Anyone else experiene lactose intolerance as you age? Now that we’re in our 40’s (how did that happen so fast?!) we’ve noticed milk being harder to digest. An increase in lactose intolerance later in life is common due to a decrease in lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) production. This can result in symptoms such as gas, bloating and abdominal discomfort.
Whether its food allergies or avoiding animal products for personal or environmental reasons: plant-based milk consumption is on the rise. As long as these issues don’t apply to your children, We recommend serving kids cows milk in order to provide adequate protein and calcium for their growth. If your kids do have lactose-intolerance, we recommend trying lactose-free milk (contains added lactase enzymes)before trying a plant-based milk.
Since we aren’t fans of the taste or texture of lactose-free milk, we opted for a plant-based alternative. Our favorite milk alternative is hands-down oat milk! We love the flavor, nutrient composition and it is SO simple to make. Just water, rolled oats and vanilla extract. Added bonus: no added sugars, preservatives, thickeners and much cheaper than the commercial brands. Since you are using your own reusable containers, it also helps decrease waste from store-bought single use cartons.
Simple, healthy plant-based milk
- 3/4 c Rolled oats gluten-free
- 4 c water
- 2 tsp vanilla extract optional
Combine oats and water in blender- blend for 30 seconds (do not over-blend! Will result in slimy texture)
Strain twice with fine-mesh metal strainer (not recommended to use a nut milk bag as it lets too much pulp through
Add vanilla extract and mix.
Store in airtight container for up to 5 days in refrigerator. FYI, a small amount of oat pulp might settle at bottom of jar during storage- simply shake before serving to incorporate.
Optional: flavor with 1.5 tbs cocoa powder for chocolate milk or 1/4 c fresh berries (blended) for berry milk flavor.