I had an excellent question this week following my blog on The Truth Behind Milk, a friend was wondering what she could give her one year old instead of the homo milk that her doctor recommended. First off I want to commend this mom for going with her mommy instincts instead of discrediting all the evidence and just listening to her doctor. Many people put too much trust in their doctors for advice and recommendations. Doctors get VERY little nutritional teaching in their years of study and therefore it is up to you to do the research and go with what YOU feel is best.
I am going to focus on babies that are one year and older and the substitutes that you can use if you choose not to give cow’s milk to your child. There are actually quite a few milks out there that you can use such as: Nut milks, Rice milk and Soy milk. I personally recommend using almond milk.
It is lower in calories and fat than regular cow’s milk, and is high in vitamins, such as vitamin E. Like cow’s milk and fortified soy milk, almond milk boasts an impressive dose of bone-building calcium.
Almond Milk Recipe
1 cup almonds soaked* for at least 6 hours beforehand if possible
2 cups water
1/2 tbsp raw sesame seeds (very high in calcium)
optional ingredients: vanilla, agave, cinnamon, maple syrup
Soak your almonds for 6-8 hours if you can
Place the almonds and the water in your blender and blend for about a minute
You could use it as is but if you prefer a smooth texture, you will want to put it through a
Here I am using a coffee filter
You can just leave it to drain or you can use a wooden spoon or spatula
to push the milk through the filter
You will be left with almond pulp that you can use to make almond flour, pie crusts, cookies, etc.
Voila! This almond milk will stay good in the fridge for 3 days
My girls LOVE almond milk!
Vanilla Almond milk: Add 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract and 2-4 dates
Chocolate Almond milk: To the recipe for vanilla almond milk, add 2 tbsp raw cacao nibs or unsweetened cocoa powder
Cinnamon milk: To the recipe for vanilla almond milk, add 1 tsp cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg
The following recipe came from wholefoodmommies.com and is great for everyone but especially the little ones
*The Benefits of Soaking Nuts and Seeds
- Enzyme inhibitors get neutralized.
- The amount of vitamins your body can absorb increases.
- Gluten breaks down so digestion is much easier.
- Phytic acid, which inhibits the absorption of vital minerals, is reduced.(http://www.raw-food-living.com/soaking-nuts.html)