25 Apr 2017
in Breakfast foods, Desserts, Drinks, food, health, recipes, Snacks
Tags: avoiding sugar, blood sugar, diabetes, pancreas, Stevia, sweeteners
This natural, no-cal sweetener from the leaf of the stevia plant is incredibly good for you. Unlike sugar, it doesn’t create an insulin response. Its sterols and antioxidants actually nourish the pancreas, the organ that regulates blood sugar.
Sugar addicts can enjoy foods sweetened with stevia without suffering all the negative effects of sugar. Risk of chronic diseases caused by too much sugar in our food, like diabetes, pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, and obesity, can be reduced by using stevia to lower our sugar consumption.
Don’t expect stevia to taste exactly like sugar. Pure stevia extracts are 300-400 times sweeter than ordinary table sugar. A little goes a long way. Used properly, stevia sweetens food nicely. It takes the sourness out of lemons and yogurt and the bitterness from coffee. The taste is lighter and fresher than the same food sweetened with sugar, which can be cloying.
Every sweetener has its own unique taste. Honey tastes different than maple syrup. Agava syrup tastes different than brown sugar. Coconut palm sugar tastes different than corn syrup. And all these sweeteners taste quite different than ordinary table sugar. But none of these sweeteners are calorie-free or nonglycemic. Stevia is both.
Pure stevia extract is in the small round jars, top left. All the others contain additives.
What stevia product should you buy?
Read the label. Buy a powdered product that is 100 percent pure stevia extract. Stevia powders sold in combination with fillers have diminished health properties and can cause digestive problems in some people.
Truvia is one such product, where the stevia is combined with erythritol, a sugar alcohol made from corn. You might also see stevia combined with maltodextrin, inulin, xylitol, and glycerin. These additives are included to prevent clumping, to adjust the taste closer to that of table sugar, and to lower the cost. But all this comes at a cost to your health. Pure is best.
If you only use a little stevia, to sweeten your coffee or a bowl of yogurt, for example, liquid stevia is way more convenient. Again, read the label and buy an alcohol-free, pure liquid stevia.Or make your own liquid stevia, like I do.
100% stevia extract
No sugar or other additives
100% Stevia – no sugar or other additives
In Canada, I buy New Roots stevia white powder concentrate and I use it to make my own home-made pure liquid stevia sweetener. It’s much cheaper.
Baking When making desserts, always add the powdered stevia to the liquid ingredients in the recipe and give it time to dissolve, as it tends to clump. Be patient. It dissolves quickly. Also, it dissolves quicker in hot liquids than cold ones.
Stevia works well with chocolate and in puddings and custards.
In recipes that need a crystalline structure to rise properly, like angel cake, souffles, or meringues, you have to use a combination of granulated sugar and stevia. Experiment with your favorite recipes to get it right. These might not be worth the effort.
Snacks My favorite snack is what I call my yogurt bowl. I buy 0% Greek plain yogurt, for more protein and less saturated animal fats. Then I add fruit and nuts, and perhaps some cinnamon or vanilla. I finish with home-made liquid stevia made from powdered concentrate to sweeten it all up. So good!
Beverages For sweetening single cupfuls of tea, coffee, and cocktails, where only a small amount of stevia is needed, I use home-made liquid stevia made from the powdered concentrate. You can buy the liquid extract, but making your own from the powder is cheaper.
Home-made liquid stevia
Makes 1/2 cup, enough to sweeten 24-36 cups of coffee
- 1/4 teaspoon stevia white powder concentrate from New Roots
- 1/2 cup boiling water (filtered or distilled, preferably)
- Pour the boiling water on the powder in a small heat-proof bowl.
- Gently stir until the powder dissolves. It clumps in the water initially but it quickly dissolves. Within a minute or so you have a colorless solution.
- With a funnel, pour it into a small dropper-style, dark-brown, glass bottle. Store the excess in a second dark-brown glass bottle. I found mine at the pharmacy and washed them well before using. Refrigerate or store in a cool place, away from light for longer shelf-life.
