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?
In our house we love coconut and almond milk. With 2 Native Americans in the house (and one on the way) finding a lactose-free milk was a must!!! For those of you who live with people who are lactose-intolerant, you know what I am talking about.
First off, almond milk is dairy-free so it is great for those with a dairy allergy, sensitivity, or who just plain 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 but with less hormones, preservatives and additives.
Some other benefits include:
- It is a great source of healthy fats.
- 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.
- Helps with weight management. One cup of almond milk contains 60 calories, compared to milk that contains 146 calories in 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 will give you some insight.
- It is super easy to make yourself!
What’s really great is that you can easily make almond milk yourself!
Here is an excellent, easy recipe to help you make your own almond milk!
Makes 4 cups
- 1 cup raw almonds, soaked for 8 hours
- 4 cups water
- Liquid sweetener to taste (optional)
1) Remove almonds from the water and place in a blender. Add the 4 cups of fresh water and blend for 2 minutes or until the almonds are ground down.
2) 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.
3) Sweeten your milk if you desire, place it in a container and refrigerate. The milk should be good for 2-3 days before spoiling.