Almond milk has recently become quite well-known, not only as a great alternative to dairy products, but as a clean and natural beverage. Whether you like to drink it plain or use it in smoothies and lattes, it’s a wonderful, natural source of powerful nutrients. Mindfully preparing your own foods can be a powerful mood booster. Here’s how to make your own fresh almond milk…
Blend the following ingredients in a high-quality blender:
- 1 cup of soaked almonds (soak overnight, rinse well)
- 3-4 cups of filtered water (adjust for creaminess)
- 3 medjool dates (optional, remove pits)
- 1/2 tbsp vanilla (optional)
Seal and store the fresh milk up to 3 days in your fridge. Recipe yields 4 cups of fresh almond milk. You can also strain mixture through cheesecloth for a smoother consistency.
Almonds are a powerhouse of plant-based protein, healthy fats and essential minerals. One cup of raw almonds contains 20 grams of high-quality, plant-based protein. Along with potassium, the monounsaturated fatty acids in almonds (which are similar to those in olive oil) help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. There is also a significant amount of magnesium in almonds. Magnesium is a mineral involved in over 300 bodily processes, including functioning as a channel blocker, opening up veins and arteries to improve the flow of blood to the heart and brain, as well as aid in the transportation of nutrients and oxygen throughout the body.
Medjool dates act as a natural sweetener, a source of B-vitamins, as well as a great source of fiber. Dates contain minerals such as copper, which supports and forms red blood cells. A deficiency in cooper can lead to anemia. Dates can also help with high blood pressure due to their potassium content.
Vanilla bean extract contains anti-oxidants that have anti-carcinogenic properties. These antioxidants neutralize free radicals in the body that would otherwise cause damage to the body’s cells. Vanilla extract also includes trace elements such as: magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, iron and zinc.