“I use this in so many ways. I make coconut milk pick-me-up from water, coconut milk powder and a little maple syrup or coconut sugar. I cook it up and keep it in a mason jar in the fridge to use for my coffee. YUUmmmmm. I also use the powder in my green smoothies to help keep me full longer.” Review from Heather of KY
I went down into the grove of nut trees and out to the valley to see the new growth brought on by spring. I wanted to see whether the grapevines were budding yet, or whether the pomegranates were blossoming. (Song of Sol. 6:4; NLT)
If you’ve read even a few of my articles or looked at my recipes, you’ll see that I’m a lover of coconut in any form or fashion. Coconut oil is my oil of choice for cooking. I add unsweetened coconut to fruit salads, smoothies, and “nut-type” cereals. And I use coconut milk in smoothies, and in most recipes calling for milk of any kind.
So, I go through a lot of cans of coconut milk. For various reasons, I began thinking about “all” of those cans I was using. I had heard about coconut milk powder but had no experience using it, nor did I know of anyone else using it. So, a few weeks ago I took the plunge. I went online, did the research and found the best price per pound as well as the most reasonable shipping. My bag of white powder arrived last week.
I did read several online reviews about using the powder. Most were quite positive and said they loved the flavor but that it didn’t mix easily in cold water. The only negative reviews came from raw foodists and vegans. I learned through their reviews that the powder does contain very small amounts of malto dextrin and casein. Upon further research I discovered that the casein is necessary to hold the coconut oil in the powder and keep it from separating. Malto dextrin is used in many foods. Its use in the coconut milk powder is as a carrying agent for the powder. Malto dextrin is a polysaccharide made from rice, corn, or potato starch. I’m personally not thrilled that it’s in there…but I learned that there are no coconut milk powders available without casein or malto dextrin.
So far, I’ve experimented with various smoothie recipes in my Magic Bullet. Online reviews said that it mixes better with warm or hot water. Since the Bullet is so effective, I’ve used cold water without any difficulty. I’ve thrown in a little bit of powder, water, and various fruits and seeds such as hemp, chia and flax. Delish! I made Jer a chocolate shake using the powder, cocoa powder, water, vanilla extract, stevia, and ice. He was a happy husband!
I have some fresh strawberries in the house and am thinking of making some strawberry ice cream using the powder. Wanna come join us? I believe this may very well be an answer to all of those cans of coconut milk.
Father we are so thankful for Your goodness and grace! Bless our readers this day with peace and provision.
Link of the Day
Coconut Milk Powder on Bulkfoods.com
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“Believing that a placebo will make you feel better, will make you feel better. Believing that it won’t has the opposite effect.” Professor Funk (aka Daniel Keogh)
Or don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself. (1 Cor. 6:19; NLT)
I am fascinated by placebos and the placebo effect. I love that it confounds the so-called science which is the foundation of our pharmaceutical industry run amok. I love it because it demonstrates the power of our mind which we have been conditioned (purposely taught?) to disbelieve, i.e., woo-woo.
I ran across Professor Funk the other day in a short video he has done titled “The Strange Powers of the Placebo Effect.” Frankly, I had never encountered the good professor before, but if this video is indicative of his work, I may be highlighting more and more of his videos. He has his own YouTube Channel which is today’s link. It may be worth subscribing.
As I was looking through the archives, I note that I had written about placebos about 18 months ago in a DG which I titled “Take 2 Sugar Pills and Call Me In the Morning.” In case you don’t remember it, it was in that DG that I pointed out that studies have shown that somewhere around 50% of licensed physicians admitted to prescribing placebos within the past year.
And how about this for a quote: “The fact that an increasing number of medications are unable to beat sugar pills has thrown the [pharmaceutical] industry into crisis and that half of all drugs that fail in late-stage trials drop out because of their inability to beat sugar pills.” Check out my previous DG for the background on that stunning quote.
Just a little food for thought the next time you find yourself standing in line at the drug store waiting to get your prescription filled.
Have a great week!
Father, grant us the grace to distinguish between lies and the truth.
