quick no-soak plant-based milk – hemp milk

9th August 2014

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Hemp is a quick plant-based milk to make because, unlike almond or oat, it doesn’t need to be soaked overnight.  Hemp seeds (hulled hemp nuts) are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, all 10 essential amino acids, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, vitamin A and magnesium.  I find the taste a little grassy, so sometimes I use half-hemp and half-hazelnuts (also no need to soak) – both are very convenient and quick. Drink it on its own, add a little sweetener or spice for a healthy pick-me-up, or a good sprinkling of chia seeds to create an incredible breakfast pudding.

I also have been putting more awareness into our eating habits as a family.  We eat very healthily in general, but after a consultation on my astrology reading with my teacher recently, I have made some other changes related to changes in my body due to age and hormonal effects.  I have been experiencing a lot of heat in my body and a break out of rashes due to this, which also affect my sleep.  My children as well, being in that delicate teenage year period, are also experiencing a lot of changes and irritations on their skin due to hormones.  I have learned some natural and intuitive methods that place an important role in creating such balances needed.

– Include more dark leafy greens and citrus as these are important to add more fibre, phytonutrients, calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, D and zinc.  Get your hands dirty and grow these greens yourself.  It helps to connect with the earth and its cycles and flow, and in return, it connects you with yourself.

– Use fat sources such as Omega-3 (walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flax, chia and hemp seeds) and the very important healthy fats (coconut oil, avocado, unheated olive oil, real butter/ ghee)

– Add raw honey, bee pollen and royal jelly into your diet, which can greatly balance the hormonal cycle

– Avoid sugar, any artificial sweeteners, soda; limit conventional dairy, refined carbohydrates and grains in general; avoid soy products, plastics, conventional personal care products 

– Take care of your protein intake to stabilize blood sugar levels (sprouted nuts and seeds, nut butter, beans/lentils, quinoa, oats, foods high in Omega 3 fatty acids etc)

– Being in nature and movement are very important.  Breathe.

– Start paying attention to your cycle and to the moon and your time for rest. 

– Meditation and quiet time

References and more helpful information: here and here

Most importantly, I try not to snack in-between meals which I spoke a lot about here and leave at least 3 – 4 hours between each meal to allow adequate time for the food to digest.  This also allows those nutrients and vitamins from the food time to absorb, without the constant interference of other foods and over-working of the digestive system.  I also try listening to my body and eat only when I am hungry and drink only when I am thirsty.

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hemp milk (no soaking required)

ingredients :

1 cup hemp seeds

3 cups filtered water

preparation :

Rinse hemp seeds well and place in a blender with 3 cups of filtered water.  Blend on high for about a minute. Place the nut bag or cloth over a wide-mouth jug and pour the blended mixture into it.  Strain the milk until only the pulp is left.  Use your hand to squeeze out the last of the milk.  Pour into a sterilized glass jar.

Homemade milk does separate, so be sure to give your milk a very good shake before using.  The milk keeps for about three days in an air-tight container in the fridge.

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