Category Archives: Lifestyle

An Important Spring Message From True Botanica

Read this important Spring message from True Botanica and tell us what you think!

Dear Friends, Dear Readers,

Whether you celebrate Easter, or Passover, or just even the enduring capacity of the human race to carry Higher Ideals (a Mystery in itself), this is the time of the year when we caRepresentative of Man Imagen feel a resurgence of inner power, a sense that Life will continue and the Good will overcome.

We feel ourselves attracted to the outside, luminous, greening world of nature and from this surrounding World we feel mysteriously how a renewed strength is given to carry us forward.

This is a mighty impulse that should last the whole year until the next Spring – but does it?

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What do you do with your banana peels?

Here at True Botanica, we give our banana peels to one of the coworkers, Heidi for her compost. Read on as Heidi shares how she and her family compost year round.Compost Bin

“‘Tis the season for composting, but in my house, compost season lasts all year long thanks to the creepie crawlies that live in my basement!  Any vegetable scraps from the kitchen (orange peels, apple cores, corn cobs, even shredded newspaper) go into our “worm bin”, and after a few weeks, all this waste is transformed into a dark, rich, odor-free compost!  This form of composting, known as “Vermicomposting”, is a great way we reduce our waste output and also make wonderful natural fertilizer for the garden.”

Compost Bin Closeup

Do you compost at home? Share your tips with us below!

Score Big Points with this Recipe

With the Superbowl right around the corner, Heidi, a True Botanica co-worker, thought she’d share one of her favorite savory recipes. Use our True Life Sea Salt and Pepper for the extra yum factor and our True Life Reservoir for an added health benefit. Consider this as a new dish to feature at your Superbowl Party!A True Botanica Employee

Cranberry-Nut Couscous Salad

1 package (10 ounces) plain couscous
1 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup chopped green onions
3/4 cup chopped sweet yellow or red pepper
3/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt (Try our True Life Sea Salt)
1/8 teaspoon pepper (Try our True Life Pepper, Coarse or Fine)
** For an added benefit, include 1/2 teaspoon (0r more) of our True Life Reservoir

Prepare couscous according to package directions. Transfer to a large bowl; fluff with a fork. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until chilled.

Stir in the cranberries, onions, yellow pepper and almonds. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, oil, paprika, salt and pepper (**optional: and True Life Reservoir); pour over salad and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Yield: 14 servings
Nutrition Facts: 1/2 cup equals 170 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 45 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Recipe modified from Taste of Home, February March 2007