As I mentioned in this post, we have been taking baby steps, just one at a time towards healthier living, and almond milk was the next step. The first thing we did was dump out all our nasty cooking oils like canola and vegetable down the drain, and only use coconut oil. It was simple enough, felt pretty great, not a huge transition. Plus, things taste better.
As we learn, and our bodies and tastes change, we slowly incorporate more with passing time. We like going slowly, so that it can be our focus, and to ensure that each change will last, at least that was the hope, and so far so good! We have been feeling healthier and strong.
Recently, our change was something that has been needing to happen for a while, but the thought seemed daunting prior. Or so we thought. And that thing is dairy. The thought of cutting it out used to seem impossible, yet as an accompaniment to recent changes, it hasn’t just been easy, but amazing!
And we all feel so much better. Oh my gosh…so much better, why did we wait?
Did you know we are the only mammal that drinks the milk of a different species? Here is some great info as to why we finally decided to make a change including avoiding growth hormones related to early puberty in children, avoiding higher risk of diabetes and more saturated fat. (To name a few)
We have known for a while that more than half of us must have at least a small level of lactose intolerance; but how could we cut out milk, pizza, ice cream!?
Well, we have found better, healthier and yummier alternatives to each, starting with this one:
Homemade 2 Minute Almond Milk. My kids don’t like the store bought kind, but will guzzle this simple recipe. I don’t like store bought either, because even the organic variety has many additives.
What I thought may be tricky, was actually simple and ended up only taking 2 minutes, and the kids loved it, we all did. They fought over it! SUCCESS!
Almond milk is plant based and alkalizing, which means it brings your body away from an acidic state, which is where diseases thrive.
Almond Milk Ingredients
- 1 cup raw organic almonds
- 4 cups of filtered water
- 1/4 TB sea salt (Optional)
(See, you don’t even need to make a list ; )
How to Make DIY Almond Milk
Almonds like most seeds and nuts have anti-nutrients and to disable them, soak them overnight in a little bowl or jar. In the morning, rinse them and put them in a blender or food processor. Add 4 cups of filtered water and blend at high speed for two minutes.
When you are done, you will need to strain the pulp out. I don’t recommend a cheese cloth, because we tried it…. But we do recommend this amazing nut bag! Squeeze all the liquid out of the nut bag…
This is the best almond milk we have ever had, and just by throwing two things into a blender! We are so happy to have found this healthy, wholesome milk replacement! #VivaHealth! #VivaYUMMY! We make ours in small batches because it turns in just a couple days, then we blend a fresh batch!
The boys fought over the jar, until it was all gone.
Enjoy! I have a couple other dairy free recipes in the works! Our tummies are high-fiving us 🙂
Pin it for later—-> http://www.pinterest.com/pin/181762534935916687/
Don’t throw out that almond pulp! Bake with it, use it as sprinkles, etc. Find out more options here.
Have you ever tried going dairy free? How was it for you? Or are you a big milk lover? Have you ever tried almond or coconut milk before, and what did you think? Have it your most recent health change?