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Cream of the crop. Rude Health’s new nut and grain milks

organic rice drink

Virtuous and velvety rice drink

For pure roughage at breakfast time it’s difficult to beat Rude Health.

These connoisseurs of cereals have been leading the way in low sugar, healthier breakfasts. Their granola, muesli and porridge are always imaginative,  diverse and full of the good stuff.

But now Rude Health have some dairy-free drinks to pour into your bowl as well. They still come unsweetened and with a commitment to being as healthy as possible. For example, their Brown Rice Drink is the only dairy alternative to be made from wholegrain brown rice instead of white.

There’s an Oat Drink and Almond Drink too. All are organic and with no artificial ingredients. No surprise two of the drinks won the Organic Food Awards last year.

Tigernuts, the original superfood?

Peeled tiger nuts

Tigernuts are choc-full of goodness

It seems that the designers of the paleo diet have got it wrong…

The major food in our ancient diet wasn’t meat or berries or nuts.

According to Oxford University it was in fact tigernuts (which aren’t nuts at all, but a kind of superfood tuber or herb).

But this isn’t as terrible as it sounds. Tigernuts (or is it tiger nuts?) are actually quite sweet, almost almondy, and full of nutrition.

In fact, the list of nutritional benefits is quite big (not surprising if it was the caveman’s basic food). They are high in fibre and protein and have equal or greater amounts of iron, zinc, copper and magnesium than milk. Tigernuts are also high in calcium, iron, phosphorus and thiamine. They are cholesterol reducing, prebiotic and rich in fatty acids, vitamin C and E. Gram for gram, these tiny titans contain almost twice the starch of potatoes, making an excellent appetite suppressant.

For those with allergies, tigernuts can be made into a naturally sweet milk and, because they are also naturally gluten free, they lend themselves to baking as a flour. They also make a simple alternative to using nuts in meals, but they need to be soaked first.

Tigernuts are also known as chuffa nuts, earth almonds, rush nut, Florida almonds and yellow nut grass. At GoodnessDirect they are available whole or peeled, and as a flour or milk.

Nutritious Baobab – They call it the Feel Good Fruit

africa

They say nature has all the medicine we could ever need.

The Baobab tree is a great example.

For centuries, one of the world’s biggest trees has provided women of Africa with a source of natural wellbeing. It benefits skin, hair and general health.

Healthy fruit powder

Baobab fruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, calcium, potassium, thiamin and a good source of vitamin B6. These nutrients help support your metabolism, the immune system, and promote good skin health. Plus, baobab is also almost 50% fibre, and contains over twice the antioxidants per gram of goji berries and more than blueberries and pomegranates combined.

baobab fruit powder

They call it the Feel Good Fruit

The baobab tree  grows in 32 countries across Africa and is entirely community-owned and wild harvested. The fruit dries naturally on the branch and is simply sieved to produce a nutrient-dense wholefood that helps bring out your natural vibrancy.

Aduna’s Tree of Life

Aduna, which means ‘life’ or ‘world’, pack this pure, nutritious fruit pulp to make it available as a loose powder or in convenient single-serve sachets. Capsules are also available for on-the-go ease.

But what does it taste like? It has a very tangy flavour, typically described as a combination of pear, grapefruit, caramel and vanilla.

It really is a tree of life.

Chia is becoming increasingly available

white chia

Chia: full of Omega 3

I’m very glad that chia seeds are becoming more readily available.

They are very high in Omega 3, in perfect balance with Omega 6, and are brim-full with nutrients, including antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fibre.

We’ll increasingly see it become available in foods such as Biofair’s organic Palitos, a gluten free, nut free and vegan South American snack made from chia and quinoa.

Chia is seen as useful to athletes, diabetics and dieters because of this way it affects the digestion of nutrients. So much so that the grain company, Linusit, recommended that you consume a maximum of 15g of chia a day and only with 150ml of water.

The seed can be used with yoghurt and cereals or sprinkled over soups, vegetables, salads or desserts. Chia can even be used in home baking for breads, cakes and biscuits.

While chia seed can be used as a wholegrain, Linusit offers both whole and milled white chia seed. They also guarantee their seed is gluten and lactose free.

Bounce Balls – nutrition on the go

You don’t need extra protein if you eat well.

That is… the average man can get all the protein he needs if he drinks his milk, eats tuna for lunch and steak for dinner. Even vegans get all the protein they need from a good selection of plant foods.

But, if your diet isn’t as perfect then you may need a boost, especially if you enjoy exercise.

A little bundle of natural nutrition

A little bundle of natural nutrition

Keeping a few Bounce Balls in the cupboard will help. They are delicious healthy snacks, in a ball, made from 100% natural ingredients. They offer health–conscious people a convenient and tasty, top quality nutrition treat which you can eat at any time.

