8 Tangy and Creamy Dairy-Free Yogurts You Can Make at Home

Yogurt, the creamy dairy product made from fermented and cultured milk, is widely lauded for its tart flavor, silky texture, and for its probiotic properties. Previously, it was thought that such a distinct taste and mouth feel couldn’t be replicated by plant-based ingredients. However, work into any well-stocked grocery store today and you will see a wide array of vegan yogurts in all different flavors and sizes! There are now even tubular, squeezable plant-based yogurts that will bring you back to your childhood.

One challenge that the vegan yogurt industry is still facing is affordability; sadly, a lot of these innovative, delicious-sounding plant-based options come with a steep price tag. The good news is that you can easily make your own “yogurt” from home for little cost! The fermenting process may seem challenging, but you will come to realize that it is mostly just waiting for the yogurt to get sour. If you don’t know where to start, have no fear! We have prepared the ultimate guide to vegan yogurt-making for you.

We here at Food Monster have filed tirelessly through our recipe archive to find the most creative, comprehensive vegan yogurt recipes out there. Fasten your seatbelt, it’s time to get cultured.

1. Coconut Yogurt

This Coconut Yogurt recipe only requires three ingredients: a young coconut, spices of your choosing, and some probiotic powder! After 2 days of fermenting in the refrigerator, you will have a creamy and healthy yogurt just as tasty and nutritious as the dairy version. Mix in cinnamon or vanilla if you please or keep the yogurt plain so you can use it for savory and sweet purposes.

2. Raw Coconut Yogurt

Raw Coconut Yogurt makes for a  perfect start to a breakfast or a light dessert at the end of your meal. Flavor the yogurt with whatever you like, but the addition of raspberries (fresh or frozen) and vanilla bean is ideal if you are in the mood for a sweet treat. This yogurt has all the beneficial bacteria that regular yogurt does, but without the dairy!

3. Banana Buckwheat Yogurt

If coconut isn’t your jam, give this Banana Buckwheat Yogurt a go! This plant-based yogurt is unbelievably smooth, creamy, light, and delicious- everything you want and have come to expect from the breakfast food. All you have to do is blend up frozen bananas with activated buckwheat and flavorings and you will be enjoying this silky yogurt in no time.

4. Homemade Cashew Yogurt 

Are you surprised? Cashews are the go-to ingredient for creamy vegan dairy alternatives. This Homemade Cashew Yogurt is made with raw cashews and raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. The yogurt works extraordinarily well for dipping fruits in or even as a spread over toast. Plus, it couldn’t be easier to make. All you have to do is blend all 4 ingredients together and voilá! Plant-based yogurt in seconds.

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5. Raw Almond Coconut Yogurt Raw Almond Coconut Yogurt at home, you’ll never buy one from the store again! In this recipe, soaked nuts, water, coconut meat, and probiotics are combined to create a tangy cream. This yogurt is packed with healthy probiotics, fat, proteins, and so much more. Top it with your favorite yogurt fixings and dig in!

6. Homemade Coconut Cashew Yogurt Coconut Cashew Yogurt its dreamy, creamy texture. Although it’s not fermented like traditional yogurt, it still has that sweet and tangy flavor that we all know and love. Paired it with crunchy granola and fresh fruit to creat a  yogurt parfait is the perfect start to any day!

7. 4-Ingredient Probiotic Oat Yogurt

Anytime you can count a recipe’s ingredients on one hand, you know you can expect a small grocery bill and an easy cooking process. This Probiotic Oat Yogurt (or should we say oatgurt?) only requires 4 ingredients. Oats and young coconut are blended together with good probiotics to create a rich and creamy treat similar to Greek yogurt.

8. Cashew Almond Yogurt

This Cashew Almond Yogurt is phenomenally creamy and made without an ounce of dairy! Start by soaking raw cashews and almonds together overnight. Then, blend them together until creamy with dates for natural sweetness, coconut milk, a pinch of cinnamon, and lemon juice for that tangy flavor. Serve this with homemade granola, muesli, and fresh or dried fruit.

Have we convinced you to quit the store-bought stuff yet? Let us know in the comments which plant-based recipe you are most keen on trying.

