Monthly Archives: June 2012

Milk– What Do YOU Drink?

Once upon a time we had milk. And that was it.  Now we’re faced with soy milk, coconut milk, rice, hemp, and almond “milks”–making a trip to the grocery store quite complicated. So lets discuss what everyone really wants to know: which is healthiest?

Food trends can drive consumers into a spiral of confusion, along with ever-changing nutrition recommendations that develop from the latest scientific findings. For example, cow’s milk is rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, but only in the last 30 years have we discovered that saturated fat is a huge precursor to heart disease. All cow’s milk, except for skim, has saturated fat. It is the unfortunate common denominator that makes dairy products the bad guy–i.e. cheese, butter, ice cream.

The real deal. High in protein, rich with calcium, and fortified with vitamin D to assist with absorption of calcium. Low-fat and fat-free milks are great choices. All the calories in skim-milk come from protein and natural milk sugars called lactose. Instances where real dairy would not be a good choice would be for someone who is lactose-intolerant, has dairy allergies or is vegan. In these cases, plant-based milks are a great alternative.

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Breakfast Garden Hash

Summer is quickly approaching, and with no more wedding to-do’s, Grant and I are finding plenty of time for fun in the sun, and in the kitchen. So before out 30 mile bike ride on the Nachez Trace yesterday, I made this breakfast garden hash. One thing my new husband has learned about me is that I always find a way to fit veggies into every meal. It’s magic. The first time I ever made him a breakfast salad was before a hiking trip back in Seattle. Along with a mushroom frittata, I had made a green salad tossed with balsamic, basil and strawberries. His first words, “Salad? For breakfast?” My response, “Why not?” Since then he’s never raised an eyebrow. I’m not sure if its because he knows nothing will change, or if I simply won him over with my revolutionary meal planning. Because what’s not to love about a breakfast that’s as scrumptious as it is nutritious?
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