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Goat People Do: An in.side look at Pure Luck Dairy

By: Grayson Vreeland When I arrived at Pure Luck dairy in Dripping Springs, the place was alive with activity. Amelia and Ben welcomed me into their cheery home, where their two small children were having a dance party. The house is right at the farm, only steps away from the hundred or so goats they […]

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Help us Stand with Standing Rock!

in.gredients will be accepting donations of supplies to send to the Standing Rock camp to support the protestors in their defense of water and their ancestral lands.  The requested supplies are listed below, so please bring in anything from canned food to sleeping bags to the donation box in-store.  If you prefer to make a […]

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Our Unacceptable in.gredients List

We try to make the experience of shopping at in.gredients as fun and stress-free as possible. We take pride in our thorough sourcing process where we screen the ingredients in each of our products to guarantee that our customers only receive the best, healthiest products made in an ethical way with guilt-free ingredients. acesulfame-K (acesulfame […]

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9th Annual Bug Eating Festival July 13th!

Little Herds Celebrates Eating Insects and a Sustainable Future of Food at the 9th Annual Bug Eating Festival Part II on Wednesday, July 13th For the second year in a row, in.gredients is hosting the Bug (Eating) Festival – a celebration of entomophagy and the future of food organized by Little Herds, an Austin non-profit working […]

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Garden Day Recap and Kale Smoothie Recipe

Thank you to everyone who came out on Sunday for our workday in celebration of our garden’s third anniversary. We repaired a number of our raised beds and planted two varieties of sweet potatoes.  Shout out to our friends at Joe’s Organics, Third Coast Coffee, and Yard to Market Coop for providing the compost, coffee grounds and chaff, and soil, […]

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Thanksgiving Recipes and Specials

Weekly Updates from in.gredients Neighborhood Grocer View this email in your browser Giving Thanks Y’all know what we’re grateful for this season? You guessed it: local food, grown sustainably!  And folks like yourself who choose to shop with us or at farmers markets because you know that good food is worth a little extra.  Why not make […]

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Pioneering the Possible

Our ambitious ethos has garnered quite a bit of attention since our IndieGoGo campaign launched us into the public spotlight just about three years ago.  People from across the globe applauded our efforts to reduce food-related waste in the grocery industry by pioneering a “package free” model.  It’s been almost two years of holding close to our original, idealistic […]

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Erica’s Bug Sauce

Last night we were lucky enough to play host to a crowd of intelligent, motivated, and committed environmentalists with one thing in common: a dedication to the human consumption of bugs. Recently we published a blog post explaining why we are jumping into the world of entomophagy (pun intended). Last night’s inspired and informed guests, […]

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Weekly Specials and Update :: February 12th – February 18th

Weekly Updates from in.gredients Neighborhood Grocer View this email in your browser Meet the crew from our third “Go Texan, Go Local Culinary Workshop” with Traveling Recipes.  What an inspiring evening we shared on Sunday at the Sustainable Food Center kitchen, where we cooked up six delectable plant-based dishes focusing on seasonal and local ingredients. It’s what […]

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A Complete(ly) Sustainable Protein?

We’re all about new ideas. We’re also into revitalizing old ideas that have gone by the wayside. Eliminating unnecessary food packaging and focusing on locally and sustainably grown foods are good examples of old ideas made new again, and so is this: eating insects.  Entomophagy, as it’s formally known, is a practice dating back thousands […]

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The Diffusion of Innovation

Today we are thankful for our early adopters. We are grateful to the folks who looked at our business model and mission statement and said to themselves, “Yes, this is something I believe in.” Whether this support came in the form of funding our Indiegogo campaign, helping us dig our garden beds or shopping here […]

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The Real Cost of Food

This Thanksgiving week, we are dedicating our blog to things we are thankful for. Today (and every day), we are thankful for real food. We are thankful to our local farmers who we know by name, and who work hard to grow the most beautiful produce we’ve ever seen. We are grateful for our ranchers […]

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in.gredients Tours Vital Farms

We’ve been carrying Vital Farms pasture-raised organic eggs since the day we opened our doors in early August last year. We knew from their transparency, rigorous certifications, and of course, their robust taste and color that these were eggs raised right. But it wasn’t until recently when one of the in.gredients team members had the […]

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(Late) Summer Reading List

It’s nearly August, which means that we are wrapping up summer (did it go by extremely fast to anyone else??) and tumbling into fall. That means you still have a month to cram your brain with as many books as you can. Or, if you have children, perhaps this is a list you can carry […]

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Care about Food? Listen Up.

