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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APPLE CRUMBLE

APPLE CRUMBLE

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One of my favourite things to do when the weather gets a little colder outside is to get into the kitchen and bake apple crumble.  I love it how the whole house gets filled with sweet aromas of vanilla and spice and how warm and cozy the house gets from a day spent having fun, baking in my kitchen.  Apple crumble is one of those comfort food dishes that is so simple to create and so delicious to eat.

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Quinoa With Roasted Pumpkin, Zucchini and Basil Pesto

Quinoa With Roasted Pumpkin, Zucchini and Basil Pesto

 

Quinoa salad

What’s good about it:
Quinoa is gluten free and has a low GI of 53 +  it’s  a complete protein which means that it contains all the essential amino acids that the body needs for repair.  It’s also a good source of lysine, an amino acid important for tissue growth and repair, which makes it a perfect meal after a hard workout. Your body needs protein for repair and quality carbs to replenish glycogen and quinoa is a good source of both. 

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