So last weekend I bought my first container of soy milk. All biases and stereotypes aside, it was pretty good. It was like a watered down version of milk, but I drink skim milk anyways, so it wasn’t that different and I thought it was pretty dang good. I bought the vanilla flavored as opposed to the regular flavor, just in case - I didn’t want to waste my money on something I wouldn’t enjoy or finish. According to Alex, it had a nut flavor – I didn’t think so, but it was my first soy milk, so what do I know? However, I intend to buy organic milk in the future. Besides drinking the organic milk plain, here’s what else I did with the organic milk…
- I added some chocolate and made some pretty tasty chocolate milk.
- I also added it to my egg-white omelet.
- I added it to my Cheerios.
- I used it in my hot chocolate.
- I used it in my smoothie creation.
- I used it as creamer in my coffee.
- I added it to my ice cream to create a “blizzard” type concoction.
- I even added it to my White Russian - which totally enhanced the flavor of the coffee liquor! Each and every time I could hardly tell a difference, if at all.
I believe I mentioned in a previous post that I would be talking about organic stuff and so this was not a random purchase, but it was indeed very intentional. I’ve been reading up about conservation and sustainability and it’s hitting me pretty hard. I call it the I-want-to-save-the-world plan or in the great words of Wangari Maathai, “be a hummingbird.”
Anyways, I’ve been reading and learning a lot about the differences in organic vs. inorganic foods. Meat was one of the items to come up, hence a previous post, and now milk has come under my radar. I’m not going to pretend to be an expert in any way, shape, or form,which is why I like to list books and websites that will be helpful and educational to other people, but reading up on the differences between organic milk and regular milk is pretty crazy. The websites I listed below are from National Geographic, so there is only a few, but they list other articles to check out and stumble through. Having now worked at NatGeo I know every piece of writing, from TV scripts to what is printed in the magazine to what is posted on the educational website, is fact-checked about three times over, IF not more. So I do not see the need to list additional resources besides those of NatGeo. Side story: One project I was working on, each fact needed to be fact-checked by at least four reputable resources! Being on that side of the fact-checking was definitely not my funnest job at NatGeo, but I definitely have more respect for NatGeo and the people who fact-check all day long!!!!
Anyways, back to the soy milk… For those who just want to save the world, switching to organic foods is a great way to save the body and the world. Organic products are better for the environment because they do not create as much waste and they are more sustainable for the long-term because they do not do as much damage to the land in which the products are produced, whether that be fruits, vegetables, meat or dairy products.
Eating Organic Food by NatGeo – this article lists steps to have a more organic diet in general.
How Do I Eat Healthy and Organic? by NatGeo – this article is a very short read and similar to the previous website but it too lists steps to become healthier and eat more organic foods.
Organic vs. GMO by NatGeo - this article talks about what GMO (genetically modified organism) is and how that relates to being organic and healthy.
How To Buy Organic Without Breaking the Bank by NatGeo - well this article is just like it sounds ) which is great because at this moment in my life I’m a very poor, struggling college student just trying to make a positive impact on the planet.
So this whole organic thing started because I wanted to save the world, and now it has developed into also wanting to be good to my mind and body, as well as good to Mother Earth. I’ve been eating more fruits and veggies lately – we bought apples, celery, bananas, pears, and onions in just one shopping trip! Which is pretty excessive for me, but I feel good about it. This health/save the world plan definitely won’t get be to drop the large bowl of ice cream with chocolate syrup and sprinkles, but it definitely is making me re-think the other things I put in my mouth and into my body and the impacts it has on others.