Free food classes in Salt Lake City

There are some great free classes coming up this month here in Salt Lake City! I was sad that I missed the Vegan Substitutions class at Sunflower Farmers Market last Tuesday. The vegan diet doesn’t work for me right now but I love learning about food and how other people maintain their health through their diet.

I’m looking forward to the raw food class this week on May 18. I went last month with my friends Cheryl and Trina and it was great. Merilynn made a coconut ceviche and gave us the recipe for it, so I made it at home a couple days later. Yum yum yum!

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Sunflower Farmers Market fire alarm during class

The class was also quite exciting! The store’s fire alarm went off near the end of our class [not our fault; this was a RAW food class 🙂  ] and we were told to evacuate. But the ceviche was almost done and we’d been talking about it for an hour – we couldn’t just leave it behind. So we helped Merilynn roll the prep cart out to the front of the store where she finished the class and the ceviche.

If you’re curious about the class, here’s what Susan, the downtown SLC store’s Events Coordinator, sent me: “Raw Foods are those not cooked above 118’ to keep the enzymes alive which aids in digestion. Sunflower Market employee Merilynn Norell will demonstrate  easy methods to include raw foods into your diet.”

The next day, May 19, SFM has a class called “7 Building Blocks of a Healthy Body”. Here’s some additional info from Susan: “Dr. Keyworth is a doctor of Bioenergic Practice, a certified Biofeedback practioner and is a licensed Herbalist. In addition to instructing at I.B.E.M college in Colorado and Utah, she is a professional speaker on a wide range of health and wellness topics.”

On May 24, SFM has a class called “Omega 3s / Fish Oils and Vitamin D”. I didn’t ask Susan for any additional info on that class, but I already know I need more Omega 3s. I’ve been reading that most Americans get too many Omega 6s and need more 3s for balance.

There are also a couple of “Kids Club” events coming up and SAMPLING! Who doesn’t love it when food stores sample their products? On Saturday the 28th from 12-2pm, there will be sampling of some of the store brand products.

To view other classes offered at Sunflower Farmers Market, go to their site and click on News & Events, and then Store Events.

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Saving money on produce

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I often share ideas with friends for how to save money when buying natural and organic foods. But I hadn’t taken the time to type up my ideas. Thankfully, my friends at Sunflower Farmers Market and Whole Foods Market have done it for me!

One of my personal shopping goals is to always “shop the sales”, especially when it comes to produce.  We try to eat as much organic produce as we can afford, and I check the Dirty Dozen / Clean 15 list for guidance when the budget is an issue. We buy some staples (e.g., spinach, carrots, kale, bananas) whether they’re on sale or not. Most other produce I usually only buy if it’s on sale. I do this for two reasons – one is obviously to save money, and that’s my main reason. The other is that I have a theory (unresearched, very unscientific theory) that the produce that goes on sale is usually the produce that is in season. And therefore the store is getting a good price on it.

I know stores sometimes do loss-leaders, but not all of their produce sales can be loss-leaders, can they? Anyway, assuming the store is getting a good price on the item, then it must be because there’s a larger supply than usual of the item, right? Why would that be? Probably because it’s in season semi-close-by (lower transportation costs) as opposed to being forced to grow in artificial conditions (“hot house not-quite-tomatoes”, anyone?) or being shipped in from South America. Shouldn’t I be living in South America if I’m eating what’s in season in South America? (Does this mean I’m perfect and only eat local produce? No, I still eat bananas from Ecuador and coconuts from Thailand. Sorry locavore purists.)

I recently discovered that Sunflower Farmers Market has had has* a list of what is in season this month on their website. Cool! And guess what? A lot of things on that list are on sale right now. Hmm. 🙂  Continue reading

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Support gluten-free food labeling - Support Gluten-Free Food LabelingIn 2007, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) tasked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to finalize standards for gluten-free labeling. Four years later, the FDA has failed to fulfill that mandate. To the millions of Americans who eat gluten-free food, this inaction is a big deal.

Stephanie O’Dea, New York Times best-selling author and award-winning food blogger, has a great blog post today about why it’s important to have proper labeling on gluten-free foods.

If you want to go straight to signing the petition to get the FDA to finish the gluten-free labeling rules, go to

Did you know that May is now National Celiac Awareness Month? Tomorrow, May 4, leading members of the gluten-free community are hosting the first Gluten Free Food Labeling Summit in Washington, D.C. As part of that event, they’ll be building the world’s largest gluten-free cake. Cool!

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Pay What You Can – One World Cafe

I saw a story today about Bon Jovi opening up a “pay what you can” restaurant in New Jersey this spring. That reminded me that I haven’t been to One World Cafe here in Salt Lake City in a while. So I thought I’d give a shout-out to them!

Even I found something good to eat there, even with all my no-grains, no-soy, no-sugar, no-dairy, no-beans restrictions!

If you have not been, GO. If you have not been in a while, GO! Even if you were just there today, GO! And if you can afford to pay a little extra, please do that too. 🙂

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Simmered eggs

Did you know that hard-boiled eggs aren’t supposed to be boiled? I didn’t. I’ve never liked them, so I’d never learned how to make them. I only started eating eggs about 11 years ago, when I found out I was sensitive to gluten and could no longer eat bread or oatmeal for breakfast. (I know you can get gluten-free oats, but my gut doesn’t tolerate those either.) Continue reading

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Seventh Generation products on sale

I know this isn’t about food, but it does involve a grocery store… Sunflower Farmers Market has a great sale on Seventh Generation products right now through Wednesday. For example, the 50 oz laundry detergent, usually around $10, is $4.99. A 12 roll pack of toilet paper, also usually around $10, is also on sale for $4.99. A 3 roll pack of paper towels, usually $3.99, is on sale for $2.99. The sale ends Wednesday.

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Sugar = Toxin?

We must have sweets on the mind over here at NBD… Maybe Easter has something to do with it? Here in the USA, we are conditioned from an early age to gorge ourselves on candy at Halloween and Easter and be “OK” with that. Now that I’m following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, the only sweetener I use is honey, and I’ve cut way back on that after going a little crazy with desserts in November and December.

I cringe when I think about my diet my senior year of high school. Here’s what a typical day was for me, food-wise: Continue reading

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