Lead image source: Probiotic Oat Yogurt 

Food is the new medicine

How some students change their lives with food

Calvin Musquez, a sophomore film production major, drinks vegetable-enriched juice after a workout.

Nicole Bistram has always tried to maintain a healthy diet by eating organic and mostly raw foods. However, it wasn’t until she tested for food allergies before her freshman year that Bistram learned she wasn’t being careful enough, as the test showed that she was allergic to dairy, eggs, gluten, almonds and pineapple.

Bistram, a senior business marketing major, decided to go on a monthlong juice fast to clean out the toxins in her body. Like her, many students have decided to try diets that either restrict or eliminate certain food groups for the sake of their health and well-being.

For Bistram, taking care of her health is a priority. In order to live a good life, taking care of her body was the first step, and the results were “unbelievable,” she said.

“I’ve always had really dry skin but after that, my skin was perfect,” Bistram said. “I just felt so much better and (the diet) boosted my immune system by a ton.”

Every day for a month, Bistram drank a gallon of homemade, organic pressed juice, and she didn’t consume any solid food or other liquids.

“I think that caring for your body is one of the most important things. You’re stuck with this body for the rest of your life, so if you want to live well, I suggest you take care of it,” Bistram said.

Aside from the benefits, Bistram acknowledges that there were also inconveniences while on the juice fast. Challenges included the time and effort that went into making the juices every day, making sure that her juice supply was accessible at all times and the fact that she wasn’t able to exercise during the duration of the cleanse due to the lower caloric intake.

But, she said the pros outweighed the cons.

Bistram finds that going on a juice cleanse is more effective for her during longer periods of time, and is best to begin when her immune system isn’t working properly or when something in her body doesn’t feel right.

Some students turn to diets and food fads to be healthy.

But not all professionals agree with Bistram and others who give up solid food for multiple meals. Denise Canellos, a food science professor and certified nutritionist, advises against juice cleanses or drinking juice in place of solid food.

“(Juice drinks are) devoid of fiber. Also, you’re not getting enough protein, usually not enough healthy minerals and you’re not getting healthy fats either,” Canellos said. “If you eliminate a whole group of food, you’re eliminating the nutrients that come with that group of food. At the end of the day, you find yourself malnourished.”

From the perspective of weight loss, a juice cleanse or any type of diet is not a healthy option unless it includes whole foods and plenty of exercise, Canellos said.

“Losing weight is really hard and often it goes against our biological instincts. Our survival instinct is more for us to hold on to weight and energy than to lose it,” Canellos said. “It’s easy if you just cut out whole groups of foods because then you don’t have to make any decisions, but it never leads to lasting weight loss.”

For students like Grant Acker, a senior piano performance major, his diet change was due to a health epiphany following a rare diagnosis.

When he was in middle school, Acker was diagnosed with non-polio enterovirus, a virus that attacks organs in the body, which led to further physical and emotional ailments that left him unhealthy, underweight and bedridden, he said.

After meeting with several doctors, Acker decided that western medicine wasn’t alleviating his symptoms. He eventually found a homeopathic doctor and nutritionist, who believes in the body being able to heal itself, and suggested a paleo diet, which cuts out grain, milk, soy, corn, rice, dairy and sugar.

Acker believes that his previous diet was a big contributing factor to his illness. Once he switched to the paleo diet, he was able to go outside and be active within a month.

“I was able to focus better (and) my mind felt clearer. I felt more energy, I felt happier. I was able to get more muscle. With more protein, I was able to get (back) to my normal state much faster,” Acker said.

Acker chooses organic options and does not eat processed foods, he said, and this diet requires him to ask a lot of questions and read many labels.

“Normally, I cook most of my stuff, or if anything, I’ll bring snacks if people are eating at a place that I can’t eat at. Or, if they don’t mind, eating at my more expensive restaurants that have wild-caught fish or sushi,” Acker said. “Paleo is expensive, but it makes you feel better.”

For others, choosing a new diet might be for ethical reasons rather than for physical improvement.

