My sister and I were playing some Scrabble and wanted a treat, a kind of cocktail before dinner. We used what we had in the fridge and pantry, and came up with something that is a pretty tasty drink.
¼ Cup coconut milk
1 Cup Almond Milk (homemade is best.)
2-3 Shots of bourbon
Vanilla (be generous)
1 Tps. of coconut oil
Nutmeg (fresh ground is best)
A touch of Agave, not too sweet
Serves 2. Is Delish.
MAKE YOUR OWN BLACK LABEL
I finally did it. Recreated the Juice Press’s Black Label. Mine is a little thicker, but the flavor is pretty close. You can get the dehydrated almonds here: https://www.sweetwatergranola.com/shop/bulk/almonds/
And they really make the drink, as opposed to raw or roasted almonds. Drink up, folks.
1/4 Cup Coconut Meat
Handful of Dehydrated Almonds
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 Cup Coconut Water
1 tsp. Vanilla
Blend it up
FRUIT VS. VEGETABLE
Don’t use too many sweet fruits and vegetables in your green juice. I’ve talked about this before, but it’s important. Sweet fruits and vegetables like watermelon, apples, pineapple, pears, and carrots are very nutritious when eaten whole, but if you consume too many of them juiced, there is not the usual fiber which comes when you eat them whole. The fiber helps slow down digestion. And when juiced, the amount of sugar and fructose you are adding to your diet could be over the top. It can affect insulin levels pretty dramatically, causing cravings and other not so nice things to happen, like weight gain. This is why I recommend keeping the sugary fruits and vegetables in your green juice to a maximum of 1 per serving. I don’t add much if any fruit to my green juice any longer, but I still love the occasional carrot (for their vision enhancing properties) and beet (for their detoxing capabilities and their beautiful color. ) Exceptions to this rule are lemons and limes that are alkalizing, low in sugar and do not spike blood insulin levels like other fruits. One trick – if you are trying to get your children to drink green juice, you can start by adding 2 fruits per serving, but then slowly decrease this over time until they get used to less sweetness.
Bee Pollen is made by honeybees, and is the food of the young bee. It is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods as it contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. Bee-gathered pollens are rich in proteins (approximately 40% protein), more than any other animal source, free amino acids (contains more than beef, eggs or cheese of equal weight), vitamins, including B-complex, and folic acid.
It is important to recognize that a one teaspoon dose of pollen takes one bee working eight hours a day for one month to gather. Each bee pollen pellet, contains over two million flower pollen grains and one teaspoonful contains over 2.5 billion grains of flower pollen.
Here’s what it’s good for:
1. Energy Enhancer - The range of nutrients found within bee pollen makes it a great natural energizer. The carbohydrates, protein and B vitamins can help keep you going all day by enhancing stamina and fighting fatigue.
2. Skin Soother - Bee pollen is often used in topical products to treat inflammatory conditions and common skin irritations like psoriasis or eczema. The amino acids and vitamins protect the skin and help with the regeneration of cells.
3. Respiratory System - Bee pollen contains a high quantity of antioxidants that may have an anti-inflammatory effect on the tissues of the lungs, preventing the onset of asthma.
4. Treating Allergies – Pollen reduces the presence of histamine, helping with many allergies. It can clear everything from asthma to allergies to sinus problems.
5. Digestive System - In addition to healthful vitamins, minerals and protein, bee pollen contains enzymes that can aid in digestion. Enzymes assist your body in getting all the nutrients you need from the food that you eat.
6. Immune System Booster - Pollen is good for the intestinal flora and supports the immune system. Some scientists say bee pollen has antibiotic-type properties that can help protect the body from viruses. It’s also rich in antioxidants that protect the cells from the damaging oxidation of free radicals.
7. Treats Addictions – It is used holistically for healing addictions and inhibiting cravings by suppressing impulses. Because bee pollen crashes cravings, it is very useful, especially for weight management.
8. Supports the Cardiovascular System - Bee Pollen contains large amounts of Rutin; an antioxidant bioflavonoid that helps strengthen capillaries, blood vessels, assists with circulatory problems and corrects cholesterol levels. Its potent anti-clotting powers could help prevent heart attack and stroke.
9. Prostate Aid - Men who suffer from benign prostate hyperplasia can find relief by using bee pollen. Bee pollen can help reduce inflammation to stop frequent urges to urinate.
