Milk is the easiest thing to replace when you switch over to a plant-based diet. Almond milk is easy and affordable to make yourself at home. It’s a delicious plant-based alternative to dairy. Almond milk has a creamy, silky texture and a slightly nutty flavor. You can find it in almost any grocery store, but all you need is a blender, dish towel, and some almonds to make it.
Giving up dairy milk is easy because there are so many plant-based alternatives. I have seen almond, coconut, cashew, soy, hemp, flax, oat, and rice milk in stores. If you want to be really healthy, make your own to avoid any added ingredients. Scroll down to learn how to easily and quickly make your own delicious almond milk from scratch at home.
Why stop drinking dairy milk?
Dairy is unhealthy. Milk was made to grow a baby cow into an adult cow as quickly as possible. Cow milk was never intended for humans. It makes us fat and sick. 75% of the worlds population have a reduced ability to digest lactose in adulthood (read more). In general, countries that consume more dairy products have higher rates of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Osteoporosis is also more common in places that consume more animal protein, much of which comes from dairy (read the study). For more information about dairy and it’s health consequences read The China Study by T. Colin Campbell.
Dairy is inhumane. Don’t let advertisements fool you. They are NOT happy cows. Dairy cows are almost constantly pregnant and confined indoors. Cows, like many animals, form strong emotional bonds with each other and a dairy cow has her newborn baby taken from her within 1-3 days of giving birth. Then she is sent to the slaughterhouse when her milk production drops around age 4-5. Dairy cows also often suffer from mastitis, lameness, and other medical problems from forced over-production and poor living conditions.
Dairy is bad for the environment. Cow manure produces greenhouse gasses that greatly contribute to climate change. Their manure is a huge cause of pollution to local water supplies and wetlands. Dairy cows also consume massive amounts of grain and water, depleting resources at an alarming rate. They eat so much that we could easily end world hunger if we fed people with that grain instead of cows.
Simple homemade almond milk.
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 5 cups water
Soak almonds in water overnight, or at least 5 hours. Drain.
Add soaked almonds and 5 cups of water to a blender. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes, until completely smooth.
Pour mixture through a dishcloth or nut milk bag. Squeeze the remaining pulp to make sure all liquid has been extracted. Store in the fridge for up to a week.