How to Milk an Almond

Today I'm going to convince you that making your own almond milk at home is the way to go! But first lets chat about a few pros & cons of this extremely popular drink and dairy substitute.

Pros

  • Antioxidants!

Almond milk is pretty darn full of the antioxidant vitamin E, which helps slow down the signs of aging & helps to prevent cancer.

  • Your Heart = Happy

Almond milk contains no cholesterol & no saturated fat unlike cow's milk! It's also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids that will help lower your levels of bad LDL cholesterol.

  • Vitamins & Minerals Everywhere!

Almond milk is a good source of Copper, Zinc, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium (more than cow's milk), and many other vitamins & minerals.

Cons

  • Pasteurization

In the United States not only is store bought Almond milk pasteurized, but the actual raw almonds off of the trees are required to be pasteurized as well. This started happening after an e-coli breakout years and years ago that was traced back to raw almonds.

So what is Pasteurization? Well in most cases it involves bringing the almonds up to a high heat for a short amount of time with the purpose being to kill off any harmful bacteria. Sounds fair right? The sad thing is that many of the pros that I listed above are now gone due to being exposed to the heat. :( The good news is that you can still find almonds that have not been pasteurized! There will be two links below for you to explore.

  • Tree Nut Allergen

Almond milk is not safe for people suffering from a tree nut allergy. This also brings up something i've been asked about before... Is it safe to give almond milk to infants? I believe this is completely up to you and your child's doctor but exposure to tree nuts at a very young age could mean your infant may develop a sensitivity to tree nuts later in life.

Now What?

Overall almond milk is Amazing. Store bought almond milk > Store bought dairy milk...but home made takes the gluten free cake! ;) You can use almond milk in the Cha Cha Cha Chia Cereal recipe I posted a couple weeks ago, and you can also substitute it almost anywhere that you would use cow's milk!

Here's the links for you to find raw almonds, because after watching the video below you'll be making your fresh almond milk all the time!!

feedyourselfbetter.com

livesuperfoods.com

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How to Milk an Almond

This almond milk can be used in place of dairy milk in your morning cereal, your smoothie, your baked goods, and so much more! Add some vanilla and a touch of honey for a delicious drink, or you can even cut the water amount in this recipe down to create an almond cream!

Enjoy!!

* The most effective way to strain almond milk is to use a nut milk bag.

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