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Friday
Nov212014

Cost and flavor for cranberries: fresh, frozen, and pre-made sauce

My beloved mother-in-law first introduced me to fresh cranberries with her amazing cranberry pie. I'm chagrinned to admit that I made cranberry sauce myself for the first time this year. It's so easy! Why haven't I been doing this all along?!?

make cranberry sauce from organic cranberries and organic sugar or buy it in a box

Homemade organic cranberry sauce is cheaper and has less sugar than store-bought sauces, as you can see from the chart below the picture. The first three sauces ...

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Friday
Nov142014

5 key items for a welcoming holiday pantry

Welcome nearly everyone to your holiday table, even those who let you know about food preferences at the last minute. They also make a great, healthy, and quick meal to celebrate for singles or couples. Use these pantry items to make a quick Thanksgiving dinner that eats vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, fat-free, or with no added fats. Of course, it's delicious too!

For your holiday pantry: canned black beans, salsa, acorn squash, quinoa, and sparkling cider.

  1. Canned black beans. Gluten free, fat free, high in protein and complex carbs. Black beans seem more elegant and make a great visual contrast with ...

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Monday
Oct272014

Delicious Halloween Candy: organic, vegan, and gluten free!

Best. Halloween. Candy. Ever. I usually make all our desserts, but modern parents demand sealed treats. Kids don't seem to be interested in my candied kale krispies. So I'm delighted to find four kid-friendly options that are organic, vegan, and gluten-free. 

Read on for my Halloween candy review, including pictures with the wrappers off, price per piece, and the Scrimp and Splurge Winners. 

organic vegan and gluten free halloween candy

This year, my Taster said he simply didn't care which Halloween candy I bought because he wasn't going to eat any of it. Not a single piece. But we spotted a display with lots of choices at the Whole Foods. We bought four types and were happily surprised ...

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Friday
Oct242014

Food Day 2014: Four ways to eat great food and make a difference.

Happy Food Day 2014! It's a great day to celebrate the difference you can make to your own health, budget, and the world around you by eating real food cooked from scratch. Sometimes the choices can be overwhelming. Here are my four aspirations when choosing what to eat, in order of importance, with reasons why they help you personally and help you make difference.

vegan breakfast - baked oatmeal with apples and raisins

1. Eat plants

  • For you: Increase your odds of having a longer and healthier life, with more energy and without the diseases of affluence (cancer, heart disease, dementia, and diabetes).
  • Make a difference: Shrink your carbon footprint and ...

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Wednesday
Oct222014

What do do if you have shingles or postherpetic neuralgia

I had a bad case of shingles this summer and still have the post-shingles pain (postherpetic neuralgia). Yet as common and life-changing as it can be, shingles is frequently misdiagnosed and undertreated.

Perhaps my experience can help you. I'm not a doctor or dietitian, but maybe my findings can help cut the time you spend in googling while in pain. Only after digging around on the Internet, talking with physician friends, finding recommendations about vitamins and suppliments, and going to a pain clinic did I get the relief needed to resume my life. Resume my life?

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