The sales of vegetable milk are on the rise and there are now more options of vegan milk alternatives than ever. Let's see what are the pros and cons of it and learn how you can make your own almond milk at home! I
Making a choice may not be easy, so let’s break down some of the pros and cons of vegetable milks. Today we’ll look at some main points to consider before purchasing almond milk.
- Almond milk is lower in saturated fat and calories and is also full of omega-3 fats, which support balanced cholesterol levels.
- Almond milk is a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E, so it can help slow the signs of aging.
- The flavonoids in almond milk also help to fight free radicals in the body, protecting you from a number of diseases that occur with again.
- Almond milk is lactose free, and contains no gluten or casein, so it's a good alternative for those who suffer from lactose or gluten intolerance.
80 % of the almond milk comes from California.
- Almond milk isn't safe for consumption by those who suffer nut allergies.
- To reach your calcium needs, you will have to opt for a calcium-fortified formula ( 300 mg of calcium per serving)
- Growing almonds has a significant impact on the environment. It takes five liters of water to grow one almond.
- Many almond milk brands offer a very low percentage of almonds. Always check the labels and avoid purchasing those with sweeteners.
- Almond milk is much more expensive than other types of milk.
Learn how to make your own Almond milk
You'll avoid unnecessary fillers, gums, chemicals, and also you can control the amount of sweetness that you like in your almond milk.
Here is the recipe:
- Fill one cup of raw almonds (not roasted or salted, these must be raw almonds)
- Add the almonds to a glass bowl or a storage container and cover them with water. Make sure that they are all submerged. Add a lid and let these soak overnight.
- The next day, drain the almonds and give them a rinse.
- Then add almonds to your blender, with four cups of filtered water, a pinch of sea salt (optional), and if you like, a sweetener of your choice. (Can be honey, stevia, vanilla extract, monk fruit)
- Blend on high speed for about a minute.
- To strain the almond milk using a nut milk bag or a few layers of cheesecloth.
- Squeeze out all of the almond milk and you will be left with almond pulp in the bag.
- Pour the almond milk into a storage container.
- All that's left to do is refrigerate your almond milk until it's cold and enjoy!