After a month traveling to Spain, France and good ole Portland, Ore., I returned exhausted and without much food to eat. And that’s when I decided to open a bag of Food Should Be Good chips – for dinner. These chips are so good, I’m blogging about them, rather than unpacking.

My favorite (I was hungry, okay?!): Cinnamon. They have the most divine salty sweet combo – without the guilt. There’s zero GMO’s or preservatives and they’re 100% gluten/dairy-free. Oh, and the chocolate flavor isn’t too bad either. This company is genius – who would have thought to combine my two favorite guilty pleasures into one item: chocolate and chips?? YUM.

Up the yum-factor by dipping the dessert chips in nut butter – I recommend Trader Joe’s Sunflower Seed butter – for an even more decadent dessert. You can also check out their Sweet Potato and Lime flavors; two of my additional non-dessert fave’s.

Okay, now back to the unpacking.

But, first I’ll have another chip…

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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We have great news! This blog has been re-created as The Metaphysical Menu. You can catch all of the amazing recipes here. We can’t wait to see you there! Xo

LOVE this new chocolate chip cookie recipe!
There are no refined sugars – so enjoy. The cookies are delightful. If I do say so myself. 🙂

1 c agave nectar
1/2 c Smart Balance Light, melted
2 organic eggs
1 t vanilla extract
2.5 gluten-free flour (I love Bob’s Red Mill)
1/4 t xantham gum
1 t baking soda
1/2 t Himalayan pink sea salt
2 c dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325. Cream agave and butter. Beat in eggs (one egg at a time) and vanilla extract. Stir in flour, xantham gum, baking soda and sea salt until well blended. Fold in dark chocolate chips. Bake 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

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Going on vacation is always an adventure when eating wheat/dairy-free and low sugar. Sometimes it goes great and I get to eat lots of yummy new foods and sometimes, I don’t eat much more than salads. It just depends.

This time around, staying/spending time with folks who don’t eat as I do (which is always the case) meant going to restaurants I wouldn’t normally choose and finding clever ways to maintain my diet.

San Francisco was a bit of a surprise for me. I figured that such a healthy, vibrant city would have tons of healthy eating options – but unfortunately, that wasn’t always the case. Asian food made life easier and I did get to go to the infamous Cafe Gratitude in Berkley, where I received the affirmation that I am, in fact, abundant. 🙂

Check out where/how to eat wheat/dairy-free in San Francisco:

Americano at the Hotel Vitale – Hot scene, horrible menu options. Keep it simple and go with:
Star Route Farms baby greens salad with balsamic vinaigrette and feta cheese (ask them to remove the feta)

The Slanted Door – Great lunch spot: Lemongrass Tofu with Steamed Broccoli

Thai to Go – Awesome lunch locale: Tofu and veggie stir-fry

Cafe Gratitude – AMAZING place – rich, raw food: I Am Enlivened elixir shot, I Am Abundant sampler plate

Paradise Bay: Arugula Papaya Salad

Academy Cafe at the Academy of Sciences: Green Papaya fruit/nut bar (agave nectar sweetened!)

Japanese Fusion at UC Berkley campus: Red Special with Rainbow Roll (DELISH!)

One Market – Very P-town atmosphere but with lots of bright and shiny peeps: Happy Hour: Tequila Lime Marinated Shrimp and One Market Fries (which you need a fork for and should really be called a baked potato).

So, yes – I ate a lot of salads, but the sights and people were so lovely (excluding my time on BART) that it really didn’t matter.

Where do you eat in San Fran?
Leave your comments here!

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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I avoid horror films.
I’ve never seen Nightmare on Elm Street or the Jason series.
Even the hokey Scream films freaked me out a bit.
Bottom line, I don’t do scary.

And then, because I love poetry and I’m part of the kick-ass Read Write Poem community; (founded by the fabulous Dana Guthrie) I agreed to review At night, the dead by Lisa Ciccarello.

I was forced to face my nightmarish fears, as Ciccarello calls the dead out, revels in their beauty and isn’t at all bashful about the freakishness of it all.

The dead lose nothing. Here is this curtain. Everything they ever wanted: the window view, soap that floats, someone pressing down hard. Lips made out of paper. A smile that shines (just a flame at his mouth & so what). In the dark there’s the swamp & the sound of the swamp & the lightning that balls above it. The dead want to grow here, the dead plant the bad vegetables that rot before they eat them. I want a space beneath the boards, something I can put in the floor, I want a root cellar full of fruit that lasts. He knows it’s not enough: home. With each exhale our hands move farther apart.

Ciccarello dances lightly around what we’re all afraid of – death and the dead. And suddenly its not so scary, suddenly it’s rather (dare I say it) fascinating. That’s not to say some of the poems featured in this chapbook didn’t send shivers up my spine; they did. But, that’s what good poetry is meant to do – make you feel. Even if that feeling results in keeping all the lights in the house on, 24/7.

