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 BIG advocate of almond milk, and what’s really great is you can easily make it yourself! Almonds are really good for you and have tons of extra benefits that you may not be getting from other types of milk.
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 and far fewer preservatives and additives (that are often found in other milks).
Additional benefits include:
– Almond milk helps with weight management. One cup of almond milk contains 60 calories, compared to cow’s milk which 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.
– Due to the lack of saturated fat, sodium, and no cholesterol, 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.
– Aids digestion with fiber content.
– It doesn’t require refrigeration so you can take it literally everywhere since it is still great at room temperature.
– It’s 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 for 8 hours
– 4 cups water
– Liquid sweetener to taste (optional)
Remove soaked 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. 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.Sweeten your milk if you desire and place it in a container and refrigerate. The milk should be good for 2-3 days before spoiling.
Busy moms, this is really easy to do!
But if you just can’t commit to prepping almond milk on your own, especially during detox times, then look for brands that are free of carrageenen, a controversial additive often found in almond and coconut milks. My preferred brand is SILK – it’s carrageenan free and made from non-GMO almonds. In SE WI, you can find it at Woodman’s, Whole Foods, Health Hut and sometimes even Pick N Save.
Great recipes for homemade nutmilks of different types in my Love Yourself Winter Detox – Kicking off March 3rd.