Being healthy is a lifetime pursuit – not a destination. This month, I will be sharing tips and information on how to be – and stay — healthy.
Have you found dairy more difficult to assimilate in to your system as you age?
Almond milk is a great, healthy alternative to dairy milk. It is safe for those who are lactose intolerant or have gluten and casein allergies. Compared to cow’s milk, it has 50% more calcium, less fat (so less calories), a wide variety of vitamins and minerals and has high levels of antioxidants, so it can help prevent many types of cancer and slow the signs of aging.
We have become an almond milk family. While you can buy it at the store, did you know how easy it is to make it yourself? It takes me exactly 30 minutes from set-up to clean-up to have a 5 day supply.
Ingredients: 1 cup raw almonds (I get mine at Sprouts Farmers Market)
3 cups purified water (I use the purified water that comes out of my fridge)
3 Medjool dates (Costco sells a box of these pretty cheap. They last forever in the refrigerator)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (for taste)
Equipment needed: a high-powered blender (mine is a Bosch) and a nut milk bag (I use a fine mesh painter’s bag that I got at Home Depot for like $3.00– two in a pack!!)
1) Pit the dates by “taking the hat off” and opening the dates to remove the pits. This is a good way to check for any mold or insects too.
2) Separate the milk from the almond pulp by pouring the blender contents into the mesh bag over a bowl. Squeeze gently (reminds me of what it must be like to milk a cow) until all the milk is pressed through. Save the pulp and put in an airtight container in the freezer to be used later and added as extra protein to smoothies, cookies, or bread.
****Note: this recipe is perfect for one or two people for 4 or 5 days. If you need a greater quantity, the ratio is 1 part nuts to 3 parts water.
#7: Get and Stay Healthy: DIY Almond Milk
Almond milk is a healthy alternative to cow’s milk. It provides essential vitamins and minerals without all the fat and calories of dairy milk. Plus, it is high in antioxidants which are known to prevent many types of cancer and slow the signs of aging.