Product Review: Skinny Quinoa Sticks – Sweet Onion 




Caution: do not open this bag on an empty stomach.

So with my food sensitivities/allergies/intolerances (gluten, soy, dairy,legumes) , it’s rare that I find a snack that really hits the spot.

For the most part I cook at home, but sometimes I want a crunchy snack that makes me feel like a kid again. (So weak I know but I’m human and the addictions have become nostalgia! Lol)
These babies hit it outta the park…forrealsies.
They taste just like Funyuns!!! I previously thought I would never feel that yummy Funyun feeling again. Boy was I wrong.
I could go on and on. That’s how yummy they are. But I digress, if you want a yummy allergy friendly snack that tastes like the good old days…here it is.
Round of a plause for the creators these guys.

Coconut Craze 


Why love coconuts?! The cold, sweet water is like nectar. So yummy and rejuvenating. I also ate the meat inside with the berries, which is way more filling than most would think. And that was my breakfast. Some might say that a breakfast needs to be more “complete”. Totally not true.
A few of the amazing benefits of young raw coconut water and meat:
1. Rich in antioxidants
2. Rich in electrolytes, hydrating power!
3. Great source of the “good fats”, the kind that your brain thrives well on (medium- chain triglycerides)
4. Supports and boosts immune functions
5. improved skin (you know that radiant glow we have sometimes…totally helps with looking alive!)

*** as a warning though, for those with sensitive digestive systems…too much coconut can cause stomach pain because of overconsumption do Lauric acid.
So as with all things, consume in moderation.
Happy Sunday!
Namaste,
Tavia Rahki

Grocery Gals

Today at the nutrition store I met a wonderful woman in the gluten free aisle. She was looking for crackers for her daughter (6 years old I believe) who has autism and celiac disease. She has her on a gluten free, casein free, soy free diet. (Same as me!)

She explained to me how holistic medicine helped save her daughter’s life.

The conversation I had with this woman was the highlight of my day. She explained to me the lengths she goes through to make sure her daughter is healthy and happy. From buying 100% organic products,hiding B vitamins in her food well enough to match the texture, to dicing everything she eats a specific way and prepping her meals at night to pack for school lunch the next day. This warmed my heart so much. ( and no, she is not a stay at home mom lol). She spoke of her daughter as a gift and was happy for the opportunity to help her through monitoring her diet. If she waited any later to take this approach, it would have started stunting her daughter’s growth. Even with the B vitamin supplementation, her daughter almost experienced liver failure. She stressed how important it was for her to stay updated with information regarding food allergies and autism. “It’s a growing process and I’m researching things everyday to make sure I don’t miss anything.”She was thankful and hopeful. This warmed my heart so much.

One day I hope to be a mother with the same care and consciousness.

This encounter led me to think about a brilliant kid I worked with named Cody (I was an assistant teacher at a Title 1 middle school almost two years ago).  He also has autism, but doesn’t have the same access to unprocessed, gut friendly foods; not because his mother isn’t amazing or trying her very best, but because of life circumstances and access to the same standard of healthcare.

I wish every child could have the medical attention necessary to look at their allergies,food intolerances/sensitivities and nutrient deficiencies so that they can function optimally.

(I send my love to him and his family in my prayers. He’s such a great kid, brilliant and kind, with an honest humor and a most memorable smile. )

Today I realized first hand what people mean when they say “there are no coincidences”. I say this because I am currently writing a paper on gluten and cognitive impairment. Many of the papers I’ve been reading and finding most interesting are the articles focused on celiac disease and autism.

I’ve had an interesting battle with my health since puberty, only to find out years later (after X-Rays, MRIs, CTs, ultrasounds and ridiculous amount of blood work) that my issue was gluten! (As well as vitamin deficiencies caused by prolonged gluten exposure).

The only treatment is a gluten-free diet. This has led me to a love affair with health and wellness. It’s truly been a blessing in disguise and I couldn’t be more thankful.

I have a feeling that after finals week I’m going to be posting more often about nutrition and food science. Yay!

Yikes!

It’s Official: Applegate Got Spammed. Now What?

Hormel buying Applegate is probably the scariest thing I’ve heard in a while. My first thought is regulation and the trustworthiness of Hormel. It’s just so very questionable. General Mill’s buying Annie’s? What’s next? Sigh. I guess we will see what is to come. It’s hard to believe the big guys are going to change for the little guys…it seems more like the clean foods we love are about to get a little dirty. 

BluePrint Beauties



Every time I drink one of these I’m beyond satisfied. Oh an the side panel always reminds me that juice should never be heated! I’m such a sucker for insightful packaging. At the Whole Foods Market this cost be about $8 but I think it’s worth it. Maybe one day I’ll have my own hydraulic press and will make my own cold pressed juice! But until then I’m a happy camper with these Blue Print babies! 

Gelatinous Sugary Stuff

Great episode on one of my favorite podcasts, Stuff to Blow Your Mind! Cool episode about food engineering and food addictions.
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Coffee Friend

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Went to Felicitous independent coffee house for the first time, got Choco Coco Loco and found the yummiest little treat!!

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Immaculately Amazing: Gluten Free Vegan Sugar Cookies!

So I picked this up in the grocery and decided (because it was on sale) to give it a try. I was very pleased with the moist results after putting a little spin on the provided recipe.
Thanks Immaculate Baking Company!!
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* I tweaked the recipe by using vegan butter and egg replacer
* also I added a 1.5 teaspoons of agave nectar and an extra teaspoon of water

(I baked mine for 13 minutes)

And voila!

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They were immaculately scrumptious!

The Loving Hut

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To all the “thinking about being” vegan-ners out there. I realized today one of the most awesome things about begin vegan is all the hole in the wall yummy food places that are out there! Yay! Today’s early dinner at “the Loving Hut”
Food in the picture above is the gluten free Singapore Noodles (curry). It was so great and the vegetables retained moisture while keeping great flavor. No sauce necessary.

Kombucha krazy

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Okay so I’m into day 2 of a week long juice fast to detox, reboot and refuel my body ( a biological masterpiece that should be treated with care lol) and I want to know more about the fermenting necessary for raw live kombucha juice/tea. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Wish me luck 😉 ( I’ve had raw kombucha before (synergy) and had an upset bloated tummy feeling for a while so I want to make sure I’m doing this right!)