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Drink Recipe thread:

Teas, milk substitutes, zero caffeine coffee substitutes and all kinds of alternatives to cocktail mixers.

Please post any low/no sugar recipes for healthy, hopefully antioxident and nutrient rich drinks.

Please, Do SCROLL DOWN. The first several posts do tend to be about cocktail mixers, but there are other, excellent anti-oxidant rich drinks for your daily diet.

Ginger Beer/Ale -

Used so much in bar drinks. Make your own so you can indulge a little.

This recipe of course, calls for sugar. You will want to use a substitute and use it to taste and according to the directions for using that substitute in place of sugar in recipes. Hopefully your tastebuds are adapting to your better diet and you no longer like things to be as nauseatingly sweet as most commercial products.

2 Cup cold water

1 Cup lime juice

4 tsp fresh ginger - mince or grate

3/4 Cup superfine sugar or substitute of course, use to taste

3 Cups sparkling water or seltzer water

Process water, lime juice and ginger in blender

Strain through cheesecloth into pitcher

Stir in sweetener to dissolve, add sparkling water.

If you like it, it might be worth getting a seltzer maker so you can make the seltzer water from your own filtered water.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Simple syrup recipes

This is something used in many mixed drinks to sweeten. It's just water and table sugar, in more or less one-to-one amounts, heated to boiling to dissolve and separate the sugar's two bonded sugars making it taste sweeter than just sugar. So by making simple syrup, you end up using less sugar in your drinks, and on top of that, hopefully you use a very small amount of syrup. Or try a substitute.

Simple syrup from fresh stevia leaves:

Add a cup of warm water to 1/4 cup of fresh, finely-crushed stevia leaves. This mixture should set for 24 hours and then be refrigerated. It works perfectly for sweetening beverages.

I've also always thought you could just crush stevia leaves along with the mint in drinks like mojitos, making them more acne friendly.

I thought I was going to post splenda and other sugar substitute recipes, but apparently there's no advantage to heating them and they dissolve well anyway, plus already taste a whole lot sweeter than sugar I don't care what they say about using them one to one in place of sugar, so you might as well just use them straight.

I did find this post in a forum in which a woman claims she does make splenda simple syrup and am pasting it because she named several ideas for flavorings.

QUOTE

My husband is diabetic and we love the Davinci syrups. Unfortunately the selection in our area is very limited so I've taken to making my own. It is very quick and easy to do.

Simply boil 1 cup of water in the microwave and then stir in 3/4 to 1 cup of splenda granular and voila, syrup!

For citrus flavors I grate the peel of one fruit (lime, lemon, grapefruit, orange, etc) and add it to the water BEFORE I microwave it and then I add the splenda and the juice of the grated fruit to the boiled water/peel mixture. Once its cooled I strain it into a container and store it in the fridge. This also works great with fresh ginger root! Once it's cooled we mix it with sparkling water for homemade ginger ale. Its also delicious in tea.

I use food extracts for other flavors (i.e., vanilla, almond, etc) and add the extract after the water/splenda syrup has cooled and skip the straining step.

We use the flavored syrups for coffee, tea, smoothies and italian sodas. To be honest they're much stronger and more flavorful than the bottled type and I can make any combiniation I like.

Honey Syrup:

Dilute 1/3 cup honey in 1 cup very hot water and set aside to cool. (but this is not an indorsement or an indication that honey or agave nectar are better than sugar. Agave is certainly not, honey has it's benefits, but it will still impact your blood sugar)


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Chia Milk Recipe - Chia is a seed from the salvia plant common in Mexico and used by the MesoAmericans i.e. the Aztecs. It's high in Omega 3s, Magnesium, and Calcium. You can also make Chia Fresca, a Mexican drink. And it thickens, so add it to smoothies and other drink recipe experiments that turn out too thin.

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/Chia-Seed...46#entry2183846


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Blackberry liqueur

Not trying to encourage alcoholism, but it's a recipe I just came across that sounds good. And if you make it yourself, you can control the sugar in your drinks. Which is why I thought we needed the simple syrup recipes.

Place 3 cups berries in glass container with tight lid, add zest from one lemon, mash with wooden spoon. Add one 750-ml bottle vodka, stir. Seal jar and place in cool dark place for 2 weeks, swirling occasionally. Add 1 3/4 Cup simple syrup. Stir and reseal. Let sit for 2 more weeks. Strain through 2 layers of cheesecloth into pitcher, strain again with new cheesecloth into bottles or jars. Makes 3 1/4 pints.

