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“Every Meal is a Choice”

By Linda Hoffman | January 1, 2018

It’s true.  Every meal is definitely a choice.  Wise advice printed on the back of t-shirts worn by staff at our local Sprouts grocery store.  We need Real Food!  For years we’ve received the now out of favor pronouncement that it’s all calories in/calories out.  The truth is that what constitutes those calories is of…

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!

By Linda Hoffman | December 25, 2017

The most beautiful holiday tree!  At the intersection of Lemay and Elizabeth, in front of a nursing home.  They decorate this tree every year!  Thank you for doing this–can’t imagine how many hours it takes!   Thank

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Persimmons!

By Linda Hoffman | December 17, 2017

Persimmons are a Japanese fruit that come in two shapes.  The flattened shape in the photo above is the Fuyu persimmon, eaten raw while still firm in salads or as a snack.  The tall acorn shaped variety is the Hachiya, only eaten when soft or it will pucker the mouth because it is so astringent.…

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Flourless Chocolate Brownies

By Linda Hoffman | December 11, 2017

These are moist and chocolatey, and easy to make.  I use coconut sugar, but substitute raw local honey or real maple syrup if you prefer.  I’ve used all three on various occasions, depending on what was in my pantry. A nice treat for the Holidays that is gluten- free!     Flourless Chocolate Brownies 1…

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Easy Egg “Muffins” for a Portable Breakfast

By Linda Hoffman | December 3, 2017

These quick and easy “muffins” are made in paper muffin cups in a muffin tin and can be eaten when they come out of the oven, refrigerated for later, or frozen to thaw and reheat all week for breakfast.  Gluten-free and loaded with vegetables, they make a great after school snack or a portable breakfast. …

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Avoiding Simple Carbs Over the Holidays

By Linda Hoffman | November 27, 2017

Carbohydrates: Simple vs Complex   The main difference between simple and complex carbs is the fiber content.  Simple carbs have none and complex carbs are loaded with them.   Simple carbs are all the sugars and refined flours found in baked goods, soft drinks, processed foods, and alcoholic beverages.  If we want to have a…

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Gluten-free Thanksgiving

By Linda Hoffman | November 15, 2017

Thanksgiving is here!   Time to plan a menu for the feast to share with family and friends.  Our typical menu inludes a LOT of bread and simple carbohydrates in dips and spreads served on baguette toasts, in the stuffing and rolls, and the pie with crust served for dessert.   For years the lethargy…

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After a course of antibiotics…

By Linda Hoffman | October 24, 2017

  As part of the protocol after surgery, it is pretty automatic to be given antibiotics to prevent infection.   Because the antibiotics destroy gut bacteria, it’s especially important to start taking a probiotic as soon as the antibiotic is finished. From Garden of Life, Raw Probiotics 5 Day Max Care, it supplies 400 billion cells…

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Knee Surgery

By Linda Hoffman | October 16, 2017

Some of you know that I had total knee replacement surgery 10 years ago, a completely successful procedure but with a difficult and painful recuperation.  As my other knee deteriorated I tried lots of exercises and treatments to try to avoid another surgery, just limping through life.  Finally I had to give in as my…

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End of Summer…

By Linda Hoffman | September 10, 2017

Harvesting the end of summer tomatoes, sweet peppers and fresh herbs to make a fresh pasta sauce.  A little olive oil to cook the onion, garlic, and peppers with sprigs of thyme, oregano and basil.  I just lightly cook the tomatoes so they hold their chunky shape, using Romas, a gigantic yellow tomato, and a…

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By Linda Hoffman | July 2, 2017

Larimer County Farmers’ Market, July 1 Always a line at Native Hill Farm’s Booth   I make it a point to arrive early.  The market opens at 8, runs til noon.  When I arrive early, parking is not a problem, and even though there are lines of customers waiting to check out or be helped,…

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Coconut Oil

By Linda Hoffman | June 27, 2017

I’ve been using coconut oil for years now, and love it for medium temperature cooking.  In spite of the bad press it’s received, it’s a healthy fat to use.  Never stored as fat in the body, so not an “artery-clogging fat,” coconut oil is diverted to the liver where it’s converted to immediate energy.  It…

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