It is really more than “scent” but I didn’t want to totally gross everyone out in the title. What is castoreum you ask? From the Health.com website:
What it is: Brace yourself—this food flavoring is extracted from the castor sac scent glands of the male or female beaver, which are located near the anus. According to Milkowski, the substance is pretty expensive (think about what it probably takes to obtain it) and is more common in perfume than in actual foods.
Where you’ll find it: While it sounds downright disgusting, the FDA says it’s GRAS, meaning it’s “generally recognized as safe.” You won’t see this one on the food label because it’s generally listed as “natural flavoring.” It’s natural all right—naturally icky.
When Mark trapped beaver there was very little that went to waste. We fed all but the feet, heads and guts (which can make the dogs sick) to our sled dogs and Mark was sure to extract the castor as he would re-use it as scent bait on his traps or sell it as it was more valuable than the hide itself.
What foods could you find castoreum in:
- alcoholic beverages
- baked goods
- frozen dairy
- chewing gum
- meat products
- ice cream
- vanilla flavoring
- raspberry flavored food
This is what PubMed.com has to say about castoreum:
Castoreum extract (CAS NO. 8023-83-4; FEMA NO. 2261) is a natural product prepared by direct hot-alcohol extraction of castoreum, the dried and macerated castor sac scent glands (and their secretions) from the male or female beaver. It has been used extensively in perfumery and has been added to food as a flavor ingredient for at least 80 years. Both the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regard castoreum extract as generally recognized as safe (GRAS). Acute toxicity studies in animals indicate that castoreum extract is nontoxic by both oral and dermal routes of administration and is not irritating or phototoxic to skin. Skin sensitization has not been observed in human subject tests. Castoreum extract possesses weak antibacterial activity. A long historical use of castoreum extract as a flavoring and fragrance ingredient has resulted in no reports of human adverse reactions. On the basis of this information, low-level, long-term exposure to castoreum extract does not pose a health risk. The objective of this review is to evaluate the safety-in-use of castoreum extract as a food ingredient.
I don’t know about you but I don’t trust the statement of “generally” regarded as safe. Once again, it is SO important to read labels and if you can, make your own foods, stay away from processed as much as possible and cleanse your body regularly as we really do not know what is in our foods these days.
RETIREMENT, TAKE 2: (Warning, long post and video. If you are ready to put your life up at a whole new level, this could change your life forever). Comment below, what excites you??? What excites you RIGHT NOW???
It has taken me two days to decompress and debrief and wrap my head around the everything I heard, learned and soaked in this last weekend. As I sat in the audience on Sunday morning I realized I had not been being my authentic self or congruent. I have been talking the talk, but just tip-toeing the walk.
As of 4:00 EST this afternoon, I am F O R E V E R psychologically unemployable. I turned in my resignation…I have not been truthful with you and most importantly myself, by working a 9-5 job…yes, a JOB. The one I tell everyone else they should leave and follow their passion. I ran back to one for a while, because it was safe, afraid to REALLY put myself out there in a strange city where I knew only a handful of people. For the last four months, my flame has slowly been just a slow burning candle flame. My boss knew exactly what I wanted to chat with him about, he could see my passion, my flame was like a massive 5 alarm fire burning in my belly! I told him he deserved to have someone who was not always wishing they were somewhere else.
I spent a good portion of the weekend in tears asking myself what am I afraid of? I have the keys to a life-changing vehicle in my hand and I have been driving it around with the freaking parking brake on for the last three years. These products, both nutritional and financial, are not only life-changing, they are LIFE-SAVING! Three people on the stage shared stories of how they were contemplating suicide as they felt they had no way out of the financial hole they found themselves in. All threes lives were turned around by what we have to offer: a life of hope, passion and FREEDOM from physical and financial pain!
Why did that have such an impact…both Mark and I have been feeling the same way in recent months as we’ve been apart. We are doing what we HAVE to do, but it seemed like there was no way out and there wasn’t if we didn’t play full out. It was easy for me to leave as the pay was marginal and I’m very grateful for the opportunity, but it left me deflated at the end of the day, not wanting to talk to more people, down and depressed. What excites me right now? To retire Mark once and for all!
NO MORE! My fire and passion has been re-ignited and I will NEVER let it burn out again. My first phone call to a friend to tell her that I am re-committing to changing lives, may have changed hers. Is she joining me? No. God and the Universe put her at the top of my mind this weekend when they said to write down the names of five people right now. I even texted her a photo of the list. This friend is personally going through hell right now and needed someone to reach out. I don’t “sell” products, I “sell” a lifestyle…what this “business” is all about:
CONNECTION. COMPASSION. PASSION. FREEDOM! Wanna buy some?
Mark and I use our immersion blender every day! Mostly we use ours for blending up smoothies and drinks, but it has been known to be used to blend some soups, and homemade tomato sauce. Mark uses it to mix up his “kitchen sink” eye opening breakfast smoothie. He starts with his IsaLean Pro protein and adds in our powdered fruits and greens along with some blueberries and/or other berries. Me, I use it to mix up my “bulletproof” coffee: a tablespoon each of grass-fed butter and coconut oil added to my heated cold-press coffee and mixed to frothy goodness. Our sits on the counter and never gets put away because we use it literally every day.
