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At Leafy Greens we support, sustainable organic agriculture and responsible business practices. This reflects our deep respect and love for the planet and for those around us. We use organic ingredients wherever possible, and guarantee that our products are free from refined sugars, 100% dairy-free, free from any added preservatives, are mostly gluten-free, no additives and no animal products whatsoever!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

I think we all need this little reminder everyday. Being #healthy is a choice! Everyday is a 'Monday' when it comes to our food choices. #healthychoices #healthyliving #healthylife #antoniasfoodblog #leafygreenscafรฉ #leafygreenscafe ๐Ÿ’™

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#Repost @cafegratitude with @repostapp. Healthy spices for winter immunity ・・・ We do our own Turmeric Ginger shot: Lemon juice, ginger juice, turmeric, cayenne and a dash of raw honey ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ”ฅ #antoniasfoodblog #eatwelldogood #healthylife ๐Ÿ’š

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Nothing like a bit of comfort food on a chilly autumn day. And it happens to be plant-based and super healthy for you. At the top we have mushroom and veggie ''meat balls', brown rice moussaka bake with coconut cream and at the bottom, cabbage rolls. We do catering and take outs too #eatwelldogood #antoniasfoodblog #leafygreenscafe #organicfood #organiccafe ๐Ÿ’š

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DID YOU KNOW that roses are edible. We have been using them in our #Kombucha to do our second ferment and the fragrance is mind-blowing! Our #roses are organically grown of course with no #pesticides or #fertilizer. Contributing to a greener and cleaner planet! #chooselocal #healthylife #eatwelldogood #organicgarden #farmtotable #rosegarden #leafygreenscafe ๐Ÿ’š

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Thursday, May 5, 2016

@antoniadeluca filming yesterday for the new #DSTV channel 147 - #ViaTV. Making healthy, #farmtotable dishes and talking about her passion for health and wellness. Tune in soon to catch her insert. #antoniasfoodblog #antonias #leafygreenscafe #eatwelldogood #filmingfood ๐ŸŽฅ

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A healthier diet for the planet

At Leafy Greens we believe that the benefits of a plant-based diet for human health are pretty much beyond debate nowadays - although we’ll keep on telling anyone who’ll listen, of course! 

However, we have recently been learning more about the planetary health benefits of opting for a plant-based diet. The statistics are both incredible and terrifying.

Modern industrial farming as practiced in most countries, presents a twofold problem. Huge amounts of precious resources are devoted to raising and processing livestock for human consumption, which means that those same resources are not available for healthier, more efficient food production. At the same time, the waste and byproducts of pastoral farming create a whole raft of new problems. 

We don’t want to scare anyone, but here are a few statistics we unearthed that will make you think. If you’re reading this as a carnivore, this may help persuade you come over to the green side. Quite a lot of these statistics come from the USA, where much of this research was done, but they are equally applicable to other countries with similar approaches to farming. 

Did you know that in the USA just 5% of all water is consumed by domestic needs, while a staggering 55% is used up by animal agriculture? It takes a staggering 10 000 litres of water to produce a measly 1 kilogram of beef. This means that for the amount of water that it typically takes to make one hamburger, the average person could shower once a day for two months. Meat-farming is also incredibly land intensive. It takes just one sixth of a hectare to produce enough plant-based food to feed a vegan for a year whereas feeding a meat-eater takes 18 times as much land. 

Still not convinced? Meat-farming creates a lot of harmful waste products. Cows especially produce a lot of greenhouse gases which contribute to global climate change. Worldwide, livestock farming is responsible for generating four times as much greenhouse gases as all human transport. What’s more, a single large dairy farm with 2 500 cows produces the same amount of organic waste as a city of over 400 000 people.

The solution is fairly simple: switching to a plant-based diet reduces your carbon footprint by 50% immediately, so you can tread more lightly on the earth. The amounts of water, oil, and land used to feed you will also drop dramatically leaving you with a much gentler ecological footprint. 

When you use your eyes, brain, and nose the facts are clear. Boosting your own health by switching to a plant-based diet also helps heal the planet. And it’s delicious!  #antoniasfoodblog #eatwelldogood @antoniadeluca