Author Archives for Alisa Fleming

Nogurt Does Yogurt, Free-From-Style


If I had to pick the biggest dairy-free food buzz for 2008, it would be yogurt.  That tummy taming food was in the media more times last year than Paris Hilton, and milk-free manufacturers have been working hard to come out with options for those who are milk allergic, lactose challenged, or otherwise adverse to […]

Perfectly Poached Eggs to Combat Holiday Munchies


In the past, unless it was worked into a baked good, I avoided eggs like the plague. I despised their taste and texture … yet, in just the last few years, they have begun to grow on me a bit.  I still have my limitations.  In an omelet packed with veggies or poached is just about […]

My Top 10 List of Dairy-Free (or Vegan) Books for Holiday Giving


I review a lot of books and cookbooks, and would venture to label myself as a self-proclaimed “expert” in the field.  That said, there are many different types of books out there for the special diet foodie … some are practical, some are simply fun, and then there is that special category of gift-worthy.
To be gift-worthy, a […]

Savoring Sugar-Free with Nutty Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Rice


For the past year I have been gradually reducing the added sugars in my diet.  These efforts have culminated into this past month, when I have managed to forgo all added sugars whatsoever.  That’s right … no white sugar, maple syrup, or even agave.  I admit to a sprinkling of stevia in that “green drink” […]

Healthy Snacks that Can Take the Heat


Just in case I wasn’t sure if summer had yet arrived, our thermometer hit triple digits this past weekend to provide a solid confirmation. The warm (or should I say scorching) weather is here, meaning more time outside enjoying the sun. Since this is a food focused blog, I feel no need to […]

New Garlic Spread Delights with Versatility


Such a simple product, yet it really is the first of its kind that I have seen. A mayonnaise-like whip of garlic, oil, lemon juice, and salt. That’s it. Frieda’s slogan is “the specialty produce people,” but fruits and veggies are not all that they do. Frieda’s also offers a range of […]

Plain Old Fruit Never Tasted So Good


To be honest, I had quite the pessimistic attitude when I first came upon these little pouches of fruit by Peeled Snacks. Packaged dried fruit, so what is new? It is just dried fruit, so simple, no wow factor … but to my complete surprise so [counter] revolutionary.
I used to be an avid dried […]

A Berry Good Recommendation from Dr. Perricone


Sitting right up in the number one spot of Dr. Perricone’s top 10 superfoods is a relative newcomer to the U.S. market, the açaí berry. Harvested in Brazil, açaí pulp is rich in Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), antioxidants, and fiber … and (I quote) “studies have shown that this little berry is one of the […]

Easy Raw Recipes to Supercharge Your Day


One would think that raw food, essentially food in its most simplistic form, would be so incredibly simple to make. Yet, for some reason the very idea of eating raw just sounds so darn complicated. Soaking nuts for hours and even days, purchasing pricey juicers, slowly dehydrating fruits and veggies … who has the […]

Testing the Limits of the Latest Superfood


As reported last week, Natural Products Expo West 2008 was abuzz with new-to-market superfoods. Yet one in particular has garnered a great deal of curiosity for its nutritional merit, incredible versatility, and unique modern history. Decades ago, I recall sitting in front of the TV, listening to Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Pet jingle that still rings clearly in […]