Month: <span>May 2017</span>

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

What is coconut oil? Oil extracted from the raw, white inner part (the meat) of mature coconuts. It’s white in color, has a coconut taste, and is solid at room temperature. What does the word “virgin” mean? It means it’s unrefined and doesn’t have any […]

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

What is extra-virgin olive oil? Oil that’s collected from the fruit of olive trees. It’s typically golden-green in color with a distinct olive flavor. What does ‘extra-virgin’ mean? It means that it’s unrefined; hasn’t been treated with chemicals or altered by temperature to remove flaws […]

Grass-Fed Butter

Grass-Fed Butter

What is grass-fed butter?

Butter is milk fat from cows that have been fed grass rather than grains.

Why butter from grass fed cows rather than grain fed?

The milk from cows that are fed grass is higher in:

Omega-3 fatty acids – reduce inflammation, important for cognitive function.

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) – helps burn fat, anti-cancer properties (jury is still out).

Vitamin K – helps strengthen bones and arteries.

How is grass-fed butter made?

Like all butter, it’s made from churning the cream or milk from the cow until the butterfat (which becomes butter as we know it) separates from the buttermilk.

What kind of grass-fed butter should I buy?

A brand that has the only ingredient being cultured pasteurized cream. Check packaging for indication that it is “grass-fed,” as that will not always appear under the ingredients. Also, buy unsalted so that you can control the amount of salt you are adding to your food. I always buy Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter – Unsalted (8 ounce) and freeze the extra blocks until I’m ready to use them.

*Disclaimer:

It’s still butter, which means it’s all fat. Try to limit your intake to spreading it on toast, drizzling a bit over your popcorn, or in baking. You shouldn’t be going through a stick a week.

Almond Milk

Almond Milk

What is almond milk? “Milk” made from water and almonds, usually thinner in consistency than dairy milks. Why choose almond milk over cow’s milk? The most obvious reason is because it’s a plant milk, it doesn’t contain any lactose so is a great option for […]

Cashew Milk

Cashew Milk

What is cashew milk? “Milk” made from cashews and water. It has a thick, creamy consistency similar to dairy milk. Why choose cashew milk over almond milk? I like it better for a couple of reasons: 1) You don’t have to strain it if making […]

Goat’s Milk Cheese

Goat’s Milk Cheese

What is goat’s milk cheese?

Cheese made from goat’s milk, also known as chèvre. It’s soft and spreadable.

Why is goat’s milk cheese better than cow’s milk cheese?

If you love cheese but are looking to cut down on fat and cholesterol, then goat’s milk cheese is your jam! It contains half the saturated fat as cow’s milk cheddar cheese and no cholesterol. It’s a source of calcium and protein to build those strong bones and lean muscles, and for all those dairy allergy sufferers… Goat’s milk may be an option for you, as it’s easier to digest than cow’s milk due to the lower lactose (sugar) content and smaller fat globules.

How do they make goat’s milk cheese?

The goat’s milk gets put into a steam heated tank where bacterial cultures are added to ferment the milk and enzymes are added to curdle the milk. It sits for 18 hours where the cheese curds separated from the watery liquid whey. They separate the curds from the liquid, mix them with salt and package them, sometimes with coatings or mixes of herbs, chives or pepper seasonings.

What kind of goat’s milk cheese should I buy?

A brand with a simple list of ingredients such as: pasteurized cultured goat milk, sea salt and enzymes. I will buy ones with herbs added and sometimes buy cheddar and feta goat’s milk cheese.

How do I use goat’s milk cheese?

It’s great spread on crackers or toast, in quiches, on sandwiches and burgers.

*Disclaimer

It’s still cheese and if you eat a whole stick with your crackers at lunch, the saturated fat content will add up. Eat it in moderation when you’re jonesing for some cheese.

Greek Yogurt

Greek Yogurt

What is Greek yogurt? A thick-textured, creamier yogurt. It’s made from either cow’s or goat’s milk. How do they make Greek yogurt thicker and creamier? After heating the milk, adding the bacterial cultures and allowing the milk to gel into regular yogurt, they then take […]

Kefir

Kefir

What is kefir? A milk/yogurt product that contains beneficial gut bacteria. It’s more liquidy than regular or Greek yogurt. What do you mean kefir has ‘beneficial gut bacteria’? There are good and bad bacterias in your gut (intestines) at any given point. Greek, regular yogurt […]