Doubling back Jack

Two weeks ago I spoke of purchasing and utilizing my very first jackfruit and shared my ceviche recipe, and now I would like to share my “pulled pork” recipe. In the end, the particular BBQ sauce will make all the difference and found the one pictured to be a too vinegary, but there are others to choose from.
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The jackfruit tree begins to produce fruit after four years and will produce it for up to 100 years. An average tree grows up to forty feet tall and will produce four to eight thousand pounds of fruit per year. The fruit will vary in weight from twenty to eighty pounds each and sometimes exceed two hundred pounds.
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Low in calories and high in fiber Jackfruit is rich in vitamins C, Riboflavin, A, B6, and others. Its mineral content is robust as well high in Manganese, Magnesium, Copper, Potassium with smaller amounts of Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorus, and Selenium.

The seeds are very nutritious and edible too. I boiled mine in salted water for twenty minutes and then allowed them to cool to peel them. If you pan or oven roast them, it will harden the shell and make them easier to peel than just boiling them. They were very much like potatoes, and I highly recommend them!
Wow these cooked seeds are amazingly tasty!

I made the slaw using avocado rather than mayo for a myriad of reasons and also added salt and pepper, not in the picture. Any slaw recipe will work and helps to balance the richness and bold BBQ flavor of the jackfruit.

Slaw recipe
Once deseeded I sliced the pods into strips and sautéed with seasoning and broth to slowly cook and soften the flesh of the fruit. After over an hour I added the BBQ sauce and simmered it for thirty more minutes and then placed with the slaw on toasted buns and it was tasty!
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Jackfruit love
Another recipe where no animal need be exploited to make great food. I did freeze some of the pods and will likely smoke them and try them with a different BBQ sauce or better yet make my own.
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If you Love Dogs read this.

Found myself at the movie theater yesterday to watch an award winning movie that when complete I wondered if I had been punked. The very best thing about the movie was a Trailer that ran before it, and I thought so much of it I decided to share it with you in today’s blog.

If you love or even just like dogs, then this is a movie I would bet anything you will enjoy. A movie that will bring one laughter, smiles, joy and for those that know the grief of a pets death, comfort beyond measure. I returned home from the movie and watched the trailer several times, eliciting a powerful response each time.

The premise of the movie speaks volumes to me since I have become enamored with our Paisley. A cat man first but a dog is a whole other level, and everyone deserves to see this movie.

Based on the bestselling novel, A Dogs Purpose brings this story of one devoted dog to life. It is directed by the guy who made The Cider House Rules and more recently The 100-Foot Journey. Also the movie’s producer did Zombieland and television’s The Golden Girls.

Opens January 27th!

Opens January 27th!

Remember that your dog’s feet do take in through their pads toxins you might not have concerned yourself with before but you should if you care about their wellness. From floor cleaners, polishes and kitchen and bath cleaning agents to carpet deodorizers and chemicals on the grass of wherever they walk including parks and sidewalks.

Back to the movie, watch the preview and see it when it comes out in a couple of weeks. Here is the link to the preview on YouTube https://youtu.be/1jLOOCADTGs

Paisley chewing along

Paisley chewing along

I am confident it will deliver well when I see it opening day. Enjoy your weekend, share this with anybody, Be Well!
Brett

Do You Know Jack?

What began as a curiosity after trying bbq jackfruit at a place on the square in Denton has turned into a realization that this IS the next big thing in food. I spoke on it briefly in my last blog as it makes an amazing meat replacement.

The jackfruit tree begins to produce fruit after four years and will produce it for up to 100 years. An average tree grows up to forty feet tall and will produce four to eight thousand pounds of fruit per year. The fruit will vary in weight from twenty to eighty pounds each and sometimes exceed two hundred pounds.
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Low in calories and high in fiber Jackfruit is rich in vitamins C, Riboflavin, A, B6, and others. Its mineral content is robust as well high in Manganese, Magnesium, Copper, Potassium with smaller amounts of Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorus, and Selenium.

