The plant-based almond milk is having its moment right now. With the recent surge in dietary sensitivities among people especially those with lactose intolerance look for an alternative to cow’s milk. The unsweetened nut milk is also a great option for fitness enthusiasts who want to cut down on calories. Ketogenic diet lovers similarly resort to this nut milk because it’s a low carb and low calorie. Almonds contain high amounts of calcium, protein and vitamin E that help boost your overall health; don't miss the nutty flavour it offers. As per nutritionists, a healthy portion of this milk variant is 250 ml.
Here are some of the health benefits of having Almond milk in your regular diet.
1. Low Carbohydrates: Those with blood sugar concerns don’t have to be too worried about good quality almond milk (make sure it does not contain added white sugars), as the carb content is just enough for the body to convert it into the good kind of sugars that we all require for energy.
2. Low-Calorie: This nutty goodness in one glass contains 40 calories as compared to cow’s milk that contains 122 calories in the same amount. So anyone looking to shed those extra kilos, switch from your good old cow’s milk to almond milk pronto.
3. Lactose-Free: people who have dietary sensitivity like lactose intolerance can switch to almond milk. Many people are unable to digest lactose(a form of sugar)in milk. According to research around 75% of people around the world deal with lactose intolerance so if you are one dealing with the lactose-intolerance, switching to nut milk is best.
4. High In Vitamin E: Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E, which is a fat-soluble vitamin important for protecting your cells from free radical damage Vitamin E promotes eye and skin health and may play a role in protecting against conditions like heart disease.
5. Heart-Healthy: As per studies, consumption of almonds daily can reduce the chances of heart ailments. Since high cholesterol is bad for the body and almond milk has no cholesterol. So people with heart issues can easily consume almond milk without worrying about their health.
How To Make Almond Milk At Home?
Since it’s a fresh product, make sure you consume it fresh and don’t keep beyond 2-3 days. This makes about 2 cups of almond milk:
1 cup almonds
2.5 cups water
A pinch of cinnamon
A drizzle of honey or other sweeteners
1. Soak the almonds overnight; the next day the skin should be easy to peel off.
2. Now put the peeled almonds into a blender and add the water.
3. Once the mixture has been ground to something of a pulpy paste, sieve it into a container through a muslin cloth.
4. The liquid that has sieved is your consumable almond milk. You can add your optional honey or cinnamon here to sweeten it. Store in a sealed container.