TED Talks are all the rage these days. Covering a wide range of subjects, there’s something for everyone. It’s incredible how inspirational people can be in 15 minutes. If you haven’t listened to a TED talk yet, we’re bringing you five of the TED talks that stuck with us. Surprise, surprise, they’re all about food. […]

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Healthy Meals & Snacks for Your Next Trip

Let’s be honest, there’s nothing good about airport food. We’ve all been there, pacing around the airport looking for options that aren’t full of salt, sugar and fat. Seeing as summer is upon us, it only makes sense to provide a go-to list for healthy travel. We found a majority of these tips from My […]

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Guest Blog Post :: Creating a (Clean) Zero-Waste Kitchen

Now that you’ve stuffed yourself silly after preparing and eating with your new Zero-Waste habits, it’s time to chat about keeping your kitchen spotless. How you clean up after your meal is just as important as how you purchase and prepare it. Many of the conventional cleaning products are filled with toxins which pollute the […]

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Daily Greens Summer Cleanse

Cleanses can be daunting. Initially, your brain might jump to the thought of 10 days surviving on nothing but lemon, water, paprika and maple syrup. This is not the type of cleanse we’re talking about. Instead, think of the Daily Greens Summer Cleanse as four days of clean eating, resetting the body and getting everything back to […]

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Farmer Profile :: Green Gate Farms

There is something idyllic about Green Gate Farms. A historic piece of farmland tucked away in East Austin, it’s easy to miss amongst the RV park and new housing developments. Pulling into the long driveway I was surprised at the amount of cars packed into the parking lot. My surprise turned into delight as I […]

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Guest Blog Post: Safe, Sustainable Sunscreen

The arrival of summer means endless lazy days, juicy watermelon from the Farmer’s Markets, and soaking up that vitamin D at Barton Springs.  All that glorious sun means potential for pesky sunburns. With the endless options on the market today – and virtually no regulation from the FDA – how do you know which is […]

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Guest Blog Post: Creating a Zero-Waste Kitchen

Whether you desire to save some green or live more green, the Zero-Waste philosophy is for you! Innovating the 3 R’s of living green (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), the Zero-Waste philosophy is all about creating an eco-lisitc understanding of the products and resources we use as we aim to consume (and spend) less. The kitchen is […]

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Michael Pollan: Reclaiming Cooking

Michael Pollan has spent the last few years getting to know his food. With the release of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Pollan was thrown into the spotlight and is now considered one of the leading food writers in the country. With the release of his new book, Pollan has shifted his view from our food system, […]

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Featured Post :: March Against Monsanto in Austin, TX

On Saturday, May 25th, people from around the world came together in solidarity against Monsanto. Over 2 million people on 6 continents, in 55 countries, and in over 450 cities marched in support of local farmers and real food…were you one of them? For those unaware, Monsanto is a multinational biotech corporation and leading producer […]

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Farmer Spotlight :: Urban Roots

When you find yourself at Urban Roots, you’ll never want to leave. Only a few miles from downtown Austin, this piece of land used to be called Oasis Gardens Farm, and we understand why. Not only does this farm produce incredible vegetables (if you haven’t had an Urban Roots beet yet, you’re missing out) they’re […]

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How the World Has Changed in 30 Years

  Sometimes all it takes is a little perspective. Lucky for us, the geniuses at NASA, U.S. Geological Survey and Google have partnered up to create a time lapse video that shows how the face of the planet has changed in the last 30 years. Since 1972, eight satellites have orbited the earth capturing images […]

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Happy National Bike Month!

