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While traveling through Sedona, I discovered Lulu’s chocolate – by chance at a local co-op market (as if anything is really “by chance!”). The rich, decadent design ofĀ  the “Raw Love” bar with low glycemic coconut sugar immediately caught my attention. Vegan? Gluten-free? Fair-trade? Organic? Low glycemic impact? I had to know more.

And while a bit pricey, I couldn’t say no. Besides, “love” is listed as one of the ingredients. Who could turn that down?!

So, here’s my sales pitch. Try Lulu’s chocolate if you 1) want to support indie businesses 2) you love chocolate 3) you need your chocolate to be free of emulsifiers, preservatives and chemicals 4) you eat organic 5) you like it when your food is made with love.

To make things even better, Lulu’s chocolate is also available in Oregon (where I live) and throughout the U.S.

Do you have a fave Lulu’s chocolate flavor? If so, list it below in the comments.

Happy Eating!
xoHeather

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On a recent getaway to Pacific City, Ore. (and yes, I highly recommend staying at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda), I discovered Stimulus Espresso. And I fell in love. It’s totally gluten/dairy/soy-free friendly! I also discovered what are now my fave whole foods bars – Betty Lou’s Just Great Stuff bars.

Be sure to order a decaf latte with your choice of milk alternative (I heart rice, but they also have oat!) – they use Stumptown beans – which everyone knows is the best! šŸ˜‰ Then grab Betty Lou’s Just Great Stuff Organic Chocolate Dreams Green – it is amazingly yummy and gives you a shot of leafy greens, not to mention that it pairs perfectly with a latte.

For lunch, I ordered their Greek Salad with chicken breast and balsamic vinaigrette on the side. Delish does not do it justice! There are not many great eats on the Coast, and unfortunately the Pelican Pub’s food was disastrous the last two times I ate there, so Stimulus is definitely the place to eat.

In the meantime, be sure to pick up some of the Just Great Stuff whole food bars, which you can order online. They are pricey, but a great whole foods alternative.

Happy Eating!
xo

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Last week as my birthday approached, I carefully planned my menu. What treats would I indulge in? I surprised myself by going back to the basics (dark chocolate, toast, red wine – you know, the good stuff). So my birthday breakfast was one of my all-time fave’s – toast, sunflower seed butter and sliced banana. I’m a simple girl, clearly.

This time though I mixed it up with Kinnikinnick’s white, soft bread. At 70 calories a slice, it is tasty and there’s no need to worry about calories (as if you were anyway – calorie counting is so lame – I just couldn’t believe how low-cal the slices were!). Check out my quick and delicious breakfast go-to. This will last you from morning until noon.

Birthday Breakfast!

One slice of Kinnikinnick’s white, soft bread (gluten/dairy/soy-free of course)
1-2 T of Trader Joe’s Sunflower Seed butter
1 organic, sliced banana

Toast bread, spread on sunflower seed butter and top with sliced banana. Remaining banana can be sliced in half and coated with sunflower seed butter for an additional treat or if you’re still hungry.

Happy Eating!
xoHeather

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I go through food phases – as you’ve probably noticed. Sundried tomatoes, artichokes and goat cheese is a combo I come back to again and again (it’s so yummy…and Mediterranean). Check out this easy and delish dish that can work as breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. The recipe below is for one serving, so double as you need.

Gluten/Dairy/Soy-free Artichoke Frittata

2 organic, cage-free eggs
1/2 c shredded goatĀ  feta crumbles
1/4 c frozen artichoke hearts
1/8 c sundried tomatoes in oil

Beat eggs in medium size bowl, and add salt and pepper. Stir in cheese, artichoke hearts and sundried tomatoes until well blended. Heat skillet on medium-high heat with non-stick olive oil spray (or 2T of extra virgin olive oil to grease the pan). Pour egg mixture into skillet once hot. Let cook 5-7 minutes until golden brown on bottom (use spatula to lift up and check). Then, flip entire egg mixture to uncooked side (although by now it will be pretty heated through). Since it’s for one, it’s easy to flip with just a spatula. Let cook 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool a few minutes and enjoy.

Happy Eating!
xoHeather

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Having a quick, healthy and easy lunch at the ready is super important for those days when I’m famished and don’t have time to cook. Here is one of my favorite, uber easy lunches to prepare, and of course, I have my friends at Trader Joe’s to thank.

Delicious tuna curry & veggies!

  • Organic, fresh mixed veggies (I like fresh, but frozen of course will do – as long as they are organic), go for a big batch so you can use them throughout the week
  • 1 packet of the Trader Joe’s Tuna in Red (or Green) Curry sauce

Stir-fry veggies with organic extra virgin olive oil and sea salt and pepper.Ā  Boil tuna in curry sauce once the veggies are nearing completion. When veggies are cooked through (although I like them with a little crunch!) place a dinner portion in a bowl or on a plate. After 5 minutes of boiling, the tuna packet should be ready to be served (the packaging says 3 minutes, I prefer 5). Pour the packet contents over the veggies. Serve and enjoy!

