Almond-Coconut Chocolate-Chip Blondies

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I have been experimenting with coconut flour– so far this is my favorite concoction!  It’s not a flour that you can simply substitute for regular grain flour in most recipes.  It is so rich in fiber that you need extra liquid/moist ingredients because it is very absorbent.  Coconut flour is popular with those who eat gluten-free, follow a “paleo” diet  or are carb-conscious (it is low in digestible carbohydrates).  I just love anything coconut!

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San Francisco: Vegan Food

I can now cross San Francisco off my list of places to visit.  But I am going to go ahead and put it back on because I want to go back!  It may not top Newport, RI as my favorite city, but it is a close second.

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New Changes in the Future for Food Labels

Changes are in the works for the Nutrition Facts panel found on packaged foods.  These labels, which we are all (hopefully) very familiar with, haven’t changed in about twenty years.  I’d agree that some updates are in order.

Changes like this take time; we won’t likely see the new labels for a few years.  While the exact adjustments are still being discussed, there are a few changes that I am hearing we can expect to see:

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Enough with Artificial Additives: Subway is Making Progress

I don’t know about you, but I’m fed up with seeing strange, un-foodlike words on ingredient lists.  My solution to this problem is to buy as much food as I can without ingredient lists– or to make sure the ingredients are natural, recognizable foods.

This article is saying that there is hope for change:  The Food Industry Make a Major Shift From Artificial to Natural.  I like that!  More and more people are becoming concerned about the connection between artificial ingredients and their potential negative health consequences.  Subway made the news last week by announcing the removal of one particularly questionable additive in their bread:

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Chocolate Pomegranate Aril Clusters

The perfect Valentine’s Day treat!

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“Successful people do…

…what unsuccessful people are not willing to do.”  ~Jeff Olson, author of The Slight Edge

That’s been my latest favorite quote.  It applies to every aspect of life: finances, career, personal relationships and of course HEALTH.  When I think about what differentiates my successful clients from those not seeing their desired results, this quote just about explains it all.

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2015 Dietary Guidelines… More Plants and Less Meat/Dairy Please?

Nutrition fanatics listen up.  Last week the public oral testimonies were held for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines.  To some (most?) this may sound ho-hum but it is fascinating to those of us passionate about health!  I recently found out that it is available to view here.  It’s over 5 hours long, and no, I did not watch ALL of it but I did watch most of it.

For anyone unfamiliar, every 5 years the National Institute for Health comes out with Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  These guidelines are intended to encourage the public to consume a healthful diet based on a review of scientific evidence, but are also known for being ambiguous with their wording so as not to offend powerful food industries.  It is sad but true, politics are strongly involved when it comes to food and health recommendations.

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Lentil Chili: Whole Foods Market Style

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I just came across this recipe today for Lentil Chili from Whole Foods Market’s new Healthy Eating Handbook.  I knew it would be perfect to make for dinner tonight!  This handbook has some excellent ideas including: time-saving tips,  how-to cook whole grains, breakfast ideas, smoothie recipes, flavor combos for meal bowls and more.  Take a peek, print it out or maybe just print out the pages from it that interest you.

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Cranberry-Walnut-Date Arugula Salad Drizzled with Chocolate Vinegar

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Sounds weird but tastes incredible and is full of disease-fighting phytochemicals, fiber and essential fatty acids.

Sometimes these strange food ideas just pop into my head.  I’m always thinking ahead about what my next meal or two will be. This is not neurotic, this is smart :)… how many times have you not figured it out and ended up with fast food or a bowl of cereal?  That’s okay once in a while but if you get in the habit of planning ahead you make it easier on yourself to make healthy choices.  This idea came into my head driving home from the store with my newly purchased arugula but no clue as to what I would top it with.

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A Few of the Many Uses of Almond Butter

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I’ve been going somewhat crazy with the almond butter lately!  Peanut butter will probably always be one of my staple foods, but sometimes I like to switch up the usual with something slightly different.

Just as peanuts can be ground up into a creamy spread, so can almonds.  Almond butter is delicious anywhere that you would use peanut butter:  With jam on bread/toast, for dipping celery or apple slices, blended in smoothies, stirred into oatmeal or in homemade banana ice cream.

 

You can also replace it in any recipe calling for peanut butter.  Today I have 2 easy recipes using almond butter– one savory dressing/sauce and one sweet, no-bake wholesome cookie.  Use crunchy or creamy, organic or non-organic; it’s your call.

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