Link of the Day
The Professor Funk’s YouTube Channel
“Pecans are rich in protein, heart-healthy fats, and essential vitamins and minerals.” Suite101.com
Fill your bags with the best products of the land. Take them to the man as gifts — balm, honey, spices, myrrh, pistachio nuts, and almonds. (Gen. 43:11; NLT)
What is buttery, crunchy, rich brown in color and greatly satisfying? Pecans, of course! Pecans are one of our mainstay snacks. There’s a whole lot more to this yummy nut than just sickening sweet Pecan Pie.
Native to North America, pecans contain a host of health benefits. From the most recent resources I learned that pecans contain the highest amount of antioxidants of any tree nut. If you’ll recall, antioxidants are substances that protect the cells of the body from free radical damage, which in turn helps to prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s and cancer from developing. One of the main antioxidants in pecans is Vitamin E. This important nutrient helps prevent the oxidation of lipids in the body, which aids in prevention of heart disease and clogged arteries.
Pecans also contain other vitamins and minerals — including vitamin A, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, several B vitamins, and zinc. An ounce of pecans provides ten percent of the recommended Daily Value for fiber. And pecans are also a natural, high-quality source of protein that contains very few carbohydrates and no cholesterol.
A clinical research study done by the Journal of Nutrition showed that eating a diet rich in pecans actually lowered total cholesterol by 11.3 percent and LDL levels were lowered by 16.5 percent. Further research demonstrated that pecans contain plant sterols which are known for their cholesterol lowering ability.
For those of you who are new to our blog, I’ve previously written about the benefits of soaking various nuts in water and then drying them in a food dehydrator. See this archived Daily Gram for instructions on how to do this. Soaking and drying pecans brings out their rich, buttery flavor far surpassing raw pecans.
We put them on and in various salads such as chicken salad and fruit salad, and also enjoy a handful of them for a between meal snack. So, if you’ve not enjoyed the taste of pecans, by all means add them to your shopping list. Your taste buds will thank you!
Father, we are so grateful to You for creating so many wonderful foods that taste so good and are so good for us!
Link of the Day
Pecan Nutrition — Health Benefits of the Pecan
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“A picture is worth one thousand words.” unknown
For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, (Prov. 23:21a, NKJV)
Forgive the trite title, but hopefully the application described below will make up for my laziness in not coming up with something more original.
It’s Mother’s Day as I write this and Sharon and I just got back from a wonderful dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in State College, PA. As I’m sitting here, “stuffed to the gills” I am reminded that one of the best tools to fight against such hedonistic abuse is accountability. When it comes to controlling one’s eating, one of the best accountability tools is a food log or food journal. Yes, the mundane task of writing down everything that you put into your mouth works wonders.
However, there are a couple of weaknesses of food journals. One, it’s so very easy to forget to write down everything that you eat unless you’re disciplined enough to make the journal entry almost immediately after you eat. The second major weakness is that it’s very difficult, if not virtually impossible, to capture the amount of food you eat with a written journal entry. In this age of “Super-Size Me” this is almost a fatal flaw.
Technology to the rescue. Just about everybody has a cell phone these days. Most of those cell phones have a camera built in. When you eat, simply snap a picture of your meal and within seconds, you have easily made a journal entry of what you ate and captured a good sense of the amount as well. Much easier, quicker, and more accurate than a hand-written entry.
May I suggest you give it a try.
Father, we thank You for providing us innovative ways to manage our appetites.
Link of the Day
Food photos: taking a picture can help you get big
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“Is your meat made of scraps stuck together with ‘meat glue’? This exposé reveals how you may be being deceived about the meat you buy — and why the dangerous practice makes food poisoning hundreds of times more likely.” Mercola.com
…and don’t desire all the delicacies — deception may be involved. (Prov. 23:3; NLT)
A new kind of glue has hit the streets and it’s not Elmer’s. Kids aren’t using it to get high (yet) but it certainly is a low and dirty trick of the meat and food industry.
Today’s video is a telling story of what’s really done to those fat, juicy steaks that you order and eat, all the while thinking you’re getting a prime, choice cut of meat. What if you knew they were actually scraps of meat stuck together by something called transglutaminase? These glues are made from the blood plasma of pigs and cows and also through cultivation of certain bacteria.
