Sugarcane Cooler

July 11, 2011



Los Cubanos call it guarapo, Los Mexicanos call it jugo de caña...it's sugarcane juice. Blend it with a few cherry tomatoes and ice...we know this sounds like a strange pairing, but it's incredible. And kids will go crazy for it, like it's a 7-11 strawberry slushee. And since it's an unrefined sugar, green, alkalizing, low-glycemic, and full of phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium in it's raw form, it's all good—even if you're a diabetic.

Tip: buy the sugarcane juice fresh and freeze it into ready-to-use ice cubes for later use. Or—a hint from our favorite L.A.-based Raw Cane juicers: keep the cane in the fridge for 3+ weeks with a balloon instead of a cap (so you can release the pressure buildup as needed) and you get sparkling, probiotic, sugarcane kombucha—good for the gut!

Milk: Got toxins?

July 5, 2011



This video will blow your mind.

After, if you're first thought is "But I only buy organic dairy," consider this: every environmental pollutant in the world's air, including radioactive particles, bioaccumulate up the food chain, becoming more concentrated the higher you go. The pollutant dioxin (a by-product of plastic production), for example, is found concentrated in Ben and Jerry’s ice cream at 200 times the safe exposure level.

So even if you're drinking milk from organic, grass-fed cows, you're still dosing yourself with toxins. After the 1986 Chernobyl, Ukraine nuclear disaster, there was a 900% increase in newborn deaths in Boston, MA. Unknowingly, pregnant and nursing mothers drinking dairy (including dairy from grass-fed cows) were poisoning their babies with I-131 concentrated in their breastmilk.1

Sarcastically, it is said that the "best" way for women to detox is to breastfeed. Proof enough? Your best bet is to eat low on the food chain. And lucky for us, there's ridiculous options.

One of our favorites: Dr. Cow Seed Cheese (treat yourself, it's craaaazy!), Daiya cheese, Coconut Bliss, and KindKreme (if you're in L.A., it's a must).

Kitchen Staples: Unrefined Salt

July 3, 2011


Pink Himalayan Salt, unrefined.

Don’t believe the negative hype about salt! Good salt is essential.

There are books written on the benefits of unrefined salts, but here are 3 tidbits you need to know:

Table salt =  sodium chloride.
The table salt that most people eat daily—is the same ingredient shipped for use in industrial products like chlorine, laundry detergents, explosives, and plastics. Your average table salt has been heated, iodized, bleached, and filled with additives and anti-caking agents, making it unrecognizable to the body and creating havoc instead of balance in your fluids and cells. We came to use this “pretty,” white, smooth substance instead of the real deal simply for aesthetic and economic reasons —many grocers dislike the good salt because when it (naturally) clumps together, they consider it “unsellable.”

Unrefined salts contain crucial minerals and trace elements.
High-quality salts like Celtic or Himalayan sea salts, naturally contain 80-100+ minerals and trace elements that every system in your body uses to function properly—to think and move (nerve impulses), digest, regulate blood pressure, maintain an electrolyte balance, etc. •Healthy human blood and lymph fluids actually mirror the mineral and trace element balance of ocean water, making unrefined sea salt a healing, “balancing food” in nearly everyone’s diet.

•Trickery is standard.
Look for “unrefined” salts—they're usually off-white, greyish, or pink. Unless the package clearly states “unrefined” or something similar, brands labeled "sea salt" are most likely just refined sodium chloride. Those rascally salt hustlers! Well, they’ve got nothing on you now.

 

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