Earth Day 2017 is almost here, but environmentally-minded food and drink options can be yours year-round. To get you in the spirit for Apr. 22, here are two very interesting sustainable options — one for eating and one for drinking.

  1. Coffee Flour

Every year, billions of pounds of coffee cherry fruit — a by­product of coffee production — are discarded or, to a lesser extent, composted into fertilizer. Rather than leaving these cherries to rot in heaps or pollute local rivers, Coffee Flour converts them into a nutrient-dense and distinctly flavorful culinary ingredient that is high in fiber, protein, potassium, calcium, and iron. Coffee Flour’s business model also provides supplemental income for smallholder farmers and creates additional jobs at local coffee mills, turning what was once a botanical pollutant and waste product into an economic boost to coffee-growing communities around the globe.

In addition to being highly-sustainable, the flour is also a dynamic, easy-to-use cooking ingredient. Its mild, earthy flavor makes it a subtle yet nutritionally potent addition to many of the foods we know and love, from brownies and granola to sauces and pizza. Coffee Flour is currently available for purchase online at Marx Pantry and Nuts.com, and in-store at select Sprouts Farmers Markets.

          2. Elmhurst Milked

Once a historic family-run American dairy, Elmhurst Milked recently shifted its focus from dairy milk to nutmilk to help lead the plant-based revolution. The innovative company utilizes a patented cold milling process called ‘milking’ to craft non-dairy milks that combine the full nutritional content of whole nuts with a superior, creamy texture and full flavor. Elmhurst Milked’s nutmilks are made from whole raw nuts, never pre-processed pastes, and boast up to four times the nut content of other leading brands.

Available in Almond, Walnut, Hazelnut and Cashew varieties, Elmhurst Milked’s products contain none of the industrial stabilizers, whiteners, emulsifiers or gums typical of other leading nutmilks and are certified non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, lactose-free, and kosher. Elmhurst Milked’s nutmilks can be enjoyed on their own as high-protein, low-sugar beverages or used as replacements for dairy milk in cooking. Their high protein content and foaming properties also make them an excellent match for cappuccinos, lattés and other espresso drinks. Elmhurst Milked’s nutmilks are currently available at select Publix throughout the Southeastern United States and will soon be available for nationwide shipping on Elmhurst Milked’s website.

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