Almond milk is made from almond nuts and it not only tastes great, but it is also nutrient dense. Almonds have long been known for the nutritional excellence and the nutrition is extracted either through a grinding or a juicing process.
Almond milk is a great substitute for those who have are intolerant to cow’s milk due to problems digesting lactose, and also for vegans who choose not to consume products from an animal. Dairy milk is known for its high content of various vitamins and minerals but almonds have been proven to contain extra nutrients.
Some people worry that they will not be getting calcium in their diet by replacing cow’s milk with an alternative such as almond milk. But almond milk contains calcium. In fact, one serving of almond milk contains 30% of the daily requirement of calcium, which functions together with other vitamins, such as vitamin D which is also found in almond milk.
Almond milk also contains other important vitamins such as iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium and zinc, plus Vitamin C, B-6, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate and Vitamin E. All of these nutrients have benefits which are essential for maintaining a healthy body.
1. Highly Nutritious
Overall almond milk has a high nutritional content, but it also low in calories, so if you are concerned about managing your weight this is an excellent food to consume. Protein is important for growth and development and is necessary for all cells in the body. The protein content of almond milk is similar to that of regular cow’s milk, so you will not be losing out on protein when you drink almond milk.
Almond milk is a low glycemic alternative to rice milk, and doesn’t cause problems with hormone levels like soy milk does. Almond milk is a better alternative to using soy products if you have a thyroid problem.
It can be used in place of regular milk in recipes and baking. It is easy to make and has a light taste. Almond milk is also alkalising so can help to reduce the acidity of the body which can lead to disease.
2. Helps with Weight Management
Almond milk has no saturated fat and it is also a good source of omega fatty acids, which are good for your health. Almond milk is also high in fibre, which is important for digestive and bowel health. A glass of almond milk contains nearly one gram of fibre per 8oz. serving.
The results of a recent study showed that people who stuck to an almond-enriched low-calorie diet displayed a greater reduction in their weight, body mass index, waistline and overall body fat compared to people who followed the high-carbohydrate, low-calorie diet.
3. Can help to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
Almond milk has no cholesterol so this makes it beneficial to maintaining a healthy heart. Also, because almond milk contains potassium, it has additional benefits to maintaining the health of your heart. This is becaue potassium is a key element that acts as a vasodilator and reduces tension and strain on the heart.
4. Helps to reduce and maintain blood pressure
Problems with high blood pressure can be an issue for a lot of people today, and the presence of Vitamin D and phosphorous in almond milk is beneficial. This is because
the movement of blood in the body takes place through the veins and they depend on Vitamin D and phosphorous for them to function properly. Veins need to be able to contract and expand freely to allow for the free flow of blood to and from different parts of the body. Any blockage and poor movement within the veins may result in high blood pressure.
5. Good for Healthy Skin
Almond milk contains plenty of Vitamin E which helps in maintaining good healthy skin. It also contains antioxidants which are good at helping to repair damaged skin.
How to make your own Almond milk
You can easily prepare your own almond milk at home, instead of buying ready prepared almond milk in shops and supermarkets. It is worth being aware that when you buy ready prepared almond milk that many brand add other additives to the milk. Nearly all brands add sugar to the almond milk and with high levels of sugar in people’s diets already it is best to buy one that is unsweetened, but you do need to check the ingredients listed. Others can add tapioca starch, carrageenan, emulsifiers and natural flavouring. Carrageenan is best avoided as research has shown that it can cause inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract and possibly malignancies.
• 1 cup raw organic almonds – soaked overnight
• 4 cups pure filtered water
1. Place the almonds in a glass bowl or a large glass jar for at least 12 hours in pure filtered wa-ter with ½ tsp sea salt. This is an important step as it breaks down the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors and cultures beneficial enzymes in the almonds.
2. Then the next morning rinse the almonds several times.Any almonds that float to the top have probably gone rancid so it is best to remove them just to be on the safe side. Then place the almonds with fresh pure filtered water in blender or a Vitamix.
3. Start blending at a low speed then you can quickly accelerate the speed until all of the nuts are pulverised.
4. You can then drink it as it is, but if you prefer to have a smoother homogenised style of milk then you can strain the milk with a cheese cloth, nut bag or a fine mesh strainer. You can get these from health food shops or online.
5. To strain you poor small amounts of the almond milk into the nut bag or muslin cheesecloth over a jug or bowl and you squeeze the bag until every last drop is out.
6. Make you sure you wash the bags immediately afterwards. That way you can use them time and time again, saving money.
7. Pour into glass jar with a lid and store in fridge for up to one week.
Don’t waste the pulp from the almonds.
Place the pulp on a baking tray and then dehydrate in your oven on the lowest heat until it is completely dry. You can then put it in a blender and turn it into almond flour.