I?d like to start this post with a disclaimer, as today I?ll be talking about a ?Health&Diet related issue. As I?ve mentioned before a huge part of the ?Daily Dose of A? will be dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyle, eating, and generally living.
Please, beware that what you?ll be reading in LTA surrounding the topic will be always based on both scientifically proven data and my personal experience in experimenting with disparate types of healthy regimes and foods. Also, I?ll be revealing tips and tricks regarding the healthy habits I?ve developed through time that have actually worked for me and are not intended to force you into doing anything that you don’t feel as being suitable enough for you.
Debunking the M(ilk)yth:
How do you prefer your morning coffee? Do you like it milky, more sugary, or simply drink it black?
Do you enjoy sipping your cinnamon latte while chatting with your friends?
Do you indulge yourself in your morning cereal soaked in milk?
Do you take your tea strong or milky?
I find it quite bizarre how since our infancy teachers, parents, and nannies have promoted milk as THE thing that has to be included in our diet.
Yes, they have somehow consciously endorsed the idea that milk has very high nutritional value, being rich in calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, and protein ? you know bringing together all ?essentials? required for your proper bone development and strength.
Well, while breastfeeding is vital for providing babies with nutrients and antibodies, the same cannot be said for cow milk consumed after the ?weaning stage? of our existence.
Milk contains around 300mg/cup calcium? Correct. And that fact is truly amazing!
That?s what I thought.
Apart from us, the humans, which other mammalian species have kept on indulging in their mommies? milk after they?ve ceased weaning.
You guessed it right ? none.
Have you ever heard of an adult drinking breast milk for pleasure?
No? Well, I haven?t either. We?ve somehow developed this weird habit of drinking the ?designer? milk of other mammals and actually enjoying it. We?ve been consuming exceptionally high amounts of protein without even being able to digest it properly.
Well, I used to wake up craving my morning cereal ? enjoying both its artificial flavour and creamy taste of milk.
So, angel, probably you wonder? okay and what about the yoghurt? It?s from cow, in ?it?
Yes, however, in contrast to milk, yoghurt goes through a fermentation stage, induced by a special bacteria that pre-digests the milk protein… So if you are trying to make up your mind whether to get milk or yoghurt, well, now you know the answer.
And what about your morning coffee, or an afternoon chai latte?
Well, it?s really about thinking out of the box and coming up with original substitutes to the much loved cow milk?Think almond. Think soy.
Have I completely excluded cow milk from my diet then?
However, I?ve minimised its consumption by swapping some of my ex-favourite options. No more cereal for breakfast, I go for yoghurt with honey and fresh fruits instead.
Recently, I?ve been also experimenting with various types of quirky home-made morning energy drinks and have completely left behind the black coffee/milk option.
To help you out in making better choices, angel, I decided to show you two easy-to-follow recipes for preparing healthy drinks at home.
My first suggestion is:
200 ml almond milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cocoa beans
1-2 teaspoon honey
Mix everything together in a blender until perfectly smooth! So easy (and exceptionally delicious), right?
be quite pricy, I?ve come up with another original suggestion, which while exceptionally tasty as a bonus it doesn’t require you to spend loads of money on milk.
1 cup of espresso
2 cups hot water
50 gr. ground cashew
1-2 teaspoon ginger
1-2 teaspoon cinnamon
5-6 dates without pit
Put the raw cashew in a blender until it’s ground. Then add the other ingredients and blend, blend, blend until the mixture is perfectly smooth.
Healthy, tasty, and highly energising (with no dairy in it).
Just a quick tip!
Enjoy and stay healthy, angel
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