I love fall for many reasons, especially for PUMPKIN! Here is a great protein shake I mixed up this morning:Read More
Fillers and Sugars Matter In Your Beverages
When looking for almond milk, it is often IMPOSSIBLE to find a healthy brand without all the unnecessary fillers and sugars. As consumers, we often forget that in order for a liquid to have a shelf life, there has to be some sort of additive(s) in it. Food manufacture's aren't dummies either, and study after study has proven that humans are addicted to sugar, so they know the more sugar they put in their products, the more people will consume them.
Going gluten free is challenging, but what makes it even harder is understanding food labels. Do you ever feel like you need a degree to dissect a food label? I DO!! I've pretty much given up on the majority of the brands that you see in your standard grocery stores today. Instead, I shop online and support amazing companies like Vanilla From Tahiti.
Going gluten free doesn't mean that you can't enjoy baking, but it does mean that you need to make sure that you are buying #TrueGlutenFree products to bake with. I had the hardest time finding a vanilla extract for my recipes that was gluten free. Most people don't realize the importantance of understanding the derivative alcohol in their food products, as 99% of the time they are derived from corn. Don't forget if you have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitive, then you most likely need to stay away from corn as it is technically a grain.Read More
The organic vs conentional food debate continues. Today, the United States uses 1.2 BILLION POUNDS of pesticides a year. With that type of use you'd think it would kill all the bugs right? WRONG! Only .01 percent actually kill the bugs; the rest ends up contaminating our food, air, and water. With pesticides entering our food chain, they have increased the rate of cancer, birth defects, brain and nervous system toxicity, hormone disruption, nerve disorders, blood disorders, and skin, eye, and lung irritation.
If you are eating conventionally grown produce you are putting yourself at the highest risk of developing these awful diseases. You should be especially cautious if you live downwind or downstream of sprayed crops in your area too. Have children? Infants and young children need to stay away from conventionally grown produce AT ALL COSTS as their bodies are still developing and exposure could be detrimental to their long term health.Read More
I often get the question "is chocolate gluten free?" Followed by "I CAN'T GIVE UP MY CHOCOLATE!"
Unfortunately most chocolate on the market today is filled with gluten and other nasty fillers that your body doesn't need and can't process. For example, I checked out one of the largest distributors of chocolate, Hershey's, website for their nutrition facts, and saw they had two "gluten free options" for chocolate. Here is the list of ingredients for their Almond JOY Bars. Although, I'm not sure how much JOY corn syrup and trans fat is going to bring you!Read More