There is so much debate about dairy these days, leading many to give it up in favor of alternatives. The foundation of this very heated debate is rooted in 2 points:
- that dairy is a neolithic food and not part of our evolutionary heritage, and
- proposed physiological mechanisms in dairy may cause harm when consumed. When people ask whether dairy is healthy to consume, the only real answer is, it depends.
It depends what the cow was fed, the age and health of the cow, and sanitation; but the one thing that weighs heavily on my mind is “cows don’t drink human milk, so why are we consuming theirs?” For this reason, and this reason alone, I gave up drinking milk.
I began dabbling in soy milk, but the rumblings that soy milk may feed estrogen receptive cancers such as breast cancer turned me off of it rather quickly. I gave rice milk a go, but found it too thin, which left me wanting that characteristic creamy-mouth feel. And then I discovered nut milks - most specifically almond.
I immediately fell in love with almond milk! It’s rich, nutty and really good for our hearts – and it is after all Heart Month! Almonds contain heart-healthy omega fats that contribute to cardiovascular health, and, of all the nuts available, almonds contain the most amount of calcium per serving.
Making your own almond milk is easy!
Between smoothies, lattes and the like, I was consuming almost a carton and a half of store bought almond milk a week, and at over $5 a carton, my food budget was beginning to feel the pain. So I did what anyone would do – I started making my own.
Initially when I decided that I was going to get into DIY milk making, I assumed the endeavor would challenge me – I was wrong! Making nut milk at home is one of the easiest things I have ever done! I wish I had started sooner. As long as you have a blender, you can do it too!
Almond Milk At Home
Makes 3 cups*
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 3 cups water
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- Nut milk Bag
Soak the almonds overnight for at least 8 hours. Drain and place in blender, add cold water and coconut sugar. Blend on high for 3 minutes. Allow to sit for an addition 2 minutes. Drain into the nut milk bag; and squeeze the excess juice from the pulp, then refrigerate. The milk can be kept for up to 1 week – but it probably won’t last that long!