The cleanest tortilla chips you’ll ever eat

I used to adore Casa Sanchez thick and crispy chips and thought nothing could taste better. I was wrong. These homemade corn tortilla chips are just as crunchy but taste far cleaner and fresher. Enjoy:

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The cleanest tortilla chips you’ll ever eat (serves two generously)
Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of Food for Life sprouted corn tortillas (that’s it!)

Directions:

  1. Turn on your oven broiler.
  2. Fold each tortilla twice into triangle pieces.
  3. Lay out in one layer on a baking sheet or pizza pan.
  4. Pop them under your hot broiler.
  5. Watch carefully until golden brown. (My “first side” takes 4-5 minutes to become golden brown.)
  6. Take them out and flip them over.
  7. Pop them back in for 1-2 more minutes until the second side is golden brown too. Keep a close eye because they can burn quickly!

The whole process takes me 8 minutes all together and is so worth it: no unhealthy vegetables oils! Perfect for guacamole and/or salsa.

You’d think they need salt, but honestly they’re really great without it!

Jacqueline

Healthy chocolate ice cream (banana-free!)

I am in love with this perfectly healthy, perfectly decadent ice cream. It’s a must for anyone who’s tired of using frozen bananas for no added sugar ice cream. Best of all, my husband loves it.

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Jacqueline’s healthy chocolate ice cream (banana-free!) (serves 1)
Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened quinoa milk (or any unsweetened milk)
  • 3/4 cup frozen figs (about 3 large figs)
  • 1/4 tsp. cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 tsp. cacao powder

Directions:

  • Add everything in your blender, liquids first.
  • Blend and enjoy.
Jacqueline

Jacqueline’s afternoon pick-me-up ice cream

I created this recipe by pure accident: we were out of fresh food, I didn’t want to run to the store at that moment, and I needed fuel. I’m sure you’ve been there!

So I scanned my cupboards and freezer and started throwing things into my Vitamix that sounded like they’d work…quinoa milk, frozen figs, cocoa powder, coffee…etc. topped the blender and said: “Worth a try!” What came off the spatula was pure heaven, and even after measuring out subsequent batches, I’m still convinced that first “throw it all in” batch was the best! I know my fellow intuitive cooks are nodding along with me.

Nonetheless, I got it down for you, to the last quarter teaspoon. Enjoy:

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Jacqueline’s afternoon pick-me-up ice cream
(serves 1. Double or triple for hungry on-lookers!)
Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened quinoa milk (or any unsweetened milk) (use 3/4 cup if you want if more like a smoothie that you could drink with a straw)
  • 3 large frozen figs (if they’re not large, use 4 figs)
  • 1/2 tsp. instant coffee (or a bit of already brewed and chilled coffee. Then decrease the quinoa milk a bit)
  • 1/4 tsp. cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 3/4 tsp. raw cacao powder

Directions:

  • Add everything in your blender, liquids first.
  • Blend and enjoy.
Jacqueline

Peak of summer fig salad

Each year figs are here and gone in a flash. So I use them any chance I get.

We served this salad for as the main dish for a recent dinner party and our guests loved it. It’s completely modifiable to what you have access to in your stores right now (e.g. black mission figs versus green kadotas). Enjoy.

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Peak of summer fig salad (serves 4)
Ingredients:

  • 1 large bag of spring mix lettuce
  • 2 large avocados (more if you love them as much as we do)
  • 1/2 medium-sized red onion
  • 1 palm-sized chunk of goat feta or regular goat cheese, broken up
  • 4-6 medium-sized figs (we use kadota most often)
  • 1 cup of walnuts, broken into pieces, or sunflower seeds
  • 3 radishes, thinly sliced
  • Drizzling of your best olive oil
  • [Optional] sprinkling of your favorite vinegar
  • [Optional] a few cracks of fresh black pepper

Directions:

  1. Get the best chopper in the house to help you chop everything up (that’d be this guy for me).
  2. Toss and serve.
Jacqueline

Meet the winners of the Fall 2014 Go Sugar Free Scholarships

It’s a privilege to get to know every Go Sugar Free member—fun, open, curious, and of course, hopeful people. It really is true that the best part of Go Sugar Free for me is the people. Today’s scholarship winners are no exception.

We received 10 times the number of applications as we did for the last course. Elliot and I spent the whole of a day reading through and watching the essays and videos, every word important. To say the least, we’re humbled.

Go Sugar Free exists to make it easier for adults to feel exceptional in their skin. Whether by alleviating issues that can be seen on the outside, or assuaging ones that can only be known from the inside, it has the potential to transform.

We had announced 3 scholarship seats, but we couldn’t help but do 4. Here are winners of the Fall 2014 Go Sugar Free Scholarships:
 

Michelle, Karon, Joan, and Marla

 
Each winner wrote in detail about why she wanted to take Go Sugar Free. I’ll share just a portion from each that stuck with me.

