ALMOND MILK: A Healthy Alternative to Dairy..
Makes 3 cups of Milk
1 cup raw almonds, preferably organic
2 cups water, plus more for soaking
2 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
1 pinch of sea salt
1. Place the almonds in a bowl and cover with about an inch of water. They will plump as they absorb water. Let stand, uncovered, overnight or up to 2 days. The longer the almonds soak, the creamier the almond milk.
2. Drain the almonds from their soaking water and rinse them thoroughly under cool running water.
3. Combine the almonds, vanilla seeds, dates, pinch of salt, and water in a blender. Blend at the highest speed for 2 minutes until the almonds are a very fine meal and the liquid is opaque.
4. Line the strainer with cheese cloth, and place over a bowl. Pour the almond mixture into the strainer. Press all the almond milk from the almond meal. Gather the nut bag or cheese cloth around the almond meal and twist close. Squeeze and press with clean hands to extract as much almond milk as possible.
5. Refrigerate almond milk. Store the almond milk in sealed containers in the fridge for up to two days.
Almond milk is widely used as a substitute for cow’s milk by vegans and people who have problems digesting lactose. Like cow’s milk, it can be flavored. Commercial almond milk is commonly available in vanilla and chocolate flavors; However, Fresh All natural almond Milk can easily be made at home!
The type of protein in almonds are not the same as the protein present in cow's milk. Because of this, almond milk has a longer shelf life.
Almond milk has a lot of health benefits. It has a high nutritional content, is low in calories and is an excellent food to consume if you are concerned about managing your weight.
High Nutritional Content
The major benefit of almond milk lies in its nutritional content. Since almond milk is made from almonds, most nutrients that can be found in almonds are also present in almond milk.
Almond milk's protein content is comparable to regular cow's milk. Protein is essential for growth and development. It is a necessary part of every living cell in the body.
Aside from protein, almond milk is also packed with several vitamins and minerals. Almond milk has great cholesterol-lowering effects. It is also effective in reducing the risk of various heart diseases. All these health benefits can be largely attributed to the presence of vitamin E (an excellent antioxidant), magnesium and monounsaturated fats.
Almond milk also contains manganese, copper and ribloflavin. These are nutrients that play an important role in energy production.
Low in Calories
Compared to regular milk, almond milk’s calorie content is significantly lower. The calorie count for an 8 fl. oz. of one of the top brands of almond milk is 70. Only 22 of these calories are from fat. Unlike regular cow milk, almond milk has no cholesterol.
Assists in Weight Management
The result of a recent study states that consuming an almond-enriched diet together with a low-calorie diet may be a more effective way to manage weight, compared to following a low-calorie diet that is accompanied by complex carbohydrate consumption. In the study, 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.
Almond milk has no saturated fat, making it a very healthy drink. It is also high in healthy fats. It is a good source of omega fatty acids, which are most commonly associated with fish. Almond milk is also high in fiber.
A glass of almond milk contains nearly one gram of fiber per 8oz. serving. Fiber is important for a healthy digestion.
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