Nut Milk Recipes

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The Absolute BEST recipe for thick and creamy Vegan Chocolate Milk:

1/2 Cup Raw Cashews

1/2 Cup Walnut Meats

4 dates

1-2 TBSP Dark Cocoa Powder

2-3 Drops Vanilla Extract

1 TSP Bee Pollen (optional)

*USE ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS IF POSSIBLE

Directions: Soak cashews and walnut meats in water overnight or 8 hours. Place pitted dates, cocoa powder, bee pollen into blender. Pour the cashews and walnuts, with their water into blender. Fill blender with more water, leaving 1-2 inches of room from the top and then add vanilla extract. Blend on high (I use the “whip/liquify” setting on mine) for approximately 2 minutes. (I usually turn it on and leave it while I make my morning juice.) Voila! No need to strain, because there is no noticeable pulp left.

This milk comes out SO creamy and silky, its just sweet enough without being overpowering and is a truly lovely substitute for chocolate milk.

* For a thicker more milkshake type texture, add 1 TBSP chia seeds to the nuts and soak overnight.

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Almond Milk

1 Cup Almonds

1-2 TBSP Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

2 TBSP Raw Honey *OR* 3 pitted Dates

3 Drops Vanilla Extract

1-2 TBSP Dark Cocoa Powder (optional)

1-2 TSP Bee Pollen (optional)

Soak almonds 8+ hours or overnight in water. Put coconut, dates, bee pollen and cocoa powder in blender. Pour in Almonds and water, fill with water leaving approximately 2 inches of space from the top of the blender. If using honey, now add honey. Add vanilla. Blend on high speed (I use the Whip/Liquify setting) for 2-3 minutes. Strain using either a nut bag or a fine mesh strainer.

I have been saving my almond pulp and dehydrating it/baking it on super low heats until dry to use as almond meal, because organic almond meal is expensive and throwing the leftovers away seems criminal!

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This is my almond meal. I’ve spread it out as thin as I can with a spoon to dry it out evenly.  Once dry, simply scrape off and store in an airtight container to use later! I haven’t tried any recipes yet (I’m on a juice fast) but I can’t wait to give some of these recipes a try!

The above two recipes can be adapted for virtually any nut out there!
So far I have done Cashews, Walnuts (these 2 are my favorites so far), Brazil Nuts, Almonds, and Pistachios.

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Milk

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Milk and dairy in general deserve a lot of attention. This particular post will be somewhat of a living document as I gather information and develop the scope of my knowledge.

4 Topics I intend to cover before I consider this post “complete”:

1. Organic and Humane

2. Taste of Organic/Pasture Raised vs. Conventional

3. Goats Milk vs Cows

4. The Raw Debate and Aspartame Legislation

First thing’s first.

I watched the documentary “Vegucated” about 3 people who tried going vegan for 6 weeks. The creator of the documentary set about educating the volunteers as to why some choose to go vegan. As they learned, a lot of dairy farms practice very inhumane behaviors in treating their dairy cows. When a calf is born, for example, in factory style dairy farms, the newborn is immediately – and by immediately I mean fresh from the womb, still has birthing fluid on it, hasn’t even stood up yet, JUST landed on the Earth – taken away from its mother. It’s horrifying to see a mother cow try to follow her baby while its being taken away from her, only to then have its testicles ripped off and its face shoved in a box of corn, while she is then immediately re-inseminated in order to continue to produce massive quantities of milk.

I for a long time have refused to buy conventional milk. If I buy any dairy product of any kind, I opt for organic, pasture-raised, free-roaming brands of milk such as Organic Valley and Born Free. But, not easily fooled by marketing tactics, I had to find out if my beloved brands were holding true to their image. I sent Organic Valley an inquiry to find out, “Do newborn calves get to interact with/drink milk from their mother’s at all?” 

Here is what they responded with:

Respectful treatment of animals is a central tenet of Organic Valley’s philosophy.  One of the mission statement’s 7 goals is to “promote a respect for the diversity, dignity, and interdependence of human, animal, plant, soil, and global life.”  In furtherance of this goal, Organic Valley has developed and mandated humane treatment standards that exceed those of the USDA’s organic requirements.

