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Drinking non dairy milks are a healthy addition to ANY diet.
Lots of folks turn to it, because of a vegan lifestyle or others who simply can't tolerate too much dairy.
I happen to be one of those folks, with a low intolerance to milk.
I would notice I would have some digestive issues whenever I would drink cow's milk and even some milk which was supposedly "lactose free" I still would get ill effects from it.
At first, I was not on board with drinking non dairy milks as I found out a lot of them lacked flavor, or were watered down versions from what you would get at your local grocery store.
Now don't get me wrong, plant based milks have greatly improved over the years and there are some decent brands, but you WILL pay a good price for them.
Also, when purchasing a plant based milk, a good amount of them still have some questionable ingredients you can't pronounce or need to google the information to find out what you are actually consuming.
Although nuts can be on the expensive side, plant based milk can also be made with seeds and other plant based choices, such as hemp & sesame seeds, coconut, and oats.
My favorite plant based milk is cashew milk that I make from scratch. Although, I like other varieties, cashew milk is my favorite for its creamy neutral taste, its not sweet and works well in my morning coffee or tea, smoothies and topping off my breakfast oatmeal.
Additionally with making your own cashew milk, the upside also is that you do not have to strain after blending,unlike other nut milks like almond where you would need a nut bag to create a smooth texture. By not having to strain, you also retain more fiber in the finished milk.
If you want to make your own delicious homemade cashew milk without preservatives, you can see how to make it here.
Because raw cashews can be a little more on the pricier side than almonds, I purchase mine conveniently in bulk online, affordably at this resource.
Once you make your own plant based dairy free milk and compare to commercial brands, you will notice the difference in taste and will be hooked!
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Vanessa LaBranche/Chef Instructor-Culinary Educator