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  • Six July Shopping Deals on Green Gifts

    Whether you're sending a thank-you gift to a client, bringing a house-warming gift to a summer-house host or sending a gift for the birthday party you'll miss while on vacation, a gift basket or bouquet of flowers is the perfect gift. We've identified six deals that you can use to get deep discounts on gifts this summer. Better yet? They're all green - filled with organic flowers and treats, and packaged sustainably. To take advantage of these deals, just click the links provided and, where specified, use the promo codes:

    Green Gift Baskets and Organic Flowers

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    10% off at Organic Bouquet
    Organic Bouquet sells organic flowers and a whole range of other green gifts. Through Aug. 31, take 10% off with promo code DailyGreen10.

    15% off at 1800Baskets.com
    While not every basket is for the green consumer, 1800Baskets.com offers such items as the Gift Tower featuring Fair Trade and Organic Treats ($35) and the Harney & Sons Organic Tea Gift Set ($60). Through Aug

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  • Drop Potatoes, Drop Pounds: 9 Healthy Snack Alternatives

    It's time to portion your potatoes. Before you reach for an extra helping of fries, consider this: a recent study published by the New England Journal of Medicine linked long term weight gain with potato products. Yes, our American favorites - French fries and potato chips - are the leading culprits causing those extra pounds to pile on, according to the study, which matched reported eating habits with the subjects' weight gain over four years. The study concluded that an extra daily serving of potatoes, no matter what form, causes weight gain. (Processed meats, red meat, butter and sweet desserts were also associated with weight gain.) On the other hand, additional servings of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and yogurt were among the foods that promoted weight loss.


    But potatoes are vegetables, right? Most people know potatoes are high in carbs, but they also pack a lot of calories in a relatively small package. Plus, frying and processing them leaves them drenched in

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  • 20 Green Deals for June Shopping

    IstockIstockThrough its partnerships, TheDaliyGreen.com is able to extend these offers to its audience. Just click on the links provided and, where specified, input the designated promo codes. Enjoy!


    Green Gift Baskets and Organic Flowers

    15% off at 1800Baskets.com
    While not every basket is for the green consumer, 1800Baskets.com offers such items as the Gift Tower featuring Fair Trade and Organic Treats ($35) and the Harney & Sons Organic Tea Gift Set ($60). Through Aug 31, get 15% off with the promo code BSKT15.

    15% off at 1800Flowers.com
    Like 1800Baskets.com, this site's offerings aren't exclusively green, but it's one of the best sources online for organic and Fair Trade flowers, like these Fair Trade organic roses. Through July 31, get 15% off with promo code 18F15PC.

    Related: 14 Unique Green Father's Day Gifts


    Natural Health & Beauty Products

    10% - 15% off at Beautorium
    Beautorium sells several of TheDailyGreen's favorite natural makeup

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  • The Only Two Grilling Techniques You Need to Know

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    Who knew that there were actual rules for grilling your favorite fish and vegetables? With some well-intended guidance and understanding, your favorite fish fillets won't fall through the grill rack and become a charred mess.

    Related: 6 Vegetarian Grilling Recipes


    DIRECT GRILLING METHOD

    Temperatures are high for this method of grilling, and food is cooked directly over the fire. This produces a slightly charred exterior but keeps your food moist inside. Use this method for smaller cuts of meat and for fish fillets, vegetables and bread.

    Food editor's tip: For fish fillets, once you place them on the grill, pretend they have a Greta Garbo complex and leave them alone (at least until their outsides take on a bit of color and caramelize). The reason they fall apart and through the cracks of the grate is because you've tried to flip them too soon.

    Related: 5 Delicious Grilled Fish Recipes


    INDIRECT GRILLING METHOD

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  • 6 Ways to Find Undiscovered Local Parks

    Whether your exercise regimen calls for hitting the trails, or your vacation plans fall into the "staycation" category, you're ready to find some new parks to explore. But how do you find them? It's likely that you have undiscovered gems right under your nose, and we've identified a few websites that can help you track down your next outdoor adventure.

    Think Big
    As a federal taxpayer, you own some extraordinary land, so consider a visit if you live near a national park, national forest, national landscape, national heritage area, national wildlife refuge or a national wild and scenic river. And you've done a good job over the years as a state taxpayer, too, preserving some extraordinary state parks, so don't forget to check with your state's wildlife conservation, parks and historic preservation departments for ideas. Of course, your local tax dollars have helped counties, cities and towns preserve some great parks, too, so don't forget to check with local parks agencies,

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  • 5 Face Masks You Can Make at Home with Fewer than 5 Ingredients

    Caring for your skin the natural way is as easy as blending together a few everyday ingredients. Today, commercial beauty products are full of suspect chemicals and harsh agents that can potentially damage your skin. The face is especially sensitive and delicate, so homemade natural products are the way to go. Plus, since the average woman spends nearly $200 on beauty products every year, making your own products can save you a bundle.

