Switching from dairy milk to made-from-scratch plant-based milks is very beneficial for your health. Drinking dairy milk is not necessary for good health (it actually causes more health problems than health benefits). But many plant-based milks on the shelf contain questionable ingredients (carrageenan). Making your own nut milks is easy, fun, and oh-so-simple! Note: if you must drink dairy milk, MAKE SURE it is organic dairy milk. Otherwise you are drinking added hormones plus harmful antibiotics.
Additionally, almost all plant-based milks contain carrageenan, an additive to many processed food-like products regardless if plant-based or not. Carrageenan causes inflammation, animal studies have shown ulcers and cancers of the GI tract. Even more reason to make your own nut/seed milks!
Made from ground almonds, filtered water, and a small amount of sweetener—usually dates—almond milk has a light, slightly nutty flavor that substitutes well for low-fat or fat-free milk. Of course almond milk is 100% lactose free. If you are allergic to nuts, use seeds (see suggestions below).
- 4 cups filtered water
- 1/2 cup organic almonds** (previously soaked in filtered water for a couple of hours or overnight, drained and rinsed)
- 2 organic Medjool dates
- 1 tablespoon organic Ceylon cinnamon
- In a heavy duty blender (like a VitaMix), add the above ingredients, and blend on high speed for one minute, until well blended.
- Place the Nut Milk bag in a large container (like a large measuring cup or bowl).
- Pour the almond milk into the nut milk bag and squeeze until no more liquid remains in the bag.
- our into a glass mason jar, refrigerate, and enjoy for up to 5 days.
Makes 4 servings; 90 Calories; 4g fat; 2g protein; 1g Fiber
**May also use other nuts like cashews, hemp seeds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc.
Almonds – Also known as the “King of Nuts”, almonds pack a generous amount of Vitamin E - which has antioxidant properties, maintains healthy muscle and nerves, and brightens your skin. Almonds also provide a good amount of calcium, protein and magnesium. Their fat content is mostly monounsaturated which helps reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels.
Dates - Dates are high in iron and potassium and contain modest amounts of folate and a small amount of vitamin A, and the B vitamins. Dates are beneficial for anemia, constipation and fatigue, and they make an all natural, delicious sweetener.
Nutritional information provided by our friend Tania and includes this information as well: almonds and most other nuts and seeds: Because of their high oil content, most nuts and seeds can go rancid quickly. To ensure you can still enjoy your nuts and seeds long after you have purchased them, it is best to store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator (or freezer) where they will keep for several months.
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