It goes without saying that our nation is one fond of diary and this industry has now started to become stronger than ever. However it now comes into an increasingly closer battle with its new healthy food trend and huge competitor, the reasons behind making up a very long list. Either if we talk about coconut, rice, almond or soya milk, I’d say watch this space for tons of creative kitchen tips, chats with experimented chef mums and reasons why swapping to the new plant milk may be one of those decisions you won’t ever regret.
To make things more colourful and effortless, we got the expertise of one cool mum on the go, Irene Arango, who is the founder of the quirky raw vegan health spot Nama Foods in Notting Hill. She is here to make sure we, busy mums, have the fastest and easiest way to diversify our children’s diet while creating ourselves (in the comfort of our own kitchen) a top favourite milk choice within the alternative diary products which can only mean one thing: amazing benefits on growing children.
Here you have the step by step Nama – Allmumstalk Recipe Video
- Soak raw almonds for at least 8 hours
- Discard soak water
- Place almonds in blender, then add some water
- Blend well
- Pour into a nut milk bag over a bowl
- Squeeze the milk through the nut milk bag
- Add a pinch of vanilla powder, a pinch of Himalayan salt, maple syrup or coconut sugar to taste and transfer into a bottle
Keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.
How easy were these recipe steps? Alright, not convinced almonds are the way to go? Because compared to all other nuts, almonds come packed with crazy good nutrients and amazingly beneficial components. Therefore I dared to make a list of reasons of why you should too introduce your tiny human to almonds asap:
- It’s good for the brain – Organic Facts actually names almonds an essential food item for growing children. Two main components: riboflavin and L-carnitine, which have been shown to increase brain activity, result in new neural pathways and a decreased occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Regulation of cholesterol: Regular consumption of almonds helps to increase the level of high density lipoproteins (HDL) and they reduce the level of low density lipoproteins (LDL). This balance is vital to a healthy cholesterol level, and a reduction of LDL (bad cholesterol) is always a good thing.
- Bone Health: Among countless vitamins and minerals, phosphorous is definitely worth to be mentioned! It can have a considerable impact on the strength and durability of bones and teeth
- Good for your heart: The mono-unsaturated fats, protein and potassium contained in almonds are all instrumental in heart health. Vitamin E is an effective antioxidant and also reduces the risk of heart diseases, while the presence of magnesium in almonds can help avoid heart attacks. Almonds help reduce the presence and impact of C-reactive proteins which causes artery-damaging inflammation
- Immune System Strength: almonds are great sources for alkali materials, and this is known to benefit the strength of the immune system, as well as increase the ability to stave off diseases and various health conditions. Along with almonds’ contribution to alkaline levels, it also has a high content of Vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant. Research has actually shown that people who ingest high levels of Vitamin E are actually 30-40% less likely to contract heart disease
- Skin care: especially for babies, almond oil is often recommended and very often added to soaps because almonds have the reputation of improving the complexion of skin. Additionally, the oil is used in cooking in Iran, and Turkey. It is also used as “carrier or base oil” in various traditional medicines, in aromatherapy, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries.
- Gluten free: according to Nutrition and You, just like quinoa, almonds are free from gluten protein, and therefore they are one of the popular ingredients in the preparation of gluten-free food which is essential for people with wheat food allergy and celiac disease.
If you want to remember better the health benefits of almonds or go for a quick print out, here you have:
Photo source: Organic Facts
How to store almonds
Keeping them in an airtight container is best so the oil does not go rancid. I usually keep them in a dark and cool environment, the fridge is most recommended where they can stay good for up to two years, according to the Almond Board of California. Freezing could keep them good to go up to for years (not sure you’ll really need this, but it’s interesting to know!)
- How to get all nutrition from this nut: almonds can be pretty difficult to digest and may stress your pancreas. Like all nuts they contain phytate which makes them difficult to digest. To get maximum nutrition it is best to soak them before they are eaten or roast them. Almonds are one of only a few nuts that will actually sprout when soaked. When you soak them it neutralizes the phytate, allowing the nutrients from the nut to be released
- Green almonds are dipped in sea salt and eaten as snacks on Iran street markets
- Eat almonds with the skin, as it contains more than 20 antioxidant flavanoids
- Almond oil is good for cooking at high temperatures; it has a high smoke point
- Use on the skin and in hair: It’s so gentle and moisturizing that it is great for baby massage.
Any cool recipes on your sleeve involving this insanely nutritious nut, mums? Share with us 🙂
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