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My Favorite is....
March 31, 2008 08:46AM
Every week I will post up a new type of food. You post your favorite brand name or brand names of types of this product you buy, and why. If you make it yourself instead, share your recipe! This thread it almost like a rating board, to help boardies find good brands of certain foods.

March 30:

What is your favorite soy milk?

I like 8th Continent Light Vanilla. I'm not much of a soymilk drinker (odd, I love all sorts of soy foods but not soymilk) but I prefer this particular one because I am used to nonfat milk and this has that same thin consistency. It isn't "beany" tasting and is great ice cold! I actually love rice milk, but that's another topic!
Re: My Favorite is....
March 31, 2008 05:30PM
My son and I were and are not soy milk drinkers but as you Tatiana like other soy products. Well, a favorite of my son's when he was little was creamy potato soup that called for soy milk. We used Eden Soy and even vanilla worked out. Probably the added sweetness worked well. If the single sized servings were available I brought those so as not to waste.
Re: My Favorite is....
April 07, 2008 06:54PM
Hey guys, whats whats you favorite soymilk? I'm curious! I just bought some hempmilk for my son!
Re: My Favorite is....
April 08, 2008 01:11AM
I never drink soy milk, but I have bought a soymilk maker and with this nice apparatus, I make a mix of almond, sesame, job tears and barley milk,
and have this milk as breakfast. Never had hemp milk, but as I live in Thailand, it is probably illegal here grinning smiley
Re: My Favorite is....
April 08, 2008 03:57PM
Great responses. travelish, that milk you make sounds delish! Marijuana is illegal here, but we can use hemp products, not sure about Thailand, though.

This week's question:

What is your favorite nut or seed?

My favorite nut is chestnuts. That isn't in the typical nut category but I love them! I remember picking them off the ground in their spiny husks in Japan and asking my mom what they were. They are great fresh roasted and served hot, peel your own!
Re: My Favorite is....
April 10, 2008 01:31PM
Well as far as nuts, I will have to say mixed nuts cause I like most all of types!
As far as seeds, I like sesame seeds and really like the Halvah bars made with sesame. I will try to make some homemade some time. Also, since I first wrote this I just tried hemp seeds and I love them! They are reminiscent of of pistachios!

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/13/2008 03:20PM by mothersson2002.
Re: My Favorite is....
April 15, 2008 08:35PM
Tatiana Wrote:
> Great responses. travelish, that milk you make
> sounds delish! Marijuana is illegal here, but we
> can use hemp products, not sure about Thailand,
> though.
this is perhaps a bit long, but I wanted to post all the benefits of this milk grinning smiley
Medicinal Uses:
Almonds promote health, especially when they are part of a healthy diet consisting of fruit and vegetables, and low fat whole grain products.
Eating nuts and especially almonds lowers the risk of strokes, developing type-2 diabetes, dementia, advanced macular degeneration and gallstones.
Studies show individuals who consume nuts on a daily basis (30-60 grams) gain an extra five to six years of cardiac disease-free life and that regularly eating nuts increases longevity by 2 years.
Almonds are nutritionally dense. They help maintain or even lose weight as well as significantly improve risk factors associated with heart disease.
Munching on almonds helps people feel satisfied and less inclined to overeat at dinner!
Scientists believe a few almonds a day can help lower blood pressure and that they can increase the blood levels of high density lipoproteins while lowering low density lipoprotein levels.
Consuming nuts (especially almonds) lowers the risk of cancer (bladder and colon), diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and other chronic illnesses.
Almonds are a great source of folic acid especially in pregnant women.
Folic acid lowers the levels of homocystein, the amino acid which contributes to the buildup of fatty plaques in the arteries.
Almonds also help strengthen bones and teeth. Approximately one ounce of almond (roughly 20-25 nuts) has a calcium content equivalent to ? cup of milk, the required amount to prevent osteoporosis.
Almonds have anti-inflammatory, immunity boosting, and anti-hepatotoxicity effects.
Almond milk is a refreshing and pleasant drink prescribed as a diluent in acute diseases

job tears
According to Hartwell (1967-1971), the fruits are used in folk remedies for abdominal tumors, esophageal, gastrointestinal, and lung cancers, various tumors, as well as excrescences, warts, and whitlows.
This folk reputation is all the more interesting when reading that coixenolide has antitumor activity (List and Horhammer, 1969-1979).
Job's tear is also a folk remedy for abscess, anodyne, anthrax, appendicitis, arthritis, beriberi, bronchitis, catarrh, diabetes, dysentery, dysuria, edema, fever, gotter, halitosis, headache, hydrothorax, metroxenia, phthisis,
pleurisy, pneumonia, puerperium, rheumatism, small-pox, splenitis, strangury, tenesmus, and worms (Duke and Wain, 1981). Walker (1971) cites other medicinal uses.