Note on lemon peel/zest. Be sure to wash, and ideally use an organic lemon. If you don't have a zester or microplaner, you can also use a vegetable peeler to cut strips of peel, then scrape off and discard the white pith. Also, lemons come in a pretty big variety of sizes. I'd say you want a smallish one. More lemon flavor will just make you want more sugar.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Almond Milk:

1 cup finely chopped almonds, 1 tbsp finely chopped dates, 1 tbsp flax seeds, 1 inch piece of vanilla bean, 2 cups just-boiled water (boiled water should not be boiling when added).

Combine ingredients in a clean jar with lid. Shake well, cool, blend using a blener or food processor and use immediately or return to the jar and place in refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.

Cononut/Carob Milk:

Use fresh coconut and shred it if possible. If not available use unsweetened dried type. Coconut is naturally sweet so when blended with carob, it's even sweeter.

In a blender or food processor, combine 1/2 cup shredded fresh coconut or 1/3 cup shredded dried, 3 tbsp powdered carob (optional), 1 inch peice vanilla bean and 1/2 cup just-boiled water. Cool and process until smooth. Use immediately or store in refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Apricot Milk:

Use organic dried apricots if possible.

In a blender or food processor, combine 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots, 1 inch piece vanilla bean and 1/2 cup just boiled water. Cool and process until smooth. Refrigerate for up to one week.


Heather

Started Spiro (100mg) - 1/7/09

99% clear for 2 months...

Routine:

[AM]

Cleanse with just water

Moisturize with Dermalogica Intesive Moisture Balance

[PM]

Cleanse with Purpose Gentle Cleaner

Use Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads (AWESOME FIND-LOVE IT)!!!

Moisturize with Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance

Makeup:

EveryDay Minerals

Exercise/Diet:

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Juicing/Blending along with eating a healthy diet


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This recipe is part of the Flat Belly diet. It's delicious and has good stuff in it. Anti-inflammatory and good for digestion. Meant to reduce bloating.

Sassy Water

2 liters water (about 8 1/2 cups)

1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

1 medium cucumber. peeled and thinly sliced

1 medium lemon thinly sliced

12 small spearmint leaves

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and let flavors blend overnight.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Mojito

2 cups Sparkling water

tsp. lime juice

tsp. lemon juice

fresh mint leaves, crushed and torn with fingers

stevia to taste

add ice and stir, serves two small glasses or one tall glass of summer refreshment!

Blueberry juice

1/3 cup frozen blueberries

tablespoon water

1 cup ice cubes

stevia

vanilla

sliced strawberries

boil the blueberries with a tablespoon of water. Strain. Add ice cubes. Stir in vanilla and stevia. Add a couple sliced strawberries for garnish. Use a straw! Freeze again to make popsicles.

Nourishing Cream

1 container heavy whipping cream

2 egg yolks

splash of goat's milk

seperate and break the egg yolks. fold into the cream, add a touch of goat milk. Stir. Place in container and use with fresh fruit for breakfast during the week. Have some with dark chocolate and strawberries for desert once or twice a week.

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Mojito

2 cups Sparkling water

tsp. lime juice

tsp. lemon juice

fresh mint leaves, crushed and torn with fingers

stevia to taste

add ice and stir, serves two small glasses or one tall glass of summer refreshment!

Blueberry juice

1/3 cup frozen blueberries

tablespoon water

1 cup ice cubes

stevia

vanilla

sliced strawberries

boil the blueberries with a tablespoon of water. Strain. Add ice cubes. Stir in vanilla and stevia. Add a couple sliced strawberries for garnish. Use a straw! Freeze again to make popsicles.

Nourishing Cream

1 container heavy whipping cream

2 egg yolks

splash of goat's milk

seperate and break the egg yolks. fold into the cream, add a touch of goat milk. Stir. Place in container and use with fresh fruit for breakfast during the week. Have some with dark chocolate and strawberries for desert once or twice a week.


Best way to make your skin smooth and clear eventually:

Plant-based diet is the best medicine for everything.. That's if you consume at least 80% raw, mainly from veggies and fruits.

Exercising: cardio is great for skin and lifting a bit.

Thinking positive and try not to stress or think about acne.

I am doing these and my skin is currently very smooth and clearing up!

