Bison Quinoa with Summer Squash (GF, DF)

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I’ve been on the hunt for a perfect lunch. Sandwiches get old, and too much gluten-free bread does not do a body (or at least mine) too good. Salads also get very old very fast. And both require some time to assemble right before you eat them. That’s why I love this easy dish that I can make in a large quantity on a weekend and eat during the week. It’s like a higher protein lower carb, all around healthier version of fried rice! Actually, I was inspired by Vietnamese red rice (“Com Do”), which often contains gluten. Of course, this is a gluten-free and dairy-free recipe. 

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A Personal Journey: Autoimmune Disease, Yoga and Self-Care

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I first met Renee at a meditation retreat in Los Angeles. After discovering that we both had multiple dietary restrictions AND happened to go to the same college, we became fast friends. Over the past few years, both of us have been on our own journeys to find what foods and lifestyle choices affect how we feel, and we’ve been a natural support system for eachother. Even after Renee was formally diagnosed with thyroid disease a  few months ago, she continued her journey of self-discovery and self-care rather than just relying on the diagnosis and medication. I asked Renee to share her experience and some of the challenges and remedies that she has discovered for herself, in particular her yoga practice and how that has affected other parts of her life. Below is her guest post. –Jennifer
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A Dietitian’s View of High Carb Vegan Diets

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If you spend much time looking at food posts on Facebook or Instagram, chances are that you’ve seen the hashtag #highcarbvegan. Some people seem to be following this as a specific diet (or anti-diet), which contradicts the low carb diets that most up-to-date nutrition experts recommend for health and weight loss these days. So we had to dig into this to see what it was all about.

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Fun Summer Workouts We Love!

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It’s summer, and we’re getting ready to step into our bikini bodies and have fun doing it. No one wants to do a workout they don’t enjoy, right? It’s been proven that by doing exercise you enjoy, you will be more inclined to stick to it to achieve your own personal goals, and we couldn’t agree more. Summertime opens the door to so many more exercise opportunities, and we can’t wait to dive into all of them! Keep in mind that temperatures are hotter in the summer, so be sure to stay hydrated and replenish your muscles with nutrients (e.g. potassium) after your workout. 

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My Favorite Summer Fruits!

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Summer brings a bountiful harvest of tastes, colors, textures, and super nutrients in the form of FRUIT! This is my favorite time of year to visit my local farmers market and marvel at all the colors and nutrients around. There are so many wonderful choices, but there are definitely a few that pack a greater nutritional punch!

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Which Fish: Wild or Farmed?

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These days the choices that confront us when we walk into the grocery store seem endless. Organic? Non-GMO? Grass-fed?Pasture-raised? Free range? Wild-caught? Not to mention all the ‘free-from’s which, of course, we at The Tasteful Pantry are intimately familiar with. As many options as there are, there seem to be a whole cult of proponents for each who treat each decision as black and white. But many of these choices can’t be solved with a blanket statement, and there are many factors at play in addition to impact on your health – things like impact on the environment, and of course, cost!

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Spice Up Your BBQ with Grilled Fruit!

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How to Add Grilled Fruit to Your BBQ Like A Pro

Summer is just around the corner, and that means we’re heading into barbeque season! You may even be planning on breaking out the grill for Father’s Day this Sunday. We all love eating juicy fresh fruit during those hot summer days, but have you ever thought about adding grilled fruit to your BBQ menu? You could serve your grilled fruit as a good-for-you dessert, or even as a savory side dish. The grill adds a unique smokey flavor to the fruit, and the heat causes the sugars in the fruit to caramelize naturally.

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Entertaining for People With Food Restrictions

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It’s approaching that time of the year again, where friends and family gather to eat, drink, and tell embarrassing stories about eachother 😄 These days it seems like more and more people have dietary restrictions, whether they’re in the form of food allergies, intolerances or just strong preferences. As a host or hostess, if you’re inviting a big group over, chances are you’ll have at least one person with some sort of dietary restriction. So here are some tips to manage such a varied group stress-free!

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