Lettuce Discuss… Biovea Berry Powder Blend Vegan Sugar Cookies

BIOVEA COOKIES 

Prep time: 5 minutes plus 2 hours
Cook time:  8-10 minutes
Total time:  15 minutes plus 2 hours
Author: Lettuce Discuss… Hema & Mako
Recipe type: Vegan Sugar Cookies
Cuisine: Desert
Serves: 15-20 cookies (depending on cookie cutter size)

Recently we tried our favorite Antioxidant daily supplement “Berry Powder Blend” by Biovea to enhance the flavor of the classic sugar cookie recipe. The flavor is so great that no sugar icing is needed- making this dessert a quick and healthy choice.

Ingredients

1 ½ Cups of Gluten free self-rising flour

½ teaspoon of Baking Powder

pinch of Sea Salt

½ Cup Vegan Butter

½ Cup Raw Sugar

5 Tablespoons of Almond Milk

½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract

3 full scoops of Berry Powder Blend by Biovea

Instructions

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

In the mixer beat the butter and sugar on low speed adding in the almond milk, flour mixture, and the scoops of the “Berry Powder Blend by Biovea”.

Refrigerate for 2 hours

Preheat oven to 375 degrees f. (Gas mark 5)

Flour the work surface and roll out the flavored dough to your desired thickness. We use approx. ¼ inch thick. Use desired cookie cutter and press into dough cutting the cookie out. Place on cookie tray and Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

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Transfer hot cookie using a flat spatula to Baking rack to cool!

Enjoy!

Many Blessings

Hema & Mako

Link To Biovea, Click Picture or follow link below.

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http://www.biovea.com/uk/product_detail.aspx?PID=1753&OS=204&KW=berry%20powder&cp=4&NAME=BERRY-POWDER-BLEND-Organic-Strawberry-442g

 

 

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Lettuce Discuss… What are Antioxidants?

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Antioxidants are phytochemicals. These are natural chemicals that are great for promoting health and well being in your body. They offer unique properties that help to maintain healthy cells.

Phytochemicals are non-nutritional chemicals found in plants. They have protective and disease preventing (not curing) properties.  Plants produce these chemicals to protect themselves, however these chemicals can also reduce the risk of diseases in humans. There are over a thousand known phytochemicals, the most common ones are found in Tomatoes (Lycopene), in fruits and berries (Flavanoids) and in soy (Isoflavinoids). These are all antioxidants. But before we get into antioxidants we need to understand what a “free Radical” is.

Free Radicals.

Simply free radicals are chemicals that are formed naturally in our body that have the potential to harm or damage our cells. In normal cellular functions they play an important role. However in large concentrations they can become hazardous to our bodies and cause damage to DNA, Cells, Proteins and Cell membranes. This can be caused by environmental toxins including and not limited too cigarette’s, metals, high oxygen atmospheres, and ionizing radiation (x-rays entering the atmosphere from space and exposure to radiation). These can increase the risk of cancer, heart disease and other diseases.

Antioxidants.

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals. The Antioxidants interact with the free radicals and prevent them causing any harm. The body does make its own antioxidants in small doses, these are called “endogenous”. Which simply means they are produced inside the cell or organism. However, the body really relies on the “exogenous” (externally produced), antioxidants to obtain what it needs. These are called dietary antioxidants and are found in higher concentrations in dietary supplements.

Summary:

Free Radicals in large concentrations can cause damage to cells, cell membranes and proteins within our body. Antioxidants interact with the free radicals and neutralize them rendering them harmless.

Follow this link for more information http://www.phytochemicals.info/antioxidants.php

We at Lettuce Discuss… use a daily supplement to top up our intake of Antioxidants.

Our preferred supplement is from Biovea and is called “Berry Powder Blend”.

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Click Image or Follow Link.  http://www.biovea.com/uk/product_detail.aspx?PID=1753&OS=204&KW=berry%20powder&cp=4&NAME=BERRY-POWDER-BLEND-Organic-Strawberry-442g

It makes a nice refreshing drink of a morning when you mix the powder with water. Organic Berry Powder Blend is an organic, blend of 12 fresh freeze-dried berries (including whole berries, seeds and juice). It is Fresh Freeze Dried and it is a Rich source of Natural Antioxidants. It tastes great and mixes easily without residue or after taste unlike so many other supplements. It is also Gluten Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian, Alcohol Free

Ingredients:

Serving Size: 1 level scoop (9.8g)

Servings Per Container: 45

Amount Per Serving:

