Beyond the Pink Ribbon & The Healing Power of Plants!

As we commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, The Greenhouse Project at Nay Park in Scranton welcomes Michele Tripus Orrson on Thursday, October 3rd at 6 p.m. Michele is a two-time cancer survivor, author of Beyond the Pink Ribbon: What I Wish I Knew About Breast Cancer (Before I Got It), and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Michele received her certification in Plant Based Nutrition from T. Colin Campbell’s Center for Nutrition Studies and her health coaching certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Michele will share some of the risks factors for breast cancer and other cancers, as well as the benefits of a plant-based diet in prevention and healing of cancer and other chronic illnesses. Come learn about the power of “GBOMBS” and share some tasty, and cancer-fighting, treats afterwards!

Suggested donation is $5.00. The Greenhouse Project is located in the James Barrett McNulty Greenhouse, 200 Arthur Ave., Scranton, PA in Nay Aug Park. Please meter park on street or park adjacent to greenhouse or in parking lots at Nay Aug Park. (Greenhouse is located southwest end of park across street and down from Geisinger CMC.)

RSVP via the Facebook event, or by email to empoweredeatingplants@gmailcom!

Michele Tripus Orrson

Food. Health. Planet: The Connection!

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The Greenhouse Project is pleased to announce an innovative lecture, Food. Health. Planet. The Connection! The program will be held at the University of Scranton, Brennan Hall, Pearn Auditorium, 2nd floor on Thursday, April 4th at 6 p.m. It will feature J Morris Hicks, who will educate us on the connection between our food choices and the health of our people and our planet. RSVP by email to empoweredeatingplants@gmail.com or on our Facebook event. The event is sponsored by The Greenhouse Project, The Environmental Studies Concentration at The University of Scranton, and The Hilton Scranton.

Topics:
•The connection between our food choices and the health of our planet
•Issues affecting the sustainability of our planet and the health of our population
•Actions we can ALL take to make a difference!

J. Morris Hicks, is a writer, speaker, health promotion consultant and board member for the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. He is the author of “Healthy Eating, Healthy World,” and co-author of “4Leaf Guide to Vibrant Health”, and his focus has been on sustainability with the effort to promote health, hope, and harmony on planet earth. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University and an MBA from the University of Hawaii, a degree he earned while serving as a U.S. Coast Guard officer in Honolulu. He also holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.

Mr. Hicks will be bringing copies of the 4Leaf Guide and Healthy Eating, Healthy World and will plan to sell both books for $10 each.

Healthy snacks will be served, and suggested donation is $5.00. Free parking will be provided in the Pavilion at The University of Scranton. From I-81 Exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway) to the Parking Pavilion (GPS Address: 820 Mulberry Street, Scranton, PA 18510):Follow signs to campus (on right).Before the first traffic signal, turn sharply right onto Madison Avenue. Proceed 2 blocks and turn right at the light onto Mulberry Street. After 1 block, turn right into the main entrance (level 2) of the Parking Pavilion.

J Morris Hicks, writer, speaker, and big picture guy

Fresh local food with Chef James Bolus!

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James Bolus, executive chef at The Wandering Hen Cafe and Market, did a fabulous presentation on Thursday, March 7th at Empowered Eating Group at the Greenhouse Project at Nay Aug Park in Scranton, PA. He shared his vision with us for healthy, local fare and his efforts to serve delicious food while reducing waste and using sustainable practices. We were able to sample his mushroom veggie burger served on crostini and topped with homemade tomato jam, fresh pea and beet microgreens, and crispy, dehydrated onions. He was generous to share this fantastic, easy, and affordable recipe with us!

Mushroom veggie burger recipe:
In food processor:
1 bunch parsley
1 onion
2 cups cooked chickpeas
Then mix in by hand:
1 cup mushrooms of choice (chopped and sauted lightly)
1 carrot (grated)
3 cups cooked sprouted black beans
2 cups cooked sprouted quinoa
1/4 cup flax seed
1 cup chickpea flour
1t baking powder
1t cumin
1t paprika
1 t coriander
1/2 t black pepper
1T salt

Enjoy!

Microgreens: Powerhouses of Nutrition and Flavor!

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Date: Thursday, Feb 7th

Time: 6-7:15 p.m.

Place: The Greenhouse at Nay Aug Park, Scranton, PA

RSVP: By Email to buzzrn@epix.net or Facebook event

Judy Rienzi joins us at The Greenhouse to share tips and tricks for growing microgreeens and her knowledge about how they can pack a nutritional punch to a healthy diet. She will profile a couple of microgreens, and demonstrate how you can grow them at home! Some of the delicious and beautiful microgreens you can grow that Judy has experience cultivating include broccoli, radish, pea, and sunflower. She will share techniques for growing microgreens hydroponically and in soil and share how to use them in dishes.

