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

 

 

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

Lettuce Discuss… Colds, Allergies and a little holistic help, for this Fall Season!

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This time of year people tend to get symptoms of allergies, colds, coughs etc…

We refuse to have them but that’s just us. However, if we do feel a little scratchy these are some of the natural remedies we use to great effect.

One of the first things we need to do at this time of year is boost the immune system, the simple way to do this is through juicing. If you don’t have a juicer you can also blend the raw ingredients in a food processor or classic blender.

Immune System Boost (Juice)

1 Apple

3 Celery stalks

4 stalks of Kale

½ Lemon

½ Ginger Root

Alternatively take 1 Clove of Garlic per day

As the saying goes… “An Apple a day keeps the Doctor away” Apples are very high in Vitamin C plus much more…

If you would like something a bit sweeter you could add a teaspoon of Manuka Honey. Or a locally produced honey. Or a teaspoon of Organic Raw un-refined sugar.

(I know Honey is a controversial topic among Vegans, please see our prior blog “Vegans and Honey?”)

You can do this 2 or 3 times a week, it will encourage and help your immune system.

The next thing to look at this time of year is a cold cure, I’m sure we have all heard of the following recipes. It wont hurt to run through them again.

Cold Cures

1 Teaspoon of honey

½ Teaspoon of cinnamon

Alternatively take 1 Clove of Garlic per day

Honey and cinnamon are both antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and will knock out a cold within a day or two. Take this twice a day for 3 days.

*As a side note this will also help with bladder and kidney infections. It will act as a painkiller for arthritis and will reduce sugar levels and blood pressure.

The next thing this time of year is blood pressure. When we are feeling a little under the weather one of the causes of the nagging throbbing headache can be elevated blood pressure.   To lower your blood pressure you can take the cold cure above or use the following juice recipe.

Reduce Blood Pressure (Juice)

½ grapefruit

2 Stalks of celery

½ Cucumber

1 Clove of garlic

¼ Fennel bulb

This juice is great for lowering your blood pressure again you can take this 1 or twice a week or everyday if you want to. As this is all natural it can only do you good.

Next we will look at a little tonic for your Thyroid, as your thyroid is like your bodies control and distribution center we need to care for it. It is very important. You should be eating kale and seaweed to help it out but the following is a good tonic.

Thyroid Tonic (Juice)

6 Carrots

1 Cucumber

½ Lemon

10 Raddishes

You can take this twice a week or more if you are feeling it. Avoid soya as this can be damaging to your thyroid. There are plenty of alternatives to soy milk out there for example, almond, hemp, rice, and oat to name a few.

There is also Hazelnut milk, this is quite a common milk or nut to be allergic to so take care when drinking it. This brings me on to our next topic of allergies. Sometimes an allergy can present itself with cold or flu like symptoms, little itches on the skin, there is help however in the form of another juice.

Allergy Reduction

1 medium carrot

2 Large Oranges

1 handful of mint leaves

½ inch of Ginger root

Juice them together and drink twice a day. The symptoms should clear quickly.

Alternatively take 1 clove of garlic per day for allergies.

Garlic and its many uses

A single clove of garlic per day is a wonderful thing it can be used to treat so many ailments that we all have occasionally here is a list of what it is good for,

High cholesterol             *Crush the Garlic and Take

Athletes Foot             Crush the garlic and add a few drops of olive oil, Mix o a paste and apply

Poor Digestion            *Crush the garlic and Take

Low Energy                        *Crush the garlic and Take

Lowers Blood Sugar            *Crush the garlic and Take

Bronchitis                        *Crush the garlic and Take

Colon Cancer                        *Crush the garlic and Take

Yeast Infections            *Crush the garlic and Take

Respiratory Problems            *Crush the garlic and Take

Boosts the immune system            *Crush the garlic and Take

Increase Iron and Zinc Absorption            Crush the garlic and Take

Coughing                        *Crush the garlic and Take

Antioxidants                        *Crush the garlic and Take

Breast cancer                        *Crush the garlic and Take

Cold and flu                        *Crush the garlic and Take

Leukemia                        *Crush the garlic and Take

Anti Fungal                        *Crush the garlic and Take

Vaginitis                        *Crush the garlic and Take

Toothaches                        Crush the garlic and apply direct to the tooth

Warts            Crush the garlic and add a few drops of olive oil, Mix o a paste and apply

Stomach            *Crush the garlic and Take

Diabetes                        *Crush the garlic and Take

Parasites                        *Crush the garlic and Take

Allergies                        *Crush the garlic and Take

*Add the garlic to a spoon of olive oil –otherwise the garlic may burn your mouth

There are probably more benefits of garlic that we haven’t listed but feel free to let us know and we will research and add it.

Have a stress free and well Fall/Autumn

Many blessings

Mako and Hema

Lettuce Discuss… Is Ethically and organically produced Honey Vegan?

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Is honey cruelty-free?

Today’s blog is not trying to get tied up in the ethics of insects; it is however giving our opinion on the subject of, Is Honey Vegan?

Firstly, Bees are a very important part of the ecology of our planet. If there were no bees the majority of pollination of plants would not be carried out and the planet as we know it would simply cease to maintain plant life. That’s just a fact. Bees are essential to every species on the planet because they pollinate the flowers of fruit trees.  Without pollinated flowers, there is no fruit on most fruit trees.  So, without bees, we have little or no fruit.