Alana Williams, a senior news and documentary major, has been vegan since seventh grade. She said she was influenced by her mom, but when she learned more about how the production of certain foods can hurt animals and the environment, she strengthened her stance.

“I understood more about the conditions that the animals were in, (and) to me, that’s so much more important than eating something that tastes good,” she said.

For Williams, the health advantages that come with veganism, such as a boost in energy and a decrease in acne, were added benefits.

Although Williams did not eat much red meat or dairy before becoming vegan, she still noticed some changes after eliminating these food groups, in addition to other animal products.

Williams’s biggest struggle with veganism is being diligent when it comes to preparing and eating food, she said. Trying to find vegan-friendly options is another problem.

Williams hopes that in time, more options will appear for vegans. However, the social stigmas around veganism can bring negative reactions, she said.

“I think it’s because it’s a diet that incorporates morality,” Williams said.

Non-vegans can get defensive when it comes to topics surrounding veganism, and vegans can be assertive when sharing their views, Williams said. However, although Williams feels strongly about animal rights, she tries to remain open-minded when it comes to nutritional advice and trying new things, she said.

Williams eats honey, which is not typical for vegans. She’s also tried a type of clarified butter called ghee, and just recently, has been buying eggs from the farmer’s market.

As long as the choices have nutritional value and are not harmful to animals, Williams will accept these foods, even if they go against the guidelines for a vegan diet.

“I think people neglect to see that health is it can benefit you on a day-to-day basis. By eating healthily, you’ll have a better experience with life and feel more energized and vibrant. I feel happier when I eat better and that I think also helps with self-confidence. It’s a self-care thing for me,” Williams said.

My Experience Raw food Diet VS Intermittent Fasting Vegan Diet – Pros And Cons

My Experience Raw food Diet vs Intermittent Fasting Vegan Diet – Pros And Cons

I get asked by people a lot of why i switched to an intermittent fasting vegan diet instead of eating a fully raw vegan diet know as the 80/10/10 diet, fruitarian diet or high carb low fat raw vegan diet.

So in this video i state clearly why i switched, the pros and cons of these diets, why i love the way i eat now way more than eating fully raw and much more to show people that a raw food diet is not always as good as it seems especially long term as a busy entrepreneur that is an athlete.

I love the freedom i have with the current way of eating as it makes my life less stressful, i feel more free and i get to eat out at restaurants with friends in a nice social setting.

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Food Delivery is a Needed Service

Food delivery is a necessary step to take in a futuristic society. The population has been increasingly becoming higher at rates that seem to be off the charts. For example, just in 1950, the population was not even at three billion. This is an extreme increase to today's near seven billion people. This is when one must analyze facts about overpopulation. The Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat estimate that nearly ten billion people will be living by the year 2050.

When considering our already serious overpopulation problems, this makes the future of overconsumption look bleak. This many people can not be trusted with scavenging the land and markets of food. It will become and is becoming government's role to ration food wisely. If this is not done, the consequences are likely to be harsh, but more people do not needlessly mean more problems. In The Lugano Report, Susan George states, "Modern famine responses far more to market forces than absolute physical scarcities and rarely strikes the well-off" (105). There is power in numbers. When there are more people to perform a service, for example, food delivery, there is more of a market.

Since the problem of population will fall primarily on the market, society must confirm that the market is sealed. This means that the market of food delivery would need to be easily accessible and fully ready. For it to become sealed there must be a supply a demand. The supply is here. The resources needed are easily earned, but within the hands of every consumer, the supply can quickly run out and be wasted. This is when large scale farming needs to come into place, assuring enough food for even a surplus of people. David Pimentel explains in his book, "Food, Energy, and Society," that, "we would need to triple the global food supply in order to meet the basic food needs of the eleven billion people who are expected to be alive. so would require a 1,000 percent increase in the total energy expended in food production "(291).