Michelle Fall 2014 Scholarship WinnerMichelle

“I’ve been addicted to sugar for as long as I can remember and I’m at my wits end…I know that being told to not do something simply because it isn’t good for me doesn’t work; I need education on the subject, as well as tools to manage the problem effectively. Reading about your program on Pinch of Yum prompted me to really dig in and do some research, not only on your website, but also into the effects sugar has on one’s body. It motivated me and made me ready to change for good…I’m 100% ready to commit to a lifelong change; I just need the guidance.”
 

Karon Fall 2014 GSF Scholarship winnerKaron

“I live in Scotland, a country well known for her sweet tooth. Raised on tablet, highland toffee and fudge, there were always sweets in my life.

But I didn’t think I was addicted to sugar because I don’t take the white stuff in my coffee. One of those folks who can virtuously smirk when others ladle in 3 spoonfuls with every cup. But then I got to thinking; I love chocolate, wine, breads, fruit, ice-cream and cake. The latter is a little affliction that developed 3 years ago when I wrote a cookbook on Scottish baking. For 6 months I was baking sweet goodies every day and eating them. From someone who didn’t bother much about the cake world I suddenly found myself eating it all the time and when the book was done and dusted I couldn’t stop. I had really developed a taste for all things baked.

To make matters worse I created a blog that specialises in preserves. Oh joy now I had something to spread all over the cakes I’d been making. Sugar and preserving are extremely happy bedfellows, the jams I was making at least twice a week were loaded with the stuff. I made preserves with a passion and ate them with gusto…

Unfortunately my beloved friend food has turned against me. I have developed allergies I never had, am bloated, have headaches and the depression and anxiety I have suffered with most of my adult life has been having a field day…

Reading the success stories on your blog and the sample emails from the course fill me with hope, these are real people who have made real tangible changes to their lives by cutting out sugar and they did it together.

I so want to be part of this group, I want to be sugar free!”
 

Joan Fall2014 GSF Scholarship winnerJoan

“I am a wife, mother of four and full-time employee. I am 44 and carrying around my ‘wheat belly’. I have exercised for 40 minutes a day, 5 days a week for 2 years and have not lost any weight. People tell me, ‘well you know when you turn forty it is nearly impossible to lose weight’. Really? I don’t believe it. I believe you and your program are the missing support and link that I need.

I am most interested in going sugar free because of you and your approach. I cannot imagine my household without sugar and refined grains. I have tried but haven’t been able to make it work. I read your website and your encouragement, enthusiasm and convincing nature, leads me to believe that there can be life without sugar and processed refined grains. I need your help to make it a reality for me and my family. I am ready and willing to do the work but I need your guidance and direction when the world is telling me it is not realistic.

I am a great choice because by investing in me you are investing in my whole family. You are getting a larger return by helping six people change their lives.”
 

Marla Fall2014 GSF Scholarship winnerMarla

“I’m a 47 year old stay at home mom in Colorado. I’ve always known in the back of my mind that I have a problem with sugar. There are plenty of times when I eat, what would be considered, a mostly healthy, balance diet. There are also plenty of times when my cravings for sugar goes into overdrive and I over eat the sweets, usually ending up with a major energy crash and an upset stomach.

I probably could have gone on like this forever but I received some news that has made me take a good hard look at my choices in all areas, including food. In January of this year I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After getting over the initial period of shock and the time involved with doctor consultations, research online and finally having and recovering from surgery, I’ve had some time to look into ways to best reduce my risk of having a recurrence of my cancer. I have two daughters and a wonderful husband and I want to be around for them until I’m a very old lady! I want to see them grow into adults and see where their choices take them. I want to be a grandma to their children and travel with my husband. In short – I need to be around for a very long time.

So how can I best increase my chances of being here for the long haul? Research points to exercise, limiting alcohol and eating a healthy diet with an emphasis on plant based foods and low refined sugars as significant ways to lower a chance of recurrence. Of course I want to do these things for myself and my family. All throughout my chemotherapy I have been able to really keep up with my regular exercise routine and limiting alcohol is not a problem as I am not much of a drinker to start with. But I can’t tell a lie – I can’t beat the sugar/refined carb cravings and I’ve overindulged more than I care to remember. Literally, as I’m eating or going to the kitchen for something snacky I have a conversation with myself in my own head about how this isn’t good for me and increases my chance of having cancer again. And yet, the sugar wins. I eat what I shouldn’t eat and feel guilty afterwards. I think this is tremendously revealing about the power sugar can have over us.”

Thank you to everyone who entered. There were so many deserving entries that Elliot and I will be working to be able to include even more seats in the future.

Michelle, Karon, Joan, and Marla, welcome to Go Sugar Free. I’m thrilled to have you.

Jacqueline