With the holidays behind us, we all strive to make healthier choices in the new year although our cravings don’t just magically go away when the calendar flips from December to January.
We still want sweet, delicious, crunchy snacks but instead of eating that whole bag of kettlecorn that keeps staring at you from the pantry, consider Organic Freeze-Dried Blueberries by Homegrown Organic Farms (HGO) – part of a family of companies representing 80 different organic growers farming more than 4,000 acres in California. Read more
Looking for a heathy and delicious holiday gift? Check out Dardimans California Fruit Crisp selection: dehydrated fruit with no added sugar or preservatives. Naturally sweet, delicious, and crunchy, and with 13 fruits to choose from (orange, blood orange, mandarin orange, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, strawberry, Granny Smith apple, pear, peach, persimmon, tomato, and Hawaiian pineapple slices), Dardimans California Fruit Crisps offer something for everyone.
Enjoy the fruit crisps as is or add to your favorite cereal or granola. For a special treat dip half the fruit crisp in your favorite melted dark chocolate and allow to dry on a piece of parchment paper. Read more
Every autumn the abundance of apples and pecans is overwhelming – in a very good way. When I see stacks of Honey Crisp apples and freshly harvested pecans at farmers markets, I stock up and start thinking about Apple Pecan Strudel – a delicious variation on the Austrian favorite (“apfelstrudel”).
This recipe is one of my all time favorites because it tastes like an apple pastry with a crunchy rich pecan topping and yet there are only 4 tablespoons of vegan butter used in the whole recipe that serves 8-10. The strudel relies on the sweetness of the apples with minimal added sweeteners: 1/4 cup of brown rice syrup and 2 tablespoons of sugar. The lemon juice, cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla extract give the strudel a depth of flavors that will have everyone begging for seconds. Read more
Lupa’s Tropical Paradise Sprouted Trail Mix is paradise in a packet. Made of all organic ingredients: currants, cashews, pumpkin seeds, pecans, brazil nuts, dehydrated mango slices, maple cinnamon walnuts (made with organic walnuts, organic Grade A 100% pure maple syrup, and organic Saigon cinnamon) and walnuts, Lupa’s Tropical Paradise Sprouted Trail Mix is the trail mix to take along to the beach or when you just want a wholesome, delicious healthy snack. Read more
Farmer’s markets and grocery store shelves are overflowing with fresh local produce – golden apricots, plumb blackberries, red raspberries, and the bluest of blueberries – that can be enjoyed in a variety of homemade treats. One of my favorite wow me desserts during the summer months is a Summer Fruit Crisp: a combination of sweet, juicy apricots, blackberries, raspberries, and crisp tangy apples combined and topped with an oaty, whole wheat crunchy topping sweetened with real maple syrup and light brown sugar and spiced up with cinnamon, nutmeg, and real vanilla extract. Read more
…the avocado is a food without rival among the fruits, the veritable fruit of paradise. ~David Fairchild
How hard is it to make avocado toast? Not very but if you truly want extraordinary avocado toast then there are a few ingredients you need to use starting with a good loaf of bread – preferably a whole grain baguette that can be toasted yet still have a chewy interior texture. Read more
It’s fruit, only cooler.
In the summertime, I crave cold refreshing snacks but I often leave the supermarket disappointed – and empty-handed – because there are so few options with no added sugar or with ingredients that I can’t pronounce. Until now.
Cool Frootz, LLC of Boulder, Colorado (why are so many cool food companies based in Colorado?) is the genius behind the Froozer: a frozen snack made with 100% fruit: freshly harvested fruit picked when ripened that has been flash frozen and blended, carrots, and less than 1% of guar/acacia (a natural source of fiber that comes from the Acacia tree). Or in other words, a Froozer is a frozen smoothie. Read more
Until recently, Saturn Peaches were easily identifiable by their rosy-colored slightly fuzzy skin and juicy, white flesh. Smaller and flatter than a regular peach, these summertime fruits are also known as Donut Peaches due to their rounded edges, nearly flat top, and super sweet flavor (which is how donuts are often described). But now, Yellow Saturn Peaches are being grown and harvested in California, and distributed by Trader Joe’s. Read more
For fans of sweet, juicy fruit, stop in at Trader Joe’s this week and pick up a clamshell packet of a dozen fresh Rambutan fruit – large round (golf ball-sized) reddish pink fruit with greenish prickly spines (they don’t hurt) on the exterior.
A tropical fruit native to Southeast Asia, the Rambutan is also grown in Guatemala and imported into the US. Sweet, juicy, and refreshing, the Rambutan is a wholesome, healthy snack that is often described as a big grape with a different kind of skin. Read more