Everybody knows the "Got Milk" commercials known to promote the dairy industry....let me first say that I do support the real dairy industry, the farmers that make real milk and don't put any yuckies in their cows. This being said, real dairy is hard to find, expensive and sometimes hard on the digestive system so I'd like to switch it up a bit. Got Almond Milk anyone? I do, in my fridge...most of the time. For a long time I would go to the store to get my almond milk and it would cost me 5 bucks and taste like water! Store bought almond milk is loaded with preservatives and in my opinion doesn't taste super good unless its the vanilla or chocolate kind in which case it is loaded with sugar. I'm going to show you how to make your own almond milk! It's richer, yummier and doesn't break the bank.
FUN FACTS ABOUT OUR ALMOND FRIENDS!
-source of protein, vitamin E, magniesium,potassium, selenium,manganese and iron!!!
.....this means its rich in antioxidants and will support strong bones, radiant skin, energy levels and a quick metabolism.
-hormone free! - especially if you make your own you bypass the growth hormones and antibiotics that are often present in cow's milk.
-lactose free! -this is a great alternative to soy milk, soy is ok but you don't want to be drinking gallons of it (because of the phytoestrogens) so try to switch it up with this lovely alternative.
ALMOND MILK (keeps in the fridge for 3-4 days)
-1 cup almonds
-2 + 1 cups water
-honey, maple syrup or dates to sweeten (optional)
1) Soak the almonds in 2 cups of water overnight.
2) Once the almonds have been soaked put them in a blender and blend them together (keeping the water they soaked in) until they become a frothy white liquid.
3) Take a nut milk sac and fit it over a small bowl. Pour some of the liquid into the sac and squeeze the almond milk out until you are left with the dry almond remains in the bag. Put the dry almond mush in a bowl and continue milking the almonds until you have emptied the blender.
4) Put the dry almond leftovers back
in the blender and add another cup of water. Blend again until frothy. Repeat step 3.
5) If you wish to sweeten your almond milk put the prepared milk in a clean blender with a little bit of honey, dates or maple syrup and blend until desired sweetness.
6) STORE IN AN AIR TIGHT JAR IN THE FRIDGE
7) DRINK UP!!!
**Keep in the fridge for 3-4 days make sure you shake the jar before using as it tends to separate.
***Don't throw away the left over almond mush, you can use it just as you would almond flour in any baking recipe.
Suggested uses for almond milk:
So now its your turn....try milking some almonds..its actually quite fun.