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Half and half seems to be pushed off the market by both dairy and non-dairy coffee creamers loaded with stabilizers, sugar and thickeners. Make your own instead not only because of its superior taste but also nutrition.
No nuts? No problem. Cashews are seeds inside of a cashew apple, technically not nuts and add a silky smooth texture to your morning coffee, soups, deserts and sauces.
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup walnuts
2 cups clean water
Pinch of salt
4 Medjool dates if not using the frother or maple syrup to taste, from a splash to couple of tablespoons
Blend in the Vitamix. Store refrigerated in a glass mason jar for up to three days. You can soak cashews and walnuts briefly or overnight to remove any phytic acid, but unlike other nuts, they pulverize nicely and don’t require straining.
Shake well before each use as the oil and water tends to separate during storage. Commercial products use emulsifiers; to make it pretty and thick. So thick you lose the taste of the few nuts they use in their products.
If you use the frother, skip the dates as they burn easily, use maple syrup, honey, stevia, or no sweetener instead. You can adapt it to meet your needs and taste preferences.
CASHEWS & WALNUTS contain a variety of minerals, vitamins, good fats and antioxidants, fiber and protein. Walnuts especially are good for the brain. Eat two or three a day for the rest of your life as they contain a pretty high plant based concentration of DHA, a type of Omega-3 fatty acid. DHA is good for brain development in newborns and has been shown to improve cognitive function in adults.
Make sure to buy them in sealed packages and store in the fridge upon opening to preserve the volatile oils. Skip the bulk bins. Exposed to air they go rancid quickly and instead of being good for you they become an invisibly molded product with an off taste. If it tastes off or gives you a headache toss it out. If the walnuts look yellow, they might be rancid. Look for white flesh and check expiration date. Costco now sells organic walnuts from California with date stamped right on the package.
You don’t have to worry that much about cashews going rancid as the raw cashews aren’t really raw. Member of the poison ivy family they are covered by a highly irritating to the skin oil which is removed by heating cashews in special perforated, rotating drums then sprayed with cold water.
REMEMBER, IT’S WHAT YOU DO DAY IN AND DAY OUT THAT PRODUCES LONG LASTING RESULTS AND NOT ON OCCASION!
As always wishing you healthy brain, healthy gut and healthy heart!