Email as a Meditation Practice

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We all do it, sometimes before we’ve even realized what we’re doing. Responding on autopilot, without thinking or feeling. In today’s world of instantaneous communication, responding to an email or text  within 5 minutes of receiving it isn’t uncommon and is often expected. And social media is almost like a training ground for this type of quick, pithy communication – with just a click you can send a message of approval in  a thumbs up, or sum up your deep thoughts for the day in 140 characters or less. Continue reading

Dedicated Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free in LA: Rising Hearts Bakery

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Rising Hearts Bakery has been a trusted and delicious gluten-free bakery in the LA community before gluten-free became a catchphrase. Prior to being called Rising Hearts, the bakery used to be called The Sensitive Baker, and both names perfectly describe the care and diligence that goes into making this place such a paradise for those living with food intolerances, allergies and celiac disease. We sat down with head baker, recipe developer and bakery manager Ursula Siker to learn more about the bakery and how she got involved in the gluten-free baking business. Continue reading

8Safe Vegan Chocolate Chili

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This week we’ve entered into a special partnership with allergy-friendly blogger My Happy Belly. On the blog, Kelly provides yummy recipes and tips for those living with (and caring for people with) all 8 of the major food allergens in the US: wheat (and gluten), milk, soy, egg, peanut, tree nuts, fish & shellfish. Her recipes look amazing, so we wanted to share one of our favorites for vegan chocolate chili (you heard right, chocolate!) below. Sounds like a great recipe to try for Father’s Day! She’s also doing a giveaway for a Tasteful Pantry Treat Box, so check out her site to enter! Continue reading

Spice Up Your BBQ with Grilled Fruit!

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Summer is just around the corner, and that means we’re heading into barbecue season! You may even be planning on breaking out the grill for Father’s Day this Sunday. We all love eating juicy fresh fruit during those hot summer days, but have you ever thought about adding grilled fruit to your BBQ menu? You could serve your grilled fruit as a good-for-you dessert, or even as a savory side dish. The grill adds a unique smokey flavor to the fruit, and the heat causes the sugars in the fruit to caramelize naturally. Grilling fruit is super easy, just follow the tips below. You can even combine a few different fruits and serve them with some parmesan crisps for an easy gourmet appetizer or with ice cream for a more decadent dessert! If you want to step up the gourmet factor, you could also use your grilled fruit in a salad or dessert recipe – a few of our favorites are below! Here are some basic tips for grilling fruit: Continue reading

The Perfect Roast Chicken (GF, DF)

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Making the perfect roast chicken may seem like a daunting task, but it’s not. The trick to flavorful chicken with crispy skin and juicy meat is to salt it a few days in advance with a combination of sea salt and baking powder. This draws out the moisture and gives your chicken that extra juiciness, and the baking powder gives the skin that crispiness you usually get only with a deep fryer. I’m normally a strict dark-meat only eater (can’t stand the dryness of regular white meat), but with this roast chicken, I actually love the white meat just as much as the dark meat since it’s all flavorful and all moist! Continue reading

Fun Summer Workouts We Love!

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Summer is almost here, and we’re getting ready to step into our bikini bodies and have fun doing it. No one wants to do a workout they don’t enjoy, right? Of course right! It’s been proven that by doing exercise you enjoy, you will be more inclined to stick to it to achieve your own personal goals, and we couldn’t agree more. Summertime opens the door to so many more exercise opportunities, and we can’t wait to dive into all of them! Keep in mind that temperatures are hotter in the summer, so be sure to stay hydrated and replenish electrolytes. We’re loving this Birch Tree Water as a before and after workout drink! Continue reading

The Perfect Gluten-Free Picnic

GF-picnic Summer is nearly upon us, and nothing screams summertime more than a picnic. It’s a great way to relax and unwind, while eating delicious food and taking in nature with friends and family. Picnics typically include doughy sandwiches, crackers and cheese, and a piece of cake for dessert… but that doesn’t cut it for us! Whether you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, you know that something like this takes a bit more effort that just ordering a sandwich from a deli. But lucky for you, we’ve put together the perfect gluten free menu to follow for your next picnic or adventure! Continue reading

Eating Well Without Depriving Yourself

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Often, people associate healthy eating or losing weight with bird-like diets that are boring and unsatisfying. Many conventional diets focus on what you CAN’T have, fostering an attitude of deprivation that then has the potential to backfire once you’re finished with the diet.

At The Tasteful Pantry, we’re big believers in healthy eating combined with indulgence, satiety and joy. That’s actually what we’re all about! If we go about our diets with an attitude of deprivation, we’re far less likely to stick with them, and just as important, we’ll completely miss out on the joy of eating! The more joy, the less we feel the need to mindlessly munch! Continue reading