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Dairy: Full Fat vs. Low-Fat

Dairy: Full Fat vs. Low-Fat

When you’re at the grocery store buying your low-fat milk, yogurt, granola and cookies, have you ever wondered why you’re buying the low-fat versions? Well, in the 1970s, the government issued a recommendation, based on scientific evidence at the time, telling people to reduce the amount […]

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 it homemade, therefore you still get the fiber benefits from the whole nut, and 2) it’s creamier and thicker than almond milk.

What are the nutritional benefits of cashew milk?

See the nutritional benefits of cashews here.

How is cashew milk made?

I always make cashew milk at home. I soak cashews in water for at least 8 hours. The cashews are then drained, added to a high-powered blender with more water, then blended until smooth and creamy.

How do I use cashew milk?

Cashew milk is great to use in soups, drinks, to make dairy-free ice cream, cream cheeses, and cream sauces.

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 […]

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 and kefir all contain good bacterias. However, where the bacterias in yogurts just pass through the intestines, keeping the digestive tract clean and providing food for the friendly bacteria, the bacterias in kefir actually colonize in the intestinal tract. This means they live and grow; dominating, controlling and eliminating destructive pathogenic yeasts in the body.

How is kefir made?

It can be made from any type of milk: cow, goat, sheep, coconut, rice or soy. “Grains”, a combination of yeasts and bacteria clumped together with casein (milk proteins) and complex sugars, are added to the milk to ferment it. This incorporates its friendly organisms to create the cultured product. The grains are then removed with a strainer before consumption of the kefir.

What kind of kefir should I buy?

A plain, full-fat version, although sometimes full-fat is hard to find. The only ingredients should be pasteurized cultured milk, lactase enzyme and vitamin A. By buying the plain version, you’re able to control your sugar by adding your own fruit, honey, or maple syrup. I typically buy goat’s milk kefir.

How do I use kefir?

You eat it just like regular yogurt. You can mix it with fresh fruit and/or granola, you can pour it over cereal or even add it to smoothies.

*Disclaimer:

People with mild lactose intolerance can usually consume kefir without issue because the abundance of beneficial yeast and bacteria provide lactase, an enzyme which helps aid in lactose digestion.