Our mission statement defines organic as a “philosophy and system of production that mirrors the natural laws of living organisms with an emphasis on the interdependence of all life.” In practice, this means that we follow the precautionary principle: we oppose both cloning and injecting bovine growth hormone, which harm animals; the foundation of all our livestock production is to minimize illness by providing low-stress environments, promoting robust immune systems, practicing preventive medicine, and using natural remedies as needed.  Our farmer members can rely on some of the nation’s foremost holistic animal husbandry experts who are affiliated with the cooperative.

There are several different calf-care management techniques that may be utilized by our farmers. Some Organic Valley farmers leave the newborn calves with the mother to naturally nurse for 3-4 days. After this period of time the calves are started on bottle feedings. They still receive mother’s milk for 1-2 weeks via bottle and then they are switched over to pail feedings, where they will continue to receive milk until they are weaned. These calves will be initially kept in individual housing then they are often moved into a group with other calves of the same age. Some of our farmers will leave the calf with its mother or a “nurse cow”  until the calf is weaned. The time periods will vary depending on the management technique of each individual farmer and, to some extent, the time of
year and region of the farm. All of our farmers are required to feed whole organic milk. They are restricted from using milk replacer. 

I can now comfortably and confidently continue to buy Organic Valley milk, cheese, cream and yogurt. I’ll have to email Born Free to make sure they’re holding up their end as well.

More to come, stay tuned…

2. Organic Grass Fed/Free Roaming Milk  vs. Conventional

Since my journey began, I’ve inspired 2 passionate milk converts, that I’m aware of. Perhaps this post will encourage others to make the change. If you watch Travel Channel like I do, certain TV show hosts talk about how “you can almost taste the grass” in milk from pasture-raised cattle.

My best friend said it best:

“For years and years I thought I knew what milk tasted like. I’ve always been a milk drinker and thought ya know… milk is milk is milk. And now that I’ve tried this organic, free-range milk… I realize I had no idea what milk actually tasted like. I’ll never be able to go back to processed, factory crap. Because that’s not what milk is supposed to be like.” 

I don’t think that I could put it into better words than that. But do yourself a favor and give it a try. However, do not be fooled: not all organic milks are created equally. The following tidbit comes from http://www.foodrevolution.org

“Cows at Horizon’s dairies rarely if ever eat a blade of grass. They spend their days confined to a fenced dry lot, eating organic grains, and tethered to milking machines three times a day. Dairy products are sometimes touted as good sources of the important Omega-3 essential fatty acids. But Horizon products, like all milk, butter, and cheese from grain-fed cows, have far less of these essential nutrients than dairy products from pastured animals.”

Read: Horizon is just another conglomerate with a smart PR director.  Organic Valley and Born Free are much better choices. Born Free is even certified humane – an issue of equal if not greater importance than its organic standing.

Or… there’s Goat Milk as an alternative:

3. Goat Milk

 

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Medical Revolution… a rant

I am a documentary addict. I love the wealth of information that can be gleaned from well-written documentaries. Especially docs about food and nutrition.

What I want to discuss today is Dr. Max Gerson’s therapy by nutrition. His therapy has been discussed in two of my absolute favorite documentaries: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (available on Netflix instant watch) and Dying to Have Known (available to watch here: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/dying-to-have-known/ ).

I strongly urge you to watch both of these life changing films! I discuss “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” in my post ‘New Years ReVolution’; in this post I’m focusing on “Dying to Have Known” and Gerson’s therapy.

Sadly, most of Dr. Gerson’s contributions to leading medical journals are censored. The medical community disregards the fact that Dr. Gerson was able to CURE CANCER, TUBERCULOSIS, SKIN DISEASES and many other ailments because there is no “scientific proof.” This is due to the fact that the medical community requires such stringent criteria, clinical trials can only be proven if drugs were involved. WHAT?! You read right: DRUGS are the unwritten rule to determine if data is “scientific” or not. This is because clinical trials rely on and require only one variable. But Gerson Therapy – nutritional therapy – has many variables, since a variety of fruits and vegetables are the medicine as opposed to some little pill. To add fuel to this fire, US doctors are exposed to a minimum of nutritional education.

When you think about it, it all makes sense… drugs don’t cure diseases, but they make lots of MONEY. When you are sick, you give doctors and pharmaceutical companies your hard earned money and you are not cured. If doctors were able to cure all ailments, they would be redundant and you wouldn’t need them anymore.

Here’s the secret that Dr. Max Gerson wanted to share with the world: Fresh, raw, organic fruits and vegetables, eaten in high quantities will CURE whatever is wrong with you.