I have previously only purchased it in a can from the Asian market. Yesterday I went hunting for a fresh one and was rewarded with one just under twenty pounds. The coloring was as I learned correct for a ripe one. However, it was firmer than expected and inside it was much dryer also, so possibly not quite as ripe as I thought.

Inside the fruit is fiber and seed filled pods

Inside the fruit is fiber and seed filled pods

If you ever feel the need to strengthen your hands by one like I did. It took a bit longer than anticipated just to make it halfway through the fruit; I will get the other half later. The object is to separate the pods from the fibrous parts and then cull the seed from each pod.
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The seeds are very nutritious and edible too. I will be boiling mine tomorrow for twenty minutes and then eaten as a cross between a potato and chestnut. Once out of the water and slightly cooled peel the skin that remains, if any, that protected it while in its pod. Season and nom.

Oh and before you start this adventure know that this fruit secretes a natural latex so oil your knife and hands to ease on cleanup. My large knife suffered a coating of it, and I ran hot water over it to soften the latex and used dry paper towels to remove it.

www-nutritionaltruths-com-35 In addition to what you see in the pic, I added diced artichokes and salt and pepper. Also only used one jalapeno, one-third of the onion, half the cilantro and four tablespoons of the rice vinegar. Again there are more recipes online for jackfruit ceviche and most anything else with jackfruit than you can imagine.

I Made a ceviche for dinner tonight and will top it with avocado before serving. Tomorrow night it is pulled jackfruit BBQ style and the rest I may freeze for later. There are hundreds of recipes online, and if you’re looking for a no processed meat substitute that is full of fiber and nutrition this would be a great one!

Hope you will give jackfruit a chance one day as it can be bought in cans or premade BBQ, carnitas, etc. in the refrigerated section of your healthful grocery store.

Jackfruit Ceviche!

Jackfruit Ceviche!

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Grown Meats

Looking at a recent poll showed that while Baby Boomers who lived the vegan lifestyle was at 2 % Generation X was at 5% and millennials were at 12%, proving that fewer and fewer Americans are consuming animal flesh, animal products, and by-products.

In addition to not eating animals vegans do not use leather for their shoes, jackets, purses, etc. nor do they use any soap, makeup, cleaning product, or item derived from or tested on animals or bugs including honey, wool, down, and silk, etc. It is most often from a compassionate standpoint, while for others it is for the health benefits or both.

As for what vegans eat, I would like to focus today’s blog on two straightforward unprocessed meat alternatives. Go to a place like Trader Joe’s and investigate all the faux meat options they have, it may surprise you. I want to cover two alternatives that you can prepare at home from its natural state and enjoy without too much effort.

Jackfruit is an amazing alternative, grown throughout India and Thailand and the trees grow large with a canopy full of fruit. The fruit itself can range in weight from 35 to 80 pounds. They can be purchased smaller and whole at an Asian market or in the can at those same markets, and they are beginning to carry it at regular grocery stores as well in the can. Ideally get it packed in water or brine. Drain water and slice up the fruit to behave much like a pulled meat and add to any sauce or recipe. Investigate the thousands of recipes online and enjoy!

Jackfruit tree, Opened fruit, fleshy pod with internal nut and BBQ stye

Jackfruit tree, Opened fruit, fleshy pod with internal nut and BBQ stye

Mushrooms are also a great alternative, and they can be portabellas, button mushrooms, and my new favorite is oyster mushrooms. They can be smoked and added to a BBQ sauce or sautéed and treated like meat in your favorite dish. From Indian food, BBQ, and Mexican food they’re my favorite meat replacement. Online find hundreds of recipes for a mushroom-based meal.

Oyster, portobello and button mushrooms

Oyster, portobello and button mushrooms


At the healthy grocery store, you will find dozens of options for alternatives made from processed soybeans like tofu and less processed soybeans making Tempe and from wheat gluten many types of Seitan are available and tasty. Do a Google search, and you will find a myriad of meat-free alternatives.

When I first wrote Nutritional Truths almost two years ago, I was still eating meat but knew the day would come when I would not. It has been over six months ago now since I gave up eating animals and I have not missed it a bit nor do I miss all the internal conflict that had been growing over the past couple years.
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Puppy Praise!