Happy National Bike Month! Whether you’re an avid cyclist or the thought of biking terrifies you, throw any hesitation out the window and get yourself on a bike. The first bike was invented in 1817 by Karl von Drais, a German baron who invented a horseless carriage that would help him get from place to […]

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Seed of the Day :: Ali Baba Watermelon

Ali Baba Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) is quite possibly one of the best watermelons we’ve ever had. Originating in Iraq, this watermelon can survive the brutal Texas summer sun – thanks to its pale colored rind that prevents sunburning. Annual Category: Melon Size: 1-2 feet H x 6-7 feet W, 12-20 lbs melons When to plant: Spring-Early Summer (Early April-Early June […]

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21-Days on The Myers Way Elimination Diet!

I’ve made it through 21 days on my elimination diet! Starting on February 1st, I started the The Myers Way 21-day cleanse. For the month of February I eliminated a variety of high-allergen foods from my diet, resetting my body in order to assess how I react to certain foods. That means starting today I […]

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Changing the Way We Eat

On Saturday we watched the speakers of TEDx Manhattan challenge us to change the way we eat. With topics ranging from adopting a vegan diet to purposefully growing weeds for food, these leaders in the food community all agreed that something needs to change. With obesity, hunger and food waste running rampant in the United […]

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Elimination Diet Q&A with Brianna Herman, RD from Austin UltraHealth

Diving head first into a cleanse or elimination diet can be overwhelming. Luckily, by doing a guided cleanse, like The Myers Way (TMW), you have the help and support of a nutritionist. After being on The Myers Way for over a week, I had a few questions for Brianne Herman, Austin UltraHealth’s nutritionist. Why exactly […]

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Elimination Diet Week One: Raw Energy Ball Recipe

It’s been a week since I’ve started Dr. Myers’ 21-day cleanse. Which means that 14 days from now I can start reintroducing certain foods back into my diet… woo hoo! In the e-book Dr. Myers warned that during this first week it’s common to feel the side effects of your body purging toxins. This can […]

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Elimination Diet: Austin UltraHealth & Dr. Amy Myers

When a doctor tells us they believe food is medicine, we want to hear more. We’re lucky to have Austin UltraHealth and Dr. Amy Myers in our community. Having embarked on the 21-day cleanse myself (look for an update and a recipe tomorrow!), I am already feeling the positive effects. We wanted to offer our […]

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2013 Elimination Diet

With the New Year comes new resolutions. Many of these are based around starting the year with a healthy outlook. That may take the form of exercising every day, or improving your diet. For some of us, it’s the time of year where you may be tempted to do a detox or cleanse. We think […]

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Food Waste in America

Here’s a statistic that will make your head spin. Americans waste 40% of all food. Meaning we throw approximately 165 billion dollars down the drain. And with all that waste comes pretty serious consequences. According to a Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) study this means that we’re adding 34 million tons of waste to the […]

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Combatting Your Cold and Flu Naturally

It’s still flu season, and with this years epidemic we thought it was time to do some research on how to stay healthy, naturally. Flu cases have been reported in more than half of Texas, with our health officials saying this season is worse than in past years. We wanted to offer up some natural […]

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Uncle Mike’s Treats from Afar

When someone you know goes on a trip, the first question asked (or what you WANT to ask) when they return is, “so, what did you bring me?” For us, we love when these gifts are food. Give us some salmon from the Northwest or coffee from Hawaii, and we’re happy campers. There is a sense […]

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Going “Halfsies” at Dinner to help Fight Hunger and Obesity

Discovering non-profits that are working to end hunger make our collective hearts swell. Even better is when we stumble on a new, Austin based organization. We can’t hide our giddiness about Halfsies, a local non-profit that’s looking to address obesity, food waste and hunger. They’re looking to do this through a simple initiative that would […]

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Why Taste Matters.

