Every Day Almond Milk

December 26th, 2013 | Recipes | Comments

The best part about going plant-strong and eating whole foods is that you find little gems like this recipe that absolutely blow your mind!  You will wonder why you ever paid astronomical prices for processed non-dairy milk (soy, coconut, almond) How would you like fresh milk every day, you can make as much or as little as you need? This will take you less time than it would take to walk to the back of the grocery store to pick up the gallon, and costs a fraction as much to make!

The key is to buy your RAW Organic (Unpasteurized) almonds in bulk.  Yes, they will be expensive because uncle sam makes everyone pasteurize their almonds, making them not truly raw.  Nuts are on of those things you should definitely get organic… But, hey! This is still WAY cheaper than buying milk, and the bulk nuts are so versatile, and will last for months – it’s the way to go!  You can start at livingnutz.com or nuts.com or any of those other websites that sell organic unpasteurized almonds from places like Italy

almond-milkSo you soak the almonds overnight a cup at a time.  Once you get in the groove, you will just soak the next batch when you are blending today batch.  It gets easier once it becomes a habit.  You will end up with just over 4 cups of almond milk – which is more than enough for a family of 4 to have cereal and coffee. You may want to get a nut milk bag if you do not like the almond pulp.  We bought a bunch of nylon ones form eBay that work great (turns out they are also sold as ‘paint strainer’ bags, but these days we rarely use them.  There is no real need – we all have grown to enjoy the fine almond pulp with our cereal and if I have guests over, it’s easy to strain with the nut milk bags for nicer “for the guests” milk.

This recipe makes just over 4 cups of UN-sweetened  almond milk. You can make this taste sweeter like a commercial nut milk by adding a teaspoon of vanilla and 2 pitted medjool dates. You havent gotten medjool dates yet?  Oooooh, just get some at nuts.com. Organic ones.  You will be so glad you did. They are one fantastic natural sugar and are amazing.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of RAW Almonds, Soaked overnight in refrigerator
  • 4 Cups of spring water.

Instructions

This works best if you have a Vitamix or other high-powered blender.

  • strain and rinse soaked nuts
  • mix with water in blender, and blend for 30 seconds to a minute. (may need to blend longer if blender is not high powered)
  • Add 1 cup of ice to blender first to make super cold milk.
  • For sweet milk, add 2 pitted medjool dates and 1tsp. vanilla extract or powder before blending.
  • Strain in nut milk bag if desired.

 

Is Soy Bad For Men?

August 19th, 2013 | Health News | Comments

One of my favorite Chinese food dishes since becoming “vegan” has been crispy bean curd (tofu) and although I realize it being fried is probably not the healthiest way to eat, I was content knowing I only had it once in a while.

tofu-catagoryThis morning, however I decided to spend a little time doing some research to make sure I was not slowly killing myself, one Chinese meal at-a-time.

I initially found an article from a google search of “is soy bad for men” that must be the most popular article ever read (it is organically #1 for the google search) and is an unwieldily 7 pages (nice ad impression revenue)

The article, for most people who only get through pages 1-2 would seem to imply that one isolated case of a texan who consumed 3 quarts of soy-milk a day developed sensitive breasts because of plant estrogen found in said soy-milk.  If you read the article, like me, and tend to rush to snap judgments, this might be enough to swear you off the stuff.  You can read this article here:

http://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/soys-negative-effects

I decided however not to stop there.  Since recent popular news is awash with scare-tactic articles of everything from coffee being a killer for men between their 20s and 50s, to cell phone screens damaging your vision due to an artificial nearsighted-ness… I am not willing to let some reporter with an agenda tell me what is good or bad for me.  Give me the facts (or links) and let me draw my own conclusions – since it seems NONE of what is reported is actually scientific facts (they are assumptions based upon research claims).

