For those that are looking for a dairy-free alternative to cow’s milk, this post is for you. Almond milk is a delicious blend of pure water and almonds with a little time added for preparation. Just as with the nut itself (minus the fiber,) almond milk is nutrient dense and a great addition to many meals.
Here is a fabulous list of health benefits, from I Love India.com:
* Almond milk is rich in Vitamin E, a known antioxidant, and thus, is believed to good for those undergoing detoxification programs.
* Almond milk contains high levels of unsaturated fat and has been associated with lower risk of heart attack.
* Almond milk has been found to contain little to no saturated fat and no cholesterol, making it extremely good for those suffering from high cholesterol problem.
* Almond milk does not contain lactose. This makes it easily digestible and the perfect alternative for those suffering from lactose-intolerance.
* Owing to the absence of saturated fats and presence of unsaturated fats, almond milk can be said to be good for those trying to lose weight.
Nutritional Facts about Almond Milk
* Almond milk is rich in protein and omega fatty acids.
* Almonds milk does not contain cholesterol and saturated fats
* Almonds milk has high levels of vitamin E and unsaturated fats
* Almond milk contains minerals such as zinc, magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron.
* 8 oz (237ml) of almond milk contains 70 calories, 2gm protein, 10gm carbohydrates and 2.5 gm fat: 2.5g
Commercially produced almond milks contain sweeteners and often times additional oils which can compromise the nutrients. Therefore, making your own is (again) the best (and most delicious) choice…and you won’t believe how easy it is:
Homemade Almond Milk – Makes 3 cups
1 cup raw* organic almonds
3 cups purified water
For added flavor or sweetness, add vanilla extract and/or agave nectar.
*Official raw almonds are hard to find. Ask your trusted health food store, or better yet – buy them fresh from your farmers’ market.