03 Aug Almond milk: health benefits and how to make it at home
How many times do you run out of milk and have to either go to the shop or miss out? No more – refine your taste for almond milk. It’s not that bad (it’s even pretty tasty!). It’s actually incredible easy to make and you can substitute normal milk for almond milk in smoothies and on your cereal.
Why don’t you give it a go?
Almond milk has some great health benefits however it doesn’t provide as much calcium or protein as normal milk so it’s recommended to supplement your diet with other sources if you decide to skip normal milk all together. We believe the best alternative is moderation but here are the facts. One cup of almond milk has only one gram of protein compared to 8 grams in cow’s milk and 2 milligrams of calcium compared to 300 milligrams in cow’s milk.
The health benefits of almond milk
Made from ground almonds and water, almond milk is not a “real” milk but rather a vegetal drink and it contains some of the health benefits of almonds.
Here are a few health benefits of almond milk:
- Less than half the calories of that of whole cow’s milk.
- There’s no cholesterol or saturated fats.
- Its high is healthy fats, such as omega fatty acids which help to prevent high blood pressure and heart disease.
- It is high in vitamin D, providing 30% of the recommended daily amount, reducing your risk of arthritis and osteoporosis, improving your immune function. Plus these two nutrients (Calcium and Vitamin D) work together to provide healthy bones and teeth formation.
- Almond milk contains 50% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin E. Helping to promote healthy skin and protecting skin against sun damage.
- Low in carbs, reducing your risk of diabetes as it barely impacts the blood sugar levels.
- Great for healthy digestion due to its small amount of fiber.
- Lactose free.
- Lighter more refreshing flavor than cow’s milk.
Not convinced yet? The other great thing about this veggie milk is that it is very easy to make at home… Read below!
How to make almond milk ?
Easy, you just need 1 cup of almonds to 3 cups of water.
- Soak overnight,
- Blend with bar mix,
- Strain (separate the milk and almond meal).
- That’s it!
This “milk” is best kept in a glass jar or jug and will keep for 4 days. Shake before use.
The residual almond meal is best smeared over some baking paper on a baking tray and dried out in the oven. Store in a sealed container and use in making cakes, slices or sprinkle over cereal or my favorite suggestion is adding the almond meal to a crumble used on stewed fruit for a desert.
Contraindications of almond milk
Even if it’s super healthy and tasty, almond milk is not for everyone!
Babies should not be fed with almond milk. They risk protein-calorie malnutrition, edema, anemia, vitamin D deficiencies and several other problems if they drink plant-based milk instead of breast milk or formula milk.
Also, people suffering from tree nut allergies should not drink almond milk even if the concentration of almonds is very low, it’s enough to set up allergy attacks and can be potentially dangerous.