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[26 Jan 2011 | 25 Comments | ]
A Trio of Sugar-Free Sweets

Here I am, heading into Day 8 of my sugar-free challenge. How am I doing? I’ve been weak, very weak. But, I’ve stuck with it, am getting a bit stronger by the day … and have even learned a bit about myself.
I’d never thought of myself as an emotional eater in any way. I just loved food (especially sweet food), period. But, this past week I found out that sweets are a crutch for my stress. Day 1 of the sugar-free challenge was hard, of course, but Day 2 was remarkably easy. Sure, …

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[11 Aug 2010 | 10 Comments | ]
Are Sprouted Nuts and Nut Butters Better?

Oddly enough, I didn’t really like nuts as a kid, so I pretty much avoided them for most of my life. But, when I went strictly dairy-free I discovered their magical powers for creaminess, sweetness, and as a good protein / fat snack when things like string cheese were not on the munchy menu.
But have you noticed the nut butter explosion? Apparently I’m not the only one taking notice, because swarms of companies are emerging with various nut and seed butter blend. I’ve sampled a few, and all have their …

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[11 Jul 2010 | 6 Comments | ]
Are Collard Greens a Better Source of Calcium Than Milk?

How much calcium we really need is a topic for another day. The fact of the matter is, many people are in hot pursuit of calcium, and they fear that a milk-free diet will leave them void. A recent article from Care2Health proclaimed that in terms of calcium, “Collard Greens Have More than Milk.” So is this true? Could greens actually be a good bone-building source? Yes and no, and yes. Let me explain.
According to the Harvard School of Public Health, 1 cup of collard greens contains 357 mg of calcium versus …

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[5 Jul 2010 | 10 Comments | ]
Healthy Homemade Breakfast Bars

Wow, I have kept up with the Insanity workout program each day, but the real insanity was outside this weekend. I live in a tourist town, and it literally exploded this weekend with people. Our little town of oh, about 2000 or so full-time residents (with three stoplights total and one two-lane “highway” that runs through it) expands to an estimated 30,000+ on busy weekends. We attempted to hibernate, but it was futile … just too much going on.
But, my husband brilliantly found a wide open park with only about …

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[27 Jun 2010 | 6 Comments | ]
Re-Fresh-ing Apricot Ginger Frosty

This summer is my first experience with a fruit CSA, and I must admit, I have no idea what to do with all of these apricots! Week after week the box is filled with those Vitamin A-rich gems – far more than the two of us can eat. Neither my husband nor I are big fans of cooked stone fruit, so we have been eating most out of hand. I’m not complaining mind you, since I know that apricot season is fleeting, but if you have an “raw” recipe ideas using apricots, …

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[10 May 2010 | 7 Comments | ]
From Scratch Recipe: Fudgie Pomegranate Power Chocolate

I was one of those strange people growing up who genuinely did not care for chocolate. I could politely pass up everything but chocolate chip cookies (and even then, I would pick the cookies with the least amount of chips). Oddly enough, I did not find a love for chocolate until I went strictly dairy-free. My first successful batch of fudgie Double Chocolate Brownies (recipe in Go Dairy Free – they are called Coconut Fudge Brownies, but you can omit the coconut if you wish) upon my husband’s chocolate request …

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[1 May 2010 | 11 Comments | ]
Un-Beetable Sugar-Free Smoothie

Yes, even when the ground has a fresh layer of snow, and the thermometer is stuck on 28º (that is farenheit people, not celcius – wouldn’t it be nice), I still like waking up with a cool breakfast smoothie … followed of course by a hot tea chaser!
The last two mornings I have been experimenting with beets in my smoothies, thanks to Ricki’s inspiration. I tried at first to get all fancy with the ingredients. Beets, berries, romaine, and a host of healthy add-ins. In all honesty, it was okay, …

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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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[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 … 
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 …