January Health Tips: Vegan Milk Suggestions
There are lots of sound reasons why you may be thinking of leaving dairy milk behind in 2019. For some its digestive intolerance and allergies, for others you may be wanting to move on to an animal-free diet. Whatever your motive there's no reason not to be spoilt for choice with highly nutritious and tasty vegan alternatives. Even better still with our MyHealthbasket range from MyBookbasket you can find everything you need to get you started on your way to a healthier you.
Power-packed Nut & Seed Milks
This month we are featuring two super-powered nuts which make excellent choices for non-dairy milk alternatives.
Did You Know... Amazing Almonds!
From a 28g serving of almonds you can get:
32% RDI Mangalese
37% RDI of Calcium
20% RDI Magnesium
Plus lots of other nutrients such as copper, calcium, B2 and phosphorus.
They are also rich in anti-oxidants (which help to fight against disease and inflammation).
They can help with controlling blood sugar, lowering (bad) cholesterol and even reducing appetite, thereby supporting efforts for weight loss.
Hefty Hemp Seeds!
Hemp Seeds are packed with protein and are an excellent source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids.
They contain the amino acid, arginine which provides the body with nitric acid - a molecule known to significantly improve heart health.
Ladies, its also thought to improve systems of PMS and the Menopause due to its prolactin fighting GLA. And these are just some of the benefits of Hemp Seeds!
From Seeds and Nuts to Delicious and Nutritious drink
Vegan milk drinks are readily available in most supermarkets nowadays but if you really want to take charge of your health and what goes into your body then why waste money on shop-bought boxed milks when you can make them so simply at home? We can make it even easier for you with one of our amazingly flexible Nut Milk Bags to literally take the strain out of the process!
Here's a quick recipe to get you started. All you need is a high-powered blender, your ingredients from MyHealthBasket and your away!
Nut Milk Recipe
1 cup organic almonds (available here)
4-6 organic pitted dates - if sweetening is required (available here.)
1. Put 1 cup of organic almonds to soak overnight - or at least 10-12 hours. (This helps to break down the phytic acid and also gives you a creamier milk.)
2. Discard the soaking water and pour the nuts into your blender alongside the pitted dates if required.
3. Add five cups of filtered water or fill to the guideline given by your blender. Use your blender's instructions to blend the ingredients using a juice or equivalent setting - usually this is for about 1-2 minutes.
4. Insert your nut milk bag into a clean bowl and pour into it the mix from your blender. Ensure you have pulled the strings to close the bag gently tease out the milk into the bowl by squeezing on the end corner of the bag.
5. Once you have your milk in the bowl decant to an airtight jar or jug and keep refrigerated. It should be fine for 4/5 days.
Optional extras - try adding cinnamon, vanilla or nutmeg for an extra special, milky treat!