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Best Liquids For Your LiveMore Smoothies
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Best Liquids For Your LiveMore Smoothies

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When it comes to choosing the best liquid to add to your smoothie or smoothie bowl, how do you know which one to go with? We’re fortunate enough to live in a world where we can turn an almond into milk, an oat into milk or even a seed into milk, the possibilities are endless!! All types of liquids go great with smoothies all the way from juices to water. Let’s dive a little bit deeper into the absolute best liquids you can choose for your LiveMore Smoothies along with health benefits of each.

Plant Based Milks

Plant milks are definitely my favorite when it comes to blending my Livemore smoothies. There’s such a wide variety to choose from and it adds an extra creaminess to our smoothies that I know we all love. The most common plant milks are almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, soy milk, hemp milk and oat milk. Many people have been making the shift from regular milk to plant-based milks. Why is that?

Reasons why people are switching to plant-based milks:

  • Milk allergy

  • Lactose intolerant

  • Vegan lifestyle

  • Don’t like the taste of milk

  • Realization that there is no evidence that milk helps your bones

  • Dairy is linked to prostate cancer & heart disease

  • Milk is filled with cholesterol

There’s a reason why milk consumption in the US has plummeted 40% since 1975 and why 41% of US households now buy plant milk. People are seeing the facts and noticing the changes when they switch to a plant milk of their choice. Stomach aches are gone, inflammation is down, congestion has decreased. Dairy milk is declining rapidly and plant milk is the new tomorrow! Below I will go into more detail on my top 3 favorite plant-based milks to blend with your LiveMore Organics Smoothies.

 

Oat Milk

Oat milk has always been one of my all-around favorites in the plant-based milk department. Not only does it still hold that creamy taste that milk has but it’s light and leaves me feeling replenished and ready for the day! There are so many different types of oat milk at the store today, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Once you find a brand you like, look at the flavors and keep your eye out for “Original” or “Unsweetened”. These flavors will have the least added ingredients compared to “Vanilla” or “Chocolate” which will contain added sugars and other additives.

Health Benefits

Oats are filled with countless minerals and vitamins. Among many include folate, magnesium, vitamin B, zinc and copper. Oat milk is a great and easy way to get those extra vitamins in first thing in the morning, especially in a smoothie! Oat milk is also filled with iron, with one cup giving you 10% of your daily recommended iron! I can’t think of a better way your body would thank you then by filling it with fruits and vitamins to start your day.

Oats are loaded with fiber which are passed into the oat milk you buy at a store or make at home. Oats are also higher in carbohydrates then other plant milk alternatives such as almonds, hemp and soy. Those added carbs will be converted into energy that will keep your body fueled for the entirety of the day.

Is Oat Milk Gluten Free?

Many people get confused whether oats are considered gluten or not. Don’t worry, they’re not! Oat milk is 100% certified gluten free. For those with severe gluten allergies I would suggest making your own oat milk (I’ll post a recipe below) because cross-contamination is always a possibility.

Making your own Oat Milk

Good news! Oat milk is very easy to make, all you need are oats, water, a blender and a thin strainer. Making oat milk is a little different than almond milk because you don’t use a cheesecloth to strain the milk through. Keep reading below to see my favorite oat milk recipe!

How to make Oat Milk

You’re going to need a high-speed blender, oats and water. Maple syrup and vanilla extract are optional, but I would definitely recommend them as they add more flavor. The recipe below makes 4 servings, feel free to double it or cut it in half according to your needs!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of whole rolled oats
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon of maple syrup or agave
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

Pour all ingredients into your high speed blender and blend for 30 seconds. Place a mesh strainer over a large bowl and pour the liquid through strainer, being sure not to press the excess pulp into the strainer. Strain the liquid one more time to be sure there’s no extra pulp. Pour into a glass jar or container and store in your fridge!

 

Almond Milk

Almond milk has become one of the most popular plant-based milk alternatives. It’s low calorie, nutrient dense and has an amazing flavor that many Americans have fallen in love with. Almond milk is made by blending together raw almonds and water, and then using a cheesecloth to strain the excess pulp.

