Category Archives: Product Reviews

Snacks for the road? Candied insects?

We hit the road last weekend for the central coast of California and spent Sunday morning in one of our favorite coast towns, Pismo. Pismo is home to some of the best clam chowder I’ve ever tasted, good surfing (so they say), pigeons pooping cryptosporidium, 1950s style beach dwellings, and the Hotlix candy store. Hotlix…

Trader Joe’s Corn Chips with Flax

Trader Joe’s carries a really great tasting corn chip with a twist on the traditional version: it is filled with flax seeds. The label boasts 1000 mg of Omega 3 per serving One serving is one-third of one cup and about 140 calories. It contains a total of 5 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 1 gram…

Quinoa Pasta: A Review

I expect I am about to disappoint the entire celiac community with this review of quinoa pasta. People with Celiac’s Disease or wheat/gluten allergies cannot eat gluten and stay on the hunt for gluten-free replacements like these. Before you disappear, however, after my ho-hum review of these products, there are some very interesting grain-related resources…

Pack Your Sandwich with the Wrap-N-Mat

Part of the changes we have tried to make in improving our eating is packing more food for the road. We have worked on collecting reusable lunch gear and, as we find it, really cool non-plastic gear. The sandwiches have been a bit tricky on the non-plastic front (though a sandwich does fit nicely in…

To-Go Ware Lunch System

We should all be packing our lunch more with our own fresh food. I often pack salads because they are so easy to throw together. Last week I packed something even easier – some broccoli pieces and a clam dip. That very dip in the picture below was made by my mother in a video…

The Grain Mill

We don’t eat a lot of grain and a grain mill is probably a real extravagance in that context. But for well over a year I have been talking about purchasing one and finally bit the bullet and purchased an attachment for our KitchenAid mixer. Two things tugged at me over those months:

Natural Facial Cleanser: Olive Oil

We all want our skin to stay healthy and cleaning it effectively and gently is part of skin health. I have tried quite a few facial care systems with a range of price tags. What I find works best for me is very simple, inexpensive, and probably sitting in your kitchen.

Mineral Makeup from Sheer Miracle: A Review

My concern with makeup lies in its ingredients. We know that to some degree our bodies do absorb the chemicals we apply to our skin. The Environmental Protection Agency has an interesting article on its website called the “Dermal Exposure Assessment.” They review studies of skin absorption using mice, rats, and other unlucky lab animals…

Gourmet Hot Dog

I know that as a health food type, I shouldn’t have the word “hot dog” on this blog. However, I found a really good one. If you need a hot dog, this is most definitely the hot dog to buy. Applegate Farms makes a dog that is nitrate-free and comes from grass fed and finished…

A Healthy Pizza?

We have treated ourselves to the best pizza I have ever tasted, all inspired by my idea to “makeover” some traditional comfort foods. We went with a seafood theme since seafood fills the list of depression buster foods. Shrimp and iron-packed clam were the features.