The Ultimate Lactose-Free Milk Replacement

…is cashew cream (or milk)! I’m somewhat lactose intolerant, which sucks because my all-time favorite comfort food has always been Campbell’s Tomato Soup made with milk. It tastes absolutely awful with soymilk. But when I tried Tal Ronen’s recipe for cashew milk/cream and made said soup… it was amazing. It looked right, it cooked right, and it tasted perfect. I haven’t tasted that in literally years. I think cashew milk works better than soy in this instance due to the higher fat content, but the neutral flavor helps too. The only problem I had, using a less sophisticated blender than…
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Intuitive Weight Loss

Hello, Internet! This week I’m entering into a very scary phase… Weight loss. Unlike most women, I didn’t give a damn about a lot of superficial things until I was about 17. My wardrobe consisted of various t-shirts and tank tops sporting horizontal stripes, quotes about cats, or logos of newly released video games that I got from working at Electronics Boutique. My favorite feature was my hair, because it was soft and shiny. I didn’t really care about being popular because I had a few really good friends, which was all that I wanted or needed. I didn’t get…
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Sundays are Made for Cooking

Super secret family spaghetti recipe

Happy Sunday, Internet! I’m in a great mood today. My Fitbit tells me that I’ve gotten 32.7 hours of sleep over the past three days, and it was awesome not wake up exhausted! I also had a nice talk with the boyfriend yesterday about everything that’s weighing me down. Sometimes talking about what’s getting you down helps, even if it’s not a “productive” talk, where you finish the conversation with an action plan. I also started reading a book on cognitive behavioral therapy (it’s called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Dummies — normally I don’t like labeling myself a dummy, but…
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The Theoretically Tasty Breakfast

Continuing the topic of breakfast from earlier this week, I’d like to share with you one of my favorites. Be forewarned: It’s an odd combination. A toasted whole wheat english muffin, topped with peanut butter and lowfat cottage cheese. I concocted this mix in college during the nutrition segment of my college biology class. Whole grain carbs? Check! Lowfat protein? Check! Healthy fats? Check! And naturally, you could find all the ingredients for super cheap at Aldi Foods or Meijer’s. (Which we don’t have in Nevada, I might add.) It’s a classic Elaine concoction based on the idea that, if…
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Essential Gear, Part 3: Athletic Wear

This is the third part in a multi-part series of what kinds of “essential” fitness gadgets are out there, whether you could possibly live your life without them, and whether they’re worth it anyway. Essential Gear, Part 1: GPS Devices Essential Gear, Part 2: Heart Rate Monitors What to wear? What not to wear?  Appropriate attire has been a dilemma since the first neanderthal put on a loincloth and some beads before heading out to kill himself a kudu. Now that you’re an athlete extraordinaire, you can’t just look at clothes as appropriate or inappropriate, casual or business casual, formal…
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