Almond milk is an amazing plant-based milk alternative, and it can be incorporated into our diets in so many different ways. Using it as a liquid for your LiveMore smoothies is a great way to get an added boost of vitamin E and calcium. The creamy consistency will give your LiveMore smoothies that irresistible deliciousness that will leave you wanting more all day long.

Health Benefits

Many people are surprised to hear that almond milk is so low in calories when the nut itself is known to be high in both fat and calories. This is because during the straining process, the majority of the nut itself is left out of the milk. Almond milk is actually a lot lower in calories compared to cow’s milk, making it a great alternative for those who want to cut calories. Almond milk contains high levels of vitamin E, with only 1 cup giving you 20-50% of your daily suggested dose. Vitamin E is great for the body as it provides antioxidant benefits such as reducing inflammation and helping to reduce overall stress. Believe it or not, almond milk contains the same amount of calcium as cow’s milk, if not more! On their own, almonds contain 7% of the daily requirement, but most brands add calcium to their almond milks to match the amount in cow’s milk.

How To Make Almond Milk

Never made your own almond milk? Now is the perfect time to try! It's so simple, easy and absolutely delicious. All you need are raw almonds, water and vanilla to make a creamy and flavorful homemade almond milk. Once it's made it's the perfect liquid for smoothies, on top of oatmeal, in your coffee or just a cold glass to wash down those late night cookies. 

Homemade almond milk has many benefits, most notably that there are no added sugars or preservatives and it's not repeatedly processed, which tends to eliminate some of the nutritious vitamins. Food wise, it's always best to get down to the basics while trying to eliminate foods that are overly processed and carry many added ingredients. Simple changes like making your own homemade almond milk allows you to manage the level of sweetness.

The almond milk process begins with measuring out your almond to water ratio and soaking them overnight in cool water. There is no need to cover the bowl, just store on the counter of your kitchen. The next morning, the water is drained out and the almonds are added to a high-speed blender with more water and vanilla. 

After blending the ingredients on high for a few minutes, the mixture is poured through a cheese cloth into a bowl. I find that I get the smoothest consistency after pouring it through the cheese cloth a few times. 

Ingredients

1 cup of raw almonds (soaked overnight in cool water)
5 cups of filtered water
1 pinch of sea salt
1 tsp of vanilla extract

Instructions

1. Add your soaked almonds, filtered water, sea salt and vanilla to a high speed blender and blend for 1-2 minutes. 
2. Over a bowl, spread the cheese cloth and begin to slowly pour the blend, occasionally lifting it up to squeeze the liquid out while discarding the excess almonds. 
3. Transfer the milk to a jar and keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.
4. Enjoy!

 

Hemp Milk

Hemp milk is neck in neck with oat milk for being my all-time favorite plant milk. It’s made similarly to oat and almond milk by soaking whole hemp seeds and then blending them with water. This delicious milk alternative is free of lactose, soy and gluten, making a perfect choice for those living a plant-based lifestyle.

Health Benefits

Hemp milk is extremely rich in nutrients as it contains high amounts of plant proteins and healthy fats. Compared to the other plant-based milks like almond and oat, hemp milk is packed with more nutrients. What sets hemp milk apart from others is that it contains a complete protein, made up of essential amino acids. Hemp seeds are one of the only plant-based foods that have complete proteins in them, giving hemp milk a unique health advantage.

Not only is hemp packed with complete proteins, but also omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are essential in promoting healthy, beautiful skin. Apart from protein and healthy fats, hemp milk is packed with arginine, an amino acid that may help protect against heart disease.

How to make hemp milk

Making your own hemp milk is extremely easy and fun! Plus, you don’t get the added sugars, preservatives and thickeners that most store-bought hemp milk contains. If you like your plant-based milks to be on the sweeter side, feel free to add maple syrup, honey, agave, or dates for that added sweetness.

Ingredients

1 cup of raw hemp seeds
4 cups of water
1 pinch of salt
½ tsp of vanilla extract

Instructions

Pour all the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Place a cheese cloth over a large bowl and pour the liquid over the choose cloth. Squeeze all the excess pulp out of the cheese cloth and repeat 1 or 2 more times. Store your hemp milk in a class jar in the fridge and enjoy!