*baby it is cold outside*

Don’t ask me why, as the snow slowly crawls down the mountain sides I have become a morning, cold smoothie fan. Perhaps it is because as the weather gets colder the availability of vegetables decreases or perhaps it is because with a morning smoothie I get to experiment and feel so energized afterwards.

Perhaps some of you know about this guy

well, it turns out the milk isn’t really as good for you as we are told. The thing about “needing milk for healthy bones” is actually a lie. What happens is milk can actually strip calcium from your bones leading to higher rates of osteoporosis. I remember reading the book, Eat, drink and be healthy, The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating  and well they talk about the negative effects of milk consumption and the lies we are told by the milk industry.

The newest ideas about nutritional health is based on what they call the healthy plate

What does this have to do with smoothies you ask?

Well I have found that since dairy is playing a minor role in my life I have had the opportunity to make milk of a different sort-that of nuts, oats and grains.

Nut milk
soak nuts overnight
blend nuts with water
Strain
add vanilla, stevia or other sweetener, cinnamon…(whatever you like)
Oat milk

cook 1 cup of oats
add4 cups or so of water
1 banana (can be omitted but it gives the milk a nice sweetness)
blend
vanilla and sweetener
Rice milk

cook one cup of rice in 8 cups water for 3-4 hours
blend
add vanilla, sweetener…
strain

The reality is making your own milk is really easy and really fun. Give it a try. All you need is a blender and some nuts, grains or oats.

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