Best (Gluten-Free) Tacos in LA: Guisados

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Don’t misread the title of this post – I mean BEST TACOS IN LA, not qualified by any diet or ‘free-from’. They just happen to be gluten-free. When I discovered Guisados, it redefined my taco standards. I’m not exaggerating. Whereas most taco joints slap some spiced grilled meats into a pre-made tortilla (and don’t get me wrong, some of those can be quite yummy), Guisados is a totally different story. They make their tortillas from scratch from just high quality non-GMO corn and lime juice, then each location hand-presses them and cooks them right there on the spot, as you’re placing your order. The result is a thicker, slightly cakey and flavorful tortilla that bears little resemblance to its thin elastic store-bought counterpart. Continue reading

10 Healthy Tips & Recipes to Save You Money

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With all the options out there these days, it can be hard to not spend a fortune at the grocery store, especially if you’re trying to shop healthy and natural, and especially if you’re shopping with dietary restrictions. Most of us don’t think too much about what we’re throwing into our carts (how much could that bag of carrots really be?), but it does all add up. Rather than having to scrutinize each item’s price and calculate whether your getting a good deal, try these tips below. Continue reading

Gluten-free Buckwheat Crepes for Mom!

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When you were a kid, did you ever wake up early and make breakfast for Mothers Day or Fathers Day? My sisters and I did this EVERY year for a while, and the menu usually consisted of Bisquick pancakes, French toast, or after I learned how to make them in biology class (the “egg denaturation” lab), crepes. These were the days before gluten became my enemy. One year we even attempted to make a cake for my parents’ anniversary and invited some of their friends over for a surprise “party” (i.e. cake eating), but realized after we all took a bite that we had forgotten to add sugar! Whoops! Continue reading

Why Do We Crave Sugar?

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These days sugar seems like the bad guy in almost every story about health or medical conditions. The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar per day, four times the amount recommended by the World Health Organization.

From diabetes to weight loss, most diets recommend a decrease in sugar consumption. But that can be easier said than done. Much easier. There is something about sugar that is addictive for most of us, and those cravings we get for sweet things can be as powerful as if we had fallen under a spell. Continue reading

You Are Loved Foods: Guilt-free Indulgence!

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After a lifetime of no sweets, a little boy with Type 1 diabetes tastes Jonathan Heine’s chocolate fudge for the first time. He turns to his mother and tells her he feels so loved. And so the name for You Are Loved Foods is born.

We at The Tasteful Pantry discovered You Are Loved Foods at Expowest last month and were so excited to learn they are also based here in Los Angeles! We were even more excited to taste their delicious treats with the knowledge that they were gluten-free, paleo, low glycemic and vegan. Actually, we had to taste them multiple times because we couldn’t believe how good they were at first. After all, chocolatey fudge like that usually at least contains dairy or sugar. We even tested You Are Loved Foods treats on some diabetic family and friends (thanks Dad!) and asked them to test their blood sugar levels after eating  them – they didn’t go up! Even Lea, The Tasteful Pantry’s Registered Dietitian (and diabetes expert) was impressed! Continue reading

Our Favorite Spring Fruits & Veg and How To Use Them!

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Spring is here, and the earth is blossoming with delicious produce that we’ve been anxiously waiting for. Some vegetables like kale and butternut squash thrive in colder temperatures, and our bodies tend to crave them during the colder months. But we’re finally leaving the cold behind us and we’ve reached Spring! Our bodies are now beginning to crave lighter, more colorful foods. Below are some of our favorite fruits and vegetables that have been popping up at farmers’ markets everywhere! Continue reading

Gluten-Free Cauliflower Pizza (GF, DF)

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You may have heard that cauliflower is the new kale. Fine dining restaurants as well as health food establishments seem to be embracing it not only as a veggie side dish, but also as an alternative to carbs! Take, for example, the “faux” bread loaf, aka whole roasted cauliflower. It’s beautiful and looks like a whole loaf of freshly roasted bread, but it’s actually spiced roasted cauliflower! Continue reading

How to Sneak Veggies into Kids’ Favorite Foods!

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We all know how picky children can be when it comes to food. They don’t like to try anything new, and they stick to what they know… and sometimes that means strictly chicken fingers and french fries. However, we know how important it is that they eat fruits and veggies on a daily basis. And sometimes we have to get creative when it comes to getting them to eat healthier foods (even if it means we have to sneak them in!) Below are some of our favorite tips to incorporate vegetables into your kids’ favorite meals: Continue reading