In traditional medicine, barley has always been highly valued for its demulcent qualities - it is uniquely soothing to inflammatory conditions of the intestines and the urinary tract; and herbalists recommend plenty of barley water
to help counter the painful irritation of cystitis and constipation. Barley water is also a useful drink for the sickroom: carefully wash 1 heaped tbs pot barley. Put it in a pan with ^1/1 pt water, bring to the boil, cover, simmer gently for 30 minutes.
Strain.Like other grains, barley is mineral-rich, with particularly high levels of calcium and potassium, and plenty of B-complex vitamins, making it useful for people suffering from stress or fatigue, and a nourishing food for convalescence.
Researchers studying the cholesterol-lowering effect of cereals - wheat, rye, oats, barley - have found that their coarse outer layers are rich in substances that inhibit synthesis of cholesterol by the liver.
Dr Rosemary K Newman at Montana State University has found that gummy fibres present throughout the barley grain, not just in the outer coating, called beta glucans, have an even more dramatic cholesterol-lowering ability.

Sesame oil helps lubricate the body. This is why it is an excellent mild laxative. Thus, for constipation, diverticulitis, and diarrhea it is ideal. Recently, it has been recommended for reversal of menopausal symptoms,
including vaginal dryness. Its balancing effect upon the female system may be related to its rich content of naturally occurring vitamin E. It is also a fertility aid, as well as an aid to weak libido.
For vaginal disorders it may be taken internally or applied topically. There are anticancer actions of this oil. In a study published in Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids, 1992, it was determined that the oil
blocked the growth of melanoma cells. Another study published in Anticancer Research discovered its toxic effects on human cancer cells. Investigators from Purdue University may have found the mechanism for such
potent effects: its rich content of the cancer-fighting compound, gamma tocopherol. This is essentially unique to Sesame seeds (as well as walnuts and a few other foods), and is much more powerful than commercial vitamin E
in this action. According to the researchers gamma tocopherol induces ?death in lab-grown human cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone.? This may explain why the incidence of cancer is so low in people where Sesame products
are a staple. Specifically, it had this beneficial action against prostate and lung cancer cells. It was also found that the oil inhibits inflammation, a process that leads to a variety of diseases.
This may explain reports of beneficial effects of Sesame in arthritis, bursitis, heart disease, high blood pressure, and of course, cancer. What?s more, it appears that the action is dose-dependent.
Thus, the researchers discovered as they increased the amount the cancer cells were even more greatly inhibited.
Gamma tocopherol is rarely available in vitamin pills. Sesam is the ideal source. It is believed that in high doses gamma tocopherol, as found in Sesam, could act as a cancer preventive.
Yet, it may also prove valuable in treatment. According to Brigelius-Flohe, in her summary article on vitamin E (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition), such forms of vitamin E are able to cause the death of cancer cells.
take care and good health
Mir Mir
Re: My Favorite is....
October 23, 2008 07:36AM
Thanks for the information about almonds etc. We love almonds - eat them raw and make almond milk at home (1 cup of almonds for 3 cups of water, bit of vanilla, figs or black molasses - mmmm).
Also, hazelnut milk is to die for, never tried hemp milk, even though heard people say it is good and we stay away from soy milk since consume enough of soy products already.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/23/2008 07:37AM by Mir.
Re: My Favorite is....
October 23, 2008 06:48PM
It is hard to have just one favorite nut, but I guess I love peanuts the most. I love peanut butter made from all natural peanuts.
Re: My Favorite is....
April 12, 2008 10:04PM
1)Cashews and 1a) almonds

Pot is not illegal everywhere. Not w a md's note at least smiling bouncing smiley X(
(not that I would know about that or anything)

I make cashew butter in my juicer.
I love tahini, make lots of foods from it when I ain't eating it straight or mixed w miso and avo.