You’ll see all this on the video but Mercola.com sums it up well, “When sprinkled on a protein, such as beef, it forms cross-linked, insoluble protein polymers that essentially acts like a super-glue, binding the pieces together with near invisible seams. The glue-covered meat is rolled up in plastic film, followed by refrigeration. Some manufacturers have gotten so proficient in the practice that even an expert butcher can’t tell the difference between a piece of prime beef and one that’s been glued together with bits and pieces of scraps!”
Not only is meat glue unethical and deceptive, it also poses severe risk of food poisoning. As the video relates, “The bacterial contamination of meat glued steak is hundreds of times higher than a solid piece of steak!” Another problem with contaminated meat is the impossibility of tracking the source of contamination since chunks of meat from multiple cows have been combined.
Meat glue is also used in ham/pork, lamb, fish, and imitation crab meat, and even chicken as you’ll see on the video. After watching this video, we’ll all realize the importance of eating local, grass-fed beef and healthy, free-range poultry.
Father, thank You for giving us wisdom when buying our food. We choose not to walk in fear. We bless our readers with the knowledge to know what to purchase.
Link of the Day
Meat Glue Secret
“Although it is a 90% saturated fat, organic coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that can improve your health in many ways.” Dr. Edward Group
…and I rubbed fragrant oils into your skin. (Ez. 16:9b; NLT)
If you’ve followed our posts for any length of time, you know that I’m a huge proponent of coconut oil! And, thankfully it’s becoming more and more well-known and popular. However, for those who are beginning to explore healthier food options or perhaps haven’t heard of coconut oil, it bears repeating.
Coconut oil is the best fat to use for any cooking. Some might ask, “Why, what’s the big deal about coconut oil?” Coconut oil is a very stable oil to use in cooking because it withstands high temperatures without breaking down.
Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids making it easier to digest than other oils. And these MCT (medium chain triglycerides) are immediately converted into energy rather than being stored in your body as fat. So, coconut oil helps to boost your metabolism making it a benefit to any weight management program.
The presence of lauric acid, caprylic acid, and capric aicd in coconut oil has powerful positive effects on the body’s immune system, making it antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial.
Coconut oil also helps with proper functioning of the thyroid gland which provides energy, supports the health of your skin and metabolism, and keeps your moods in balance.
Keeping your skin healthy and youthful, promoting healthy heart function, and providing energy for your body are just a few of the other benefits of this tropical oil. If there was one thing that you could do beginning this week to improve your health…buy some organic coconut oil and start using it! Your body will be glad you did!
Today’s link is by Dr. Mercola as he shares his passion for coconut oil.
Father, we are so grateful to You for blessing us with the wonderful coconut and it’s oil.
Link of the Day
Experience the Many Benefits of Coconut Oil
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“Most people put food in their mouth, chew a few times and swallow their food, as if their sole focus was how quickly they could get their foods to their stomachs.” WHFoods.com
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Cor 10:31; ESV)
In Dr. Blaylock’s latest newsletter he tells the story of when he was a small boy and his father implored him to chew his food 100 times before swallowing. How many of us can hear our own father or mother’s voice telling us to slow down when eating and chew our food?
Growing up on a busy dairy farm with an older brother and hired men who all had voracious appetites in no way helped to foster chewing food 20 times, much less 100. If you wanted to get food to eat, you ate fast.
Working in the ICU in a busy hospital as a young nurse continued the “wolfing down of food” syndrome. We were thrilled to get a few minutes break to sit down. And the adrenalin rush from taking care of critically ill patients rolled right over into meal times. Who even thought of chewing their food?
But fortunately, much has been written and said about the benefits of chewing our food. Many people think that the stomach does all the work of digesting the food we eat. Au contraire. The stomach can only do its job if the food has been well chewed first.
We all know how good it is for us to eat our vegetables. However, plant cells are coated with an indigestible layer called the cellulose cell wall. If this protective sheath isn’t broken down by chewing, especially with raw vegetables, many of the rich nutrients aren’t absorbed and pass through the gastrointestinal tract without benefit. So, that can nullify the whole reason we eat all those fruits and vegetables.
Dr. Blaylock says, “To get the maximum nutritional value from your foods, even meats, you should chew them until they are finely dissolved — that is, until they are almost a liquid mush. This greatly assists digestion in the rest of the gastrointestinal tract and helps prevent acid reflux.”
