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Green Queen Eco Insights: Beef & Lamb – The Whole Grain Vs Grass Fed Debate

Green Queen Eco Insights: Beef & Lamb – The Whole Grain Vs Grass Fed Debate

Grazing Cows

If you have shopped for beef or lamb recently, you have noticed the sheer prevalence of labels popping up on various types of meat. Should you go for Australian grain-fed beef or Welsh organic lamb? What do all of these labels mean for you and your family? Green Queen is here to help and below is an overview of the […]

Green Queen Living: Wet Market Series Part 2 – Guide to Chinese Melon Fruits (Gwaa)

Green Queen Living: Wet Market Series Part 2 – Guide to Chinese Melon Fruits (Gwaa)

Hairy Gourd Adjusted

In Cantonese cuisine, melons, gourds and cucumbers are all considered to be “melon fruits,” where we consider them to all be members of the gourd family. They can be intimidating to foreigners with their strange textures and shapes but most of them are basically mild relatives of the zucchini and can be used instead in […]

Eco Insights: Save Your Veggies – How To Reduce Produce Waste

Eco Insights: Save Your Veggies – How To Reduce Produce Waste

Spoilt Veggies

Food waste is a huge problem globally-over 30% of all food produced is wasted across the planet. Be part of the solution with our our useful ideas for how to make use of everything in your fridge and how to avoid food waste, especially the expensive produce kind.   Got herbs?  It’s happened to all of […]

Green Queen Giving: Animals Asia Foundation

Green Queen Giving: Animals Asia Foundation

Moon Bears Animals Asia Foundation

This month we spent some time getting to know the Animals Asia Foundation and the work they do to help protect our animal friends.   How was Animals Asia Foundation Animals Asia was founded by Jill Robinson, MBE in 1998 – five years after an encounter with a caged bear on a farm in southern China changed […]

Green Queen Foodie: Fish & Meat – Farm to Table Pioneer

Green Queen Foodie: Fish & Meat – Farm to Table Pioneer

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What is the farm to table concept? In the most basic sense, it’s about eating locally: growing your own produce then cooking it at home.  Or if you are a restaurant, connecting your clients with locally-sourced produce and artisan producers. Sourcing is key: finding the finest ingredients both regionally and from around the world whilst demonstrating […]

Green Queen Living: Wet Markets Series Part 1 – Guide to Chinese Leafy Greens (Choy)

Green Queen Living: Wet Markets Series Part 1 – Guide to Chinese Leafy Greens (Choy)

Chinese Red amaranth(Jin Coi)

We are extremely excited to launch our new seven part series all about the local Hong Kong Wet Markets. There is nothing more green than connecting with your local community and enjoying the local produce but sometimes, the language barrier can make things difficult to navigate. Green Queen has done all the homework for you […]

Eco Insights: Why You Should Avoid Canned Foods

Eco Insights: Why You Should Avoid Canned Foods

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Food has been preserved in cans for nearly 200 years, and its popularity has never ceased to increase. What could be more convenient than opening a can of soup for a quick meal? Well, there’s a dark and dirty secret about metal cans that has been emerging and it may make you think twice before […]

Green Queen Recommends: Healthy Cooking Classes in Hong Kong

Green Queen Recommends: Healthy Cooking Classes in Hong Kong

Healthy Cooking Class Green Queen

Want to eat more vegetarian food but out of inspiration? Heard about kefir but have no idea how to make it? Dying to stock your fridge with homemade raw chocolate? Wish you knew how to make your own yoghurt? Desperate to bake some gluten free bread? Turns out Hong Kong has so much to offer […]

Green Queen Living: The Definitive Guide to Rice

Green Queen Living: The Definitive Guide to Rice

Guide to Rice

Rice is a staple across much of the world, especially in Asian countries like China, Japan, India, the Philippines and Korea, where most people don’t go a day without eating rice during one of their meals. But how much do we really know about the many different types of rice? It can be confusing to figure out […]

Eco Insights: DIY Eco Air Fresheners Ideas

Eco Insights: DIY Eco Air Fresheners Ideas

Eco Insights Air Freshener

Air fresheners have become a household staple over the past few years with over 75% of homes using some form of them. We have become unusually obsessed with the way things smell, and the air freshener industry has greatly profited!   Air fresheners come in many different forms, from air and fabric sprays to plug […]

Green Queen Foodie: Ali Oli Bakery Cafe – A Healthy Eating Oasis in Kwun Tong

Green Queen Foodie: Ali Oli Bakery Cafe – A Healthy Eating Oasis in Kwun Tong

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If you know of Ali Oli Bakery Cafe, then you’ll know it’s an institution for serving up European and Western baked goods in Hong Kong. In fact they’re longstanding bakery of 25 years based in Sai Kung, is popular for their extensive product list serving favorites such as their sausage rolls, cottage pies and some […]

