Reading time: 1 minutePublished: November 1, 2017
At lifetrainme we are big fans health promotion and non-dairy milk alternatives offer many benefits. They have been around for a while and they taste amazing. They are suitable or anyone who is lactose intolerant, of course; but they also offer great alternatives for people who follow vegan, low-cholesterol, Palaeolithic or kosher diets. Plant based milks are readily available in nearly every supermarket and many coffee houses also offer dairy milk alternatives.
I recently did a demo at a large event and so many people came up to me afterwards because they didn't realise how simple these milks were to make. With just a few pointers you'll be whizzing up your own tasty non dairy milk in no time at all. They are all relatively cheap to make and taste superb.
Plant based milks are a winner in my eyes because they do not contain cholesterol, hormones or lactose yet they are loaded with magnesium, phosphorus, folate and potassium as well as having a high vitamin content.
My personal preference is for homemade plant based milks, as packaged plant based milks may also contain many additional, unwanted ingredients. Did you realise that your packaged plant based milk may also contain:
Oils and thickeners (xanthan, guar, locust bean gum) which make the milk thicker and creamier.
Stabilisers and Emulsifiers (carrageenan and lecithin) to help avoid separation and maintain a nice consistency.
Sweeteners and flavours ( cane sugars). Dairy milk already contains natural sugars in the form of lactose, so adding sugar to plant based milks makes them more palatable.
Making your own nut milk is fun and easy to do. It is also low-tech so you won’t need any special equipment. There are 4 basic steps to follow:
- Blend with fresh water
- Strain,sieve and serve
The basic formula for making the milk is straight forward and simple and almond milk is a great place to start. Almonds are sweet and floral when they remain unprocessed and they flood the body with minerals, anti-oxidants, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and calcium. They also alkalise the body and are wonderfully versatile to use.
The basic almond milk recipe is as follows:
1 cup raw almonds
4 1/2 cups water
2 pinches sea salt
Honey or maple syrup to taste
Soak the nuts overnight by covering with fresh water. Drain and rinse until the water runs clear. Add half of the measured water and blend on high for 45-60 seconds. Add the remaining water and blend again for 10 seconds. Sieve and pour into a jar. Store in the fridge until needed. Use the pulp in flours, pastry, dough, crackers and biscuits. Don't throw it away, lifetrainme has lots of delicious ideas using the unwanted pulp.
Take your personal health promotion seriously and make the change now.
Written by: Mimi