If you’re a puppy parent and go for drives just so your pooch may hang their head out the window joyfully then you should know this. No matter your style of parenting canines the following is certainly worth knowing.

It turns out that when we praise our pooches, it is the tone and not so much the words that impact them the most. A recent study proved how their brains respond to the tone and texture of our voice more so than the actual words spoken.

Quite simply, if you want your pooch to work their tail and feel the praise, then raise the tone of your voice while praising them and wear a smile. Dogs never say the wrong thing and are some of the best listeners I have ever met!

I have written several other blogs about how to best care for your pooch please take a look around. Christmas is fast approaching, and I hope you are looking forward to it and all it entails for you. Enjoy your weekend, share as you care to and Be Well!

Canine Spa

Canine Spa

Got Nut Milk?

Coming up in Texas it was programmed into us that unless we drink cow’s milk, we will not grow tall, our teeth would crack and fall out, and our bones would all break. Everyone I was ever exposed to as a child believed the same thing and drank copious vitamin D whole milk and ate sliced American cheese as well as bits off of the monster block of Velveeta drying out in the fridge.

The only other option was chocolate milk or buttermilk, as this was before the low-fat craze. Almost anytime I was offered milk, or it was an option with a meal I drank it, although as I became an adult, I became a fan of diet sodas and backed off of drinking dairy milk. I first learned how milk would create mucus in one’s throat and I was to avoid it before going on the air. I started as a DJ at 16 and was told to stick with water or warm tea before and during my on-air slot.

It wasn’t until just a few years ago I learned of soy milk and then almond, hemp, oat, rice, cashew, etc. milk all without keeping an animal lactating its entire life and then to slaughter. Thanks for your lifetime of service and now you get to die. No other animal on the planet drinks another’s milk. Bovine milk is naturally formulated to add hundreds of pounds to a calf in a few months time.

Today almond milk makes up sixty percent of all non-dairy milk sales and almost five percent of all milk sales. Seems as far back as medieval times almond milk was popular as it did not require cold storage and would outlast dairy milk.

Today most store-bought non-dairy milk are vitamin D fortified. One may also consider supplements and make sure K2 is taken with the D to ensure calcium does not end up in the arteries. Proper exposure to the sunshine and some mushrooms also bring D into us. Calcium in sufficient quantities can are in the following foods and dozens of others including sesame seeds, spinach, collards, backstrap molasses, kelp, tahini, broccoli, swiss chard, kale, brazil nuts, celery, almonds, papaya, flax seeds, and oranges.

Plant-based milk requires a simple process of soaking the nuts or other plant matter and then blending it and straining out all the moisture which is called milk. Peruse the internet to find plenty of recipes for every kind of plant-milk possible. They can be sweetened by simply adding a pitted date or three or flavored as you desire by adding a drop of vanilla or cacao and maple syrup.

For your health, for the animals, and for the flavor, try one or three. Do avoid buying the ones with Carrageenan, as it is a known carcinogen once in the human stomach. Note that some are sweetened, and others are not, also some are flavored, and I prefer unsweetened and unflavored.

If you have not seen Forks over Knives, it would be worth your time to learn why reducing or removing animal proteins from one’s diet, based on results, is a wise thing to do for overall health and longevity.

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Cows go moo!

Cows go moo!

Beautiful Beneficial Brussels Sprouts

The French brought them to Louisiana in the 18th century and the 1920’s they began to cultivate them in California and by the 1940’s their growth and Americas acceptance of them grew. Today the majority (80%) of their cultivation is for the frozen food market with harvest taking place between December and June.

I recently purchased my first whole stalk of the year at Trader Joe’s last week, and they were amazing. As a child, I could not stand them, and as I have aged, they have become more and more appealing and sit at the top of my faves list along with broccoli and cauliflower.

These I only purchase fresh and that leaves me without them for part of the year and that’s OK but when the stores don’t have them I am disappointed. They can put off an odor while roasting so be prepared to turn on the vent-a-hood.

