In my personal zero waste lifestyle I have tried to re-use as many items as possible, so that they don’t go to waste. However, when I do purchase a new item, I make sure it’s multi-purpose. This helps keep my items down to the bare necessities and not feel like my house is cluttered with stuff. Now, I have promoted that I use an old pair of tights as my nut milk bag. This worked out well for my nut milks, but I was looking for something that was big enough to strain my veggie broth and other juices that I enjoy making.
Recently, I have tried out Gaia Guy’s XL nut milk bag and it is revolutionary. You can use it to strain nut milk, bone broth, veggie broth, and even smoothies/juices. If you have ever thought about investing in the plastic juicers when you already have a blender, don’t hit the order button just yet. These bags are made out of 100% cotton and completely compostable! Best of all after using it, just toss it in the wash with the rest of your clothes to clean. Please air dry, as it can shrink in the dryer.
Here are some awesome nut milk, veggie broth, and juice recipes that are perfect to use with this amazing bag!
Homemade Almond Milk
Soak 1 cup of almonds overnight. Strain the water out and add them to a blender with 4 cups of fresh water. Blend it up. Strain it through the nut milk bag, and you have some awesome homemade almond milk! (Side Note: I have a recipe for some Almond Pulp Granola on my YouTube Channel HERE!!!)
You can make milk with any nut and oat that you want! Most Almond Milks at the store are filled with sugar and preservatives. This homemade recipe is also cheaper and will last up to a week in the fridge.
Homemade Veggie Broth
Add cut up leftover veggies of your choosing to a big pot. Cover the veggies in water. Add 2 Bay leaves. 4 crushed garlic cloves. And Salt and Pepper to taste. Bring it up to a boil, then simmer on low for 2-3 hours. Strain the broth through the bag and squeeze all the veggies! You can place it in a big mason jar in the fridge for a week, or ice cube trays in the freezer for a month.
The Veggie Broth is amazing for your immune system, especially when feeling under the weather. The veggie broth also gives you all of the amazing nutritionist from the veggies, without feeling like you need to eat a bunch of veggies. The homemade is also a lot less salty and healthier for you than veggie broth at the store.
Homemade Bone Broth
Follow the Veggie broth recipe, add left over bones or chicken caucus. Bring it to a boil and then simmer on low for up to 4 hours. Strain through the bag and enjoy! The broth will last for a week in the fridge, or longer in the freezer.
Like the Veggie Broth, the Bone broth is very good for colds to boost your immune system. The collagen from the bone broth is also very good for your skin, hair, and overall health.
Homemade Green Juices- No Juicer Required!
Add half a cucumber, 3 pieces of kale, half a beet, quarter piece of ginger, and a carrot or two into a blender. Optional: some celery, additional greens, replace the beet with an apple, and add some lemon. Blend it all up with 2 cups of water, strain it through the bag and enjoy your fresh juice! Save the pulp to add to smoothies or on top of oatmeal.
Green juices are a great way to get a lot of nutritionist from the greens without feeling like you have to eat a big salad everyday. This recipe is great for a single serving. Triple the batch and store it in the fridge for a week’s worth of awesome green juice.
These recipes are easy and really convenient, especially for people who are trying to eat healthier but don’t feel like they have the time or resources to do so. Visit Gaia Guy's etsy page for more awesome items like bamboo yoga mats, bamboo slippers, and much more! I also have a give-a-way running on my instagram. Visit my page for your chance to win a free milk bag of your own!