This simply means that humans need to harness the power that the world supplies, and if it is not done, then society with not being doing enough. Next: the demand. The demand is clearly out there. Not everyone is talking about how society NEEDS food delivery, but the need is approaching quickly and fiercely. Billions of orders are made a year for food, and especially, pizza deliveries. People are clearly opted to buy the use of a delivery service, but the real demand comes from the pure need of the service. This would be a case of a guided, unnatural market, but it will be necessary for such a strong society to fall back on. It is entirely possible to develop as well. Unemployment is at a peak, and people are always looking for jobs. In addition, according to the US Department of Transportation Statistical Records Office, there are approximately 62 million registered vehicles in the US Now, there is plenty of workers and means of transportation. Developing a large scale food delivery network is absolutely possible.

Lastly, and most importantly, food delivery is convenience that the twenty-first century should not have to live without. Most people, especially in America, experience conveniences never thought possible in earlier times. For example, even in just the year 2000, it is noted that 51% of the US population actually had a computer in their house as stated by the US Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration in the study "Home Computers and Internet Use in the United States: August 2000 "(Newburger 1). This extremely important considering one can do just about anything on their computer in present times. The conveniences do not end there. People do not manually wash their clothes, build their cars, or even need to pursue water. To add to the madness, people can communicate with each other at the touch of a hand. This opens the opportunity for just about anyone to access the option of food delivery. If 51% of all Americans own a computer, then they are already secure for ordering food online. The computer is a technological monster in the communication world, and it has only experienced its beginning stages of life. Considering this is not the only option of access, the whole aspect of access seems to be no problem.

Not only do people have computers, but they have phones. It has been said that 32% of the population of America has a cell phone. Many people who do not have computer have a cell phone, and many people who do not have a cell phone have a home phone. Conveniences are something that society is pushing for. The human as his instincts has to worry about few things; food is definitely one of the most vital if not the most important aspect of maintaining life. Even if one does not own a computer, a phone, or a cell phone, society in current times is filled with public access. A person does not need to put forth much of an attempt to achieve conveniences as common as accessing food. All of these way plus many more are great ways of access to food delivery services.

Food delivery and food rationing is clearly a service that is going to be required, especially in a futuristic society as our own and in coming years. Not only is it a service, but it is a solution to many problems that face a futuristic society. It does not matter if food delivery is not needed to solve problems of a crumbling civilization; food delivery is a common accessibility and convenience that should be open for any type of consumer.

Time to Change

Fat is unhealthy!

This article is directed at both mens 'and womens' health.

You're reading this article because you've come to the realization that you are overweight and that your lifestyle must change. You do not feel well, you are not physically fit, sex is an activity of the past, you can not buy clothes and your doctor has put you on a drug cocktail to control high blood pressure, high cholesterol, possibly diabetes, and a variety of other obesity induced problems. And that drug cocktail only makes you feel worse! It is time to remake yourself!

You can lose all of that weight, keep it off, get healthy and not buy into any expensive Fad Diets! Common sense is what it takes! Common sense and dedication to your weight loss goals. Over the past year I've lost 60 pounds. A little over a year ago I topped the scale at 260 pounds and 300 pounds was "just around the corner". Today, I am typically fit, look great and I feel like a man half my age. My sex drive and sexual performance have returned. My doctor has taken me off the medication for high blood pressure and high cholesterol I was taking (the high cholesterol medication made me feel terrible !!!). My trousers have gone from a tight 40 inch waist to a loose 34 inch waist! My goal is 175 pounds. I will do it. I will get there! I will never be fat again! And you can do the same!

Permanent weight loss and the resultant change of lifestyle is work but it is not difficult. Weight loss does require a long term physical and emotional commitment. Be sure of your reasons for wanting to lose the weight. Dedicate yourself to your goal and you will need no special diets, no magic pills. Create a weight loss plan for yourself and stick to it. If it does not work to your satisfaction change it. You will eventually find a plan that works. Do not become addicted to the scale, but do measure your progress. Find a support system for yourself. Be sure that your family and friends want you to lose the weight and will support you in your makeover. Some of those closest to you may feel threatened when you lose weight and your health and fitness return. After all – your weight loss may point out their own problems with obesity; problems they may not want to face. Of course, you can not leave your family and friends; but there are many weight loss support groups available that can help you.

We all have to eat. So feel good about food – do not starve yourself – starvation does not work; you'll only get fatter. Use common sense, change what you eat and how much you eat (Portion Control).

