California is in the worst drought its seen in 1,200 years. According to NASA, we only have 1 year left of water. It’s pretty scary to think about. I feel overwhelmed trying to figure out what, as an individual I can do to help.
I’m doing my best to raise awareness through social media, posting about whatever I’m learning. And I’m also doing my best to be mindful every day about my personal water usage – the only tangible thing I feel like I have control over. Some of that includes shorter showers and even skipping one a week (washcloth wipe down is totally acceptable once a week!), not letting the water run while doing dishes or brushing my teeth, not flushing after every pee, and reevaluating some of my current food choices. Almonds and walnuts among them.
I came to this decision after I learned that 80% of California’s water usage goes to agriculture and 10% of that water goes towards growing almonds. Breaking it down even further, 1 almond requires 1 gallon of water to produce and walnuts are even worse at 4.9 gallons a walnut. While neither is quite as water intensive as beef, which comes in at 2,500 gallons per pound, it’s still a lot.
So I am going to give up my beloved almond milk and start using hemp. I know switching from almond milk to hemp milk may seem silly and small in the context of this huge problem we’re facing but, I feel like it’s something. All the little things we choose to do can add up to very big, positive changes. And if I’m asking my omniverous friends to cut down on their meat intake, then I can stop drinking almond milk.
And not only are hemp seeds much more sustainable than almonds, they are much more nutritionally dense. So, in the end – it’s really better for us anyway. Here are the nutritional stats…
Just 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds contain the following:
- 10 grams of protein
- all 9 essential amino acids
- great source of Omega-3 fatty acids
- 45% of your daily magnesium & phosporus needs
- 20% of your daily zinc & iron needs
- 11% of your daily fiber needs
So easy to integrate into our daily diet. Throw them on a salad, add them into your smoothie, or… make them into delicious milk. And here’s how you do it:
- 1 cup hemp seeds
- 3 cups filtered water
- 2 to 4 dates (or 1 tablespoon of either raw, local honey, maple syrup or a couple drops of stevia)
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- a pinch or two of celtic sea salt (Himalayan or other sea salt is fine too)
- Pour hemp seeds and filtered water into a high-speed blender. Slowly, turn the speed up to high and blend for about a minute.
- Pour the milk out through a nut milk bag into a bowl and strain. You can use a cheesecloth over a metal strainer if you don’t have a nut milk bag.
- Once the milk is strained, pour it back into the blender with the rest of the ingredients. Blend on high for another minute. Pour out and enjoy!
I plan on using my milk for coffee, tea and when making my daily superfood oatmeal. How do you plan on using the milk you make? Let me know!