Americans like to spread. Whether it’s sweet or savory, no English muffin or sliced baguette is complete without a slathering of chunky strawberry jam or a 2-inch thick schmear of cream cheese. For the most part spreads aren’t nutritional all-stars though. Butter and margarine are both terrible for different reasons, cream cheese and mayonnaise aren’t much better, and most jams and jellies are more sugar than fruit. (My beloved) Nutella’s first two ingredients are sugar and palm oil, unless you make your own.
So what’s a person to do when faced with a naked cracker or piece of dry toast? Nut butters (peanut, cashew, almond) are pretty fantastic with their protein and fiber and mashed avocado gets an “A” for healthy fats. But I’m always on the lookout for something new to add to my spreadable repertoire and I’ve got a unique one for you today: Mediterranean Tahini Spreads from Sesame Kingdom. Continue Reading →
It’s officially June so I think we can officially start talking about ice cream. In the middle of January, when I’m snuggled on the couch covered in afghans and warm-blooded kitties, frozen treats are the farthest thing from my mind. But in the summer, when it stays light until 9:00 pm and I’ve spent half the day sweating, nothing satisfies like a trip to the ice cream shop.
I’m sure I’ve mentioned my favorite Bellingham destination before: Mallard Ice Cream. They use local, seasonal ingredients and reach out beyond the traditional, familiar flavors when crafting new recipes. One of my very favorite concoctions of theirs is the coconut ice. It’s vegan but it’s thick and creamy on my tongue like “regular” ice cream. Well now I’ve found a shop that sells only vegan ice cream. Leave it to Seattle to have the crowds to support an entirely plant-based ice cream shop: Frankie & Jo’s. We recently traveled southward and joined the hoards of fans waiting to get their hands on one of summer’s customary indulgences. Continue Reading →
I first tasted this non-juice from a juicery four years ago. I was in San Francisco and I passed this little shop. It was starkly white, eye-catching, with all the bottles neatly lined up, in a rainbow of colors: Pressed Juicery. I enjoyed the many vegetable and fruit concoctions but one of my favorites was the Vanilla Coffee. Continue Reading →
I don’t spend a lot of time in Everett. Mostly I curse the traffic gods as I inch along Interstate 5 at a snail’s pace past Everett. This city lies between me and the vegetarian restaurant jackpot that is Seattle, so I never really considered stopping there for food. Until last week.
It just so happened that I was going to be in the vicinity of Everett around lunchtime as I headed south for a trip. I decided to use my trusty Happy Cow app to see what, if anything, Everett had to offer a hungry, picky dietitian. Turns out a vegan eatery called Cafe Wylde wholly fit the bill. Continue Reading →
People eat what’s in front of them; most of the time anyway. If there’s a bag of potato chips on the counter at home we grab a handful, if there’s a box of donuts in the conference room at work we figure we deserve one, and if there is a basket of freshly baked bread provided at the Italian restaurant we empty it. For my last post I talked about a collection of snacks I recently added to my office, with hopes of offering healthy alternatives for hungry students and coworkers. Today I want to continue that theme by telling you about another way I put healthy food in front of people intentionally. Continue Reading →