Health Benefits Of Almond Milk (Recipe Inside)
Almond milk is quickly gaining popularity as it is a great substitute for dairy milk or soy milk. Many people are steering away from soy milk due to its many health concerns. Soy is actually not a health food and should be avoided like the plague. Click here to learn more about why you should avoid soy in your daily diet.
Almond milk is not only delicious but can be used by people who are lactose intolerant or people who just wish to avoid dairy in their daily diet.
Health Benefits Of Almond Milk
1. Full Of Nutrients
Almond milk is one of the most nutritious milk substitutes on the market. Packed with vitamin A, D, and E, and many other nutrients such as manganese, selenium, magnesium, vitamin E, zinc, fiber, potassium, phosphorous, and iron
2. Low In Calories, Great For Weight Loss
Almond milk contains fewer calories than dairy milk or other milk substitutes. So if you’re watching those calories almond milk is your best choice. For the best weight loss results, opt for unsweetened almond milk or even better make your own. (Scroll down for the recipe)
To give you an idea of the calorie content:
- Whole milk: 140 calories per cup
- Rice milk: 120 calories per cup
- Skim milk: 80 calories per cup
- Almond milk (sweetened): 40 calories per cup
- Almond milk (unsweetened): 30 calories per cup
3. Great Alternative For People With Milk Allergies Or Lactose Intolerance
Almond milk is a plant derivate and does not contain any lactose. It can be consumed, without any side effect, by people who are allergic to milk or lactose intolerant.
4. Great For Vegans And Raw Food Eaters
Because almond milk contains no animal products or by products, it’s suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Many vegans or raw food eaters use almond milk to create smoothies or other sweet treats.
5. Strong Bones And Teeth
Almond milk contains calcium which helps to maintain strong bones and teeth
6. Great For Your Heart Health
Almond milk contains no cholesterol or saturated fats. It is high in omega-3 fatty acids which helps you to lower bad cholesterol.
7. Improves Eye And Skin Health
Almond milk contains high levels of the antioxidant vitamin E. Vitamin E can help you to reduce the risk of cancer and slows the signs of aging. The high levels of vitamin A, on the other hand, will improve your overall eye health.
8. Contains No Antibiotics Or Hormones
Many of our foods contain hormones, antibiotics, or other unnatural chemical substances. Especially cow’s milk is full of hormones and antibiotics.
Almond Milk, The Recipe
- 2 cups filtered water (if you prefer a thinner milk, use more water)
- 1 cup raw almonds
- Sweeteners and/or flavorings, such raw honey, pinch of sea salt, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. (optional)
- Soak Almonds at least 4 hours, preferably overnight in water.
- Rinse and drain almonds.
- Place the almonds and filtered water in a blender (tip: you could add pitted dates for more flavor)
- Blend on highest speed for about 1 to 2 minutes, depending on your blender.
- Pour contents from the blender through a nut milk straining bag (or fine-mesh or cheesecloth)
- Close bag and strain the milk by squeezing the bag.
- Optional, add sweeteners or flavorings.
- Store in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 2 to 3 days.
Note: You can use the almond pulp for hummus, homemade granola, smoothies, cookies, muffins or you can dehydrate the pulp to make almond meal or freeze it for later use.
Why I love almond milk? Well it doesn’t taste like milk. It has a light, nutty, delicious flavor and can be added to all sorts of dishes and baked goods or in your cup of tea as a milk replacement. And it almost contains no calories in comparison to normal milk. And in combination with the health benefits of almond milk, it really is a no-brainer!
Making your own almond milk is easy and won’t take too much time. But if you decide to buy almond milk, make sure to read the label carefully. Some brands add a food additive extracted from red seaweed, carrageenan, for its thickening and stabilizing properties. Although the FDA considers carrageenan safe, multiple studies indicate that it can cause gastrointestinal inflammation and may contribute in the development of cancer.
You can use the same recipe to make other nut milks such as cashew or hazelnut. Also check out my post about how to make your own coconut milk here
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