Tamarind – What Is It and What Do I Use It For

Tamarind

A deliciously tangy and said to be native to Africa, this exotic fruit grows on exceptionally tall trees of the fabaceae family, such as peas, beans, and other legumes, mostly in the warmer, dryer areas.

Medicinal Benefits:  This fruit is both tasty and nutritional 

  • Malaria
  • Treats Ulcer and Prevents Hypertension
  • Anti-inflammatory and Anti-microbial Properties
  • Improves Oral hygiene and cures Tooth ache
  • Reliefs Menstrual Cramp and stops Diarrhoea
  • Jaundice and Diabetes Management
  • Hemorrhoids (pile)
  • Tamarind increases the Antioxidant Capacity of the body
  • Improves lactation
  • Treats Scurvy and Wounds

Tamarind Juice:

 

  • 4 tamarind pods
  • 3 tbs of volcanic agave or date syrup
  • 4 cups of spring water

 

Step 1 – Shell the tamarind and scoop out the pulp.

Step 2 – Soak the tamarind pulp in 2 cups of warm spring water for 5-10 minutes.

Step 3 – Add the pulp, water and sweetener to a blender and blend gently.

Step 4 – Strain the mixture through a clean white cloth white napkin or cheesecloth.

Step 5 – Add the other 2 cups of water, serve chilled and enjoy!

Tofu Replacement & Chickpea Alternative

If you are getting tired of using chickpeas to make your breakfast scramble then I have the thing for you. If you can’t use chickpeas due to fibroids and just want to eat less of them, then I have the ingredient for you!
Soy as we know is not recommended for consumption no matter how they dress it up or package it. This recipe is traditionally made with either soy milk or dairy milk in some cultures, but in the African Bio- Mineral culture – created by Dr. Sebi I am beginning a new tradition using hemp seed milk.

Hemp Seed Crumble – Recipe

  • 1 cup hemp seed hearts
  • 3 cups of spring water
  • blend to make milk
  • place in a sauce pan and boil and stir lightly the entire time
  • The milk will begin to form and may even begin to curdle
  • After the milk begins to bubble reduce the heat to a simmer and squeeze in 2 key limes (remove seeds)
  • 2 Key lime squeezed – this is needed to make the milk curdle
  • Allow the mixture to cool and pour it into a fine strainer (place cheesecloth over the strainer) and sit it over a bowl to catch the liquid.
  • In the strainer you will see lots of curdled hemp seeds milk and this is what is used to make the crumble.
  • After about 2 minutes to allow most of the water to drain off, pick up the cheesecloth with the curds inside and twist to remove all excess liquids.
  • You will be left with the curds that will then be used in your breakfast scramble.

 

Make sure to order hemp seeds and have them delivered to your home before you run out!

The scramble

was made using the hemp crumble and I added it into the pan with my sauteed peppers, onions, mushrooms and plum tomatoes.

3 Things to Know About the Young Thai Coconuts

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If it were possible I would consume a fresh coconut daily. Growing up I remember seeing coconuts in the home from time to time but they were always the brown older coconuts. I began consuming coconuts again and this time I ate the young jelly coconuts that had the skin shaved down to make it easier to open. A few days ago I received information from an Admin (Nia Swanks) with the Alkaline Vegan Girls public Face Book group with some hidden truths about the shaved young jelly coconuts. I will admit  I heard something about  this a while back but never to this magnitude. Here are 3 things to consider:

  1. To begin the shaved coconuts being sold are preserved with a chemical in order for them to survive being transported via a 30 day or more trip from Thailand. The scary fact is the chemicals that they are sprayed with may be entering the coconut shell as well as cross contamination when they are being opened. When you open a coconut you will always find a soft spot on the coconut to gain easy access, almost like the soft spot of a new baby’s skull.

    Fresh young coconut green husk removed and shaved down to shell
    Fresh young coconut green husk removed and shaved down to shell
  2. As if that information isn’t bad enough there is more trickery going on in the coconut industry. As I began to research this subject for myself I discovered how HYBRID coconuts are big business throughout the world and especially in Thailand where our beloved shaved young jelly coconuts originate from. Throughout history, coconuts experienced hardships from disease and natural disasters that left many of the coconut trees in a vulnerable state if not near extinction. The world government decided to aid these countries through planting hybrid coconut trees with the naturally growing coconuts in an attempt to prevent the coconut from being extinct. I was able to identify one of the hybrid trees by the name of MayPan coconut as well as a hybrid coconut company (Deejay Farms, coconut breeding company) that supplies many hybrid coconut farmers in Thailand as well as other warm climate countries. This company has provided much wealth to those that breed their coconuts due to the high yield and the sweet taste. They pride themselves on using chemicals to grow their coconuts to yield record high totals.

