Stop Eating So Much Sugar! I Did, So Can You

One of the best things I have done for my body lately is reducing my sugar intake. When I first decided to do this, it seemed scary and overwhelmingly restrictive. Desserts are my jam. The good news I discovered: I don’t have to give them up.

By no means have I achieved a completely low sugar diet by now, but I’m certainly much better than I was before.

If you’re thinking about reducing sugar in your diet, too, here are 8 tips and things I learned so far that might help you on your journey. Let’s start with the benefits so you feel encouraged:

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Healthy Holiday No-Bake Maca Cookies

Holiday cookies are unapologetically my favorite part of the holiday season! Growing up, I would start making cookies with my mom about mid-December. We baked anywhere from five to eight different kinds. We gave them as gifts to anyone we visited, we left them on neighbor’s doorsteps, and of course, we kept covered platefuls in the kitchen so anytime during the day I could float over and grab a little something to feed my sugary festive appetite.

But ever since I began working at BumbleBar, I’ve admitted just how unhealthful and harmful all of that refined sugar and gluten-filled flour can be. My sweet tooth can’t be stopped, though. That’s the truth. So now I just try to make my sweets with natural sugars—and a little less of it—and ingredients that actually provide some nutrients. [Read more…]

We Have Adaptogens on Our Minds

Three Adaptogens to Help with Stress

Fatigue — unfortunately — is universal in our culture. We all could use a little more energy, a little less stress, and a good mental boost. It’s wonderful to know amazing adaptogenic herbs are out there to aid us.

We at BumbleBar get excited about any plant-based, nourishing foods, so we’ve been thinking and talking about adaptogens lately, and the wonderfully natural way they support our bodies.  Three, in particular, have been on our minds: Rhodiola rosea, schisandra berry, and eleuthero root. These three adaptogenic herbs have been the most extensively studied of the adaptogens and found to be both effective and safe. [Read more…]

Tempeh Time: Cauliflower and Tempeh Curry

We’ve had a lot of fun exploring the different ways to cook with tempeh. It’s a great source of plant-based protein and as you know, we’re pretty obsessed with any form of plant-based nutrition at BumbleBar. For the last recipe in the Tempeh Time series, we decided to make a yummy veggie-centric comfort food: Cauliflower and Tempeh Curry. Follow along to make your own! 

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Tempeh Time: Vegan Tempeh Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

If you liked following along to our post on how to make tempeh hot wings, then you are going to love this Vegan Tempeh Gyros recipe with Tzatziki Sauce. The hot wings were good, but I have to say these gyros are better! If you’re in the mood for a great Greek dinner sans any meat or dairy, these are the way to go.

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Tempeh Time: Vegan Hot Wings

Looking for something plant-based to serve on big game days? Turn your wings to tempeh! But wait, what’s tempeh? Tempeh is an Indonesian soy product produced by natural culturing and fermentation processes that bond the soybeans together into a patty form. It’s chewy, earthy, and absorbs whatever flavors you want to throw at it. To learn more about tempeh before making this recipe, check out our post about it!

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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.

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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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50 Things to Do When It’s Just Too Dang Cold Outside

The Spokane area has been chilly since late November, and January (unsurprisingly) hasn’t done us any favors either. Compared to the rest of the country, we’re pretty lucky to stay just above freezing most days, but that doesn’t mean we like facing the cold any better. While Spokane has a myriad of amazing outdoor winter activities to offer, that’s not everyone’s ‘cup of tea.’ Some people’s ‘cup of tea’ is an actual cup of tea by a warm fire inside, away from the cold. The following list is for those people once they get tired of lounging by that fire and want some ideas for what else they could do indoors this winter:

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Tofu Tour: Vegan Roasted Veggie and Tofu Buddha Bowl

Tofu is one of those funny foods that everyone seems to say the same thing about. Usually, that thing is along the lines of, “it doesn’t really taste like anything.” While it’s true that plain tofu on its lonesome is pretty underwhelming, the same could be said about bread, and we find plenty of delicious ways to dress up and eat that. Unlike most bread, however, tofu is both a nutrient dense food and an excellent source of protein.

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