Why I will NEVER recommend DAIRY + Tips to Bone Health

One in every two women and one in every four men over the age of 50 are going to break a bone due to osteoporosis according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. It is up to you to take control of your bone health!

Eating a wide variety of plant foods in sufficient calories should supply the body with the calcium it needs sufficiently, without supplementation necessary.

According to the Academy’s Nutrition Care Manual:

Vegans can obtain calcium from a variety of foods, including (USDA, 2007; Manufacturer’s information):

  • Low-oxalate vegetables (see below for calcium content)
  • Calcium-set tofu (120 to 430 mg per half cup)
  • Figs (68 mg per five dried figs)
  • Soybeans (88 mg per half cup)
  • Tempeh (92 mg per half cup)
  • Calcium-fortified foods (300 to 350 mg per cup orange juice; 200 to 350 mg per cup soymilk; 55 to 1,000 mg per ounce ready-to-eat breakfast cereal)screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-10-24-54-pm

My Top 5 Tips for Bone Health?

  1. Exercise: Resistance training and impact activities like running and jumping improve bone mineral density, so be sure to incorporate these activities into your daily life. Recommendations are to resistance train at least 2-3 days a week for 30 minutes / day and to train aerobically at least 5 days a week for 30 minutes with moderate effort.
  2. Eat Plants: As shown in the video, antioxidants in plant foods have been shown to help bone health. The more the merrier.  Animal foods and animal protein have been shown to cause an acidic effect on the body that may interfere with calcium absorption and retention and could be associated with high rates of hip fracture in Western civilization where high amounts of animal protein from meat and dairy are consumed.
  3. Incorporate These Foods: Low-oxalate veggies like broccoli, kale, collard greens, as well as okra, figs, calcium set tofu, and fortified plant milk.
  4. Sunshine: Let your skin see the sun at least 15 minutes / day of direct sunlight. If you live in a darker, cooler area, I would recommend supplementing about 10,000 IU vitamin D and maybe even include mushrooms and vitamin D fortified foods like cereals and plant milks to cover the vitamin D necessity.
  5. Take it WITHOUT A Grain Of Salt: Eat less sodium. Sodium effects our calcium retention. Try bringing flavor to dishes with lemon, lime, or even orange juice. Also, try fresh herbs and flavorful veggies that you like, like thyme, garlic, sage, cilantro, basil, or onion.

I hope this blog post helps to bring you closer to the optimal health and happy life of your dreams.  Much love! Reines and SHINE, it is wake up time.

References:

K Michaelsson, A Wolk, S Langenskiold, et al. Milk intake and risk of mortality and fractures in women and men: cohort studies. British Medical Journal. Oct 28, 2014.; 349 http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g6015

Z Dai, LM Butler, RM van Dam, et al. Adherence to a Vegetable-Fruit-Soy Dietary Pattern or the Alternative Healthy Eating Index Ss Associated with Lower Hip Fracture Risk among Singapore Chinese. The Journal of Nutrition. April 1, 2014. vol 144 no. 4 511-518. http://jn.nutrition.org/content/144/4/511.full

K Michaelsson, A Wolk, S Langenskiold, et al. Milk intake and risk of mortality and fractures in women and men: cohort studies. British Medical Journal. Oct 28, 2014.; 349 http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g6015

Z Dai, LM Butler, RM van Dam, et al. Adherence to a Vegetable-Fruit-Soy Dietary Pattern or the Alternative Healthy Eating Index Ss Associated with Lower Hip Fracture Risk among Singapore Chinese. The Journal of Nutrition. April 1, 2014. vol 144 no. 4 511-518. http://jn.nutrition.org/content/144/4/511.full

V Benetou, P Orfanos, U Pattersson-Kymmer et al. Mediterranean diet and incidence of hip fractures in a European cohort. Osteoporosis Int. May 2013. 24(5): 1587-1598. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23085859

E de Jonge, F Rivadeneira, N Erler, et al. Dietary Patterns in an elderly population and their relation with bone mineral density: the Rotterdam Study. European Journal of Nutrition. August 24, 2016. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00394-016-1297-7