Even though I no longer eat at breakneck speed as in my younger years, I accept the challenge to slow down and chew my food my thoroughly. How about you?
Father, we are so grateful for the ability to eat and chew. Help us to be more mindful of what we’re eating and of how fast we’re eating it.
Link of the Day
Does the number of times I chew my food impact my digestion?
“Unless you’re buying all organic food, or grow your own veggies and raise your own livestock, or at the very least buy all whole foods (even if conventionally grown) and cook everything from scratch, chances are you’re consuming GM foods every single day of the week.” Dr. Joseph Mercola,
The land was filled with seed-bearing plants and trees, and their seeds produced plants and trees of like kind. And God saw that it was good. (Gen. 1:12; NLT)
Ever wondered what all the fuss about GMO is about?
Do you know what GMO food is?
Is GMO good or bad?
Where can you buy GMO foods?
How long have they been modifying our food?
Would you eat food that had been purposefully injected with bacteria and/or viruses?
These and similar questions are answered in the above video, and in a way you and I can understand in this relatively short little video that Sharon found in Dr. Joseph Mercola’s recent newsletter.
Not answered in the video is why the food industry is so reticent to be open with information about whether or not the food you buy from your supermarket has been genetically modified. Would you like to know? Why?
Father, grant us wisdom to avoid food that is harmful.
Link of the Day
Say No to GMO
“Feeling like you need a boost? Here are 7 pick-me-up tricks that will have you re-energized in no time.” Eleni Gage
On the first day, gather fruit from citrus trees, and collect palm fronds and other leafy branches and willows that grow by the streams. Then rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days. (Lev. 23:40; NLT)
I just discovered this article and felt it worth sharing. I can’t take credit for the ideas but I can offer my “two cents” on the ones I’ve tried.
1. Take a Whiff of Citrus
Scents of oranges, lemons and grapefruits have been shown to be energizing, so add a slice or two of your favorite to a glass of water. Sometimes I’ll squeeze the juice of a lemon into a glass of cold water and add liquid stevia for a refreshing glass of healthy lemonade.
For another quick midday refresher, moisten a cotton ball with a few drops of lemon or bergamot essential oil and inhale.
2. Pull Your Hair
Yep you read that correctly. “If you gently take handfuls of hair and pull the skin away from your scalp to get blood flowing to that area of the head, you can relieve a lot of potentially tiring tension,” says Marlene Merritt, a doctor of Oriental medicine and a nutritionist at the Merritt Wellness Center, in Austin, Texas. Since reading the article, I’ll certainly give this one a try.
Flushing out toxins helps the body run more efficiently, which also means you’ll have more energy. Simply lie in bed for two extra minutes in the morning and focus on taking deep breaths, since “many of our toxins are expelled by breathing.” I do this from time to time but need to be more consistent with it.
4. Be Nice to a Stranger
Ahh, I like this one. Nutritionist Jonny Bowden says, “When you do something kind, your energy goes up.” Apparently customers at Starbucks drive-thru’s have been paying for the next customer behind them in a grassroots acts-of-kindness movement. What act of kindness can you do for a stranger?
5. Pop a Peppermint
“Smelling peppermint stimulates the trigeminal nerve, which stimulates the area of the brain responsible for arousal and can make you more alert,” says Hirsch. I love peppermint and I carry a tiny bottle of peppermint essential oil in my purse. Great pick me up!
6. Do Interval Exercise in the Morning
“Researchers at Leeds Metropolitan University, in England, found that exercising before or during lunchtime leads to a more productive workday. But don’t spend 45 long minutes on the treadmill at one consistent pace.”
Alternating bursts of rapid activity, such as running, with slower activity like walking is a more energizing way to work out than endurance-focused exercise.
7. Show Your Hands Some Love
“Take a golf ball and roll it between your desktop and your hand, from the base of the thumb, where your hand webs out, down to the wrist,” says Kevin Kunz. “There’s a really sensitive spot there. Stimulating it will perk you up.”
Father, thank You for the ability to learn ways that we can better care for our bodies.
Link of the Day
Random Acts of Kindness
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