17 April, 2012

Sprouted Almond's Milk

Almonds are my favourite. Mom used to soak the almonds every night and made sure that all of us had a few almonds every morning. As a kid I believed those almonds would help me get better scores in tests, which of course seemed a better and yummy way, than to actually sit and study. Almonds are known to boost memory if you do bother to study. :)



My love for almonds has doubled since I'm taking an effort to be Vegan. I liked Soy milk but found out that it increases mucous like Cow's milk. While researching more about Soy, I came across a lot of negative points about Soy.

I do not really trust the research verdicts because over the years I have found many contradicting research reports. Lately, I found out that the industry producing the particular product, funds the research, so we can't be too sure if the research results are actually true and it's not just to promote a product. Almonds have proven to be good for so long that I do not see any reason not to embrace it



Makes 5-6 cups
Preparation Time: under 10mins

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Almonds Sprouted and skinned
  • 4 cups Drinking water
Procedure:

1. Blend the Almonds with a cup of water until it becomes a paste. This will take about 4-5 minutes



2. Add rest of the water and blend for 3 minutes. Sieve this blended mixture through a sieve lined with a cloth. Squeeze out all the milk.


3. Store under refrigeration for up to 5 days. Shake it well before every use.



Notes:
  • This can be used to replace milk in most baking recipes.
  • If using almond milk to make tea or coffee, boil once before use to avoid the sedimentation. But cooking does result in the loss of nutrients.
  • Store the almond meal under refrigeration and use it for baking cookies and cakes.
  • How to sprout almonds coming up next. :)
Health and Nutrition:
Positives:
  • Almond milk furnishes the body with high levels of manganese, selenium and vitamin E. 
  • Manganese plays an important role in activating enzymes in the body. Manganese along with phosphorous also plays a role in keeping bones and teeth healthy. 
  • Vitamin E, an antioxidant protects the cell membranes by destroying the free radicals that cause damage to them.
  • The magnesium obtained from almond helps break down the food consumed into energy. It also assists the functioning of the parathyroid glands, which are responsible for production of hormones known for good bone health. The potassium present helps maintain normal blood pressure. 
  • It helps reduce the bad cholesterol in the blood. Almond milk does not contain cholesterol and saturated fats. It also contains omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Thus, people with high blood cholesterol and heart disease can consume almond milk without any inhibitions.
Negatives:
  • Almond milk is not a good source of protein and calcium when compared to soy milk or cow's milk.

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 Amazing Almonds at The Yogi Vegetarian

32 comments:

  1. Ah. I drink a different kind of almond milk. I don't make paste or sieve ... I boil milk, add tons of slices of blanched almonds, lots of pistachios, saffron, sugar .... and lovvvveeee it this way! :D
    My hubby eats soaked almonds everyday (and forces me to eat too!) - I don't think it's helping either one's memory, hehe :P

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  2. Nice i've never tried to sprout almonds.I loved almond milk.

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  3. I love almonds too and use them very often in baking and sometimes to make badam milk too. Very tempting clicks, Anisha!

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  4. Sprouted almond milk looks an interesting n healthier one..delish,the last capture is awesome!

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  5. looks so creamy and delicious!

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  6. Fresh homemade almond milk, I am waiting for your next post to see how you sprout almonds..

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  7. sounds great n delicious :) superb clicks dear..will wait for how to sprout almonds post :)

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  8. Very healthy drink... Nice alternative...

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  9. hey, but wont this be of high calorie? also, ive heard that almonds produce more heat inside body.

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    1. I don't know the truth about calories here... what ever I have read so far suggests that almond milk has lesser calories in comparison to other milks.

      If you think in terms of having just whole almonds it will be lot more calories. Since it's diluted (1:4::almonds:water)it will have less calories. And trust me you won't be able to drink more than a glass... It's really filling.

      Best part about almond milk is that it is low in saturated fats unlike cows milk which is loaded with saturated fat which also hinders calcium absorption. I guess that is why almond milk is recommended when one is trying to lose weight.

      About producing heat, I don't think it will be harmful unless one over eats almonds. I have been having almonds throughout the year, even in summers I've never faced any trouble so far. I guess moderation is the key.

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  10. My Mom used to give me almonds almost daily without any miss during school days :-p
    Superb click of healthy drink

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  11. a spoonful of yumm18 April 2012 at 03:32

    great how to ...nice clicks

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  12. wow very healthy recipe,need this to kick start the day!!!

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  13. just started using almond milk after quitting soy for same reasons.. n here u come up with it :)
    n awesome clicks that make it quite tempting must say...

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  14. wow... yummy and healthy.. very innovative!

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  15. Thanks you all for the comments... specially for the pics. It's the first time I too like the pics. Last pic would have been better with a different background... but I'm kind of happy that I clicked at the right time to capture the flow. :)

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  16. Oh dunno how i missed ur space, stunning healthy almond milk..

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  17. Love your Post, and also good information about almonds.Following your blog now :)

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  18. Nice blog and delicious recipe!!!! Will try out soon..
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  19. Quite a refreshing blog you have anisha. and good looking pictures with detailed Description. Just wat we look forward in food blogs..

    And yes, you are right about almond milk, its low calorie and healthy .. no comparison with Cow milk though, both have their own pros ...

    am glad to follow you .. :)

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    1. Reading this comment first thing in the morning just made my day. :)

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  20. Sprouted almond sounds interesting! Like other bloggers mentioned, I too have had almond milk but without sieving it and with addition of saffron. This sounds like a very healthy and delicious substitute for those having lactose intolerance.

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  21. Nothing like almonds soaked in water..i mix sweet mangoes with almond milk for a quick shake:)

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  22. Thnks for the recipe,will try sometime,.

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  23. I love Almond milk and make it at home too. But plain soaked almonds and not the sprouted ones. First time here and love your space and your excellent clicks.

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  24. Oh I wish I could have almond milk right now. That's the price that I have to pay for traveling and living in guesthouses :-P Nice blog Anisha ;-)

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  25. wow this looks awesome! thank you :)

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  26. You truly make it look nice and easy... But the pics look so yumm... that I want a drink now.. :) thanks for linking in.. last week.. :)

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