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Fri, 01-11-2013 - 2:04pm

1. Have you ever used Coconut Sugar ? Smile

2. Have you ever used ground nuts in your pie crusts? Undecided

3. What are some things you do to make your food more nutritious? Smile

4. When you are fixing a meal for a crowd, do you adjust your menu to special diets or do you deal with that in another way? Surprised

5. Do you use wheat germ? Cool

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Fri, 01-11-2013 - 6:19pm

1. Have you ever used Coconut Sugar ? Smile

Yes, a few times when I made southeast asian dishes which call for coconut sugar.  It's nice, but not something I will keep in my pantry on a regular basis.

2. Have you ever used ground nuts in your pie crusts? Undecided

Yes, replacing part of the flour with ground almonds when making a sweet, cookie-type crust.  Yum!

3. What are some things you do to make your food more nutritious? Smile

Of hand, I try to include potato skin in potato dishes, use who grains as much as possible, and not cook vegetables to death.

4. When you are fixing a meal for a crowd, do you adjust your menu to special diets or do you deal with that in another way? Surprised

Depends on the crowd.  For really good friends, yes, I will try my best to make sure there is something everyone can eat.  Other times my attitude is, if I am cooking for you, eat what is being served or get your food somewhere else!  Yell

5. Do you use wheat germ? Cool

Yes.  Mostly when I make bread or dog biscuits.

And you, Brenda?  Are you on any special diets? 

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Fri, 01-11-2013 - 9:17pm

1. Have you ever used Coconut Sugar ? Smile  Nope, but I enjoy coconut.

2. Have you ever used ground nuts in your pie crusts? Undecided  I don't recall making a pie crust from scratch, but I do toss nuts into baked goods.

3. What are some things you do to make your food more nutritious? Smile  Use fruit instead of sugar, less salt, no butter, and less oil.

4. When you are fixing a meal for a crowd, do you adjust your menu to special diets or do you deal with that in another way? Surprised  I tend to make stuff thats low fat, lean protein, healthy carb, low sugar, low sodium, or diabetic friendly since that's what I like.  I generally don't bother accomodating other eating styles outside of that.

5. Do you use wheat germ? Cool  Nope because its yucky.

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Sat, 01-12-2013 - 4:44pm

It's yucky; Laughing

They recomend using Wheat Germ in recipes to camoflauge  the texture and taste, because it's good for us. Undecided

I like to add nuts to salads.  Tongue Out

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Tue, 01-15-2013 - 1:04am

1. Have you ever used Coconut Sugar ? Never heard of it, but now I'll have to Google it.

2. Have you ever used ground nuts in your pie crusts? Nope. Does it taste really yummy? I love almonds in my cereal, why not in a crust?

3. What are some things you do to make your food more nutritious? Less cheese in recipes, more veggies, less grains...

4. When you are fixing a meal for a crowd, do you adjust your menu to special diets or do you deal with that in another way? Usually I'm just cooking for my own family, but sometimes there's a church function or family dinner. I don't do anything special, just make the usual version of the dish. Naughty me. ;)

5. Do you use wheat germ? Don't think so, must do more research...

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Thu, 01-17-2013 - 3:20pm

Becca,

Coconut sugar is a natural sugar derived from the flowers of the coconut trees (cocos nucifera). It is also not highly processed as no additives, bleaching agents, or any chemicals are needed to make it. In fact, the only processing that takes place is heating the coconut sap to evaporate its water content. It is also considered to be healthier compared to other natural and artificial sugar substitutes.

 It has a low glycemic index and is more nutritious than typical granulated sugar. Although new to the western world, it has been around and been used as a traditional sweetener for generations particularly in South East Asian countries where the coconut tree grows in abundance.

It is also referred to and marketed as "palm sugar" and the terms palm sugar and coconut sugar are at times used interchangeably. They are not the same however.

Coconut Sugar being derived from coconut palm, is a palm sugar but not all palm sugars are coconut sugars. Some palm sugars are derived from palmyra as well as other varieties of palm family.

Coconut sugar specifically comes from the coconut tree (cocos nucifera). To put it another way, coconut sugar is a palm sugar but NOT all palm sugars are coconut sugar. This is a very important distinction as other palm sugars do not have the same health benefits as coconut sugar.

Other manufacturers mix coconut sugar with regular cane sugar to enhance the sweetness and market it as "palm sugar". If you would like to take advantage of coconut sugar's health benefits, read the label and make sure that it is made from 100% coconut palm or coconut sap.

Coconut sugar's taste is not as sweet as regular table sugar. It has a taste reminiscent of brown sugar but with a slight hint of caramel. It can be used as a 1:1 sugar substitute.

You can use it for your coffee, tea, baking and cooking! Coconut sugar is quickly gaining popularity ad a viable sugar substitute with people who want watch their calorie and sugar intake.

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