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Book Review: ‘Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less’

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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Raise your hand if you participated in the 108 Sun Salutations during the Spring Equinox this past weekend.

If you didn’t feel like you were up to it (or, opted not to for physical health reasons such as hip-related problems) or just didn’t have time (don’t get me started on that, though!), fret not: author and registered yoga teacher Carol Krucoff has put together 108 yoga practices anyone with a minute — literally, one minute — can do.

Learn more about Carol below, but for now, let’s talk about her awesome little guidebook, Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less.


Brain Food Recipe Review: Sweet Potato Latkes

Monday, March 17th, 2014

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First of all, I love sweet potatoes.

My God, do I love sweet potatoes.

Second of all, sweet potatoes are packed with carotenoids which, in addition to giving them their orange color, also act as antioxidants that protect cells from damage and help form Vitamin A — the vitamin important for sprouting new neurons and helping those neurons find each other and form new connections.

So, naturally I had to try this Vegetarian Times recipe for sweet potato latkes (which are sort of like pancakes).

You can see the entire write up over at Vegetarian Times: Sweet Potato Latkes, but below is my summary (and review).


Brain Food Recipe Review: Chocolate Banana Milkshake

Monday, February 24th, 2014
Copyright: Alicia Sparks

Copyright: Alicia Sparks

Looking for a sweet little morning or mid-afternoon pick-me-up without the guilt of a ton of sugar or calories and some serious brain boosting?

I highly recommend this chocolate banana milkshake!


Product Review: ‘Hungry for Change’ Documentary

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Have you watched Hungry for Change yet?

A few Saturday nights ago, I had nothing better to do than sit in front of Netflix (sad, I know, but let’s stay on topic here). As I flipped through the new releases, a documentary called Hungry for Change caught my eye.

I suppose it was the documentary’s cover image, a happy chick holding a grocery bag full of whole foods wrapped with a measuring tape, that caught my eye.

Because my grocery bags have been looking more and more like that lately (see Can Clean Eating Help Restore Hormonal Balance?), it seemed potentially up my alley.

So, what’s Hungry for Change all about?


Product Review: Blue Diamond Natural Hazelnut Nut Thins

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Happy Friday, readers!

The holiday season is in full swing, and with all the parties and family gatherings usually comes food.

Lots of food.

Vegetable and cheese trays are popular staples this time of year. They’re convenient, simple to prepare, and affordable to buy if you’re short on time!

So, I thought now would be a good time to review my favorite brand of gluten-free crackers for those of you who want or need to keep things gluten free for your physical and mental health this season.


Product Review: Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Cornbread Mix

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Continuing with my efforts to review gluten-free foods for folks who follow GF diets for various physical and mental health reasons (plus, GF foods I have to actually make – like the gluten-free brownies – and not just those I can warm in the microwave – like the gluten-free cinnamon rolls…even though they were delicious!), last week I tried gluten-free cornbread!

Now, I’ve tried a few different gluten-free breads before. I had luck with regular sliced bread (like the Schar Gluten-Free Classic White Bread), but not much luck with hot dog buns (specifically, Ener-G Tapioca Gluten-Free Hot Dog Buns).

Fortunately, my experience with this particular GF cornbread was more similar to that of the sliced bread than the hot dog buns!


Product Review: Dogfish Head Tweason’ale Gluten-Free Beer

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

I spent this past weekend in Asheville, North Carolina.

If you’ve never been, Asheville is an amazing city in North Carolina, part of a four-county metropolitan area and popular for its gorgeous mountains, live music, arts and crafts, locally grown and organic food, historical attractions like the Biltmore Estate and Thomas Wolfe House, and…

…beer.

Asheville is home to numerous breweries (such as Highland Brewing Company, French Broad Brewery, and Green Man Brewery – my favorite), and even more pubs.

So, when we arrived Friday night, having a drink or three was a given, as was having a delicious vegan meal, so the beau and I headed to Laughing Seed (conveniently located above my favorite pub, Jack of the Wood). We both (yes, both of us – I was so proud of him) ordered a vegan, gluten-free burger and a beer while we waited.

Imagine my delight when I saw Dogfish Head’s Tweason’ale Gluten-Free Beer on the menu.


Product Review: Road’s End Organics Gluten-Free Alfredo Mac and Chreese

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

When I first started my gluten-lite journey, it was easy to imagine some types of gluten-free foods.

For example, fruits and vegetables are gluten free, as are fresh eggs, meat, seeds and nuts, and most dairy products.

However, wrapping my brain around other gluten-free versions of certain foods, like breads and pastas, was a different story.

I’ve since discovered that I like some gluten-free bread, I’m not that fond of some kinds of gluten-free hot dog buns, and certain gluten-free pastries are delicious.

I’m just now getting around to gluten-free pasta with Road’s End Organics Gluten-Free Alfredo Mac & Chreese.


Product Review: Udi’s Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Mmm…

It’s a nice, lazy kind of afternoon for brunch, isn’t it?

(Well, it would be if you’re reading this at the time of publishing, ha!)

If you’re looking for a gluten-free food for breakfast or brunch – one that will fill you up as well as satisfy your sweet tooth – might I suggest Udi’s Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls?

That’s right! It’s time for another review in my ongoing gluten-lite journey!


Product Review: Ener-G Tapioca Gluten-Free Hot Dog Buns

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Another gluten-free food review, hot off the press!

Unfortunately, this one isn’t as favorable as the others have been.

I say “unfortunately” because, well, not only is this one unfavorable, but also there’s just NOTHING good I can say about this product!

PRODUCT:

Ener-G Tapioca Hot Dog Buns. These hot dog buns are gluten free as well as free of dairy, soy, eggs, and nuts, so they’re suitable for a variety of dietary needs and choices.

USES:

I combined these gluten-free hot dog buns with Lightlife’s Smart Dogs veggie hot dogs because I’m vegetarian, but I imagine there’s no reason meat eaters can’t combine them with regular hot dogs.

Also, I used typical hot dog toppings (mustard, ketchup, etc.).


 

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