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[29 Apr 2010 | 14 Comments | ]
Coconut: Controversial and … Cheap?

Yesterday and the day before I kept myself shuttered up inside with a hot mug of tea on the go at all times. Spring  you say? Not here. Inches and inches of fresh snow falling and 50 mph winds that reminded me of the Patagonia. Hmm, I think I will stay inside … and perhaps do a little online shopping? I deserve it, right?
So after dropping way too much money on the spring clothing sales yesterday (I’m really, really hoping those petite yoga pants fit!), I decided to end my …

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[27 Apr 2010 | 15 Comments | ]
The Most Interesting Thing I Ate Today …

To be clear, I don’t miss cheese, I don’t crave cheese, I don’t think about cheese … in fact, if it weren’t for Go Dairy Free, cheese wouldn’t even come onto my mental radar. But, in the name of trialing as many dairy substitutes as I can for the viewers, I give vegan cheese a go whenever I come across it and the ingredients don’t look too scary.
And once in a while, I like it. Not because it tastes like cheese (some of it kind of does, some of it …

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[26 Apr 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Amazing Grass Winner and More Scrumptious Sunflower Seed Recipes …

The entries are closed and we had a total of 256 comments and 133 email subscribers. I consulted Random.org and the following winner was chosen …

SallyH is our winner! She commented, “I’m seriously like a teenager here, all OMGs and ROTFing at this giveaway–and I’m a 38 year old mom! Seriously, I love Amazing Grass. I will swear to anyone that it has kept me from getting massively sick this winter since my preschooler brings home so many germs and gets mucho illnesses. Speaking of him, he is allergic to …

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[25 Apr 2010 | 14 Comments | ]
Sunflower Seed Recipe Experiments and the World’s Cheapest (and Smallest) Food Processor

First off, welcome to all new readers and email subscribers! I hope you all enjoy the posts to come, and feel free to send feedback, questions, and comments at any time. And if you haven’t yet entered the Amazing Giveaway, head over there now, you have until the end of today (Sunday) enter!
So, when I selected sunflower seeds for this week’s BSI (blogger secret ingredient event), little did I know how much trouble I would have in creating my own submission. I admit to some selfish motives for this foodie choice, so …

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[22 Apr 2010 | 8 Comments | ]
No Waste Beets & Earth Day Green Challenge

Two weeks ago, Katie of Making Food and Other Stuff announced …

I thought this was a great idea and wanted to give it a go. Unfortunately, I couldn’t do a few items on her list, at least not right now, but I did conquer several of the items, and perhaps you will like my beet recipe idea and strawberry almond smoothie … 
GREEN WEEK CHALLENGES:
Challenge #1 – Wash clothes with cold water – This is something I pretty much always do. I was reading that you should always use a cold …

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[21 Apr 2010 | 260 Comments | ]
Giant Giveaway of Amazing Superfood Products Enter to Win!

This Giveaway Has Closed ~ See the Front Page of Dairy-Free & Fit for my latest posts.
The launch of this new website, Earth Day coming up … I think it is time for a nutritious, delicious, and eco-friendly foodie celebration giveaway … don’t you?
Of course, as the inaugural giveaway of Dairy Free & Fit, this couldn’t be a toned down affair. I have chosen one of my favorite product lines, and let’s just say the prize package is nice and BIG. The winner will receive all of the following from …

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[20 Apr 2010 | 17 Comments | ]
Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free Dieters Don’t Get Enough Nutrients

Haven’t you heard?
A few months ago I was clicking my way from blog to blog, following tantalizing recipes, when I stumbled upon a post that changed my entire path. I don’t think the blogger had any idea how her “kind” recipe post would spur someone to action, but it did.
She was sharing a recipe for what she called “antioxidant” cupcakes, and the story that led to their creation. She was going to an office party where one of her coworkers was dairy-free and another was gluten-free. She noted that “free-from …

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[19 Apr 2010 | 6 Comments | ]
Peanut Butter Cocoa Smoothie and Berry-Licious Superfood Shake for Kids and Adults

I repeatedly get questions from moms and active adults who want to know how to fit healthy fats and protein into their diets and those of their loved ones when cutting out dairy. Many people rely on dairy products for certain nutrients and need a bit of a diet readjustment to slide the right foods into place.
My primary secret weapon: smoothies and shakes. Kid-friendly, adult-friendly, yumilicious, customizable to most diets (vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, sugar-free, you name it) and oh so easy – these thick (as I make them) blender beverages …

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[18 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]
Food & Fitness Log: Snow, in Summer?

Okay, it certainly isn’t summer yet … but whenever the sun is shining brightly, daffodils are fighting to pop through, and fellow bloggers are starting to down popsicles and complain about the heat, all I can think about is summer. Yet mother nature insists on dumping inches upon inches of snow in town and upon our local mountains. (Then causing both my husband and I to think of that Bugs Bunny / Hiawatha cartoon where Hiawatha says with a lisp – “snow, in summer?”). Here is the forecast for the week ahead …

Honestly, I …

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[14 Apr 2010 | 10 Comments | ]
“Light” Roasting Veggies and Chopstick Challenge

I received some beautiful radishes in our CSA last week, but I must confess, I am not a huge fan of radishes. I put them in our salads and, meh. They were okay, but a little off. Though I do plan to do some experimenting with this veggie in its fresh state (I think the peppery taste might compliment some recipes nicely) I decided to take a chance and see what cooked radishes taste like.
If there is one magical cooking method that makes almost all veggies taste delicious, it is roasting. …