Now that the weather is warmer, it’s more common to see people walking around with a milkshake in hand. I, too, once enjoyed these refreshing dessert beverages. That is, until I became lactose intolerant.
I don’t tolerate this and you shouldn’t either
Although milk is a good source of vitamin D, which is essential for keeping our bones strong and healthy, not everyone can drink it. Even those who don’t have lactose intolerance should consume milk – and all other forms of dairy – with caution.
In addition to being a rich source of the D vitamin, dairy is also source of various health problems. After gluten, dairy is one of the most inflammatory foods in the modern diet. Consuming milk and milk products can lead to digestive issues like bloating, gas, constipation and diarrhea. It can also cause other unwanted side effects, such as acne.
Furthermore, milk is an acid-forming food. If our bodies become too acidic, this can have harmful effects on our health in the form of heart failure, liver failure or even cancer.
Milk this instead
There are many non-dairy forms of milk and sources of calcium. Nut milk, like milk made from almonds – used in the recipe below – is one of the many good (and healthier) alternatives to cow’s milk.
Nuts are a rich source of protein and come with many health benefits. Adding nuts to your diet can increase cognitive function and lower your risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Almonds, in particular, are a good source of a fiber and can contribute to your digestive health.
Next time you’re in the mood for a milkshake to keep cool this summer, try this dairy-free recipe instead and avoid experiencing uncomfortable bloating. What’s more, this milkshake recipe isn’t saturated with sugar like most other milkshakes out there so you won’t have to worry about watching your waistline.
This recipe is shared with permission from our friends at joyoushealth.com.
Chocolate Almond Butter Milkshake
This smoothie (aka “milkshake”) is a little more decadent then the average smoothie but just as nourishing, tasty and definitely dairy and sugar free.
- 2 heaping tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 2 tbsp hemp hearts
- 2 heaping tbsp almond butter
- 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder (see the brand I used below)
- 1 tbsp whole chia seeds
- Almond milk to desired consistency
- Place all your ingredients into a blender and blend until a smooth, creamy consistency. If your protein powder is not sweet at all (mine has stevia) then add 2 medjol dates to give it a natural sweet taste.
The protein powder I used in this smoothie is Genuine Health’s fermented vegan proteins+. I love it because it’s anti-bloat and fantastic for gut health because of the fermentation process. And it has 7 plant based proteins — no worries about developing digestive intolerances!
Be sure to top your milkshake with some raw cacao nibs for a crunch and hit of antioxidants.
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