Do dairy products cause heartburn? Maybe you too can say ‘goodbye Gaviscon‘. It is possible that instead of letting antacids keep acid where it belongs, you can stop suffering by spurning milk and everything dairy. According to Mark Bittman, ‘Got Milk? You Don’t Need It,’ we don’t need milk as adults, and we may be creating health conditions that could easily be avoided.
So, this is it. No time like the present. Would you consider a 5-Day No-Dairy Challenge? To start you off, try this new version of Chia Seed Porridge, (Jittery Cook’s top post to date), and wash it down with a nice brewed cup of black coffee, or coffee lightened with hot almond milk.
Chia Seed Porridge Lite Ingredients
- 2 T hemp seeds, or sesame seeds
- 2 T chia seeds
- 2 T freshly ground flax seeds (Grind a cup full at a time in a food processor and refrigerate)
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 T dried mulberries (or your favorite dried fruit)
- 1 peach, diced
- 14 walnut halves, lightly toasted and halved again (or your favorite nuts)
- 2 T Grape Nuts cereal (US version is best–crunchier)
Mix the hemp or sesame seeds with 1 cup of water in a food processor to make ‘milk’. Or, use 1 cup of almond milk and just add the hemp or sesame seeds. Add the chia seeds and the flax seeds. Wait 2 minutes, then stir. Add all other ingredients, except the Grape Nuts, which are added to each portion just before serving. Keeps well in the refrigerator for a day or two. Serves 2.
This combination will keep you full, but not too full for several hours. It is great as a snack food and can easily go without refrigeration, making it ideal for hiking or biking excursions. As Mark Bittman reminds us, exercise and sunshine can give us the Vitamin D we need in our milkless universe.
- Mama Earth Cafe in Hawaii looks mighty good right about now. It’ll look even better come January.
- Got Milk? You Don’t Need It (opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com)
- More on Milk (opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Nutrition is politics (whitecoatunderground.com) – Interesting anti-Bittman blog
- Is Milk Really That Good for You? (washingtonian.com)
- Are Flax Seeds or Chia Seeds Better For Me? (theglobeandmail.com)