Drinking the dregs

No matter how much I shake the almond or soy milk, the last cup of the carton is always SO MUCH BETTER than the rest.  I love the thick sediment that’s left at the end.  If only there were a way to make it all like that!?  Anyone else a fan of the nondairy milk dregs?


In case you weren’t aware, I’m a vanilla whore.  I usually buy the unsweetened or plain soymilk/almond milk and just add that and NuNaturals vanilla stevia to my coffee.  Lately, though, I’ve been in a mayj vanilla phase, so the fridge is stocked with the vanilla varieties of nondairy milk.  It’s reallllly sweet.  I hope I don’t destroy my taste bud sensitivities. 


After B&G night, I was so glad that I was able to sleep in.  But I was even more pleased to have overnight chai chia oat pudding waiting for me when I finally made it out of bed.  

I had the bowl alongside a nectarine that I bought last week.  Waiting for it to ripen was like some kind of foreign torture tactic.  And after (what felt like) forever, it was finally soft and sweet smelling.  But guess what?  It wasn’t very good.  Boo.  I was expecting a luscious juicy nectarine, but instead got a watery (not very sweet) piece of fruit.  I hope the others I bought aren’t the same.


At least I had the overnight oat pudding to stimulate my senses.  This time I added the coconut peanut butter on top AFTER they set.  And I added way more than 1 tsp. 


It was hard to mix in because the pudding was so thick, but I made do 😉

I went on a short run after breakfast digested.  I need to kick it into gear soon because I have a triathlon that I am in denial about.  I’m not going to think about it now (see? 100% denial). 


Not much measuring happened here.  I added soymilk, frozen mango, frozen papaya, and ice until the consistency was right.  Pretty simple.


Dinner made use of the salad leftovers from the shower.  Because I already told you guys I’m a freak and prefer my salads soggy


Can you believe that’s only half the leftovers?  [My cousin got the rest]


So much going on in here.  The avocado was really what made the salad.  That and the completely imbalanced ratio of lettuce to veggies.  I think I had, like, eight leaves of greens, but a gardens worth of broccoli, cucumber, tomatoes, carrots, mushrooms, snap peas, and bell peppers.  YUM!


I also had seitan, which I mixed in to the salad post-photo. 


Since I had dinner on the earlier side, I was hungry for a snack later.  I really tried to listen to my body, practice intuitive eating, and determined what I was craving was salty nuts.  I started eating them out of the container, but then realized that wasn’t a wise idea.  After a few handfuls I poured some into a bowl.


I really only like cashews and almonds so I picked those out.  Don’t tell Kyle. 


This is the last mug of Numi chocolate pu-erh.  I keep trying to get more, but the last few visits to WF have been unsuccessful.  I may have to resort to online purchasing.  This mug was especially good because it was made with the thick sediment-filled portion of soy milk.  Yums. 

**I just googled “dregs” and the definition says it’s “the most worthless part or parts of something.”  I disagree.

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Comments (38)

  1. Katherina @ Zephyr Runs

    I always drink my tea dregs…. but never the milk!

  2. Natalie S.

    I love the last little bit of almond milk!!! Unfortunately, drinking it usually means that I forgot to pick up another carton at the store…. By the way, that sucks about the nectarine! I hate when that happens with fruit. Strawberries always tempt me in the store… they look so bright and red and juicy… but half the time when I take them home, they’re completely flavorless!

  3. Marissa

    I like soggy salads, too! There’s nothing better than day-old Greek salad in my book. 🙂 And there should always be more veggies than lettuce… I usually end up eating most of the lettuce first, so I’m left with just a big pile of toppings at the end, lol.

  4. hippierunner

    Is it weird that I have no idea what you’re talking about, about the dregs?! I guess I should be on the look out for that next time lol. Your fruit shake and salad look so satisfying!

  5. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine

    Haha I ALWAYS pick my favorite nuts out of the mixed nut containers. I’m all about the pecans, macadamias and brazil nuts though- we’d be fabulous together.

