Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Looks like a glass of milk right? It is actually homemade almond milk.
I grew up drinking regular full fat cow’s milk. You know the kind that comes in the big plastic jug with the red cap? About six years ago as I started educating myself about eating organic and eating healthier, I switched to organic fat free milk. Then last year, I started drinking soy milk every morning with my cereal in order to cut down on the amount of dairy in my diet. Well, that came to an abrupt and paranoid end when I read an article about the possible connection between soy milk and breast cancer. I then switched back to organic fat free cow's milk in my cereal. That is until a few weeks ago when I read the following article by Dr. Mark Hyman in the Huffington Post:
Suffering from paranoia again I tried rice milk and hated it. I had heard about almond milk but couldn't find it in my local supermarket. So, I googled "almond milk recipe" and came up with several sources. They all had basically the same recipe, which is to soak one cup of raw almonds overnight then blend the soaked almonds with 4 cups of water until liquefied. Then strain to remove the almond meal. I just discard the almond meal, but apparently others use it in baking. I also add a splash of vanilla extract. I keep it chilled in the refrigerator and try to use it up in under a week.
It tastes great in cold cereal. It has a mild flavor so I like it even better than soy milk. I also tried it as cold chocolate milk which was another hit. To me it is not a good option for tea, coffee or hot chocolate, so I will not be giving up dairy all together. I just can't live without milk in my tea.
I've been making and having almond milk with my morning cereal for two weeks now and am pretty sure this is something I will continue to do...until of course something terrible comes out about almond milk.