From Our Friends: February 28, 2014

Welcome to this week’s installment of From Our Friends, a weekly roundup where we highlight some of our favorite posts, published by our friends and partners around the web.

This week’s edition includes a list foods whose sneaky sugar content may slip under your radar, an eye-opening reminder of all the great things our moms have done for us, more evidence on the relationship between good health and great beauty, how to recycle old bras, a closer look at chocolate, dozens of crafts to make your kitty and canine companions happy, why it’s important that real food is stored in real containers, and how to fill up your grocery cart without stressing out. Enjoy!

1. Sweet, sweet evil is lurking where we least expect it! So, where are processed sugar’s favorite hiding spots?  The Gloss Health dishes on the all the heinous ways sugar sneaks in where the average consumer may not anticipate it.

2. From answering our yelping calls throughout the house, to cash register purchases, countless pick ups and dealing with Dad, our mothers were there for us throughout it all–  HooplaHa reminds us that tough-but-tender moms deserve gratitude and reflection more than one day of the year.

3.  Proving once again that true beauty is about a healthy body and attitude, and not your dress size, supermodel Carol Alt tells WellandGoodNYC.com why she sees raw nutrition as one of the most important food and health issues of our time.

4. Do something good for your body and the planet both, in one easy step. The Organic Whey wants to make a difference, and is proud to contribute 1% of its sales to 1% for the Planet. Look for their logo when you shop, and consider membership for your company too.  Shop with The Organic Whey (now available via Amazon.ca).

5. What to do with busted brassieres? Donating bras to a clothing drive can feel a little uncomfortable and needlessly putting them in a landfill is just as unappealing. But perk up:  EcoSalon shares the best support for your undergarment woes, with this great tutorial for how to  turn old bras into sexy new accessories with these easy DIY projects. Just in time for spring cleaning!

6. Did you know that cocoa has triple the antioxidants of green tea, helps reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, and improves insulin sensitivity? Experience Life Magazine says to forget chintzy chocolate bar marketing and open your eyes to all of the recipes that rich, dark chocolate can complement!

7.   Want to get crafty for your furry friends? Try one (or all!) of these easy 35 DIY pet projects that can inspire all of us to create items that are better for our pet’s health and the environment, courtesy of Crafting a Green World.

8.  From green-washing by companies pretending to be organic, to navigating health and nutrition, food shopping can definitely be overwhelming. If you’ve ever been stressed, unsure of what to buy and generally clueless as to what to put in your cart, Fit Bottomed Girls‘ guide will show you how get your cart in shape — the healthy way.

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