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My Latest Concoction – Organic Black Sesame Seed Milk

Earlier this year, I wrote a post talking about the tremendous health benefits of black sesame seeds.

I love putting them on quinoa, millet, and on my salads, and they add a whole new dimension to whatever food that I am eating.

Since Brazil nut milk and cashew milk are two drinks that I make quite often, I started asking myself “What if I made a milk out of organic black sesame seeds?”

My immediate thought was that the taste would be too harsh or too strong, and that I would need to use a lot of honey or organic palm sugar to even it out.

Over the past week or so, I have been experimenting with black sesame seed milk and much to my surprise, I have been thrilled with the results.

A few things:

– The taste is not as bad as I thought it would be.

– The texture is lighter than a Brazil nut or a cashew milk.

– I use a different ratio of water to seeds than water to nuts. With nuts, it is generally 5:1 (5 servings of water to one serving of nuts). With the black sesame seeds, I use a ratio of probably 10:1.

You vary the ratio depending upon how thick or thin you want your milk to be. But for the black sesame seed milk, I felt that for some inexplicable reason the ratio needed to be expanded.

If you have no idea what I am talking about here, please watch the video at the bottom of this post and that should explain everything.

– The sesame seed milk was not as black as I thought it would be. This is probably because 5-10% of the seeds were not actually black but white.

– When I made a smoothie (picture in the right) using organic black sesame seed milk as the base, I used two bananas, one tablespoon of raw cacao powder, one teaspoon of organic palm sugar, and one scoop of protein powder.

And how did it taste?

Definitely good enough to earn a spot in the rotation with Brazil nut milk and cashew milk.

– Not sure how to make nut milk? Take a look at the video above.

If you want to make organic black sesame seed milk, it is the exact same process except that you alter the ratio of water/seeds.

If you’re looking for organic black sesame seeds, they can be purchased online.

The mesh strainer that I use in the video above, can be purchased by clicking here.

Good luck!

A message from Tradin Organic

How Tradin Organic is Helping Coconut Farmers in The Philippines

For more than a decade, Tradin Organic has been working with local partners in The Philippines to bring a diversified range of organic products to the market, such as coconut oil, tropical fruits and even cocoa.

The company is helping to support local farmers by assisting them with technical support and organic certification, in addition to paying Fairtrade premium on top of the organic premium.

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What’s With These Holes in My Kale?

Ok. Let’s be very, very honest here.

How many times have you been at the market, looked at a piece of organic produce, seen numerous imperfections, and then searched for something that looked a little bit more aesthetically pleasing?

I’m certainly guilty of doing that.

But the question is: Why do we do this?

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Why Tradin Organic is Prioritizing Regenerative Organic Farming

At Tradin Organic, we believe that regenerative organic farming is key to growing healthy and nutritious food ingredients — for now and for future generations.

And in Sierra Leone, we have grown the world’s first Regenerative Organic Certified cacao.

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How to Get Kids to Eat Organic Greens

Now that many of my friends have young children, one thing that I hear from all of them is that “My kids won’t eat any green vegetables.”

This doesn’t surprise me in the least because (a) most kids would rather have french fries than spinach or broccoli; and (b) they have to be taught to like greens at a very, very early age. The good news is that there is an easy solution.

Juicing.

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Your Children Have Pesticides in their Bodies – Remove these Chemicals with an Organic Diet

It is a proven fact that our children are born with a shocking number of harmful chemicals in their bodies.

A study from the Environmental Working Group showed that 232 toxic chemicals were found in 10 cord blood samples of infants.

Some of the chemicals included BPA (a hormone disruptor), toxic flame retardants, synthetic fragrances used in common cosmetics and detergents, and PFBA, which is used to make non-stick and grease-, stain- and water-resistant coatings for cookware, textiles, food packaging and other consumer products.

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