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How To Drink Like A Skywalker: Green And Blue Milk Recipe

Updated: Jul 23



This cringe-worthy scene is unfortunately hard to forget. It is forever ingrained into my brain. So no doubt during May the 4th this creepy and beloved mug of Mark Hamill would be intertwined in our Thirsty Thursday segment.


Let's talk about the milk you drink. Typical milk comes pasteurized, killing off many of the native microbes. This process extends the shelf life of the milk. It also makes us all feel a little less icky about drinking another mammals' breast milk.

Not Luke though, he grabs life by the horns, or by the titty I suppose. Choosing to get his nutritious milk straight from the utter of Thala-siren. So what makes this milk so nutritious?


The Benefits Of Milk


Most milk, at least on our planet, contains copious amounts of oligosaccharides. Oligosaccharides help us grow and are a great food source to beneficial microbiota within our gut! These sugars may also deter pathogens from setting up camp inside us. Finally, they have been linked to assisting our immune system! Human milk contains over 200 different oligosaccharides. This diversity helps establish and build an infant's new microbiome. I wonder how many oligosaccharides Luke was drinking?

Picture of a milk bottle

Besides oligosaccharides, Luke’s green milk was likely full of a diverse set of microbes. Mother’s milk is one of the earliest introductions of microbes to infants. Human milk is thought to comprise good lactic acid bacteria like Bifidobacterium. Some believe, particularly in humans, a mother’s milk helps seed and protect an infant's gut. So just like mitochondria, your early microbiome also comes from your mom. If you don't understand the last sentence, see this blog post!

The microbes found in milk have been studied not only in humans and cows but also in goats, sheep, and water buffalo. All these mammal's milk shows the presence of Pseudomonas and Staphylococcus. These microbes are part of the current core milk microbiota. Pseudomonas and Staphylococcus are also prevalent in almost all microbiome studies meaning they are capable of living, surviving, and thriving in just about any environment!


The field of milk microbiota is still in its infancy and we are galaxies away from finding out what is in Thala-sirens’ milk that makes that face.

Try It For Yourself!

Here's The Recipe!

Want to make your own green/blue milk? We got you covered see either the green or the blue milk recipe below.


*Note about recipe...part of being a scientist is experimenting so occasionally I won’t add exact amounts for the ingredients….experiment and have fun!



A picture of the blue milk and the green milk made from the recipes found below

Ingredients

The Blue Milk Recipe

  • Frozen Pineapples (couple cups)

  • Frozen Watermelon (about ⅕ as much as pineapples)

  • Coconut flakes (few tablespoons)

  • Lime juice (fresh is best)

  • Sugar (until desired sweetness)

  • Blue Food Coloring (until desired color)

  • Some coconut/almond/cashew/etc milk (enough to mix all ingredients)

The Green Milk Recipe

  • Spinach (A handful or two)

  • Apple (1; we used gala)

  • Maple syrup (until desired sweetness)

  • Green Food Coloring (until the desired color)

  • Some coconut/almond/cashew/etc milk (enough to mix all ingredients)

  • A banana/avocado or another smoothing ingredient would also be great!

  • Ice

*Optional….I little (or a lot, no judgment but be safe) of tequila! Straws are also optional but highly recommended...especially if they are reusable!

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Instructions:

  1. Place ingredients in a blender. Blend. TaDone! You’re a chef and a scientist now!

  2. Keep experimenting until the flavor is just perfect!

*Note scientists usually don’t drink/eat/smell their experiments….that’s a no-no in labs. But here it is ok.


Which one did you like better The blue milk or the green milk? Tell me in a comment below!

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