Stick that in your pipe and eat it?.... or something like that.
Re: My Favorite is....
April 13, 2008 03:28PM
Pot even in the form of medical marijuana is not legal in many US states.
I just want to note that the last study on the list had opposite findings from other studies which did find pot to cause cancer.
However its important to note that industrial hemp is not pot and does not have any pychogenic properties [www.naihc.org]
Re: My Favorite is....
April 30, 2008 06:38PM
It is straight out legal in Denver though.X(X(O|
Re: My Favorite is....
April 22, 2008 04:44PM
Hmmm....time for a new favorite...

Favorite soy ice cream.

Mine's the Purely Decadent Pomegranate Chip flavor.

P.S. Last I heard, 8th Continent uses a nonvegan version of vitamin D in its soy milk.
Re: My Favorite is....
April 22, 2008 06:03PM
Really? According to their website their soymilks are all vegan:


Where did you hear that?
Re: My Favorite is....
April 23, 2008 04:02AM
I once looked at a container and saw it on the label. Maybe they've changed the formula to find a vegan source of vitamin D.
Re: My Favorite is....
April 30, 2008 09:10AM
soy ice creams...gotta say I haven't tried any yet but they look yummy, I should go for it (I've only had rice ice creams so far).

This week's favorite:

What is your favorite drink?

Okay, I'm gonna cheat, I have lots of favorites. Mostly teas and coffees but I love chai tea, green tea, black tea, and basically all kinds of tea, and I love coffee. Yum!
Re: My Favorite is....
May 03, 2008 04:33PM
Spicy V8 juice!
Re: My Favorite is....
October 23, 2008 06:52PM
I love Dasani Flavored water. I am a huge water drinker and I love the fruity additions, they are so flavorful.
Re: My Favorite is....
May 10, 2008 05:05PM
I love teas and rooibos. Teavana makes an excellent Lemon Twist Rooibos.

I also like this stuff from Honest Tea, a Citrus Energy Green Tea drink.
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May 12, 2008 10:39AM
Oh, I LOVE rooibos chai! I have Yogi Tea's Redbush Chai, which is to die for! Mixed with vanilla soy or rice milk...yummo!
Re: My Favorite is....
May 22, 2008 03:45PM
My Favorite Ethnic Food is....

well, since I'm Japanese, I'd have to say Japanese! But I love all sorts of foods, I'm pretty open to try new things! I eat a lot of Mexican food (I had the best vegan tamale today with sweet potato in it..yum!) and I love getting Mongolian BBQ as well. But really I like everything!
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June 04, 2008 12:46PM
I like mildly spicy Mexican food.
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June 13, 2008 10:33AM
I love Asian food, but not really Thai. Basically, I adore stir-fry and noodle dishes.
Re: My Favorite is....
December 18, 2008 11:31PM
I really love pita bread and hummus, so those are my favorites.
Re: My Favorite is....
September 07, 2008 02:17PM
Hey, There' hasnt been a favorite foods poll for along time. I'm ready. There's new members here so maybe they'll participate!
Re: My Favorite is....
September 08, 2008 02:39PM

What is your favorite root vegetable?

This is a hard one, I gotta think about it!!
Re: My Favorite is....
September 14, 2008 08:08AM
I live beat greens. I have a huge garden and just love them. I am freezing some for the winter!
Re: My Favorite is....
September 09, 2008 05:39PM
Does a potato count?
Re: My Favorite is....
September 10, 2008 04:04PM
Of course it does, it's a root vegetable! And that gets my brain going, I'm saying MY favorite is Japanese Sweet Potato!
Re: My Favorite is....
September 14, 2008 08:09AM
I've never heard of japanese sweet potato: What's it taste like?
Re: My Favorite is....
December 18, 2008 11:32PM
I love carrots!
Re: My Favorite is....
September 14, 2008 12:45PM
It's pretty much like a regular yam, it has white flesh inside and is a little bit sweet.