What other uses can you think of?
This is an AWESOME way to get your kids to love having a healthy breakfast. Man, if my mom would have made these as a kid, I would have been begging for more! This recipe of the week, just like the Overnight Oats recipe from a couple weeks ago, doesn’t need a “recipe”, you can do whatever you want with it, just be sure to keep it with natural and low sugar ingredients. Heck on Sundays, why not even add in a few dark chocolate chips for a little extra treat? Or…use this as an evening snack when you are craving the real thing but don’t want to get off track!
Here are a few basic “rules”.
- You MUST start out with a banana sliced lengthwise on either side of the dish/bowl.
- Use cooked oats, cottage cheese or greek yogurt as the “ice cream”. You have have the “scoops” all the same or once of each!
- Top with a little more greek yogurt to look like “cream” or better yet, if you have access to a raw dairy in your area, whip up some raw milk cream!
- Top with any chopped real fruit of your choice
- If you must sweeten a little more, use REAL maple syrup or local raw honey (not the high-fructose corn syrup varieties you find at the grocery store).
- Don’t forget to add a few of your favorite chopped nuts!
This just goes to prove that eating healthy does NOT have to be boring. I think I’m heading to the kitchen right now to see what I can round up for a banana split!
I LOVE my IsaLean protein bars, not only for the taste, but for the natural ingredients that are in the bars. They are a “processed” food and do contain a higher amount of natural sugars, I have to be careful to not rely on them for my food, as I am suspecting I have a fructose sensitivity (yep, even the natural kind found in fruit). I am so grateful our company does not use soy protein in any of their products becasuse it is NOT the health food we’ve been told it is. From the Natural News Website:
Virtually all “protein bars” on the market today are made with soy protein. Many infant formula products are also made with soy protein, and thousands of vegetarian products (veggie burgers, veggie cheese, “natural” food bars, etc.) are made with soy protein. That soy protein is almost always described as safe and “natural” by the companies using it. But there’s a dirty little secret the soy product industry doesn’t want you to know: Much of the “natural” soy protein used in foods today is bathed in a toxic, explosive chemical solvent known as hexane. Click here for the full article….
I LOVE my cleanse days! Now before you think I’m crazy and having to run to the bathroom every five minutes, our cleansing is not like that AT ALL! We are a whole body, cellular cleanse and it is so awesome to cleanse and feel amazing!!! Most people don’t know how good they can (and are suppose to) feel anymore. Just like your car needs an oil change to run efficiently so do our bodies. From our website:
Every day we’re exposed to toxins in the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the items we touch. Cleanse for Life helps give your body the nutrition it needs to cleanse itself naturally, and unlike other “cleanses,” laxatives or diuretics that can deplete your body, Cleanse for Life nourishes and feeds your entire body with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and botanicals.
Deep and daily cleansing supports your mental and physical performance, resistance to stress and digestive health. It can also help protect your body from the cumulative damage of environmental toxins and oxidative stress.
Improved taste and technology: New and innovative extraction technology pulls more potency and flavor from each botanical. Increased potency allows for cleansing at the cellular level and greater protection against oxidative stress
Enhanced formula: Now with turmeric to assist the body with efficient detoxification. More burdock than before to assist the body with cleansing in the circulatory system.
I could explain it all day long, but this 6 minute video explains it so much better than I ever could:
Move over Chicken McNuggets….Tosca Reno has a version that uses REAL chicken, is easy and tastes so good even the kids will be asking for more! (Check out www.ToscaReno.com for for easy, healthy recipes!).
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes
Yield: 6 servings (20 to 25 nuggets)
- 3 x 6-oz / 170-g boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- ¼ cup / 60 ml oat bran
- ¼ cup / 60 ml wheat germ
- 1 Tbsp / 15 ml coarsely ground flaxseed
- ¼ cup / 60 ml coarsely ground almonds
- ½ tsp / 2.5 ml sea salt
- ½ tsp / 2.5 ml white pepper
- Pinch garlic powder
- ½ cup / 120 ml water or low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
1. Preheat oven to 400°F / 232°C. Prepare baking sheet by lining with parchment paper or coating lightly with extra virgin olive oil.
2. Cut chicken breasts into nugget-sized pieces, about 1½ inches square. Set aside.
3. Next, combine all dry ingredients in a large container with a tightly fitting lid. Shake well. This is your coating mixture.
4. Combine water and egg in a medium bowl. Dip each piece in the water-egg white mixture. Then dip each piece in the coating mixture. Make sure each piece is well coated.
5. Place on the baking sheet. When all of your chicken has been coated and your baking sheet is full, place in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden.
Use the almond coating on larger strips of chicken breast to make chicken tenders for the adults!