A 2012 study in The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry 
notes that, “Microgreens (seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs) have gained popularity as a new culinary trend over the past few years. Although small in size, microgreens can provide surprisingly intense flavors, vivid colors, and crisp textures and can be served as an edible garnish or a new salad ingredient.” The study found that, “In summary, the essential vitamin and carotenoid concentrations
of 25 commercially available microgreens varieties have
been determined. In general, microgreens contain considerably
higher concentrations of vitamins and carotenoids than their
mature plant counterparts, although large variations were found among the 25 species tested.”

Judy Rienzi holds a Master of Science degree in Community Health Education, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She is certified as a Holistic Health Practitioner, Integrative Imagery Practitioner, and has certificates in aromatherapy, plant-based nutrition, and vegan nutrition.

Suggested donation $5.00. The Greenhouse Project is located in the James Barrett McNulty Greenhouse, 200 Arthur Ave., Scranton, PA in Nay Aug Park. Please meter park on street or park adjacent to greenhouse and ask for a parking pass or in parking lots at Nay Aug Park. (Greenhouse is located southwest end of park across street and down from Geisinger CMC.)

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Eating away your Type 2 Diabetes!

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Hope for diabetes! We are not doomed by our genes and there is an easy, inexpensive, and delicious way to prevent, improve, and for some, even reverse type 2 diabetes. Come to the Greenhouse January 24th at 6 p.m. to learn more!

Dr. Saul Rigau and nutritionist, Lisa Rigau, MS, BSN, RN will provide an interactive lecture about how a Whole Foods Plant-Based Lifestyle can be used to better control or even reverse your type 2 diabetes! 
Learn: 
• The difference between the three types of diabetes.
• The root cause of type 2 diabetes. 
• Taste healthy plant based snacks
• Bust some myths about eating carbohydrates. 
• How good habits can overcome obstacles to better health. 

Resources for people with diabetes will be shared to help you or your family member with diabetes take their health to the next level! 

Saul Rigau, DO, FACOEP is board certified in emergency medicine for the past 25 years, is Board Eligible for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and is a graduate of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate,. His lifestyle medicine goals are to educate the public on how a change in lifestyle can help stop, reverse, or possibly eliminate chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Lisa Rigau MS, BSN, RN is a health and wellness nutritionist, who owns Healthy Lifestyle Management, a nutrition and wellness counseling firm, educating in the community for the last 16 years. She is a graduate of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies Plant Based Nutrition certificate. Lisa is also a certified Mindful Eating – Conscious Living teacher and a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher She and Saul have been practicing a Whole Foods Plant-Based Lifestyle together for four years.

Suggested donation $5.00. Healthy snacks will be served. 
The Greenhouse Project is located in the James Barrett McNulty Greenhouse, 200 Arthur Ave., Scranton, PA in Nay Aug Park. Please park adjacent to greenhouse or in parking lots at Nay Aug Park or on meters in neighborhood. (Greenhouse is located southwest end of park across street and down from Geisinger CMC.)

Diabetes is a growing epidemic in the US affecting nearly 30 million people according to the CDC as of 2014, and we have not escaped this devastating trend in Pennsylvania with 12.8 % of our residents afflicted. In addition, 3,505,000 Pennsylvanians, 35.8% of our population, have prediabetes with higher than normal blood glucose levels but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes yet. We can all think of a family member, friend, or acquaintance who has been touched by diabetes and its serious complications such as heart disease, stroke, amputation, end-stage kidney disease, blindness, and even death.

RSVP by email to empoweredeatingplants@gmail.com or on the Facebook event

Sponsored by The Greenhouse Project and The Scranton Beets

The Weekend Vegan Warrior: How to Meal Prep Like a Champ!

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When Kristle Kalinowski went vegan for the animals in 2012, she realized she might finally need to learn how to cook! Immersing herself in cookbooks and blogs, she fell in love with cooking and decided to switch career paths. Now busy cooking in a kitchen 9-5, she tries to get all her own meals for the week prepped on the weekends. Kristle will be sharing some tips and tricks that she’s learned along her journey.

Meal prepping is a great skill to learn no matter where you are in your journey to healthy eating. All are welcome!

Date and time: Thursday November 1st at 6:00 p.m.

Suggested donation $5.00. The Greenhouse Project is located in the James Barrett McNulty Greenhouse, 200 Arthur Ave., Scranton, PA in Nay Aug Park. Please meter park on street or park adjacent to greenhouse and ask for a parking pass or in parking lots at Nay Aug Park. (Greenhouse is located southwest end of park across street and down from Geisinger CMC.)

Please RSVP by e-mail to empoweredeatingplants@gmail.com or by responding to the Facebook event

Hope to see you there!

