organic natural healthy energy drinksThe first official healthy energy drink was created by the Japanese company Taisho Pharmaceuticals in 1960. This beverage, called Lipvitan-D, contained a mix of essential vitamins, the amino acid taurine and the B vitamin niacin as metabolic agents to boost energy and concentration.

Energy drinks officially went to the Dark Side with the creation of Red Bull in 1987,

quinoaAs my kids and I enjoyed some homemade, spelt sourdough english muffins for breakfast, my wife munched down on a dish of quinoa, a very popular alternative nowadays with the gluten free crowd. 

plantain biscuits, plantain recipesInterest in plantains is growing as people realize that they make a more digestible alternative to grains not just in savory dishes, but for baking too! The trouble is, plantain recipes are few and far between, so if you want to get started baking with plantain flour, some trial and error is likely necessary. 

shrimp and grits grain freeFor those of you who love shrimp and grits but aren’t eating corn for whatever reason, this recipe is for you!

Why would someone want to go grain free in the first place? There are a couple of key reasons. 

goose eggsI tasted goose eggs for the very first time while on vacation recently in Colorado. Like duck eggs, they are not a common food in the American diet. However, they are becoming more widely available as an increasing number of people opt to raise small flocks of egg laying birds in their backyards.

sucralose, splendaSucralose is the most consumed artificial sweetener in the United States. Grabbed a diet soda, sports or energy drink? It very likely contains it.

How about any number of “reduced sugar” processed foods frequently touted as “healthy” snacks? Examples include muffins, breads, bars, and other convenience foods at the grocery and healthfood store.

classic meatloaf recipeJust because the weather is warm doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some serious comfort food! When it comes to main courses, one of my favorite dishes that hits the spot is classically inspired meatloaf.

I recently enjoyed perhaps the most delicious traditional meatloaf I’ve ever ordered in a restaurant. It was at The Refinery,

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