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By Kelli Vu

Green Heart Bakery Creates Vegan and Gluten-Free Goodies

Since 1993, Alaine Shrewsbury, founder and baker of Green Heart Bakery, has been providing vegan and gluten-free baked goodies from southern Arizona. Currently, the Green Heart Bakery does not have a retail location, but customers can pick up their pastries from Loft Farmers Market in Tucson every Saturday or place an order on their website, greenheartbakery.com, and have items shipped to them.

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Get ready for some good eats in this issue of Green Living. I love to cook at home, but when it’s 110 degrees outside, the last thing I want to do is crank up the oven and stress our aging AC. For someone who doesn’t dine out much, the seemingly endless restaurant options can be a bit overwhelming. Where does a cook-at-home gal go to satisfy her taste buds? Our writers set out to solve this dilemma—searching for restaurants that offer healthy eating options throughout the state. Read more

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This simple, delicious “good fat” avocado wrap is a complete balanced snack or lunch rich in monounsaturated fats.

Recipe: Organic Avocado Wrap

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Coconut water is loaded with electrolytes and the lycopene in tomatoes can actually help with faster muscle recovery.

Recipe: Rejuventor Juice

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Solar energy infographic of different energy resources

By Daniela Applegate

Solar power is a growing trend and an eco-friendly and abundant form of energy that everyone, including homeowners, should be made aware of. As many people are beginning to realize, solar power is by far the largest source of energy that humanity has access to. An infographic created by Richard Perez, a Research Professor at the University of Albany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, is an eye-opening illustration depicting how many terawatts of energy per year are generated by different resources including wind, solar, coal, and petroleum. Read more

He's Green She's GreenWhat man cave would be complete without salty snacks to pig out on while watching the game? We’re not talking about piles of bacon or air-propelled cheese – you want to live long enough to enjoy the cave, don’t you? We took the guesswork out and stuffed our faces with five creative and “healthy-ish” snacks to find out which is worthy of a macho grotto.

365 Everyday Value | Organic Onion Rings 

He said:  I’ve been eating these onion ring snacks since I learned about junk food. They are very tasty and extremely addicting. Leaving me alone with a bag of these would be a bad idea. They don’t really taste like real onion rings though. More like cheesy garlic and onion puffs.

He gave it: ★★★★

She said:  I suppose these are the “healthy” version of the beloved Funyuns. They were crispy, crunchy, with plenty of salty-oniony zest. The flavor was a bit overwhelming. Great in theory, but I’ll take the real thing instead.

She gave it: ★★★

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By Heather Thornton

Research reinforces the need for outdoor programming as a means of building developmental skills that last a lifetimeThe way boys and girls see failure is central to their potential for success. And boys and girls often view failure very differently.

Studies have shown that when a group of girls collectively attempts a challenge and they fail, each girl tends to see herself as the reason for that failure. On the contrary, if the challenge is overcome, girls tend to credit the group for that success. The opposite is true for boys.

These findings tell a hard truth, says outdoor education expert Denise Mitten, graduate chairwoman of Adventure Education at Prescott College in Arizona.

“What we would like is a balance to learn when to take accountability for our failures, and for our successes,” says Mitten, a former Girl Scout who believes outdoor education can help girls find that balance.  Read more