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Almond Milk

Almonds are awesome, they are packed with Vitamin E, it’s oil can be used for glowing skin, plus they store in the freezer for up to 2 years! They are also not nuts, but seeds of a fruit that grow on an almond tree which is in the peach family.

The Romans showered newlyweds with almonds as a fertility charm. In Sweden, cinnamon-flavored rice pudding with an almond hidden inside is a Christmas custom. Find it, and good fortune is yours for a year.

In the United States, Almond milk is leading the way in the billion dollar non-dairy milk business. The average plant-based adult uses at least one carton of non dairy milk per week – mostly for smoothies, sauces, cereal (and coffee?)

Unfortunately, the simple 2 ingredient drink (almonds + water) are turned into a store bought package of various additives and when consumed consistently could become a problem.

If almond milk doesn’t agree with you, this may be why.

And why packaged almond milk is so low in calories (about 30 calories in a cup compared to 160 calories in a serving of almonds) is because it’s mostly water… not almonds.

C’mon, you deserve better…and in 3 minutes it’s yours 🙂
1tb almond butter, 1-2c filtered water
1c almonds to 3c filtered water (takes a bit longer)

As always, raw and sprouted nuts and seeds are ideal for nutrients and digestion, but not a deal breaker. In this case since there are generally no truly “raw” almonds sold in North America, it’s a pass. However a few small vendors who are exempt from the pasteurization requirement offer them.

This is not to give roasted almonds the greenlight. Since we know those have DEFINITELY been heated in other fats.

Cost-wise, the almond butter method is cheapest, but not by so much. Nutrition-wise, the almond method is best, since the nut stays intact for longer.

Remember, the taste of your milk will reflect the quality of your almonds.

Old almonds = Bleh.

Ordering almonds in bulk and storing them in the freezer (to prevent rancidity) is the guaranteed cheapest way. Try therawfoodworld.com and nuts.com.

Fun Fact: It takes 1000 pounds of almonds to make 1 pint of almond oil.

 

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