Sunday, August 12, 2012

Homemade Almond Milk

Almond milk works as a great dairy substitute, being safe for those who are lactose intolerant or have gluten and casein allergies.

Like cow's milk, pure almond milk boasts an impressive dose of bone-building calcium and is loaded with vitamins and minerals helping the body in a variety of ways such as, better heart health, maintaining healthy body tissues, normalising blood pressure and is naturally free of saturated fats.

Almond milk is high in vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin E, Vitamin D, iron, calcium, omega-6 fatty acids, sodium and potassium.

Let your body soak up the benefits of this creamy delight and try making your own at home.

All you need to do is:

Soak 1 cup of almonds in filtered water for about 8 hours.

After about 20 minutes of soaking, the water starts to brown, you can see the dust and residue from the skins being released into the water, this is why I like to change the water 2 - 3 times during the soaking process.

Drain and rinse the almonds.

Place almonds in a blender with 3 cups of filtered water.

Blend into a creamy mixture.

For sweeter milk you can add a few drops of vanilla, cinnamon or honey and blend again for a few seconds.

Strain your milk by using a milk bag or a fine strainer.

Store in the refrigerator and try to use within 3-4 days.  

Keep the almond meal to use in cakes, cookies or a dip. I will add more recipes with almond meal in posts to come.

I used my left over almond meal as oatmeal for breakfast by adding some blueberries, almond milk, honey and cacao. 


So why soak almonds before eating them?

There are a few reasons for soaking almonds ranging from flavour to an increased nutritional value. I really like the taste of almonds after they have been soaked and rinsed.

Soaked almonds will make the proteins more readily available for absorption, Increase the amounts of vitamins, especially B vitamins, and make digestion easier.

Almonds are one of the most nutritious nuts, giving you a rich source of protein, fibre, vitamin E, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium and zinc.

Eating 4-6 soaked almonds every morning helps enhance your memory.

Eating soaked almonds on a regular basis can enhance the overall texture of your skin.
Soaked almonds provide a great source of energy during pregnancy and they provide great nourishment for both mother and baby. 

Love Almonds

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