I find that with time the liquid stevia gets cloudy. It doesn’t affect the taste. Just shake it well before using. But if you don’t use it often, you may want to make it up in smaller quantities. If you have enough patience to divide a 1/4 teaspoon in half, you can cut my recipe in half.
Adjusting the amount
Too much stevia can change the taste from sweet to metallic. You have to learn for yourself how much is just right. Choose a brand you like and experiment with your favorite recipes. Keep notes and readjust the next time. Or buy my brand and follow my guidelines. Then adjust to your own taste from there. Believe me, if you like sweet foods it is so worth the effort.
For single servings of coffee, tea, lemonade, or cocktails, it’s easy to adjust the sweetness to the level you like best.
Start with half a dropper of home-made liquid stevia in your usual cup of coffee. Taste, and if you want it sweeter, add more, one drop at a time. Taste after each addition, until the taste is right. Too much, and the drink tastes bitter.
I’ve found that I like about 1/4 teaspoon of my home-made liquid stevia in my espresso coffee. But to each his own. This technique works for any single-serving beverage.
Most traditional recipes are too sweet for my taste. Normally, I reduce the sugar to half the amount called for. Then I use the following stevia substitutions:
Sugar Stevia powdered concentrate Home-made liquid stevia
1 cup 1/2 teaspoon 1/4 cup
1 tablespoon – 3/4 teaspoon
1 teaspoon – 1/4 teaspoon
Accuracy when measuring stevia is important. Over-fill the measuring spoon, then use a knife to smooth the top of the powder, pushing the excess back into the bottle. For small quantities, use the liquid option.
Experiment with each recipe to find your own sweet spot, as each recipe (and taster) is different.
Enter “stevia” into my search box to find some recipes where I’ve used stevia successfully (and one NOT so successfully).
22 Nov 2016
in books, Desserts, food, health, Holiday foods, recipes, Snacks, stories
Tags: art, children, Christmas, family, healthier recipe, party food, wine
‘Tis the season, whether we like it or not. I personally love it! So much fun getting together with old friends, sharing some sparkly, sampling baking made at special times of the year, remembering happy days from years past… and meeting new neighbors! I even love the whole shopping thing, searching out little baubles to put under the tree and surprising the people I love.
That’s why I happily agreed to help my daughter Kristina host an open house at her place this year to launch the holiday season. More
23 Feb 2016
in Desserts, Drinks, food, health, Salads, Snacks
Tags: antioxidants, B vitamins, goat cheese, kale, magnesium, mood foods, nutrition, potassium, watermelon
Watermelon is a mood food
As most of my friends fly south for the winter, I thought I’d inject a little sun into my own life with watermelon. Deep into February as we are, a food to lift our spirits seems in order.
I’ve covered some of this before, but for newer readers, are you surprised to learn that watermelon is a good source of the mood vitamins B1 (thiamine) and B6 (pyridoxine)? I was. Turns out thiamine is important for maintaining electrolytes and transmitting nervous-system signals throughout the body. Pyridoxine works with enzymes that convert food into cellular energy.
Who needs warm weather… Let’s party!
Watermelon is a berry
Another surprising fact about watermelon… its fruit is a pepo, a special kind of berry with a thick rind and fleshy center.
Watermelon pepos offer the most nutrition per calorie of any common food.
Red is the give-away. Bright colors signal a big pay-off in lycopene, an antioxidant repeatedly studied in humans and found to protect against a whole slew of cancers… prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and colorectal, for starters.
Watermelon offers lots of beta-carotene and another antioxidant, vitamin C. Besides helping lycopene to ward off cancer, these vitamins also battle heart disease, arthritis, and asthma.
Then there is the mineral potassium, guardian of our cardiovascular system, brain, and kidneys.
Finally, watermelon provides lots of the master mineral magnesium. Magnesium is the big boss for over 300 cellular metabolic functions. Poor soils make magnesium scarce in today’s foods. Lack of magnesium is related to irritability, tension, sleep disorders, and muscular cramping, including the heart muscle (attack!).
How to enjoy watermelon
Watermelons retain most of their nutrition even after being cut and stored in the fridge. But watermelon is best eaten at room temperature when the flavor, plus the phytonutrient capacity, is at its best.