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Full of vitamin C and K along with B vitamins, essential minerals, and dietary fiber they are an excellent addition to any plate or diet. Part of the brassicas family like broccoli they contain sulforaphane which has anti-cancer properties and is another example of food that loves you back.

A nice Brussels sprout slaw can be made from them raw and delivers the most possible nutrition along with enzymes. Steaming, stir-frying or roasting are the preferred methods of cooking them.

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As you can see by my photos roasted with a bit of oil and seasoning is my favorite. Once hot from the oven one may add a duck sauce or honey to a bowl with a bit of garlic chili paste, balsamic vinegar, or Sriracha to toss them in and served warm ensure there will be no leftovers.

Be sure and slice the larger ones in half or quarters so they cook more evenly. Roasted using only a bit of salt and pepper is fine too it just depends on what you and yours enjoy most.

Food that loves you back!

Food that loves you back!

Have an amazing weekend before Thanksgiving; try cooking a fresh batch of Brussels sprouts soon, share as you care to and Be Well!

Best Squash Soup Ever!

Sometimes things deserve to be re-blogged, and this very tasty recipe is one of them! With fall upon us and daylight savings coming to a close, pumpkins and squash are everywhere. A heavy fall crop, winter squash offers many variables, and I wanted to make sure you know how amazing it is not only in taste but also for your body.

Squashes history dates back over 10,000 years from an area between Guatemala and Mexico as a food source though originally it was just the seeds that were consumed as the flesh was thin and bitter. Christopher Columbus took them back to Europe where they began to cultivate them.

A couple of the greatest things about consuming winter squash is that it is full of antioxidants and is an anti-inflammatory food. Full of vitamins A, C, B6, Manganese, copper, potassium, B2, folate, K, Omega 3 fats, magnesium, and B3.

In addition to being a nutritional friend to our bodies winter squash also helps regulate blood sugar and insulin in addition to being an amazing source of fiber.

This is one of my favorite recipes that can be modified to fit your taste buds by just changing seasonings and it is such a hearty vegan recipe that you have to try it! Have an amazing weekend, share if you like, eat some squash soon and Be Well!

Autumn Hugs Hearty Squash Soup
• One large to medium butternut squash
• One acorn squash
• Two tablespoons coconut oil
• One white onion finely diced
• One teaspoon real salt
• One teaspoon white pepper
• One teaspoon ground nutmeg
• One teaspoon onion powder
• One teaspoon grounds ginger/garlic paste
• Seeds of 8 green and 4 black cardamom-ground
• 4 cups (1 large box) vegetable stock
• 2 cups soaked cashews (4 hours min)
• 2 cups of coconut water or water

Cut squashes in half, clean out seeds, brush flesh with coconut oil and sprinkle salt, pepper and nutmeg. Place face down on a sheet pan and bake in the oven for 60 minutes at 350. In a high-speed blender puree the soaked cashews and coconut water for several minutes, set aside. In a stock pot place remainder of coconut oil and onion, cook 5-7 minutes till translucent, then toss in other spices and ground cardamoms and allow to sizzle for up to a minute and then add vegetable stock.

Add cashew mix and scoop out and add the flesh of both squashes. Once complete use an immersion blender to break things down as smooth as you like it, but not completely. This recipe delivers a thick and hearty soup and unless you’re dead set on a perfectly smooth soup try it with the small chunks left in it. Once heated through ladle into bowls or mugs and top with freshly toasted pumpkin seeds and enjoy. This pot of soup serves several and if given an extra day for flavors to marry, all the better!
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Get to know Dr. Linus Pauling

With the temperatures finally falling in North Texas well it seems like October now. The pink washing continues with Cancer awareness month rolling on and you deserve to know the truth that solutions to cancer exist just review my previous writings to learn much more.

Over the past one hundred years several thought leaders, Nobel Prize recipients, etc. have shared their views on the truths about cancer and the cancer industry. I would like to introduce you to one of these people who were intelligent beyond my means and to say was well-respected is an understatement.

Dr. Linus Pauling was the only person ever to receive two unshared Nobel Prizes for Chemistry (1954) and also for Peace (1962). Considered by his peers as one of the two greatest scientists of the twentieth century he is also considered the father of molecular biology.

