I love almonds! Who doesn’t?
Almonds are an excellent brain food, aids in the development of the brain in growing children and prevents Alzheimer’s disease in the elderly. Almonds are also believed to improve memory. A glass of almond milk before you go to bed or after you get up in the morning, strengthens your memory power and supercharges your brain.
Besides nourishing your brain, almonds are also good for your heart! Many health pundits consider almonds a great source of smart fat with just the right amount of fibre, protein, magnesium and vitamin E to help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels plus regulate your blood pressure and sugar levels as well!
Now, if you’re lactose intolerant, almond milk is a great alternative! Not only does it prevent constipation, it also helps prevent colon cancer. And here’s a quick and easy-to-follow recipe to make almond milk:-
1/4 cup raw almonds (unsalted, uncooked)
1 cup distilled water
1. Soak the almonds in filtered water overnight. Do this for at least 8 hours, up to about 12 hours. The soaking softens them, draws out the toxins and causes their nutritional value to spike. Drain the water from the almonds.
2. Blend the soaked almonds in distilled water until smooth.
3. Add honey to taste
That makes only one portion btw and I used to religiously soak 1/4 cup almonds overnight the day before. But what I find even more useful is to soak a whole pack of organic raw almonds for eight to twelve hours and then drain the water and freeze them. By doing so, you’re getting them prepared for whenever you need to use them and they last longer too!
Although technically speaking, almond milk can be kept in the refrigerator for 4-7 days, covered. I still prefer to drink it fresh!
And if you’re trying to lose weight and keep it off, I would strongly recommend that you make your own smartfat shake – a wholesome, ideal meal replacement without any artificial ingredients or additives. Do check out my What’s for Lunch post for the super simple step-by-step instructions!