Dairy Free Whip Cream

As a personal chef who cooks for some clients with allergies, I am constantly coming up with healthy and tasty alternatives to dairy. Just a few decades ago people assumed that milk was good for you. Today, milk consumption is a very controversial subject and is blamed for everything from children’s ear infections to cancer to diabetes in adults.

I got this recipe from my friend and mentor Megan Urlichs who is a Wholistic Nutritionist. Once you try it you are hooked because it is so easy and delicious!

One can of coconut milk-drained
stevia liquid-10-15 drops
½ vanilla bean pod-cut open and scrape out vanilla beans

Add all together and mix until combined. More creamy than regular whip cream, but so delicious and good for you.

Studies show that some people lack the enzyme lactase which digests milk. Babies produce lactase but it declines or disappears after weaning. In addition, there are others who are allergic to the milk protein called caseine, which is one of the the most difficult proteins for the body to digest. Traditionally cultures practiced “souring” or fermenting their milk. This process partially breaks down the lactose and predigests caseine, plus adds beneficial bacteria to the colon. The end result is that fermented milk like kefir, yogurt, and whey could and can be well tolerated by most adults.

Butter, milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, etc. are pasteurized. This means that all the enzymes necessary for digestion have been eliminated, and the milk’s mineral components, such as calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulfur, as well as many trace minerals, are greatly reduced. It puts unnecessary strain on the pancreas to produce more digestive enzymes. Homogenization has been linked to heart disease. On top of all that, chemicals are added to restore taste suppress odor, and correct color.

The best thing a person can do is become aware of how your body feels one to two hours after eating. If you feel constipated, bloated, have headaches or lethargy, understand that it is probably something you have eaten that is not digesting. In many states now you can buy raw milk from cows that roam on pastures, eat grass and get plenty of sunshine.

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