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!

Did you hear the one about the Vegan Butcher?

A few weeks ago I did a blog on Americas very first Vegan Butcher Shop opening up in Minneapolis named the Herbivorous Butcher. Business has been busy for them ever since they opened their doors. I recently placed an order with them and will cover that in a sec.

First I had to share a zany write up about this Vegan Butcher Shop that was written on the National Hog Farmers Blog, and it is a doozy! Even more interesting are the comments that follow. Both are found HERE.

The press release from the National Hog Farmer mentions how unethical it is for the shop to call themselves butchers when they don’t kill anything. They also spoke of how much more water is used to grow vegetables than hogs and with a little research, one can see this is not the case at all.

Living in their world may explain such erroneous statements and besides if your paycheck is coming from such an organization chances are you have bought into whatever the organization is up to. In America, we harvest over thirteen thousand pigs per hour per day or 3.61 swine per second, all day long.

With it now confirmed that bacon and most pork products are a known carcinogen at the end of last year I can understand why the industry would bristle at anything outside the norm and replacement foods without having to slaughter a living critter is unthinkable. Turns out the alternate choices for pork are amazing!

I received my Vegan starter kit two days ago and could not be more pleased with the offerings. From a porterhouse steak to Cajun seasoned jerky each product is better than the next! My kit also included Korean Ribs, Sriracha and Italian Brats, maple breakfast sausage, pastrami, teriyaki jerky, and smoky ribs.

Each one I have tried thus far has been wonderful, and the base for many of these is wheat gluten. The spices are key outside of the texture, and this place knows what they are doing. As more folks learn about the ability to avoid heart disease and cancer through diet, I would expect the demand for compassionate, safer and tasty solutions only to grow from this point forward.

I expect Herbivorous Butcher Shops will one day be in many cities and while one may purchase these types of products at the local healthy grocery store nothing beats the taste of, fresh, small batch, locally sourced, handmade foods. And this will happen no matter what anyone inside the critters for food industry or anyone else has to say about it.

Vegan starter kit

Vegan starter kit


The tide is turning in America the last few years as we are consuming fewer cows and pigs, and they don’t mind a bit. If you have never tried a meat alternative product then I invite you to try one and don’t stop there, try another. Let’s make it easy and you just go to Chipotle and try their Sofritas (tofu) rather than beef or chicken and enjoy! Feel free to share this with others and Be Well!