Green Queen Living: Beautiful Skin Wisdom from The Annals of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Green Queen Living: Beautiful Skin Wisdom from The Annals of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Green Queen Living: TCM Beauty Secrets

In Hong Kong, local culture relies greatly on the vast fount of knowledge that is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) when it comes to health and wellness. There is so much to learn and Green Queen is here to help. We have rounded up some ancient TCM beauty secrets with easy to follow recipes that are sure […]

Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 6 – Triclosan

Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 6 – Triclosan

Toxic Beauty Series Triclosan

What Is It and Why Is It Used?   Triclosan is a phenol chemical derived from chlorine. Most commonly used in consumer products as an antibacterial agent, triclosan is a regulated pesticide. Manufacturers add it to everything to prevent bacterial contamination in their products.   What Is It Used In?   Most commonly used in […]

Green Queen Living: The Perfect Homemade Yoghurt Recipe by FoodBooty

Green Queen Living: The Perfect Homemade Yoghurt Recipe by FoodBooty

How To Make Yoghurt At Home Recipe

Making yogurt at home is not as hard as people might think. As recent as a month ago, my desire to make yogurt was magnified. Why? With inflated prices of yogurt in Hong Kong ranging from $80 – $150 HKD for a litre or less, it can make an everyday staple unaffordable or a ‘luxury’. […]

Green Queen Heroes: Christina Dean of Redress

Green Queen Heroes: Christina Dean of Redress

Christina Dean Redress

Christina Dean has literally changed the fashion landscape in Hong Kong. In a city where fast fashion and consumerism run deep, she has proven that what’s old can be chic and what’s green can be trendy. She proved that clothes shopping is optional when she embarked on her one year challenge to only wear used […]

Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 5 – Carmine

Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 5 – Carmine

Green Queen Toxic Beauty Series - Carmine

What Is It and Why Is It Used?   Carmine, also called cochineal, comes from the skin of female cochineal beetles. These insects are mostly found in Mexico and other parts of South America. Once they have been killed, the beetles are dried and then crushed- from this, carminic acid is extracted. This acid is […]

Green Queen Foodie: Kombucha Making 101 with Chef Shima of Sesame Kitchen

Green Queen Foodie: Kombucha Making 101 with Chef Shima of Sesame Kitchen

Raw Snacks Kombucha Tasting

Even if you only just occasionally glance at the news once every few weeks, the term probiotics must be somewhat familiar to you. And you probably also know that good gut health is kind of important. Probiotics = healthy digestive system. You also know that taking supplement pills is so passé and everyone and their mom […]

Hong Kong Green Home’s Claire Sancelot Shares Her Eco-Friendly Bathroom Diaries

Hong Kong Green Home’s Claire Sancelot Shares Her Eco-Friendly Bathroom Diaries

Hong Kong Green Home

Claire Sancelot is not your average mom and she is far from your average expat. In a bid to change her life from one of consumption to one governed by the principles of ecology, she, her husband, their three daughters, their helper and their dog have gone from a life of excess stuff to producing […]

Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 4 – Propylene Glycol

Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 4 – Propylene Glycol

Toxic Beauty Series Propylene Glycol

What Is It and Why Is It Used?   Propylene glycol is an alcohol-based industrial grade solvent used mostly as a ‘wetting’ agent. It helps makes products more fluid, and easy to spread on (your body). It is most notorious for its usage in anti-freeze; the exact same formulation is also used in personal care […]

Green Queen Recommends: HK’s Most Eco-Friendly Toy Shops & Brands

Green Queen Recommends: HK’s Most Eco-Friendly Toy Shops & Brands

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Best for Handcrafted Toys   Petit Bazaar Green Queen Loves: Petit Bazaar has a large and well-curated selection of handcrafted and fair trade toys including items that are made with organic materials. They have a great collection of wooden toys includes an i-Wood laptop for the budding tech mogul as well as toys for the world […]

Green Queen Living: Do A Daily Detox by Alice Mackintosh of The Food Doctor London

Green Queen Living: Do A Daily Detox by Alice Mackintosh of The Food Doctor London

Green Veggies

Almost everyday I get asked: “If I should do just one thing to be healthy, what should it be?”Each month, I send you one of my answers. We love to detox – a juice cleanse, the maple syrup diet & cabbage soup diet (urgh); you name it, we will go to any lengths to ‘kick start’ […]

Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 3 – Phthalates

Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 3 – Phthalates

Toxic Beauty Phthalates

We have touched upon sulfates and parabens already- so many more to go! In today’s post we look at phthalates- so hard to pronounce and so tough for your poor little body to handle. This one’s pretty vicious.   What Is It and Why Is It Used?   Phthalates or phthalate esters, are esters of phthalic acid and are mainly used […]

Green Queen Living: Five Gorgeous Raw Cold Pressed Juice Recipes by Karin Reiter

Green Queen Living: Five Gorgeous Raw Cold Pressed Juice Recipes by Karin Reiter

5 Cold Pressed Juice Recipes

In her final Green Queen Post, uber nutritonist Karin Reiter of Nutritious & Delicious shares these refreshing, flavorful & cleansing raw cold pressed juice recipes. Make sure to choose the freshest produce, soak it thoroughly (scrub the skins with a brush) and ideally use a hydraulic juice press to get the most nutritious bang for […]

Green Queen Giving: Chi Fan For Charity HK

Green Queen Giving: Chi Fan For Charity HK

Chi Fan for Charity Hong Kong

How was Chi Fan started? In 2009, after attending numerous charity fundraisers where most of the money raised went to underwrite the event and not to those in need, founder Michael Crain had an idea.  He approached his friends in the restaurant industry and asked them to donate a table of 10, recruited his other […]

Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 2 – Parabens

Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 2 – Parabens

Parabens

In the first part of our series, we covered sulfates. If only that were the only ingredient to worry about. There are so many more to come, this will be our longest blog post series yet! Today we tackle parabens, also omnipresent in the drugstore/pharmacy aisles.   What Is It?   Parabens is a group […]

Green Queen Living: Top 10 Tips to Boost Your Fertility Naturally By Karin Reiter

Green Queen Living: Top 10 Tips to Boost Your Fertility Naturally By Karin Reiter

Natural Fertility Tips

Diet and nutrition can play a strong role in the way our genes are expressed and influence our fertility, just as it plays a role in other challenges to health and well-being. Whether you’re currently trying to conceive or struggling with unexplained infertility, paying a little extra attention to your diet won’t hurt. Below are my […]

Green Queen Foodie: Our Handy Guide to Fresh Herbs

Green Queen Foodie: Our Handy Guide to Fresh Herbs

Handy Guide to Fresh Herbs

Herbs are often ignored, which is a shame- because they are a brilliant way to add flavor to your food, not to mention the incredibly varied healthy benefits they bestow. Make every meal a herby one with our handy guide!   Rosemary ♦Rosemary is rich in calcium and vitamin B6- the latter of which can […]

Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 1- Sulfates

Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 1- Sulfates

Toxic Beauty Sulfates

The media has made us all somewhat aware that most of the products we use to wash and care for our faces and bodies contain some rather suspicious ingredients. The laundry list of what to avoid is a long one so this series will birth many posts.   Most of us are too busy to […]

Green Queen’s Ultimate Guide to Juice Cleanses in HK

Green Queen’s Ultimate Guide to Juice Cleanses in HK

Juice Cleanse Hong Kong

Unless you have been living under a proverbial rock, you have probably picked up on the whole juice cleanse trend (also known as juice detox). The juice in question is no ordinary Tropicana. No siree, this juice is a different species altogether. This juice is raw (=non pasteurized), cold pressed, which means it is made using a special type of hydraulic juice press that extracts the juice using […]

Green Queen Living: How to Get Your Family To Eat Healthier Foods by Karin Reiter

Green Queen Living: How to Get Your Family To Eat Healthier Foods by Karin Reiter

Family Healthy Eating

As a mother of two, one of my biggest pleasures in life is feeding my kids nutritious meals. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy! Kids have minds of their own and are not always interested in steamed vegetables and quinoa. However, through experience and trial and error, I have found some ways to get my little […]

Eco Insights: 5 Easy Steps to a Greener Office

Eco Insights: 5 Easy Steps to a Greener Office

Green Office

Want to play your part for the environment but don’t know how? Don’t have time to focus too much on making your working environment more eco-friendly?  Check out these 5 tips below for easy suggestions to green your workplace. No hefty green consultant fee necessary!   No Printing Have an eco-friendly paperless day. Ask all […]

Green Queen Living: Staying Healthy While You Travel by Karin Reiter

Green Queen Living: Staying Healthy While You Travel by Karin Reiter

Trail Mix

In the second installment of her Green Queen series, Karin Reiter of Nuritious n Delicious shares her travel tips with us.  A frequent flyer and yet, she manages to stay healthy by adhering to good habits, which she outlines for us here.    Without access to your kitchen, personal trainer and morning green smoothie, your […]

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