FDA Proposes Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label

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The FDA published a set of proposed changes to the nutrition facts label that we all know and probably-don’t-so-much love today. If you’re like me, you’ve probably had to do some math in your head at the grocery store to translate the information the nutrition panel is giving you “per serving” into what you’ll actually be consuming per package. One of the major changes that the FDA is proposing is to revise those serving sizes to reflect how much Americans are really eating per serving rather than how much they should be eating. Continue reading

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Homemade Mixed Nut Butter (GF, DF)

Peanut Butter 1I normally have a constant stock of peanut butter in my pantry to go with my favorite snack, apples & peanut butter. Little did I know that peanut butter was one of those things that I have been buying my entire life that is SUPER easy and fun to make at home – all you need is a food processor. I am always looking for delicious minimally processed nut butters that don’t have too much oil or sugar in them, and so this week, I decided that instead of spending that time searching in the grocery store, I was going to experiment at home.

Nut butter is one of those magnificent concoctions, unlike baking, where if you tweak the proportions, you will still end up with a perfectly good nut butter, BUT you have the added benefit of refining it to exactly your taste. I decided not only to play around with proportions of the “seasonings” (salt, honey, oil) but also to play around with the nut mix. My new kick is Sun Cups dark chocolate sun butter cups (click here to read more about Sun Cups) – I think the sunflower butter creates a more refined nutty taste than normal peanut butter cups, so with that inspiration, I decided to include some sunflower seeds in my nut butter, along with equal parts peanuts and cashews Continue reading

Partner Feature: Sun Cups

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One warm summer’s night 4 ½ years ago, David Lurie, the founder and president of Sun Cups, got a visit from a stranger that would change his life. At the time, David’s company was called Seth Ellis Chocolatier, and their specialty was chocolate truffles. That stranger was named Aaron, and he was the father of a peanut-allergic little boy. He arrived carrying a jar of sunflower butter, and when David opened the door, presented him with the challenge of creating a version of a Reese’s peanut butter cup that his son could eat. Up for the challenge, David set to work and by the next morning, he had made by hand the very first milk chocolate Sun Cup.

Sun Cups are one of the very few chocolates out there that are completely nut-free. Continue reading