Just quarter a large watermelon berry and slice off slabs. Eat the flesh right off the rind and spit out the seeds.
- one cup watermelon cubes
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- one cup kale, ribs removed and finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon avocado oil
- 1 ounce goat cheese
- salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Chop the flesh into bite-sized chunks.
- Drizzle them with lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, or vodka. Let them soak it up for a few minutes.
- Use them to top a plateful of greens, kale in my photo, which I drizzled with avocado oil and massaged well.
- Top with crumbled feta cheese or, my favorite, goat cheese.
Vinny’s pink watermelon cooler
- 2 cups watermelon cubes, frozen
- 4 ice cubes
- Juice of one fresh lemon (1/4 cup)
- Juice of one fresh lime (2 tablespoons)
- 2-4 tablespoons of any sugar syrup you have. I used home-made red-current couli, But any fruit syrup, even grenadine (from pomegranates) or maple syrup, will do. I use an equivalent amount of stevia unless it’s a special occasion.
- 2 pinches of salt
- 2 pinches of black pepper
- 3-4 ounces raspberry vodka (optional)
- ¼ to 1/3 cup club soda, depending on whether you add alcohol or not and the size of your glass
- Blend the whole works except for the club soda for a few seconds.
- If you want to serve some of the cocktails without alcohol, leave the vodka out and add it back to the glasses of the folks who want it.
- Fill each glass about halfway with the watermelon fizz. Add 1 ounce alcohol to each glass if you didn’t include it in the mix. Top up with club soda. Adjust flavor with more lemon juice if needed.
- Spoon some of the pink foam into each glass and top with a raspberry or a mint leaf to garnish.
When the winter blahs get you down, break out some watermelon and smile :).
09 Feb 2016
in Appetizers, Desserts, Dips, food, health, recipes, Snacks
Tags: avoiding sugar, dip, easy recipes, goat cheese, icing, lemon, spread, Stevia, yogurt
Whipped goat cream
Once upon a time I came across a recipe that called for whipped goat cheese. So I took my basket and headed to the grocery store, where I eventually found a small tub of the stuff at three times the cost of regular, ordinary, every-day goat cheese.
When I finally had a minute to spare I sat down and examined the label. The ingredients were goat cheese and water… and a few chemicals. It seemed I’d bought a processed food fortified with who knows what. And I thought: why can’t I make that myself – and leave out the chemicals?
Why indeed. It’s so simple, I didn’t even need a food processor. I got great results with nothing but a spoon and a bowl.
Goat cheese and lemon – so easy to whip up
Whipped goat cream
Makes approx 1 1/4 cups or 20 tablespoons
- 1 cup (150 grams) goat cheese, at room temperature (mine comes in a tube)
- 2 tablespoons yogurt from 2% goat’s milk (I make my own… You don’t? OK, use natural Greek-style yogurt instead)
- freshly squeezed juice and finely grated zest from half a lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
- Stevia* to taste (0 calories) or 1 teaspoon honey
- sea salt, to taste
- 1-2 tablespoons hot water, or as needed to achieve desired consistency
- Combine goat cheese, yogurt, sweetener, lemon juice and zest into a bowl.
- Cream them together with a wide spoon until smooth, adding 1-2 tablespoons of hot water, as needed, to get a light creamy consistency. Add more if you like it runnier, as for a dip perhaps.
- Season to taste with a little sea salt.
*This is a great recipe in which to experiment with Stevia, because it sweetens while enhancing the lemon flavor. It works better than sugar.
Pear taquitos with whipped goat cream
How to serve goat cream
This works great in the recipe I mentioned off the top, for pear taquitos. I make it often for special occasions, and it is always a success.
Whipped goat cream goes well with fruit and today I enjoyed it with sliced apple.
Use it as a low-sugar icing on cupcakes or tarts. Whipped goat cream adds moistness and tang to any chocolate, lemon, or banana treat.
Thin it out a bit more and use it as a veggie dip for carrots or turnip sticks.
Whipped goat cream works as a spread on crackers. I like it with Triscuits (20 calories each) but if you like bagels or toast, I’m sure it would be delicious there as a spread.
