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May
It’s cold, fizzy, thirst quenching, but not ridiculously sweet. Kombucha, it’s like beer without the buzz. Fermented foods (and beverages) are giving a nod to our symbionts, those tiny assistants that help us metabolize nutrients. One can do kombucha at home with the brewing of the tea and adding the sugar and keeping the scoby, which is like this gelatinous mothership of microbes and yeast,...
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May
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People have access to more sugar now than ever before in the history of humankind. And our bodies aren’t made to process so much sugar, and burning up our ability to metabolize sugar just because we live in a world with doughnuts, that’s stupid. Avoid sweets. AriZona Green Tea may even believe they’re better than the supernaturally sweet colas with their phosphoric acid to hollow...
11
May
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Uh oh, Spaghettios, which typify heat-n-eat food, are a product of Campbell’s, nearly a mega corporation in their own right, but who belong to the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association, the GMA, which definitely is a mega conglomerate. The GMA maximizes profits in astonishing and somewhat sinister ways. They have industrialized food production by methods that are hard on the environment, and they manufacture food with dubious...
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May
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Here’s the deal. If you want to go full-on aficionado with your coffee, you have got to roast the beans, or know someone who does. Because there’s an art to roasting coffee beans so one may free but not lose the essence. And Vern, he has mastered the art. Casper Coffee Roasters prepares coffee that is so aromatic that visitors standing in your kitchen will...
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May
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They’ve really stepped it up a notch in freeze-drying. Nature’s All can somehow remove all the water from a fruit or vegetable, so whatever juicy morsel it once was, now it’s as dry and fluffy as popcorn. Some flavors, however, don’t merit the magic process. FATHER: Remember how you liked the freeze-dried mangoes? This is the corn. It’s light and crunchy, and tastes like corn...
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May
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For those watching their carbohydrate intake, even healthier snacks may require dietary disclaimer. Plantain chips, delicious, nutritious, but packed with carbs, so you can’t mow down on these while you’re going for your leanest and meanest body weight. As for who does plantain chips correctly, TERRA® does, when they use plantains, coconut oil (not the planetary scourge of palm oil) and sea salt. Again, plantain...
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Apr
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Potato chips are so passé. Really, either invented in England as a variant of French fries in the early 1800s, or invented in 1853 by George Crum (a much better story, ethnic protagonist, hot summer, demanding customer, impromptu recipe), a chef in upstate New York, but whatever the origin, the potato chip has had its place in the pantheon of recreational foods long enough. Plantain...
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Apr
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Non-dairy creamer, of the powdered variety, it’s gross. As much of the stuff that has been manufactured over the decades, however, powdered cream must be filling a demand niche somewhere, the need-milk-like-substance-but-no-refrigeration niche, apparently. Or, they could be foisting the stuff on us, somehow making a market where preferences are otherwise inclined. Whatever the reason for the popularity, if one must, one should choose a...
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Apr
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You’re in line to the cash register at the grocery store. To your left, to your right, displays up to your shoulders of suggested, last minute treats. Point of Purchase displays are a gauntlet of temptation. Don’t submit. If you must have a candy bar, Oskri Coconut Bars will satisfy by sinful amounts of flavor, and texture with a sublime chewiness, but less guilt because...
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Apr
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La Croix sparkling water, luh Qwah, if you want to say it with pomposity. They color-code their flavors, so there’s an orange that’s a lighter orange, tangerine, in color more than flavor, but that’s their thing, subtle with the flavor, quenching thirst without sugar. And, as a beverage company, La Croix is at least aware of an issue particular to beverages, aware enough to give...