Product Review: Sonoma Valley Farms Quinoa Ancient Blend

Natural Factor 5/5
Taste Factor 4/5
Fullness Factor 5/5
Overall Rating 4/5
Macros (per serving): Total Fat: 2.5g / Total Carbs: 30g / Protein: 6g

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Healthy Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Healthy Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and usually that makes us think of one word: indulge. It’s okay every now and then to treat yourself, and Thanksgiving sounds like the perfect time. Sweet potato casserole, stuffing, pecan pie… the list could go on for days.  There are definitely ways to keep the overindulgence in check during the holidays (see our post on Healthy Holidays), however, the day after is an even better opporutnity to get back on track with your healthy eating habits!

The table is usually filled with a ton of unhealthy options, however, vegetables also play a huge part in the Thanksgiving tradition – and that’s the part we love! When we get sent home with leftovers, you can bet we’re leaving with every vegetable on the table. Below are a few ways to incorporate those healthier Thanksgiving options into even healthier leftovers! Continue reading

Tips for Healthy Holidays!

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Holidays are a great time to spend time with family and friends and share some amazing meals.  So many of our holiday traditions and family memories center around the food!  On average, a person will gain approximately 2 pounds during the holiday season, and many don’t shed it once the season is over.  But these celebrations don’t need to mean that we shove aside our healthy nutrition goals and indulge in all rich foods, overeating and all the consequences.  Remember, during the holidays the only two things that need to be stuffed are turkeys and stockings! Continue reading

Help with Holiday Stress

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The holidays – a time of family, food, gifts, parties and fun. And if you’re a human being, all of those things probably have some very joyful aspects to them as well as stressful aspects. These can come in obvious forms as well as very subtle forms. Holiday gatherings and parties can be occasions where people who normally don’t spend a lot of time together or really understand eachother get together and spend hours and hours on end together. Then there’s the shopping and the crowds, the cold weather, the party-planning and the list-making, and a lack of time to get it all done to the level of perfection we desire, all while messing with our normal daily routine. Sound familiar?

At The Tasteful Pantry, we love, love, love holiday feasts and holiday foods. But we also are very aware that there can be a tendency to overindulge in food and drink, sometimes as a way to escape from the stress and discomfort that the holidays bring up for us. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Below are some practical tips to help you work with everything that comes up during the holiday season – the good & delicious, and the difficult & bitter – and to ENJOY what you’re doing and where you are.  Continue reading

Thanksgiving Lentil Walnut Loaf with Sweet Potato (GF, V)

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Here at The Tasteful Pantry, we love Thanksgiving. More specifically, we love Thanksgiving feasts. There is something about the combination of Autumn and the colors, smells and flavors of a Thanksgiving feast that make it so comforting and homey. But sometimes you need a change from the yearly turkey. And if you’re a vegetarian or vegan, then many of the typical Thanksgiving dishes are out of the question for you. But not to worry, there are many amazing plant-based Thanksgiving recipes out there that are delicious, satisfying, and perfect for sharing around the table. Continue reading

Interview: Ground Breaker Gluten-Free Brewery

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Based in Portland, Oregon, Ground Breaker Brewing (formerly known as Harvest Brewing) is a dedicated gluten-free brewery. We recently stumbled upon their company, and knew we needed to find out more information. Using only gluten-free ingredients to brew their beer, we knew it was safe – but how would it taste? There were so many questions whirling around our heads, so we had to get some answers. We chatted with Paxton, the Sales Manager at Ground Breaker, and here’s what he had to say:  Continue reading