At night, the dead is a perfect gift for any lover of Halloween and all things ghoolish. In fact, you should probably order one now for your upcoming Halloween party. Or if you happen to love horror, you will love this lyrical, creepy compilation of all things dead.

Happy Reading!


P.S. This review is part of the Read Write Poem virtual book tour. Love it!

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Please join me for a reading of Anatomy of the Heart: Love Poems as part of the North Coast Writers Series in Seaside, Ore.

Sept. 19, 2009

12pm – 2pm

Seaside Public Library
1131 Broadway
Seaside, Ore.

In addition, poet and writer Edith Lee Schwartz will share from her latest book, My Mother’s Trunk: Poems & Essays.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Much love & blessings,

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I don’t typically eat cold cereal for breakfast. But, when I’m craving carbs and I’m looking for a healthier fix – I turn to cereal. It’s a great late dinner option (and you’ll fall right to sleep afterwards!) or weekend breakfast/snack treat.

Nature’s Path is my absolute favorite brand.
I mixed it up a bit this time and tried some of the EnviroKidz products – Koala Crisp (the BEST cereal EVER!) and Peanut Butter & Chocolate. With fruit and unsweetened almond milk – this is a fantastic treat. It’s a lot like dessert – only way less sugar!

The Organic Honey’d Corn Flakes are fantastic for a weekend breakfast treat or if you want to change things up a bit.

Enjoy and let me know what you think!
I used bananas, blueberries, strawberries, flaxseeds and almond milk as accessories for these tasty cereals. They also make a great dry snack when you need a sweet fix, without all the sugar.

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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We have great news! This blog has been re-created as The Metaphysical Menu. You can catch all of the amazing recipes here. We can’t wait to see you there! Xo

Crockpot Gluten/Dairy-Free & Low Sugar Brownies

1 package The Cravings Place Ooey Gooey Brownie Mix

1.5 c nut butter (if using soy nut butter, mix in a teaspoon of agave to make it creamier)

1 c vanilla soy milk

1 c shredded unsweetened coconut

1 c chopped walnuts

1/2 c carob chips

Mix the brownie mix in the crockpot. Add chocolate chunks once stirred in. Smooth out so flat in the bottom of the crockpot. Using a spatula, smooth nut butter over chocolate brownie mix. Pour soy milk over top, then add coconut, walnuts and carob chips. Place cover on top and cook on low for 3 hours or until brownies pull away from the sides of the crockpot.

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My reading in Salem, Ore. for Third Thursday Poets was a huge success! The bookstore sold out of my books and the people in Salem were so gracious and lovely. I had an absolute blast! Thank you to Maureen of Third Thursday Poets (you rock!) and Joanna at Tea Party Bookshop. And of course, a BIG shout-out to Jen Powers – my bestest friend – for taking video and then keeping the celebration going. Thank you Elaine & Alex for showing up and taking photos. Muah!

Stay tuned for my next reading, Sept. 19th at the Seaside Library from 12-2p. Woo!

Much love & blessings,
Heather 🙂

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Third Thursday Poets

Third Thursday Poets is a monthly series celebrating the art of poetry and giving prominent area writers a chance to share their favorite poetry, whether it’s their own or someone else’s.


V a c a t i o n

When: Thursday, August 20, 2009, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Where: The Tea Party Bookshop, 420 Ferry St., SE, Salem, OR 97301

Please join us as TTP celebrates idyllic August with Heather Strang

Heather Strang is a writer, poet and coach. Her writing has appeared in blogs, books and a host of print and online publications, including 20-Something Manifesto, Four and Twenty, Women’s eNews, The Oregonian, Amaze Magazine, NW Women’s Journal and many others. In addition, Heather teaches workshops on a variety of conscious living topics. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her meditating on the beach, creating new recipes and exploring the possibilities of the Universe. To learn more, visit:

As a special summer treat, the TTP Open Micers will also be featured this month. There will be a sign-up sheet at the door or please e-mail to be placed on the list.

For more information, please contact Maureen Clifford @

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OMG – this is a fantastically light and delicious summer dinner. You will love it! It takes a bit of prep time, but even without a long marinade time, this dish turns out incredibly well.

Coconut Fish
Serves 2

6 white fish fillets (I used Tilapia – it was perfect)
8 oz. unsweetened coconut milk
4 limes

Place fish fillets in glass baking dish. Pour coconut milk on top of fish so that fillets are fully submerged. Squeeze the juice of 4 limes over the fillets. Cover with foil and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour (or more based on your time availability). Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake uncovered for 35 minutes or until fish is cooked through.

Happy Eating!
xoHeather 🙂

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