Most mornings I wake up, have a glass of water with sole and iodine and then a nice tall glass of fresh juice to get me going. Then, a couple of days ago, my juicer broke so I have been making good morning shakes. But today, I was hungrier than normal and was in the mood for a little something different.
First I cut up half an apple, cranberries, and some sprouted buckwheats that I dehydrated with cinnamon spice (I like to always have some on hand because they are a lot like rice krispies), next I added some raw trail mix with cacao nibs, raw cashews, golden raisins, goji berries, and mulberries, I added homemade almond mylk and coconut flakes. The combination was great!
Almond mylk is naturally sweet, versatile and alkaline.
Soak 1 cup of raw almonds overnight (I add half of a vanilla bean to the soak water). The next morning, rinse and drain your almonds and place in a blender with four cups of filtered water. Blend until ingredients are smooth. Pour into a strainer to separate the remaining pulp. You may use the pulp again for a lighter mylk. Place almond mylk back in blender and add a pinch of sea salt, agave, and the soaked vanilla bean for flavor. Blend and serve.
The Real Deal About Cow's Milk, is that it isn't good for you!
1. Modern commercial farming involves the heavy use of growth hormones and antibiotics, in order to produce more, supposedly healthier milk. The problem is that these hormones and antibiotics get into the milk the cows produce, and when we ingest them, they have far-reaching effects on our health, including the possible endocrine and reproductive problems and the development of "super" strains of bacteria that are resistant to the constant low doses of antibiotics they are subject to.
2. More than 60 percent of the human population is either lactose-intolerant (meaning their bodies do no produce the enzyme to digest the main sugar in milk, lactose) or they are allergic to milk. If more than half of us can't drink milk, it can't be as necessary to good health as many think it is.
3. Dairy products cause excess mucus production in the body. Excess mucus production can ultimately affect your digestive and immune systems.
4. Dairy milk really isn't as nutritionally packed as we are led to believe. We are all told that we need milk in order to get sufficient amounts of calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin D. But truth be told, this is a marketing scheme, and milk is not a very rich source of these vitamins naturally; it's generally fortified with them. And most green vegetables have more calcium than milk! Eat your veggies and you'll be just fine. (Cow milk info from Renee Loux, Living Cuisine).
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