#TradeInTuesday - Milk

Tuesday, February 3, 2015


Today's trade-in is MILK!

Y'all, I used to drink a LOT of milk. Like almost a half gallon every day.  That's a lot of milk! And I feel gross even thinking about how much I used to drink, so I'm glad I made my switch to non-dairy milk. There are a bunch of reasons why you should make the switch, but I won't get into those here. If you Google it, a ton of information will come up. It's not pretty though.

In any case, you have options! Just like with everything else, non-dairy milk has lots of choices--way more than regular milk! So try a bunch of different kinds or make your own. The customization is endless. :)

Store-Bought Options
Check out Peta2's Vegan Milk 101 article by clicking the link above


There are so many different kinds of non-dairy milk. Almond, soy, hemp, flax, rice, cashew, coconut--what do you choose? Well, read up about the different kinds and what nutrients they offer, try a few of them to see how you like it, and go from there. Even the options of non-dairy milks have options--unsweetened, sweetened, vanilla, vanilla sweetened, chocolate, etc.

A word to the wise: it obviously won't taste just like dairy milk. So if you're looking for a direct substitute, you might have to try to make your own almond milk or rice milk to get what you're looking for. Coconut milk is much creamier, almond milk is a little thick but bland if you go for the unsweetened kind, and flax milk tastes like melted vanilla ice cream. So you have a lot to choose from. :)

But if you're health conscious, you might want to stick to making your own non-dairy milk. Check out these recipes below.

Make Your Own

Almond Milk Recipe


Ingredients:
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 4 cups filtered water
Directions:
  1. Soak almonds in filtered water overnight. Drain and rinse almonds.
  2. Place almonds and filtered water in blender. Blend on high for 1 minute.
  3. Strain almond milk through a nut milk bag or cheese cloth. Squeeze bag or cloth to get all almond milk.
  4. Store in refrigerator and serve cold.
You can add flavor by blending in honee/agave/maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, dates, etc. Or you can leave it plain. Save the pulp and dry it out in the oven or a dehydrator for other recipes that call for almond meal. Use this guide to make sure you're getting almonds that aren't loaded with pesticides and other awful gasses. 


Rice Milk Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 4 cups filtered water
Directions:
  1. Place ingredients in a blender. Blend for 1 minute or until smooth.
  2. Store in refrigerator and serve cold.
The blog Don't Waste the Crumbs has an article about rice milk that also links you to her recipes for other non-dairy milk options, so make sure to check that out here



Lots of choices, folks. There are a ton of different kinds for you to choose from. You don't have to feel like you're missing out or suffer from a loss of milk. You can add these milks to your coffee, cereal, recipes, and more without feeling like anything has been taken away from you. Plus, you're helping to save the environment and animals at the same time by making the switch. What do you have to lose?

Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.

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