I am a vegan raw 100%. I feel better, have more energy, saving animals a year, glow skin, I look younger, etc.


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I made the above sassy water recipe last night and am having some right now. It's really delicious. I'm surprised you can really taste the cucumber. I think you should muddle the mint leaves though. That's bartender speak for crushing, but they have specific tool for it called a muddler.

And I don't think it would hurt to add even more ginger. It's very anti-inflammatory and good for digestion. And I think circulation. Anyway, it's a good thing.

Also, cucumbers really need to be organic, so you might also make it without cucumber. It's still delicious. And on the other hand, cucumber water is also delicious.

Edit to add: I make this all the time, and usually with just half a lemon, with or without cucumber but never with a whole half a cucumber, usually with only a couple of small sprigs for mint from my plant and one mint tea bag. It's delicious anyway I do it. And since I drink the whole thing nearly every day, it would be expensive to put a whole organic lemon, cucumber and that much mint.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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From a stevia site:

Ginger ale

Ingredients:

3 1/2 cups water

3/4 cup peeled and chopped ginger root

2 TBS vanilla

1 TBS lemon extract

1/4 tsp stevia concentrate powder

Carbonated or sparkling water

How to Prepare:

Rapidly boil ginger root in water for 10 minutes. Strain and place liquid in a jar. Stir in vanilla, lemon and stevia. Cool and store in the refrigerator.

Root Beer

Ingredients:

3 TBS sarsaparilla root

1 TBS licorice root

1 quart water

1/2 tsp stevia concentrate powder

2 quarts carbonated water

How to Prepare:

Simmer sarsaparilla and licorice root in the quart of water for 45 minutes, do not boil. Add stevia in the last 10 minutes. Strain and return the liquid to the stove, simmer until reduced to half the quantity. Remove from heat, strain in cheesecloth and chill. Combine 10-12 oz carbonated water to 2 oz of rootbeer concentrate. Add more stevia if required.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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From a stevia site:

Ginger ale

Ingredients:

3 1/2 cups water

3/4 cup peeled and chopped ginger root

2 TBS vanilla

1 TBS lemon extract

1/4 tsp stevia concentrate powder

Carbonated or sparkling water

How to Prepare:

Rapidly boil ginger root in water for 10 minutes. Strain and place liquid in a jar. Stir in vanilla, lemon and stevia. Cool and store in the refrigerator.

Root Beer

Ingredients:

3 TBS sarsaparilla root

1 TBS licorice root

1 quart water

1/2 tsp stevia concentrate powder

2 quarts carbonated water

How to Prepare:

Simmer sarsaparilla and licorice root in the quart of water for 45 minutes, do not boil. Add stevia in the last 10 minutes. Strain and return the liquid to the stove, simmer until reduced to half the quantity. Remove from heat, strain in cheesecloth and chill. Combine 10-12 oz carbonated water to 2 oz of rootbeer concentrate. Add more stevia if required.

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Caffeine-free Coffee substitutes and other warm drink suggestions

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/Warm-wint...st-t181740.html


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Frozen drinks can be made in an ice cream maker! There was a segment on the Today show the other day about using appliances for other things. They also made brownies and hash browns in the waffle maker and roasted green coffee beans in a popcorn popper.

So anyway, if you are into frozen drinks, don't waste money on a frozen drink machine. Get an ice cream maker so you can also use it to make sugar free ice cream and ice cream like treats. See recipes in the dessert and other recipe threads.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Thanks for posting these :D Some sound really good


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Another almond milk recipe from whfoods.org:

An alternative to prepackaged, processed almond milk products, of course, is homemade almond milk. Here is a recipe for homemade almond milk that I created for The World's Healthiest Foods: Essential Guide for the Healthiest Way of Eating, which is featured on page 537.

* 1 cup almonds, soaked overnight

* 3 pitted dates

* Pinch of salt

* 3 cups water

1. Combine almonds, pitted dates, salt, and water in a blender and blend on high for two minutes.

2. Strain through a cheesecloth-lined strainer into a large measuring cup or bowl. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Sounds awfully sweet to me though. I'd try fewer dates.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Another almond milk recipe from whfoods.org:

An alternative to prepackaged, processed almond milk products, of course, is homemade almond milk. Here is a recipe for homemade almond milk that I created for The World's Healthiest Foods: Essential Guide for the Healthiest Way of Eating, which is featured on page 537.

