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Happy 4th of July!

We hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July!

We want you to be safe today, so we have some fire safety tips for today. Prevention is key in health and fire safety!

For your health remember:

Remember:  Stop. Drop. And Roll!!! Stop (meat).  Drop (dairy).  And Roll (in plants)!” – Rip

For your safety:

With all of the fires happening across the country, we would urge you to find some new traditions this holiday if you are in an area in which fires can start up easily. Our thoughts are with all of the people fighting the fires!

  • Local ordinances should be verified before purchasing and/or using fireworks.
  • Always read directions.
  • Always have an adult present.
  • Use fireworks outdoors only.
  • Never use near dry grass or other flammable materials.
  • Light one at a time. Keep a safe distance.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Never experiment with fireworks.
  • Have a bucket of water and a hose handy.
  • Never attempt to re-light or “fix” fireworks.
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothing.
  • Fireworks are not toys.
  • Use only State Fire Marshal approved fireworks

For camp-fires and grilling:

  • Before using a grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line. Make sure the venturi tubes – where the air and gas mix – are not blocked.
  • Do not overfill the propane tank.
  • Do not wear loose clothing while cooking at a barbecue.
  • Be careful when using lighter fluid. Do not add fluid to an already lit fire because the flame can flashback up into the container and explode.
  • Keep all matches and lighters away from children. Teach your children to report any loose matches or lighters to an adult immediately. Supervise children around outdoor grills.
  • Dispose of hot coals properly – douse them with plenty of water, and stir them to ensure that the fire is out. Never place them in plastic, paper or wooden containers.
  • Never grill/barbecue in enclosed areas – carbon monoxide could be produced.
  • Make sure everyone knows to Stop, Drop and Roll in case a piece of clothing does catch fire. Call 911 or your local emergency number if a burn warrants serious medical attention.

Campfire Safety

  • Build campfires where they will not spread, away from dry grass and leaves.
  • Keep campfires small, and don’t let them get out of hand.
  • Keep plenty of water and a shovel around to douse the fire when you’re done. Stir it and douse it again with water.
  • Never leave campfires unattended.

If you still need last minute recipes, please check out our Pinterest board of summer recipes!

Lastly, we have a winner in our plant-strong pizza giveaway! The lucky winner is: Robin! Who said:

“Oh my goodness! This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart! Pizza is hands down my all time favorite food that I have a hard time staying away from now that I am trying to eat heart healthy. I would love to figure out a quick and easy way to make pizza that is healthy and as delicious as I know the pizzeria down the street is! So I will be carefully looking over everyone’s suggestions in the hopes of finding a recipe for a perfect (ly healthy) pizza pie!

As for toppings, I love, love, love spinach and mushrooms and garlic. I used to put a little goat cheese on there, but now I am trying to figure out something else. Nutritional yeast adds a nice flavor. I am thinking about trying some cashew cheese and seeing how that goes, too.


Congratulations! We do lots of giveaways on our blog! This Friday we are doing our biggest giveaway yet, so be sure to come back and check it out.

Have a safe and happy 4th!


About the author

Natala is the director of communications for Engine 2 Diet, she is also one of our coaches on our support site, Engine 2 Extra. A few years ago, Natala was at the end of her rope. She was on almost 15 medications daily, had out of control Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, issues with nerve damage, and was morbidly obese. She was just over 30 years old. She decided to take her life back by becoming plant-strong. She has lost over 200 pounds, got off of all of her medications and now has great health numbers. Natala plays the violin and studied music therapy. She became passionate about plant-strong nutrition, received her Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University, a certificate in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and is currently pursuing a degree in nutritional sciences. Natala is also a featured speaker at our Engine 2 Retreats she talks about the reality of our nations obesity epidemic as well as providing practical steps to becoming a healthier person.

2 Responses to “Happy 4th of July!”

  1. Happy Independence Day!

    Congratulations Robin! :)

  2. Heather C says:

    On my first visit to CC, I was excited to have naturally chosen all E2 friendly items. I had the Rawviolis with a Package Man salad & garlicky greens. Yum!

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