You may have heard that chocolate milk is one of the traditional go-to drinks for bodybuilders and athletes, and even weekend warriors at the local gym. What you may not have heard however, if that milk can be laden with hormones, is highly acidic for the body, and whilst touted as being ‘good for your bones’, dairy has actually been linked to a decrease in bone density and osteoporosis!
This drink contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals, perfect for drinking post-exercise or as a snack. Cashews are full of copper, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus – all essential for maintaining healthy muscles and bones, and they have good amounts of protein too. For an extra boost, add a scoop of hemp seeds or hemp or pea protein powder for plant based power.
Ethics aside, whether you’re Paleo, plant-based, or consider yourself to eat a ‘standard’ Western diet, it’s always worth experimenting with different ingredients and snacks to see what effect it has upon you. For those who are lactose intolerant, it’s important to find reliable dairy-free options, so prepare these alternative ‘milks’ ahead of time to grab throughout the week. If you’re considering being a little kinder to your body and the planet, starting with plant-based ‘milks’ is an easy and delicious change to make.
(serves 4, or makes about 1 litre of ‘milk’ to be stored in the fridge for up to a week)
- 1 large handful cashews (soaked overnight)
- 3 dates or 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp pink himalayan salt
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
- Optional: 2 tbsp shelled hemp seeds / hemp or pea protein powder
Soak your cashews over night or for about 8 hours
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for a minute or so to create a creamy texture.
There’s no need to strain this nut milk, so you can drink it straight away!