If you’re the kind who likes some milk in your tea and coffee but just can’t stomach the taste of cow’s milk, you’re not alone. While you may not necessarily be lactose intolerant, it's possible that you may not be crazy about the flavor or aftertaste of milk. Of course, it does help if you have options—especially one with multiple health benefits. Now, almond milk is a popular non-dairy alternative and is a favorable substitute if you’re vegan or lactose intolerant or just plain picky.
As a matter of fact, almond milk proves to be the best alternative in comparison to other non-dairy substitutes—hemp, oats or soy milk—because almond milk is a superfood that’s packed with an array of vitamins and minerals that specifically benefit those who don’t get enough dairy. Here’s how you can benefit from this non-dairy substitute:
While almond milk doesn’t come close to the amount of calcium provided by cow’s milk, it does offer you 30 percent of the recommended daily amount. It also accounts for 25 percent of the recommended amount of vitamin D which helps reduce your risk for arthritis and osteoporosis and promotes overall bone and teeth health.
Maintains Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
Additive-free almond milk is low in carbs. This means it cannot cause any alarming increase in your blood sugar levels. Since it has a low glycemic index, your body is more likely to use the carbs from it as energy.
Promotes Heart Health
This non-dairy alternative does not contain any cholesterol or saturated fat. And considering it’s a nut-based milk, it’s also low in sodium and high in omega fatty acids—two essential aspects to help high blood pressure and heart disease.
Aids Weight Management
Believe it or not, if you’re looking for that milky kick to your hot beverages, minus the calories, almond milk should make it to the top of your grocery list. A single cup of almond milk contains a mere 70 calories. Comparing it to other weight-friendly options available in the market—skimmed milk contains 80 calories, 0g fat per 8oz; soy milk contains 105 calories, 4g fat per 8oz; whole milk contains 136 calories, 7.37g fat per 8oz—makes almond milk the definitive winner.
Now while it may just be easier to go out and buy a carton of almond milk, it may not always be the best idea considering it does prove to be a tad bit more expensive when compared to the regular alternatives. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t drink it. We simply mean you can make it on your own—here’s how!
- 1 cup raw almonds (preferably organic), soaked overnight
- 4 cups filtered water
- Vanilla bean (optional)
- Honey or stevia (optional)
- Soak the almond for at least 12 to 15 hours in clean water with half teaspoon of salt.
- Rinse them well before you begin making the milk.
- Add them to a blender with filtered water.
- Blend it for a few minutes till it reaches a smooth and creamy consistency.
- Use a sprout bag, cheese cloth or kitchen towel to strain the mixture into a large bowl.
- Put this mixture back in the blender and add in the vanilla bean, honey or any other sweetener.
- Make sure the ingredients blend well.
- Pour this fresh almond milk into a jar and use it accordingly.
- You can store it in the refrigerator for up to one week.
If you think you’ve stumbled upon a dairy alternative that surpasses almond milk, do let us know. We’ll be glad to weigh the pros and cons for you!