Good Morning and Happy Hump Day!
Did you know that it is SUPER SIMPLE to make your own Nut and Seed Milks? Seriously it is and I am going to teach you how today.
Going to the grocery store for milk can be an overwhelming experience nowadays. We are bombarded with different types of milk, percentages, and brands. How can we be sure of what we are getting? Is it pasteurized? Is it organic? Are there additives? What type of milk is best for you and your family?
I am a HUGE advocate of Almond Milk, and what’s really great is you can easily make it yourself! Almond Milk is also super good for you and has tons of extra benefits that you may not be getting from other types of milk.
First off, nut and seed milks are dairy-free so it is great for those with a dairy allergy, sensitivity, or who just plain don’t like the taste of regular cow’s milk. It also acts as a complete substitute for cow’s milk because you are getting just as much protein and calcium and way fewer preservatives and additives you will find elsewhere.
ALMOND MILK is a particularly good choice.
Health benefits include:
- The almond milk helps with weight management. One cup of almond milk contains 60 calories, compared to milk that contains 146 calories in whole milk, 122 calories for 2%, 102 calories for 1%, and 86 calories for skim milk. I’m not the biggest fan of calorie counting, but if you are a calorie counter, this will give you some insight.
- Due to the lack of saturated fat, sodium, and no cholesterol with an increased value of healthy fats, almond milk is a heart healthy option.
- Strengthens bones with its calcium and vitamin D content.
- Contains 50% of your daily value of vitamin E to help keep your skin glowing and healthy.
- Has little effect on your blood sugar because almond milk is low in carbs.
- Helps with digestion through fiber content.
- It doesn’t require refrigeration so you can take it literally everywhere since it is still great at room temperature.
- It is super easy to make yourself!
Here is an excellent, easy recipe to help you make your own almond milk!
Makes 4 cups
- 1 cup raw almonds, soaked for 8 hours (or nut or seeds of choice)
- 4 cups water
- 2 Medjool Dates or Liquid sweetener to taste (optional)
- dash of sea salt
Remove almonds from the water and place in a blender. Add the 4 cups of fresh water and blend for 2 minutes or until the almonds are ground down. Add the medjool dates or liquid sweetener, such as maple syrup or raw honey, and dash of sea salt and blend for another minute.
Pour the almond milk into a nut milk bag over a large bowl. Squeeze the bag to allow the milk to run through and leave the pulp inside the bag. Place it in a container and refrigerate. The milk should be good for 2-3 days before spoiling.
You can enjoy these nut milks in your smoothies, splashed over granola or just straight up!
In Health and Happiness,