Ready in a few minutes! No pre-soaking or straining needed.
Not only is it the easiest plant-based milk to make at home, hemp milk is creamy and tasty too.
Not to mention the nutrient-boost of the hemp seeds you’ll get! As the most nutritious seed in the world, they’re a perfect balance of omega 3 and 6, a complete plant-protein, and packed with vitamins and minerals.
You can take it to the next step and strain the blended hemp milk through a nut-milk bag (like you would do for almond milk), but since hemp seed pulp is smoother, and packed with fibre for maximum nutrition, it’s a great excuse to skip that step and enjoy a thick, smooth, milky beverage!
Since you don’t have to pre-soak the seeds or strain the milk, you can whip this up in no time. Plus, you can get creative with your flavours. Today we’re keeping it simple and using cinnamon and maple syrup. This is my go-to, and never disappoints.
Other flavours you could add?
- Peanut butter
- Maca powder
- Lucuma powder
- Shredded Coconut
Drinking milk on the daily was thought to be the healthy way to get in the calcium and create strong bones. But, now that the science is catching up, we know this isn’t the case!
A must listen is Rich Roll’s latest podcast with Dr. Neal Barnard, all about the Dairy woes.
If you don’t have time to listen to the whole hour, here are some points to jump to:
22:22 ~ An example of a woman who healed by switching to a plant-based diet
25:47 – 28:20 ~ Where dairy comes from and the detrimental effects it has on us (estrogens, breast cancer, low sperm count, prostate cancer)
31:40 ~ Prostate cancer and dairy consumption
32:30 ~ IGF 1 (insulin like growth factor) and it’s dangerous effect on cancer growth
35:30 ~ Dairy is a legit addiction
43:25 ~ The ethics of the dairy industry (it’s even worse than the meat industry)
48:30 ~ Antibiotics and Additional hormones
1) Clearer skin & 2) Less inflammation
Dairy is packed with animal hormones, animal proteins (casein and whey), saturated animal fat, and insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1). These lead to inflammation, mucus production, bacteria and oil build up, leading to acne, skin aging, asthma, weaker immunity. Try a dairy free diet (and ditching the refined sugar will help too) for clearer skin, fewer colds, and easier breathing.
3) Improved digestion & 4) Weight loss
About 75% of the world’s population is actually lactose intolerant. As humans, we are the only species that drinks the milk of a different species. Cow’s milk is meant for cows, goat’s milk is meant for goats. Dairy (which comes with IGF-1) is meant to be consumed by a calf that needs to grow to a 400 pound cow in a few month’s time (this isn’t something we need as humans). Gas, bloating, weight gain, diarrhea, migraines and mucus build up are all issues that come from consuming dairy as a human.
5) Disease Prevention
Dairy packs a punch when it comes to saturated animal fat (#1 source in the American diet), cholesterol, and IGF-1. These all lead to atherosclerosis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and cancer.
6) Better for the bones
Contrary to popular belief, milk can lead to more hip fractures and osteoporosis. The elevated galactose in blood causes pre- mature aging, and weaker bones.
7) Calcium absorption
Calcium from plant foods is absorbed nearly twice as well as the calcium in dairy. Dark leafy greens, legumes, rice milk, soy milk, tempeh, are all high in calcium. You have to think about the package of what you’re consuming comes with:
- Dairy comes with: pus, manure, natural hormones, saturated animal fat, lactose, and a lot of the time, added antibiotics and hormones
- Plant foods come with: fibre, folate, high concentration of vitamins, electrolytes, antioxidants, phytonutrients
- 8) Prostate cancer: Cow’s milk creates an increase in growth rate of prostate cancer cells by over 30%, whereas almond milk suppressed the growth rate of cancer cells by 30%.
- 9) Breast cancer: Because of the animal-derived estrogen in dairy. Women who consume the most dairy had a 49% higher breast cancer mortality
10) Better for the planet
Cows are the #1 contributor of methane gas. One fracking well releases just 1/10 of the amount of methane each day compared to one single dairy farm. Dairy products ranging from one glass of milk, 2 slices of cheese, one scoop of ice cream, one greek yogurt take 30 gallons to 109 gallons of water to create. Soy milk, on the other hand, takes 9 gallons of water per glass. You could save 50,000 gallons of water per year just by choosing to ditch the dairy.
11) Minimize cruelty
The dairy industry is the meat industry…but worse. The Mother cows is artificially inseminated every 10 months to give birth to their calf (which is taken away from them). Once they reach a certain age and cannot produce milk at the rate that is economically viable, they are killed for the meat industry. There’s no need to contribute to this cruel treatment when there are so many delicious vegan dairy alternatives available in the grocery stores, and at home in your kitchen.
12) There are delicious things happening in the plant-based dairy world!
Make your own:
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Now, onto the recipe!
Easy Hemp Milk
Time: 5 minutes
- 1 cup shelled hemp seeds or hemp hearts (same thing)
- 1.5 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 4 cups water
- Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender for 45 seconds to 1 minute
- That’s it!
- Store it in an airtight jar, (or re-use an old milk carton) for up to 5 days
**Optional: strain it for a smoother texture. But, hemp milk is so creamy and smooth even with out straining it through a nut-milk bag, plus you keep all of the beneficial fibre in your beverage:)