We Dare You to Try Milk Alternatives

The Downside of Dairy & What You Can Do


THE CHALLENGE:

This month we dare you to try alternative milk products. Milks out there that would work include soy, almond, rice, or hemp, just to name a few. Soy and almond milk are now found at most grocers. Hemp is a little more rare, but you can find it at Whole Foods. Trader Joe’s also has a big alternative milk section with a number of options. Just pick one and give it a shot! Below are a few reasons why:

We are the only species that drinks milk after infancy.

Between the ages of 2 and 5, most individuals largely stop producing
the enzyme lactase which is responsible for the metabolism of dairy.

75% of the population suffers from lactose intolerance.

We are the only species to consume another species milk.

Dairy cows are pumped full of hormones and antibiotics.

Osteoporosis is most prevalent in regions that consume the most milk.
Calcium is pulled from our bones to neutralize the acidic environment
resulting from animal protein consumption.

1cup of cooked collard greens offers 357 mg of calcium.
1 cup of almonds offers 750 mg of calcium.
1 cup of skim milk offers 300 mg of calcium.

80% of cow’s milk is made up of a protein called casein. Studies have shown that
a diet consisting of 20% animal protein, leads to increased instances of diseases
such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Cows, according to John Robbins’ Diet for a New America, emit excrement in
our country alone at the rate of 250,000 pounds per second, and a full 90% of our
harmful waste water pollution is directly attributable to cattle. (source)

TIPS:
No need to go cold turkey for the month. Start out by trying it in your cereal, coffee or shakes. You’ll obviously taste the difference in a tall glass, but you shouldn’t notice too much if it is combined with other things. Also, notice that a lot of the alternatives come in a vanilla flavor. They are actually pretty delicious, so give those a shot. Remember to check the sugar levels on the side of the box, some versions have a fair amount that we should avoid, so you may want to go with the unsweetened.

For those that want to challenge themselves, give it up for the month. You’ll feel better; trust us. Before you know it you won’t even notice that you’re not drinking milk anymore.

OUR FAVORITES:
We are on hemp milk right now. There is one called Tempt at Whole Foods and we like the unsweetened vanilla version – it’s delicious. Cindy also likes to make her own hemp milk! Blend water and hemp seeds at a 2:1 ratio. Add some vanilla extract or your sweetener of choice and sift to eliminate any leftover chunks. It’s pretty cool and turns white like milk, so give it a shot if you’re feeling adventurous. This works with any nut or seed, just soak them accordingly (see chart below). Hemp doesn’t require soaking so it’s a quick remedy when you wake up in the morning and you want fresh milk.

Since Cindy and I are already off milk we are going to mix things up this month with you and try out some different versions and report back.

If you have any questions let us know and we’ll be glad to point you in the right direction. Also, comment on the post and tell everyone how it’s going! We can all learn tips from each other along the way, so let’s do this together

Good luck!!!

7 hours or Overnight:
Macadamia Nuts
Almonds
Hazelnuts
Pecans
Walnuts

2-6 Hours:
Cashews