Making Homemade Milk Alternatives
by Jodi MacKinnon (QFG)

A large portion of people are moving away from dairy milk to non-dairy milk for various reasons, including the taste, cost, and nutritional and health benefits. Many dairy-free milks are amazing in protecting the body against cancer, inflammation, neurodegenerative diseases, heart issues, and so much more.

Have you ever thought of making your own dairy-free milk at home? It may seem like an impossible task, but it isn’t as difficult as you may think. All you need is grains, seeds, or nuts, a blender, nut milk bags or another way to strain them. Easy right?

You can also add natural sugars to your dairy-free milk such as honey, agave nectars, maple syrup, monk fruit or stevia extracts to make your milk a little sweeter.

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Whether you want to make hemp, sunflower, pumpkin, flax, chia, or sesame seed milk - they all have their benefits. Chia seeds are also another great option for making dairy-free milk. Chia milk is high in fiber, calcium, manganese, potassium, vitamins B1, B2 and B3, as well as zinc. Sesame seed milk is rich in oleic fatty acids, lignans, sesamin, sesamolin and phytosterols that can lower cholesterol. Sunflower seed milk is a popular choice among many dairy-free milk lovers because it is creamy, nut-free, rich in vitamin E, selenium (great as a metabolism-boosting, anti-inflammatory tool) and magnesium.

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There are a lot of grain-based milks on the market, including rice milk which is the most popular plant-based milk of choice. Other grains to make dairy-free milk include quinoa and oats

Rice milk tends to be sweeter than other dairy-free alternatives, but it is not as creamy as nut, oat, and seed-based milks. The great thing about rice milk is that it has no cholesterol making it a great choice for heart health. It is also the least allergenic dairy-free milk on the market, which is great for those with allergies to nuts and more.

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Nut milk is not a new thing. It has been a popular go to for milk lovers that cannot handle dairy or who are trying to live a healthier lifestyle. If you have a great love for almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts, or pralines - you can make milk out of them! Nut-based milks have the same amount (if not more) vitamin D and calcium than regular cow’s milk. As another bonus, some even contain a small amount of fibre, which you would never find in cow’s milk.

Jodi MacKinnon (QFG) [MACJOD]

About Jodi MacKinnon (QFG)

Qualifirst’s COO, Jodi loves cooking and baking, taking raw ingredients and turning them into something that is absolutely delicious, with just the right flavour balance, is one of her favourite pastimes.

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