Veggie-licious Ways to Rev Up Your July 4th BBQ

Veggie-licious Ways to Rev Up Your July 4th BBQ

July 01, 2015

What’s red-hot, white, and blue all over? July 4th, of course! And what’s better than a festive, outdoorsy day with your family and friends? I’ll give you a hint: the color “green”. That’s right, folks. We’ve assembled an arsenal of some of the best barbecue must-haves, catered to veggie-lovers of all shapes and sizes. They serve as great main courses, or as sides to complement those burgers and buns.

Quinoa Kale Patties


Strawberry Spinach Salad

 

Grilled Kale and Sausage Pizza


**Tip: Using pre-made pizza dough is yummy too!

Spicy Nacho Kale Chips

Spinach Ice Cream

To wash down the goodies, keep a refreshing Green Mustache on deck. Even better—mix it with sparkling wine! Our smoothies go great with spirits, especially the bubbly kind. Simply mix one of our smoothies with some sparkling wine (enjoy as is or freeze into a popsicle!) or try Running on Veggies tasty Superfood Sangria that uses our Mixed Berry green smoothie.

Have a happy and healthy 4th of July from your friends at Green Mustache!

Creating New Memories with Dad

Creating New Memories with Dad

June 01, 2015

It’s almost time to celebrate the one-of-a-kind man in your life—Dad! Father’s Day honors fatherhood and the influence fathers have on society. But how did this holiday start?

The official Father’s Day has been around for less than one hundred years. In July 1910, Sonora Smart Dodd held the very first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington. After hearing about the first Mother’s Day, she wanted fathers to have a holiday that would honor them. But Father’s Day isn’t just celebrated in the United States. Loads of other countries have a day for fathers, and they don’t stop at gift-giving! In Australia, fathers are crowned in state-wide pageants. In Germany, fathers and their sons drink beer and pull wagons across town. Russia’s “Defender of the Fatherland Day” calls for parades, while in India, picnics are the best way to celebrate.

To honor the fun and diversity of Father’s Day, we’ve rounded up a list of our favorite Father’s Day activities. Celebrate him differently, and create memories together that he'll be sure to remember!

Go for a hike. Fresh air and a walk through nature are great ways to bond with Dad. Pack a picnic lunch for the road—he’ll love some energy-packed snacks in hand!

Geocaching. This real-world adventure will get Dad in touch with his inner explorer. Use the free Geocaching app to find buried treasure in amazing places, right around the corner!

Try a New Take On a Favorite Recipe. Work together to make one of his favorite treats— but add a fun, new flavor! Like bananas, habanero sauce, or …dare I say it…a Green Mustache smoothie? ! If he’s into pancakes, check out our fluffy Orange Mango pancakes!

Movie Night. Skip the ticket line and break out the homemade nachos! Fluff up Dad’s favorite couch and let him settle into a cinematic adventure.

Calling All Dads. Gather all the fathers you know—your uncle, your best friend’s dad, even your grandfather! Get them together for a group activity and watch the fun unfold. Try a fun activity that most dads might love like bowling or fishing. Beware: there will be no end to the dad jokes.

Take a Class Together. Whether it’s a course in golfing, high-octane boxing, or the spins in Mixology 101, you’ll have a blast taking a class with Dad. Learn a skill to take home with the both of you!

Adopt a Plant. Find a baby plant and take it under your wing. Help Dad plant it in the yard—or somewhere else special—and it’ll take root in his memories as it grows!

We hope you’ll enjoy making these memories with Dad! If you’re looking for gifts, check out our Mustache Gift Guide for fun and unique mustache-themed gifts for dad.

Happy Father’s Day!

"Green" Holiday Gift Guide

December 17, 2014

We’ve officially gotten in the holiday spirit! Below are some of our favorite "green" gifts for the holidays. Whether reused, recycled, or just goofy and green, you’re bound to find something for everyone on your list in our gift guide.

Good Times at the Kids Food Festival

Good Times at the Kids Food Festival

November 17, 2014

Green Mustache was proud to sponsor the Kids Food Festival in Bryant Park in NYC on March 1st and 2nd. We had a blast sharing Green Mustache juice smoothies with thousands of New Yorkers who braved a cold winter weekend to show their kids how fun eating healthy can be. Between hands-on cooking demos with celebrity chefs and fun live performances, kids did the Balanced Plate Scavenger Hunt (based on USDA guidelines!) and got to see, feel, and sample foods in every food group. Green Mustache was happy to give out both veggie and fruit stamps to send kids on their way to winning goody bags with healthy snacks and treats.

We were in great company with other sponsors such as the James Beard Foundation, Whole Foods, Honest Tea, and even the musical Newsies! But the Kids Food Festival is more than just a fun and flavorful time—it’s fundamentally grounded in helping to stomp out childhood obesity and hunger through the education and promotion of making balanced food choices--something we wholeheartedly support! The event’s charity partner, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, is an incredible organization that works with schools, community centers, and families to transform the conditions and systems that lead to healthier kids.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving

Vegetarian Thanksgiving

November 15, 2014

Tired of tofurky but struggling for new vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes?Green Mustache has compiled our favorite meatless side dishes, mains and dessert recipes you’ll need to keep everyone at the dinner table getting up for seconds. We’ve put together a turkey-less but flavor-fullmenu for you to showcase to your friends and family this holiday (and of course we incorporated some greens)!