Knowingly or not we kill many insects as we walk through grass, or driving to the store to buy supplies we find insects on the windshield of our cars.

If we are to be staunchly vegan and being vegan states we cannot kill insects, this in turn means we cannot eat non-organic produce. This would be because of the pesticides used to keep insects from destroying the produce.

Another problem we face is how do we know that no insects are harmed in organic farms. Should each ear of corn be hand picked? Should each carrot be checked for insects first?

It is necessary to point this out so we have a balanced debate. Does every vegan know the true origin of his or her produce? Do we know that no Being, animal, or insect was harmed?

With this in mind the concern for the Bee is in consistent, as pointed out above other activities kill more insects than bee keeping.

Is honey a forbidden animal product? Bees make it. However, only happy bees make honey. If bees are stressed or threatened they stop making honey and protect the hive. The Bee is happy making the honey (and we are talking of ethically kept Bees). They produce more honey, beeswax and propolis (a resinous mixture bees use to fill gaps in the hive) than they need each year. An average apiary can produce 160 lbs of honey. Ethical beekeepers take between 10 and 50lbs leaving the bees 110lbs of honey, which is more than they would use over the winter.

According to food journalist Rowan Jacobson, bees are used in the production of about 100 foods, including almonds, avocados, broccoli, canola, cherries, cucumbers, lettuce, peaches, pears, plums, sunflowers, and tomatoes. Due to their pollination.

As with all our actions and decisions people will see grey areas. Not all honey is mass produced not all honey is ethically produced. The important thing is to research where your honey comes from. Is it ethically produced? Do the beekeepers care for the health of Bees and the environment that they live in?

If you want to support ethically produced honey and helping the bees survive, support your local organic apiary. Look for these icons

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We consider ourselves to be vegan and believe we trust our own ethics we use and eat honey. It has so many benefits it is hard to ignore.

Manuka Honey benefits

Before we give the benefits there are things to look out for, each tub of Manuka honey bears its own Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) – this scale identifies the level of anti-bacterial potency. The UMF rating of 10+ is the minimum required to gain the UMF rating to be considered effective for purpose. Any Manuka Honey that meets or exceeds this requirement is commonly referred to as Active Manuka Honey. The Optimum levels of UMF are 10+ to 15+, so look out for this on your tub.

Manuka honey is anti bacterial and antimicrobial you can use it topically and by taking it internally. You can apply it directly to wounds and it will stop any bacteria from growing.

Digestive health, if you have bloating, stomach pain, indigestion, acid reflux, irritable bowl syndrome, and stomach ulcers. Stir a spoon of honey in some hot but not boiling water or tea and drink.

Immunity, help your immune system with honeys antibacterial properties stir a spoon of honey with some lemon to prevent a cold. The high antibacterial levels will treat ulcers, skin infections, cuts, cold sores, abrasions and more.

There are many more benefits and we have included a link below, we are in no way affiliated with Honey Mark Products it is useful information for your own research.

http://www.honeymarkproducts.com/our-company/organizations/

Many Blessings

Mako & Hema

Lettuce Discuss… How to Make Vegan Gluten Free Pasta Taste Great!

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Lettuce Discuss… How to Make Vegan Gluten Free Pasta Taste Great!

In our experience Vegan gluten free pasta tastes like cardboard!

However, we have learned (by experimenting) to make it taste great!

This is a quick and easy recipe to make.

This is all subject to how much pasta you want whether you want a lot or a little for yourself so we will assume that its one person average portion.

Ingredients

½ cup of Organic Brown Rice Pasta

1 Jar of Organic Vegan Marinara Sauce

Olive oil

Sweet Basil Pesto Sauce (we use this to add as a spice not as a sauce)

Earth Balance Vegan Soy Free Spread. (It’s the one in the Red Tub)

A palm full of almonds, optional!

(You can also add vegetables to this if you feel like but we are assuming a basic pasta marinara)

Method

First we want to boil a pan of water.

When the water is boiling add a tablespoon of olive oil to the water. This will help to stop the pasta sticking to itself.

Then add the pasta. Be careful not to over cook the pasta as it will go limp and soggy. Check it very regularly as Vegan Gluten free pasta has a habit of over cooking really quickly.

When the pasta is cooked drain it under cold water. Leave it to sit for a minute so it drains completely.

Then get your small wok or small frying pan, place a Tablespoon of the Earth Balance soy free spread (butter) in the pan and melt the butter. Not too hot or it will burn this is all done on a really low heat.

Then add the pasta, once the pasta is in the pan we sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the “simply organic sweet pesto sauce powder” over the pasta. Then add the palm full of almonds (if desired) this gives it a nice crunch and flavour!

Fry this up, Constantly stir this (DO NOT LET IT SIT). The pasta will start sticking to the pan, (this is ok) this is what gives the pasta the flavours. You want to cook all the water out of the pasta- (don’t worry about cleanup, just soak the pan in some water and it will lift easily due to the NON GLUten) at this point you can add your desired (if any) vegetables.

Once cooked add the marinara sauce to your liking, you may like it dry or wet.

Let it cook until the sauce is hot or to your liking.

Then serve and enjoy!

This is how you keep your pasta tasting like pasta not cardboard!

Many Blessings

Mako and Hema.