Hemp Milk

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Creamy, delicious milk (milk alternative) is hard to come by when you are doing dairy free. Really, if you can do dairy, I think raw, organic dairy is the best (and only) way to go as it is the safest, most natural route for milk. It has been shown to help strengthen bones and teeth, and in the book Cure Tooth Decay, Nagel writes quite a bit about raw, organic dairy and it’s benefits.

Being dairy free, we turned to alternative milks like almond, rice and hemp milk. However, I have found over time that these milks are actually not that great for you when you buy them commercially.

Carrageenan is an additive that is in just about every alternative milk. I kept getting intuition to stop drinking it, and about a month after I did, I saw this article:

http://www.naturalnews.com/041866_carrageenan_food_additive_processed_foods.html

So then I read through all the ingredients of the alternative milks on the shelf… coconut milk, almond milk, rice milk, hemp milk, etc, and all of them had carrageenan except for one.

Rice milk.

So we turned to rice milk, but even that didn’t feel great. We used it though, thinking it was more than likely safe enough to drink. Then I read this article from Consumer Reports stating that rice milk, rice products, and rice in the US has been found to have high amounts of arsenic in it. And the brand we use is on the list.

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/arsenic1112.htm

In search of the perfect milk alternative, a good friend of mine asked if I’d tried to make hemp milk. Homemade hemp milk? Hmmmm…. she gave me a suggestion of proportions, and with that and a little luck, I figured out a 2 minute recipe for perfect hemp milk!

And if you want to do some reading about hemp seeds, here is a great place to start:

http://manitobaharvest.com/articles_studies.html?itemID=72

Even my daughter loves it and asks for more. As you can see, I can barely take a photo without an eager hand coming to get the glass to drink :)

You can also make your own almond milk, and if there is a rice that does well for you, rice milk is super easy too. I’ll add these recipes soon, but for now here is the easiest one of all!

Hemp Milk

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup organic hemp seeds
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • Sweetener (optional) We use a little bit of Sunrider’s Sunectar (stevia)

Dishes used:

  • High speed blender
  • Measuring cup

Directions:

  1. Combine hemp seeds, water, vanilla and sweetener (if using either) and run in a high speed blender for 1-2 minutes.
  2. If you want you can strain it through a cheese cloth, or just enjoy as is.

That’s it!

Garden Tea

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Tea anyone?

In gardening class today, my daughter and I learned how to make the best tea I’ve ever had. It is perfect for a beautiful summer’s day, and a great way to teach a little one about the garden. Our wonderful teacher, Monette, had this idea and now we are looking forward to making it more and more!

The glass of tea is so beautiful with all the bright flowers and herbs in the sunshine. And you get to drink it all in!

We tried to add the very first, new blackberries into the tea, but the girls ate them up before we could even get them into the basket. If you have edible fruits, feel free to add them in.

There is a wide variety of plants you can use, this is just a sample list. Use part, or all of this list, or add your own plants that you know are safe to eat!

 

Garden Tea

Ingredients:

  • Rose petals
  • Edible pea pods (once you’ve eaten the delicious peas inside!)
  • Chamomile flowers
  • Comfrey flowers
  • Dandelion leaves
  • Peppermint leaves
  • Spearmint leaves
  • Clover flowers
  • Oregano leaves
  • Edible berries
  • Any other edible herb or flower
  • 1 quart (or more) of spring water
  • Any sweetener you want (optional – ours tasted great without it!)

Dishes used:

  • 1 quart jar

Directions:

  • First of all, you MUST make sure that there are no pesticides, herbicides, or any other toxin on the plants. Also no Miracle-Gro, or any other non-Organic fertilizers for the plants. Otherwise you will pick up the toxins.
  • Pick the flowers and herbs, etc fresh from the garden and collect them in a container. If you have a little one, this is a great time for them to learn about the different plants and to sample some along the way.
  • Wash what you gathered in a good fruit and vegetable rinse (I use Sunrider brand) to kill any bugs. Rinse well.
  • Place in a quart jar (or more) of spring water and place in the sun for at least an hour. Add sweetener if using and enjoy!

That’s it!