Goji Berry-Almond Milk (Raw Vegan, Paleo)

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The other day when I walked into Safeway I noticed a customer holding a bottle of Strawberry Nesquik Milk. Sounds good right? Do you have memories of your childhood when you enjoyed those bottles of Strawberry Milk? I think I only ever really had 1 drink of those Strawberry Milk products, but sure had my share of the Chocolate ones. So I never really enjoyed the Strawberry ones when I was little, but when I saw that Strawberry Milk the other day I thought how that flavor combination was pretty neat, but it’s too bad a lot of people don’t know the truth about what they are REALLY drinking!

Let me show ya.

So I went over to the Nesquik (one of the popular brands out there) website to check out the nutrition ingredients for their Strawberry Milk.

First of all, who knows where the milk they use comes from (sick confined factory animals?). This type of dairy is highly inflammatory and devoid of proper enzymes and nutrients from the milk due to the way it is heavily processed.

Secondly, it is filled with additives such as cellulose gel, carrageenan, and cellulose gum. It has artificial flavors, processed sugar, and artificial colorings such as Red #3 (which studies have shown to be linked with cancer, AND the Food and Drug Administration has acknowledged it as a carcinogen).

Thirdly, were are the strawberries in the ingredient list?! Oh, that’s right. Artificial Flavorings. Why use fresh strawberries when we can use cheap and metabolism damaging Artificial Flavorings?

Here is the ingredient list according to their website:

INGREDIENTS: LOWFAT MILK WITH VITAMIN A PALMITATE AND VITAMIN D3 ADDED, SUGAR, LESS THAN 2% OF CALCIUM CARBONATE, CELLULOSE GEL, ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, CARRAGEENAN, CELLULOSE GUM, CITRIC ACID, SALT, RED 3.

This made me upset when I read that list. I can’t belief people are drinking these thinking it’s just a bottle of milk, specially children. Why are we being allowed to drink these kinds of “products” with these harmful ingredients? What really hits with me is that a lot of people are not aware of what that “milk” actually consists of. Please feel free to share this post if you know anyone who really enjoys these.
From this mini shocking experience I had, guess what I set out to do in the kitchen with loving intentions? I almost decided to make a homemade fresh Strawberry…ehem-with real strawberries thank you-…Milk, but then decided to up the fun and make it a Goji Berry Milk! Completely dairy free if you’d like. Truly enjoyable and incredibly nutrient dense.
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Try it
-1 cup water + 2 tablespoons
-1/4 cup plain Almonds (soaked for 1 hour for proper digestion).
-1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Goji Berries
-1 drop of liquid Stevia extract OR 1/2 teaspoon Maple Syrup (add more to your preferred sweetness).
*You will need a small strainer or a double cheesecloth.
Blend all the ingredients on high speed until well blended. This might take a good 30 seconds or a little more. We strain the drink to remove the fiber of the berries and almonds in order to give it a very smooth milky consistency. Put the cheesecloth over a glass and pour the liquid through the cheesecloth slowly. Gently squeeze the cheesecloth slowly to get most of the liquid out onto the glass. You will see the fiber stays in the cheesecloth. Your drink is now ready to enjoy! You can put it in the fridge to enjoy cold. The leftover fiber can be added to your smoothies.
You can also keep the fiber with the drink, but it will create a thicker consistency which would turn the drink into more of a shake or smoothie.
Recipe with good quality organic cow’s milk
-1 cup milk
-1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Goji Berries
-2 tablespoons water
-1 drop of liquid Stevia extract OR 1/2 teaspoon Maple Syrup (add more to your preferred sweetness).
Follow same directions as above.
Isn’t it such a gorgeous vibrant orangey color?!
I should have made a recipe for a Strawberry Milk. I didn’t have more time to spend in the kitchen this weekend so I will keep this post for the Goji Berry Milk recipe, and the next post will be a recipe for Strawberry Milk. Again, I just love this combination of flavors. So much nourishment comes together from either berries and either kinds of milk. Remember, healthy fats help to absorb better nutrients from foods.
Say good bye to artificially flavored milks, and enjoy the ones you make yourself with vibrant ingredients.
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