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Since before I began studying holistic nutrition, I had been keen on reducing my environmental footprint. Over time, regular ol’ household cleaners were swapped for vinegar-based concoctions, food was being stored in jars and reusable cling-wrap alternatives, cloth bags became the new plastic, and my consumption of packaged products was reduced overall. Since then, I’ve not only cut down on waste and saved some cash, I’ve also learned to get creative and make the best with what I’ve got. By the way… I recognize it may seem a tad contradictory to get all environmentalist on you, yet have a photo of a Ziploc bag front and centre. I’ve accepted that the process of reduction and elimination does not happen overnight and so I put to use one of the few already-used baggies I had kickin’ around.

It’s been years since I have been using packaged nut milk in lieu of cow’s milk and for a long while, it seemed to be working out just fine. But by now, you’ve probably heard of the – yet another – harmful additive, carrageenan, in packaged non-dairy milks like almond and coconut. Destructive to the digestive system, carrageenan is known to cause inflammation and gut irritation and is also being studied for its possible carcinogenic properties. And we’re ingesting this? Yeah, no thanks.

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So, as of recent, I’ve taken it upon myself to make my own milk. I have yet to try making the plethora of nut milks {mainly because my blender is on the fritz} but I’ve got hemp milk down to a science. And what’s best is that you don’t need to strain it, simply add it to a blender and voilà. Hemp milk has a creamy and pleasantly nutty flavour that I find goes with most anything from smoothies and breakfast cereal to tea and coffee. The benefits of hemp hearts are endless, though most significantly, they are high in easily digestible protein as well as Omegas 3 & 6. Want more? Read all about them, here.

This has been one of the more simplistic lifestyle changes I have made along my journey and yet another small step in the right direction. It feels good to know I am positively impacting my body as well as the environment. Which, if you think about it, are directly connected. We are all one, in the end.

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The Ingredients {Yield: 5 cups Total Time: 5 minutes}

  • 1 cup hemp hearts
  • 4-5 cups pure, filtered water

The Directions

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender

2. Blend on high for 2 minutes, or until smooth

3. To create desired thickness – from coffee creamer to skim – adjust the amount of water

*For flavour and sweetness, try adding: vanilla bean, dates, cacao, raw honey, warming spices {cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom} or your favourite fruit to the mix


  • Ned

    Totally starting doing this. Thanks for the insight. :)

    November 26, 2014
  • Hemp seed is the most complete food source on the planet. got hemp?™ @HempVodka

    November 28, 2014
  • Inca

    Love this! Thanks for sharing. I’ve been looking for a good alternative to regular milk in my coffee so very excited to try this!

    January 22, 2015

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