A sweet new year

There are many beginnings and endings. We see them in the seasons, in the plant world, friendships, relationships, goals and more. As our children returned to school this week, I have reflected on the end of summer and beginning of a new school rhythm. Our son has a new teacher this year and a few […]

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Making sweet lemonade from lemons

As the end of summer approaches, with many children back in school, we can maintain a bit of summer by making lemonade (an easy recipe below). The expression quoted in the title of this post expresses a reality that can be applied to many situations in our lives. What is trash, junk and unwanted by […]

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How to avoid GMO foods

Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually. For full size graphic, click here.   If you’re trying to stay away from food products that contain high fructose corn syrup or MSG, you can read the ingredient labels. But if you’re trying to avoid genetically modified organisms, it’s […]

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Time to stand up for small farmers

People who want to eat healthier these days often try to buy some of their food not from grocery stores but directly from small sustainable farmers, whether through a local farmers market, a community supported agriculture (CSA) program or even by driving out to a farmstand. The farm-to-table movement has become so big that the […]

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The magic of coconut oil

I include coconut oil in many of the recipes for healthier sweets in Sweetness without Sugar. Though not a source of omega 3 or omega 6 essential fatty acids, coconut oil is  increasingly prized by vegans and omnivores alike who want to avoid hydrogenated, partially hydrogenated and trans fats; modern, industrial oils as corn, soybean […]

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What’s the big deal about gluten?

  Gluten, the protein found in wheat and products containing wheat, is hidden in many common foods. During baking, the protein makes the final product stick together. Research has shown that when gluten breaks down during digestion, it produces a mild opiate effect. Unfortunately, gluten sensitivity is linked to common diseases such as anemia and […]

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Apple blue smoothie

Apple Blue Smoothie from www.jilliansvideoproductions.com on Vimeo. On a hot summer day, a nice cool smoothie is a healthy and refreshing alternative to sodas and other sweet drinks. The apple blue smoothie from Sweetness without Sugar is packed with fruits and vegetables so that it can also serve as a mid-morning or afternoon snack, or […]

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Questions about using soy

In recent years, much has been written about soy. Experts disagree about whether soy is a new health breakthrough, a dangerous fad or somewhere in between. Here, I’m offering some guidelines from Chapter 9 of Sweetness without Sugar for you to decide whether eating more food products and recipes made with soy is right for […]

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Are you substituting sugar for the real sweetness of life?

“The longing for sweets is really a yearning for love or ‘sweetness.’” ― Marion Woodman People may think that humans are so wired by evolution to eat sugar whenever they can get it that there’s not much hope to avoid unhealthy sweets in today’s food economy, when they’re available everywhere and they’re so cheap. The […]

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Junk food marketers infiltrate the classroom

When you’re a parent trying to protect your kids from too much sugar or other unhealthy foods, today your job is harder than ever. You’re up against all the ads for sugary cereals, candy and sodas that have been on TV since we were kids. But now you also have to deal with ads for […]

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