Top 7 Almond Milk Benefits
Because I am lactose intolerant, I had to find an alternative to Dairy milk which is how I discovered Almond Milk. I use it for everything from Deserts to my Protein Shakes. Besides being a good alternative to Dairy and a Raw food or Paleo diet staple, there are many more Almond Milk Benefits. Here are 8 of them:
1. Lactose Free
This is by far the biggest advantage. Most people don’t know they have some level of lactose intolerance (since it does exist in different degrees), but you will notice a difference as soon as you switch from Dairy to Almond Milk. If you’re lactose intolerant this is one of the best and healthiest alternatives.
2. You can make it yourself
If you want to save money instead of buying the cartons, or like me there is no consistent supply of it, you can very easily make it yourself. All you need is a blender, water and some fabric to strain the milk, but it’s not needed if you use it for your smoothies or shakes. The end result is Almond Milk and Almond Meal. Here is a page on Wikihow to making it yourself.
3. Low in Calories
Another benefit of Almond Milk, is that it is low in calories. Even compared to Skim Milk it comes in lower. It contains approximately 1.5g of fat per 100ml. It is great for weight loss and those on a cutting diet. One cup of unsweetened almond milk contains as few as 30 calories, and 1 cup of original, regular almond milk contains about 60 calories. Skim milk and regular soy milk each contain about 80 calories per cup. Some flavored varieties of almond milk, such as chocolate or vanilla, may contain 90 to 120 calories per cup. In comparison, low-fat chocolate cow’s milk generally contains about 160 to 180 calories per cup.
4. High in Vitamins
Almond Milk is very high in Vitamins. One cup of plain Almond Milk meets 10% of the Recommended Daily Value for vitamin A, 25% for vitamin D and 50 for vitamin E, making it high in many nutrients compared to the amount of calories it provides per serving.
5. Free from saturated fat
Another benefit of consuming almond milk is that it contains heart-healthy poly- and monounsaturated fats and is free from saturated fat, trans fats and dietary cholesterol. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, replacing saturated fat with mono- or polyunsaturated fats can help lower your blood cholesterol levels. With the exception of skim milk, which is fat free, cow’s milk does contain saturated fat and cholesterol.
6. High in Calcium
Almond milk is very high in Calcium, with a single cup providing around 300mg of Calcium. This is equal to one-third of your daily requirement. This is great for your bone health and development.
7. Good for your Skin
Thanks to containing up to half of our daily requirement for Vitamin E, another benefit you will notice is the improvement in your skin. While this improvement might vary for some, I have noticed an improvement in mine. And I even take a good Multi-Vitamin.
8. Carbohydrates and Low Glycemic Index
Low-carb diets are often effective for weight loss when you need it. Due to its lower Carbohydrate content, Almond milk has a low Glycemic index. This is perfect for people on cutting fat loss diets. The amount of carbohydrates found in almond milk depends on the brand you buy. Unsweetened almond milk contains as little as 1 gram of carbohydrates; however, some flavored brands, such as chocolate almond milk, may contain up to 23 grams of carbohydrates per cup. In comparison, low-fat cow’s milk, such as skim milk, usually contains about 12 grams of carbohydrates and regular soy milk contains about 7 grams of carbs per cup. We highly recommend to make your own almond milk.
Almond milk has such as low amount of simple sugars so employ a low glycemic nature, this means they are digested fully along with the body can use that for energy. The benefits of almond milk don’t stop there although!
And what about cow milk? I was recently at a farm and there was a cow that people were invited to milk.. for fun and I asked the woman jokingly, if I could drink the milk. She laughed and said it has to be pasteurized first. Basically you are getting milk from a steroid grown, hormone pumped cow… that is then zapped… sounds yummy to me. If it was so great for you, how come you couldn’t drink it right away from the cow as nature would intend without getting extremely sick?
There are so many more benefits of Almond Milk that I did’t cover here, but I think these are reason enough to consider making a switch.
Chocolate / Almond Milk / Banana Smooth
By May 4, 2013Published:
- Yield: 2 Servings
- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 3 mins
- Ready In: 13 mins
Give your morning or afternoon snack a bit of a kick-start with this cool and refreshing shake. The perfect blend of bananas, chocolate almond milk and protein powder will not only get you going and keep you energized but it will satisfy any sweet tooth. If you’re looking for an added burst of energy (plus some other fabulous super foods like Chia, Quinoa, Kale, etc) I recommend adding a scoop of Chocolate Powder or Raw Cacao.
- 1/1/2 cups 350 mL Almond Milk
- 1 Medium banana broken into pieces
- 1/2 Cup 120 mL Ice cubes
- Raw Cacao powder
- 2 tablespoons 30 mL Protein powder (soy, whey, etc)
- 2 tablespoons Almond Butter
- Combine all ingredients in blender and puree until very smooth.
- Pour into 2 tall glasses and garnish with bananas if desired. Personally, my favorite time to have a shake is right after my workout and since I usually lift heavy I add a bit more protein. Shakes are also a great way to combat the cravings that can happen mid afternoon as well. This particular recipe is rather filling because of the banana (fiber), almond butter (good fats) and protein powder. Protein and good fats are a huge hunger killer.
- Important note: don’t forget to invest in a decent blender