“How do I get my toddler off cow’s milk?”
I’ve shared the intimate details of not only my journey but my journey into motherhood, with so many of you in my course Empowered Moms – Surviving & Thriving in a Toxic World. In that community, I’ve connected with mamas 3 times each year since 2017!
Today, I want to share a few FAQs about the first year of nursing and feeding and answer one of the biggest questions I get.
How do I get my toddler off cow’s milk if I’ve already started that habit.
Personally, I have never given my kids cow’s milk. I am aware there is a level of comfort surrounding this issue. I’ve even seen it tear families and marriages apart because in our toxic world this is just SO controversial—I get it! I implore all mamas to do the research and talk to their individual pediatricians and practitioners before making these decisions.
So what did I do?!
My daughter recently weaned at 3.5 years old, and my son self-weaned at 18 months. For him, I continued to pump until he was 2. I then weaned him from the breast milk with avocado milk, and eventually replaced that with smoothies. I was knee-deep into Medical Medium healing at this point, so my decision was already made. I wasn’t worried about calcium, as I knew he was getting greens, seaweed, fruit, peas, lentils, and seeds. I was also aware of how much more absorbable plants are, over processed cow’s milk.
BUT Kimberly, I’ve already given that white creamy milk to my toddler, and they won’t take avocado milk.
- Try, try, and try again! Check out my blog about introducing new foods to kids!
- Try almond milk or coconut milk! Yes, we must be mindful of fats, but one step at a time, Mama!
BUT Kimberly, all of the almond milks and coconut milks out there are highly processed and full of junk.
I have you covered! You can make your own almond milk in about 3 minutes using the recipe below!
Homemade Almond Milk Recipe
As more families are transitioning to eating more plants and less processed foods, some are searching for cleaner alternatives. When it comes to plant-based milk, many families fall short in finding clean alternatives. Many commercial products are loaded with preservatives and “yuck” ingredients, which is why I wanted to share my super SIMPLE, homemade almond milk recipe with you today!
Nuts (especially walnuts, Brazil nuts, almonds, and cashews) hold important trace minerals such as zinc, selenium, and manganese. Almonds in particular strengthen nerves and bones. -Anthony William
Homemade Almond Milk
Simple, homemade almond milk—just 5 ingredients!
- 1 cup Almonds (raw, unsalted)
- 2 tbsp. Pitted Dates
- 4 cups Water
- 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1/2 Vanilla Extract (alcohol-free)
- Soak almonds in water for 8-12 hours.
- Drain and rinse.
- Combine almonds, dates and water in a blender, about 1 minute on high.
- Over a large bowl or pot, strain the pulp out of the nut milk using cheeseclothor a nut milk bag.
- Add cinnamon and vanilla extract to the nut milk and whisk until combined.Divide into glasses and enjoy!
Serve It With: Fruit! Drink it plain or use it in any recipe that calls for almond milk.
Storage: Refrigerate in an air-tight glass container up to 3-4 days. Shake well before using. It is natural for the milk to separate.
No Dates: Use 1-2 tbsp of honey or maple syrup instead.
Leftover Almond Pulp: Add to oatmeal, smoothies, or vegetable/bean dips. Use as a crumble in dessert or crust for breading a simple “treat” meal such as baked cauliflower wings.
Make Almond Flour: Spread leftover nut pulp onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at lowest setting for about 3 hours or until completely dry. Add almond meal to food processor and blend into a fine powder. Use in any recipe that calls for almond flour.
Dr. Kimberly Spair brings an enormous amount of compassion and light to her work as a healer. Her personal experience of overcoming chronic health issues while managing the demands of her busy life as a mother, wife and health practitioner gives her a special and invaluable insight into the challenges and struggles so many of her clients face. I deeply respect and honor Kimberly and her genuine commitment to helping her clients heal. She is a true ambassador of the healing information I share.
– Anthony William, Medical Medium
Nothing is more powerful than a mother in touch with her intuition and power. Dr. Kimberly Spair’s course will help awaken that within you.
– Dr. Christiane Northrup, M.D. OB/GYN, Women’s Health Expert, Visionary Health Pioneer, Wellness Speaker, and New York Times Best-Selling Author