    Hybrid coconuts
    Hybrid coconuts
  3. As I continued to research this information I learned another aspect of consuming these coconuts involves monkey slavery. Monkey slavery usually occurs on hybrid farms in Thailand as well as in Indonesia. The monkeys are used to work 7 days a week, 8 hour shifts a day and they are used to pick up to 1,000 coconuts a day.  The monkeys are stolen as babies from their moms and brought into slavery and trained to become coconut pickers. It’s reported that chances are if the coconuts come from hybrid coconut farms from Thailand or Indonesia monkey were abused in the process.

 

Here is an excerpt from: Interview with Sondra Tatum a natural foo-dist.

“What are some of the main differences between your organic Thai coconuts and the standard non organic young coconut.

There are two main differences, one is in the growing and the other is in the processing. First the coco’s I send are grown without chemicals and second they are are processed without any chemical dips.

Note: If the young coconut you are consuming is white it is dipped in chemicals!!! Not just once but many times. I’ve seen the process myself. The workers wear protective clothing when they process the coconuts. They wear heavy aprons and heavy gloves. They use long poles with wire baskets on the end to remove the coconuts from the dips so they do not touch them.

A natural coconut husk turns brown within minutes of husking so when the conventional processing takes place the coconut is immediately dipped in their chemical(s) of choice as soon as the husk is removed, then the coconut is sent to the processing plant where it is polished or trimmed and dipped again in their chemical(s) of choice. The last dip (this makes 3 dips total) is when the coconut is ready for packing, it is dipped again then wrapped for transport. It is a sad process to watch and the workers themselves try to touch the cocos as little as possible, if at all.

I know many believe the young Thai coconuts they eat in Raw food restaurants are good for them but trust me they are not! Also a lot of their food contains the coconut water from treated coconuts. I also know many believe a certain test that was done came back pure, but it did not. I saw the test results myself and there were trace amounts of formaldehyde in that test in the fine print. If you believe trace amounts are not harmful to you that is your choice but believe me it like a girl saying she is a little bit pregnant it just cannot be that way. It is so, or it is not. All white young Thai coconuts are treated with dips of various chemicals before transport and most, if not all are grown with chemical fertilizers with hormones added for good measure. I’ve seen it with my own eyes.

The soft eye of the coconut is very sensitive and very soft. If a coconut is dipped the chemicals they will enter the coconut through the soft eye. No doubt about it. The soft eye is mothers natures way for the coconut to reproduce, it is where the sprout grows out from to make a new tree and it is soft enough for the sprout to exit and grow into a tree.”

I have attached a list of sites I used to research this information, please continue researching and share with others.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/nsw/a/24601272/the-truth-about-coconut-water/#page1

http://sustainabilitynext.in/special-interview/meet-david-lobo-the-coconut-palm-man/

http://agritech.tnau.ac.in/expert_system/coconut/coconut/coconut_varieties.html

http://www.jamaicatravelandculture.com/food_and_drink/coconut.htm

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10681-007-9568-2

http://diversiflora.blogspot.com/2006/01/description-maypan-hybrid.html

http://cocos.arecaceae.com/1996.html

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/insight-dwarf-vs-tall-hybrid-coconut-ways-improve-thampalayagowder

https://youtu.be/JffN2Qpoh8w

http://www.rawguru.com/i45.html

The color of green husk only 10 minutes after it's removed
The shaved coconuts will begin to brown 10 minutes after being shaved
Select fresh green over chemical dipped shaved coconuts
Select fresh green over chemical dipped shaved coconuts

Where can we purchase fresh coconuts? If you are in the Florida area there are coconut farms there. Also fresh coconuts husks on are available in some Caribbean markets, and international stores as well. I have located another method involving frozen fresh organic coconuts that are shipped.

Dr. Sebi’s Nutritional Guide

Recommended Foods

Vegetables

Dr. Sebi says, “Avoid using a microwave. It will kill your food.”

Amaranth greens – same as Callaloo, a variety of GREENS
Avocado
Bell Peppers
Chayote (Mexican Squash)
Cucumber
Dandelion greens
Garbanzo beans
Green banana
Izote – cactus flower/ cactus leaf – grows naturally in California
Kale
Lettuce (all, except Iceberg)
Mushrooms (all, except Shitake)
Nopales – Mexican Cactus
Okra~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~SEASONAL
Olives
Onions
Poke salad – greens
Sea Vegetables (wakame/dulse/arame/nori)
Squash
Tomato – cherry and plum only
Tomatillo
Turnip greens
Zucchini
Watercress
Purslane (Verdolaga)

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Fruits

 

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Dr. Sebi says, “No canned or seedless fruits.”