M Hassan, A Rezabakhsh. Hormones in Dairy Foods and Their Impact on Public Health- Narrative Review Article. Iran Journal Public Health. June 2015. 44(6): 742-758. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4524299/

BC Melnik, SM John, P Carrera-Bastos, et al. The impact of cow’s milk-mediated mTORC1-signaling in the initiation and progression of prostate cancer. Nutr Metab (Lond). Aug 14, 2012. 9(1): 74. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22891897

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Weekly Vegan Meal Prep: Chia Pudding and Overnight Oats Recipes

Here’s two easy recipes to help save time during the busy workweek.  weeklypreponthegothumb

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Chia Pudding

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  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup plant milk

Overnight Oats

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  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup plant milk

Optional Fixin’s

  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp dried or frozen fruit
  • 1 chopped fruit, like banana or apple
  • 1 Tbsp seeds or chopped nuts
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • dash of cinnamon

Steps

  1. On a Sunday night, combine each recipe’s ingredients in 5 separate to-go containers like jars or tupperware and mix well
  2. Keep in the refrigerator and take one per day for a great breakfast, craving curbing snack, or nutritious dessert
  3. Enjoy often in good health! ❤

Raw Vegan Desserts Demo and Recipes! (Oil Free and Sweetened with FRUIT!)

Last week’s Raw Vegan Desserts Demo was so much fun!  These demos are getting less and less nerve-racking :).  I am so lucky to have the opportunity to share how delicious and easy healthy food really can be!

Have fun making these recipes!  And have even more fun eating them! And have THE MOST fun thriving afterwards ❤
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Black Forest Cherry Brownie Bites

Food processor- S blade

  •  2 cups walnuts (preferably, soaked and dehydrated- however there is a law that it is illegal to sell raw nuts made in the US- they are all pasteurized.  Imported may be raw though)
  • 6-7 dates pitted and packed (I used an 8 ounce bag of coconut date rolls, I think there were 7 in there)
  • 1 tsp cherry extract
  • 6 Tbs cacao or carob powder
  • 3 Tbs water (if necessary- I didn’t use any water)

Process until smooth- delicious walnut butter can be made using simply walnuts in a food processor.  Just be patient- it turns super creamy!  Feel free to add dates or your favorite sweetener for sweetener, or a little salt.  The oils really come out and the brownie bites get super squishy and buttery!

  • ¼ cup dried cherries mixed in after blending
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts mixed in after blending

After mixing in nuts and dried cherries, scoop about a tablespoon of brownie dough into mini muffin tins and let chill in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes.  The walnut butter congeals when you let it chill.

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Mango Nice Cream

High speed blender (like Vitamix or Ninja), or a food processor S blade (if using food processor, will take longer and definitely add a little water or let thaw out a little- might make soft serve, but still delicious!)

  • 3 ripe, peeled, and frozen bananas, chunked into fourths
  • 1 cup thawed frozen mango chunks (throw your frozen fruit in the fridge, nom nom nom!)

Blend until smooth and creamy.

I love brownies and ice cream separately, but I like them together even better!

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Ohhh the decadence isn’t over yet…

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Coconut Macaroons

Makes appx. 15, use a food processor S blade:

  • 4 cups sun-dried coconut
  • 1/2 cup raisin (soaked if available)
  • 1 cup coconut date rolls or medjool dates
  • 3/4 cup apricot soaked
  • 1/4 Tbl sea salt
  • 1/8 cup distilled water (depending on how much soaked dried fruit

1. Blend coconut in food processor until very fine/ oily/ sweet. (this may take longer than you think!  Let it blend until super smooth, about a full 1-2 minutes)

2. Blend (appx. 30 seconds- 1st pulse 5-6 times) all other ingredients

3. Using cooking scoop, make balls and roll in dried coconut

4. chill and enjoy!

Brownie Chunk Chocolate Soft Serve

Brownie Chunks:

Food processor S blade

  • 2 cups walnut
  • 1 cups (about 7) dates
  • about 1/3 cup cacao powder

Blend until super smooth and spread onto a pan or roll into balls and freeze.  After about 20-30 minutes or more, chop into itty bitty brownie chunk pieces.

