How to make soy milk

I really enjoyed making this, and even though I can’t have soy at the moment, I really felt a sense of accomplishment once I finished making soy milk all by myself. I have spent the last 12months really trying to make as much as I can at home, to ensure it is whole, not preserved, fresh and clean. For me, this meant learning to make many of the organic foods that I usually pulled off the shelf, such as nut milks, nut butters, breads, breakfast cereals etc. Along the way I have learnt soo much. At first I really found it scary and to be honest felt that some foods were meant to be made in facilities, but as the months have gone on, I have began to step outside my comfort zone. This week, I challenged myself to something that I have long felt was beyond my reach, as I had placed soy in a category all by itself. Once I began to see it as any other legume, I felt more comfortable to explore what can be done with it. With that, I took on soy milk, one of the last remaining foods, I still buy off the shelf. Now I have comfort in knowing that I don’t really need to do that anymore, and now I have infinite boundaries I feel comfortable jumping over! So with that, lets make soy milk.

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You are going to need:

1 cup of organic GMO-free soy beans. Use the bulk bin if you can, it will be cheaper

12 cups of filtered water

a massive pot that can hold at least 15 cups of liquid

unbleached cheese muslin cloth or sieve

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Preparation:

1. place soybeans in a bowl and cover with 2 cups of filtered water. Leave for  18hrs. After 18hrs throw water away after 18hrs, wash beans till all beans skin are gone.

2. place beans in a blender and add 1 cup of filtered water. Blend till smooth

3. Place soy content in pot and add remainder 9 cups of water.

4. Boil on high for 10mins, stir with spoon occasionally to prevent soy fiber from sticking to bottom of put. Skim of any foam layer that forms on top of milk, do not stir it back into the milk.

5. After 10 mins lower stove to medium to low heat and leave to cook for 45 – 1 1/2hrs depending on how creamy you want it.

6. Once cooking time is reached, place cheese cloth over a bowl (see jar & cheese prep)

7. carefully strain milk. Squeeze excess milk out of cloth and save soy pulp( akara) in fridge

8. sweeten milk as you please with vanilla extract or blend with dates. You can also leave it unsweetened.

9. pour milk in warm jars (see jar prep below). Seal, label and store!

10. Enjoy your homemade, healthy, fresh soy milk as you like

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Jar prep & cheese cloth prep:

1. Place jars & lids in pot and cover with water. Boil for 5-10 mins .

2. Carefully remove jars and place on clean dish towel rims up.

3. place cheese cloth in pot of hot water with stove OFF. Leave till ready to use

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My food intolerances & allergies – the 4 week elimination diet

So though I have been on a health quest all my life due to wheat and intolerances, it never accrued to me that I might still be eating the wrong things. I decided it was time to have a visit with my naturopath as I still had some allergy symptoms but was still eating healthy. We sent my blood work to the lab to check for IgA, B, antigens to foods and the results were shocking! So for the next 4 weeks I will be on a elimination diet until my next visit with my doctor. I am optimistic that this will only make me better and even more healthier so I welcome the challenge. To follow my progress make sure to subscribe to my youtube channel. I will upload daily progress vblogs  http://www.youtube.com/user/Naturallyzoefriendly

Here are a list of foods I can not eat for the next 4 weeks:

dairy ,
coffee,
blueberries ,
cranberries,
honey,
sugar,
baker’s yeast,
brewer’s yeast,
fish ,
almonds,
amaranth,
kidney beans,
lima beans,
soy,
string beans,
buckwheat,
corn,
wheat,
gluten,
hazelnut,
lentil,
oat,
green peas,
pecan,
rye,
sesame seeds,
spelt,

This week’s snack idea – fruit salad with rye toast and nut butter

Eating a snack full of foods filled with antioxidants and protein twice a day outside your regular mean meals is very healthy for the body. It supplies much needed energy that the body needs to function. It helps maintain the blood sugur wether you are hypo glycemic or hyper glycemic.  With the continual day to day that results in our bodies being exposed to pollution and other free radicals, it is important to continually eat foods that will help repair some of the oxidative damage that might result.

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Snack ingredients for the week:

1/2 cup of watermelon – high in lycopene , which is important for prostate health. Keep in mind, it is high on the glycemic index and should be eaten with other foods that will help low the glucose effect

1/2 cup of cantaloupe (rockmelon) – extremely high in vitamin A, which I must say is on my top 5 for vitamins we can’t live without. Vitamin A is immune supportive, protects the respiratory system, helps with cell damage, supports vision, maintains normal and healthy skin. A is fat soluble, meaning it stays in the body much longer and stores in the liver, so it is important not to exceed 400o iu per day.

5 small strawberries – high in Vitamin C, folate, and potassium.

1/4 cup blueberries –  high in lutein, potassium. Vitamin A & Vitamin K. Lutein has been shown to reduce the risk of cataracts. It also can turn the skin bronze. Vitamin K helps with blood clotting. Be aware K can interfere with blood thinning medication. It is however a good way of getting Vitamin k into breastfeeding mothers, and pregnant women with low platelet counts

1 green kiwi – rich in calcium, magnesium, k and Vitamin C. This fruit is a supper food! For those that can’t have Vitamin K but want the remainder benefits, golden kiwi has less k than green. a difference of 40micrograms in green kiwi compared to 5.5 micrograms.

2 pieces of rye bread  – will give you protein

2 table spoons of raw, natural, unsalted peanut butter – that’s 8 grams of protein in just 2 table spoon, no cholesterol, high in B3, folate, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. For those sensitive or allergic to peanuts, try tahini as an alternative.

1 cup soy, almond, rice milk with a table spoon of blackstrap molasses – protein from soy, calcium from almonds. A significant amount of  magnesium, b6, manganese, potassium and iron from just 1 table spoon of the blackstrap molasses. so less is more.

HAPPY HEALTY EATING