I have no idea why I gave up drinking nut milk the past few years…maybe it was the processing, or I got sick of the taste…no clue! All I know, is that back in 2003 I gave up using cow’s milk in my cereal, and sometime in these past few years I started buying the local organic stuff again. However, things have all changed since I got my Vita-mix
When I was a
uneducated young vegetarian (age 12 on) , I drank Soy Milk. (I can get into the reasons I became a veg so young later….I will say it was for mostly the wrong reasons) Then, all those studies came out about how soy was bad, and so on and so on….so, by the time I was 17, I was pretty much an ovo-lacto-pollo-pese veg anyway, so I went back to skim milk for a few years….
A more informed decision. Why I considered giving up cow’s milk the second time:
When I was 19, I worked for an amazing doctor; he made this statement one day that had me considering switching from Cow’s Milk (again):
“We’re drinking milk that has been pasteurized, homogenized, and from another species.” He also stated how it wasn’t even that great of a source of calcium, something to do with the synthetic vitamin D.
I thought, wow…that’s pretty gross.
Why I finally made the switch (after further research and listening to my own body):
- I had a slight lactose sensitivity
- It goes against nature (drinking the milk meant for the babies of another species!)
- Milk from cow is simply not designed for a human
- Drugs, antibiotics, forced feeding, and specialized (unnatural) breeding of cows
I am asking myself right now, as I am typing this, why the hank did I ever go back to cow’s milk AGAIN!?
It may of been I started to become VERY conscious of ALL processed foods…anything that wasn’t from nature. Local, organic milk became more readily available (it was non-existent, hard to find or extremely expensive in years prior). Plus, I think I started to get sick of the taste if the store bought nut milk So, I switched back.
The funny thing is, at first, I went back to skim—and knowing all I know about nutrition, vitamins, and all…and even back to the reasons I gave up milk the FIRST time; and further education since, you would think I’s have more sense!
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin. How do you expect to absorb calcium, and vitamin D when you are drinking SKIM milk?!?!? So I switched to 1%.
Thinking back to all the reasons I ever gave up milk…in addition to the further education I have on the topic…I think I am done with it for good. I can compare my organic milk drinking to someone with a cholesterol problem that eats cheesesteaks; they know it isn’t great for them, but they kind of put the reasons in the back of their mind, and next time they go to the deli they order a chicken-cheesesteak, thinking it’s better for them, but knowing all that cheese, all that bread and the questionable chicken may not be the best, but it’s better than the alternate. I always knew in the back of my head that milk was unnatural…but the occasional splash in my cereal, hormone-free, and organic, made me feel a little better.
* No Idea why my fonts and format are so screwy today…but it’s quite annoying * (SCREAM!) Cutting and pasting from “word” to blogger spells MAJOR trouble.
this will not go away
so I have been searching online for a good recipe…found a few different ones..and the one I used was similar to Gena’s from Choosing Raw…..
I FINALLY made my own Almond Milk!
Ye Yeah =)
1 1/2 Cups Almonds
5-6 Pitted Dates (or your fav sweetener)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla (if you want that flavor)
6 Cups Filtered Water
Blender (preferably Vita-mix)
I soaked my almonds overnight...although a few
hours is OK if you don't have time (the longer the better
if using a regular blender)
Drain and place the above ingredients in the blender.
If using a Vitamix, place the tamper in the center, start on
then quickly move up to
High level 10 and blend for a minute or so.
But not without making a bit of a mess
…that wasn’t the worst of it.
I am off to do massive amounts of cleaning –and I have NO idea where to start…where do I put STUFF??? I need to utilize my space better, and I am HORRIBLE at that…any personal organizers wanna come help???? I pay in Almond Milk and Cookies!??
Let’s see if I get it done…