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Why you should be drinking almond milk - plus a super simple recipe

by , 14 July 2015

Making processed food substitutes can save you a ton of money on your whole food budget. I make my own coconut milk, nut butters, seed butters and vegetable broth mixes. In that same vein, today I'm sharing how to make almond milk.

I personally have never been a big milk drinker. But I do use it over cereal and granola, and sometimes in my tea. A couple years ago, I discovered almond milk. Making the switch from cow's milk to non-dairy milk felt like a no-brainer.

It seemed like everyone around me was giving up dairy for health reasons, and since I wasn't particularly attached to milk, I thought, why not join in? And so I did.

Since then I've learned why almond milk is great for your health, and how I can make my own. Read on for more.

Why almond milk is so popular

The answer to this quite simple. I’ll sum it up in three points:
  1. Dairy allergens are on the increase
  2. Lactose intolerance is on the increase
  3. People living a vegan lifestyle want alternatives to dairy for drinking, cooking and baking

The health benefits of almond milk

Before you start making your own almond milk, let’s take a look at the health benefits:
  • It helps with weight management
  • It keeps your heart healthy
  • It keeps your bones strong
  • It keeps your skin glowing
  • It barely impacts your blood sugar
  • It helps with muscle strength and healing
  • It keeps your digestion in check
  • It doesn’t contain lactose 
And an additional benefit? It’s easy to make!

Why you should make your own almond milk

The obvious: To save money.

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Super simple almond milk recipe

You’ll need:
  • 1 cup almonds (soaked and dehydrated if possible)
  • 4 cups water (filtered, of course)
  • Sweetener to taste
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla to taste
  • Dash of salt
Other optional flavourings: Chocolate or carob, cinnamon – the sky’s pretty much the limit!
  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend the ingredients until smooth. It shouldn’t take longer than two or three minutes.
  3. Strain the milk through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth.
  4. Pour and enjoy!
You can use this method for making other nut-based milks as well, like walnut, pecan, hazelnut or cashew milk.

I personally LOVE a teaspoon of coconut oil in a glass of creamy almond milk in the morning. It's a delicious way to start your day! Go here to find out more about coconut oil, the natural fat that's good for just about every aspect of your health!

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