  • Organic Berry Blend: 1000mg

Containing Organic Maqui Berry(Aristotelia Chilensis), Organic Acerola Berry (Malpighia Punicifolia), Organic Blackberry(Rubus Fruticosus), Organic Blueberry(Vaccinium Angustifolium), Organic Strawberry (Fragaria Virginiana), Organic Goji Berry (Lycium Barbarum), Organic Raspberry(Rubus Idaeus), Organic Cranberry(Vaccinium Oxycoccos), Organic Yum Berry(Myrica Rubra), Organic Black Currant (Ribes Nigrum), Organic Bilberry(Vaccinium Myrtillus), Organic Lingonberry(Vaccinium Vitis-idaea), Organic Aronia Berry (Aronia Melanocarpa), Organic Concord Grape Fruit Juice Pwd. (Vitis Labrusca), and Organic Pomegranate Fruit Juice Pwd. (Punica Granatum) • Organic Stevia Leaf Extract 20 mg

Other Ingredients: Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Arabic Gum, Organic Strawberry Flavouring, and Citric Acid.

Further Reading

Phytochemicals: Antioxidants

http://www.phytochemicals.info/antioxidants.php

Free radicals

http://www.healthchecksystems.com/antioxid.htm

Stevia

http://www.livescience.com/39601-stevia-facts-safety.html

Biovea, BERRY POWDER BLEND (Organic -Strawberry) 442g 

http://www.biovea.com/uk/product_detail.aspx?PID=1753&OS=204&KW=berry%20powder&cp=4&NAME=BERRY-POWDER-BLEND-Organic-Strawberry-442g

Disclaimer

(Phytochemicals / Antioxidants are not a cure for cancer or heart disease. We have found no medical trials that suggest that Antioxidants will cure heart disease or cancer. We have only found commentaries suggesting that they will reduce the risk and help maintain a healthy body. There is no replacement for a well balanced diet. If in doubt visit your health care professional.)

Many Blessings

Mako & Hema

Lettuce Discuss… The Mighty Almond!

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In a ¼ Cup of Almonds there are approximately 132 Calories

Almonds are made up of the following

Vitamin B2 – (Riboflavin) 0.23 mg

Vitamin E – 6.03mg

Copper – 0.23 mg

Biotin – 14.72 mcg

Potassium – 162 mg

Magnesium – 62 mg

Manganese – 0.53 mg

Molybdenum – 6.78 mcg

Phosphorous – 111.32 mg

Fiber – 11%

Monounsaturated Fats and Protein

Almonds are great for your muscles, brain, nerves and your heart.

The oil of the RAW nut contains natural Lecithin; it is high in Monounsaturated Fats (the same kind of fats found in olives). This kind of fat lowers your LDL Cholesterol, which in turn significantly reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease. Almonds are as effective as 1st generation statins in lowering your LDL cholesterol.

Almonds are also beneficial in lowering the glycemic index of foods; this lessens the rise in blood sugars after eating. The more almonds you consume the lower your blood sugars will be.

NOTE: Do not try and eat handfuls of sugar filled foods, cakes, sweets, etc… and think you can just eat almonds to get reduce the blood sugars by eating bags and bags of almonds. Balance is always key when living a healthy lifestyle. Sugar will still turn to fat and be stored in your body if taken in excess.

Tip: Take a hand full of almonds or a tablespoon of almond butter 4 times a week. For optimum effects leave the skins on the almonds when you eat them, as there are twenty antioxidant flavinoids present with the skins on.

DISCLAIMER… Due to some information on the internet and from other sources if you have GALL BLADDER or KIDNEY problems see your health professional before you take almonds.

Many Blessings

Mako & Hema

Lettuce Discuss… Juicing Combinations for your General Health

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For best results drink 1 Pint per day but break it down to coincide with meal times so drink ¼ Pint with each meal and one before bed. As these are all good for you anyway you can’t over do it although you would become bored drinking the same thing every day.

If you suffer from depression Please avoid Cranberries, Rhubarb and Green Plums. The high acidic values will not help but can contribute to depression.

Anemia Blackberry & Parsley or Parsley & Grape
Arthritis Celery & Parsley
Asthma Celery & Papaya or Celery, Endive and Carrot
Blood Pressure (High) Carrot, Parsley and Celery or Grape and Carrot
Blood Pressure (Low) Parsley or Capsicum and Garlic
Catarrh, Colds etc Watercress and Apple with ¼ tsp Cream of Tartar
Circulation Beets & Blackberry or Parsley, Alfalfa & Pineapple
Colds and Sinus Celery and Grapefruit with ¼ tsp Cream of Tartar
Constipation Celery, Spinach and Grapefruit
Diarrhea Carrot and Blackberry juice
Indigestion Coconut milk, Fig, Parsley and Carrot
Insomnia Lettuce and Celery Juice
Kidney Cleanse Celery, Parsley and Asparagus or Carrot and Parsley Juice
Kidneys (Bladder Problems) Blackcurrant with Juniper Berry Tea, Celery and Pomegranate Juice
Liver Cleanse Radish & Pineapple Juice or Black Cherry Concentrate & Chlorophyll or Carrot, Beet and Cucumber Juice
Memory (Poor) Celery, Carrot and Prune Juice
Nervous Tension Celery, Carrot and Prune Juice or Lettuce and Tomato Juice
Overweight (Obesity) Beet Greens, Parsley and Celery Juice
Sinus Cayenne Powder 1tsp in 1 Cup of water
Weight Reduction Parsley, Grape & Pineapple Juice