10. Infertility Problems - Bee pollen stimulates and restores ovarian function,thus it may be used to assist in accelerating pregnancy. As well as being a hormonal booster it is also an aphrodisiac.
So how do I get it in me?
Bee pollen is a food and acts faster and more effectively when taken at mealtime and especially with fruit. This lets it gently perform a little cleansing of the intestinal flora.
A spoonful at breakfast, preferably taken with a piece of fruit: the fruit fibers (raw hemicellulose) reinforce the activity of the fresh pollen. Or try it in a smoothie with some fruit. Also good news, bee keepers are able to remove pollen from hives without harming the bees or disturbing their routine.
So, do it up.
Milk depletes Calcium? What?
The milk myth has spread around the world based on the flawed belief that this protein and calcium-rich drink supports good overall health and bone health. It is easy to understand that the confusion about milk’s imaginary benefits stems from the fact that it contains calcium – around 300 mg per cup.
But many scientific studies have shown detrimental health effects directly linked to milk consumption. And the most surprising link is that not only do we barely absorb the calcium in cow’s milk (especially if pasteurized), but to make matters worse, it actually increases calcium loss from the bones.
And to think my mother once made me sit at the table all night until I finished my meal of spaghetti and a glass of milk. Dear God.
Here’s how it happens. Like all animal protein, milk acidifies the body pH which in turn triggers a biological correction. Calcium is an excellent acid neutralizer and the biggest storage of calcium in the body is in the bones. So the very same calcium that our bones need to stay strong is utilized to neutralize the acidifying effect of milk. Once calcium is pulled out of the bones, it leaves the body via the urine, so that the surprising net result after this is an actual calcium deficit.
So, What exactly is happening when you drink Milk?
Like any other animal derived protein-rich food, milk has a positive potential renal acid load which triggers a protective biological reaction to neutralize all the damaging acidic protein before it reaches the kidneys.
The body is designed for survival, so it sacrifices bone density to protect the kidneys and urinary tract because the latter are essential to survival. And the most readily available source of acid neutralizer is in the bones. So even though milk contains calcium, it ends up sapping your bones of that crucial mineral.
Also, most milk is a processed food.
Until the end of the 19th century in Europe and the beginning of the 20th century in the US, milk was consumed unpasteurized or raw. Later on, homogenization became the industry’s standard. These processes further alter milk’s chemistry and actually increase its detrimental acidifying effects.
Raw milk advocates claim that if cow’s milk is left “as is” it is a healthy and wholesome drink. It is true that raw milk is less acidifying than processed milk and that pasteurization and homogenization may cause a long list of digestive and other health problems, but it’s still not great.
Nowadays, milking cows are given antibiotics and most are also injected with a genetically engineered form of bovine growth hormone (rBGH). A man-made or synthetic hormone used to artificially increase milk production, rBGH also increases blood levels of the insulin-growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in those who drink it. And higher levels of IGF-1 are linked to several cancers.
Bottom line, avoid drinking cow’s milk.
Hold on, let’s be clear.
Unsweetened fermented or cultured dairy products such as yogurt, kefir, and sour cream are acid neutral. Yogurt in particular is chock-full of beneficial qualities. As is the case with milk, organic yogurt does not have rBGH, but even several of the most well-known yogurt brands have stopped using the bovine growth hormone (rBGH). When in doubt, call your favorite yogurt company to confirm. One more clarification: when I say unsweetened I mean without sugar or any artificial sweetener. However, you can add honey or stevia, a zero calorie plant-derived sweetener that is delicious and alkalizing as well.
Another reason. Cow’s milk is for calves.
Nobody can dispute that cow’s milk is an excellent food source for calves. Weighing around 100 pounds at birth, a calf typically gains approximately eight times its weight by the time it is weaned. But unlike humans, once calves are weaned, they never drink milk again. And the same applies to every mammalian species on this planet.
Also, each mammalian species has its own “designer” milk, and cow’s milk is no exception. For example, cow’s milk contains on average three times the amount of protein than human milk which creates metabolic disturbances in humans that have detrimental bone health consequences.
It’s important to bear in mind that mother’s milk is excellent nourishment for human babies, but its composition is very different from cow’s milk.
The best milk substitutes.
I love unsweetened almond milk, not only because it is alkalizing, but also because it’s delicious and tastes very similar to milk. You can even cook with it! And it’s easy to make your own.
If almond milk is hard to get, you can also try rice or soy milk. Def. go for organic soy milk to avoid genetically modified soy. There is also some controversy about unfermented soy products, so try to use it in moderation.
