14 Things to do with Coconut Bacon

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In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new snack sensation on the block: Maple Chipotle Coconut Bacon from LA’s premier vegan restaurant, Café Gratitude. Made from organic coconut from Indonesia, these coconut flakes have been dehydrated and sautéed with olive oil, chipotle, maple syrup and Himalayan salt to produce a smoky, sweet and savory coconut bacon that is naturally gluten-free and vegan. This stuff is seriously delicious, completely natural, and super healthy (check out our post on coconut’s health benefits)! It is truly delicious as a snack on its own (watch out they’re addictive!), but we talked with Café Gratitude Executive Chef Dreux Ellis about some other creative ways to use coconut bacon.

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10 Tips for Healthy Living in College

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 9.38.38 PMCollege is a fun and enriching time for a lot of kids, but it can also be a challenging time, especially when it comes to staying healthy.  There’s a reason the famed “freshman 15” is more than  a myth, coming from someone who experienced those extra 15 or so pounds herself. For many students, it’s their first time being completely responsible for their meals, while at the same time living on a tight budget and not having access to their own kitchen or cooking tools. That’s a lot of challenges at one time! With the busy and irregular schedules that many college students have, who has time to search out healthy food, right? WRONG. Eating healthy isn’t just about spending all your free time at Whole Foods (nor is it for most of us non-college students!). It’s about a mindset just as much as it is about the action of putting food into your mouth. Continue reading

Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Tacos (GF, DF)

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Ever need an easy dinner or lunch recipe that tastes amazing? Cooking in a slow cooker is the magic tool that will allow you to do that! All you really need to do is dump your ingredients in, turn on the slow cooker, go about your day, then come back to a delicious, complex dish that tastes like you’ve been slaving away for hours. The beauty of cooking with meat in a slow cooker is that the meat breaks down and absorbs the flavor of all the delicious spices you put in with it, and then you can be creative with how you serve the final product – over quinoa, rice or pasta. In a sloppy joe. Or in this case, in a taco (in a corn tortilla for the gluten-free of course :))  Continue reading