Everyone’s talking about food. With a First Lady dedicated to providing access to healthy food for kids and a country filled with “foodies”, it’s not surprise that 2012 was overflowing with food conversations. One of the best that we’ve stumbled across was TEDxManhatten’s videos, all focused on the topic, “Changing the Way we Eat”. With […]

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Meatless Monday Recipe: Falafel with Yogurt and Dill Sauce

Happy Monday! It seems appropriate, as we enter this holiday season, to add one more thing to celebrate – Meatless Monday. Let’s give a little history behind the movement. The idea started way back during World War I when the U.S. Food Administration (USDA) urged families to reduce their consumption of food staples. Using the […]

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Small Business Saturday

Between black Friday and cyber Monday falls small business Saturday. Started back in 2010, the new shopping holiday is focused on bringing consumers back to the businesses that support their local community. If you’re someone who braves shopping this weekend, consider supporting your favorite local business(es) and economy. By shopping local, a larger portion of […]

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Healthy Thanksgiving Tips from Let’s Talk Fitness

It’s hard to say no to seconds. Especially when seconds include stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce and gravy (if you partake in the traditional Thanksgiving food.) Lucky for us, we have a local ATX food blogger whose blog is dedicated to health. As a person who used to eat fast food twice a day, Allen is […]

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Planning a 100-Mile Thanksgiving Dinner

It’s almost Thanksgiving! By now, the meal planning is probably in full-force and you’re prepping yourself for a few days of serious family time. While out shopping for your holiday dishes, challenge yourself to go local. And if you’re feeling up especially adventurous, consider shooting for a 100-mile Thanksgiving. A 100-mile Thanksgiving means you’re aiming […]

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The Politics of Food: Where our Presidential Candidates Stand

It’s Presidential election time. Which means debates, attack ads and a lot of politically charged discussions. Before election day rolls around (Tuesday, November 6th) take some time to get to know where the candidates stand on issues that matter to you. A big one for us is food (surprise, surprise). With legislation like the Farm […]

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National Food Day: Vital Farms Spotlight

October 24th is national Food Day, an annual event to address the issues of our food system. The goal of Food Day is to strengthen and unify the food movement, with aims of improving our nation’s food policies. We should work towards a food system that bolsters the health of our communities, not one that […]

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Support the Bastrop Cattle Company Processing Plant Campaign

It can be eye-opening when you start researching where your steak comes from. Living in a society with a large industrial food system, it’s easy to not know. You can go to the grocery store and buy meat that’s nicely cut, processed and wrapped for your convenience. What if we all took a step back […]

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Daily Recipe: World’s Best Hummus

We are big believers in snacking. What is an afternoon without your 15 minute snack break? Having something that is healthy and filling can make all the difference when you have a long day ahead of you. There are a number of choices, but one of our favorites is hummus. This middle-eastern dish is easy […]

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Featured ATX Food Blog: The Kid Can Cook

Austin is blessed to have so many people who care about food. Here at in.gredients we’re all about fostering that community, and with the huge local food blog scene, we think it’s about time to start our own ATX Food Blog Spotlight. This week I had the pleasure of meeting and talking recipes with Michelle […]

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Daily Recipe: Fettuccine Alfredo with Kale, Zucchini and Italian Pork Sausage

Some days you need a hearty meal. One that sticks to the ribs and leaves you full for hours. The kind of dish that has the family licking the plate clean. A big dish of creamy pasta will hit that hearty-meal-craving. Using local vegetables from the store, you can add a healthy spin on the […]

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Kale Chips

We’re lucky (for many reasons) to live in Texas. We get to plant, grow, and harvest leafy greens all winter long. And who doesn’t love fresh kale, spinach, and swiss chard in December? With our produce fridge filled to the brim with kale, it’s time to get creative. One of the beauties of this green […]

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Zero-Waste at Eateries

Since we’ve been busy setting up the store, we’ve been relying more on local eateries for meals and snacks! So we snapped a few shots of how to go zero-waste when eating out or picking up food to avoid throw-away wrapping or single-use bags… “The Pyrex” Here’s a Pyrex baking dish in action at Quack’s […]