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary Tour and Plant-Based Potluck, Take 2!

pig and indraThe Scranton Beets are privileged to be able to return to Indraloka Animal Sanctuary for the 2nd time along with The Back Mountain Roots for a tour and plant-based potluck! We will meet at the sanctuary on Sat, Oct 27th at 11 a.m. for a tour and we will share a plant-based pot luck in the barn. The sanctuary asks that we limit the group to 30 for the tour and that we wear sturdy shoes and clothes that we don’t mind getting dirty if we want to interact with the animals. They also ask that no foods containing any animal products be brought to the sanctuary. If you would like to stay for lunch, bring a dish to pass with no meat, dairy, eggs, chicken or fish.

Here is some info from the sanctuary website at http://www.indraloka.org/: Indraloka Animal Sanctuary provides “heaven on earth” for farm animals that have nowhere else to turn. We inform, inspire, and empower the community, especially children, on ways in which we can better care for ourselves and the environment while helping animals in need. We advocate for a kind and compassionate diet and lifestyle that protects animals, the earth, and our own health.** Donations for the Sanctuary encouraged. They will be moving soon to a new location with more room for rescued animals.**

***PLEASE DO NOT RSVP UNLESS YOU ARE SURE YOU CAN COME SO WE DON’T HAVE TO TURN PEOPLE AWAY DUE TO NO SHOWS. I WILL BE CONTACTING YOU ALL PRIOR TO THE DATE TO CONFIRM. RSVP DUE BY OCT 12TH.***

Date/time: Saturday, October 27th, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

***PLEASE DO NOT RSVP UNLESS YOU ARE SURE YOU CAN COME SO WE DON’T HAVE TO TURN PEOPLE AWAY DUE TO NO SHOWS. I WILL BE CONTACTING YOU ALL PRIOR TO THE DATE TO CONFIRM. RSVP DUE BY OCT 12TH.***

Please RSVP by email to buzzrn@epix.net or via the Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/681337632225213/

Join us to unplug, learn about and interact with our animal friends, have some delicious eats, and enjoy the beauty that is Indraloka!

 

Change is in the air!

In the coming months, you may notice a change in venue for The Scranton Beets. We have decided that in the interest of forwarding our mission of spreading the word about the power of plant-based nutrition, we would join forces with The Greenhouse Project, a local nonprofit in Scranton that does amazing work educating the public about growing plants and the importance of adding more plants to our diets for better health. Through its monthly meetings of The Empowered Eating Group at Nay Aug Park, the greenhouse is exciting Scrantonians about the health benefits of whole foods. The Scranton Beets were already supporting, attending, and occasionally presenting programming for the greenhouse, so it felt right and natural to join forces to help one another with programming, finding speakers, and brainstorming new ideas.

As a result of our endeavor, you may see a lot of cross posting between our groups and some new and hopefully bigger and better programs.

Many thanks to the director of The Greenhouse Project, Jane Risse, for joining with us in this happy experiment!

The Scranton Beets will still be out and about in the community from time to time doing community education in libraries, business meetings, or wherever we are invited. We welcome new people, new ideas, and hope to keep the group fresh and interesting, just like our plant-based food!

With much love and respect

Jean Hayes

One of the Greenhouse Project’s beautiful community gardens!

The Scranton Beets Meet to Learn and Eat!

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Join the Scranton Beets for a free and informative lecture at The Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine at 5:30 this Wed April 18th and then stop down at Thai Rak Thai on Adams Ave for dinner with us. I will make a reservation Tues eve for dinner Wed at 7 p.m. Please RSVP to buzzrn@epix.net and if you would like to eat as a group, please bring cash as the restaurant requests one check for groups. Here are the details about the lecture:
According to the @clevelandclinic’s Gail A. Cresci, PhD, diet and medications can harm the good bacteria in your gut, leading to chronic illness. Dr. Cresci will deliver the fifth Preventive Medicine Lecture at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine on Wednesday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. There is still time to register! http://www.geisinger.edu/aprilprevmed

Meet Chef James Bolus at the New Cafe!

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Chef James Bolus will share his vision for teaching people to eat organic, local, and sustainably at 10:30 a.m. on Sat, January 27th and then stay for special plant-based lunch options prepared by Chef James! You can read about New Café on their website where I learned that James is a graduate of Art Institute of Philadelphia and previously worked at Zahav Restaurant. That experience coupled with a confident background in French, Lebanese, and Moroccan cuisines crafted with healthful and available local ingredients, fired with a passionate imagination, puts The New Cafe in the forefront of dining excellence.

PLEASE RSVP BY THURS JAN 25TH TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT BY RESPONDING TO THE FACEBOOK EVENT, SENDING A FACEBOOK MESSAGE TO THE SCRANTON BEETS, OR SENDING AN EMAIL TO BUZZRN@EPIX.NET. All are welcome and there are options for everyone at The New Café!