Almond milk contains minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc. The other nutrients available in this milk include vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin B6, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate and vitamin E. Almond milk prepared from almonds is low in fat but high in energy, proteins, lipids and fibre. All these nutrients have various benefits which are essential for a healthy body.
The health benefits of almond milk include the improvement of vision, weight loss, stronger bones and a strong, healthy heart. It helps in building strong muscles, maintaining ideal blood pressure and maintaining a properly functioning kidney.
Dairy milk is known for its high content of various vitamins and minerals but almonds have been proven to contain extra nutrients. This is why almond milk is recommended as a good option for those who do not consume any form of dairy products, those who have cow milk allergy/intolerance or those people who are vegetarians.
Make your own almond milk
Almond milk contains no cholesterol or lactose and it can be extracted using simple equipment found in most homes.What exactly is almond milk? It’s typically a combination of almonds and water. However store bought and packaged almond milk may also contain additives such as sweetener, thickener such as carrageenan, and, often, fortified nutrients such as vitamins A, E, and D.
- 4 cups water.
- 2 cups almonds, soaked overnight in water
Drain almonds from the soaking water and add into a high-powered blender or food processor. Blend on high for 2 minutes until smooth. Set up a bowl with some muslin cloth over the top. Pour the milk into the cloth, gather the ends and twist close. Squeeze with your hands to extract as much milk as possible. Leaving the pulp in the cloth. Pour the strained almond milk into a jug or a few glass jars. Store in the fridge. Your fresh almond milk will last 3-4 days in the fridge.