Homemade Almond milk is nutritious and very easy to make. This milk became a staple in my diet since I started transitioning to becoming a vegetarian. I like it so much hence take it in the morning with my breakfast or use it to make smoothies.
Why make Homemade almond milk?
I used to buy almond milk from the store, but recently I stopped after learning from the news particularly ABC news dated Aug 3, 2018, that Almond milk could have traces of cow milk in it. This discovery opened my eyes, and now I pay attention to read the label of every food item I bought.
In addition to that, I discovered that the ingredients used in the preparation of almond milk are not healthy. For instance, I learned that the store-bought almond milk contains corn syrup, artificial additives such as carrageenan and artificial flavors like potassium citrate just to mention a few.
I like almond milk, but I don’t want these ingredients in my diet; hence there’s no reason to drink it. Besides, it is not difficult to make it at home.
For safety and health reasons, I think it is suitable and advantageous to make your almond milk at home.
You will be able to know the ingredients that you put into your body. Since then, I make my almond milk at home using only two components and it is yummy.
This milk is creamy, delicious and healthy and has fewer calories compared to cow milk; why not give it a try?
Nutritional Health Benefits of Almonds.
Almonds have high quantities of protein which can easily be assimilated into the body.
They have great compositions of Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
Almonds have linoleic acid which is essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system. Though it has low quantities of carbohydrates, it is good to combine it with other protein foods.
Almonds are also high in vitamin A B1 B6 and are high in vitamin E which is what makes it healthier.
They are also rich in minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and have significant amounts of potassium, Magnesium, and iron which are essential for the formation of healthy bones.
Almonds contain plant-based fat, and probably you fear that you might gain weight by drinking almond milk; on the contrary, this is not the case. Almonds don’t raise the cholesterol levels in the blood but lower it. Almond milk is excellent for making soups and baking.
Almond milk is good for anybody including pregnant and lactating mothers because of its high nutritional Values.
It is also suitable for people with diabetes because of its low carbohydrate content and high quality of protein in addition to fats.
Nutritional benefits of dates.
Dates are fruits harvested from Palm tree mostly grown on tropical regions such as the Arab countries.
Dates are rich in sugars mainly fructose and glucose which is why they’re considered as energy-rich fruits.
They have high amounts of vitamin B1 B2, B6, and niacin. The vitamins aid in the absorption and utilization of sugars in the body.
Dates rich in minerals side chairs iron phosphorus magnesium and calcium.
They also have significant amounts of fiber in the form of gum and pectin.
Due to protein contents, they are considered high energy fruits; thus they can help fight fatigue and weakness.
Almonds and dates provide energy. They are also highly nutritious when combined to make almond milk.
How to make almond milk.
One cup soaked raw almonds
Half cup pitted dates
Four cups of clean drinking water
1. Soak your almonds in cold water overnight or for at least 12 hours. Soaking almonds helps break down the enzymes inhibitors. It also makes it easier to peel them.
The peels contain tannin which hinders the absorption of nutrients.
2. Drain the water and rinse them in clean water.
3. Put the peeled almonds in a blender or a food processor.
5. Add dates and add a little amount of water in small bits and blend on high speed until you obtain the consistency you want.
6. Strain the milk through a mesh or a muslin cloth.
7..Pour it in a clean jar, cover it and refrigerate.
Serve as desired.
This homemade almond milk can stay fresh for up to 5 days if covered tight and stored in the refrigerator.
Homemade Almond milk tends to settle, so it is necessary to shake it well before serving.
If you have diabetes, you can leave out dates and use a sweetener of your choice or make it unsweetened.
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