year : 2013 22 results

The New Newton: Not Too Sweet Crumbly Fig Bars (Vegan)

When I was a child, I didn't much care for Fig Newtons -- the baked bars made by Nabisco with a figgy filing.  I mean. they were OK but certainly not my first choice over chocolate chip or sandwich cookies or even plain vanilla wafers.Now, many decades later, times have changed.  I love figs (especially fresh) and even have them growing outside my door.  Figs are high in fiber, manganese, and potassium aside from being just plain tasty.  For what it's worth, manganese helps ...

Love Giving Thanks: Turkey Thoughts

You gotta love Thanksgiving.  Delicious food, gratitude, and generosity joyous enough, but to top it off, there's pie.  Yum!Yet, for the last few years, come this time of year, we start to think about a New York Times piece a few years back about the "humane" slaughtering that certain “privileged” turkeys experience. We’re talking the 1%ers here.  It may or may not be news to you but some fancy NY Hudson Valley (and similar local farm) birds get a one-two blessing of a higher ...

No Egg Salad, School Lunchbox Style

Long a staple of classic lunchtime fare, egg salad evokes simple times and a certain mid-20th century mentality, when it was best known for filling Wonder Bread sandwiches covered in waxed paper and stashed in metal lunch boxes accompanied by plastic thermoses (way before Lunchables and juice boxes).Having given up eggs, this no-egg salad will rekindle the memories (or start some new ones) without any chickens involved (and no risk of egg-borne pathogens like salmonella).To amp up the ...

Tangy Non-Dairy Cheesy Spreads: Your Mouth (and Crackers) Will Thank You

By now, even the semi-sleepy among us know that some people don’t eat dairy.  There are lots of reasons for this, which deserve a post of their own.  So, while some people have been dipping and spreading to their hearts’ content, folks who have jumped off the dairy train have seemingly been destined to miss the tanginess, creaminess and umami-ness of a rich soft spreadable cheese.As we recently reported, fortunately, there are now companies that make dairy-free cultured products ...

Can Fine Artisanal Cheese Be Cruelty-Free? Treeline Treenut Cheese Says Yes!

We are a cheesy culture, with cheese a leading ingredient in meals, recipes and menus everywhere.  Cheese is a key part of comfort foods like pizza, mac and cheese, cheesecake (see our dairy-free recipes), and of course wine and cheese.  In fact, at the recent Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, cheese featured prominently in many products.Yet, we often hear that cheeses – and all dairy products (butter included) -- are not so good for human health, having been linked to heart ...

True Health Care: Functional Formularies Revolutionizes Liquid Meal Replacement with Real Organic Food

It’s called Liquid Hope, made by Functional Formularies, but maybe it should be called Liquid Love. Robin Gentry McGee, the company’s founder, created the product – an organic whole food meal replacement – as a labor of love for her father, who had a traumatic physical injury. Until then, Robin (like most of us) had no idea that what usually goes down for hospital nutrition is anything but. Then she woke up.Sadly, today, the standard liquid nutrition in most US medical institutions ...

Watch: I Can’t Be Vegan Because…. DF Mavens Makes Ice Cream No Excuse!

We often hear from people who say they want to go vegan, and they get it on an intellectual level, since plant-based eating has been shown to be good for body (health), mind (function) and soul (ease), but their various cravings won’t allow it.  Among the most-cited can't-live-without foods is ice cream, with its yummy sweet cold creaminess -- for many it is a must-have treat.Well, good news!  DF Mavens makes some of the best ice cream we've ever tasted -- dairy or non-dairy -- no ...

Cheers for Cibaderm Cannabidiol: Watch Now

Top Five Natural Products 2013 -- This year at the Baltimore Natural Products Expo East, US Hemp Oil unveiled its Cibaderm line of products, along with CanChew Gum, Cibdex tinctures, and a very high strength "medical grade" hemp oil.  The common thread? They all contain cannabidiol (CBD), derived from industrial hemp, that many may already know about from its use as a medicine dispensed at cannabis outlets, lawful in many states.For those of us who live in less forward-thinking...

Baltimore Expo East 2013 Products – Top Natural Trends for 2014

Twice a year, once on the East Coast and once on the West, it’s Natural Products Expo time, an enormous trade show for “natural” products with thousands of booths representing thousands more products.  The wares range from organic items (think lots of chips and dips and convenience food) to health/beauty products to straight-up supplements and everything “natural” in between, including the enormous and still growing business infrastructure that feeds the multi-billion dollar indust...

Vegan Cheezecake: Non-Dairy and Delicious

Before we went off all animal products, cheesecake was one of those very rare treats, a fleeting indulgence to be savored.  This vegan version, adapted from Artisan Vegan Cheese by Miyoko Schinner, is easily as yummy, even for dairy lovers.Make no mistake, it's quite rich, so it's a special occasion treat. The recipe  requires multiple steps, but they are worth it for that extra festive glow.The difference between this vegan “cheesecake” and the many others you’ll see is the ...