Apples
Bananas – the smallest one or the Burro/mid-size (original banana)
Berries – all varieties- Elderberries in any form – no cranberries
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Currants
Dates
Figs
Grapes- seeded
Limes (key limes preferred with seeds)
Mango
Melons- seeded
Orange (Seville or sour preferred, difficult to find)
Papayas
Peaches
Pear
Plums
Prickly Pear (Cactus Fruit)
Prunes
Raisins –seeded
Soft Jelly Coconuts
Soursops – (Latin or West Indian markets)
Tamarind

Herbal Teas

Allspice
Anise
Burdock
Chamomile
Elderberry
Fennel
Ginger
Raspberry
Tila

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Spices and Seasonings

Mild Flavors

Basil
Bay leaf
Cloves
Dill
Oregano
Savory
Sweet Basil
Tarragon
Thyme

Pungent and Spicy Flavors

Achiote
Cayenne/ African Bird Pepper
Onion Powder
Habanero
Sage

 

Salty Flavors

Pure Sea Salt
Powdered Granulated Seaweed (Kelp/Dulce/Nori – has “sea taste”)

Sweet Flavors

100% Pure Agave Syrup – (from cactus)
Date Sugar

Grains

Amaranth
Fonio
Kamut
Quinoa
Rye
Spelt
Tef
Wild Rice

Nuts and Seeds – (includes Nut and Seed Butters)

Hemp Seed
Raw Sesame Seeds
Raw Sesame Tahini Butter
Walnuts
Brazil Nuts

Oils

Olive Oil (Do not cook)
Coconut Oil (Do not cook)
Grape seed Oil
Sesame Oil
Hemp seed Oil
Avocado Oil

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The Lifestyle of An Alkaline Vegan Girl ~ From Shopping to Cooking to Preparing Meals

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Ready! Set! Go! You have made the decision so many of us have made and that decision is to be an alkaline vegan. After learning about the alkaline vegan lifestyle through viewing DVDs and attending live lectures of  Dr. Sebi I made the same decision many others have made to commit to the lifestyle of an alkaline vegan.

Now that you’ve made the decision you may be asking yourself what is next. There are many pointers that all lead to great health but for this blog I want to focus on 3 questions asked  by Naya one of the members in my Facebook groups Alkaline Vegan Girls, 1) where do you grocery shop, 2) how often, and 3) what are the pantry essentials? https://www.facebook.com/groups/alkalinevegangirls/  These are the my thoughts about the questions asked:

“My Top 5 Places to Shop”

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  1. Local Farmer’s Markets ~ fresh produce, grains, flours, and spices, nuts
  2. Local International Markets ~ fresh produce with Hispanic origins, fresh herbs for seasoning foods
  3. Local Health Food Stores ~ loose herbs for teas, some grains, nuts and seeds
  4. Chain stores ~ While I am out in the community working with client’s I look to see what is on the nutritional guide and sometimes the  chain stores will have spelt and quinoa flour
  5. Online ~ herbs for teas and seasonings, pastas and breads.

How Often Do I Shop and What are the Pantry Essentials:

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I shop weekly and usually at the beginning of the week on Sundays or the end of the week on Saturday. The key essentials for an alkaline vegan to have in the pantry are the following:

  1. whole grains  & whole grain flour~ spelt, kamut, quinoa, wild rice
  2. cooking oils ~ grape seed and avocado
  3. fresh produce ~ onions, peppers, mushrooms, kale, dandelions greens, romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, butternut squash, chayote squash, key limes, seeded grapes, burro bananas, fresh young coconuts, green/yellow, frozen fruit for smoothies
  4. Nuts, seeds and beans ~walnuts, hemp seeds, and garbanzo beans dry
  5. Raw agave’ nectar and pitted dates for sweeteners
  6. Fresh or dried herbs for seasonings ~ ginger, oregano, basil, fennel, onion powder, sage, dill, all spice, clove

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With the above foods in your house you can make several meals to include soups, teas, stews, salads, stir fries, cookies, ice cream, pancakes, veggie vurgers, break fast meals and several other dishes.

 

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ALKALINE VEGAN CEVICHE
ALKALINE VEGAN CEVICHE

The list of foods go on and on and all created from the nutritional guide Dr. Sebi provides to assist alkaline vegans with choosing healthy, natural foods that will create healing environments for our bodies to thrive in.  The list Dr. Sebi created is not without flaw but it is a list with the least mucous causing foods for us to consume.

Upcoming Electric Vegan cookbook
Electric Vegan Cookbook

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So now it is your time to GET READY! GET SET! LET’S GO!

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The Benefits of an Alkaline Vegan Lifestyle?

The Benefits of an Alkaline Vegan Life

An alkaline lifestyle is about consuming natural fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds along with natural herbs, spices and spring water. Not all foods including some fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts or seeds  are natural and should not be consumed due to their acidic nature. Learn about the natural foods that will create a healthy alkaline pH and reclaim your health!