HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK
I didn’t realize how EASY it is to make home made Almond Milk! Literally, soak, blend, squeeze…oh and stir (so 4 steps technically!). Last summer, I ordered a “nut milk bag” (fancy name, right?)– Finally used it this morning! I thought it was going to be quite a process, but it was so easy. I have been wanting to make my own Almond Milk for a few reasons: One, it’s WAY BETTER FOR YOU THAN factory farmed dairy milk, EVEN organic (I will save this for a later post!). Two, it is better than purchasing it with a ton of additives. Three, after I make it–I can save the nut pulp and use it to cook with (as it is essentially almond flour/meal, which is rather expensive). See? Win-Win!
We Do Dairy in Moderation
My son Sterling loves dairy and especially yogurt, but I have to keep it in check because if he eats it in abundance, he gets tummy aches, bad skin rashes, eczema, and sometimes has asthmatic episodes. That is NOT WORTH it.
Sterling does not have to take nebulizer treatments, see an allergist, or buy expensive creams! And he can have dairy, but in moderation. Too much and his cheeks (both sets) turn red.
“Be moderate to taste the joys of life in abundance”. -Epicurus
Regular old “gallon o’ milk” dairy is really not good for you, contrary to what we have all been told! This is mostly because of the pasteurization process which strips it of all of the nutritional value. However, because we factory farm cows, pasteurization becomes necessary. With many animals not being properly cared for, they are more prone to disease, illness, and overwork (sometimes chaffed/bleeding from milking so much). Of course, then all the nutritional components are added back in. Why not get vitamins and minerals from a natural source?
There’s also antibiotic use, the fact that cows are fed grain (though they need/require grass), it’s for many reasons that it’s not an ideal drink choice. Personally, I like dairy but I view it as an indulgent treat–not as a staple in your diet. Raw dairy on the other hand, has innumerable health benefits! But most of us don’t have access to it.
Otherwise, it’s not anything you should ever consume for “the health of it”, ’cause it ain’t that “healthy”. And if you drink it for “the calcium” than you probably don’t know you could eat leafy greens and get just as much calcium AND OMEGA-3s.
Here is the Recipe for Super Easy, Idiot Proof Almond Milk that I made this morning (but started last night). Sterling had it for breakfast and enjoyed as he has any other day!
- 1 1/4 cups of blanched almonds
- 4 cups of water (I used purified)
- A Nut Milk Bag, very affordable ($8.99) on amazon and not nearly as messy as just using a just a cheese cloth
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 teaspoons of honey
- Soak the almonds in cold water for 8-24 hours. I put mine in a mason jar for simplicity sake, but a bowl is fine too. Fill where there is at least an inch of water over the top of the almonds. Leave ’em.
- Drain & Rinse
- Put the almonds in the blender, add in 4 cups of water
- Blend for about 2 minutes
- Get out a bowl to squeeze the milk into
- Pour blended mixture into nut-milk bag and squeeze, squeeze, squeeze like you are ringing out a very wet towel. When nothing more comes out, stop.
- Whisk in the honey and salt until blended
- Store in a jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks! Obviously shake as needed before use.