Wild Nature Nurtures Children’s Imagination

Wild Nature Nurtures Children's Imagination - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthImagine wild spaces of tangled greenery adjacent to grassy clearings that irresistibly beckon children and inspire imaginative play. An area of tall trees, shrubs and cedars is ideal for designing households and headquarters in secluded alcoves. A creepy path with thorny vines hanging down invites sneaking through and hiding from pursuers. Trees invite climbing and strong limbs embrace wounded souls and help dry their tears. Continue Reading

Sustainable Shopping Tips Smart Choices Help Our Home Planet

Sustainable Shopping Tips Smart Choices Help Our Home Planet - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthThe buy local movement and popularity of local farmers’ markets continue to grow, but we can do even better when it comes to sustainable shopping. Continue Reading

The Food Artisans Next Door Homemade Delicacies, Direct from Our Neighbors

The Food Artisans Next Door Homemade Delicacies, Direct from Our Neighbors - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthNeighbors in most states can now legally buy fresh breads, cookies and preserves from local food artisans. Continue Reading

Eliminating Insect Pests the Natural Way

Eliminating Insect Pests the Natural Way - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthNatural Pest Solutions was founded seven years ago in reaction to a pesticide-related family tragedy involving the family dog. When the Arnolds lost their beloved Scottish terrier to bladder cancer, they wondered if there was anything he could have done to prevent the disease. Continue Reading

The Color Green Makes Exercise Feel Easier

The Color Green Makes Exercise Feel Easier - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthResearch from the University of Essex, in England, suggests that viewing natural green images while exercising may be better than being exposed to other colors. The researchers tested 14 people doing moderate-intensity cycling while watching video footage of predominantly gray, red or green imagery. Continue Reading

Strawberries Reduce Blood Pressure

Strawberries Reduce Blood Pressure - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthA study published in the World Journal of Diabetes concluded that the regular consumption of a flavonoid rich strawberry beverage reduces blood pressure in people with Type 2 diabetes. Continue Reading

Lifesaving Acts Protecting Animals at Home and Abroad

Lifesaving Acts Protecting Animals at Home and Abroad - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthEach year, more dogs, cats and other pets end up in shelters as lost, stray or owner-surrendered than leave them for a new home. What can be done to reverse this trend? Continue Reading

A Practical Guide to Composting Pick the Best Option for You

A Practical Guide to Composting Pick the Best Option for You - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthYard and food waste make up 25 percent of the garbage destined for municipal landfills, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Pick the right composter and this organic waste will easily turn into rich—and free—garden fertilizer, saving landfill space and reducing the volume of greenhouse gases generated by anaerobic decomposition. Continue Reading

Raw Kale Salads

Raw Kale Salads - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthHealth foodies can step it up a bit by discovering how to make delicious raw kale salads—sometimes referred to as massaged kale salads. Literally massaging this hardy green with olive oil, salad dressing or mashed avocado softens it for easier chewing, brightens the color and improves its flavor. A favorite kind of kale for salads is curly green kale. Lacinato kale works well, too, as long as it isn’t too large and tough prior to massaging. Continue Reading

Love Your Greens New Ways to Prepare these Nutritional Powerhouses

Love Your Greens New Ways to Prepare these Nutritional Powerhouses - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthFor seasonal eaters, farm market shoppers and members of community supported agriculture, vegetable greens have become a normal part of everyday diets. Recognized as the most nutrient-rich group of veggies, they deliver multiple benefits. Continue Reading