The choice to eliminate cow’s milk, from one’s diet, is a personal one – but finding an alternative can be a little tougher; so we’ve put down some of the benefits of almond milk, to make that choice a little easier.
Fewer Calories: If you’re not buying the pre-packaged brands off the shelf, which have been fortified by additional ingredients, then fresh almond milk is one of the best milks in terms of keeping the caloric content at a low.
Calcium and Vitamin D: Although not as much as in dairy milk, almond milk is still a decent source of calcium, and works together with Vitamin D to make sure you’re getting the best benefits for your bones.
Vitamin E: Want younger looking skin? Who doesn’t? Almond milk is a fantastic source of vitamin E, which contributes to better skin elasticity as well as protects the skin from the harmful elements of sun exposure.
Low Carbohydrates: those with blood sugar concerns don’t have to be too worried with good quality almond milk (make sure it does not contain added white sugars), as the carb content is just enough for the body to convert it into the good kind of sugars that we all require for energy.
Fiber: almonds are a source of fiber, so it helps keep the digestive system happy and healthy.
Protein: although not as high in the protein stakes as cow’s milk, almond milk still has enough of a kick to make sure the body gets some traces of protein – but be sure to supplement this with other sources of clean dietary protein such as beans and lentils, and if a meat-eater, lean chicken breasts.
Make Your Own Almond Milk
Since it’s a fresh product, make sure you consume it fresh and don’t keep beyond 2-3 days.
Makes about 2 cups of almond milk:
1 cup almonds
2.5 cups water
A pinch of cinnamon
A drizzle of honey or other sweeteners
1. Soak the almonds overnight; the next day the skin should be easy to peel off.
2. Now put the peeled almonds into a blender and add the water.
3. Once the mixture has been ground to something of a pulpy paste, sieve it into a container through a muslin cloth.
4. The liquid that has sieved is your consumable almond milk. You can add your optional honey or cinnamon here to sweeten it. Store in a sealed container.