Yesterday, for the first time I made my own almond milk.

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It was actually really easy and an amazing creative experience. It’s not difficult and I’ll explain how to do it later, but I want to highlight the benefits of almonds to you.

Did you know that Almond nuts are rich sources of vitamins, and minerals and packed with numerous health promoting photo-chemicals? Phyto-chemicals are compounds that are produced by plants (“phyto” means “plant”). They are found in fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, and other plants. Some of these phytochemicals are believed to protect cells from damage that could lead to cancer.

Health benefits of Almonds

  • Almonds are one of the complete sources of energy as well as nutrients. The nuts, especially, are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic, and palmitoleic acids that help in lowering LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increasing HDL or “good cholesterol” in the human body.
  • The nuts are an excellent source of vitamin E. Vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, required for maintaining cell membrane integrity of mucus membranes and skin by protecting it from harmful effects of oxygen-free radicals.
  • The nuts are packed with many important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folate.
  • Furthermore, almonds are also an incredible source of minerals such as manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.
  • Almond oil, extracted from the nuts, can be employed as an emollient. When applied regularly, it helps keep skin well protected from dryness. It is used as “carrier or base oil” in various traditional medicines, in aromatherapy, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries.

A handful of almonds a day provides much of recommended levels of minerals, vitamins, and protein. Besides, almond oil extracted from the nuts has been used in cooking, and medicine.

Almond milk recipe

1 cup of almonds, soaked overnight

4 cups of water

1 teasp lecithin, GMO free

Pinch of salt

You will need a *nut milk bag

Method

Blend all ingredients with your food processor.

Strain through nut milk bag to filter the waste

Keep in the fridge up to 4 days.

Bon appétit !

* You can buy your nut milk bag at Exclusive Aesthetics – 5 Glyde St in Mosman Park for only $17.95 and it comes with more recipes.

Ref: www.nutrition-and-you.com

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