The benefits of almond milk have been known since ancient times. Did you know that Cleopatra, who was widely revered for her appearance and beautiful skin, used to regularly indulge in almond milk and honey baths? Did you also know that almonds were found in Tutankhamen’s tomb and that, in ancient Egypt, almond milk was used as a substitute for cow’s or goat’s milk because it didn’t spoil as quickly?
The benefits of almond milk are many – it contains no cholesterol, has very few (bad) saturated fats, it’s high in calcium and is perfect for anyone who is allergic to dairy. It also contains awesome vitamins like B2 and E, manganese, magnesium, copper, tryptophan and phosphorus.
Mixed with honey and taken before bed, it will promote sleep. If you drink a glass of almond milk with two spoons of honey every day, you will notice that both your energy level and ability to focus will substantially improve. Almond milk is known to slow down aging and, again, mixed with honey, it’s considered the elixir of youth. Both almond milk and honey have excellent antibacterial properties and are known to fight a nasty bacterium like Staphylococcus (staph). If you suffer from indigestion, constipation and bloating, drink a cup of almond milk with some honey every day. Also, this combination is known to relieve respiratory problems particularly persistent cough.
Almond milk is also a wonderful and highly beneficial cosmetic agent. Because it is full of antioxidants, it is often used in making moisturizers and lotions. Daily application of creams with almond milk before sun exposure will minimize the UVA and UVB damage to the skin. Almond milk contains essential fatty acids which are instrumental in controlling the amount of oil secreted by the skin’s sebaceous glands. Excessive skin oils lead to block pores, acne breakouts, and blackheads.
Now, the only downside to almond milk that we can think of is that it can be so darn expensive, nearly twice the price of ordinary milk. However, the good news is that you can make your own almond milk at home at a fraction of the price of the store one. You can make your own almond milk in a blender or a food processor and there is absolutely no cooking involved. You will need a bowl, a measuring cup, a cheese straining cloth (if you don’t have one, the ordinary gauze cloth will do) and a sweetener of your choice (honey, maple syrup, brown sugar).
Here is a quick recipe for DIY almond milk.
- Soak the almonds – This is vital for making almond milk. Put the almonds in a bowl and soak them in an inch of water. Cover the bowl. Leave them in the water for up to two days because longer you soak them, the creamier the almond milk will be.
- Drain the almonds – After a two full days of soaking, drain and rinse them under cold water.
- Blend the almonds – Put the almonds in a food processor or blender with two cups of water. Blend them for about two minutes with short breaks. After you have blended them, they should resemble a very fine meal. If you are using a food processor, you will need to process them a bit longer – at least four minutes.
- Strain the almonds in a colander. Put them in the cheese cloth, and twist to close. Squeeze the cloth with your hands to extract as much milk as possible.
- Add sweetener of your choice – Taste the milk first. You might like it unsweetened. However, if you have a sweet tooth, you can add a sweetener of your choice. You can also add vanilla or cinnamon.
- Put the milk in the refrigerator – The best way to cold store the almond milk is in sealed containers. Bear in mind that it can keep up to two days.
That’s it! You didn’t think it was that easy, did you? It will take you only 20 minutes to make almond milk that’s fresh, healthy, delicious and much more affordable than any store brand.