The Tasty Milk Alternative You Haven’t Tried

Move over nut milks, you’ve got competition. The world of non-dairy milks can be confusing and vast. Is soy healthy? Should we be drinking so much almond milk with the Californian drought going on? Is there anything healthful about rice milk? It can be a challenge to find something that tastes good and works for you. However, most of us could use more omega-3s in our diets, which is something most milks can’t offer. But, guess what — you can have your non-dairy hot cocoa and omega-3s, too! If you’re looking for a healthy, creamy dairy alternative with balancing health benefits, look no further than flax milk.

While flaxseeds won’t make a milk nearly as creamy as coconut or cashew, what they do offer is a boatload of hard-to-find omega-3 fatty acids. An imbalance of omega-3s and omega-6s can lead to numerous issues, including inflammation, depression, weight gain, allergies and acne. The average American consumes omega-6s and omega-3s in a ratio of 15 to 1 and upwards, due to the high quantity of nuts and vegetable oils we consume — especially in processed foods. According to many experts, the ideal ratio for reducing inflammation lies somewhere between 1 to 1 and 5 to 1, omega-6 to omega-3. In order to amp up your ratio, you’ll need to consume more omega-3-rich foods. Omega-3s are only found in a few select food sources, such as sardines, pastured egg yolks, grass-fed animals, flaxseeds, chia seeds and others. While you are less likely to snack on some sardines every morning, flax milk is a tasty and pleasant alternative for getting more omega-3s into your diet.

A downside to flax milk is that there is no protein — unless you buy a carton with added protein, it contains none naturally. But, protein is easy to find, and the healthy benefit of adding more omega-3s to your diet can be tantalizing enough. Plus, it tastes pretty darn good as well. There are only two brands on the market, FlaxUSA Flaxmilk and Good Karma Flaxmilk. If you have trouble finding flax milk in your local market, make some at home! Try out this recipe, adapted from Leanna Vogel at Healthful Pursuit.

Homemade Flax Milk (adapted from Healthful Pursuit)

(yields 6 cups)
1/2 c. raw whole golden flaxseeds
6 c. water
5 pitted medjool dates
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

-Combine flaxseeds and water in blender. Blend on high for about a minute, or until all seeds are broken down.

-Strain mixture through cheesecloth or a nut milk bag.

-Place resulting milk back in the blender with dates, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes, or until homogenous.

-Pour into an airtight container and refrigerate. Stays fresh for 3-5 days. Shake well before enjoying!

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William Cabout a month ago

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Stephanie s2 months ago

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Paola M8 months ago

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Jeanne R1 years ago

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

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Fi T.
Past Member 2 years ago

There's always alternative available

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Dorothy Chamberlain

Thanks for sharing - as soon as I get my blender mended I'm going to try this milk. I usually make almond milk but this sometimes gets a bit too expensive - flax seeds seem like a good alternative.

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Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran2 years ago

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