He spent seventy years advancing science on many levels and within several areas including orthomolecular medicine, Vitamin C, genetics, molecular disease, physiology, electronegativity, and others. With the last thirty years of his life focused on peace activism and humanitarian issues and now for a few of the wise man’s quotes.

“There is no safe amount of radiation. Even small amounts do harm.”

“By the proper intakes of vitamins and other nutrients and by following a few other healthful practices from youth or middle age on, you can, I believe, extend your life and years of well-being by twenty-five or even thirty-five years.”

“You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.”

“Optimum nutrition is the medicine of tomorrow.”

“Provided one has the correct level of vitamin, mineral, and nutritional input; the body can overcome the disease.”

“Although physicians, as part of their training, are taught that the dosage of a drug that is prescribed for the patient must be very carefully determined and controlled, they seem to have difficulty in remembering that the same principle applies to the vitamins.”

“If you take a reasonable amount of vitamin C regularly, the incidence of the common cold goes down. If you get a cold and start immediately, as soon as you start sneezing and sniffling, the cold just doesn’t get going.”

An incredibly intelligent and caring man Dr. Pauling left our planet in 1994, and much of his work and discoveries are still standards within various sciences. Investigate him further to learn much more about this amazing scientist. Enjoy your weekend, share this as you like and Be Well!
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Cancer Quotes for You

October marches on, and in keeping with Cancer Awareness Month, I bring you the following quotes mostly from M.D.s about cancer, its treatment and the AMA & FDA’s consistent effort to keep non-toxic and effective solutions away from Americans so as not to disrupt their monopoly on its “treatment” of cancer.

“One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedent of chemical therapy over nutrition. It’s a substitution of artificial therapy over nature, of poisons over food, in which we are feeding people poisons trying to correct the reactions of starvation.”
Dr. Royal Lee, 1951

“Chemotherapy is a marvelous opportunity for rampant deceit.
So much money is there to be made.”
Dr. George Lundberg, JAMA Editor

“The treatment of cancer and degenerative diseases is a national scandal.
The sooner you learn this, the better off you will be.”
Dr. Allen Greenburg

“I’ve heard of cancer politics, but I’ve never seen anything like this in my entire life. In fact, I wouldn’t believe it, if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes.” “Everybody’s afraid. Fear is overriding scientific inquiry and the ability to let the audience to make up its mind.” “The whole set-up (National Cancer Institute & American Cancer Society)
is a farce and a fraud.”
Joseph Gold, MD, Director, Syracuse Cancer Research Institute, March 1981.

“Despite the fact that billions of dollars and untold resources have been devoted to cancer research, conventional medicine has failed in its’ “war on cancer.” This is because cancer is not a ‘thing,’ an enemy, that has invaded our bodies but rather the body’s incredible effort to protect us. Cancer, like all “diseases,” are efforts of the body to re-establish homeostasis” (balance)
Dr. Thomas Lodi, MD 2015

“I and many other Members of Congress have received a large volume of mail from individuals…benefited from Laetrile treatments, who believe the Government is party to a conspiracy to suppress an inexpensive, non-toxic and effective anti-cancer drug. public confidence in our Government has not been strengthened by the highly unusual actions of the FDA in first advising…that clinical studies with Laetrile could be initiated and then terminating this authorization…”
“In light of the tremendous sums of money that have been spent with relatively little productivity…, I find it very surprising that the NCI (Nationa Cancer Institute- Todays American Cancer Society) has not sought on its initiative to do further animal testing with this drug which apparently has shown some activity in the tests sponsored by the McNaughton Foundation.”
US Congressman L.H. Fountain (in a letter to HEW Secretary), 1971.

“We must admit that we have never fought the homeopath on matters of principle.
We fought them because they came into our community and got the business.”
Dr. J.N. McCormack, AMA, 1903

Pre-Einstein era medicine

Pre-Einstein era medicine

Consider taking the time to investigate further as you deserve to know the truth. Wander through my previous writings to learn more, have a great fall weekend, share as you like and Be Well!