Appetizers


Brussel Sprout Sliders


Thai-Spiced Pumpkin Soup


Siracha Wasabi Deviled Eggs

 

Side Dishes


Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potato


Quinoa “Stuffing” (Quinoa with Butternut Squash, Cranberries & Pistachios)


Kale with Japanese Sesame Dressing

 

Mains


Skinny Mushroom Spinach Lasagna


Potato Kale Tart

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Crispy Goat Cheese

 

Desserts


Apple Crisp Stuffed Baked Apples


Vegan Pumpkin Bread Pudding


No-Bake Vegan Pumpkin Pie with Gluten-Free Gingerbread Crust

 

Some Classics


Fresh Cranberry Sauce


Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls


Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Visit us on Pinterest for more Vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes and tag us if you try out any of these recipes...we’d love to know how you enjoyed them. Happy Thanksgiving, from our kitchen to yours!

Spooktacular Ways to Go Non-GMO This Halloween

Spooktacular Ways to Go Non-GMO This Halloween

October 15, 2014

Green Mustache is always proud to be a Non-GMO Project Verified company, but during Non-GMO Month, we’re especially proud this October! GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses, or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

The Non-GMO Project started as a simple idea: a number of retailers believed that consumers in North America should have access to clearly-labeled Non-GMO food and products, now and in the future. The Non-GMO Project is the only organization offering independent verification of testing and GMO controls for products in the U.S. and Canada. The verification seal indicates that the product bearing the seal has gone through the Project’s verification process.

In the US, as much as 80% of conventional processed foods contain GMOs. Growing evidence shows that environmental damage, health problems, and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights are connected with GMOs. Since GMOs are prohibited in organic foods, it’s a great way to make sure your family eats healthy and stays safe. To avoid GMOs and support the sustained availability of non-GMO choices in North America, choose foods and products that have the Non-GMO Project Verified seal.

With Halloween quickly approaching, we’ve rounded up a few spooktacular organic, non-GMO treats for your family and trick-or-treaters to enjoy!

Bixby & Co. Chocolate Bars

Alter Eco Chocolates & Truffles

Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks

Sun Cups

BarkTHINS Snacking Chocolates

CocoaPlanet Dark Chocolate

Tru Joy Sweets

Peeled Snacks

KIND Bars

Boom Chicka Pop Popcorn

Food Origins: Yogurt

Food Origins: Yogurt

September 01, 2014

Smooth, creamy, and delicious. It’s great for breakfast, as a snack, or dessert. We could eat it any time of the day. Plus, it has great nutritional value and health benefits. But who knows where yogurt originated?

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August: National Family Fun Month

August: National Family Fun Month

August 01, 2014

Right around this time every year, we ask ourselves, where did the summer go? But, it’s not over yet and we want to take advantage of these last few weeks before heading back to school. 

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Food Origins: The Smoothie

Food Origins: The Smoothie

July 01, 2014

Who doesn't love a cool, refreshing smoothie on a hot summer day?! Or any day for that matter! At Green Mustache, its no secret that we love smoothies all the time. Summer or winter -- we will drink it regardless! But how did these scrumptious drinks come about? Well, for many years Mediterranean and Eastern cultures pureed fruit drinks similar to the smoothies we enjoy today.

In America, it began in the 1920s with a man named Julius Freed. Freed’s friend, Bill Hamlin, had a sensitive stomach and wanted to find a way to drink freshly squeezed orange juice without the acidity bothering his stomach. So, Freed tried adding a few other ingredients to make the juice less acidic and more frothy, and began making these drinks for friends. His friends loved them so much that when they would request the drink they would say, “Give me an orange, Julius!” And that is how his store, Orange Julius, was born!

The smoothie started gaining popularity during the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s -- thanks to the invention and use of refrigerators and blenders. But, it was during the 60’s health food movement that really increased the popularity of this drink. Health food stores sold fruit juices and fresh fruit drinks to meet the demand of the growing amount of people interested in macrobiotic diets and their health.

In 1994, Victoria Boutenko -- author, teacher, researcher, and mother -- changed her family’s diet to plant-based, raw foods after she and her children were diagnosed with various health issues. After years of research, she began adding greens to her smoothies. Greens provide all the nutrients humans need, and added fruit dominates the taste of greens.

Another advantage of adding greens to your smoothie is that it helps fight hunger and cravings. This is a great way to consume large amounts of greens without any resistance from the body and taste buds! We love this little trick to get kids to eat their vegetables!

Next time you’re looking for a long-lasting energy boost, make a smoothie and add a handful of greens! Fruits and vegetables work together to provide us with a balanced sugar content. Smoothies contain high amounts of water and fiber, making them very filling. What a quick, simple way to get pure nutrition! Of course, the amount of vitamins you will get depends on the fruits and vegetables you choose to put in your smoothie, although most contain high amounts of vitamins A and C. And because smoothies are made with the whole fruit and vegetable, no fiber is lost.