Your new diet should consist, primarily of fruit, vegetables, fresh poultry, fish and the occasional red meat. The nutrients you need are not all to be found in dairy products, red meat and processed bread. One cause of overeating is that the body is not getting enough vitamins and minerals from the food consumed – so we eat more to make up for the deficiency. A broad and varied diet of high fiber fruit and vegetables is more filling and soon they will begin to replace much of the meat and other high fat food that made you fat and you'll notice how quickly the weight falls off you.

When I go to the supermarket now, I shop only in the fresh produce, meat, fish and poultry sections. I eat only fresh, whole foods; whole grain bread – no processed food. No "manufactured" bread. The corporations have taken over our minds and our health. Just look at the wide array of chemicals on sale! Is it any wonder we all weigh 300 pounds. Throw that yoke off! The markets are selling obesity and disease. And the amount of it that Americans eat is insane! Every time we consume this chemical and fat filled "food" we may as well swallow arsenic because, like arsenic, it will eventually kill us.

Learn to eat right, avoid restaurants (especially the fast food joints and chain restaurants). The average restaurant meal is two to three times the portion of food you need. And where does excess food go – right to your waist! My change to eating fresh, whole food only, together with portion control and exercise is the only thing that has allowed me to lose the weight I have – 60 pounds in 12 months – 5 pounds per month! It has not been easy, but I did it and so can you!

You have to burn off what calories you consume and then some, otherwise you will continue to gain weight. Diet alone is not enough. Exercise is as important to your weight loss goal as the type and quantity of food you eat. Increased metabolism and muscle mass burn calories.

Exercise! Breathe! Pump oxygen through your body!

Move! Once you do, you'll love the way you feel. Exercise during as many daily activities as you can – take the stairs rather than the elevator, walk to the store rather than drive. And work out to your favorite exercise TV show for 30 minutes or more every day. Create a modest / low impact exercise schedule at first. A brisk walk while carrying 5 pound dumb bells is great, for example. Believe me; in the beginning you will not be able to do much. But get moving! I give myself a good workout of 1 to 1-1 / 2 hours every day (how I lose 5 pounds per month). Most men 20 years younger than I Do not look as good as I look. My workouts are a combination of aerobics and weight resistance training. I could never get into the gyms. I could rarely fit a visit into my busy schedule and when I did the gyms were always mobbed. So … I exercise at home. And you can do the same. Find your own level of exercise to fit your schedule and ability. Do not get discouraged, just get moving and keep moving.

State closes raw milk dairy; Salmonella matched to sick people

State officials suspended the license of Pride & Joy Dairy today and again warned the public to not drink any of the dairy’s organic, unpasteurized, raw milk because lab tests have confirmed it is contaminated with a rare strain of Salmonella that hospitalized two people.

Until further notice, the dairy “may not legally bottle and sell raw milk on the retail market,” according to the Washington State Department of Agriculture, which suspended the Pride & Joy license late this afternoon.

“Health officials are urging consumers not to drink Pride & Joy Dairy organic raw milk in any container size or sell-by date,” according to the Washington Department of Health.

The dairy owners have until Oct. 16 to appeal the suspension. The state also issued a Notice of Correction to Pride & Joy yesterday because of the presence of pathogens in their milk.

“The milk processing plant, based in Toppenish, still has milk producer licenses, allowing it to ship milk to other processing facilities for pasteurization,” the ag department (WSDA) reported.

“WSDA took the step of suspending the milk processing plant license for Pride and Joy after tests by the state Department of Health confirmed that the Salmonella pathogens detected in the milk samples matched the unique strain, Salmonella Dublin, identified in illnesses that hospitalized two people this past January.

“In September, WSDA’s laboratory detected the Salmonella pathogen in samples from the dairy taken as part of the routine testing of all licensed raw milk dairy operations. Isolates from those samples were submitted to Department of Health for further testing, resulting in the confirmed linkage to the earlier salmonella illnesses.”

Several images of the Pride & Joy production facility, including this one, are posted on the company’s Facebook page.

