Have you been searching for a dairy-free alternative to cows milk? You may have come across Almond Milk in the supermarkets and wondered....'is Almond milk good for you?'. Well the answer to that is a resounding YES! Whether you are sensitive to milk or are vegan or just do not like the taste of cows milk, Almond milk is a fabulous alternative.
Think again if you were thinking about buying from the supermarket as it is so easy to make it yourself. You will also know exactly what is in the milk, ie no preservatives and other additives. Some I have seen in the supermarkets are only 4% Almond milk and the rest is water!!! So you are paying £2, £3 or even £4+ for a carton of water essentially.
So why not give it a try, you will not be disappointed.
8 Benefits of Almond Milk
1. It has little impact on your blood sugar.
Home made Almond milk is low in carbs, which means it won't significantly increase your blood sugar levels, which means it will reduce your risk of diabetes. Because of its low glycaemic index, your body will use the carbs as energy so the sugars aren't stored as fat, which for me is always good news!
2. Bone health & Healing.
Almond milk only contains 1 gram of protein per serving, however it does contain plenty of B vitamins such as iron and riboflavin, which are both important for muscle growth and healing.
3. Great for the digestion.
Almond milk contains almost one gram of fibre per serving, which is essential for a healthy digestion.
4. Keeping an eye on calories?
One cup of Almond milk contains just 60 calories, as opposed to 146 calories in whole milk and 86 calories in skimmed. It makes for a great healthy substitute that will help you lose or maintain your current weight.
5. Healthy Heart.
There is no cholesterol in Almond milk and no saturated fat. It is however high in healthy fats such as omega fatty acids, which is great for preventing high blood pressure and heart disease.
6. It doesn't contain Lactose.
Lactose intolerance impacts on a significant number of the population, (which means they have difficulty digesting the sugar in cow's milk). This makes Almond milk a suitable, lactose-free substitute.
7. A fridge not required.
This is great news. Almond milk is fine at room temperature which means that you can take it to work with you or just pop it in your bag for a nutritious pick me up during the day.
8. It is so easy to make.
Here is the simple recipe I use.
1 cup almonds - (Preferably organic)
4 cups pure filtered water (plus more for soaking)
pinch of sea salt
If desired you can flavour the milk
For Vanilla Almond Milk: 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped
To Sweeten if Desired: Sweetener of choice including 2 dates, 2 Tablespoons maple syrup or a few drops of stevia of choice (omit for an unsweetened almond milk)
Optional Step: Soak almonds for at least 12 hours in pure water with 1/2 tsp sea salt. This is an important step as it breaks down the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors and cultures beneficial enzymes in the almonds. The longer the almonds soak, the creamier the finished milk will be.
1. Rinse almonds well. Drain the soaking water and rinse the almonds well. Discard this water.
2. Add optional ingredients. If using vanilla, sweeteners or any other optional ingredients, add them now.
3. Blend well. Mix Almonds with pure water in blender Blend 2-3 minutes until smooth and creamy.
4. Strain Almonds. Strain mixture into a large bowl through a cheese cloth or thin kitchen towel.
5. Store. Pour into glass jar. Store in fridge for up to four days.