteries
  • Automotive Products such as Motor Oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid
  • Household cleaners such as rug cleaners, oven cleaner and drain cleaner
  • Kerosene
  • Pesticides such as weed killer, flea products and insect killer

2. When Possible, Bike, Walk or Utilize Public Transportation
With the increasing number of commuters across the US, cars are largely responsible for creating one of the largest carbon footprints of all transportation. Utilize public transportation, carpool, or bike: your wallet and waistline will thank you!

3. Conserve Energy By Upgrading to Energy-Efficient Lighting Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)
Initially, these bulbs may cost more than incandescent bulbs, but they also last up to 10 times longer. CFLs can substitute incandescent in just about any light fixture in your home.
*Recycle CFLs when they finally do run out to keep the mercury content out of landfills.

4. Reduce Waste
Simple choices we make each day can have a massive impact on the well being of our planet by reducing the need to create waste and filling our landfills.

  • When eating out or purchasing take out, request not to receive any unnecessary plastic utensils, straws, etc.

  • Buy products in bulk and/or contain the least amount of packaging. Avoiding convenience foods will save money and greatly reduce the amount of wasteful trash produced by your household.

  • Replace paper napkins and towels with cloth napkins. Store used napkins or towels in a small container in your kitchen and just wash and reuse as needed.

  • Print documents only when necessary, print on once-used paper and/or bleach-free, recycled paper with the highest post-consumer waste content available.

  • Check with your service and utility companies to request going to paperless billing. Most bills can be paid online, and you will save quite a bit of money in postage stamps!

  • Reuse paper you would otherwise toss by converting them into scratch pads.

  • Invest in a quality lunchbox with reusable containers to carry your lunch.

  • Invest in re-usable shopping bags.

5. Conserve water
Did you know that only 3% of the earth's water is freshwater? In addition, water-related energy consumes a large amount of energy. Here are some tips to protect this precious and critical resource and save yourself money:

  • Choose to water your lawn in the evenings when the air is cooler (never in mid day) to minimize evaporation. Let grass grow longer and plant native or drought-tolerant garden plants.

  • Avoid letting faucets run. Don't let the water run when brushing your teeth, shaving, etc. Instead of letting the water run while cleaning your veggies rinse them in a pot with water.

  • Limit your shower time. A one or two minute reduction can save you 700 gallons! Better yet, install a low-flow shower head to reduce the amount of water used.

6. Teach Your Children
Be an example to your child by adapting eco friendly, sustainable habits into your daily routine. Teach them the importance of preserving our planet so they will continue this movement in the future. Plant a tree with a child and teach them to appreciate nature by hiking and walking in the woods. This tip is the most important thing we can do to protect the future of our planet and humanity.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Eggology Earth Day News: The Daily Green

Happy Earth Day weekend!

While Earth Day officially is on Wednesday, April 22nd, many communities choose to celebrate this weekend with Earth Day festivals! In addition to these festivals, check out these Earth Day Promotions brought to you by The Daily Green - from organic food coupons to carbon-neutral tee shirts to eggcellent egg puns!

Oh wait a minute - those eggcellent puns are from us! See Eggology's Earth Day promotion - submit your eco-friendly-deed and win a case of Eggology egg whites - featured in The Daily Green - a website dedicated to environmental issues and global warming. Find anything from green news, tips & advice, green homes to green cuisine on this informative green site.

It's site like The Daily Green that makes going green and staying green so easy! No excuses everyone! Love and nurture your planet!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

“Buff Dad” Stays Fit and Eats Eggology Egg Whites

Mike Levinson, R.D., the author of “BUFF DAD: The 4-Week Fitness Game Plan for Real Guys” describes “Dad fat” as “the extra weight and responsibility of fatherhood converted into body mass. Also known as blubber; dreaded spare-tire gut. See also chubby hubby”. After Levinson became a father, he amassed “Dad fat” which inspired him to write the book “BUFF DAD” geared at helping dads lose their spare tire and, equally important, keeping it off.

Along with a do-at-home exercise program, Levinson, a Registered Dietitian, suggests setting a meal routine – including eating the same thing day after day. One of Levinson’s staples is egg whites and he uses Eggology fresh liquid egg whites because they are a pure source of protein.

Recently featured in a news clip on CBS night time news, Levinson was shown cooking his egg white omelet made with Eggology egg whites.

“As a dad and athlete myself, I can fully identify with Mike’s need to manage his weight, his job and his family. It’s a very precise balancing act that takes time to calibrate perfectly,” said Brad Halpern, founder of Eggology. “And Mike’s book is an incredible guide to helping dads jump start, or re-start, their exercise and diet routine which includes consumption of egg whites – because Eggology egg whites are a lean and natural source of protein with little calories, no fat and no cholesterol.”

Halpern saw the value of egg whites 15 years ago when he was a competitive athlete. Creating a product that was natural, convenient and easy – unlike other egg white products available at the time which contained additives such as chemicals, gums and coloring – Eggology – now the leader in the all-natural egg white industry - gained popularity among bodybuilders and athletes and has grown into other markets such as the hotel industry, restaurants, pastry chefs and households.

“Having Eggology promoted by Mike Levinson makes me feel very proud,” said Halpern. “Since Levinson - as an athlete, a nutritionist and a father - represents many of the people that Eggology egg whites are made for.”

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Oprah Learns How to Live Longer!

Oprah recently interviewed David Murdock, an 85 year old man that can do 50 push-ups without a break and has the blood pressure of a teenager. He says his secret to being healthy, never taking as much as an aspirin and avoiding the flu and even the common cold for the past 20 years is his diet! What's his secret? He eats tons of fruits and vegetables and never eats saturated fats.

For breakfast, he eats natural oatmeal with berries. Lunch consists of lots of veggies in an egg white omelet, such as Eggology's Spinach Egg White Omelet. Dinner includes more veggies, along with a nice piece of fish. He also drinks fruit and vegetable smoothies throughout the day. I agree with Oprah, the smoothie doesn't LOOK great, but I'm sure it is yummy-not to mention the health benefits of eating well!

I'm off to Costco to stock up on David's Diet Recommendations - if I can avoid the dreaded cold and flu, not to mention feeling great at 85, I think I can sacrifice the saturated fats! Happy Eating!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Eggology Egg White Recipe of the Day: Starbucks Chocolate Meringue Drops

Eggology egg whites were featured in a recipe on an interesting blog. It's all about "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes" and features supposedly top secret recipes from lots of famous restaurants and stores. We can't vouch for whether or not this is the actual recipe that Starbucks uses for their chocolate meringue drops, but we like that they suggest using Eggology egg whites to make them! Eggology egg whites are naturally sweetened and would enhance any meringue recipe - top secret or not!

CHOCOLATE MERINGUE DROPS (supposedly Starbucks recipe)

1/3 cup egg whites = (or 1/3 cup Eggology liquid egg whites)
1/2 cup white sugar
6 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips - (3/4 cup)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup chopped walnuts - (generous)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place rack in lower third of oven.

Cover two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a small metal bowl, beat egg whites, adding sugar slowly, until the whites are stiff but not dry. Using a rubber spatula, carefully stir in melted chocolate, vanilla, almond extract and chopped nuts into egg whites.

Drop spoonfuls of batter -- about 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons -- onto the parchment lined baking sheets.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until tops are completely dry. Do not overbake. Cool completely in pan before removing with a spatula.
This recipe yields 12 to 18 cookies.

For more scrumptious dessert - and any other time of day - recipes, check out Eggology's Recipes page!