Easy Homemade Brazil Nut Milk Recipe (Non Dairy)

 

If you want to avoid large amounts of (or any) dairy, but still enjoy using dairy-like foods in your Brazil Nut Milkcoffee, baking, cereal, smoothies or any other food creation, it’s very helpful to know how to make your own dairy-free nut milk. While non-dairy milks are available in health food stores and most grocery stores, they often have other ingredients added that may be potentially harmful to your health, or just aren’t whole foods. Carrageenan, for example, is a popular food additive made from seaweed, in degraded form, that has been shown in studies to cause malignancies, inflammation and gastrointestinal problems. Carrageenan can be found in many non-dairy milks (you can learn more about carrageenan here on Dr. Weil’s site).

As always, if you can make it at home, you control what is going into your food. Non-dairy milks that you can purchase are convenient, but making your own milk is pretty darn easy too! We include two simple non-dairy milk recipes in our book, Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen – and now, here is one more for you!

For this nut milk recipe, we use Brazil nuts. Coffe with nut milkBrazil nuts are full of amazing nutrients, including a large amount of selenium, which is helpful in preventing certain cancers, liver cirrhosis, and coronary artery disease. They are also an excellent source of monounsaturated fats, which help to maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Brazil nuts are also an excellent source of B vitamins, as well as a good source of magnesium, zinc, potassium and iron (and so much more!).

If you enjoy drinking your coffee with some dairy cream or milk, you will love the creaminess of this Brazil nut milk. Especially fresh from the blender, it creates a nice froth – almost like a latte! Yum! You can save your nut milk in a pitcher in the fridge for about a week. Make a large batch and use wherever you would use dairy milk.

Brazil Nut Milk

Makes about 3 1/3 cups milk

1 cup Brazil nuts (soaked in water 4 hours or overnight)

3 cups water

Optional: cinnamon, vanilla, dates

Drain and rinse Brazil nuts and add to a blender. Add water and any optional ingredients as desired. Dates will sweeten and vanilla and cinnamon add additional flavor, but you don’t need anything besides the nuts and water to make your milk).

Blend at high speed for one to two minutes until mostly smooth. Pour through a fine mesh strainer, collecting the liquid in a container. Use the liquid as your milk!

Note: You may wish to save the Brazil nut meal collected in the strainer for use in baking.

 

Sea Veggies

Sea vegetables are a group of plants that grow in the ocean. You may hear them referred to as seaweed.

Photo: Flickr.com norwichnuts

Sea veggies have been part of the diet of many native cultures in Asia and the Americas for thousands of years. These awesome veggies contain molecules that slow cancer growth, encourage cancer cell death and protect cells against radiation damage. They also stimulate the immune system, including the powerful natural killer (NK) cells, a type of white blood cell that is essential in rejecting tumors and virally infected cells.Seaweed offers a broad range of minerals including all of the 56 essential and trace minerals so important for our health. It also is a good source of folic acid, iodine, magnesium, calcium and some of the B vitamins. Eating too many processed foods or foods grown in mineral-depleted soil can result in a lack of minerals in the body, leading to cravings for salty or sugary foods. Adding sea vegetables to your diet can help balance your energy levels and alleviate cravings.

The most common sea vegetables used in the kitchen are nori (laver), kombu (kelp), wakame (alleria), arame, hijiki, agar-agar and dulse. Sea veggies can be used in soups and salads, to make sushi, shaken onto grains and beans in granulated form, and turned into delicious side dishes. Add a piece of kombu to beans or grains when cooking to up the mineral content and aid in digestibility. You’ll learn more about sea veggies and can try out some recipes in Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen!

Photo: Norwichnuts, flckr.com


Getting Krazy with Kale

You may be used to seeing kale as a garnish on your dish in a restaurant, but this leafy green veggie is much more beneficial when it IS your food, rather than simply decorating it. This nutrient powerhouse has been repeatedly shown to have powerful antioxidant capabilities as well as offer protection against certain types of cancer. Like broccoli and cabbage, kale has the ability to activate enzymes in the liver, which detoxify cancer causing substances, reducing their ability to damage cells. It’s also an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C as well as the carotenoids that are important for good vision and the prevention of cataracts. It’s also rich in calcium.

If you aren’t familiar with kale, it’s time to get friendly with it! It’s an easy veggie to add to any meal as a side dish (but make it a BIG side dish!) or tossed right in with other food. Kale can be steamed, sauteed with a little garlic, olive oil and sea salt, eaten raw in a salad, added to soups, rice or pasta dishes or baked into crispy chips. Once you begin eating kale and other leafy greens on a regular basis, you’ll begin to feel the difference and you’ll likely notice that you begin to crave not-so-healthy foods less.

Here is a tasty and easy kale recipe to try (from Integrative Nutrition):

Massaged Kale and Raisin Salad
Serves 4


1 bunch kale

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 cup diced red onion

1/3 cup raisins

3/4 cup diced apple (about 1/2 apple)

1/3 cup sunflower seeds, toasted

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons unfiltered apple cider vinegar/red wine vinegar

  1. De-stem kale by pulling leaves away from stems. Wash leaves. Spin or pat dry. Stack leaves, roll up, and cut into thin ribbons. Put kale in a large mixing bowl. Add salt and massage it into the kale with your hands for 2 minutes.
  2. Stir onions, raisins, apple and sunflower seeds into kale. Dress with olive oil and vinegar.  Taste for salt and vinegar, adding more if necessary. This salad will keep for several days and improve with age.