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Local Agriculture Economy

According to the The New York Times, while “local farm sales are becoming more stable, predictable, and measurable,” big agriculture’s struggling to find labor, causing its price advantage over locally-grown food to slowly shrink. Indeed, the local food movement‘s creating a “vibrant new economic laboratory for American agriculture.” Just another reason to, as they say, […]

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Carbon Offsets

You may have heard the term “carbon offset” thrown around – but what does it actually mean? What do things like breathing, turning on a light, and driving a car have in common? These simple, every day activities – as well as industrial processes – emit carbon into the air around us. In 2006, only […]

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Green Growth

With the costs of cleaning up the environment rising, some countries can no longer afford to not to invest in sustainable development. The World Bank has estimated that “bad sanitation and water pollution cost India 6 percent of national income” (The Economist). According to The Economist, that’s where the idea of “green growth,” an attempt […]

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Keeping Compost Clean

The fact that compost munches up waste and makes it food for plants is awesome! But not everything’s cut out for your compost pile. Here are some tips to ensure that your compost maintains all it’s compost-y goodness via Huffington Post. (image: Patrick Lane Photography, Glean Organics)

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Sustainable Seafood

Curious about the sustainability of seafood? According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, “85 percent of the world’s fisheries are being harvested at capacity or are in decline.” In this article (via Etsy), Danielle Tsi gives a background on current seafood sources, as well as resources to find out where your seafood is from […]

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If the World Had 100 People

Really, really cool infographic from Miniature Earth. It’s always nice to see folks coming up with creative ways to illustrate how much we actually consume / how resources are allocated in the world with the intent of increasing awareness and driving change. Miniature Earth’s site is worth perusing – lots of great content! (image: Miniature […]

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The REAL Difference Between Cage-Free and Pasture-Raised Eggs

Understanding the meanings of buzzwords and phrases is critical to understanding how our food system works and how to know which terms are legitimate and which are marketing ploys! In this video (shared via PBS and Grist), poultry farmers David Evans and Alexis Koefoed explain the terms “cage-free”, “free-range”, and “pasture-raised” to help consumers make […]

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Choosing Organic May Help Honey Bees

Do you like almonds? How ’bout blueberries? If so, here’s yet another reason to choose organic produce at the grocery store. It has to do with Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) – a mysterious syndrome that’s caused alarming numbers of honey bee colonies to spontaneously die or disappear, as if into thin air. Plants like almond trees and […]

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Juicing Vs Blending – The Sugar Factor

Are you more a fan of juicing or blending? Both fresh fruit and vegetable juices and blended drinks or “smoothies” can provide an ample boost of nutrition. But how do you know when to choose one over the other? Neither juicing nor blending’s inherently better, but each one has unique benefits to offer. Here’s some […]

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Sustainabili-Tea

When it comes to tea, don’t let those cardboard boxes and and single-use disposable bags cramp your style – you don’t need ’em! Here’s how to cut them out of the picture (and the trash can): Buy tea in bulk (in.gredients-style) and store it in a reusable container – a mason jar works great; so […]

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Chipotle: A Pepper Defined

Chipotle mayo, chipotle salsa, chipotle barbecue sauce – if you find the word “chipotle” in front of a dish, it probably implies that you’re in for a smokey, spicy, full-bodied kind of flavor. Chipotle has made it’s way in to the main stream of spicy food flavorings over the last decade or two – and rightfully […]

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How to Buy a Great Olive Oil

When it comes to olive oil, there are many choices: virgin, extra-virgin, light, extra-light, Italian, Imported, etc… but what does it all mean? Is “extra-virgin” olive oil somehow morally superior to plain ‘ole “virgin” olive oil?  And what makes an olive oil “light” or “extra-light?” In order to get some clarity, we’ve gone to the […]

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Eating a Ton (Literally Speaking) in 2011

