Flavoring your coffee

In the past I used to start by day by adding coffee creamer to my cup of joe.  You know, the really yummy ones like Creme Brulee, Cinnamon Bun, White Chocolate Raspberry.  Mmm… they were good!  I always knew it wasn’t all that healthy but I figured since it was just a little bit and it was non-dairy it wasn’t doing much harm.  Then I began to learn a little more about the creamy coffee addition I used daily.

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Non-Dairy Milk Alternatives

Non-Dairy Milk Alternatives

Good morning and happy Saturday!

I had a venting paragraph typed out with all the negative things that happened yesterday and how ready I was for the day to be over.  Then I thought about how silly it was that I was focusing on all the bad rather than forgetting it and moving.   It’s a new, beautiful day and I have so much to be grateful for!

So, moving on 🙂   The other day a lot of you commented on how much you were looking forward to my breakfast scramble recipe so I didn’t want to make you wait any longer!

Apple Pie Scramble

Apple Pie Scramble

Ingredients

  • 1/2 large apple peeled and chopped
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 eggs + 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp. Coconut Milk
  • 1 tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp. Apple Pie Spice
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped spinach (optional)

Instructions

  1. Melt coconut oil in a pan.
  2. Add chopped apples and cook until lightly softened.
  3. Add in mashed banana, spinach and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes stirring often.
  4. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, egg white, cinnamon, apple pie spice, and coconut milk.
  5. Add egg mixture into the pan and continue cooking until eggs are completely cooked.
  6. This tends to look a little watery from the apples but it still tastes good!
  7. Top with your choice of nut butter or nothing at all 🙂
  8. Enjoy!
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I topped mine with some of Justin’s Almond Butter, and it was so good!

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Now, today I wanted to talk about some non-dairy milk options.   I’ve never been a huge milk fan.  We drank it growing up and by the time I got to high school I had switched to fat-free milk (which lets be honest, is water with a splash of milk) and couldnt’ stand the taste of whole milk.  I still can’t stand it and actually cringe when my husband drinks milk straight from the container finishing it off with a big, “ahhh…”  Grosses me out for some reason!

Anyway, I grew out of my fat-free milk phase when soy milk started to gain in popularity.  Remember how a few years back it was all the rage?  I jumped on that bandwagon and enjoyed it in my smoothies, bought the soy coffee creamer, had soy lattes from Starbucks, drank the soy chocolate milk (hello sugar overload!) and even enjoyed the Soy Eggnog at Christmas time.  the more soy I drank, the more I noticed my stomach hurting.  On days I would have a soy latte, soy milk in my smoothie, and maybe some tofu for lunch or dinner, my stomach would kill me!  A little here and there didn’t bother me too much but it took cutting it out completely to realize what had been a major culprit in my digestive health.  So, no soy, no dairy, what was I to put in my coffee or smoothies?  Well, the options are really quite endless aren’t they?  With so many different non dairy options on the market today,  it can be difficult to choose which one is best for you.  To help you out a little, I put together a list with the best and worst non dairy options out there.

Worst – Soy Milk

Are you surprised?  Soy is a horrible option for anyone suffering from any gastrointestinal conditions because it has a high amount of a specific carbohydrate that is very difficult for the body to break down.  This causes stomach discomfort, bloating and gas in many people.  A particular compound called isoflavones is found in soy and is shown to mimic the hormone estrogen in the body.  Excessive isoflavones in men can lead to many issues including sexual dysfunction and who wants that!?!  It’s also typically heavily processed and overloaded with sugar to mask the bitter flavor.  Not only that but 91% of Soy beans on the market are Genetically Modified so chances are, so is your soy milk!

* If you purchase a good one to buy is Whole Foods Brand 365 Organic Soy Milk

Better but not great – Rice Milk

Rice milk is high in starches and sugars and very low in protein and fat which is not a great choice especially for diabetics.  Along with it being highly fortified rice milk has the chance of containing worrisome levels of arsenic.

* Organic Rice Dream and Wegmans Organic are both good options for rice milk

Getting better – Almond Milk

This creamy, nutty beverage is one of my favorites!  It’s typically low in calories and includes many micronutrients that are essential for your health.  Unfortunately, it contains a high amount of omega-6 which when consumed too much could result in inflammation.  Also, be wary if you have nut allergies when consuming almond milk.

*  Homemade – check out this recipe

*  Whole Foods Everyday 365 Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk  or Blue Diamond Unsweetened Almond Milk

Almost there – Hemp Milk

Yes, hemp milk is made from the cannabis seed (the same as marijuana) but it has absolutely none of the drugs psychoactive side effects.  This is the perfect alternative for those with soy, lactose and nut allergies.  It contains both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and is an excellent source of magnesium.  Be wary of additional ingredients as it can be overloaded with sugar and thickening agents.

*  Living Harvest Tempt Unsweetened Creamy Non-Dairy Vanilla

Finally the best – Coconut Milk!

I was thrilled to learn that coconut milk tops the list since it’s my go to non dairy beverage of choice lately.  Personally I love pouring a little in my coffee as it adds a light, creamy, coconut flavor.  Not only does it taste pretty good, but it’s amazing for your health.  Coconut milk boosts the immune system, is great for diabetics, and is a wonderful healthy fat.  Just like with hemp milk, be wary of those that add sweeteners and thickening agents!

* Natural Value Organic Coconut Milk (BPA Free Can!)

* Trader Joes Light Coconut Milk (BPA Free Can and my favorite!)

Hope that helps you in your decision with choosing a non-dairy milk.  If you stick to regular milk, less for you to think about 🙂

QUESTIONS –

  • Do you drink milk or a non-dairy substitute? 
  • If so, which one? 
  • Have you ever tried making your own nut milk?

*Most the information found in this post was taken from the wonderful book, Rich Food Poor Food written by Jason and Mira Calton. 

Marvelous Almond Milk and a Giveaway! (GIVEAWAY CLOSED)

Marvelous Almond Milk and a Giveaway! (GIVEAWAY CLOSED)

Hope everyone had a marvelous St. Patrick’s Day weekend!

We had a great one filled with visiting my Grandpa Saturday, dinner with friends Saturday evening, a great workout at the gym Sunday morning then an afternoon hanging out around the house. 

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