  6. Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles

    Mmmm that chai pudding! I was planning on having it this morning but I forgot there was an overnight step! Tomorrow, definitely. And I’m drooling thinking about avocado right now!

  7. Katie

    I love your header, first of all!

    Second, a really good unsweetened, but vanilla-y (?) non-dairy milk (whoa that is a mouthful) is Living Harvest Unsweet. Vanilla Hemp Milk. SO GOOD! The sweetened is almost too sweet, so I stick with the unsweetened.

    I made your chai chia overnight oats, but for some reason they were a bit too liquidy. I am going to reduce the water by about 1/4 cup and use some protein powder in lieu of 1/4 c. of the oats and see what happens. Other than the extra tea, it was great! And kept me fueled through a 2 mile run and a body pump class!

  8. Kelsey

    I agree with you–I really don’t mind my salads soggy, either. I put my dressing on hours before and I like how everything gets coated that way. And I’m all over leftover salad! That one looks delish.

    And I must make your chai chia concoction!!! Mmmm.

  9. Salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle)

    all of those eats look amazing! I definitely need to try that coconut peanut butter! yum!!!!!

  10. ashley @ cooking for john

    love your smoothie in the pilsner glass, think i may need to do the same. for my fiance’s 21st birthday years ago, i got him a set of glasses and had one engraved for him. he never uses them because, well, we are lame and don’t have keggers. haha!

  11. Abby

    I’ve had the same problems with any nectarines and peaches I have bought so far. It is so depressing! 🙁 I looked for that tea yesterday at Whole Foods in Omaha and couldn’t find it either!! Bummer!

  12. Paula

    WestSoy Oranic Unsweetened Vanilla Soymilk is my fav…. but you can have the dregs! Too gloopy for me, ewww 🙂

  13. Elise (Post author)

    i usually have good luck with strawberries. stone fruit, not so much.

  14. Elise (Post author)

    what! the last part of nondairy milk is always all so much thicker and grainy and full of particles. mmmm…

  15. Katie

    I always slurp my drink down to nothing! You’re eats are so good wish I could make myself go to that first instead of chips :/ I like the bottom of the soymilk too becasuse it is just so much sweeter 🙂 I adore vanilla tasting things, but I love chocolate sweets? So weird!

  16. Cait's Plate

    oh my gosh – everything in this post looks so fresh and delicious! I could happily go for those overnight oats!

  17. Missy

    I’ve been buying my nectarines at the Whole Foods in Venice, and having the same problem with them being sub-par. But the ones I got at the SM Farmers Market on Sunday were totally amazing.

  18. Ethel

    Bring your dregs and that Numi chocolate this weekend and you can swim in our pool. Jes?!

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  20. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    soymilk, frozen mango, frozen papaya, and ice = omg that looks soooo good!!

    and i love the dregs too. big time 🙂 it’s where the sweetest flavors are!

  21. Jess@HealthyExposures

    geeze…i guess i’m missing out on the dregs! i don’t often just have almond milk straight up so when it’s poured in things I don’t notice it so much. although I’m pretty diligent about shaking the carton whenever I go to use it so maybe I’m ruining the dregs for myself? I’m a little obsessed with the word dregs now…

  22. Katie

    Leftovers make my life so much better – especially when they can last a couple of days. I want someone to hand me a big container full of that salad – yum city.

  23. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Ahh, I just bought that Numi tea the other day! It was on close out sale at Kroger for 1/2 price! I wonder if that means it’s going to be discontinued? I haven’t tried it yet, but maybe I need to go back and yank them all off the shelf! Lol

    Love the almond milk dregs! I usually save the last bit and then turn it up straight from the carton! Mmm!

    1 teaspoon serving of pb? Has Tropical Traditions lost their minds?!