Who ate a literal ton (2,000 lbs) of food in 2011? Surprise: the average American did! Or, well, the actual figure from the NPR food blog, “The Salt” is 1,996 lbs per person which is 4 lbs shy of the one ton mark. The blog analyzes data that was collected by the U.S. Department of […]

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“Food Lover’s Cleanse” from Bon Appétit

Beautiful, healthy, and absolutely delicious recipes abound in this two-week “cleanse” from Bon Appétit. Recommended as a way to return to healthy eating patterns for the new year, this plan was designed by a foodie and a nutritionist – and it reconciles both agendas beautifully. What’s more, to make it easy, they’ve put together a […]

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Food Stamps Can Start Gardens!

Did you know that food stamps can be used to buy seeds and food-producing whole plants? If you’re thinking “no, I didn’t!,” neither do most of the nearly 46 million Americans who depend on food stamps for daily sustenance. The Awesome Foundation’s food chapter published an article today about two organizations who’ve made it their mission […]

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Food Packaging Raises Health Concerns

Non-reusable, single-use food packaging is a problem for the environment we’re used to discussing, but a new study by the Breast Cancer Fund and the Silent Spring Institute suggests that we should be concerned about how food packaging can effect our health too. Participants in the study were found to have up to 66% less packaging-related chemicals […]

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90% of Vegetable Varieties Gone Forever?

Playing favorites – we’re all doing it. On every level, from the farmers to the shoppers, Americans are becoming more and more selective about exactly which kind of cucumber, tomato, or lettuce they want. This chart from National Geographic is based on a study conducted in 1983 that demonstrated that 90% of the vegetable varieties […]

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6 Ways to Use Overripe Produce

Before you take those be-speckled bananas to the compost pile think how nice some warm, homemade banana muffins would be. As it turns out, the soft consistency and strong flavor of overripe bananas make them the best to bake with. You probably already knew that about bananas – maybe you asked your mom or your […]

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An Ode to Texas Red Grapefruit!

If you ask a Texan what color the inside of a grapefruit is, chances are they’ll say “red.” This may seem like an odd response to the rest of the country because most varieties of grapefruit have pink or white flesh. But here in Texas, about a hundred years ago, a genetic mutation caused our […]

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Eat Seasonally – Even in Winter!

Eating seasonally is a great idea any time of the year. It’s a win-win. Seasonal produce is naturally the highest quality (and tastiest) produce, with less negative impact on the environment. At first glance, the seasonal selection during the winter might seem less impressive than the summer smorgasbord, but winter has lots to offer: squashes, […]

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If Organic isn’t an Option…

Organic produce is the way to go when it’s available at your local grocer (it will be at in.gredients!) – but what should you do when it’s not? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) says that you should still eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, because their health benefits out-weigh the risk of pesticide exposure. Be […]

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Plastic Bottle Controversy in California

Can plastic ever be considered biodegradable or compostable? In California different groups have different answers to this question. ENSO Plastics, a supplier of plastic bottles, uses a biodegradable additive in their plastic bottles that they say helps them break down in a landfill environment. Recycling advocates in California aren’t buying it though, calling them out […]

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Follow-Up: Does Eating Honey Help Reduce Allergies? (Guest Post)

Emily Matthews Emily’s currently applying to masters degree programs across the US, and loves to read about new research into health care, gender issues, and literature. She lives and writes in Seattle, Washington. What does in.gredients mean to me? in.gredients means that I can cut down on my carbon footprint in more ways than just […]

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Can You Recycle Halloween Decorations?

Sure, your best option is to reuse your Halloween decorations…but what if your scary stuff’s worn to threads? Earth 911 offers great advice on how to proceed sustainably – have a look! (image: Free Flower)

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Reducing Waste: Do It For Your Community

Many US towns, cities, and in some cases states are encouraging citizens to reduce waste in their homes to reduce landfill-bound waste and pollution levels – reminding us that while our personal convictions about reducing waste make it feel like an ideology, the driving forces behind this line of thinking are actually health, safety, and […]

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Infographic (via GOOD): The State of Food Insecurity

Millions of Americans don’t have reliable access to food – which GOOD defines as people who “have trouble getting enough food for themselves and the members of their family.” In the infographic above, GOOD leverages data from the USDA and Census Bureau to take a look at who’s affected and why. (image: GOOD)

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Can Americans Muster the Will to Farm Again?

