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Disease-Free Living Through Fitness and Nutrition

ADVICE
We began this Advice section as a means of assisting our visitors in answering many of their health and diet questions, and in encouraging them to take a pro-active part in their own health.  We believe that the information contained herein is true, but are not presenting it as the only solution to a problem.  We, personally, have found that a vegan diet has helped our own health, and simply wish to share with others the things we have found.   Each of us must make our own decisions, for it's our own body.  If you have a health problem, see your own physician.

SOY OR NUT MILK FOR BABIES?

Question:

Hi, Gerry:

I just spoke with you on the phone and have a follow up question. I was reading your recommendations for raising health babies. I currently give my 20 month old Eden Soy Original Extra.

I do believe he may be allergic to it. Do you suggest I give him almond milk instead and if so, where can I get it and what is the best kind?

Thanks, G.

Answer:

Hi, G:

If your baby is demonstrating an allergic reaction to soy milk it shows how healthy he is and that his body is trying to rid itself of a substance that’s toxic to him, hence: runny nose, rash, etc.

There are a number of much healthier alternatives, some of which I will post below. Also, there is store-bought Rice Dream milk that would be better than soy if you are not up to making your own (which actually will save you much time and money once you get used to it).

RE: Soy and soy products. Have you read the articles about soy on our website? If not you might wish to familiarize yourself with them at the following URL:
http://www.all-creatures.org/cb/articles.html 

Yours in Good health;-)

Gerry

Gerry Coffey, Health Educator/Councilor/Public Relations Officer

THE VEGETARIAN UNION OF NORTH AMERICA vuna@ivu.org  and

THE INTERNATIONAL VEGETARIAN NUNION http://ivu.org/ 

HEALTH IS (the ONLY true) WEALTH! www.all-creatures.org/cb/ 

Doing good cultivates blessings and happiness. –Buddhist Wisdom

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NUT MILKS

Note: Almond pulp is what's left after making almond milk. Generally, you would soak almonds for about 12 hours in pure water. (Can soak large amounts, rinse, drain and put in freezer bags in the freezer for later use).

Almond Milk Recipe

1 ½ cups of raw almonds, soaked in water overnight

4 cups of filtered or spring water

3-5 dates (optional)

Blend 1 ½ cups of raw almonds that have been soaked overnight in 4 cups of water. Blend with dates if you like your milk with a hint of sweetness. Strain once to remove almond granules. The result is a delicious, creamy milk that is free of harmful vegetable oil, concentrated sweeteners, and the problems associated with cow’s milk and soy. It can be stored safely for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

Raw Banana Bread by Julie Disser

4 cups almond pulp

1 cup raisins (soaked in pure water for about 2 hours)

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 tsp Celtic sea salt

2 large ripe bananas

Add pulp, 1/2 of raisins, 2 or so oz. of the raisin soak water (more if needed to blend), salt, and the banana to a food processor. Process with the s-blade until somewhat smooth. Add the remainder of raisins and the walnuts and process until still slightly lumpy.

Spread out into loaf about 1 inch high. Cut into 1 inch slices (shaped almost like biscotti). Dehydrate at 100 degrees for about 12 hours. If still moist in the middle, this is a great banana bread substitute. If you wish to dehydrate until completely dry and

crunchy, it is like biscotti.

Enjoy! Julie D.

NUT/SEED MILK

• ½ cup raw nuts or seeds. The best are: almond, hazelnut, pecan, sunflower, sesame and pumpkin. Please stay away from peanuts and cashews.

• 1½ cup water

Optional:

• ¼ cup of soaked dates or organic raisins (soak 4 hours in room temperature water)

• ½ banana

You could control the amount by changing quantity of nuts/seeds and water, keeping the 1-3 or 1-4 ratio, depending on how thick you’d like your milk to be.

To increase nutrition and energy of your seeds soak them for 8-12 hours, drain the water, put seeds and new water in the blender, and blend until it’s white and thorough blended (10-30 seconds in K-TEC or Vita-Mix).

Strain using a fine to medium strainer and a spatula. Discard the pulp, put the liquid back into the blender and add whatever ingredients you are using for flavor. Blend again.

It is super-high in protein and very easy to digest because you’re not eating the pulp. Can be used as a breakfast or snack. Enjoy!

ALL INGREDIENTS SHOULD BE ORGANIC AND RAW FOR OPTIMUM HEALTH.

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