I’m a massive soya and almond milk devotee; I use it in the same way you would dairy. But the one alternative to dairy I hadn’t tried till recently was hemp milk. I don’t have an intolerance to dairy and I’m not vegan, I just prefer plant-based alternatives to dairy where possible because they’re lower in saturated fat and well, more environmentally friendlier. Every little helps and all that.
Hemp milk is made with hemp cream which has been created by crushing natural hemp seed and sweetened with grape juice. And I’ll admit it, I was pleasantly surprised when I poured myself a glass of chilled hemp milk. It had a really smooth nutty taste and what feels especially good about it, is knowing that it’s packed with omega 3, plus, like other plant-based alternatives, it’s better for the environment too.
In fact, hemp is one of the fastest growing plants on earth. It captures a lot of CO2 and does not need pesticides. Every part of the plant is used and hemp is also really good for the soil. The people from GOOD, grow their hemp in wildlife friendly fields in Devon. How cool is that??
You can use it in tea, coffee, cereals, porridge in cooking or as I have, in a smoothie. The flavour of the milk worked really well with the subtly and smooth sweetness of the papaya.
Papaya and Honey Hemp Smoothie
300ml Good Hemp Milk
1 teaspoon honey
Simply remove the skin and black seeds from the papaya and whizz together with the milk and honey in a blender. Serve with some fresh mint leaves.
Hemp milk – A 250 ml serving contains 50% of your recommended daily intake of Omega 3
Papaya – Papaya fruit is and excellent source of dietary fiber, folate, vitamin A, C and E. It is also very rich in antioxidant nutrients flavonoids and carotenes, very high in vitamin C plus A, and low in calories and sodium.
Honey – Great for immunity and a natural energy booster
The poetry pairing I am suggesting for you to consume with your papaya smoothie, is another classic from Seamus Heaney. It’s called The Milk Factory. This poem in honour of cows across the land. I think it’s good to give them a day off now and then.
The Milk Factory
Scuts of froth swirled from the discharge pipe.
We halted on the other bank and watched
A milky water run from the pieced side
Of milk itself, the crock of its substance split
Across white limbo floors where shift-workers
Waded round the clock, and the factory
Kept its distance like a bright-decked star-ship.
There we go, soft-eyed calves of the dew,
Astonished and assumed into fluorescence.