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Calcium-Rich Molasses Latte November 16, 2013

Filed under: Easy food prep,Energy,Gluten free,Recipes — beansandyoga @ 10:22 pm
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Most women know they’re supposed to get a LOT of calcium. The National Institute of Health recommends 1000 mgs of calcium per day. That translates into over three glasses of milk per day, or two and a half cups of yogurt, or four and a half cups of broccoli.

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The trouble is, that is way more than I am inclined to eat in a day, even if I were to have a combination of milk, yogurt, and broccoli servings over the course of a few meals.

Personally, I haven’t found a calcium supplement I like. They’re too sugary, they leave a bad taste in my mouth. I’d rather eat real food. 

Therefore, I have invented a molasses latte. One tablespoon of blackstrap molasses contains 137 mg of calcium. If you combine that with milk, and other natural calcium sources throughout the day, you’ll get closer to that daily recommended amount. And given the average size of a latte today, you might even have two small, home-made ones, or perhaps you’re lucky enough to have a double-sized cup at home in which you can make a “tall” or “large” sized latte for yourself.


1/4 cup milk

6 oz. hot coffee

1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses

pinch of dried ginger

Pour the milk into your coffee mug and warm it in the microwave. Top it off with fresh, hot coffee. Stir in the molasses. Add a pinch of ginger.

Molasses is also rich in iron, potassium and manganese, making it one of the more nutrient dense foods around. (That’s a good thing!)


Coffee, Cola, Tea or Red Bull? December 8, 2008

Filed under: Energy,Uncategorized — beansandyoga @ 6:46 pm
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I love coffee.  I’ve loved the taste of it since I was a child.  I love the taste of coffee ice cream.  It’s my caffeine weapon of choice.  I start my day with a pot that holds 32 ounces.  I don’t always finish the pot.  Sometimes I get half-way through it and I don’t need or want more.  On other days, I finish the pot.

Once I’m done, however, I’m done.  If I keep drinking coffee I just feel dehydrated.  I’ve learned to switch to water for the rest of the day.  If it’s cold outside, or if I’m at work, sure, I keep a cup of coffee at my desk.  But I hardly ever finish it.

There are days when I need a little pick-me-up in the afternoon.  Sometimes I’ll have tea. Most of the time, my body tells me that it’s had its fix of caffeine and I end up with herbal tea instead.

Cola leaves me feeling as if I’ve been hit by a truck.  It stays in my system for at least two days.  The second day feels like a caffeine hangover.  It makes me jumpy and irritable and for that reason I avoid it.  Sometimes, it’s the only thing that makes sense to order at a restaurant.  I’ll have one, but I usually don’t finish it.  I always drink it along side a glass of water.  Without water, I do feel dehydrated and sluggish, in spite of the caffeine.  I drink diet coke.  Regular is too sugary for me.  Not the taste, but the way it makes me feel afterward.

Red Bull? I never drink it.  I think I tried it once and the result was that not only did I get the same caffeine hangover that I get from cola but I got it more quickly and it lasted longer.

Here’s a link to info on caffeine.