Check Out Our New Site!

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The Tasteful Pantry has a new look and a new site! Check us out at www.tastefulpantry.com and check out our resources for delicious, healthy, mindful, ‘free-from’ living! You can also sign up here to be emailed our latest posts once a week.

Have an idea or topics you’re dying to learn more about? Leave us a comment on our Facebook page and as we build out the site and grow we’ll keep your suggestions in mind! We can’t wait to hear what you want to see more (or less) of!

Thanks for your awesomeness and we look forward to hearing from you over at our new home 🙂

Jennifer & Lea

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This Year’s Food Trends at Expowest

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Every year, I prepare my stomach and my brain in mid-March for the colossal gathering of the skyrocketing natural products industry at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim. At this convention, anyone who is anyone, or wants to be anyone, in the natural products industry, gathers at the Anaheim Convention Center to exhibit, network, gather intel, and taste. The convention takes over the city of Anaheim for that weekend and swarms around the convention center and neighboring hotels like bees around a hive. This is where products are born, companies are noticed, and trends are validated….at least until next year. Continue reading

The 6 Best Herbs for Healthy Digestion

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We’re excited to share with you this guest post Jill Cohen, our friend and certified herbalist. Jill lives in Boulder, CO where she teaches herbal and earth-based education to youth and adults.

If you’re reading this blog, chances are good you’re personally familiar with food intolerances and digestive discomfort. Chances are also good that you’re conscientious about choosing foods that nourish your body and avoiding ones that don’t – at least for the most part!

In addition to making informed food choices, another way to support digestive and overall health is to incorporate medicinal plants into your diet. Continue reading

Benefits of a Plant Based Diet

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First let’s get clear about what we are talking about. The term plant-based diet is one that emphasizes vegetables, beans, peas, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds. There are different types of plant-based diets: vegan with no animal products such as meat, eggs or dairy; lacto-ovo vegetarian with no meat but including dairy products and eggs; and lacto-vegetarian with no meats or eggs but including dairy products. You can also eat a plant-based diet without going completely vegetarian. Some people call themselves “pescatarian” if their plant-based diet includes fish or “flexitarian” if they occasionally eat animal products. While vegetarian diets are usually defined by what they exclude, think of what they include—lots of vegetables, grains and fruit. The whole foods plant-based idea does not require complicated instructions – just start to eat more whole, unprocessed foods that come directly from plants. Continue reading

Keeping Your Healthy New Years Resolutions

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution to be healthier, to lose weight or to change your diet? If you saw our previous post on 10 Healthy New Years Resolutions, you may have gotten some good ideas to kick off your New Year in a healthy way. Many of us charge into the new year with ambitious goals to change our lifestyles; in fact almost 50% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but less than 8% are actually successful keeping them longer than a month. Now that’s a bleak statistic! But fear not, below are some tips to help you harness that enthusiasm and help you succeed in 2015! Continue reading

8 Tips to boost Your Digestion Over the Holidays

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One word comes to our mind around the holidays – indulge. Whether your guilty pleasure is green bean casserole or pecan pie, we all have something that we may give in to because it’s the holiday season. However, these choices may have consequences when it comes to our digestion, which can mean gas, bloating, and discomfort. Plus our digestive systems may need a bit of a boost to help us break down the quantities of food we can tend to eat during the holiday season.

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Surviving Holiday Parties…With Your Waistline Intact

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It’s that time of the year to eat, drink and be merry! But that doesn’t mean we have to kiss our waistline goodbye or sacrifice all the good work we’ve done for the other 11 months of the year to put good food into our bodies. Especially when our routine is thrown off by holiday parties and family gatherings, it can be tough to stay mindful and disciplined about our health, but the good news is that there are ways to do it and to still ENJOY the season. At The Tasteful Pantry, we’re all about loving our food, both in terms of taste and its effect on our bodies. After all, what good is it to eat delicious food then feel awful afterwards? Below are some tips from our Registered Dietitian Lea on how to survive your holiday parties with your health in tact. Scroll all the way down for our helpful infographic on steps you can take before the party, as well as these steps below on what to do at the party. Continue reading

Healthy Foodie Holiday Gift Guide

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The holidays are upon us and this year I’ve decided to buy gifts that will be used regularly, not just pretty things that will be taken out of the closet or off the shelf occasionally (I’ve been giving a lot of costume jewelry in recent years). It just so happens that I and many of the people in my life LOVE food and cooking. And most of them are very interested in eating fabulous food that is also healthy and nutritious. It’s funny how those two concepts go together for so many people, although that’s not to say we don’t also enjoy our indulgences!

Here are some gifts for those healthy foodies in your life that will be sure to be enjoyed almost as soon as they’re out of the box! Continue reading

Delicata Squash Donuts (GF, DF)

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This recipe by Will Frolic for Food looks amazing AND healthy, and is perfect for Hanukkah! We love anything involving squash, not only for its nutritional properties and fiber content, but for that slightly nutty flavor that immediately brings to mind images of cozying up around a fire when it’s cold outside. Top these donuts with some melted chocolate and powdered sugar for a decadent dessert, or have them with a hot cup of coffee for breakfast! Continue reading

10% off Our Gluten-free Vegan Holiday Box!!

Skip the craziness of Black Friday and get 10% off this amazing Holiday Box instead!

We’re super excited to be co-curating a delicious seasonal Holiday gift box with Gluten Free With Emily this year. This box is full of the best-of-the-best gluten-free and vegan (and also soy-free) treats that are healthy, natural, and most importantly, delicious! It also includes our stylish eco-friendly burlap tote bag! Do good by eating well: a portion of the proceeds from each box will be donated to a local food bank.

The box includes the following fabulous items (dietary restrictions noted):

  • Sexypop Brazilian Coconut Butterfly Popcorn (GF, DF, V, SF, NF)
  • Knowing Foods Organic Chocolate Coconut Energy Squares (GF, DF, V, SF)
  • Nicobella Organic Holiday Spice Truffles (GF, DF, V, SF)
  • Tiesta Candy Apple Tea (GF, DF, V, SF)
  • Olomomo Maple Masala Pecans (GF, DF, V, SF)
  • Cocomels Organic Coconut Milk Caramels – Sea Salt (GF, DF, V, SF)
  • Tasteful Pantry Eco-Friendly Tote Bag

$40 + shipping, 10% off Early Bird Special until Dec 4! More details here.

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Get the box here!