One tablespoon of whipped goat cream has 21 calories. It has equal amounts of fat and protein, about 1.5 grams each.
Whipped goat cream is a low-carb food, only 0.3 grams (if you use stevia to sweeten).
This food is a good source of vitamin A, niacin, riboflavin and iron.
By the way, you can reduce the amount of fat per tablespoon by adding more water. This is how manufacturers make low-fat butter and mayo. Now, you can make them too and save some money. They charge more for products with less fat because of the processing cost.
01 Dec 2015
in Appetizers, health, Holiday foods, recipes, Snacks
Tags: avoiding sugar, coconut sugar, easy recipes, nuts, pecans, walnuts
Crunchy sweet nuts are great for dressing up salads, cheese platters, and desserts at Christmas and for other special occasions. Plus, they’re easy!
Kids love to make them. Make lots and keep them on hand to use whenever you want some pizzazz. More
24 Nov 2015
in food, health, Holiday foods, recipes, Side dishes, Snacks
Tags: almonds, avoiding sugar, Christmas, cranberries, easy, gourmet, oranges, Stevia, Thanksgiving
An essential, whenever you roast a turkey
This post might at first glance appear a tad, well, boring. There’s no story nor any songs to sing as you cook. All there is, is one simple but tasty and traditional recipe, done up in bows and boasting less sugar and more pizzazz than you get in the canned kinds from the store. This could be a recipe staple for your family’s celebrations. More
20 Oct 2015
in Desserts, food, health, recipes, Snacks
Tags: chocolate, easy, hazelnuts, nutella, nutrition, nuts
Low-sugar brownies have a secret ingredient
Kids, get your aprons on. We’re going to whip up some brownies that are as good for the body as they are for the soul. Including time to wash up the dishes, these treats should take no more than a half hour away from your Minecraft play time. More
22 Sep 2015
in Desserts, food, health, recipes, science, Snacks
Tags: avoiding sugar, diabetes, pancreas, Stevia
Nuts and fruit slow down the release of glucose into the blood.
Sugar’s role in our health
Sugar is Will’s favorite food group.
“Maybe you can cut back on the sugary things, once in a while,” Vinny suggests.
“Sugar is in everything!” Will proclaims. “It gives us energy!”
“That’s true,” Vinny agrees. “What I don’t like, though, is when we add sugar to our food, over and above what nature puts there. Have you heard about your pancreas?” More
11 Aug 2015
in Desserts, food, health, Holiday foods, Snacks
Tags: avoiding salt, avoiding sugar, dairy, diet, fats, refined white flour, soda
Added refined sugar makes these treats a no-no for best health
Last time, I introduced you to Dr. Joel Fuhrman and his list of 10 best foods for battling the effects of old age. Now I’m going to show you his list at the other end – Fuhrman’s 10 worst foods… foods that can lead you to an early grave. More
20 Jun 2015
in Breads, Breakfast foods, food, health, Side dishes, Snacks
Tags: dill pickles, kefir, sauerkraut, sour dough bread, yogurt
One more great reason to make probiotics a part of your daily diet. Probiotics may stop sadness from morphing into depression.
You can get it as a supplement. But you can easily add probiotics to your diet. Eat some yogurt, sauerkraut, sour dough bread, kefir, dill pickles or other naturally fermented foods during the day as a side or a snack. Or add these foods raw to a dish you’re making.
Read this great post from Our Better Health for details.
Our Better Health
How four weeks of supplementation can help stop a sad mood getting worse.
Probiotics may stop sadness turning into depression by helping people let go of the past, a new study finds.
Researchers at the Leiden Institute of Brain and Cognition found that probiotics stopped people ruminating so much.
Rumination is when people focus on bad experiences and feelings from the past.
Dr Laura Steenbergen, the study’s first author, said:
“Rumination is one of the most predictive vulnerability markers of depression.
Persistent ruminative thoughts often precede and predict episodes of depression.”
In the study 40 people were given a sachet to take with water or milk every day for four weeks.
Half of the people received sachets that contained a multispecies probiotic.
The other half received a placebo for the four weeks.
