When I was in Barcelona a few summers ago, I fell in love with Tiger Nut Milk and it became a staple to my breakfast. I wasn’t even sure what it was exactly but it was delicious! It has a sweet nutty taste and reminded me of the local soy milk you could get on the streets of Hong Kong. After I left Spain I simply forgot about it until I saw Tiger Nuts on sale in my local health food store. After a bit of research I found that they were chock full of goodness! Great to snack on, I might even attempt to create my own Tiger Nut Milk.
Tiger Nuts Benefits:
Tiger Nuts come from California, Europe, Northern African, and even Florida and have been around for over 4,000 years.
- Full of great protein, carbs, plus have all the Vitamin E that you need,plus Vitamin C and B’s too.
- Contain lots of great minerals such as: iron, copper, zinc, sodium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and lots of calcium for strong bones and healthy tissues.
- A great anti-inflammatory agent working well for inflammatory based diseases such as arthritis and inflammation of the GI tract with a astringent action.
-Beneficial to ulcers of the gums, and other mouth inflammation diseases. Tiger Nuts helps with stress by helping the body to stay centered and balanced.
- Are diuretic helping to get rid of excess fluid, and sooth away bladder and prostate inflammation too.
- Good source on fiber, benefitical for constipation and weight loss.
- Stimulate the immune system thus helping to prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes and even cancer as they contains lots of Oleic Acid which helps lower cholesterol, triglycerides, and prevent hardening of the arteries.
- Full of antioxidants combining with free radicals to prevent disease and slow the aging process.
-Tiger Nut oil is very similar to Olive Oil with many of the same health benefits.
‘Tiger Nuts make a very cooling sweet drink called Tiger Nut Milk. It contains Tiger Nuts, water, lemon peel, and cinnamon… and it’s similar to oatmeal drinks and sesame drinks in other countries. And Tiger Nuts are also used in the production of some types of beer, cosmetics, condiments, livestock feed, flour (gluten free), syrups and some looking at Tiger Nuts as a healthy snack food.
There has been a lot of interest in Tiger Nuts because they a cheap source of good nutrition that could feed the world, and Tiger Nut plants grow like weeds.’
Being lactose and wheat intolerant is a pain in the ass, temptations lurk at every corner, bread, pasta, milk, CHEESE (how i miss you!) chocolate etc. It is especially difficult when you travel to a new place where the diet is different and everything is unfamilliar, which is why I feel it is important to keep a few snacks on hand.
Here are the things I take with me on my travels:
COCONUT OIL -
Contrary to popular belief, C.O is not bad for you.
‘Nearly 50 percent of the fat in coconut oil is of a type rarely found in nature called lauric acid, a “miracle” compound because of its unique health promoting properties. Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties.
Coconut oil is also nature’s richest source of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs. By contrast, most common vegetable or seed oils are comprised of long chain fatty acids (LCFAs), also known as long-chain triglycerides or LCTs.’
I use it as an alternative to butter and have religiously taken c.o everyday for almost 2 years. My day just feels a little empty and flat if I don’t. I definitely feel a change in energy levels. Great to cook with at high temperatures because it doesn’t change its chemical structure when heated like olive oil which is susceptible to oxidative damage.
GOJI BERRIES -
Otherwise known as Wolf berries. Pronounced “go-gee”, they contains more
• vitamin C than oranges
• beta-carotene than carrots
• iron than steak
I explain them as red Chinese raisins. I have them in my porridge or just raw. Always wash before use as some companies add red dyes to enhance the colour. Makes me think of my mama, she makes us herbal tea with it.
NUTS & SEEDS-
Always good to snack on. Almonds, Walnuts, Cashew, Pecans and Sunflower seeds are the current winners.
FRUIT BARS -
A recent discovery. Compressed raw fruit ie. dates, figs and prunes. 100% goodness. Try the ‘Nakd Bars’ they come in so many yummy flavours: Berry Delight, Cocoa Delight, Cocoa Mint, Cocoa Orange, Cashew Cookie, Gingerbread, Pecan Pie.
OAT CAKES -
My homage to Scotland! A really good filling ‘good fat’ snack.