Almond milk instead of cow milk, which is easier to digest than whole almonds. Read how to DIY raw almond milk here!
Women with a cause
Today I was happy to be present at the TedX Amsterdam Women convention. It is great to see ambitious, strong women on stage, motivating and inspiring other women by pitching their projects, speech about their work and goals in life. Among them was just one man: designer Edwin Oudshoorn, who speeched about his enterprise and source of inspiration. To introduce his speech, models showed his fairy tale couture dresses. Since I was one of the booked models, I had the chance to listen to a couple of speeches at the backstage. One of these was a speech of the 18 year photographer Olivia Bee. At the age of only 15 she booked her first commissioned job for Converse and is now a successful photographer. Her message: it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you keep feeling a hunger for more.
Food is your engine and your medicine
Another speech that I was totally thrilled of was the one of cook and nutritionist Sarah Britton. In her speech she made clear that making healthy choices concerning nutrition provides you with many benefits: healthy food makes you healthy from the inside, feel great from the inside and look great from the outside. I totally agree on this: our food does have medicinal powers, treating acne, stabilising weight, soothing PMS, elevating energy levels and so on.
I was happy that this girl was given the TedX stage to spread her word; nutrition is a much talked about topic that is featured on many magazine covers, but their message of eating healthily is mainly framed as a solution for weight loss. The aim of eating healthily shouldn’t be losing weight though: it should be getting healthier, stronger and feeling better while enjoying the pureness of food. Weight loss is just a – to many of us- welcome side effect.
One change a day
While I was listening to Sarah’s speech, a lady sitting next to me told me that she finds it hard to change her diet just like that. Just like Sarah pointed out in her speech, it is not necessary to change your whole diet in one day though. Making one change a day, or even a week, could be a great improvement of your diet. An example of a small adjustment that could be made is to swap your dairy butter for coconut oil (read more about coconut oil) or you peanut butter for natural nut butter (read more about natural nut butter here).
Cow milk versus almond milk
Sarah came with the idea to swap cow milk for almond milk. Although milk does contain healthy nutrients (like calcium, of which a broccoli contains more per gram than milk!), this is a good choice if you would ask me: like many, I don’t tolerate the lactose in dairy milk, which irritates my bowel system, very well. I therefore try to avoid all dairy products, which I find quite easy since I only eat fresh, non-processed, non-packed foods. Hence that dairy can be found in quite a lot of foods; even cereals may, although in very small amounts, contain dairy. As soon as I do eat a sandwich with cow cheese, my bowel system bloats, hurts and makes funny noises and movements all night.
Although some suggest cow milk is not a problem to our health if you don’t have obvious complaints that can be linked to drinking milk, others suggest that lactose is linked to a reduced incorporation of nutrients in the colon, acne, stomach bloat etc. Moreover, (regular) cow milk contains traces of antibiotics. Some suggest that drinking milk in large amounts therefore may affect your health and in combination with other food and non-food sources that contain antibiotics, may cause a build up of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance.
If you suffer from one or more of these complaints, it could be the milk that irritates your body. You can find out if this really is the case by just not drinking milk for a while and see if these complaints decline or even disappear. You should really decide for yourself whether to completely quit drinking milk or not. From many people in my direct environment that quit drinking milk I’ve heard good experiences, mainly about their bowel system that had less bloat and skin that become more clear and showed less acne.
DIY: Home Made Raw Almond Milk
If you do decide to quit drinking milk for a while, here is a recipe for home made raw almond milk, which is lactose-free and free from additives: just almonds and water (optional to add dates). Almonds are full of calcium, which reduces symptoms of PMS and may help maintain blood pressure. Moreover, the advantage of almond milk over whole almonds is that an almond is quite hard to digest. The almonds in this recipe have to be soaked overnight, which makes them easier to digest. Here’s a basic recipe to make almond milk:
Servings: about 800 ml/3.4 cups
Kitchen aid: blender, bowl, cloth.
- 130 grams/1 cup raw almonds
- water to soak the almonds
- 700 ml/3 cups water
- Optional: 2 large dates (without pit)
- Soak the almonds overnight or at least for about six hours in a bowl of water.
- Drain the water from the almonds and put the almonds with 3 cups of water in the blender.
- Optional: add 2 dates.
- Blend for about half a minute.
- Lay a cloth on top of the bowl and pour the liquid on top of the cloth.
- Fold the corners of the cloth toward the center and wring the water out of the almonds that will stay behind in the cloth.
Et voilá: super healthy, slightly sweet, raw almond milk!
Nutritional value per serving (240 gram/8.5 ounce):
kcal 40 Fiber 1 Protein 1 Carbs 2 Fat 3