Dairy owners believe they are targets
The owners of Pride & Joy Puget Sound LLC were uncharacteristically quiet this evening after the Washington agriculture and health departments posted the new information. The owners, Allen Voortman, Cheryl Voortman, Ricky Umipig and Cindy Umipig, did not immediately respond to requests for comment today.

Since February the dairy operators have been denying that there are any food safety issues with raw milk in general or their operation specifically. They have posted statements on their company’s website and Facebook page saying they are being unfairly targeted by state officials, suggesting big dairy is orchestrating actions by state officials across the country to kill the raw milk movement.

Eight days ago, on Sept. 28, the Voortmans and Umipigs refused a request from the Washington State Department of Agriculture to recall a batch of their raw milk that was found to be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria during routine testing by the state. All dairies in the state are subject to such testing.

The Pride & Joy owners said no one had reported becoming ill and that the contamination could have occurred after the milk left their control — suggesting retailers, consumers, state inspectors and laboratory employees could have contaminated the unpasteurized milk.

Seven days ago, on Sept. 29, the dairy owners quietly asked retailers to pull the milk and posted a note on the company’s Facebook page telling consumers they could return the milk for a full refund. That batch of milk was produced on Sept. 13, bottled in various sized containers, stamped with a use-by date of Oct. 4, and distributed to retailers and drop-off points across the state of Washington.

Months of health concerns
Washington state officials began investigating possible contamination of the unpasteurized, organic milk being produced by Pride & Joy in January when two people with lab-confirmed Salmonella infections reported having consumed raw milk from the dairy before becoming ill.

Several images of the Pride & Joy production facility, including this one, are posted on the company’s Facebook page.

When state inspectors collected samples of the dairy’s raw milk at that time, they didn’t return positive results for Salmonella, but they were contaminated with E. coli. The dairy owners recalled some of their raw milk, temporarily ceased sales, and worked with the state to clean and sanitize their operation.

At that time, Washington officials reminded the public that although unpasteurized milk can be sold at farm stands, drop off sites and retail stores in the state, it is considered a health hazard and is not recommended for young children, the elderly, pregnant women or people with suppressed immune systems.

The danger comes from the fact that without pasteurization bacteria and parasites that are often present in raw milk can survive, multiply and infect people. Washington state law requires raw dairy to carry warning labels to that effect.

With the confirmation today that the Salmonella found in the Pride & Joy raw milk in September matches the bacteria that infected people in January, state officials renewed their warnings.

“Unpasteurized ‘raw’ milk can carry harmful bacteria and germs. Foodborne illnesses are possible from many different foods; however, raw milk is one of the riskiest,” said Dr. Scott Lindquist, Washington state communicable disease epidemiologist.

The state health officials referenced information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to back up their warnings. According to the CDC, states that allow the sale of raw milk have more raw milk-related illness outbreaks than states that prohibit raw milk sales. Federal law prohibits the sale of unpasteurized milk across state lines.

Anyone who has consumed Pride & Joy organic, raw milk and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should immediately seek medical attention and tell their doctors about the possible exposure to the bacteria. Symptoms usually begin within hours, but can take up to two weeks to develop in some people.

Symptoms can include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and, in some cases, arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.

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Live a Healthy Life with a Vegan Diet


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There are many different life styles and ways to get in shape and stay healthy. Being a vegan has become something that people are partaking in for a numerous amount of reasons. Research shows that people who do not consume meat have lower BMI’s and tend to be healthier.

Riley Everett has been vegan now for a year and says, “Being vegan has given me the tools to be healthier. I always had struggles with eating healthy and knowing what to eat, and since becoming vegan I’ve lost 10 pounds and feel stronger inside and out.” Being vegan can help promote a healthier life style, because you’ll eat less saturated fats which will lower your risk of health issues in the future. Other benefits of being vegan, is that vegans tend to a higher fiber diet, meaning that your body will feel cleansed and you will feel stronger.

Being vegan and cutting out cheese and meats can also help with many health issues that so many Americans are afraid of. You can avoid high blood pressure, heart disease, and numerous types of cancers. In the new documentary, What the Health, viewers are shown as to how poisonous it can be to consume meat and farm products. Although being vegan may not be for everyone, consuming less meat definitely has its benefits. In the documentary viewers are shown how certain health companies are not honest about the risks that come with eating their meat products.

