I think we can all agree that it would be entirely inappropriate to round up a bunch of women and impregnate them for the use of their breast milk.
Not just one time, but repeatedly artificially inseminating them so they will give birth and continue to produce breast milk over and over again for the rest of their lives.
Sounds like something straight out of a horror movie, doesn't it? It's pretty awful if you can bring yourself to picture it.
Did you know that the dairy industry practices this exact same cruel procedure to keep your gallons of milk full?
"Like humans, cows only produce milk after they have given birth, and dairy cows must give birth to one or more calf per year to continue producing milk. Typically they are artificially inseminated within three months of giving birth."
The cruelty doesn't end there. modernfarmer.com reports:
"Modern dairy farms have hundreds, even thousands of cows. They spend their lives being constantly impregnated to produce milk. "
"Antibiotics are used to cure infections. Hormones have been designed to increase milk production. The cows are pushed hard for production, and after three to four years, their production slackens, and they are sold off for hamburger meat."
"The animals spend their lives being fed in an indoor stall or crowded feedlot."
That's it, that is the life for a modern-day dairy cow. Pretty gruesome for any living being to go through.
Did you also know that research has now proven that cows are sentient beings that experience a wide range of emotions? (as reported by Psychology Today)
They even have their own personalities. Just like we do! It's so sad and inhumane that this is how cows are being treated.
At the very beginning of my plant-based journey, cows milk was one of the very first things I found an alternative for. (for a ton of health reasons)
I came across a video on my Facebook feed from David Avocado Wolfe. (This guy is pretty cool by the way) He was saying you could make homemade almond milk in 30 seconds at home.
I was a little skeptical as to whether I would like it or not. I am not a fan of the almond milk in the stores. They always seemed to have a weird, flavoring, and are pumped full of all kinds of unnecessary ingredients.
To my surprise, I found it to be delicious. A lot different than store-bought.
It also has a fair amount of benefits to offer too:
👍 LOW IN CALORIES, ONLY 60 CALORIES PER CUP
👍 NO CHOLESTEROL OR SATURATED FATS
👍 HIGH IN HEALTHY FATS, SUCH AS OMEGA FATTY ACIDS
👍 CONTAINS CALCIUM AND VITAMIN D
👍 HAS 50% THE RECOMMENDED DAILY VALUE OF VITAMIN E
👍 LOTS OF B VITAMINS
👍 LOW IN CARBS
👍 1 GRAM OF FIBER PER SERVING
👍 NO LACTOSE!
👍 NO ADDED JUNK
Plus, you don't have to be an Instagram worthy chef to make it. Even if you're the type of person who manages to burn a TV dinner, you can handle this one.
This is my homemade almond milk recipe.
You will need:
✔ Raw Almonds
✔ High-Speed Blender
✔ Spring Water
✔ Nut Milk Bag
✔ Glass pitchers
-Measure 2 cups of organic, raw, unpasteurized almonds
-Put the almonds in a container and cover with water
-Place in the fridge overnight or for about 8 hours.
-Drain and rinse almonds
-Add 1 cup soaked almonds and 1 1/2 cups of water to your NutriBullet or high-speed blender.
-Blend until smooth and frothy
-Pour contents of the blender into your milk bag over a large bowl
-Squeeze until all the liquid is strained through the bag, and give it a good twist to ring out all the milk.
-Dump your almond pulp out of the bag, and repeat the steps above until you use up all of your almonds.
-Pour milk into your glass pitchers and store them in the fridge for 3-5 days.
This recipe makes a little over 2 quarts of almond milk.
I don't like to be wasteful. For the almond pulp, I dry it out and grind it down into almond flour for baking.
Let me know in the comments if you give this a try.
Cheers to saving our sweet friends the cows!