The Lazy Vegetarian

Hi, I'm Courtney :)

As the web editor here at Swanson Health Products, I'm learning about a lot of products that I never would have known about otherwise, and I'm enjoying seeing the vast array of alternative health and natural beauty items that are out there in the marketplace.

Of particular interest to me are compassionate products: those made completely without animal ingredients or animal testing. I'm also expanding the scope of my vegetarian menu choices: we’ve got a lot of food items that I wasn’t familiar with before. Now I’m learning what their benefits are and what I can make with them … or rather, what I can have someone make for me, since I hate to cook. (I'm getting better about that, though!)

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband (and aforementioned personal chef), gardening, biking, and watching generous amounts of sports.

Water Warning: What's In Your Glass and How Can You Make Sure It's Safe?

Thursday, March 27, 2014 by Courtney K

What's in your water?

Everyone’s heard warnings about poor quality drinking water in other countries, Montezuma’s Revenge and all that. When I was studying abroad we were warned about using the St. Petersburg, Russia, city water. If you don’t have boiled or bottled water to brush your teeth, they told us, use vodka. (Recent reports out of the Olympics in Sochi hint that that might still be the case.) The recent disaster in West Virginia that left local residents without safe water for over a week (and continues to...

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A Vegetarian Thanksgiving: 3 of My Favorite Recipes

Thursday, November 21, 2013 by Courtney K

I love the holidays – the family gatherings, the decorating, the food, the shopping. All of it. I also love my mother. But she, bless her heart, has not figured out how to cook for a vegetarian. While everyone else dives into the turkey or ham, I’ll be staring at a plate of mushroom-stuffed ravioli from the freezer section at the grocery store.

In all fairness, I inherited my lack of love for cooking from my mom. This is where my husband comes in. He and I bring a dish or two that are both...

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How To: Make Your Own Toothpaste, Body Butter & Lotion Bars with Organic Coconut Oil!

Monday, August 5, 2013 by Courtney K

We redid our floors to match our cat.Have you seen our blog post on 50 Ways To Use Coconut Oil? I haven't tried all of them, but I do love cooking with it and using it in smoothies. It does work as a shaving cream, but leaves a bit of a mess behind when you're done. The post lists both sunscreen and tanning oil as uses and both seemed to work: after 5 1/2 hours biking in the July sun, my legs weren't burnt, so that's cool.

The hair tips are all good, but it takes some trial and error to find the right amounts to use. I tried oil...

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DIY Dog Treats: Homemade "Natural Greenies" For Fresh Doggy Breath!

Friday, April 19, 2013 by Courtney K

A while back I needed something to do with a ridiculous over-abundance of pumpkin. (We belong to a CSA and went a little overboard at the end-of-season open pick.) One of the uses I found for it was dog treats. My boxer-bully-lab-mutt, Buddy, loved these crunchy treats. He's got some fairly horrendous dog breath, so after the pumpkin biscuit success, I thought I'd try my hand at some breath-freshening natural dog treats. I found the below recipe, which aims to replicate the famous Greenies® brand...

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Did You Know Swanson Sells ... Organic Seeds & Organic Fertilizers?

Monday, March 18, 2013 by Courtney K

Growing up in North Dakota, January and February always felt like the worst months of a seemingly interminable winter. That … hasn’t changed, unfortunately. However as an adult and a homeowner, I’m happy to have a hobby that keeps me busy thinking of warmer months: my garden. This year, I can get a whole bunch of the seeds I need right here at work! Did you know Swanson sells organic vegetable seeds?

High Mowing Organic Seeds are cultivated on a network of certified organic seed farms in Vermont,...

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3 New Vegan Protein Powder Smoothie Recipes!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by Courtney K

I know Valentine’s Day is coming up, but don’t anybody get me chocolates. I do not have a sweet tooth. Lemons, on the other hand, I can’t get enough of. I should really divide all the recipes on my Pinterest boards into “Lemon” and “Everything Else.” So when we got a new protein powder in I found a lemon-centered recipe and whipped up some smoothies. Swanson Vegan Protein Powder

This vanilla-flavored Vegan Protein with Probiotics is new to the virtual shelves at Swanson. Part of the Swanson GreenFoods Formulas line of...

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Non-GMO Organic Hemp Seeds PLUS Easy Hemp Protein Bar Recipe (NEW PRODUCTS REVIEW)

Monday, January 14, 2013 by Courtney K

Have you been to our New Products page recently? We've got all kinds of new items to start your 2013 off right—supplements for weight management and seasonal immunity, and some exciting additions to our Organic Foods line: Shelled Hemp Seed and Hemp Protein Powder.

I had a chance to sample the hemp seeds and they are tasty! Nutty and slightly sweet, like pine nuts or a mellow cashew. Hemp is a natural vegetarian source of complete protein (including all essential amino acids), fiber and essential...

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Dr. Oz Weight Loss Breakfast: Healthy, Tasty & Convenient Oatmeal

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 by Courtney K

Ready to multitask? Here’s a way to create something better than store-bought, cut calories, save money, and make something tasty to eat! On his show recently, Dr. Oz mentioned that an easy way to steadily drop some pounds was to scale back your serving size at breakfast. He hearty, healthy oatsrecommended less than 100 calories of un-sugared instant oatmeal, jazzed up with various toppings. Rather than shelling out for the over-processed, run-of-the-mill options at the grocery store, make it better by doing it...

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Homemade Cashew Butter PLUS What To Do With All Those Cool Swanson Organic Culinary Oils

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 by Courtney K

Organic Hemp Seed OilAs a follow-up to my last better-than-store-bought adventure... I finally got around to making a nut butter! I meant to make almond butter, but after a mental lapse at the grocery store I found myself with a pound of cashews. Ah, well. I grabbed some Swanson Macadamia Nut Oil and the food processor and got to work. I'll skip the details and let you read Ashley's instructions for nut butters in her blog post. (Plus she takes better pictures than I do!) This homemade cashew butter turned out...

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Gnocchi with Greens and White Beans: A Colorful, Hearty, Healthful Recipe

Sunday, February 5, 2012 by Courtney K
Colorful!Recipe email time again! This time we have a hearty and healthful Skillet Gnocchi with Chard and White Beans. The store I went to didn't have chard or spinach—puzzling, but I chalked it up to being January in North Dakota—so I used kale instead. **Bonus points for the kale chips I get to make from the leftovers.** As much as I love kale, I have to admit chard has a very impressive resume: packed with vitamins and minerals, it also contains at least 13 different polyphenol antioxidants. Plus, if...Read More »