When recipes call for milk, it most often means regular dairy cow milk. There are many people who cannot tolerate milk so they look for alternatives. Also people who follow ketogenic or caveman diets will opt for almond or coconut milks. Other milks available are soy milk, rice milk, and if you can find it hemp milk.
Let’s do some comparisons, looking at just the calories, amount of fat, and amount of protein in each of these:
Almond milk (1 cup) – calories: 30; fat: 2.5g; protein: 1g
Coconut milk (1/4 cup) – calories: 110; fat: 11g; protein: <1g
Soy milk (1 cup) - calories: 110; fat: 4.5g; protein: 8g
Rice milk (1 cup) - calories: 120; fat: 2.5g; protein: 1g
Whole cow's milk (1 cup) - calories: 150; fat: 8g; protein: 8g
2% cow's milk (1 cup) - calories: 130; fat: 5g; protein: 8g
1% cow's milk (1 cup) - calories: 110; fat: 2.5; protein: 8g
Fat-free cow's milk (1 cup) - calories: 90; fat: 0; protein: 8g
So to conclude if you want the protein you are better off with cow's milk. If you cannot tolerate it, soy milk is a good replacement choice if it's protein you want. Coconut milk is the worse for more calories, more fat, and less protein - and that is just a quarter cup serving.
If you have ever opened a can of beans like chickpeas, kidney beans, or other legumes, you have come across aquafaba. This is the liquid you usually drain out after opening the can. I know I have drained a lot of it out in my sink. But if your dietetic preference is vegan, you may already be using it to replace egg whites in recipes.
Aquafaba also is used as a thickener since it contains starches from the legumes. There are other things vegans use to replace whole eggs but what makes aquafaba important to vegans is now they have an egg white replacer and the ability to create a meringue.
The word for this liquid was coined as aquafaba, meaning “bean water,” in 2015 by Goose Wohlt, a vegan entrepreneur. Now vegans can have things like French macarons or lemon meringue pie.
Maybe you’ll think twice before pouring that gloop down the drain!
So the Victor crew recently heard of a diet called the Scandi Sense Diet. Its basic premise is to eat correct portions, using your hand as a guideline. We think this is because everyone has a different size hand so the larger your hand, the more you can eat.
The basics are you get to eat four handfuls of food per meal. Calling them “meal boxes,” you can have portions in the following way: portions 1 and 2 are vegetable, portion 3 is protein, and portion 4 is starch. You can also have up to 3 TB fat and some dairy. You can swap out your portions and save some for later if you desire.
The Victor crew came across the term “pizza farm” and was curious about what that could mean. Well, they aren’t places where they reap the field and up pops a pizza! What we found out is that it is an actual farm that makes pizza but all the ingredients are grown on their farm.
Can you imagine eating a pizza with ingredients that fresh? You cannot get any fresher than this. Alas, the majority of pizza farms we found were out in the midwest in Minnesota and Wisconsin (known for its cheese). There are a few here and there in other states if you look hard enough.
Many require their guests bring their own utensils, plates, drinks. Many of the farms have live music as well. Be prepared to wait in line as they seem to be popular.
So you know those dust bunnies you might have hanging around? Did you know they can actually increase your fat gain? A study was done and found that there are Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) that can act like estrogen. In some studies, they call this “obesogens” as they contribute to obesity.
The EDCs are ingested, absorbed, or inhaled. The EPA estimates children may consume 50mg of house dust per day. They found as little as 3 micrograms can cause measurable effects.