October 30, 2013

Low-Sodium Candy Land

I wish I could tell you that I pass out brussels sprouts on Halloween. Or that I fill my own trick or treat bag with kale chips and goji berries. But then I would be a liar. And people like liars as much as people who pass out brussels sprouts on Halloween. So instead, let me give you the shocking truth. I have an insatiable sweet tooth/teeth/jaw. And while I make healthy eating my mission 364 days out of the year, there is one special night that I let my candy freak flag fly. (Halloween). Let’s not dance around. Simply […]

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October 18, 2013

Weekly Obsessions 10.18.13

Let me begin by saying UGH. Simply, ugh. Because sometimes we just have to admit to our struggles and show ourselves spilling the beans instead of faking it and serving up a perfect platter of them. So again, let me say ugh. And let me invite you all to say it with me. It has been a crazy few days (slash, year) and my good intentions of giving you a beautiful picture and recipe earlier this week got trumped by both physical (a visit to the ER) and technological (big girl camera problems) snafus. But here’s the good news: it’s […]

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August 30, 2013

Bake-less Low-Sodium “Cheese” Cake

Cheating as a kid is bad. I think I did it once and I’m pretty sure it didn’t make me feel very good. But when you enter adulthood, the rules totally start bending. And “cheating” a bit to make life’s to-do list  a little easier, faster, and mostly easier starts being a good thing. And whether you call it cutting corners or life hacking or dry shampoo — taking a short cut every now and then is always acceptable, often genius, and when it comes to overcoming dietary challenges, totally necessary. So let’s do it. Let’s cheat on cheesecake. And let’s […]

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August 26, 2013

Freezing Summer: Float Pops

We learn most lessons in kindergarten: it’s kind to share, paint is for your hands, naps are essential (as are cookies and milk), and while playdough isn’t tasty, if you eat some, it won’t kill you either. But today’s pearl of wisdom hails from beyond the childhood homeroom and from  nature itself. Or bears more specifically. Beyond preventing forest fires, bears know what’s up when it comes to preparing for the winter months. As summer closes up shop, they stock up. They hoard, they save, the pluck the best of what the warm days had to offer and  make sure its […]

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March 29, 2013

Sneak Peep

I would be lying if I said I didn’t have a sweet tooth. I have several. Actually, a mouthful. And I can’t help but eat handfuls of sweets at a time. Anytime. Like even morning time. Or nighttime. Or all the inbetween times. It’s kind of amazing that I’m not eating candy right now. I get gitty at the movies. I get a rush during the holidays. And I fall madly in love with anyone (friend or friendly bunny) that comes to my house bearing sour chews, licorice strips, chocolate covered anythings, and fluffy marshmallow treats. And last week, my […]

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January 31, 2013

Chia Cranberry Pudding Cups

Figgy, it’s time you hung up your figgy hat and called it a day. Because chia seeds are in town and they are taking over pudding. For those of you who haven’t met chia seeds yet, let’s just say that they are the new wonder ingredient. They’re rich in omega-3 fatty acids (which is a good thing); they’ll help you look young forever (fingers crossed); they are actually the seed used in Chia Pets (not kidding); and apparently, they also make preparing an elegant, low-sodium dessert ridiculously simple (get a spoon ready). The inspiration for this sweet adventure? Well, first, […]

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August 9, 2012

Oh Fudge

I’ve always had a sweet tooth. Maybe several. And it seems that when I started cutting down the salt, I grew a few more. I love chocolate. I love sour candies. I even love those Necco Wafers which, no offense, taste like cardboard. But since they’re in the candy aisle, I’ll happily eat them if that’s all that is available. So that’s pretty much all I have to say about my affection for confections. In terms of fudge, though, I have a few more things I’d like to talk about. First, I’ve never made it before. Second, I don’t own a […]

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July 4, 2012

Low-Sodium Food Fireworks

If you’re looking for something explosive, make this spicy mayo. Mix these two ingredients together: a 1/4 cup of the no-sodium mayo and a 1/2 teaspoon of the no-sodium chili paste. Then dip something, like sliced bell peppers or cauliflower chunks, into it. Bite, chew, eat. And taste the fire. Serious fire. It is still amazing to me that two simple low-sodium ingredients can pack so much punch. And that they can quickly transform anything — from a cool coleslaw to fajita fillings — into a meal that will give today’s sparklers a run for their money. Today, I’ve put […]

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June 27, 2012

Kidneys, Cooking Classes, Scones

Pass it forward. Most of the time when I say this, I’m talking about shuffling that plate of spicy green beans in my direction. But today, I’m talking about experiences. And scones. But mostly experiences. Our lives are filled with them — good and bad; some worthy of pictures, some better left to a gossip session over tea; many part of our everyday routines and many others that are life changing. But all of them, moments in time. Our time. Many people keep their experiences to themselves. But over the years, I’ve learned that if you take these little time […]

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May 3, 2012

Thank You Krispies

Sometimes you want to say thank you but words just don’t seem to cover it. And for those times when you can’t muster up the right verbs and nouns and adjectives and conjunctions to show your gratitude, all you need is sodium-free marshmallows, wheat cornflakes, dried blueberries, and coconut oil. A baking sheet and parchment paper will also prove quite helpful. A few moments of melting followed by thirty minutes or so of setting and you have an edible gesture of appreciation (a.k.a. low-sodium krispy treats). With all the gooey decadence of the original recipe, without any of the sodium, […]

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