We came across David Csonka’s blog Thriving in Hard Times this morning, which offers perspective on how to adopt more sustainable lifestyles as the resources we benefit from become more scarce. Check out David’s thought-provoking post “Do Americans Have the Will to Return to Farming?“, highlighting the perspective of an independent farmer in Northern Colorado. […]

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Great Perspective: 100 Days of Real Food

100 Days of Real Food is a blog started by Lisa and Jason Leake of Charlotte, North Carolina. Last year, the Leake family (Lisa, Jason, and their two daughters) attempted to ditch artificial food for 100 days. Over a year later, the Leakes are still eating real food. The blog’s genesis came after Lisa read […]

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Does Eating Local Honey Help Reduce Allergies?

Some say yes (quote: “almost all evidence regarding the immunizing effects of eating honey is anecdotal, but these reports have proven persuasive enough for some people to try to fight their seasonal allergies by eating honey every day”), some say no (due to a lack of conclusive, peer-reviewed studies, there’s really no real evidence). Anyone […]

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Where to Eat Locally-Grown Food in Austin

Bistro cuisine at Blue Dalhia? Eating under the stars at The Odd Duck? Food Blogger’s Guide Austin put out this list for SXSW Eco attendees of Austin restaurants that serve food made from locally-grown ingredients – and in turn keep money local. It’s a great list to keep on hand. Do any of your favorites […]

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Guest Post: Seasonal Allergies – Suffer No More!

Amy Myers, MD: Dr. Myers is the Medical Director of Austin UltraHealth. Her practice specializes in functional and nutritional medicine. Amy Myers, MD It’s estimated that 55 million Americans (that’s one in four people) suffer from allergies of some kind – seasonal, food, skin, and medication. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology states […]

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Think Different(ly)

This video says so much: “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About […]

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The Story of Stuff

One of our volunteers this weekend told us about The Story of Stuff – an inspiring video that sheds even more light on what we’re up to at in.gredients. The video – which, at 21 minutes, is really a short film – focuses on “stuff,” from its resource extraction all the way to its sale, […]

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The Messy HFCS Debate: Do We Really Know?

There’s been back and forth bantering between nutritionists/medical professionals and agricultural scientists about whether high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is legitimately harmful to humans – or if it’s only harmful when consumed in abundance, or if it’s not harmful at all. As many of you have probably seen on grocery aisles, the debate has prompted […]

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A Restaurant’s Approach to Food Waste

We’ve talked a lot about our society’s food waste problems. If you want to know how bad those problems are, just consider the fact that as a country we feed landfills as fast as we feed people. Buying in bulk, in.gredients style, gives you better control over food waste in your home – but what […]

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Slow Food’s $5 Challenge: Buffalo (or Bean) Jambalaya

We had great fun participating in Slow Food USA’s $5 Meal Challenge on Saturday, which challenged participants to cook slow food for the price of fast food (under $5/person). The only stressful part was choosing what meal to make! Turns out we all regularly make – in general – healthy, natural meals under $5/person, so […]

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What to Plant NOW!

