Favorite Fridays: Dandy Blend

Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Favorite Fridays, Product Reviews | 0 comments

I love coffee … but it doesn’t love me back … I’ve tried decaf coffee, and I still have issues. Since coffee is naturally caffeinated, the process of decaffeination only removes about 97% of the caffeine. In some decaf blends, I have found that even less is removed.

As a result of my experience over the last few years, I have tried a variety of other warm beverages that are 100% caffeine free. My current favorite is a product called Dandy Blend.


The flavor is so smooth and it’s so easy to use. While I don’t enjoy instant coffee, I love the instantly mixable ease of making a cup of Dandy Blend. Other than heating the water, there’s no brewing time necessary!

According to the product web site, Dandy Blend is made from the water-soluble extracts of roasted roots of dandelion, chicory and beets plus grains of barley and rye. There is a naturally occurring sweetness from the fructose in the dandelion and chicory. I sometimes add stevia to my cup of Dandy Blend, but you could just as easily skip the sweeteners.

And … there are 50 trace minerals in each cup of Dandy Blend. Minerals are something that we just don’t get enough of from our standard diets. So any opportunity to add these valuable nutrients is terrific!’

If you’ve tried to go caffeine-free and struggled, Dandy Blend might be for you. If you prefer decaf in the evenings, there’s another reason to try this product. Let me know what you think!

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Favorite Fridays: Coconut Oil

Posted by on May 13, 2011 in Cooking at Home, Favorite Fridays | 0 comments

Is there anything coconut oil cannot do? I am amazed at the many ways this product can be used. Here’s a small list of the ways I have used coconut oil recently:

  • Oil for massage clients
  • Eye makeup remover
  • Instead of WD-40 to stop squeaky wood on my massage table
  • Oil for popping popcorn
  • Replacement for vegetable oil in a bread recipe
  • “Greased” the loaf pan I was using to bake bread

I also know people who use coconut oil as a moisturizer and a hair styling cream. Think of all the space you can save in luggage when you’re traveling!

The benefits of coconut products are varied, and the list is long. Here are a few:

  • No trans fats
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Non-Toxic
  • Gluten-Free
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-viral
  • Anti-parasitic
  • Beneficial to immune system function

The first question clients ask is what about the saturated fat content? Yes, coconut oil is more than 90% saturated fat. But don’t panic and please keep reading. Coconut oil’s saturated fatty acids are about 60% medium chain fats. These are “good fats” that our bodies use to produce energy. They are also primarily made up of Lauric Acid, which is the primary fat component in mother’s milk. It is long-chain fatty acids that have negative effects on cholesterol and heart disease. In fact, among Pacific Islanders, heart disease is remarkably low. These are people who eat all parts of the coconut and have done so for many generations.

Coconut oil also contains Vitamin E, Vitamin K and minerals such as iron.

When you decide to buy some coconut oil, look for organic, virgin and cold-pressed if possible. You can find it in many grocery stores and natural foods stores, as well as online.

Coconut oil will remain solid in colder temperatures. I tend to keep it in a warmer part of my kitchen so that it stays semi-solid and easier to measure. Coconut oil will keep a long time without going rancid, so you really don’t need to refrigerate it.

Comment below and let me know how you use coconut oil!




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Favorite Fridays: Happy Hal’s Jalapeño Relish

Posted by on Apr 29, 2011 in Favorite Fridays | 0 comments

I’d like to start a new feature here at my blog – highlighting an idea, service or product that I love each week.

This week, I’ll start by telling you about Happy Hal’s Jalapeño Relish.

I love spicy food and it’s even better when you know some details about the product. My friend Susie started The Happy Jalapeño Company because her friends and family encouraged her. They loved her homemade Jalapeño relish, and now all of us can too!

I use Happy Hal’s in egg dishes – even just scrambled eggs! It’s fantastic in soups, especially my summer gazpacho. Another way to use it is in dips, like this yummy Avocado Dip. Susie has a lot of recipes on the Web site, so you can get a bunch more ideas there.

Also … hot peppers contain capsaicin, which has many health benefits. They include antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s known to have thermogenic activity, which means it increases overall metabolic activity.

If you’d like to try some, it is available at Whole Foods in the mid-Atlantic region and at several Lancaster County locations. You can order it directly from Happy Hal’s too!

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