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follow the frog

All of the bananas in our smoothies are Rainforest Alliance certified. The Rainforest Alliance is a brilliant organisation that supports the rights and well-being of farm workers, as well as local wildlife and the environment. The eagle-eyed among you might have noticed their certified logo on the back of our smoothie carton packaging:

 

This week it also happens to be their third annual Follow the Frog week, and they've made this great little video to show you just how easy it is to do your bit. Trust us, it's pretty entertaining and well worth three minutes and ten seconds of your time. 

Oh, and just so you know - that Follow the Frog video was made by a nice chap with lovely silver hair called Max Joseph. As well as being down with the kids by being the co-star of the MTV programme Catfish, Max is also currently doing some filming with us for a new TV advert that's due to hit your screens early in 2014 . It's all very exciting. To follow Max's adventures filiming our advert in London, Peru and Uganda - follow us on Instagram at http://instagram.com/innocentsmoothies

 

get a bit more veg into your dinner

A few small changes to what we eat can be really good for the planet (and really good for us too). Next time you make spaghetti bolognese try swapping a bit of the meat for some seasonal veg. Find out more and download some tasty recipes on our website here.

how to get more veg in your spag bol

Thanks to Dabble With Your Dinner for the seasonal veg tips and the great photos.

making the world (a bit) better

What we eat has a massive impact on our health and the health of the planet, and in the UK the food we eat (growing, producing and importing it) is responsible for 30% of our carbon emissions. But the good news is thata few small changes to what we eat can be really good for the planet (and really good for us too). Our friends at WWF UK have developed the five Livewell principles to help make our food choices both healthy and green, and the best part is that there are no complicated rules to follow, no need to chop everything up into tiny pieces, and no need to start eating lettuce soup (unless of course you really like lettuce soup). Find out more and download some tasty recipes here.

5 steps to a healthier planet

the one and only anna grace

Hope Greeners Farm in Ngora is a training centre for farmers run by Helen Kongai, the Send A Cow Zonal Coordinator for eastern Uganda. It is here that I meet the remarkable Anna Grace, a woman like no other I've ever met before.

It’s 8am, I’ve just had breakfast, and I’m trying to shake off the ants that collected in my shoes and are now running up my trouser legs, when out of the corner of my eye I see a woman bounding towards me and waving her arms wildly, her face obscured by a huge grin. That woman is Anna Grace. She’s 64, and despite the fact that she left school at the age of 10 to get married, she greets me in English. She says she might not get the chance to see me again and she can’t let me go without giving me a message for everyone back at innocent. jojo talking to anna grace at hope greeners farm
Anna Grace is one of Send A Cow’s Peer Farmers and a member of one of the groups funded by the innocent foundation. Just listening to her speak makes you feel as though you could do anything in the world if you wanted to. The way she talks reminds you how exciting it is to be alive, and if I'd had internet access I wouldn't have been at all surprised to find myself signing up for the London Marathon, registering an Astrophysics degree at the Open University and booking myself in for a tattoo once she'd finished talking.

Here's what she had to say:

“When you go back to innocent I want you to tell all your friends that I, Anna Grace, love them. I LOVE them. I used to be so poor I didn’t even have clothes. When I went to the well everyone would leave me to pump the water by myself because I was so smelly. I only had one item of clothing and it was in tatters. I was disgusting and everyone hated me.

Noone would help me. Not even my husband, or his family. They left me to rot. But Send A Cow taught me the rules by which to live a healthy life. They taught me how to look after myself and be hygienic. To take pride in my body and keep it clean. They taught me to plant trees and crops to feed the cow and feed myself. They taught me to eat vegetables so I could be fit and strong. 

Look at me. I’m 64 and I am strong. I can do whatever I want. I can run, I can dance...anything. Thank you, thank you all.” 

And with that, she skips off back to her farm, laughing away to herself and leaving me to get back to the business of removing ants from my trousers. What a woman.