Before and afterwards people’s so-called ‘cognitive reactivity’ was measured.
‘Cognitive reactivity’ is the extent to which a sad…
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04 Dec 2014
in Breakfast foods, Desserts, food, health, science, Snacks
Tags: avoiding sugar, brain, digestion, gut, probiotics, yogurt
Yogurt, yogurt everywhere!
Trillions of bacteria live happily in our gut. The goodies among them help us digest our food and absorb its nutrients. They also help our body make vitamins, absorb minerals, and get rid of toxins. They make our immune system strong. And best of all, they work on our brain cells to help them battle anxiety, stress, and depression. Friendly bugs in our gut make up the army that protects us from disease, including mental illness.
Good bacteria, called probiotics, come to us in fermented foods. Buttermilk, pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, sour dough bread, raw-milk cheeses and kefir all harbor the good guys. For many, though, probiotics march forth into our gut in yogurt. More
18 Nov 2014
in Appetizers, Breakfast foods, food, recipes, Snacks
Tags: chocolate, easy recipes, eggs, grilled cheese, peanut butter, sandwich
Iron out the wrinkles on your next grilled cheese
I’m not sure we should let the little dears in our lives in on this trick… But if you’re ever stuck in a hotel room with no cooking facilities and limited cash for eating out, you can get by with an iron!
I’m not kidding. It’s simple! More
08 Oct 2014
in Desserts, food, health, recipes, Snacks
Tags: avoiding sugar, chocolate, cocoa powder, easy recipes, nutrition, Stevia
The candles spluttered out in a blast of air, as 9-year-old Krista blew across her birthday cake and made a wish.
“What did you wish for?” asked Vinny. “A unicorn for the backyard shed? A chest of gold Lego?”
“No… and no,” said Krista. “I wished I was skinny!”
“What? No!” Vinny was aghast. More
24 Jun 2014
in Appetizers, Breads, food, Snacks, stories
Tags: barbecue, cheese, children, easy recipes, foil, meat
Little Tommy Tucker sings for his supper, What shall we give him? Brown bread and butter. How shall he cut it without a knife? How shall he marry without a wife?
Isla was entertaining us for the 17th time one morning with her latest ditty, as I took my sharp, serrated blade from the rack and a round, seedy loaf of whole-grain bread from the cupboard. She stopped and raised her shoulders, palms out. “Hey, Vinny, why doesn’t Tommy have a knife?”
“I suspect the poor kid was on the streets,” I answered. “The poem was written… like 200 years ago. If you didn’t have a family to look after you then and you More
29 Apr 2014
in books, food, health, Snacks
Tags: avoiding salt, chocolate, easy recipes, oils, popcorn
The night circus has a brain and heart… almost human. How eerie!
Last week I raved about a novel by Erin Morgenstern, called The Night Circus. This story asks us to consider the untold power life holds!
One way the author looks at the nature of life is by imagining the opposite.
Morgenstern thinks of death not as an end, but a change. If you break a bottle of ink in the ocean, the ink disperses because it has lost its container. The ink is still there… just diluted, its parts no longer connected.
When one of the wizards mysteriously vanishes in The Night Circus, his daughter tells everyone he’s died. But in fact he is in this state of dilution… not exactly dead, he’s just not here in one piece.
While you’re reading The Night Circus, I propose a tasty bowlful of black-and-white popcorn to help you hold yourself together. More
11 Feb 2014
in Appetizers, food, health, science, Snacks
Tags: antioxidants, brain, men's health, minerals, nutrition, nuts, omega-3, vitamin E, walnuts
Can you spot the walnut hiding among all these other tasty tree nuts?
Develop the jaw,
But walnuts, stewed,
Are more quietly chewed.
—with a gentle nod to Ogden Nash
I’m nuts for walnuts…
I lied, when I promised I’d stop waxing poetic about nuts. I forgot about the walnut, one of nature’s treasures! Carrying on with my nutty soliloquy, I present verse 4.
