Going to the grocery store for milk can be an overwhelming experience nowadays. We are bombarded with different types of milk, percentages, and brands. How can we be sure of what we are getting? Is it pasteurized? Is it organic? Are there additives? What type of milk is best for you and your family?
I am a HUGE advocate of almond milk, and what’s really great is you can easily make it yourself! Almond milk is also super good for you and has tons of extra benefits that you may not be getting from other types of milk.
Almond milk is dairy-free so it is great for those with dairy alleries,sensitivities, or who those who just don’t like the taste of regular cow’s milk. It also acts as a complete substitute for cow’s milk because you are getting just as much protein and calcium with far fewer preservatives and additives than you mayfind elsewhere.
Some other benefits include:
– Weight management: One cup of unsweetened almond milk contains 40 calories, compared to cow’s milk which contains about 146 calories for whole milk, 122 calories for 2%, 102 calories for 1%, and 86 calories for skim milk. I’m not the biggest fan of calorie counting, but if you are a calorie counter, this is great news.
– Due to the lack of saturated fat, sodium, and no cholesterol with an increased value of healthy fats, almond milk is a heart healthy option.
– Strengthens bones with its calcium and vitamin D content.
– Contains 50% of your daily value of vitamin E to help keep your skin glowing and healthy.
– Has little effect on your blood sugar because almond milk is low in carbs.
– Helps with digestion through fiber content.
– It doesn’t require refrigeration so you can take it literally everywhere since it is still great at room temperature.
– It is super easy to make yourself!
Here is an excellent, easy recipe to help you make your own almond milk!
Makes 4 cups
– 1 cup raw almonds, soaked in water for at least 8 hours
– 4 cups water
– 1-2 pitted medjool dates to sweeten (optional)
Remove almonds from the water and place in a blender. Add the 4 cups of fresh water and dates (if desired) and blend for 2 minutes or until the almonds are ground down.
Pour the almond milk into a nut milk bag over a large bowl. Squeeze the bag to allow the milk to run through and leave the pulp inside the bag.
Place it in a container and refrigerate. The milk should be good for 2-3 days before spoiling.