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{Note from Jessica: Today’s post is shared by my lovely friend, Marjorie Saveski, author of the This is So Good website. Marjorie is a blogger and a home cook with a passion for real food, health, and fitness. She hopes to share what she has learned through her real life experience and research with her readers. Stop by her site, This is So Good, to find more delicious recipes and helpful health information.}

I remember the first time I tried almond milk. It was in my low-fat, whole-grain days and I was all about the next “healthy” food to hit the shelves. The almond milk was store-bought and I was less than impressed. I was surprised that I didn’t care for it. At the time, my sense of sweet was not nearly as sensitive as it is now (a byproduct of eating clean, real food!), but I found it overly sweet with a weird after-taste. I didn’t give non-diary milk a second thought until making the switch to Paleo several years later.

When I first made the transition, I switched from store-bought skim milk to raw milk and cream purchased from my local farmer. Let’s just say that first sip of raw milk was heavenly! Finally, I was giving my body some good, healthy fats. As my diet continued to evolve over the next few years, I found that too much raw dairy wasn’t a good fit for me health-wise. I still enjoy it in smaller quantities, but now I incorporate non-dairy milk as well.

Knowing the dangers of highly processed foods, I walked up to the wall of non-dairy milk at Whole Foods and looked for what I would consider a “clean” version. Nada, zilch, zero, nothing. Every bottle I looked at had preservatives, flavorings, or way too much sugar.

Here is the ingredient list of a popular brand of almond milk: Almond Milk (Filtered Water, Almonds), Cane Sugar, Sea Salt, Locust Bean Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Gellan Gum.

No, thank you.

So I headed into the kitchen to experiment. I started with almond milk and have never looked back! Making your own non-dairy milk is really easy. You only need a few kitchen tools:

Are you inspired to try making your own non-dairy milks? I hope so! Let’s check out some easy and delicious recipes to get you started.

Nut Milk

Coconut Milk

Hemp Milk

Oat Milk

Rice Milk

Flavored Non-Dairy Milk

Non-Dairy Coffee Creamer

Non-Dairy Buttermilk

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