28 Mar Food for Your Body & Mind: Nifty Nut Milk
As reported by the Mayo Clinic several studies suggest that adding more nuts to your diet can improve heart health by lowering cholesterol, reducing chronic inflammation, and improving the health of the lining of your arteries. Several other studies suggest eating more nuts can reduce your risk of diabetes and other chronic diseases by reducing chronic inflammation throughout the body and lowering blood sugar. Almonds and walnuts in particular are excellent sources of protein, healthy omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, plant sterols (which help reduce cholesterol) and L-arginine (a substance that may improve the health of artery walls).
I’ve experimented making different kinds of nut milks and there is something about this combination of almonds, walnuts and cashews that is SO good!
It will only keep maybe 2 days in the fridge (in a tightly sealed container) but it’s so easy to make, you can just whip more up anytime. Drink it whenever or with any recipe that calls for non-dairy milk. I use this with my chia pudding recipe and it’s awesome!
Nifty Nut Milk
1/3 cup almonds
1/3 cup walnuts
1/3 cup cashews
2 Medjool dates (0r 4 regular Deglet Noor dates, pitted) – adjust this to taste
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups water
dash of salt
Optional – Try experimenting with any of the following…
1 Tbsp cacao nibs
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cardamom
1/8 tsp nutmeg
Add all the nuts to a bowl with a couple shakes of salt. Add water until nuts are completely covered, and soak uncovered overnight on the counter (not the fridge). Why soak overnight? Nuts, seeds, grains and legumes contain phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors to prevent sprouting until proper growing conditions are present. Soaking nuts and seeds breaks down these enzyme inhibitors and vastly improves our ability to digest and use (bioavailability) all the good nutrition inside.
In a high powered blender, blend all ingredients until smooth. You can strain the liquid through a nut milk bag if you want, but I don’t mind the little bits at the bottom.