About 5 years ago I started to eliminate dairy out of my diet.
I didn't know, like many Americans that I was allergic to conventional pasteurized milk.
It wasn't even really that noticeable most of the year but twice a year I would get a nasty sinus infection. I mean Nasty... my docs at the time said I just had bad allergies. I felt like I had a doctor for every allergin in the world and they all wanted to give me something different. When I would leave... I had a bag of 362 different scrips... it was like tricker treatin' at the when I would leave the office.
I had a friend that was into Raw Food at the time introduce me to the raw amazing power of my favorite nut... the almond.
Who doesn't love Almonds? Honey glazed almonds, roasted almonds, chilli pepper almonds, candied almonds and my personal favorite an almond covered up in a delicious date... I thought I was the poster boy for healthy eating...I was about 25 pounds over weight and had a gut from college.
These were the wrong ways to prepare the awesome almond.
I was eating almonds for taste and not the multitudes of benefits.
And...I didn't even know the easiest way to prepare them...Almond Milk!
Almond milk provides excellent sources of protein, fiber, vitamin E, zinc, iron, selenium, magnesium, and calcium. Almonds have vitamin-like oils called essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids are required for a healthy nervous system, anti-inflammatory effects, hormone balance and cell structure.
Here are 7 benefits of Almond Milk:
Almond Milk Benefit #1: Weight Management
Plain almond milk without added sugars or flavoring contains 60 calories per each 8 oz serving size. This option works well for people looking to lose or maintain weight.
The low caloric content of almond milk causes less of an impact on our totally daily consumption of food calories. Some milk varieties contain more sugars than the cereal that they get combined with.
Almond Milk Benefit #2: Heart Health
Almond milk contains no cholesterol and only 5 mg of sodium per serving. Consuming foods low in sodium and cholesterol help us to maintain better heart health and normal blood pressure.
Without cholesterol, almond milk also decreases our chances of gaining bad cholesterol levels, all while increasing the good cholesterol levels. Almond milk also contains 150 mg of potassium in every serving. This mineral works to promote healthy blood pressure.
Almond Milk Benefit #3: Blood Sugar Friendly
Unlike other milk alternatives, the plain almond option contains only 8 grams of carbohydrates per serving. The 7 grams of sugars that make up the carbohydrate content have a limited affect on our blood sugar levels. When we consume simple sugars, our metabolic functions tend to miss the nutrients, storing much of the carbs as fat.
Instead, the low amount of sugars in almond milk have a low glycemic nature, meaning our bodies fully digest them and use them as energy. Diabetics benefit from this characteristic as well.
Almond Milk Benefit #4: Bone Health
Almond milk contains 30% of our recommended daily value of calcium and 25% of Vitamin D. These nutrients work together to build strong bones in men, women, children and infants.
Vitamin D also helps improve immunity and cell function. Some studies have shown that Vitamin D helps decrease osteoporosis and even Alzheimer’s disease. The magnesium in found in almond milk helps absorb more of the calcium provided by the nutritious beverage.
Almond Milk Benefit #5: Skin Care
Every serving of pure almond milk contains 50% of our recommended daily value of Vitamin E. This powerful nutrient has antioxidantabilities in that it helps regulate Vitamin A use and availability.
More importantly, Vitamin E acts the primary regulatory nutrient that improves skin health.
Almond Milk Benefit #6: Eye Health
The moderate levels of Vitamin A found in almond milk helps keep our eyes functioning properly. Vitamin A directly influences the eye’s ability to adjust to differences in light.
Almond Milk Benefit #7: More Muscle Power
Even though almond milk only contains 1 gram of protein per serving, it does contain B Vitamins in the form of riboflavin, plus other muscle regulating nutrients like iron. Each serving of almond milk contains about 4% of our recommended daily intake of iron, which helps muscles absorb and use protein for energy, growth and repair.
Iron also regulates certain cell functions like oxygen absorption.
Just a hand full of these nuts a day provides enough recommended levels of minerals, vitamins, and protein. Besides, almond oil extracted from the nuts has been used in as base or carrier oil in medicine, aromatherapy and in pharmaceuticals.
You can use almonds in your smoothies recipes. Almonds are a big part of my diet and pack the most energy of any other food. They make a healthy snack that is low in calories. Almonds are healthy nuts and they are definitely a great addition to your nutrition.
How to make almond milk?
Almond milk gives you almost 25% percent of your daily needs for magnesium, and more bone-strengthening calcium as an equal amount of cow milk. They are also high in many antioxidants, such as vitamin E and selenium. Studies show that almonds may play and important role in preventing colon cancer due to their high fiber content. Almonds also help us to actually lower negative forms of cholesterol in the blood stream.
More Facts About Almonds
Historians generally agree that almonds and dates, both mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible, were among the earliest cultivated foods.
Star-Appeal Of Almonds:
Cinnamon-glazed almonds were President Clinton's snack of choice at both the 1993 and the 1997 inaugurations.
Legendary Myths About Almonds:
According to superstition: If you eat almonds before taking a drink, you will reduce your chances of getting drunk and avoid having a hangover.
Now that you are an informed FitLifer and know the many benefits of almonds and almond milk, it's time to make your own.
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