* 1 cup almonds, soaked overnight

* 3 pitted dates

* Pinch of salt

* 3 cups water

1. Combine almonds, pitted dates, salt, and water in a blender and blend on high for two minutes.

2. Strain through a cheesecloth-lined strainer into a large measuring cup or bowl. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Sounds awfully sweet to me though. I'd try fewer dates.

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I usually blend about a 1/2 cup of soaked and de-skinned almonds with an equal amount of olive oil until smooth. Keeps for a while and it's a great salad dressing or dip if you can't tolerate dairy. Thickens soups and smoothies really well too. Stir in a teaspoon of softened butter to make a spread.

Clear for 8+ months now through striving for optimal fitness levels, stress levels, sleep, nutrient density in my body, and an overall holistic lifestyle approach.

Diet (I stick to this as much as I can): eggs; meat; poultry; wild-caught seafood; vegetables; fat sources from coconut oil, olive oil, and butter; fruit as I crave it; tea; and purified water. I buy organic and/or pastured foods as I reasonably can, but I think that it's the type of foods you eat, and not the quality of food (within reason, of course) that most determines how healthy you will be.

I highly recommend green smoothies as nutrition powerhouses. They are good on so many levels.

Now experimenting with a higher proportion of legumes, nuts, and seeds in my diet.

I eat absolutely no gluten. I limit intake of all grains, but up to two servings of non-glutenous grain a day is fine. I avoid all added sugar--high fructose corn syrup, sugar, honey, etc. I stay away from soybean oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, and other oils not named olive or coconut. I base my diet off of whole, unprocessed foods, and I prepare them in healthful, delicious ways.

Daily exercise. Sunlight whenever possible.

Supplements: Currently? None. Supplements that have helped in the past (and I can personally recommend) are fish oil, zinc, apple cider vinegar, Vitamin D.


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I usually blend about a 1/2 cup of soaked and de-skinned almonds with an equal amount of olive oil until smooth. Keeps for a while and it's a great salad dressing or dip if you can't tolerate dairy. Thickens soups and smoothies really well too. Stir in a teaspoon of softened butter to make a spread.

Does it taste good with the olive oil?

I always thought you needed a food processor to make nut butter, but if not, I'm going try this tonight maybe...

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'nother almond milk recipe. From someone on treehugger.com

Organic Vanilla Almond Milk

1 cup raw almonds

4 cups filtered water

Pinch of sea salt

1 tbsp vanilla extract

3 tbsp raw honey

Method

1. Soak the nuts in water for 12 hours. You should rinse and drain the nuts at least once during this period.

2. Combine the nuts with the filtered water in a blender. Break all the nuts down but don't let the blender heat the mixture.

3. Strain the mixture through the nut bag. Add sea salt, raw honey, and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.

4. The milk should keep for about five days.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Drink recipes from EatinWell.com

All about teas:

http://www.eatingwell.com/eat_drink/drink/...m_source=EWTWNL

Cocktail and Mocktail Recipes

http://www.eatingwell.com/eat_drink/drink/..._cocktails.html

Like this Cucumber Lemonade:

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/rosemary...r_lemonade.html

As always, reduce or substitute the sugars.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Brewed Iced Tea

It's come to my attention that many Europeans and perhaps people elsewhere in the world are completely unaware that you can brew teas to make iced tea. I got an obnoxious response about 'real tea' not coming from 'powders and goo' after I made some comment about iced tea in a thread here.

Basically you boil water and steep tea, much like hot tea, except you are usually making it by the liter or two to serve in tall glasses chilled and/or with ice. And it's usually weaker than hot tea, at least here in the American south. Asian iced teas I've had tend to be extremely strong and bitter with nauseating amounts of sugar to compensate. Don't do that.

There are various techniques. You can use a lot of water to brew the tea, use a little water to brew strong tea then dilute with cool water, or brew strong tea which will get diluted when the ice melts. And you can brew tea in cold or room temp water, but it takes longer and with black tea, it gets a bitter, musty taste I hate when you let it steep for long. It works fine with many herb and green teas though. I don't bother to boil the water when I make may nearly daily pitcher of mint tea.

I usually use about the amount of tea you would use for 4 cups of hot teat to make about 2 quarts/liters of water. And chill in the fridge. Have with some lemon, especially the black and green tea.

Black tea needs to be steeped briefly and then strained or the tea bags removed. Otherwise it becomes bitter. If you want stronger tea, use more tea, not more time. I think roiboos gets too strong as well. But I leave green tea and my peppermint tea bags in the pitcher until I've drunk the whole thing.