Also note, there is calcium hiding in many of your favorite vegetables. Do the research and find some good substitutes.
Not sure if I said it before, but I love cheese. Not processed American cheese, but real cheese. I’m not giving it up, but I think moderation is the key. Raw cheese is the way to go, because it tastes so good and is better for you. As I said, I will never give it up. But when you eat it, take small bites and really enjoy it as a treat.
So that’s what’s up with milk.
HOW TO ROCK JUICING, Part 1
Very important here, people. Don’t wait too long to drink your green juice. As soon as your freshly made green juice gets exposed to air, it oxidizes and the live enzymes begin to degrade, decreasing the nutritional content. I can absolutely tell the difference in how I feel after drinking fresh juice vs. an older juice. The live enzymes of a fresh juice give me immediate energy and I have, what I call, Green Brain. My cells just feel alive! Older juice just doesn’t give me the same kick. For this reason, unless you have a slow masticating juicer or a Norwalk, I recommend drinking the juice within 15 mins of making it. Some people say it’s okay to drink within 1-2 hours, but I think it’s better safe than sorry. If you have a slow or twin-gear juicers and you must wait awhile before drinking it, store the juice in an airtight container (filled to the top with no air gap) for up to 24-36 hours, and for a press juicer up to 72 hours. Remember to keep it refrigerated at all times before consuming. Also remember, when you buy cold pressed juice, harmful bacteria can begin to grow if it gets warm. Always keep your juice in the fridge or a cooler if traveling.
More to come, friends!
HERE’S WHY I CLEANSE
To flood my system with green nutrients. To feel energized and alive. To reset unhealthy eating habits. It’s not just about the 3 days when I am actually cleansing, but the prep and ending is just as, if not more, important. The idea is to phase out unhealthy eating habits and set myself up for healthier habits going forward. I think of it as the opening event to a new healthier me.
THE BEST WAY TO CLEANSE
Drink low glycemic value, mostly vegetable juices. From what I’ve read, most dieticians agree that fruit juice is as unhealthy as drinking soda; both are essentially sugar water. Research shows that eating whole fruits is much better than fruit juice because the sugar comes with the fiber of the fruit, which slows down your body’s digestion of glucose. This way you don’t get the insulin spike that candy and soda causes because your body has more time to use up glucose as fuel before storing it as fat. However the fiber is removed in juice form so it delivers a huge dose of fructose and glucose straight to your liver. Studies have shown that this can increase your risk of diabetes and weight gain. True, there are vitamins in a typical glass of juice, but with the amount of sugar in it, fruit juice isn’t that much different than drinking soda.
Therefore, most dieticians recommend drinking mostly green juices, with just a little fruit juice to make it palatable, if you must. Also be aware that you can get protein from green juice. It’s best to check the label on cold pressed juices and select those with high protein and low sugar.
If you’re buying cold pressed juices for your cleanse, I find it’s best to select my own juices a la carte rather than go with a company’s cleanse package. Often, juice companies give you their sweeter juices for their set cleanses. They’re more popular to most people, and they are probably cheaper to make than the hard core greens. But do the math to make sure it isn’t too much more expensive. In the past, I’ve found it’s not much more, depending on who you buy from, and it’s worth it to me to get exactly what I want, which as you know, is greens, please.
THE BEST WAY TO ADD JUICE TO MY LIFE
I crave a cleanse every now and then, especially in the spring or summer. But I’ve found that I would rather use juice as an ongoing supplement to my regular habits. It helps me get lots of veggies and fruits into my diet and it gives me that good clean feeling and green brain clarity.
If you eat junk all the time and then juice cleanse every month, you’re constantly fighting against yourself. It’s not an efficient system. And often, your body eliminates waste in the beginning of a cleanse, but after 3 or more days of cleansing, elimination gets sluggish because there is no more fiber coming into your system. This is why it is so important to get a colonic at this time, to help move all of that waste out that the green juices have loosened up. This is also why I think it’s best to use juice as a supplement to a high fiber cleansing diet.
I use cold pressed juice for inspiration. If I drink a green juice, it’s unlikely I’ll eat a cheeseburger alongside it. Green juice is like liquid gold. If most of your meals are vegan, like vegan before 6, and if you drink vegetable juice regularly, you can consistently benefit from the juice, rather than yo-yo back and forth.
Juice on, my pals.