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10-26-2010, 06:14 PM
I am vegan and considering going raw. The thing is I normally drink ecomil almond milk (as don't really like the taste of soya). Now I know soya milk is a big no no with raw due to the processing but I cant seem to find any info on how the ecomil one is made. I know you can make almond milk but a). the recipes I have seen are a lot more fattening the ecomil one is quite low cal and I am watching my weight. b). it is too time consuming i know that sounds like a cop out but dont have a blender good enough for grinding, and as I drink milk every day like the convenience of having a carton constantly on the go. If I did go with the ready made milk I wouldn't be 100% raw but does that matter? I dont intend to rush into something like this so quickly and fully its more a step by step process if that makes sense!
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
10-26-2010, 06:36 PM
Here's another alternative for quick and easy raw almond milk. Check out his thread: http://www.rawfoodtalk.com/showthread.php?t=61163&highlight=almond+butter+make+milk
10-26-2010, 08:04 PM
Ecomil is definitely not raw, it's great step though. :)
I used to drink ecomil almond milk, now after making my own almond milk all those years ago I realised that NONE of the boxed almond milks taste even half as great as the freshly made stuff! Even the Ecomil almond milk, and I considered that the best one!
10-27-2010, 07:45 AM
You go as raw as you can and as you want. The more the better but if you want to have the milk then have it and there will come a day when you do not want it any more.
This is your personal journey, do it your way.
10-27-2010, 03:16 PM
I totally agree with all the posters above. And I'm just going to add that if you're going raw, almon milk calories are really not something you need to worry about. :D
Wellcome to your health journey!
10-27-2010, 10:08 PM
have you tried to contact the manufacturer?
I agree that making your own almond milk is too time consuming--although my dbf loves it, so I make it as a treat some times
i think you're totally fine eating more raw and including this, its all in how you feel. it is definitely a process! some find it easy, but most don't always do
10-28-2010, 05:00 AM
Hi Bexy. I have been mostly raw for over 1 year. I just recently started making raw almond milk at home. I was concerned about calories but it hasn't made a difference in my weight. I drink a cup a day in a smoothie. Be as raw as you want and when you're ready or have the equipment then try making your own. Its wonderful. My recipe: 1 cup soaked almonds, 3 dates, 1/4 tsp alcohol free vanilla, 5 cups water.
10-28-2010, 06:30 AM
if you soak the almonds first, your blender should be able to handle them. then you can strain out the pulp and use it for something else raw.
No raw food police = do what works for you.
For *me* which is obviously my personal experience only ~ of course! :)
I like 100%-ish ~ but I have a VitaMix, a dehydrator, a husband who's raw, a job working where and when I want, and all the other little things I've picked up along the way as I've "sacrificed" (ha!) to change my life so it fits my chosen lifestyle.
Regarding time ~ for me, when I eat all raw ~ I have *more* time because I have more *energy* ~ so it works out BETTER to spend time making the raw food stuff. Juuuuuuuuuuust me.
10-28-2010, 03:52 PM
If you feel almond milk is too time consuming, you could always try macadamia or cashew nut milk. Jut pop the nuts in the blender with some water (and a sweetener and a bit of salt if you like) and blend! No straining, no soaking, takes maybe 30 seconds (and I don't have a vitamix).
I mostly use truly raw cashews or macadamias for my milks, unless I've got time to strain the almonds (all up almond milk takes me about 2 minutes more than the other milks because of the straining. Then I have almond milk for about three days! Soaking almonds just means I put almonds in a bowl and cover it with water just before I go to bed.
10-28-2010, 05:03 PM
Thanks guys for all the answers about the milk query? Cant remember all your names as not letting me view original post while I type this so forgive me! Have tried the hemp milk - euww lol didn't go much on it I am afraid! I wonder if the trick if I do make the almond milk and want it low calorie like the ecomil one is to use more water and less almonds. Its nice to know there are no raw food police! I am definately trying to go more raw, buying lots of raw stuff eg. biscru bars (tho hard to get hold of), anything raw I can get my hands on and upping my fruits and veggies etc...My main reason for this is trying to avoid soya - I used to drink a lot of soya milk and am getting concerned about all the negative reports I am hearing. That said I wont go out of my way to avoid it - I think its swings and roundabouts - whatever we do we can't win! Just thinking about raw is getting me to evaluate my choices in food and I have definately become more healthy. At least we aren't chomping hamburgers and cream cakes!
10-28-2010, 07:49 PM
Good on ya bexy!
Yup, upping the water to almonds ratio will lower the calories. Think about it this way, boxed milks are made by companies, who want to maximise profits. The less almonds used the less money they spend per litre to make it.
Personally I don't bother about the calories, but you can always watch them if you like. :)
10-29-2010, 01:33 AM
I love cashew milk----it's so creamy and quick to make in my Magic Bullet (I don't have a high speed blender.)
Just a scoop of raw cashew butter (Artisana, I love you!) and filtered water, blend, and presto! Amazingly good. I make almond milk this way too using raw almond butter, but prefer the results with the cashew butter as there are no grainy bits at the bottom.
10-29-2010, 02:25 AM
ive only a cheap salton blender
i put in like 30 almonds and keeping pulsing several seconds
per for like 90 seconds and these dry almonds that i never
soak are a powder
i then add water and blend on high for a minute ,
strain through fine metal mesh kitch strainer
and my milks ready
i put back in blender and add whatever then blend for
a minute and its ready
to me doing that and filling a pitcher up once / twice
a day isnt much hassle , plus its healthier and cheaper
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