You can use all kinds of teas: black, green, caffeine free herbals and blends.

You can also mix in a little bit of fruit juice or even add a little fruit to make a sangria like concoction.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Dairy free Milk substitute and latte recipe

For those who don’t do milk… Try an “egg milkâ€. In a blender crack an egg and add 2 tbsp coconut oil (or butter if you have no problem with dairy). Add 1 cup of boiling water while the blender is running and voila’… Dairy free milk.

This recipe is remarkably versatile btw. Use coffee instead of water for a frothy latte. Add cocoa, vanilla or cinnamon. Some sweetener and nutmeg makes a yummy, warm egg nog. Can even be used as a base for soup. Can be chilled but you need to stir it up.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Tumeric Tea Recipes

Tumeric is a powerful source anti-oxident, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial phytonutrients. It's found in curry powder and yellow mustard.

http://herbalmedicine.suite101.com/article...ke_turmeric_tea

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups spring or distilled water

  • ½ teaspoon each powdered ginger and turmeric

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

  • Juice from ½ fresh lemon

    Directions:

    • Bring the water to a boil, and add powdered ginger and turmeric. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

    • Strain the liquid into a clean coffee mug, and add the maple syrup and lemon. Stir to combine, and drink immediately.

      Turmeric Tea for Joint Pain

      This is an Ayurvedic turmeric tea recipe that is believed to aid in joint pain relief. It’s thought to lubricate the joints and is recommended for arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis sufferers, or anyone with chronic joint pain.

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        Ingredients:

        • ¼ cup spring or distilled water

        • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder

        • 3 cardamom pods

        • 1 cup whole, organic milk

        • 2 tablespoons cold-pressed almond oil

        • Honey or maple syrup to taste

        Directions:

        [*]Bring the water to a boil, and then add the turmeric powder and cardamom pods. Reduce heat to low and allow the mixture to simmer for 5-10 minutes.

        [*]Add milk and almond oil to the liquid. Heat just to the boiling point, but do not allow the mixture to come to a boil.

        [*]Remove from heat, and strain the tea into a clean coffee mug. Add honey or maple syrup to sweeten, if desired, and drink immediately.

        Turmeric Tea – Milk & Honey

        This recipe may be the most popular way to consume turmeric spice, aside from its use in culinary dishes. Turmeric tea made with milk and honey is soothing to the whole system, and recommended for sufferers of muscle aches, acne or skin problems, colds, and sore throat.

        Ingredients:

        [*]1 cup whole, organic milk

        [*]1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder

        [*]1 teaspoon honey or sugar to taste

        Directions:

        [*]Heat the milk on low heat until very warm, but don’t allow it to come to a boil, and be careful not to scald.

        [*]Add the turmeric powder, and mix well to combine. Transfer the tea to a clean coffee mug and add honey or sugar to taste. Drink immediately.

        Turmeric Tea Dosage Information and Precautions

        Drink 2-3 cups of turmeric tea per day, as necessary. Although turmeric is safe to consume, it should be taken in moderation, as with any herbal remedy. Women who are pregnant or nursing and sufferers of congestive heart failure, gallstones, or obstruction of the bile ducts should not take turmeric tea.

        How to Make Turmeric Tea: 3 Ways to Prepare this Popular Healing Herb | Suite101.com http://suite101.com/article/how-to-make-turmeric-tea-a113669#ixzz23SOxb1tB

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Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Watermelon Beverage:

Put the insides of a watermelon in the blender and turn on high.

A pinch of sea salt is optional. Serve chilled on a hot summer day.


"It takes 20 minutes to turn a live steer into a hamburger. One-third of cattle are blinking, looking around and mooing as their tails are cut off, their hooves removed, their hides pulled off and their bellies ripped open. It is happening all over North America. Veterinarians feel its out of control but the government says there is nothing they can do about it." --The Washington Post's "They Die Piece By Piece" (April 11, 2001)

There are 13 major slaughterhouses in the US. All 13 are "self-policed" for animal abuse. Each worker cuts the throat of about 309 cattle per hour. --Humane Society of America

It is legal in North America for male chicks to be thrown into grinders while alive for dog food companies.

"Poor animals! How jealously they guard their pathetic bodies... that which to us is merely an evening's meal, but to them is life itself." — T. Casey Brennan


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