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Plant Based Milks

Plant Based Milks

  

November 7, 2015

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The western world has been besieged by dairy intolerances due to the quality of our milk, the health of our cows, the food and medications given to our cows and the processing done to our milk. Due to the fact that plant based milks are become popular, many companies making these milks in tetra packs may use dubious ingredients to thicken, taste and sweeten the original taste for flavour and economical reasons. I like nut milks the best, especially brazil nut milk for my chai tea’s and smoothies. But I’m very pedantic about my milks so I make my own. I then add my own taste changes by adding sea salt, dates to sweeten and vanilla beans to flavour. They are not hard, they just take a bit of time. Soak the nuts for 12 hours, discard the water and place the nuts into a strong blender with fresh vanilla powder, dates and sea salt

Ingredients

Sweet Almond and Vanilla Nut Milk (Makes 500ml)

1 cup almonds, soaked overnight and rinsed

500ml of filtered water

Pinch of Changing Habits Seaweed Salt

1-4 dates, soaked until soft

2 tsp vanilla powder or Changing Habits Vanilla Essence

Pepita Milk (Makes 350-400ml)

1 cup Pepita Seeds, soaked overnight and rinsed

500ml filtered water

Pinch of Changing Habits Seaweed Salt

1-4 dates, soaked until soft

2 tsp vanilla powder or Changing Habits Vanilla Essence

Rice Milk (Makes 350-400ml)

2 cups cooked rice

500ml Filtered water

Pinch of Changing Habits Seaweed Salt

1-4 dates, soaked until soft

2 tsp vanilla powder or Changing Habits Vanilla Essence

Directions

Sweet Almond and Vanilla Nut Milk Method

1Add all ingredients into a blender and blitz until well combined and there are no lumps.

2Pour the mixture into a nut milk bag and collect all of the liquid.

3Once all of the liquid has drained, transfer to a glass container and store in the fridge. Will last 3 days in the fridge.

Pepita Milk Method

1Add all ingredients into a blender and blitz until well combined and there are no lumps.

2Pour the mixture into a nut milk bag and collect all of the liquid.

3Once all of the liquid has drained, transfer to a glass container and store in the fridge.

4Will last 3 days in the fridge.

Rice Milk Method

1Add all ingredients into a blender and blitz until well combined and there are no lumps.

2Pour the mixture into a nut milk bag and collect all of the liquid.

3Once all of the liquid has drained, transfer to a glass container and store in the fridge.

4Will last 3 days in fridge.

The western world has been besieged by dairy intolerances due to the quality of our milk, the health of our cows, the food and medications given to our cows and the processing done to our milk - pasteurisation, homogenisation, adding of milk protein isolates, permeates, calcium sourced from rock and coral or other means where we cannot utilise the calcium, as well as other dubious processes and ingredients. As a result, the non-animal plant based milks have become an in-vogue and healthy alternative - or have they?

Due to the fact that plant based milks are become popular, many companies making these milks in tetra packs may use dubious ingredients to thicken, taste and sweeten the original taste for flavour and economy. So I have a caveat on whether I believe plant based milks are healthy. It all depends on the ingredients of the milk. Check the ingredient panel - the fewer the ingredients the better and make sure all ingredients are real. If there are any additives that you are not sure of, do some research. Once you have done this, then you can make a decision as to whether the particular plant based milk is healthy.

Plant based milks can be made from legumes, nuts, seeds, grains and coconut. Soy, hazelnut, sunflower, cashew, oat, rice, almond, walnut - the variety is all up to the imagination. People from all walks of life have different allergies and food sensitivities so it all depends on what the issue is as to what is the best milk to choose. If you have a gluten intolerance, stay away from the grain milks. Depending on what nut allergy you have, choose a nut or seed milk that suits you. Coconut milk seems to appeal to many people but most coconut milk comes in tins that may be lined with a plastic liner and have thickeners, so once again, read the ingredients. As for soy milk, I’m always a little wary of this milk due to most western companies not knowing how to prepare it properly. Soy is best fermented and then made into a milk. True soy milk is very bland and woody tasting; therefore to appease the western taste bud, flavours, sweeteners, oils and thickeners are often added. Soy is not good in great amounts due to the phytoestrogenic effects of the plant. And if you do choose to eat soy, make sure that they are GM (genetically modified) free.

I like nut milks the best, especially brazil nut milk for my chai tea’s and smoothies. But I’m very pedantic about my milks so I make my own. I then add my own taste changes by adding sea salt, dates to sweeten and vanilla beans to flavour. They are not hard, they just take a bit of time. Soak the nuts for 12 hours, discard the water and place the nuts into a strong blender with fresh vanilla powder, dates and sea salt. Blend until smooth then either strain through some fine muslin or put through a nut milk extractor (cold press juicer) and taste the magic of fresh nut milk.

For 30 years, I’ve been taking people off modified milks and teaching them about raw milk and raw dairy products. This milk is not easily found plus is also illegal to sell in Australia, so nut milks are the next best thing. When someone starts to change their diet from one of modified, packaged and full of chemicals, health and miracles happen. Not only do their physical bodies improve but so does their emotional wellbeing. Remember that there is no one magic bullet. Often it is a lifestyle change that really makes the big difference and a change for life rather than just a few short weeks. Milk is part of that change. Many people who find that they are gluten intolerant usually find that dairy presents a problem to them. So by using nut milks, they have eliminated big factors in modern day disease processes.

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