As i’m sure everyone knows by now, cows milk is considered the devil in the health food world (unless raw).
It’s filled with hormones, sugars and preservatives and is heavily pasteurized killing any potentially beneficial nutrients. Not only that but a large majority of the population does not have the enzyme needed to properly breakdown lactose. This leaves people with gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, weight gain, foggy head etc.,
There are TONS of alternatives out there: almond milk, soy milk (ANOTHER BIG NO- but that’s for another time), rice milk, hemp milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, sunflower seed milk… One of the problems with buying cartons of alternative milk from the grocery store is the majority of them contain carrageenan. Carrageenan isn’t going to hurt you if you consume it very rarely (unless you have any type of inflammatory bowel disease).
Carrageenan is derived from red seaweed and is added to the alternative milks (and other products) to keep the milk from separating, this alleviates the customer from needing to shake the carton before they use it. The main problem with carrageenan is it has been shown to cause inflammation, gut irritation as well as cancer! It is definitely a little confusing because carrageenan is derived from a natural source however, it has been shown to cause significant harm to the digestive system which results in inflammation as well as ulcerations and bleeding-hence why it is a NO NO for people with IBD.
So with all of that being said what can you do to get around carrageenan? Read labels! Not every brand of alternative milk contains carrageenan. OR you can follow my recipe below for the easiest creamiest hemp milk ever!
Easy, quick, cheap, healthy hemp milk
¼ cup hemp hearts (I use Manitoba harvest- you can buy giant bags from Costco). Hemp is amazing! You want to be consuming more of it I promise! It is full of fiber, protein and good healthy fats and just tastes great. I love hemp in my smoothies, sprinkled all over my salad, as a topper to toast…
1 ½ cup of filtered water
1-2 tsp of sweetener. I use either maple syrup or I just throw a date in. But honey would be yum too.
A splash of vanilla
A pinch of sea salt
Throw everything into the blender and whip it up until all of the hemp has broken down and you are left with creamy milk. I have a vita mix which definitely makes this process easier. Once your done you can either strain off the little bits and pour the milk into a glass jar OR, like me you can just leave the added bits for texture and flavor. Just be sure to shake it up before you use it- I know, so much work!
That’s it that’s all. I use hemp milk in my smoothies, in my baking, in my hot bevvies, in my granola… in anything you would add milk to, this hemp milk is a great, healthy, cheap alternative.
Hope you enjoy!
Taffy was nose bumping me the entire time I was writing this post so I guess she wants to say hi 🙂