Plant-based milk like almond milk has several health benefits. We’ll share a few and then tell you how to make it too.
Here’s the WHY:
- Unsweetened almond milk contains up to 80% fewer calories than regular dairy milk. Using it as a replacement for cow’s milk could be an effective weight loss strategy.
- Unsweetened almond milk is naturally low in sugar, making it suitable for those restricting their sugar intake, such as people with diabetes.
- One cup (240 ml) of almond milk can provide 20–50% of your daily vitamin E requirement. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that can reduce inflammation, stress and the risk of disease.
- Almond milk is completely plant-based, making it suitable for vegans and other people who avoid dairy products. It is also suitable for people who have a dairy allergy. Because it’s low in protein, it is not suitable as a full replacement for dairy in young children.
Here’s the HOW:
Soak one cup of almonds – around 200g – in water for 8 to 12 hours, or overnight.
- Rinse the almonds and peel the skins off.
- Tip them into a blender, add 4 cups of water then blitz for a few minutes until smooth.
- Secure a muslin cloth over a bowl and pour the almond mixture over it.