I was up at 3 am thinking about what to write about (I’m not kidding, let’s hope this is not a frequent occurrence). Here’s what I came up with. Trend alert! My two cents on a beverage I’ve personally been guzzling for years, and the food industry seems to have just caught onto- Almond Milk . I am not a personal fan of cows milk for more reasons than one, you lactose intolerant people catch my drift here (I am also not looking for a debate on milk right now). I love the stuff (almond milk that is). I use it in smoothies, oatmeal and anything else that I can come up with simply because it tastes good and it digests well. There are a few brands (Pacific, Almond Breeze, Almondine) and I’ve been asked many times whether it’s better for you than cows milk. So here goes.
The Breakdown Below is for a 8 oz (1 cup serving)
Nutrients Cows Milk Almond Milk
Almond milk is not necessarily superior to cows milk, however, certain brands are fortified (ya know, when they add stuff that wasn’t originally there in the first place, OR they add it back into the food because it’s so processed that all the nutrients were lost) which makes it more equal on the playing field. Milk gains its reputation mainly from the nutritive value, Oh…and the Dairy industry does a good job at this, hence the “Got Milk” adds.
- If you have a Milk, Soy or Casein allergy it’s a good alternative as well as those who are Lactose Intolerant
- If you just hate or dislike the taste or anything else about Milk-Try it.
- Note: Anyone with a nut allergy (particularly almonds, will not be able to drink this beverage-a severe allergic reaction can occur).
Smoothies, Baked goods, Oatmeal, Cereal, really anything you would use milk for.
Home Made Almond Milk: Oh Yeah!
Here is a recipe for homemade almond milk that I found from the World’s Healthiest Foods website:
- 1 cup almonds, soaked overnight
- 3 pitted dates
- Pinch of salt
- 3 cups water
1. Combine almonds, pitted dates, salt, and water in a blender and blend on high for two minutes.
2. Strain through a cheesecloth-lined strainer into a large measuring cup or bowl. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to three days.