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

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

Nutritionist-Approved Healthy Winter Snacks!

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Whether it’s the cold weather stirring up your appetite or the comfort of munching on something when there’s not much else to do, wintertime seems to be prime time for snacking. But fear not! Snacking, if approached smartly, can be part of a healthy diet. The key is to think of snacking in a positive light, as a bridge to provide energy, satiety and nutrition between meals, rather than as an unhealthy treat to be snuck in when no one’s looking. After all, shivering does burn calories so we might as well replenish them with healthy snacks!

Take care of what your body needs and give some thought ahead of time to what you want to snack on, instead of waiting until you are hungry to raid the fridge or vending machine. Here are some tips from our Registered Dietitian Lea to help you keep healthy snacks on hand: Continue reading

Gluten-Free Flour Alternatives

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Valentine’s Day is almost here, and we can feel the love in the air. There is a special aura around this day (whether you celebrate it or not) and we love to feel the love in our hearts AND in our stomachs. But instead of eating unhealthy desserts filled with gluten that will leave us bloated with a food baby, we’re looking into flour alternatives that still give a great taste and texture. Many gluten-free recipes may call for a blend of these flours, but here we’ll give you the (honest) down low on our opinions about each flour so you can understand the different components of your recipe. Read on! Continue reading

Revamp Your (and Your Kids’) Lunchbox!

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It’s not hard to admit that lunch is one of the hardest meals to eat when keeping your diet on track. It’s also difficult to pack a lunch for your kids in a hurry that’s not the boring (and sugar-laden) peanut butter and jelly. It takes preparation and scheduling, and let’s face it – we all don’t have that kind of time on our hands!

Sure, picking up a salad on your lunch break is great and all, but it gets old quick! We want to eat healthy, but we’ve definitely lost the battle against our minds a few times to a slice of pizza during lunch. But we’re done with that! It’s time that we bring something for lunch that we look forward to, not dread eating. Remember everyone, eating is one of life’s greatest joys – so why not enjoy every meal?

We’ve rounded up a bunch of quick “recipes” and ideas for you to bring (and enjoy!) for lunch. There are also a few ideas for your kids as well! Continue reading

Delicious & Healthy Edible Gifts

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Ho! Ho! Ho! The holidays are upon us! And we know this typically means cakes and cookies all around – but you can give your loved ones a healthy spin with your edible gifts! There are plenty of ways to indulge and treat yourself at holiday parties without straying (too far from) your normal eating routine. We’ve already given some tips on how to deal with holiday parties when you have a food intolerance and how to have a healthy holiday season, and now we have a ton of treats for you to give as holiday gifts, as thoughtful hostess gifts, or to offer at your own party!

Making something to bring to a party or to give as as gift can be a fun and personal process, but there’s also nothing wrong with bringing something pre-made to a party! The Tasteful Pantry offers items to fit a variety of dietary restrictions, along with the strongest sweet tooth.  And what’s the best part? These snacks taste so good that you can serve them at your own party or bring them to a friend’s, and no one will ever suspect that they are healthy. You can just giggle to yourself with your own holiday secret. Below are some great pre-made treats and easy recipes for delicious edible gifts that you can wrap up to give to friends and family, or to bring to your next party! 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

Bo Nuage: “Cloud Cakes” in LA

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Who wouldn’t want to visit a pastry shop called “beautiful clouds”? I recently discovered Bo Nuage at the suggestion of another gluten-free dairy-free friend, and I literally felt like a kid in a candy shop when I walked in the door. Not only is the small pastry shop on LA’s trendy Melrose Ave. adorable and welcoming, but their case of colorful, indulgent, meringue “cloud cakes” is absolutely magnetic. On top of that, their staff is very very well-versed in food allergy friendliness – the woman who helped us could not only speak to which flavors a gluten/dairy/nut allergic person could safely eat, but she could go into their sanitation practices to avoid cross contamination. All in a clear, friendly, unassuming way, which I find is rare for someone being peppered with a million questions. Continue reading