Nut, grain and soy milks have been around for a long time. But we’re now seeing almond milk pop up on cafe menus as another alternative for those who are lactose intolerant and don’t want to be forced on to soy. There’s also a growing number of small businesses selling fresh almond milk and smoothie companies are creating their own sweet nut milk combinations. Everyone’s going nuts for nut milk. Got milk?
As I said, fresh nut milk it hitting store shelves but that’s not to say it’s happening everywhere yet. Not to worry – it’s super easy to make your own.
The first important step in nut milk making is to soak the nuts if they’re not already activated. Nuts have natural enzyme inhibitors in them which can make them difficult to digest in their natural state. It’s like the defence system that I’ve spoken about with dark green leafy vegetables like kale, here.
It’s easy to break down the husk so they become friendly to the gut again and that’s simply by soaking them in water. The nuts will absorb the water, swell and soften. They are then ‘activated’ or ‘alive’ and ready to eat. Ideally, you need to soak them overnight, but even a few hours in fine.
Once your nuts have been soaked, it’s time to ‘milk’ them!
Nut milk is pretty diverse, it’s got a great, creamy consistency and it’s natural flavour is quite mild so you can use it for both sweet and savoury dishes easily.
Keep in mind that like everything, you can have too much of a good thing. Don’t go too crazy on the mylk. If you have an allergy or intolerance in one area (like lactose), you don’t want to make yourself hypersensitive to another food. Moderation and rotating what you eat is always essential.
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