Almond flour biscotti with chunks of crisp pecans and sweetened with non GMO fruit. Served with a side of tart berry-cacao ice cream.
The genetic modification in our food supply has come into the spotlight.
5 years ago? It was difficult to find anyone to chat with about the dangers of GMO’s. Now it’s commonplace.
The more we chat about GMO, the more educated we will be and the better decisions we can make for our health and the health of our family.
Not sure what a GMO is? The Non-GMO Project does a fabulous job at explaining it:
GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.
I try to live a life as natural as possible. The way I see it, eating foods that have been modified away from what nature intended will not benefit my body.
There is a lot to think about when it comes to Non-GMO crops – how to find GMO-free foods, which crops are higher risk than others, the list goes on. So, Natural Vitality (a long-time sponsor of Healthful Pursuit and leader in Non-GMO supplements) and I wanted to break apart each of the areas into bite-sized pieces and open up a conversation about all of this Non-GMO stuff.
Today, we start with fruit.
Here are 6 ways you can make sure that your fruit is Non-GMO
- 100% organic foods are free from GMO – be sure it is labelled as 100% organic
- Fruit labels beginning with “9” are organic
- Fruit labels beginning with “8” are genetically modified
- Products with labels that claim that they are “Organic” can still contain up to 30% GMO
- Papayas are the fruit that is the most genetically modified
- Shopping locally will eliminate much of the GMO risks as small farms do not generally have GM crops
In addition to fruit being at risk of containing genetically modified organisms, sugar can, too!
You can eat GMO-free by avoiding high-risk GMO ingredients like corn, canola oil and beet sugar. Instead of sugar, these two recipes for crunchy biscotti and ice cream are sweetened with banana and the organic stevia in Natural Vitality’s Natural Calm—which also provides a dose of magnesium.
- Add water, bananas, cashews and Natural Calm to the jug of your high-powered blender. Blend on high for 2 minutes, or until smooth.
- Transfer to your ice-cream maker and turn on high. Let it run completely. When it’s about 1 minute from completion, add in mashed blackberries and cacao nibs.
- If you do not have an ice-cream maker, transfer liquid to 4 separate bowls. Stir in mashed blackberries and cacao nibs. Transfer to your freezer and freeze. Stir every 45 minutes until transformed into ice cream consistency, about 4 hours.
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And, the biscotti!
Last time I made biscotti was at least a year ago. It has a very similar base, but I chose to use banana instead of coconut nectar and pecans instead of dried fruits.
The biscotti is crisp, crunchy, lightly sweet, and filled with heart-healthy ingredients.
Not to mention, no GMOs!
Curious about the nutrition information for this recipe? View nutrition information (once on page, scroll down) here.
Do you take steps to avoid GMO foods? If so, I would love to hear your tips and tricks!