Crunchy or pureed, if we’re smart, walnuts will be found hiding on our plates in everything from soup to salads! I’m so impressed with walnuts’ healthy benefits, I hardly know where to begin… perhaps with the letter A. More
21 Jan 2014
in food, health, recipes, Salads, science, Snacks
Tags: dressings, fats, macadamia, nuts, oils, omega-3 to omega-6 ratio
Macadamia is the sweetheart of Hawaii.
Whose dress is made of sweetgrass?
who wears a golden lei-a?
Who’s promised to be kind and true?
The queen of nuts…
Moving along to my third post honoring the wonderful nut, I admit, Okay… maybe this poetry thing is a little beyond my capabilities. But before I finish with my nutty soliloquy begun in my past two posts, I wanted to sing the praises of Macadamia. Difficulty with rhyming and pentameters isn’t going to hold me back. Because if I’m any judge, Macadamia wins the healthy nut contest hands down. And it’s not just because of her pretty face and fine figure. More
06 Aug 2013
in Drinks, food, health, recipes, Salads, Snacks
Tags: antioxidants, cancer, drinks, liquor, magnesium, nutrition, vitamins, watermelon
Cool off with fizzy watermelon
Click for an up-dated version, with more photos and a new recipe.
Who would have thought the common watermelon is a berry? Botanists call its fruit a pepo, a special kind of berry with a thick rind and fleshy center.
Like other berries we love, the watermelon is packed with goodness. It has the most nutrition per calorie of any common food. Click the link for the latest info. More
25 Jun 2013
in Appetizers, Desserts, food, health, recipes, Side dishes, Snacks
Tags: antioxidants, bromelain, fruit, immunity, minerals, nutrition, pineapples, spices, vitamins
Pineapple wears a crown for a reason. It is royally healthy. In fact, it may be the healthiest fruit we can eat. More
19 Feb 2013
in Appetizers, Dips, food, health, recipes, Salads, Snacks
Tags: antioxidants, beets, carbohydrates, chick peas, cumin, family, fiber, hummus recipes, minerals
Awhile back, we roasted up some tasty garbanzo beans to zap our good health with fiber and minerals. That bland little bean, which is part of the legume family… comes into its own, though, in the near Eastern dish known as hummus.
Let me introduce you to the Cinderella of the hummus crowd, a beet and garbanzo duo that knocks your slippers off! More
22 Jan 2013
in food, health, recipes, Snacks
Tags: blood, carbohydrates, chick peas, collagen, family, fiber, gluten free, Korean, manganese, nutrition, protein
There’s nothing fishy about garbanzos!
Hey…Hey… Foxy Lady. You gotta try this healthy recipe! Garbanzo beans, AKA chick peas, are the talk of Pinterest right now… hot hot… hot hot hot. Folks are roasting them whole by the bushel and popping them down as a handy snack. More
15 Jan 2013
in Breads, food, health, recipes, science, Snacks, stories
Tags: carbohydrates, children, fiber, nutrition, stone-ground, wheat, whole grain, whole wheat
Our little friend here may not be Tinkerbell… but she does have wings!
Processed white flour
If flour lived in Never-Never Land, enriched white wheat flour would play the part of Captain Hook. Arrrr… it’s bad to the core. In fact, it’s bad because it has no core.
After milling, only the endosperm remains. More
03 Oct 2012
in Appetizers, food, health, recipes, science, Snacks, stories
Tags: chocolate, coconut oil, family, fats, fiber, immunity, kale, nutrition, stroke, vegetables
Click on the coconut to hear Grampa’s song
My Great-Great-Ever-So-Great Grampa used to sing about coconuts at the top of his lungs. But he wasn’t much into eating them. Although he loved fine dining, his choices rarely included stuff that was good for him. Broccoli? Yuck! Brown bread? No way! Bring on the butter and the whipped cream! More
04 Sep 2012
in Desserts, food, health, recipes, science, Snacks
Tags: apples, avoiding sugar, baking, cake, carbohydrates, children, digestion, fiber, minerals, nutrition, Stevia, vitamins, weight control
An apple a day keeps the doctor away
This little rhyme is one of the first things kids learn about healthy eating. One of baby’s first solid foods is apple sauce. And as kids grow, they often choose apples as a favorite snack. But are apples really so good for us? More
13 Aug 2012
in food, health, Snacks
Tags: anticeptic, antioxidants, children, currents, family, fiber, fruit, grains, grapes, nutrition, nuts, raisins, seeds, snacks, sugar, sultanas
A whole bunch of raisins!
