Dairy Free Milks

Dairy Free Milks

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Here is the How to of nut and seed milks! They are a delicious alternative to traditional dairy…..for those that are intolerant or if you just want a change.

They can be incorporated into cholesterol lowering diets and provide your body with essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc to nourish the body’s immune system. It’s basically the nuts or seeds blended with filtered water and strained.  I like to soak my nuts and seeds overnight if i have the time, which makes them easier to blend and much creamier. You can flavor the milk with vanilla bean or a hint of cinnamon and for a little sweetness just throw in a few fresh pitted dates or raisins before blending.  For a calcium boost I normally add a tablespoon of tahini (sesame seed paste) before blending.

It is important  if you do follow a strict dairy free diet, you enjoy other foods rich in calcium such as sardines, tinned wild salmon with the bones in, seaweed as well as seeds, nuts, oranges, dried figs, oats,  beans, tofu and lots of leafy green vegetables such as kale, rocket (arugula) or broccoli. Calcium is a micronutrient that helps in the growth, strength and density of bones, a process known as mineralization as well as assisting in blood clotting, nerve conduction, muscle contraction, maintaining blood pressure and cell function.

Below are some of my favorite + delicious dairy free milk recipes:

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Minestrone Soup of the Moment

Minestrone Soup of the Moment

Minestrone Soup  – When I make minestrone I vary the vegetables I use depending on what I can get in the market that day.  

This wonderful vegetable soup reflects the season – the vegetables of the moment that are clean and pure and that can be thrown into a large pot and simmered to perfection.

I love minestrone because it’s a one pot meal that’s simple and nourishing and it can be enjoyed for a few days or until the pot is empty.

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