It’s Jim’s Ninth-iversary!

Today is a big day for the BumbleBar team. Yes, we love St. Patrick’s Day and are offering a big sale in honor of the festivities, but that’s not what we came here to talk about today. Right now we want to talk about our Operations Manager, Jim! Today marks Jim’s ninth anniversary with BumbleBar, and we couldn’t be happier to have him.

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Time for Tempeh

You’ve probably heard of tofu and all the ways you can prepare it, but have you heard of tofu’s lesser-known cousin, tempeh? If you like plant-based protein and enjoy tofu, but sometimes want something a little chewier, you should try it!

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10 Cookbooks We Use, Love, and Recommend

There’s something really satisfying about making a recipe from start to finish using a cookbook. In this digital age, it’s easy to find how to make almost anything you can imagine online, but we love the art of the cookbook. Beyond being little nuggets of wisdom from bonafide food professionals, they’re ridiculously beautiful creations. If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably a foodie just like us and enjoy the gorgeous culinary photography and design that goes into modern cookbooks. If you’re looking for recommendations, we’ve got ‘em. Here are some of our favorites:

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10 Everyday Ways to Lower Your Sodium Intake

We’re in a health food culture right now, which is great. We talk about the effects of gluten, artificial sugar, and the benefits of avoiding animal products, but we don’t seem to talk as much about our sodium intake. Salt is the leading risk factor for high blood pressure and heart disease, yet we still regularly have it in excess. Many of the menu items we order at restaurants pass the daily recommended amount of salt we should consume, and a lot of items at the grocery store aren’t doing much better.

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Tofu Tour: Crispy Tofu and Sprouts Sandwich

For our final stop on the Tofu Tour, I decided to choose a recipe that was a little different than the other four we’ve made while exploring the different ways to prepare tofu. We’ve done nuggets, roasted veggie bowls, curry, and mini quiches, but now it’s time for something you can pack for lunch. It’s easy to make, it consists of three fresh ingredients, it comes with a crunch, and you’re going to love it. Without further ado, let’s make a crispy tofu and sprouts sandwich!

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Tofu Tour: Mini Veggie Quiches

The next stop on our tour is mini tofu quiches! When choosing these recipes, my main goal has been variety. I want to show several ways one can enjoy tofu, even when one of the steps is to blend it into a purée. That’s not very appetizing to think of but bear with me because this recipe does not disappoint. I’d say these quiches are one of those recipes that you could set down in front of someone and they wouldn’t know the difference between it and the real deal.

To create these delicious masters of deception you’ll need…

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10 Gluten-Free Valentine’s Day Dessert Ideas

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and there are so many ways to tell all of the dear people in our lives that we love them. Depending on our loves languages, we might communicate this in different ways. Some people enjoy taking their special ones out to celebrate by spending time together. Some people like to write long letters of appreciation and express their affection through words. Others like to show their love on this holiday by making something sweet for their something sweet. If you’re the last one and aren’t sure where to begin, check out these gluten-free Valentine’s Day dessert recipes that will help you communicate to anyone in your life that you care about them.

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Nutritional Yeast and Why You Should Eat It

You’ve heard of yeast. It makes bread rise and the world go ‘round, but have you heard of its rock star cousin nutritional yeast? Nutritional yeast is seriously underrated, especially considering that it does way more than just make bread fluffy. It’s nutritious, multi-purpose, and oh so delicious. Not to mention, it is likely the easiest and tastiest nutrient you could supplement to your diet.

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Tofu Tour: Very Easy Vegan Curry

We’re exploring the different ways we can enjoy tofu and the next stop on the journey has a delightful kick. This was my first time making curry, and I was a little bit intimidated. I’ve heard talk of it from more sophisticated palates all my life, but I’m not entirely sure if I even really knew what it was until making it this weekend.

Curry is an all-encompassing term referencing a variety of recipes from the Indian subcontinent and South Asia. The linking factor is that all curry dishes feature a complicated mixture of herbs and spices that typically include hot chilies. There are dry curries out there, but our recipe is the saucy kind!

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10 Health Benefits of Drinking Warm Water

As January brings in 2018 just as cold as December left 2017, we find ourselves adding to the ways we try to stay warm. We start with sweatshirts, heavy socks, and undershirts. We graduate to blankets, space heaters, and excessive showers and baths. Finally, we’re here at the final attempt to stay warm: imbibing warm water.

While drinking tea or hot water is an excellent way to keep yourself warm as the snows fall, it’s also a very healthy practice for your mind and body.

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