Saturday, January 29, 2011

Cascade Fresh yogurt & sour cream

I used to make my own yogurt and sour cream (see recipes on pgs. 146-147 in The Road to Health). And then I became a mom of 3! So now it’s nice to have someone else make my yogurt. And Cascade Fresh is who I choose.

A paragraph from their Web site explains why:

“Being family owned, we follow our hearts, instead of a corporate formula. Each wholesome batch contains only the freshest natural ingredients. No preservatives. No artificial sweeteners. No refined sugars. Our cows are as special as our yogurts, enjoying lush pastures and humane handling at every level. To produce luscious, wholesome milk that’s totally free of rBGH (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone).”

Plus, it’s delicious.

I buy the plain yogurt in quarts to cook with, but I also buy the individual 6 oz. containers for snacks or meals. The individual containers are full of fresh fruit, sweetened with fruit juice and available in a variety of flavors - strawberry, blueberry, cherry vanilla and lemon chiffon, just to name a few of our favorites.

My family has been eating their yogurt for a while, but I just recently discovered their sour cream. The sour cream container states that it was “cultured at a low temperature for a full 18 hours.” No preservatives; no artificial ingredients.

Typically store-bought sour cream is not allowed on the diet until 12 months. However, since this sour cream is processed and cultured much like the recipe for Live Yogurt, it is allowed at the beginning of the diet.

Keep in mind though that this is still barring any dairy allergy you might have, which is quite common for MSCD beginners. If your gut doesn’t like dairy, it’s not going to like dairy even from happy cows grazing on lush pastures. But once your gut heals, make sure to go buy some of this stuff and enjoy it.

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