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Have you read The China Study by T. Colin Campbell? I just finished reading it last night and it has me all recommitted to cutting dairy + animal products from my diet. My family eats a mostly vegetarian diet, but we tend to use butter and cheese to fill in the gaps and because everything tastes better with a little butter and cheese. :)
I have been buying almond milk off and on for the past 5 years, but the artificial thickeners (gellan gum and sunflower lecithin) that popular brands use creates a weird faux-creamy consistency that I don't find palatable. But, lucky for me, almond milk is easy to make, incredibly delicious, and (naturally!) creamy when made with raw almonds.
Here is the recipe I use:
1 cup of raw almonds, soaked overnight and drained
4 cups of water
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
a spoonful of honey or agave
Blend almonds, water, salt, vanilla, and honey together for 2 minutes. Pour milk into a nut milk bag* over a large bowl to strain the almond pulp, making sure to squeeze out the last drops. Pour milk into an airtight container and store in your refrigerator.
*you can buy a nut milk bag from health food stores near the spouting supplies, or you can make one easily from hemp or organza.