The way we traditionally had them in Japan was often by street vendors in the fall, where they would literally cook the whole potatoes in the coals of a fire, then my mom and I would get one and split it in half, all nice and steamy. No additions needed! Now, I just bake them like baked potatoes at home and snack on them, yum!
Re: My Favorite is....
October 08, 2008 01:47PM
Okay guys, I believe the issue is resolved and have re-opened this thread..

Avocados are my fav! spinning smiley sticking its tongue out especially in guacamole smiling bouncing smiley

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/08/2008 01:48PM by eric.
Re: My Favorite is....
October 22, 2008 08:53AM
Thanks Eric for fixing that!

This week's question is: What is your favorite fall comfort food?
Re: My Favorite is....
October 22, 2008 03:11PM
I like hot soups like creamy potato. Its made with potatoes onions, celery, garlic, soy or any other nondairy milk and a couple of bouillon cubes. Other vegetables could be substitutes or added.The original recipe I used was from Vegetarian Cooking for Good Health that I got several years ago. It is a 1991 edition. Was my son was little it was his favorite.
Re: My Favorite is....
October 23, 2008 06:47PM
I like Silk soymilk. It comes in a creamy vanilla or chocolate flavor and tastes great on cereal, in smoothies and plain.
Re: My Favorite is....
October 23, 2008 06:53PM
I love finding out about these great favorite foods.
Re: My Favorite is....
October 27, 2008 06:44PM
There's a recipe for Better Than Beef Stew in "Vegan Cooking for One or Two," a book put out by the Vegetarian Resource Group. I adjust it slightly--I added some yams to the potatoes and didn't peel them either--and this time forgot to cover it while roasting. But oh, well. It was still luscious.

I also like mushroom barley soup, but I'm really fussy about it.
Re: My Favorite is....
October 29, 2008 08:11AM
CAn you give the basics for the recipe DC? as it sounds great!
Re: My Favorite is....
November 05, 2008 02:03PM
This week's question is:

What is your favorite snack?

I eat all sorts of different things for snacks, but right now I'd say probably almonds and fruit (current fruits are pomegranates, persimmons, pears, and kiwis!)
Re: My Favorite is....
November 06, 2008 04:45PM
I like luna bars by Cliff and Cliff Mojo Bars.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/06/2008 04:45PM by mothersson2002.
Re: My Favorite is....
November 06, 2008 05:08PM
The new Clif Kids bars are great!
Re: My Favorite is....
November 06, 2008 05:08PM
I love pretzels as my favorite packaged snack. My favorite snack is apples with peanut butter, it is so good!
Re: My Favorite is....
November 12, 2008 02:57PM
What is your favorite pasta dish?

I'd say my favorite is one my mom used to make that I now make for myself, which is super easy: Cook up whatever pasta you like, I like to use penne for this recipe. To make the sauce, heat up a little olive oil in a skillet and then add red pepper flakes and garlic, heat on medium high until garlic starts to brown, then add fresh tomatoes (romas work well) and cook until soft. You can take the skin off and seeds out if you want, but that's optional. Season to taste with salt/pepper. Just before finishing, add a chiffonade of fresh basil. Mix in your pasta and enjoy!
Re: My Favorite is....
November 13, 2008 10:47PM
My favorite is angel hair primavera. Zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli, tomatoes sauteed with olive oil, garlic and basil.
Re: My Favorite is....
November 14, 2008 05:28PM
My favorite pasta dish is whole wheat ziti pasta with roasted vegetables and a fresh tomato sauce made with mushrooms and lots of garlic.
Re: My Favorite is....
November 14, 2008 05:36PM
Well I love alphabet soup. Just alphabets with spicy V8 juice and sometimes put burger crumbles, Tofutti sour cream, avocados in as well. When I was a child, this was made with tomato juice and called Daddy soup smiling smiley It can be modified to what people like for add ins. Fried onions, garlic, ect.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 12/06/2008 12:16PM by mothersson2002.
Re: My Favorite is....
December 05, 2008 12:06PM
My Favorite Junk Food is...

