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Grab a glass of almond milk

If you are looking for a healthy substitute for regular cow’s milk either to lose weight or because you may be lactose intolerant, then almond milk may be the way to go. Here is a simple easy-to-follow recipe to ensure that you get the best almond milk that money can buy.

Almond milk recipe

Ingredients

4 cups water, divided

1 tablespoon tapioca flour

1/4 cup raw unsalted almonds

1 dash vanilla extract

Directions

Combine 1 cup water and tapioca flour in a microwave-safe cup; heat in microwave until boiling for about 3 minutes. Combine tapioca mixture, remaining 3 cups water, almonds, and vanilla extract in a high-powered blender; blend on high until smooth. Strain mixture through cheese cloth layers into a container. Keep refrigerated.Bowl of almonds for almond milk article in sweet T&T for Sweet TnT Magazine, Culturama Publishing Company, for news in Trinidad, in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, with positive how to photography.

How to use almond milk

Just like regular milk, almond milk can be used in many ways, here are a few of them:

  • Splash it over your cereal instead of regular milk
  • Add it to your coffee or tea
  • Mix it in smoothies
  • Make a dairy-free rice pudding or ice cream
  • Use it in soups, sauces and salad dressings
  • Use it as a milk replacement in many baked foods

For those who are prone to kidney stones, almond milk should not be consumed in excessive amounts.  This is because of its calcium oxalate content, which is generally higher in homemade almond milk. Credit (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26382627)

Some people are also concerned about carrageenan, a thickener used in some store-bought almond milk products known to cause inflammation which can lead to ulcerations and bleeding in some cases. Credit (http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/carrageenan-natural-ingredient-you-should-ban-your-diet)

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There are many reasons why you may be looking for a suitable milk substitute. Almond milk fills the void even if your reasons are for health, weight loss or as part of a vegan diet. It is just as versatile as cow’s milk and almost as nutritious. Here are some of the benefits:

  • It may reduce the risk of heart disease
  • It is high in Vitamin D which may strengthen bones
  • When used unsweetened it doesn’t raise blood sugar
  • It is low in calories
  • It is high in Vitamin E which is essential for healthy eyes, skin, hair and immune system

January 2017    www.sweettntmagazine.com



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