Benefits of Almonds & DIY Almond Milk

 

two glasses of almond milkThree years ago I cut dairy from my diet due to an onset allergy.  Having consumed dairy my entire life, eliminating it was a big change.  I searched for various milk alternatives and researched their health benefits. After tasting a few options, I noticed some were bland/watery and not very nutritious, but one milk alternative did stand out to me… almond milk!

Almonds are super nutritious! In particular, raw whole almonds contain:

  • Vitamins; A, B(s), E Biotin, Folate
  • Minerals; Calcium, Copper, Chloride, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc
  • Antioxidants – helping boost immune system
  • Healthy fats – supporting heart health and lowering cholesterol
  • Protein – helping build strong muscles, cartilage, skin and blood
  • Fibre – supporting digestive health

The benefits of almonds are plentiful, including being easy on my digestion and tasty in flavour.

It’s important to keep in mind that store-bought almond milks can contain artificial sweeteners, flavours, and carrageenan (read those labels people!). There is one great way to ensure you’re benefiting from the entire goodness almonds have to offer… by making your own almond milk! It’s simple and mighty delicious!

Here’s how to make your own almond milk:

  1. Place 1 cup of whole organic almonds in a bowl and soak in filtered water for 24-48 hours.
  2. After soaking, drain and add to blender with 2 cups of filtered water and blend for 2-3 minutes
  3. In a medium bowl strain using a cheese cloth.
  4. Sweeten naturally with maple syrup and vanilla.
  5. Store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

Optional: leave the almond ‘pulp’ in to benefit from the almonds whole nutritional value. If you do strain, keep the pulp in the fridge or freezer for future use in smoothies or baking!

Give it a try! You’ll love the creamy consistency and rich flavour!

What are your favourite ways to use almond milk? What natural sweeteners do you use? Share with me in the comment section or on social media.

Helping you put Wellness 1st,

Fay

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