Although I am not completely dairy-free, (I still enjoy some raw goat cheese or my favorite…Gruyere:), I don’t dabble with milk much anymore. There are a list of reasons why removing certain types of dairy can be beneficial for your overall health:
- Decrease in belly bloat and gas
- Significant improvement in dark circles under your eyes
- Clearer skin, improved pigment, removal of red bumps on back of arms
- Weight loss
- Mucus free
- Headache/migraine free
- Increase in energy
I could go on and on but I want to share a recipe for you. If you want more info on the Dairy Woes and how to do dairy right, you can read more here.
However, a lot of the dairy alternatives aren’t that great for you either. Many of them are loaded with fillers and emulsifiers like guar guam, lecithin and sugar that make them a less than ideal swap-out.
Turns out, you can make your own milk alternative with just two ingredients, a blender and a nut bag. Yes, it is called a nut bag. You can find said nut bag at Whole Foods, Outpost or any natural food or home goods store.
What you get is a deliciously creamier and tastier milk than that watery skim stuff or the boxed dairy alternatives at the store.
However, if you ARE going to buy a dairy alternative, the unsweetened 365 brand at Whole Foods has the safest stuff and for the most part, the cheapest stuff. Not a lot of fillers and no added sugar.
Homemade Coconut Milk
4-5 cups of unsweetened coconut flakes/shreds
7-10 cups filtered water
- Add water to the bottom of your blender or Vitamix.
- Pour in coconut.
- Blend on high for 5-7 minutes.
- Using a nut bag or cheese cloth, strain the milk into a large glass pitcher.
- Remove left over pulp from the nut bag. (You can use the pulp for another round if you want your milk a little thinner. Just add half the amount of water from the first round. I prefer it creamier.)
- Immediately drink or store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Note: Add/blend these in only after straining the milk.
- 2 tsp alcohol free vanilla extract
- 1 soaked Medjool date
- 2 tsp groung cinnamon, nutmeg or cloves
- Unsweetened cocoa powder with grade B maple syrup
- Raw honey
- Celtic sea