Saturday, April 26, 2014
Health Benefits of Almond Milk and How to Make It
Almond is one of the healthiest nuts there is. It is high in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E (a natural antioxidant), magnesium, potassium, zinc, and iron. It doesn't contain any lactose, soy, and casein (gluten) so it is an excellent milk substitute for someone who is allergic to cow's milk or on a gluten-free diet and for those who are staying away from soy. However, the calcium content in homemade or unfortified almond milk is lower than cow's milk and thus, it should not be used to replace cow's milk as a source of calcium. Those with tree nut allergies should avoid almond milk as it may cause severe allergic reactions.
To maximize the absorption of nutrients and easier for our digestion, it's important to soak the almonds overnight as it reduces the anti-nutrients and enzyme inhibitors.
Making Homemade Almond Milk
1 cup almonds (soaked overnight in the fridge)
3 cups drinking water
1 tsp to 1 tbsp of raw honey (mixed with a little bit of water to make honey water), depends on how sweet you like the milk to be
1. Put the soaked almonds and water in a blender and blend for about one minute.
2. Strain them using a cheese cloth or other types of strainer.
3. Mix the honey water to the almond milk and stir. Refrigerate for up to 4 days.
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