Almond milk is just one of many dairy alternatives available on the market these days, however it’s certainly at the top of the list in terms of nutritional value and health benefits. Whether you pour it over your cereal, drink it in its pure milk form or use it as milk substitute in baking and cooking, almond milk is a worthy addition to any pantry or kitchen cupboard.
It’s important to note that almond milk tastes nothing like normal whole milk, which makes it ideal for kids and picky husbands who don’t like the taste of fresh cow’s milk. And let’s be honest – milking an almond sounds a whole lot easier than milking a cow!
Here are just some of the many benefits your family can get from adding a dash of almond goodness to their daily diets:
- Promotes heart health and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Helps prevent and reverse high blood pressure.
- Builds strong bones and teeth, and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
- Boosts the immune system and overall well-being.
- Contains half the calories of whole milk and less sugar than soy milk.
- Packed with vitamin E, giving your skin a healthy and natural glow.
- Low in carbohydrates and low GI.
- High in protein and iron to help strengthen and heal muscles.
- High fibre content for healthy digestion.
- Suited to the diet and lifestyle of lactose intolerant individuals.
- Requires no refrigeration which makes it ideal for camping or picnics.
This fabulous dairy alternative can either be purchased at your local health shop or made in the comfort of your own home:
- Simply soak 1 cup of almonds overnight.
- Rinse with water and place the soaked almonds in a food processor.
- Add 3 cups of water and blend until smooth.
- Pour the almond puree into a spout bag over a large bowl.
- Squeeze to strain the almonds and extract the milk.
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