 

Quantities:

Alfalfa Handful                                                            Asparagus 6-8 sticks

Apple 2 small                                                                Beets 2

Beet Greens 1 Cup                                                    Blackberry ½ Cup

Blackcurrant 1 cup                                                    Capsicum 1 teaspoon

Carrot 2                                                                           Coconut Milk 1 Cup

Grape ½ Cup                                                                  Endive 1

Fig 1 Cup                                                                         Garlic 2 Cloves

Grapefruit 1 whole                                                   Pineapple half small pineapple

Spinach 2 Cups                                                            Parsley Bunch

Papaya whole                                                               Pomegranate 1 whole

Radish 1 Cup                                                                 Watercress 1 pack

Lettuce Discuss … “That” Chocolate Spread!

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Before we became Vegan we both used to love this “Spread” Once we had a look inside the Ingredients…

We were amazed. Here is the break down and how they get the ingredient.

Sugar: NOT GOOD, Refined sugar is made from a processing and bleaching process, not bleach off the shelf but chemicals that react to make it white. Often Bone Char (taken from the bones of murdered cattle) is used in refining sugar. Unless you know where the sugar comes from it may not be Vegan. Know your food!

Unrefined beet sugar is perfect, no bone char is introduced anywhere near it as are turbinado sugar, organic evaporated cane juice, organic dehydrated cane juice, and organic cane sugar.

Palm Oil: NOT GOOD, Our old friend Palm Oil. Palm oil is worse in some instances than animal fats (not that I would ingest either) Palm Oil causes Hypertension, It is high in fat, it is a saturated fat, its high in cholesterol, it is also reported to block the receptors in the brain that shout out “I’m full, stop eating”. Palm Oil also causes inflammation that is linked to insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes)! It’s associated with obesity and other metabolic disorders. On a humanitarian level the planting of palms for palm oil is cutting back the natural environment for Orang Utans, if they could speak I would imagine they would hate palm oil too.

Hazelnuts: GOOD, some people are allergic to hazelnuts but they are generally good for you. They are rich in dietry fibre and folates, are a great source of energy, contain vitamin E, they are full of health promoting phyto chemicals. Pretty good and quite sweet too. We avoid them here because Hema is REALLY allergic so we have no cross contamination.

Cocoa: GOOD, Cocoa solids are one of the richest sources of flavanol antioxidants. Oh yeah, cocoa is great for migraines, menstrual pains, and just tastes really good. No complaints over cocoa.

Skim Milk: NOT GOOD, A study conducted by the University of Hawaii in 2007 suggested that drinking, using in cooking of low fat milk (skimmed) may increase the risk of low-grade prostate cancer tumors. Did you know that to get a cow to produce milk they first get it pregnant and then take the calf away so it keeps producing milk!

 Whey (milk): NOT GOOD, derived from milk see above.

 Lecithin (soy): NOT GOOD, see our blog on soy lecithin

Artificial Vanillin: NOT GOOD, artificial vanillin is made up from petroleum! Yep if you want some fuel (and I mean FOSSIL Fuels) eat nutella and other chemically derived spread! However, Organic Vanillin is good.

Next up: Our recipe for a Super Delicious Vegan Chocolate Spread!

Many Blessings!

Mako & Hema

Lettuce Discuss… Something to make you feel better!

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At this time of year we all know about over indulgence and indigestion. Its also Cold and Flu season. Here are some natural remedies to help you out with the ailments of the season so you can be up and super fit in no time at a all .

many Blessings

Mako & Hema

Namaste

Lettuce discuss… Natural Food Coloring!

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First I think its important to know why we should avoid man made fabricated food coloring.

The first thing to note is that Shellac or Food Glaze comes from the back end of a beetle like bug. The female bug eats sap from a tree and then poops it out to form tubes so that they can get from branch to branch. This is then scraped from the tree and processed with alcohol that turns it into liquid Shellac (this is also used in French polish to give the shine to furniture and wooden flooring…Yum!!). The same process is also used in Sprinkles (hard candy-like topping for desserts).