    Jacob Wackerhausen / IstockJacob Wackerhausen / IstockHere are five great facial masks, each made with fewer than five ingredients, that The Daily Green has featured:

    MAYONNAISE-BABY OIL DRY SKIN TREATMENT

    This mask by itsecotime.com is ideal for skin in the need of deep moisturizing.

    Ingredients
    2 tablespoons real mayonnaise
    1 teaspoon baby oil

    Instructions
    1. Combine both ingredients.
    2. Smooth onto face, neck, rough elbows and knees or anywhere else you feel might benefit from it.
    3. Leave for 20 minutes.
    4. Rinse off thoroughly with tepid water.

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  • 10 Do's and Don'ts for a Greener Pantry

    From safe, nontoxic food storage and green cleaning to the basics of whole bulk foods and integrated pest management, get started on a healthier Earth-friendly diet today with these tips.

    by Dan Shapley

    1. Do: Stock Bulk Whole Foods
    The pantry is the place for go-to foods you need to make meals. Most of your stores should be real foods - unprocessed whole foods, like grains, root vegetables, legumes, dried fruit and nuts - and minimally processed foods like pastas. A good rule of thumb: Foods without ingredient lists or heavy-handed health claims on their packaging (or without packaging at all) are the best choice. Those foods with short ingredient lists made up only of items you recognize and can pronounce are good, too. Anything else is best thought of as "food" in name only.
    Related: Guide to Natural Health Foods

    2. Don't: Stock Processed Foods

    It's often true that whole foods take more time and expertise to cook well (though couscous will rival even the quickest of quick-fix

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  • Green Kitchen Makeover: 10 Do's and Don'ts

    The kitchen is the heart of the home, and going greener has many benefits for you and your family.

    by Dan Shapley

    1. Do: Use Your Kitchen
    The first step toward a healthier and more Earth-friendly diet is to cook. It's that simple. Eat in, make your own food and start using fresh ingredients.

    2. Do: Make Room for Vegetables
    A good rule of thumb is to stock bulk grains and legumes, and flavor with fresh seasonal vegetables. Whether you're following the new government recommendation to fill half your plate with vegetables at every meal, or author Michael Pollan's mantra to "eat food, not too much, mostly plants" you'll need to make room for fruits and vegetables in your kitchen. In your fridge, that means using your crisper drawers properly to maximize the longevity of your produce (vegetables require higher humidity conditions while fruits require lower humidity conditions) and in the freezer, it means maintaining space enough to freeze excess fresh seasonal produce when

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  • 5 Simple Steps That Help Fresh Flowers Last

    Spring flowers are the perfect pick-me-up for yourself or your sweetie. Make sure your bouquet stays fresh its longest by following these simple steps.

    1. Prepare a solution of warm water and a flower food packet, or mix 2 tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice and 1 tbsp sugar per quart of water
    2. Fill a vase with the solution to within 1-2 inches of the rim
    3. Remove any leaves and foliage that would fall under the water line
    4. Cut each stem at about one-half inch from the bottom, at a 45 degree angle, with a sharp single blade knife or floral clippers
    5. Display arrangement in a cool location between 65-72 degrees and away from direct sunlight and heat or dehumidifying sources
    Related: Our Favorite Places to Order Flowers

    Additional Tips:

    • Roses have an outer layer called "guard petals" that keep the bloom tight and protect the flower during shipping. They may appear discolored or bruised - simply remove these petals and the rose will blossom over the next few days.
    • Lilies
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  • How to Cut 1,700 Calories From Your Super Bowl Snacking (and Still Have Fun)

    By Lauren Slayton

    We can hear the heckling now. We know the Super Bowl comes once a year, and though we're nutrition-obsessed, we also know that your "play" on any one day doesn't really change your health or weight. Yet, for sports fans every day is game day and socializing can include enough sports food and sports drinks that - suddenly - your "season" is ruined and you're wondering where your health game plan failed you. As you read this, look down: If you see a football where that sixpack could be, we're talking to you!

    So eat strategically this Super Bowl. We're here to help, by highlighting five common Super Bowl food fumbles, and how you can turn them into MVP plays.

    Related: Why Am I Fat? 4 Reasons Other than Diet

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    1. Beer

    We have to start with the beer. We conducted a highly scientific study, which involved polling a group of twenty-something guys and asked, "What are the beverages we should look into for a Superbowl story?" We came back with a

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