Fall planting season is upon us! Even though the mercury’s still over 100F in Austin, September’s a comparatively busy month for gardeners. Now’s the time to eat the rest of your cantaloupe (above) and plant your winter (and a little spring) harvest. A special note: this post is for planters in CENTRAL TEXAS only, so […]

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Food for Thought: James Carville

“The best time to plant an oak tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” James Carville (image: Patrick Lane Photography)

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Back-to-School Shopping…The Sustainable Way

Tax free weekend is about to hit. It’s easy to get in the frenzy of the sales, but don’t forget to bring your reusable bags. This handy info graph tells how to save some pennies and shop sustainably. (infograph via: Ethical Ocean)

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7-Year-Old Donates Piggy Bank to The Nature Conservancy

Can you imagine? After two years (two years!) of saving, 7-year-old Andrew Kirz, asked to go to the San Francisco offices of The Nature Conservancy. There he broke his piggy bank and donated all his money. A whooping $137.88! The young environmentalist told the folks at the offices, “I gave my piggy bank to The Nature Conservancy […]

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Why Fast Food Isn’t Cheaper Than Healthy Food

Fast food ain’t cheaper than healthy food, it’s just…well, fast. Check out this Huffington Post article by Tim Harlan, M.D., on the reasons why fast food actually *isn’t* cheaper than healthy food… (image via: Fast Food Blues)

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Obesity in America, By the Numbers

NPR’s series Living Large: Obesity in America gives an in-depth look on what it means to live in a nation where one in three adults is obese. Click on the image above to see their infographs on all the statistics behind obesity. It showcases figures ranging from total fast food sales to how many feet revolving doors […]

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Healthy?

With all the different types of health calculators – body mass index, body fat percent, waist-to-hip ratio – it can be hard to pinpoint exactly how healthy you are. Here’s a break down: (graph via: HCCUA) Body Mass Index (BMI): Your BMI is a number calculated from your weight and height. It indicates whether a person […]

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The Nitrogen Predicament: Why Agriculture’s Got To Change

Lauren Welker: Geologist, gardener, epicurean, homesteader, scholar, problem solver Nitrogen (N2) is an essential nutrient for all living organisms, and it’s one of the most important nutrients needed for plant growth. Without it, plants are unable to produce complex organic molecules like amino acids, proteins, and nucleic acids.  For something that comprises 78% of the […]

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Portion Size

It’s easy to forget that you might be eating several servings of meat in one meal alone! It’s so deceiving. When we see a plate with a piece of meat on it, we usually just assume that’s a serving of meat.  For example, a typical steakhouse doesn’t sell cuts under 8 oz., which is actually […]

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Pondering the Stats

Eye-opening statistics from the Clean Air Council: Every year, Americans use approximately 1 billion shopping bags, creating 300,000 tons of landfill waste. During 2009’s International Coastal Cleanup, the Ocean Conservancy found that plastic bags were the second-most common kind of waste found, at one out of 10 items picked up and tallied. Plastic bags do […]

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Celebrating Summer’s Produce: Tomato

This tomato gradation arranged by Studio Choo looks almost too good to eat. Well, almost. When buying tomatoes, smell them! According to Cooking Light Magazine, A good tomato should smell like a tomato, especially at the stem end. Check out their juicy guide on growing, storing, and preparing summer’s favorite produce. (image via: Design Sponge)

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America Has Subsidized Itself Sick

Check out this interesting exposé from FearLess Revolution. The above chart shows our federal government’s remarkably imbalanced subsidization of animal protein. GOOD recently featured a story hypothesizing that if the government subsidized healthy foods, it would actually help kids lose weight (surprise?). Food for thought. (Image via: FearLess Revolution)

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Composting in Austin

Many of you have been asking us what are some practical steps you can take to live a zero-waste (or more environmentally conscious) life style. In the next few weeks we’ll try to cover topics such as recycling, reusing, and waste-reduction and provide relevant resources in Austin. We want to first cover the 101 on […]

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Dive! Living Off America’s Trash

A documentary on waste and dumpster diving (via: Dive!) The film exposes the enormous amount of landfill-bound food waste originating from grocery stores in the US. We hope this is as disturbing to you as it is to us. At in.gredients, our zero-waste business model doesn’t allow anything to be sent to the landfill – meaning what […]

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Food Health Revolution

We agree. We’re participating. You too can join the food revolution. It’s no surprise to us that America is considered the unhealthiest country in the world by numerous measures. Just look at how we view food in the US: most of the time food is an inconvenience to us, and eating is something we do […]

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