Monday, December 5, 2011

Got Hemp Milk?

Or Coconut Milk?
Or Almond Milk?

I've written about what goes into Kaden's sippy cup on my personal blog, but I realize that it probably belongs here, too. And after several requests and weeks without a post, I've finally found some quiet time to sit down and write!

Figuring out what cows milk-alternative I would use was not an easy task. Cows milk is touted for its high calcium, fat and protein content, as well as essential vitamins. Seems like a wonder beverage for a growing toddler.

Before I go on, this post is NOT going to list all the reasons why I choose not to give cows milk to Kaden. Food and diet is such a personal and emotional decision in our society and, thus, I am not looking to be a place of controversy. If you are looking for an alternative to cows milk, then I hope I am able to help you.

Here is a picture of the specific brands of nut & seed milks that I buy for Kaden.

Overall, each one contains less sugar than whole cows milk, almost 3 times more calcium per 8oz serving, they are enriched with vitamins A, D and B vitamins, and both the hemp and coconut milk are rich sources of essential fatty acids (EFAs). EFAs are essential because our body cannot create them, yet need them to function, and so we must get them from our food. EFA's are required for energy production, brain development, skin health and digestive energy.

And just clarify, hemp milk has no drug value and is not marijuana (in case you were wondering).

With breakfast and dinner, Kaden gets 4oz hemp milk and 4oz coconut milk, and recently 1/4 scoop of Chocolate SunWarrior Protein powder. I typically use the Almond milk for his daily Green Smoothie, and his oatmeal.

Not only did I get a huge thumbs up from our pediatrician, but he also requested my "formula" so that he can recommend it to other patients that are also looking for alternatives. Don't forget to run it by your pediatrician, too! Happy drinking :)

9 comments:

  1. This is such great information. We're just making the switch to hemp milk for our 11-month-old. I hadn't even thought of adding coconut milk, but that's a really good idea! How old was your son that he was getting 4 oz of each with each meal? I'm just trying to gauge how much I should be giving my little guy.

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    1. Hi Bea,

      Kaden was just over 1 year when I introduced both hemp and coconut. I did introduce them separately at first by combining 1/2 hemp and 1/2 formula. After 4 days or so I switched to 1/2 coconut and half formula. After another 4 days I combined both hemp and coconut with formula and slowly reduced the amount of formula each day until it was completely removed. I would say it took about 2 weeks total.

      Good luck!

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  3. Hi! Great blog! My son is going to turn one in Jan and I too am looking for alternatives! I have been reading though that there is not enough fat in the hemp milk and that the protein is too much for their developing organs. What do you think?

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    1. Hi there! Sorry for the late reply. I am obviously not a DR, but one of the reasons I combined hemp and coconut milk together was to increase the fat content. Also, if you are concerned and other food you give your son doesn't help supplement the fat, I would recommend adding a DHA liquid supplement to the milk. Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of Eat to Live and Disease Proof Your Child sells a great one that I take during my pregnancies. When my son turned one, I always ground up walnuts in my food processor and added a TB over his oatmeal along with some chia seeds too.

      As far as the protein goes, there is barely any protein in hemp milk which is why I add a half a scoop of SunWarrior Sprouted Raw Brown Rice Protein Powder.

      I hope that helps!

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  4. also what about the added sodium?

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  5. but all of those contain carrageenan. Have you noticed stomach aches after drinking that?

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    1. Hi Janis,
      None of us have had stomach aches as result of drinking these milks. My son is almost 3 now and he drinks almond milk on a daily basis. In fact, I believe cows milk has a greater possibility of causing stomach irritation. Isn't carrageean just a thickening agent??

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  6. Hi there what type of formula are u giving ur son? My little girl is 13month with milk allegy Im looking in to soy or hypoallergenic formula Thank u. Liz eayana16@hotmail.com

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