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Drunk In Love!

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This week’s blog is dedicated to the throwbackyou know, our favorite hashtag, #TBT. One of my good friends has a super cool blog dedicated to all things old fashioned, in other words, the throwback. Last week he talked about throwback eats and classic comfort foods. He threw me off with the pork chops and applesauce, but I digress. His post made me reflect back to my childhood and all of the yummy eats (and drinks) that I had the privilege of devouring.

Growing up, I was a very picky eater and the things I enjoyed were very odd. Among my favorites were 25 cent cartons of Jungle Juicelemonade flavor of courseor anything that I could afford to buy in multiples at the bodega for under $1.00. Don’t judge me, times were hard in the ’80s. Nothing compared however to my all-time favorite, Coconut flavored Yoo-Hoo. On a good week, my mom would buy me a 6-pack of both coconut and strawberry—ah, the good ole days! Those days are long gone and so are the makings of Coconut flavored Yoo-Hoo. Moment of silence please for all of the flavored milks that are no longer with us!

Note: Two thumbs down to the Yoo-Hoo folks who decided it was a good idea to leave coconut out of the official Yoo-Hoo history & storyline. Never fail though, I found this cool 15-second video memorial for #TBT fans.

Recently, I was making my own milk and thought to myself: Self, I wonder what would happen if I tried to flavor this myself. Not only would it be healthier than the good ole 80’s concoctions of yesteryearthe possibility that it might not taste half bad spurred me to action. Yes, folks, I made fruit-flavored milk and it was epic! Granted it’s no Coconut Yoo-Hoo, but it’ll do for nowthat is, until this petition to bring the original back to shelves is passed through Congress.

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Ingredients:

  • Cashews
  • Dates (pitted)
  • Filtered water
  • Coconut butter
  • Organic Strawberries (or whatever berry you prefer, I used blueberry in the jar on the right)

Are you interested in helping to revive the 8th wonder of the world? Sign the petition!

 

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Got Milk? Don’t Believe the Hype

Word on the street is that “milk does a body good,” but did that ad campaign specifically say it should or had to be cow’s milk? Perhaps it was implied, but I’m of the opinion and research shows that:

  • Cows milk isn’t all it’s cracked up to be… and besides, shouldn’t cow’s milk be consumed by baby cows?
  • After a human mother has finished nursing her baby, something odd happens — a cow takes over! Why is that? This makes us the only mammal on earth that consumes milk in their adulthood, and as a matter of fact, we are the only species that consumes the milk of other species.  *insert blank stare*

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I know what you’re thinking, here’s yet another super healthy, PETA loving, eco-conscious weirdo trying to tell us that something we grew up on is quite possibly dangerous. On the contrary, I’m by no means employed by the Healthy Police, and my membership in the, “make everyone go vegan or die” club, expired ages ago. My philosophy: If you like it, I love it! But as somewhat of a health food blogger, I like sharing the reasons why I’ve chosen a specific lifestyle or eating regimen, and for those looking for alternatives, it’s my hope that my blog or Pinterest pages can/will provide those suggestions.

So back to the cows… there have been many articles written about the fact that human beings are not designed to drink any milk except human milk. Additionally, not only is consuming dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt, sour cream, ice cream) not healthy for humans, its not all that fun for poor Mrs. Cow either. Here are just 6 of the myriads of reasons I found why we should eliminate or at least reduce the consumption of dairy:

  1. Cows produce milk for the same reason humans do―to nourish their young, so for ever gallon of milk in your grocers freezer, there’s a calf in a pasteur somewhere thirsty as hell.1
  2. When not on a factory farm (producing milk for other people’s children), cows can live to be 20 years old, but cows used for milk are usually slaughtered for low-grade hamburger meat when they’re around 4 years old.1
  3. There are 9 million cows living on dairy farms in the United States. They spend most of their lives in large sheds or on feces-filled mud lots, where disease is rampant.2
  4. Prominent medical doctors now claim that dairy consumption is a contributing factor in nearly two dozen diseases and ailments in children and adults (i.e. iron deficiency anemia, allergies, diarrhea, heart disease, colic, cramps, gastrointestinal bleeding, sinusitis, skin rashes, acne, increased frequency of cold and flus, arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, asthma, autoimmune diseases, etc.).3
  5. If for whatever reason, you still want to consume cow’s milk, you should know that after pasteurization and homogenization, most of the nutrients and benefits of milk are destroyed.4
  6. Contrary to popular belief, drinking cow’s milk is nutrition-less due to modern farming methods. There is evidence to prove that nearly all cows (unless raised by you or a farm you know well) are full of toxins, pesticides, antibiotics, bacteria, and hormones.4

Ok I know what you’re thinking now, so where am I supposed to get my calcium from now that you’ve thoroughly grossed me out and scared me milk-less? Don’t fret; there are tons of alternatives (i.e. almond, coconut, cashew milk) that have all the calcium you need. I don’t suggest the boxed, overly processed variety of these milks either. Recently I’ve begun making my own milk and it’s easy as 1-2-3; processing time takes less than 10 minutes.

Here’s a picture of my process using sunflower seeds. Note I’ve started using a simple strainer instead of squeezing liquid through a nut milk bag (noted in the video below) and it works perfectly:

ImageHere is a “how to” video link by Chef Joy. She shows you two super simple ways that you can make Almond milk. You can use her process with any nut/seed you prefer.

Cartoon Photo Courtesy of Natural News

6 Reasons Courtesy of:

  1. http://www.peta.org/features/dairy-industry-cruelty/
  2. http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/facts/environmental-health-reasons-dairy.htm
  3. http://www.waoy.org/9.html
  4. http://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/is-cows-milk-meant-for-human-consumption-part-1/
 
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Posted by on February 12, 2014 in Food, Juicing, Marist IMC, Paleo, Whole30

 

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