As more people are discovering food sensitivities to dairy, alternatives have become widely available in grocery stores, café’s, restaurants etc. This includes nut milks, which have become staples for those wishing for a dairy-free alternative to add into coffee, tea, and smoothies. Even people without dairy sensitivities still opt for nut/oat/rice milk as a “healthier” choice.
But how healthy is it?
Many nut milks are full of food additives, which help to preserve shelf-life and enhance the taste and consistency of these products. Most almond milks also have thickening agents, which are carbohydrates that change the consistency of the milk. Many nut milks actually contain only about 3% almonds.
What ingredients should I watch out for?
Bottom line: nut/oat/rice milks can be healthier alternatives to dairy milk, depending on the source and ingredients. If you make your own, you can be sure where the ingredients are coming from and that there are no extra additives, unless you choose to add some. It may seem like a daunting task, but only takes a few minutes and the taste is superior to any processed kind you buy at the store.
1. Use a 3:1 or 4:1 ratio of water to organic raw almonds (or nut of choice), depending on how creamy you want your milk!
EX: 3 cups water, 1 cup almonds
2. Pour into blender, blend on high for a few minutes
3. Place a cheese cloth/straining cloth into a large bowl, pour the milk through
4. Squeeze extra milk through the strainer, store in a glass jar and enjoy for 3 -5 days!
Cinnamon, nutmeg, lavender, clove, or some organic maple syrup for sweetness!