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Cold Brewed Conversations

Coffee qualifies as a plant-based beverage. Essentially made with beans and water; it sounds like it should be pretty healthy.

New ways to prepare old favorite food and drinks are everywhere. It’s the best when the new way is healthier, too!

Some may say that cold brew coffee isn’t new but lately it’s being talked about a lot more than ever before.

Is coffee healthy? Who knows, honestly. Some say it’s a drug, it’s a diuretic, it’s addicting, and even that it’s healthy.

The opinion here is that Coffee is okay. It gets more unhealthier the more “add-ins” there are (like granulated sugar and creamers…)

Good advice: drink more water than coffee.

The thing about coffee that makes gives me the most pause is the acidity of hot coffee. It’s just unfortunate, really. But thats where cold brew comes in.

Cold brew means that hot, boiling water is not used in the process of making it.

Using cold water cuts the acidity by around 60-70%. That’s great!

What’s not so great is the process of cold brewing requires the coffee drinker to plan ahead. Like, ahead-ahead. Unlike hot coffee, which can be prepared on about 3 minutes, cold brew goodness requires a few hours until it’s ready. Some say overnight.

However, that’s not a bad thing. The advantage is that a person can make large batches at a time and it’ll be ready to go at a moments notice.

The coffee will be cold to drink, though. Which is fine for someone like me. Iced coffee is the bees knees.

So the musings come in now, with questions of whether or not the acidity levels will rise if the coffee is then warmed up..

And then sweetening cold brewed coffee can really only be accomplished with a liquid sweetener. These are generally bad, unless you make it yourself with good ingredients.

A premade creamer will blend in well with cold coffee, if need be.

I think it would be worth it to try to make your own creamer/sweetener. After all if your making your own cold brew then you can probably do that too!

Can we discuss for a moment, Premade cold brew coffee drinks?

Generally speaking they seem to be reasonably priced (when purchased at the grocery store). And easy to drink. Too easy sometimes, especially if it’s tasty.

I find that for hot coffee, one cup is usually enough caffeine. But for cold brew iced coffee drinks, I’ll be tempted to drink more just because it’s so refreshing. Yes that’s a problem! That’s an easy way to catch the jitters.

Also, always take note of the sugar content in the prepackaged stuff. I like Califia brand, they seem to be reasonable when it comes to the add-ins.

Unfortunately they give no indication of the caffeine content. Also, “XX Espresso”? Where? Lol. Seems normal to me.

Next up is Gevalia. Seems okay.

Quick review:

This product doesn’t seem very caffeine dense. I’ve been following the directions, using 1/2 a cup (with almond milk) and it’s okay.

I mean, I loved iced coffee so, hell yeah, this rocks!

But as a caffeine source, it is hard to come up with a conclusion. Partially because I’ve been significantly sleep deprived (busy life!! Like website content being punched out at 12:34 midnight. ) And, remember friends, caffeine is not a replacement for sleep. Let’s be sure we’re getting enough of that Light Source. Seriously. That’s an order!

I’m impressed with the caramel flavor. Check the ingredients:

I am also happy that there is no sugar in this.

These have 3 flavors that I saw and this is the only one I saw with salt. So I guess that’s an important flavoring component.

Okay you guys, ironically I’m sleepy so we’ll conclude this convo with something very important:

7-Eleven is selling their luxurious cold brew for only one dollar. Take advantage!

Is Multnomah Falls Milk Any Good?

Let me start by saying that Multnomah Falls has several varieties of plant-based milks available and I only tried one. This one ⬇

A mixture of soymilk and almond milk. Shelf-stable so that it doesn’t need to be refrigerated until it’s opened.

This has a .. perfume flavor to it. Almost like the fragrance found in cherry almond body spray – just without the cherry.

Optimistically, I’ll say that it is creamy. But I can’t fake the funk. It does not appeal to my tastebuds.

Perhaps it is the cooking process (that’s required to make it shelf-stable) that gives it a weird flavor. I’m not sure.

Or maybe it could be the soymilk. I don’t drink soymilk unless it’s the only non-dairy option available at Starbucks. At the grocery store, I perfer almond milk.. Or a coconut almond blend.

I dont mean to dump on this brand. They seem to have good intentions:

But for me this is a big NO THANK YOU.

Adventures in Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a diverse vegetable! The best ❤️ Here are some things I recently did with a head of cauliflower:

First I had some fun with it 🌍

Then I separated the florets because I wanted this photo to look this way but also because the cauliflower is getting the roasted treatment.

After this photo I processed it a little further and added to a casserole dish with ingredients:

If you like raw food, the cauliflower food above is ready to eat!