Chocolate Soft Serve:

Food processor S blade

  • 3 ripe, peeled, frozen bananas, chunked into fourths
  • 2-3 Tbs unsweetened almond milk (or homemade almond milk, or just throw in some soaked nuts, or just water! 🙂 )
  • 2-3 Tbs cacao powder (depending how chocolatey you like it!)
  • vegan chocolate chips or MY BROWNIE CHUNKS! NOM!!

Blend everything except brownie chunks until smooth and fold in brownie chunks!  Top with fresh berries, yuum.

Gotta love coconut macaroons and brownie chunk chocolate soft serve separately… but together- simply heaven.  sweet little love pies. I don’t think I have to tell you to enjoy this one… but do be sure to savor. xoxo

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Strawberry CashewCream Cheeze

imageA Sunday indulgence that loves you back ❤

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1/3 cup soaked cashews (if not using soaked, just add water) *
1 coconut date roll (or any soft pitted date)
3 whole strawberries
1 tsp lemon juice

Blend in high speed blender or little food processor, and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.  Top with berries and breathe deep- savoring every bite! ❤

*to make even creamier, try grinding dry cashews with blender or food processor until fine and add water to recipe.  My soaked cashews mixed with the other ingredients were still a nice soft and creamy blended whole with everything else- up to you!  Also, try doubling or tripling the recipe and save leftover creamcheeze in the fridge for up to a week.  Making a bigger batch will make it easier to blend until completely smooth and creamy!

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2 Ingredient Caramel Ice Cream Cone

Easy, Organic, Orgasmic.  Yes. I said Orgasmic.carmelcone13

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You will need: food processor with S blade, a strainer, a bowl

  • just over a cup of persimmon pulp
  • 4 frozen bananas
  • 2 pears (optional for fun cone! :P)

First, get your persimmon pulp by mashing the persimmons with a spoon through a strainer.  Next, cut your bananas into chunks and process them until smooth and creamy.  Fold persimmon pulp into ice cream and divulge!  Optional pear cone: cut off the bottom and plop a scoop on top! Love and laugh as you eat!!

Serves 2.

According to USDA’s SuperTracker (with pears included) :

424 Calories

Based on a 2000 calorie diet:

Macronutrients:

2% Protein: 4 grams

52.5% Carbohydrate: 111 grams

Dietary Fiber: 17.5 grams

1.5% Fat

Minerals:

Calcium: 40mg (target 1000mg)

Potassium: 1313mg (target 4700mg)

Sodium: 5.5mg (target less than 2300mg)

Copper: 450 micrograms (target 900 micrograms)

Iron: 1mg (target 18mg)

Magnesium: 90.5mg (target 310)

Phosphorus: 98.5mg (target 700mg)

Selenium 3.5 micrograms (target 55 micrograms)

Zinc: 0.5 mg (target 8mg)

Vitamins:

 (RAE= Retinol Activity Equivalents) (mcg=micrograms)

Vitamin A: 145mcg RAE (target 700 mcg RAE)

Vitamin B6: 1.1mg (target 1.3mg)

Vitamin C: 40mg (target 75mg)

Vitamin E: 1.5mg AT (target 15mg AT)

Vitamin K: 13mcg (target 90mcg)

Folate: 72.5mcg DFE (target 400mcg DFE)

Thiamin:  0.15mg (target 1.1mg)

Riboflavin: 0.25mg (target 1.1mg)

Niacin: 2mg (target 14mg)

Choline: 44.5mg (target 425mg)

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Apple Pie Sandwich Stack!

It’s very true what they say! An APPLE PIE SANDWICH STACK a day keeps the doctor away!!
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I got this idea from Megan Elizabeth’s video!

Feel free to slice thinly with a knife! I sliced my apple like this:

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So pretty with that star in the middle!!

I live in a sorority where I have the mandolin my mom sent me, (thanks mom) and a tiny $15 blender!

Blended in my tiny blender:

  • an apple (chopped)
  • about 5 dates
  • an orange (make sure to get those seeds out)
  • I didn’t have any spices , just oranges, apples, and dates in here today! But feel free to experiment! Add cinnamon! Apples and cinnamon are a match made in heaven!!! And mmm add a little ginger, and some vanilla, and maybe even pecans?!! That would be CRAAAY!!

stack away!

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