I know there is a lot to learn about food and what we are actually buying and eating. This video about meat glue gives you one more reason to find sources for your food where you can be sure that you are getting what you pay for. After watching this, be sure to go and sign up to be a “Beyond Organic Insider“. Jordan Rubin’s “green fed” beef was not fed grains or given antibiotics so they could be mis-treated, but insead, pasture fed and prepared with according to kosher laws.
My family likes to substitute almond butter for the less desirable peanut butter. Almonds are less likely to cause allergy problems and have plenty of desireable nutrition benefits over peanuts.
For instance, almonds have lots of vitamin E. They are high in fiber and low in digestible carbohydrates. Almonds have healthy fats that can help satisfy an appetite. Research has shown almonds to lower low density lipoproteins (LDL’s) and raise high density lipoproteins (HDL’s) which are the supposed bad and good cholesterols respectively. They are believed to have anti-cancer and immune boosting benefits. They can help reduce pain by supporting an anti-inflammatory diet. The skins are high in “flavonoids”, a group of phytonutrients that have strong antioxidant properties.
But the almond story isn’t all rosy. Most almonds in the USA come from California. A couple cases of salmonellosis led to laws requiring almost all California almonds to be pasteurized. The laws don’t apply to exported almonds or to small amounts sold by farmers directly to the consumers. Controversially, almonds treated with steam or propylene oxide as their pasteurization process can still be labeled as “raw”.
Another problem with almonds is the genetic modifications that have taken place. Changes to the almond trees made it possible to lower production costs by making “self pollinating” trees. The almonds from these trees were initially not as voluminous; however, further modifications supposedly “fixed” that setback.
The recipe book for our Samson juicer calls it “sorbet”. I’m sorry, but sorbet doesn’t sound American and it doesn’t sound nutritious… so we propose the name “FruitScream”. Even if it never catches on and you don’t call it that, the Haley family will always call it that; so that’s what I’m going with.
100% Frozen Fruit and nothing else required. You can add nuts if you want… but technically nuts are fruit too.
Fruitscream is your healthy ice cream substitue. For years our kids didn’t know there was a difference between ice cream and fruitscream. Well, not until Johnny’s birthday party anyway. But we can’t blame everything on Johnny.
The point is, when people think of a juicer, they think of apples, carrots, and celery. But you can do so much more with a juicer. We like to make our own peanut butter and almond butter with our slow turning juicer. Some of the other things we make include:
Others use their slow turning juicer to:
Make Baby Food
Grind Coffee Beans
But FruitScream is by far the most frequent choice in our home. With 4 kids, you can imagine why.