Is Almond Milk a Good Dairy Substitute?
Is almond milk a good dairy substitute? I have milk in my one coffee a day. Should I cut this?
A: Yes, cut that and the coffee. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but yes, you should definitely quit coffee and the dairy.
As for almond milk, I would only recommend it if you make it yourself. Kristine Miles has done some incredible posts in the #FertilityChallenge private Facebook group about making your own concoction of nut milk. Two of Kristine’s Nut milk recipes are also below for those of you who have not yet joined the #FertilityChallenge to gain access to the private group.
Kristine’s Almond Milk Recipe
Soak 1 cup of raw almonds in plenty of filtered water and a big pinch of salt for about 24 hours. It’s ok to just let it sit on your bench. In hot weather, I change the water half way.
Drain away the soak water and rinse well. Blend soaked almonds with 1 litre of filtered water for a minute on high speed. Strain through a nut milk bag or fine cloth – squeeze gently. Refrigerate and consume within 3 days.
Cashew or Macadamia Milk
Soak 1 cup of cashews for 3-4 hours
Macadamias don’t require soaking
Blend either with a litre of water as above. Many people don’t bother straining these two milks as the fiber content is minimal compared to almonds. If you want a much smoother milk, then you can strain them. Cashew milk can go off quicker so try and consume in 1-2 days.
Milks can be made richer or thinner by altering the water/nut ratio. Flavours like vanilla can also be added. The soaking of the nuts makes them easier to blend but most importantly makes them easier to digest by removing many of the enzyme inhibitors they contain.
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