It’s important that if you do choose to become a vegan and live that life style, that you are educated on how to properly keep your health in check. First decided what is making you want to be a part of this life style. There are different benefits that could draw anyone to the vegan life style, such as concern for animals and the environment. You will be helping the environment and lowering your chances of getting E-coli and your hormone consumption will be kept under control. When you eat animal meat, you are putting hormones into your body. When animals are on a farm, they are fed hormones to speed up their growth so that they can be produced sooner. These hormones are very dangerous simply because they are not natural and are used on a daily basis in the meet industry.

Of course, this diet is not something that everyone wants to do, but some people are scared that being a vegan will make them weaker, or the food may not taste good. Riley says, “When I first decided to become vegan, I was terrified that I would lose my strength and that I would be stuck eating a diet that consisted of nothing but flavorless plants. I’ve learned how to eat raw and organic foods that have flavor and I’ve never been so happy to be proven wrong.”

Being a vegan promotes a healthy life style because you are filling your body with healthy and raw foods that will actually give your more energy than meat ever would. Decided if this life style will benefit you and take the plunge into your new life style.

Food Processor Safety Tips

A food processor is an electrical appliance that operates with fast moving and sharp blades and discs. Like other electrical equipment, a food processor should always be handled with care. Follow these safety tips to protect you and your family from misuse and harm.

  • The appliance’s blades and discs operate and move at high speeds. Make sure your hands and kitchen utensils, like spatulas or wooden spoons, are kept away from the moving blades and discs when processing food. Only insert your hands or kitchen utensils into the food processor after the machine is off and unplugged.
  • As stated, the blades and discs are very sharp and should be handled and stored carefully. When connecting the motor shaft or stem to the processing unit, always place the blades and discs on flat, stable surfaces to minimize potential contact with them.
  • Make sure the work bowl is securely locked before placing blades or discs on the motor shaft.
  • Never put food or other ingredients into the work bowl until the blades and discs are securely in place.
  • Always use the pusher or food plunger to move food into the bowl and into the spinning blades or discs. Never put your fingers into the feed tube or work bowl while it is in operation.
  • Make sure the blade or disc has stopped spinning before you remove the cover from the work bowl.
  • Make sure the processor is turned off and unplugged from the electrical outlet before removing food, changing parts or cleaning it.
  • After your food processing is done, first remove the work bowl from the processor’s base before removing any blades or discs.

Great Danes better off ‘rehomed’


OSSIPEE — A veterinarian expert witness for the woman charged with 12 counts of animal cruelty for the alleged mistreatment of numerous Great Danes, testified Tuesday that the animals would be better off in new homes rather than remain in the care of the Humane Society of the United States.

In the meantime, a firm date for the trial for Christina Fay of Wolfeboro has now been set.

Police and HSUS members last June raided locations in Wolfeboro and Bartlett, seizing 84 Great Danes they alleged were being mistreated. The dogs are being held as evidence in a secret location.

The Conway Area Humane Society received another nine dogs prior to the seizure.

Fay, 59, is seeking the return of her dogs.

She was initially charged with two misdemeanor counts of animal neglect.

Tuesday’s hearing in circuit court concerned issues such as rehoming the dogs, suppressing a search warrant, a motion quashing charges and a motion for discovery.

On Wednesday, Circuit Judge Charles Greenhalgh said the trial would start Oct. 16 unless “extraordinary circumstances” caused a delay.

By agreement between the state and the defense, Dr. Samantha Ann Moffitt of Fredericksburg, Virginia, got to look at the dogs in the care of HSUS on Monday. Moffitt said she works for a rescue organization that handles animals who were involved in cock fighting and dog fighting. In other court cases, she has testified for the state and the defense.

Moffitt said she was not hired by Fay and under cross-examination from prosecutor Simon Brown clarified that she was acting on a volunteer basis as “an outside source reviewing the records.”

Previous to Moffitt’s participation, the defense complained they were unable to find a veterinarian willing to look at the dogs.

