When Life hands you almonds, make almond milk.
When you write out your grocery list I’m sure there is some sort of “milk” on the list. At the store, we’re bombarded with different types of milk, percentages, and brands. How can we be sure of what we are getting? Is it pasteurized? Is it organic? Are there additives? What type of milk is best for you and your family? Was the cow treated poorly? Did the cows utters have puss on them? Going to the grocery store for milk can be an overwhelming experience nowadays.
I am a HUGE advocate of nut milks especially almond milk, and what’s really great is you can easily make it yourself! Almonds are so good for you and have tons of extra benefits that you may not be getting from other types of milk.
First, almond milk is dairy-free so it is great for those with a dairy allergy, sensitivity, or who just plain don’t like the taste of regular cow’s milk (like me). It also acts as a complete substitute for cow’s milk because you are getting just as much protein and calcium and way fewer preservatives and additives you will find elsewhere. It’s a win on all levels of living a healthy lifestyle.
Some other benefits include:
- Almond milk helps with weight management. One cup of almond milk contains 60 calories, compared to cow milk that contains 146 calories in whole milk, 122 calories for 2%, 102 calories for 1%, and 86 calories for skim milk. I’m not a fan of calorie counting, but if you are a calorie counter, this will give you some insight.
- Due to the lack of animal saturated fat, sodium, and no cholesterol with an increased value of healthy fats, almond milk is a heart healthy option.
- Strengthens bones with its calcium and vitamin D content.
- Contains 50% of your daily value of vitamin E to help keep your skin glowing and healthy.
- Has little effect on your blood sugar because almond milk is low in carbs.
- Helps with digestion through fiber content.
- It doesn’t require refrigeration so you can take it literally everywhere since it is still great at room temperature.
- It is super easy to make yourself!
Here is a fantastic easy recipe I use weekly to help you make your own almond milk!
EASY ALMOND MILK
Makes 4 cups
- 1 cup raw almonds, soaked for 8 hours
- 4 cups water
- 3 or 4 de-pitted dates or Liquid Stevia sweetener to taste (optional)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
DIRECTIONSRemove almonds from the water and place in a blender. Add the 4 cups of fresh water and blend for 2 minutes or until the almonds are ground down.
Pour the almond milk into a nut milk bag over a large bowl. Squeeze the bag to allow the milk to run through and leave the pulp inside the bag.
Put the milk back into your rinsed out blender and add the dates or stevia to sweeten your milk if you desire, and blend. Place it in a container and refrigerate. The milk should be good for 2-4 days before spoiling.
Are you making your own nut milks at home> I’d love to hear from you. Which nut milk is your favorite? Do you like it sweetened or plain Jane?