This is an article that seems to have it’s head on straight – and surmises that the benefits outweigh the risks, especially with “normal” consumption.

http://blog.zocdoc.com/does-soy-feminize-men-fact-vs-myth/

Or you can try my google search out here to make your own conclusions:

https://www.google.com/search?q=soy+for+men&oq=soy+for+men

In the meanwhile, i’ll probably still use my Starbucks gift cards and have some crispy tofu once in a while :)

 

Homemade Vegan “Quick” Ketchup

March 13th, 2013 | Recipes | Comments

This was a neat experiment that turned into an awesome condiment!  One night, my wife made an amazing mung-bean quinoa “meat”loaf, and it called for ketchup on top. Easy, except thanks to my ketchup-loving youngest daughter, we were pretty much out.  My brain wheels started turning, and I was going immediately pop on the iPad to see if there were any quick ketchup recipes… then my wife says “hurry up!  It needs to go in the oven ASAP!”

imageOK, so I kick into superman mode… I can do this!  I’m thinking tomato-y, thick, sweet and tangy!  IMHO, this actually came out better than the real thing, and it was all organic and tasty! We will be sticking with this delicious concoction instead of running to the store for ketchup in the near future!

For the amount I made, we used our handy little Cuisinart chopper/grinder – and if you don’t have one of these yet, you should just get one – they are worth every cent. Otherwise, you can use a regular food processor or vita-mix – just double the recipe so it chops easier.

Note: we use all organic ingredients – you should too whenever possible!

  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 can tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp Ground Chia Seed
  • 2 Tbsp Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Italiano spices / all purpose seasoning
  • 1 tsp Bragg Liquid Aminos

Instructions:

Throw everything in the chopper, and grid it for 20 seconds.  Done.

 

My Vegan Cuisine “Essentials”

March 3rd, 2013 | Recipes | Comments

Everybody has staples to their diet – mine just happen to be condiments! After making the decision for our family to start our “health journey” a year ago, and eating a strictly whole-foods / vegan diet, the first thing I had to get in order were my sauces and flavorings! Here are some of my favorites: Read More

Seeding Cancer

August 2nd, 2012 | Health News | Comments

Science has finally caught up with the holistic community. Well, maybe not the whole community – but about something I’ve been talking about a lot it seems lately – cancer.

 The premise: Cancer cells can be “seeded” by carcinogens and they only grow and multiply if “fed” by animal protein. If they remain completely unfed, cancer will remain in remission.

I realize this premise has been floting througout the holistic community, and while I cannot cite the sources off the top of my head, I know the work Dr’s Campbell and Esselstyn have done on the subject have inspired my vantage point.

If the science community can come to an agreement on the subject (as usual, we are early enough in the process for there to be naysayers and skeptics) This could be a huge step toward treating cancer and promoting more science that will ulitimately validate what many who take a holistic approach have been saying for years.

Read the whole article here.

Arian Foster Vegan

July 12th, 2012 | Health News | Comments

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8143634/arian-foster-houston-texans-says-going-vegan

This story was posted a few days ago by FOK on their Facebook page – I agree with many of the comments of facebookers – what the heck “synthetic protein” are they talking about?

To sum up the issue, Arian Foster from the Houston Texans has made a personal decision to eat a plant strong (vegan) diet.  In true gastronomical-discriminatory form, the commentators at ESPN do a great job showing their audience how intrenched they are in health myths and ignorance.

If they really think that protein that doesn’t come from dead animal flesh is fake… well, I guess they have the right job.  Stick to the sports commentary guys, and please, don’t run for politics. The world needs less of these kinds of fools in front of public microphones!

So, if Arian’s body reacts in any way like mine did, he will be one happy camper – faster recoveries and feeling great – not to mention the complete lack of headaches or getting sick on food… yeah, he’ll be fine.

 

 

Dr. Campbell Responds to Dr. Mercola

May 31st, 2012 | Health News | Comments

A great read – kind of like shooting a fly with a 12 gauge shotgun – it gets the job done.  From what I can tell, Dr. Mercola has has some shady perspectives on “health” and seems to always be selling the next thing.  I understand you gotta make a living guy, but please not at the expense of our health!

http://www.vegsource.com/news/2009/09/dr-campbell-responds-to-dr-mercola.html

Plant-Strong diet could extend lifespan

May 31st, 2012 | Health News | Comments

A great article that mentions FOK and the forthcoming “Vegan” revolution – Plant Strong!

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/blog/dailydose/2011/02/fiber-rich_plan.html