Not sure where to start? Check out this Parents.com post where our founder shares tips for how to make your own green smoothie!

Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash 2014

Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash 2014

June 01, 2014

Green Mustache had a blast sponsoring the 2014 Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash at Central Park’s Victorian Gardens! Families and friends enjoyed carnival rides, face painting, yummy food, and delicious Green Mustache smoothies. We are so proud to have participated in such a fun event to support such an amazing organization. Baby Buggy, a NYC-based, now national organization founded by Jessica Seinfeld in 2001, provides families in need with new and gently used safe essentials such as cribs, clothing, and strollers for children between the ages of 0 and twelve.

Green Mustache had three sampling tables throughout the Gardens. Between all the rides and running around, we were happy to provide children with a nourishing, healthy (and parent approved!) drink to quench their thirst! Children loved sampling different flavors of Green Mustache and loaded up on the fun stickers and temporary tattoos we had to offer. Moms and dads also jumped at the chance to taste and learn more about our smoothies.

We had a fantastic time at the Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash--it was a great opportunity to see old friends and meet new Green Mustache enthusiasts. What an awesome way to kick off summer!

Fan-TACHE-tic Gift Ideas for Father's Day

Fan-TACHE-tic Gift Ideas for Father's Day

June 01, 2014

Father's Day is quickly approaching and we've got some fan-{tache}-tic gift ideas for the special man in your life. And after you've bought your gift, sit back, relax and enjoy a little fun history lesson about Father's Day below:

Mustache Bowtie

Mustache iPhone Case (4/4s)

Mustache Coaster Set

Mustache Ice Trays

MacBook Pro/Air Sleeve

Mustache Converse Sneakers

Mustache Necktie

Mustache Cufflinks

Mustache Shaving Mug

Mustache Wax

Mustache Socks


Now for the history part...let’s take a trip back to Spokane, Washington in 1910. A woman named Sonora Dodd wanted to create an equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. Dodd was one of six children raised by a widower and wanted to honor her father. With local support and aid from government officials, the state proclaimed and celebrated the nation’s first Father’s Day on July 19, 1910, Dodd’s father’s birthday. The holiday slowly spread and finally, in 1972, President Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a nationwide holiday.

The holiday is celebrated many ways around the world. In Thailand, Father’s Day is celebrated on December 5th along with the birthday of the King Bhumibol Adulyade. The Thai people loved the King very much and consider him “The Father of the Nation.” It is a tradition for everyone to wear yellow on this day, which is the official color of Monday, the day of the week the King was born. The day begins with children giving their fathers a masculine plant, the Canna flower.

Father’s Day celebrations in South Africa are similar to those here in the US. Gifts include flowers, cards, neckties, and other presents. It is typical for South Africans to have picnics on this holiday, or spend part of the day fishing with hopes of catching something for dinner. The day is meant to celebrate the role of fathers in the lives of their children.

Is your family looking to start a new Father’s Day tradition? Look no further and take a cue from these cultures. Wear your dad’s favorite color to celebrate him or go fishing with him! Make the day special -- just like your dad!

Fun Facts About Fruits

Fun Facts About Fruits

June 01, 2014

Need a juicy pick-me-up to get your week started? Well, we’ve got one for you! That’s right, today at Green Mustache we are talking fruit! We eat it year round, but certain fruits are best during different seasons. Who doesn't love biting into a nice, juicy wedge of watermelon as the juice trickles down your chin?! It’s a great summer fruit to cool down with on hot days. Apples are delicious in the fall and winter, whether eaten on their own or used in a tasty recipe. And what about berries you ask? Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries -- the list goes on -- but we love them all! Call us crazy…about fruit! It’s a sure way to get our tummies growling! We’ve got some fun facts about fruit listed below that you can share with the little apple of your eye.

Did you know:

  • Strawberries, apples and plums are all members of the rose family.
  • Each pineapple plant only produces a single pineapple once a year, and it takes a pinapple 18 months to 2 years to grow to its full size.
  • 7,500 varieties of apple are grown around the world and 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States alone.
  • Eggplants, avocados, pumpkins, cucumbers and tomatoes are actually fruits, not vegetables as they are commonly thought of. However, in 1893, the Supreme Court ruled tomatoes to be vegetables.
  • Banana trees are not actually trees – they are giant herbs. The large stem that is mistaken for a trunk on a banana tree is actually a “pseudostem” meaning “fake stem”. Each pseudostem provides a single bunch of bananas, which then dies and is replaced by another pseudostem.
  • Not all varieties of bananas are yellow, some are actually red or green. Also some raspberries can be white, yellow, or black.
  • In ancient Greece, throwing an apple at a woman was considered a marriage proposal.
  • If you pinch your nose and taste an apple, onion, or potato, they all taste almost the same. Try it! The fact that the three items have a similar consistency makes it virtually impossible to tell them apart without the sense of smell.