During her own testimony, Fay said she could find homes for at least 43 of the dogs.

“I definitely think after looking at these dogs yesterday they would be better off rehomed,” Moffitt said in court. “They are stressed in that environment just with us walking through. I can just imagine volunteers walking through when it’s time for feeding or walking through to take these dogs to the vet.

“If there is any other kind of traffic through there, it’s going to stress these dogs. Also, they need a little bit of exercise,” Moffitt said.

Lindsay Hamrick of the HSUS said Wednesday that Moffitt did not examine the dogs closely because she is not licensed in New Hampshire.

“One dog was even lying on her bed and she had stool and she was just lying in it,” said Moffitt, adding that in general the runs were fairly clean.

Moffitt said she looked at five dogs that were named in the complaints against Fay.

“I was only allowed to observe the dogs, not a hands-on examination,” said Moffitt, who said the dogs were held in a “storage unit-type building. I was kind of actually surprised. I’d walk in, and they would barely lift their heads up. They wouldn’t get off their little bed. You can just tell they are kind of depressed. Other ones are the exact opposite, where they started barking and pacing back and forth in a very small pen, maybe 5 feet by 10 feet, which is not very large for these very large-breed dogs.”

Moffitt said during her tour of the two facilities that contained the dogs, she noticed some cages had signs that suggested the dogs had special diets or could only be handled by staff. She said her tour guides didn’t know why the signs were there.

She also noticed one cage had a bucket of leftover kibble mixed with peanut butter and a “white substance” that may have been leftover medication.

“My question or concern would have been: ‘Who is there to say that they are getting the medication?'” Moffitt said.

The vet testified the dogs had a variety of dry kibble and wet foods. The dogs were on a raw diet.

“My concern is: Were these dogs fed the same food or whatever was donated?” said Moffitt. “If these dogs were fed a raw diet, was there a slow transition over to a diet of their choosing? You have to do a slow transition if you are changing any type of diet with this kind of dog to prevent any kind of GI (gastrointestinal) upset.”

One of Fay’s attorneys, Kent Barker of the Law Office of Winer and Bennett in Nashua, asked whether she had viewed vaccination records at the HSUS, and she replied that she had.

“It looked like the veterinarian who saw them the next day at the Humane Society just went ahead and vaccinated them,” said Moffitt. “To me that’s kind of neglect to not research to look and see that she (Fay) had medical records.”

She said over-vaccination is “frowned upon.”

Under questioning from prosecuting attorney Brown, Moffitt testified there were discrepancies, particularly with the dogs’ weight, among reports from three other veterinarians who examined the dogs. She said there was an “in-field vet,” a Humane Society vet and a primary vet. She didn’t name them.

The vet also discussed medical conditions the Great Danes suffered from. Because of their bone structure and lack of a protective hair on their tails, the breed is prone to happy tail syndrome, an injury that happens when the tail is wagged against a hard surface.

Happy tail can be treated medically with antibiotics or with surgical amputation.

Moffitt also said a condition called cherry eye (a prolapse of the third eyelid), is congenital. She said if it is to be fixed, it’s good practice to wait for both eyes to “pop” so both can be corrected at the same time. She said use of anesthesia in treating cherry eye and other procedures carries hazards for the dogs. She said cherry eye can be treated with surgery or with artificial tears.

Papilloma virus creates growths along dogs’ lips and gums and doesn’t need to be removed unless they are causing bleeding or trouble with chewing or swallowing.

Brown questioned Moffitt about why she didn’t find anything unusual about the dogs having conditions like happy tail.

“Those are very common ailments, and they are very minor,” said Moffitt.

Brown asked whether one person could reasonably take care of 75 Great Danes for 48 hours. He asked this because Fay said she took care of the dogs herself on weekends.

“It can happen,” said Moffitt, adding that a single person could feasibly cover 75 dogs if he or she had a good schedule.

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Dr. Samantha Moffitt of Fredericksburg, Virginia, is sworn in by defense attorney Kent Barker at a pretrial hearing in Christina Fay’s animal cruelty case in Ossipee’s circuit court. (Daymond Steer/Conway Daily Sun)