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

Combine almonds and water in glass container,  seal and refrigerate overnight.
After soaking, pour into blender and mix for about 2-3 minutes on high speed.
Pour mixture into nut bag

or fine mesh sieve over medium bowl and squeeze out milk.
Put into glass jar or pitcher and chill for up to three days.

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.


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Got Almond Milk? — 9 Comments

  1. I love almond milk, and must admit that the homemade is much more tasty than the cartons. But sometimes, convenience wins. . . 😉

    Re: your comment on my blog (sorry this is so late–we were away for the weekend)–yes, Salba and chia are one and the same; Salba is a brand name. These days, though, you can find many brands, and since Salba is the most expensive, you might want to look around.

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  2. Thanks, Michelle! The radio show was great – even a few international friends signed in! I’ll let you know when the next one comes around. Glad you’re back with us:)

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  3. I love almond milk. If you wish to make it extra tasty, I like to add a couple dates (depending upon how much I am making) and a little cinnamon for a yummy, nutritious drink. It’s great during the holidays with a little nutmeg; it tastes like egg nog.

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  5. “If you wish to make it extra tasty, I like to add a couple dates (depending upon how much I am making) and a little cinnamon for a yummy, nutritious drink. It’s great during the holidays with a little nutmeg; it tastes like egg nog.”
    Can more?

  6. @nonsdithi – great suggestions! I have been adding dates lately and it is the perfect amount of sweetness.

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