Confections containing Shellac (also known as Confectioners Glaze, Resinous Glaze)

  • Hershey’s Whopper’s Malted Milk Balls™
• Hershey’s Milk Duds™
• Nestle’s Raisinettes™
• Nestle’s Goober’s™
• Tootsie Roll Industry’s Junior Mints™ (NOT Tootsie Rolls)
• Tootsie Roll Industry’s Sugar Babies™
• Jelly Belly™ jelly beans, mint crèmes
• Godiva’s™ Dark Chocolate Almond Bar; Dark Chocolate Cherries; Milk Chocolate Cashews; White Chocolate Pearls; Milk Chocolate Pearls
• Gertrude Hawk’s™ chocolate-covered nuts and raisins; cupcake sprinkles; decorative cake pieces.

Russell Stover’s™ jelly beans; NOT in their chocolate-covered cherries or mint patties.

In Skittles™ and Starburst™ this is no shellac, but they do contain gelatin (an animal-derived ingredient)

Secondly we will look at artificial food coloring.

This information comes from the link below, we have summarized but it is worth reading just click on the link.

Colors To Die For: The Dangerous Impact of Food Coloring

The Dangerous Impact of Food Coloring

Americans are now eating 5 times more food dye than in 1955.

Many parents have observed their child’s behavior improve drastically when taken off food dyes, especially Red #40. Because of this widespread anecdotal evidence, the editors at Special Education Degree decided to do an investigative report on the negative effects of food dye’s in human beings.

 The hidden dangers of food coloring dyes:

Blue #1 Brilliant Blue

Known Dangers: Caused kidney tumors in mice, 
May induce an allergic reaction in individuals with pre-existing asthma

Commonly found in: baked goods, beverages, candies, cereal

Blue #2 Indigo Carmine

Known Dangers: Causes significant occurrence of tumors, particularly brain gliomas, in male rats

Commonly found in: beverages, candies, dog food

Citrus Red #2

Known Dangers: Toxic to rats and mice at modest levels.
 Bladder and other tumors found in mice
 labeled “possibly carcinogenic to humans” by the IARC

Commonly found in: skin of Florida oranges

Green #3 Fast Green

Known Dangers: As a food dye it is prohibited in the EU and some other countries
 caused significant increases in bladder tumors in male rats

Commonly found in: beverages, candies, ice cream, cosmetics

Red #40 Allura Red

Known Dangers: Accelerates the appearance of immune system tumors in mice
 suspected trigger of hyperactivity in children 
causes allergy-like reactions in some people

Commonly found in: beverages, candies, cereal, cosmetics

Red #3 Erythrosine

Known Dangers: Suspected trigger of hyperactivity in children
 Thyroid carcinogen in animals. This coloring was
 issued a partial ban by the FDA in 1990.

Commonly found in: baked goods, candies, sausage, maraschino cherries

Yellow #5 Tartrazine

Known Dangers: Can cause allergy-like reactions. 
May cause mild to severe hypersensitiviy reactions.

Commonly found in: baked goods, candies, cereal, beverages

Yellow #6 Sunset Yellow

Known Dangers: May cause hyperactivity in some children. 
Causes adrenal tumors in animals

Commonly found in: baked goods, sausage, cereal, cosmetics

How to make natural food colorings

Natural Food Coloring, (don’t forget we have the primary colors Red, Green and Blue. Mixing these colors by experimenting will give us many colors)

Yellow – Saffron and or turmeric. (use sparingly as these can be powerful tasting spices)

Orange – you may be tempted to use an orange but this wont work it will separate the frosting because of the acid nature.

Use fresh carrot juice instead. This shouldn’t inhibit the flavor as carrot juice is sweet anyway.

Red and Pink – you can juice Beets for this as they give amazing depth of color. For a lighter color you can use strawberries or raspberries. Just drain the juice and the seeds be careful not to over saturate the frosting.

Green – you can juice fresh spinach for this as it is quite tasteless but gives a good strong color. If you haven’t got a juicer you can use liquid chlorophyll you can get this from most health food stores.

Purple – you can boil a red cabbage until it turns to a dark red broth and use the juice from this as it will make the frosting purple: You can also use hibiscus flower powder just add sparingly until you get the desired result.

Blue – for this you need to do as above but strain the cabbage and reduce the liquid by heating even more until it becomes thicker. When it becomes thick add baking soda only a pinch at a time until the water turns blue. It will appear to be a very dark blue however when added to the frosting it will be a pastel blue.

Brown – for this you can use pure espresso, cocoa powder, or even instant coffee granules (if there is no alternative)

Happy Baking this Holiday Season!

Many blessings

Mako & Hema