Oprah Interviews Pema Chodron

Earlier this month, Oprah hosted Tibetan Buddhist nun and one of my favorite speakers/teachers Pema Chodron on her Super Soul Sunday show. On the show they talked about embracing difficult feelings like anxiety, stress, anger, and sorrow, and using them as opportunities to open up rather than what most people do, which is repress them or run away from them. They also talked about welcoming fear as a route to fearlessness. Although these ideas may seem totally counterintuitive and frankly, a bit nutty, to many people, I know from personal experience that they have helped me to be more open and flowing in a world that is constantly changing and not always going the way I want it to (does it ever? :)). Continue reading

The Best Spices To Amp Up Your Health

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Spices are a common staple in every household, but do you know the reasons behind why you’re using them? Yes, they make dishes taste delicious, but there’s much more to it. Throughout history, spices have been used in various cultures to treat illnesses and maladies, from cloves in ancient China for fresh breath, to ginger in 17th century England as an aphrodisiac. Today, many of the common spices we use have amazing health benefits, like increasing metabolism, taming inflammation and even preventing illness. Have we caught your attention yet? Here are just a few common spices and what they can do:  Continue reading

Gluten-Free Chocolate Spiderweb Cupcakes

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Here at The Tasteful Pantry, we love Halloween, maybe because it’s so easy to act like kids again, or maybe it’s because there seems to be an abundance of sweets everywhere! The only downside is that so many of the sweets or highly processed and contain all sorts of unsavory ingredients. This year, why not prepare your own homemade Halloween treats to satisfy your and your family’s sweet tooth (teeth?) and save yourselves from overdosing on the junky candy being pedaled by well-intentioned neighbors and friends? We found this fun, gluten and grain-free recipe for chocolate spiderweb cupcakes with chocolate peanut butter fudge frosting from Texanerin that we think you and the kids will love! They’re made with natural, healthy ingredients with no sugar and are full of protein so you and the kids can avoid the sugar crash and feel energized for your Trick-or-Treating adventures. So have some fun and indulge without the guilt this Halloween!  Continue reading

(Healthy) Secrets to a Speedy Metabolism

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With tons of fad diets and weight loss pills being pushed to the public, it’s sometimes hard to know the right direction to go. They all promise to help us lose weight and boost our metabolism, however, they come with a dangerous side. Weight loss pills can contain harmful, un-natural ingredients that increase heart rate, high blood pressure and can even cause seizures. In our opinion, this isn’t the way to go.

But sometimes, exercise just isn’t enough. You may go to the gym and do cardio for 2 hours and not see any results. You may change your diet and make healthier choices, but your waist line might not budge. You just need that extra oomph to boost your metabolism, and we’re here to help you do it the healthy way.

Here are 9 healthy secrets to speeding up your metabolism: Continue reading

Should You Try the FODMAP Diet?

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Are you following a gluten-free diet but still experiencing digestive discomfort? In the past several years research has emerged suggesting that people with gluten intolerance (aka NCGS or Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity) may not just be sensitive to gluten but also sensitive to certain poorly digested carbohydrates called FODMAPS. Also, some people with lactose intolerance or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) have found that their symptoms lessen when avoiding FODMAP foods.

What is FODMAP? FODMAP is an acronym for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols. First brought to light by an Australian research team, FODMAPS can be problematic in people with IBS or existing digestive issues as they are poorly absorbed in the small intestine and rapidly fermented by bacteria in the large intestine, causing symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, abdominal pain, and gas. Continue reading

Roasted Potatoes, Parsnips & Carrots (GF, DF, V)

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There’s nothing like some simple delicious roasted root vegetables to comfort you on a cold day or to accompany a scrumptious roast. Each of the veggies in this recipe, potatoes, parsnips, and carrots, all have a unique flavor on their own, and when pulled together with rosemary and olive oil in this easy recipe originally from Jamie Oliver, complement each other beautifully. This dish make a delicious meal on its own or a perfect accompaniment to your roast dinner. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, the veggies in this dish are indulgent without all the fat and sugar of your typical “comfort food”. We think it will bring a smile to your face 🙂  Continue reading

8 On-the-Go Snacks for Women

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So many of us are stretched thin between work, kids, sig-o’s, friends and trying to stay healthy, it’s not a surprise that snacking on the go is an increasing trend for people everywhere. The good news is there are plenty of options for quick easy snacks that are both delicious and nutritious, and that won’t break the calorie bank. So the next time 3pm rolls around and you’re at your desk or running the carpool, don’t just reach for whatever is being sold nearby – plan ahead and keep a stock of these super easy snacks handy to keep yourself satisfied and energized for the rest of your day! Continue reading

12 Immunity-Boosting Tips from our Registered Dietitian

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Winter is approaching, and with that cold and flu season. While nothing can completely stop a cold in its tracks, a healthy immune system can help ward off the germs that cause colds and the flu, and may even minimize a cold’s duration. Overall, a healthy lifestyle that includes eating a balanced diet, adequate fluids, physical activity and adequate sleep is your best investment in immunity. That said, there are some specific things you can do now to boost your immunity. Check out these tips from our Registered Dietitian Lea Basch: Continue reading