I gotta say I love a good vegan donut yum!
Re: My Favorite is....
December 05, 2008 07:39PM
I agree that I love vegan treats. I love vegan donuts, but even better are smores with vegan marshmallows. I love that many bakeries now make vegan desserts. Hands down my favorite will always be vegan frozen yogurt...yum!
Re: My Favorite is....
December 06, 2008 12:16PM
Wow, Maine takes a little while to catch up to other states with some issues, including bakeries offers vegan desserts!
Well, for junk food,a favorite is chocolate though it does has health benefits as long as its dark chocolate ha! I also love chips and french fries though I don't buy much anymore. Instead I make homemade ones which are really just baked sliced potatoes with spices and onions garlic and some oil to prevent burning and sticking. It does add a nice flavor too. To have less fat, I use some non stick spray on the pan.
Re: My Favorite is....
December 17, 2008 04:22PM
I don't recall seeing the brand, 8th Continental Light soymilk... I like Silk (the regular kind) for my chai tea and sometimes with my cereal--despite the fact that corporation, White Waves, owns the brand.
Re: My Favorite is....
December 19, 2008 04:19PM
I'm wondering what is wrong with the White Wave co.
Oh, do you have a favorite junk food?smiling smiley
Re: My Favorite is....
December 24, 2008 03:03PM
What is your favorite holiday food?
Re: My Favorite is....
December 25, 2008 02:10AM
My favorite holiday food is strawberry shortcake! My grandma used to always make me this special vegan dessert at holiday gatherings. I also love to make vegan stuffing and green beans, yummy!
Re: My Favorite is....
January 05, 2009 07:57AM
I like all of the sweets esp chocolate though I am prefer natural stuff rather than synthetic.I deliver mail and I got a lovely coffee cake from a customer that had many flavors combines including chocolate and cinnamon.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/05/2009 08:17AM by mothersson2002.
Re: My Favorite is....
February 11, 2009 04:31PM
I have found something else that though is pricy is so delicious in my opinion:Coconut milk yogurt and ice cream.
Re: My Favorite is....
February 12, 2009 07:07PM
This ice cream is so good!
Re: My Favorite is....
February 13, 2009 08:02AM
Sooooo good, and soooo bad! smiling bouncing smiley
Re: My Favorite is....
February 13, 2009 08:04AM
What is your favorite dried fruit?

Hmm, I really like a lot of dried fruits, as long as they are natural, no sugar or sulfur added. I love the chewy texture. I think a couple of my faves are mango and pineapple. Oh I also discovered dried lychee, great stuff.
Re: My Favorite is....
February 19, 2009 08:04PM
I love dried fruit, especially dried strawberries. I like adding them to my morning cereal or oatmeal. To make a healthy trail mix, I use dried fruit like sweet apricots, apples and raisins.
Re: My Favorite is....
February 27, 2009 06:53AM
I would love to try dried strawberries but they are not readily available in my area and the cost of ordering them was very high. Are they pricy in your area?
Re: My Favorite is....
March 02, 2009 11:29AM
Strawberries are grown locally and the dried ones are still expensive....
Re: My Favorite is....
February 25, 2009 07:26AM
I love dried Pineapples and Cranberries and yellow raisins (especially in my cereal).
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February 25, 2009 09:19AM
I've been on a dried fig kick all week..yum!
Re: My Favorite is....
February 27, 2009 06:50AM
Well, I get my son dried papaya and pineapples. They are so sweet that I can only eat a small amount at one as opposed to him who can eat quite a bit at once. Dried fruit would be a great option in school cafeterias as opposed to synthetic based sweets ah? OH, I personally love dried figs and dates.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/27/2009 06:51AM by mothersson2002.
Re: My Favorite is....
May 12, 2009 12:39PM
Since a new favorite food has not been posted in a long time, I will ask:does anyone eat wild food: I have become partial to dandelions. I love fiddleheads but have missed out on them the last couple of years.
Re: My Favorite is....
May 15, 2009 07:52PM
I haven't really had any wild foods, except for the occassional edible flower. I do like experimenting with new vegan products though.
Re: My Favorite is....
July 26, 2009 06:32PM
Anyone ever make dandelion or clover syrup- Both taste fairly similar to maple syrup- very favorable results from myself, my son and his girlfriend.
Re: My Favorite is....
July 26, 2009 07:59PM
I have never made my own syrup, but it sounds great. I would love a vanilla syrup.
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