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This is Why You Should Buy Whole Coffee Beans: Foodie Underground


Column Are you buying whole coffee beans, or a bunch of filler?

Let’s have a chat about coffee.

Coffee is one of those products that comes from far far away, but it’s one of the non-local items that I have chosen to not remove from my diet. There are other tropical goods I’d rather get rid of first – bananas I can live without for example – and when it comes to eating locally and in season, you have to pick your battles. In the battle of me versus coffee, coffee wins every single …

Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe: Cool Down and Slim Down with Dessert

banana ice cream

This vegan  strawberry ice cream recipe is free of dairy and added sugar and full of flavor–and it even has a few secret ingredients.

Cool down and slim down in the summer, even with dessert! Frozen bananas and other fruits make for the best base to a vegan and raw ice cream recipe that satisfies your sweet tooth without packing on the pounds. That way, you don’t have to feel deprived when attempting to slim down and offer your body a boost of nutrition.

This recipe includes an avocado …

5 Cocktail Herb Garden Garnishes and Mixed Drink Ingredients You Can Grow Yourself


Why not make sure you have an herb garden that gives you the best cocktails possible?

While a well-mixed cocktail is a good thing, a well-mixed cocktail with homegrown garnish is even better. Which is where your herb garden comes in.

The beauty of cocktail garnishes is that you don’t need a lot of herbs, which means that a mixed drink herb garden can be as simple as a few pots in your kitchen window. Beyond garnishes, you can use your herbs as cocktail ingredients, either muddling them or making easy simple syrups.

Here …

Is Fruit Sugar as Bad as Regular Sugar?

fruit sugar

These days, it seems that fruit is becoming a casualty of the sugar wars, and wrongly so. With processed foods and junk food crammed with sugar in all its various refined forms, fruit sugar should be the least of your worries.

However, if you avoid refined sugar like the plague and still feel bloated, a few pounds heavier and dependent on that sugar “fix”, it may be worth taking an inventory of your fruit consumption. Here is when and why you should avoid certain fruits and the hierarchy of …

10 Boring Real Foods That Should Be Trendy: Foodie Underground


ColumnForget the trendy foods, we need all the boring real foods back in our lives.

Pro tip: if you want to eat well you do not need to buy all of the trendy health foods at the store. Sparkly probiotic drinks, omega 3-antioxidant infused vegan ice creams, supercharged gluten-free miracle cookies? You need none of it. You need real food. The boring stuff. The stuff that doesn’t have a marketing campaign behind it, or its own blog or Twitter feed.

We’ve come to a day and age where food trends win out …

Kale Pesto Recipe

kale pesto

In this kale pesto recipe, the basil typically used  in pesto is replaced  with the earthy kale, which gives the sauce a bolder, slightly spicy flavor. This condiment is delicious mixed with scrambled eggs, spread on a sandwich or pizza, whisked into salad dressing, or spooned over grilled fish.

Kale Pesto Recipe

Makes one cup


Garlic, 2 cloves
Parmesan or pecorino cheese,1⁄2  cup (2oz/60g), grated
Kale leaves,  2 cups  (2 oz/60 g), packed
Pine nuts, 1cup ( 1 1oz/35 g), toasted
Extra-virgin olive oil, 1cup (4 floz/125ml)

Upscale Gourmet Vegan Mayonnaise At…The Dollar Store?  

hampton creek mayo

If you haven’t yet tasted Hampton Creek’s vegan mayonnaise called “Just Mayo”, you can now head down to your local dollar store and pick up a jar.

That’s right…while it seems pretty counterintuitive, the two-year old vegan mayonnaise brand is targeting stores like Dollar Tree along with Costco, Safeway, and Kroger, in order to reach a market beyond the Whole Foods gourmet vegan mayo buyer. The company wants the Hellmann’s and Miracle Whip customer to give egg-free mayo a try.

Vegenaise, the popular (ridiculously delicious) vegan mayonnaise that’s a staple in every …

Vegan Blueberry Scones Recipe with Coconut Milk and Gluten-Free Oats



This vegan blueberry scones recipe is also gluten-free.

A scone is a single-serving cake or quickbread originating from the United Kingdom that is best paired with a cup of tea. It does not include yeast, which is why it retains a dense texture. It makes for a convenient breakfast and a scrumptious snack.

One scone has about 220 calories, 6 grams of fat, 600 milligrams of sodium, and 15 grams of sugar. Its ingredients include eggs, butter, sugar, milk and white flour. It’s more dense than your average fluffy cake or …