  24. Yolie @ Practising Wellness

    you eat THE most amazing food…love everything on here and utterly:-) and yes, I would agree, (a) the dregs are the bomb.com! and (b) vanilla is the BEST flavour ever. So good. <3 xyx

  25. Yolie @ Practising Wellness

    I meant to write I love everything completely and utterly but somehow deleted completely. oopsidaisy! 🙂 xyx

  26. sarah

    Have you tried Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla? That’s what I always use in my smoothies, still get the vanilla without the super sweet. Also loving the starbucks vanilla instant coffees (Via) right now. Make it with vanilla soy–saves me from visiting them everyday for my soy americano misto! Wish I woulda bought shares in them a few years ago…

  27. Elise (Post author)

    🙂 i got it

  28. Elise (Post author)

    havent tried that one. is it organic? ill have to check it out next time im in the store. thanks!

  29. Elise (Post author)

    i know. seriously? 1 tsp? they loco.

  30. Elise (Post author)

    obviously youre just a world class shaker…so the bottom is no different for you!

  31. Elise (Post author)

    im working nights fri, sun, monday 🙁 maybe saturday i can drag myself from bed to hang?

  32. Elise (Post author)

    thanks missy. i think the farmers market is where ill be buying my stone fruit from now on.

  33. Elise (Post author)

    im not really a fan of westsoy, but then ive only tried the unsweetened original. maybe the vanilla is better. or maybe its because thats the soymilk the kitchen had at my old hospital and i associate it with patients? who knows.

  34. Elise (Post author)

    thanks for the rec! protein powder or more chia seeds should do the trick. weird that the liquid was off. did the chia seeds have time to gel?

  35. Elise (Post author)

    we are a perfect match!! i thought of you on night shift last night as i picked out the macadamias and brazil nuts. blech.

  36. Jake

    I make my own soymilk. It’s incredibly easy with a soymilk machine (soak dry beans for 5-12 hrs, add to machine, fill water to line, and push the button), but there are several recipes out there that call for various steps of blending, straining, and boiling. Personally, I’m not so much a fan of the dregs, so I soak the beans for only 5 hours in warm water. However, if you soak them for closer to 12 hours you end up with more dregs in the milk. The downside for me is that the longer you soak them the stronger “beany” taste you end up with, and I prefer a subtle flavor that I can modify with chocolate powder, flavored coffee creamers, or Torani syrups.
    The by-product of making soy milk is a blended and boiled bean curd, which the soy milk making industry refers to as dregs. I find this stuff to be a great high-protein, low-carb, substitute for noodles or rice in many dishes. In fact, I’m eating some Cajun chicken spaghetti with soy milk dregs instead of noodles right now… and it’s amazing!

  37. Elise (Post author)

    so funny you just commented on this since i was JUST looking at make your own soy/nut milk machines. i was eyeing the soyabella one, is that what you have? im trying to do the conversion of pricing a cup of raw nuts to the cost of buying the milk…how much milk does it yield?
    the soy curd actually sounds liknda yummy. have you tried with nuts before?

  38. Jake

    I bought mine years ago from http://www.bigcrazystore.com (it’s a Chinese website). It was around $100. I buy the dried soybeans in bulk from WinCo. I don’t remember WinCo’s price, but I see them in bulk (like, by the ton) online for $0.30/lb, so I WinCo is easliy less than $1.00/lb. The soy milk maker requires 100g (~0.2 lbs) of soybeans to make 1.3 liters (~1/3 gallon). So for less than $1.00 in dried beans you can make 5 batches… almost 2 gallons of soy milk, plus about another quart, to half-gallon, of dregs.
    There really is no comparison. My machine paid for itself years ago.
    I’ve tried the nuts. They’re pretty plain by themselves, but you can also get them in roasted/salted/spicy varieties. If I’m eating soybeans, I would prefer to just eat them fresh/steamed with soy sauce and save the dried beans for making soy milk, tofu, and soy cheese (all of which are fun to make). You can also make the soy milk/tofu/cheese from fresh beans, but it seems like an unnecessary cost when the final product tastes the same.

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