They are also gluten free, low carb, naturally sweet and cholesterol free.

Bounce Balls come as the Peanut Protein Blast or the Almond Protein Hit, they are loaded with whey protein and perfect as a snack. There’s also a Spirulina & Ginseng Defence Boost aimed at helping the immune system – Spirulina is a complete protein and a rich source of iron & fibre.

A great source of nutrition on the go.

A quick organic review: Dove’s Fibre Flakes cereal

I’m currently munching through a bowl of Dove’s Organic Fibre Flakes cereal. Always the best way to write about food I feel.

The cereal has a lovely rounded moreish bite to it which is surprising because it is made without gluten, nuts (or milk! – as the packaging states).

A moreish cereal

A moreish cereal

The real flavour effect comes from the malty taste of the maize bran, and I have to say, it’s impressive how long the flakes stay crunchy in the milk. Reading the ingredients I’m worried about the sugar content but the calorie content seems okay, it’s only 105cals in a bowl.

Dove’s cereals are very popular among those who want that quality organic taste but need to avoid gluten, and now I can see why. I’m quite tempted to try their rebranded Cocoa Rice cereal too…

Sack it, I’m off to have my second bowl of Fibre Flakes.

Alternatives to milk

Possibly 75% of people around the world are lactose intolerant – which might go some way to explaining why there are so many alternatives to milk.

But there are numerous other reasons too, it might be simply be beneficial to health, or autism related, or asthma, or galactosaemia, or a sensitivity to casein or one of many other problems with drinking milk.

Whatever your reason it’s important to make sure you’re still getting the calcium, iodine and vitamins that you need.

Here are some of the alternatives…

Goat’s milk
Rich in nutrients and easier to digest (even though it still contains lactose). It has less casein but almost as much fat and calories as cow’s milk. However, it can cause a vitamin B12 deficiency in children.

Sheep’s milk
Sheep’s milk has twice as many minerals, eg. calcium, phosphorus and zinc and the vitamin B-complex, as cow’s milk. But it is also higher in calories and fat. Like goat’s milk, it is easily digested. And it’s also a good source of iodine, which helps if you suffer with thyroid problems.

Camel’s milk
Five times as much Vitamin C as cow’s milk. Helps with diabetes. Contains some lactose. Not easy to source.

Buffalo’s milk
Higher in calcium, protein and iron and contains more vitamins and minerals (including calcium and iron) and 43% less cholesterol than cow’s milk. But it also has twice as much fat and still contains lactose. Not easy to source.

Hemp milk
Half the amount of protein of cow’s milk, and calcium is often added. Rich in Omega 3, minerals and vitamins, hemp milk also has a creamy consistency. No lactose.

Quinoa milk
Quinoa is a very digestive food and nutritionally well balanced. It’s protein contains all essential amino acids and it is rich in unsaturated fatty acids. No lactose.

Spelt milk
A good source of fibre and B-complex vitamins. Cholesterol free. No lactose.

Oat milk
Rich in fibre, lowers cholesterol and low-GI. It’s actually the preferred energy drink of many athletes. A pleasant milky taste. No lactose.

Barley milk
Has a higher phosphorus and potassium content than regular milk. Helpful in repairing the body, though it doesn’t contain calcium. No lactose.

Kamut-wheat milk
Highly recommended for its milk-like taste. No lactose.

Millet milk
Lower in fat, higher in fibre and less calories than cow’s milk. Rich in protein and minerals. No lactose.

Rice milk
Compared to soya, rice milk is considered closer to cow’s milk in taste and texture. It is naturally sweet, low in fat and high in fibre. But it’s also low in calcium and protein. No lactose.

Soya milk
Soya milk is high in protein so it’s useful for cooking with. It is also comparatively cheaper than other milk alternatives due to its ubiquity. However, some avoid it because it can raise estrogen levels. No lactose.

Almond milk
Tastes great, and has some of the lowest calorie counts of all milk alternatives. No lactose.

Hazelnut milk
A thicker consistency. It also provides calcium and sulphur. No lactose.

Coconut milk
Lots of phosphorus, iron, magnesium and fibre makes coconut milk a superfood. It’s low in calories, boosts immunity and has a distinctive creamy taste.

Cashew nut milk
Delicious but not easy to find. Just as well it’s easy to make… Cashew’s are a good source of copper and magnesium.

Raw milk
The argument is that pasteurisation destroys some of the goodness in milk which would actually make it digestible for people with gut problems. It remains to be seen whether ‘green top milk’ is actually helpful for people with psoriasis and high blood pressure.

UV milk
Possibly the milk of the future: milk that is treated by UV instead of pasteurisation?

Lactose-Free milk
Or, of course, you could take the lactose out of the milk

You can also make milk from peas, peanuts, or seeds!