*Note: In North Carolina, it is illegal to prescribe nutrition to cure or treat disease, unless you are certified as a medical doctor or equivalent. Therefore it is important to note that I am merely reporting on facts that were discovered by a doctor, but am not advising anyone to do anything. [Read: Covering my ass.]

Dr. Gerson’s work is 75 years old now. His daughter Charlotte is still a strong advocate of his work, even as she ages. There is, however, another doctor who has carried the Gerson torch, and you may have heard of him: Dr. Joel Fuhrman. I’ll write about this amazing man [he’s a hero of mine] in another post, as I have read his work and followed his advice for years. He’s incredible!

Both of these doctors understood the same basic concepts: 1) fake, processed, antibiotic-ridden, genetically modified foods are directly correlated with increased cancer, diabetes and obesity. 2) Real, organic whole foods reverse damage to our bodies and cure sickness. There’s an inverse correlation between nutrition and healthcare. Nutrition declines, healthcare demand increases. It makes me sad that the nation is more concerned with its dollar than with its lives.

Here’s the thing. Nature is perfect all by itself. Nature does not need mankind or anything else to meddle in its business or “enhance” it. Which is why I’m so wary of GMO’s but that is a different discussion for another time. Think back to the movie “Jurassic Park”… Man fucks with nature, nature will fuck with man.

Yet another doctor understood this, and summed up what I’ve been attempting to discuss perfectly: “Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” – Dr. Albert Einstein.

The bottom line here is that pure unadulterated raw food is the best key to overall health. Growing up we’ve all been told “eat your vegetables!” Hopefully this information will help you to understand how crucial your choices for food are. Remember… you are what you eat. You can be colorful, pure and vibrant. Or dull, processed and pumped full of drugs. The choice is yours.

Peace, Love & Veggies

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Juicing Recipes

Here are a few of my absolute favorite recipes for juicing. Would work well as smoothies too though!
What I drink for breakfast every single day:
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3-4 peeled oranges
5 carrots
1 peeled lemon
1 peeled beet (i use a veggie peeler)
1 1-inch chunk of ginger
The combination makes the PRETTIEST colored drink. Bright sunset red! And the lemon and ginger give the orange such a nice zing, its almost reminiscent of russian tea.
Another great one that looks scarier than it tastes is…
1/2 of a whole pineapple
1/2 box of strawberries (about 1.5 cups i guestimate)
1/2 bunch of Kale or 1/2 box spinach or 1/2 red cabbage
Like i said… it looks kinda scary, but all you taste is the pineapple and a hint of strawberry.
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One that will be excellent this summer when its hot and nasty out is the following:
4-5 stalks celery
2-3 green apples
1/2 large, or 1 small cucumber
1/2 lime, optional
makes a super BRIGHT green juice thats tart and refreshingly sweet – but not too sweet!
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I also make a homemade “V8” juice, which will make a KILLER bloody mary soon as im allowed to drink alcohol again (god i miss beer)
1-2 tomatoes
1 peeled lemon
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1 carrot
2-3 stalks celery
1 jalapeno (optional)
pinch celery salt
pinch cayenne (optional)
seriously….. throw some hot sauce and vodka in that bitch and we’re talking a real party!
A very interesting but pleasant juice that I discovered combined some flavors that you would THINK might be nasty, but, like buttered-popcorn-flavored-jelly-beans, it JUST WORKED:
1 Cucumber
3 Kale leaves
1-2 inches Ginger
3-4 Pears
1 Jalapeno
Small bunch parsley (pinch a few stalks in your fingers, thats how small a bunch… just a few stems’ worth) OR you could use mint, depending on whats on hand.
This next one is a mix between a smoothie and a juice, and it’s delicious.
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First, I juiced 3 carrots and a 1-inch chunk of ginger in my juicer.
Then I added the juice to the blender with:
1 sliced mango
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened organic coconut
1/2 cup organic vanilla yogurt
6-8 frozen organic strawberries
Blend it until smooth and creamy! It almost tastes like a mango dreamsicle (is that the way to spell that word?) perfect breakfast for a long day!
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My New Juicer!

My New Juicer!

The Breville Juice Fountain Elite Juice Extractor… my new toy! 1000 watt motor, this thing works like a dream. I’d first encountered the idea of a juice fast from a blog I frequent a lot – http://www.foodbabe.com – and this is the juicer i ended up with! More to come on my juicing journey.

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