Happy Eating!
xo

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You know that whole “everything but the kitchen sink” line that cooks/chefs use when they put a little bit of everything into a dish? Well, this recipe could very well be one of those. One day, burned out with my usual chicken and veggies routine, I decided to mix things up. I grabbed a jar of Trader Joe’s Roasted Red Pepper & Artichoke Tapenade (which I had never tried before but fell in love with!), some veggies, chicken and giant white beans and created this! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Tapenade your chicken!

1lb organic chicken
1 jar Trader Joe’s Roasted Red Pepper & Artichoke Tapenade
1 jar giant white beans (also at TJ’s in a tomato sauce, or grab a container at any olive bar)
1/2 package frozen artichoke hearts
1 c organic, fresh spinach
1 package of organic stir-fry veggies (I get them fresh from TJ’s, but frozen will work as well)
1 avocado

In a separate bowl, pour tapenade over chicken. Let sit in fridge for 30 min-1 hour. Then, place chicken and tapenade in skillet and cook on medium high heat. In separate skillet, saute veggies (not avocado) and white beans. Once chicken is fully cooked through, cut up into bite size pieces. Pour veggie and bean mix in with the chicken, cook on low until all mixed together. Voila! Makes 4 servings. Top with sliced avocado for an added creamy kick. Lightly season with sea salt.

Happy Eating!
xoHeather

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As you know, I love treats. Cookies, cupcakes, bars – all of it. However, when you’re eating gluten/dairy/soy/refined-sugar-free, that can be very, very tricky. I know you know this.

And that’s why I am SO thrilled that Petunia’s Pies & Pastries (who makes such yummy gf goodies, but almost all products have soy making it impossible for me to eat!) just released its Millionaire Bar.

The Millionaire Bar - Worth a Million! (And totally allergen free!)

It has it all. Sunflower seed butter (my fave!), blueberry jam (makes the bar in my opinion), cashew butter, hazelnuts, coconut – the works. I ate it in one sitting, but I probably shouldn’t have. This bar is a meal. Great for carb loading before a big race or workout, or if you’re like me and just want to eat it for lunch, or dinner, or well, even breakfast.

The Millionaire bar hits stores February 7th, so put it on your calendar now so you too can devour these delicious bars.

Customers can order and pick up directly from Petunia’s at their kitchen, and they will also be available at all of their other retailers: Blossoming Lotus, Case Study Coffee, Floyd’s Coffee, Seven Virtues, Cloud Seven, Ruby Jewel, Adventist Medical Center, Spoke Coffee & Milwaukie Kitchen & Wine.

Thanks Lisa & thank you Petunia’s – we heart you!
xoHeather

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Anaiya Sophia, Author & Healer

Anaiya Sophia, famed author of Pilgrimage of Love (which I served as developmental editor for!) returns to Portland for her second tour through our illustrious city. And this time, Anaiya has a few different workshops available for your healing pleasure. The topic? One that is near and dear to my heart – the Alchemy of Love. You do not want to miss this.

Just sayin.

See below for all the details:

Breitenbush HotSprings, Tuesday, March 20- Thursday, March 22

SomaSpace, Saturday, March 24

OneDoorSpace, Saturday, March 31 – Sunday, April 1st

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I haven’t eaten a quesadilla at a restaurant in YEARS. Finding a restaurant that offers dairy-free cheese is almost impossible, and they are usually served on flour tortillas. But, not anymore. On a recent hike through the Multnomah Village and Hillsdale areas, we discovered Verde Cocina Cafe, which boasts gluten-free and dairy-free goods.

Ladies and gentleman, I have never in my life experienced a quesadilla this good. EVER. Goat cheese, chicken, handmade corn tortillas, garbonzo beans, kale, onions, carrots – this dish had it all. It was healthy, delicious and is big enough to reserve some for leftovers or to serve as your one big meal of the day.

Verde Cocina Cafe does gluten/dairy/soy-free eaters good!

Order this at Verde Cocina, or share with us any of the other goods you’ve enjoyed there in the comments section below. I will definitely be back!

Happy Eating!
xoHeather

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Happy Friday the 13th! This is one of the luckiest days of the year (and one of my best friend’s birthdays!). I spent today enjoying the company of some very powerful women and noshing on some delicious treats from Tula Gluten-Free Bakery Cafe.

One of things I love about Tula, other than the delightful smell of the cafe, is that they do an excellent job of labeling all of the items in their pastry case (which look delish!) with the various allergens they contain. It makes the ordering process move a lot more quickly and takes the guess work out of what I can/cannot eat. Check out my tasty dishes below. From top to bottom – Red Nectar Rooibos tea with hemp milk, large mixed greens salad with balsamic dressing and pear turnip soup (doesn’t sound good but was divine!) with gluten-free crustini. Oh, and be sure to pick up a bag of their GF granola or focaccia bread to go!

Rooibos tea and hemp milk - creamy goodness!

Mixed greens salad and pear turnip soup with gf crostini - yum!

I am feeling so blessed to live in Portland, Ore. where we have access to so much healthy, allergen-free food. Thanks Tula and thank you Portland!

Happy Eating!
xo

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