Once upon a time there was a bunch of grapes. They spent way too long in the sun and ended up as raisins. Did you know? More
17 Jul 2012
in food, health, recipes, Snacks
Tags: acorns, children, chocolate, dried fruit, family, fats, fruit, Native American, nuts, pemmican, safety, seeds, tannin, trail mix
Ke-mo-sah-bee! “Trusted friend”
The power of nuts
In a recent blog we talked about the goodness of hazelnuts. We even used hazelnuts to make some healthier homemade Nutella!
Acorns are nuts, too. But are they a food? Sure! Hazelnut and Acorn are friends. More
13 Jun 2012
in food, health, recipes, Snacks
Tags: corn, fats, fiber, flavors, iron, maple syrup, minerals, nutella, nutrition, popcorn, protein, taste
Rain pounds against our skylight. We can hardly hear the movie above the noise, as Harry Potter and his friend Ron swap their Bertie Bott Every Flavor Beans. Toast, sardine, grass, and dirty-socks are all up for grabs. More
09 May 2012
in Breakfast foods, health, recipes, science, Snacks
Tags: bananas, carbohydrates, children, diabetes, digestion, fiber, gluten free, heart, low glycemic, Native American, nutrition, oats, pemmican, sugar, traditions
Banana oat cones are healthier than ice-cream. They are also ridiculously tasty!
“Why do Mares and Does eat oats?” asks Will. “Oats look like dry little bits of paper. Ugh. Does Bambi’s mom know something we don’t?” More
25 Apr 2012
in Breakfast foods, food, health, recipes, Snacks
Tags: avoiding sugar, children, chocolate, fats, hazelnut, nutella, nutrition, nuts, palm oil
Our elf Hazel is deeply wise.
Love her and she’ll quench your thirst for knowledge.
Then, she’ll bless you with a silver tongue,
for teaching others what you’ve learned.
So it’s said. But is there any truth behind the power of Elf Hazel?
What we know for sure: Hazel harnesses the strength of her namesake, the hazelnut. Like some other nuts and seeds, hazelnuts feed the brain. More
27 Mar 2012
in food, health, Snacks
Tags: antioxidants, cactus fruit, children, dragon fruit, fiber, fruit, minerals, nutrition, presentation, tasting, vitamins
Great bowls of fire!
There’s a strange new animal stalking the aisles of the produce section of our grocery store these days. It’s beautiful and a little dangerous looking… with long, scales tipped in green overlying a glossy, red, leathery skin. It’s almost as if it’s breathing flames at you… or getting ready to stab you with poison darts!
Oh No! It’s Dragon Fruit… Hide!
Of course it’s not an animal at all. It’s a delicious but sinisterly attractive food called the Dragon Fruit. I say ‘sinister’ because you do have to be a little careful. More
06 Oct 2011
in food, health, recipes, Snacks
Tags: avoiding sugar, beets, color, eggs, pickles, presentation, protein, snacks
Pink up your pickled eggs for even more pizzaz!
Like pickles? Then maybe this easy recipe from Auntie Marlene will tickle your taste buds. Pickled eggs make a healthy snack, whenever hunger fangs sink their teeth into you and dinnertime isn’t anywhere in sight. More
18 Mar 2011
in Appetizers, food, recipes, Snacks
Tags: children, eggs, hard boiled eggs, nutrition, presentation, protein
If pies give you trouble, either in the making or the eating, try this tasty high-protein snack instead. It’s as easy as boiling an egg!
The secret is in the baggy. More
26 Jan 2011
in Breakfast foods, food, health, recipes, Snacks
Tags: children, cranberries, dates, fiber, immunity, minerals, mood, nutrition, oats, yogurt
Dates and cranberries make a good pair. Orange horsey likes oats, too!
Dates and cranberries are best friends. These squares make a super healthy breakfast or snack choice, with fuel that lasts and nutrients that are sure to brighten your family’s mood. More