But I had other plans so I roasted in the oven until it cooked like this:

Soooo gooooood you can eat it just like this!

Or you can make into a pasta sauce like I did :

Sorry no pics of the process but for the sauce I blended the roasted cauliflower with almond milk, coconut oil, the spices used in the baked cauliflower, and non-dairy butter. Heat the milk and melt the butter with the other ingredients before combining.

The kale was sauteed well and the mushrooms were a very special treat that only I enjoyed because no one else really eats them. But if you like mushrooms, it’s HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

This was a fun one! Wonder what’s next on the food adventure..

Why Chocolatey Oatmeal

I had some chocolate oatmeal. Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut oatmeal, to be exact.

To answer the title, it’s for people who enjoy it. It also exists for people who feel guilty eating desserts so they combine it with oatmeal to make it ~healthy.

The list of things I enjoy in this oatmeal happen to be listed in order of what I like the most to the least.

Chocolate➡️almond➡️coconut

Chocolate makes me want to take chances on new foods. After all, it’s chocolate; how bad can it get?

On the box, it looks like Chocolatey heaven and so enjoyable.

The excitement that I felt wavered when I opened one of the single packs.

Why is it so tan and oatmeal colored? Where’s the deep brown chocolate evidence I was expecting?

It made up for that SLIGHTLY because of the addition of miniature chocolate chips. But honestly, it was not enough! They should have doubled the chocolate chips.

I made mine with water first. I tasted it. It was like LITE chocolate. I was frustrated; if it says Dark Chocolate on the box, I’m expecting a deep chocolate flavor.

So, I was feeling some kind of way about it.

There was absolutely no way I was eating in that state so… I added a teaspoon or so of unsweetened cocoa powder. The color immediately deepened and I began to feel more comfortable with my food choice. But it wasn’t enough.

A sprinkle of pink salt made it better.

Notice, there’s not a mention to the almond and/or coconut.

My response to that (read in Deebo’s voice, if you will):

What almond/coconut?

Okay, texturally, there are some almond flakes but no flavor.

Almost the same with the coconut, just even less flavor. Go figure. [Although now I’m wondering if the addition of coconut oil would make better work? Mmm flavor.]

There remains a box of instant chocolate oatmeal packets. No one else is interested, apparently. Although I may be able to encourage a chocolate loving 7-year-old to go for it.

Me? Maybe I should’ve gone for the birthday flavor.

Pears

Oh, how I love pears; let me count the ways :

  1. They’re so juicy!
  2. No peeling necessary
  3. Variety of textures
  4. A colorful selection

Here are the top three found in the grocery store:

Red pears are SWEET but be careful, they’ll get mushy if they’re over ripe.

Bosc Pears are a favorite to many.. check the neck to see if it’s ripe (or smell it). Mmmmm.

D’anjou pears are fun to say and they’re just as delicious as the others.

When checking for ripeness, it’s easy! When they’re soft, they’re ready.

Lift Off Energy Review + Video

The search of health-friendly energy drinks has lead me to Lift Off Effervescent Energy Tablets by Herbalife.

I have no associations with Herbalife and I receive no benefits for this review. My opinions come exclusively from purchasing this product and trying it on my own accord.

I felt the need to say that because I actually really enjoy this product.

Here are some pros:

  • Easy to prepare
  • Tasty flavor
  • Zero grams sugar
  • No artificial colors or flavor
  • High in vitamin C, B-vitamins, and more.
  • No jittery feeling
  • The diuretic effects of caffeine were non-existent (for me)

However, no review would be fair without listing some cons as well (because there are few things on Earth that are all glitter and sunshine):

  • Only 10 tablets per box
  • A couple of hard to pronounce ingredients

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I’m actually really trying to think of something that I don’t like about Lift Off Energy Tablets and my mind is drawing a blank.

The energy buzz I’ve gotten from these is smooth, good energy with no crash.

During my through testing process, I’ve drank this concoction during different times of the day.

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In the morning when I’m most sluggish, these don’t really give me a JOLT. But that’s because no energy supplements can really substitute for a solid night of sleep.

During the afternoon, if drank at the right time, the afternoon sleepy slump can be avoided all together.

Late in the evening, when it’s too late for coffee, I wondered if LIFT OFF would prevent me from having a restful night of sleep.

The verdict?

Nope. I can drink one of these in the evening and still sleep soundly 5-6 hours later.

The box says enjoy 1 tablet at a time, up to twice a day.

Something reckless inside of me wanted to test the limits of the “2 a day” but I didn’t push it.

I guess that covers the basic run-down of LIFT OFF. Watch the video to see it in action.

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