Milk alternatives have become more diverse and available over the last ten years as people stop drinking animal milk due to lactose-intolerance, vegan diets, antibiotics in cow milk, and many others. What some people may see as a fad is actually a sustainable diet change that can impact you and your family's health and overall well-being.
In the array of options, including coconut milk, rice milk, soy milk, and almond milk, my all-time favorite is cashew milk.
Cashew milk is a creamy and delicious milk alternative that can be used in recipes, in coffee, or in a daily bowl of cereal. The one downside is that store bought cashew milk may not contain all the nutrients and vitamins that you need. But don't set this alternative aside just yet!
I have a wonderful homemade recipe for cashew milk below that's simple to make and contains nutrients that the store bought kind doesn't have.
Homemade cashew milk contains 189 calories and 10 grams of carbohydrates in 1/4 cup of cashews; it also contains 6 grams of protein, while store bought cashew milk only contains 1 gram of protein. Based on a 2,000 calorie diet, homemade cashew milk contains about the same amount of nutrients as eating 1/4 cup of cashews: it has about 15% of your daily value of vitamin K, 13% of your daily value of iron, and 25% of your daily value of magnesium (Livestrong.com). All three of these vitamins are essential daily nutrients that our body requires to properly function.
If you're interested in learning how to make this great alternative, keep reading below!
4 cups of water
Soak the cashews overnight in a bowl of water.
Discard the soaking water and rinse the cashews thoroughly.
Blend the soaked cashews, 4 cups of water, and the other ingredients together in a high speed blender.
Drink or store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. This particular recipe makes 4 cups of cashew milk.
That's it! Pretty easy right? This is an easy at home alternative to traditional store bought cow's milk, or store bought alternative milks, that won't break the bank or take up too much of your time. You can substitute this healthy, homemade milk into any recipes that usually require dairy milk or other milk alternatives, and I'd love to hear about your own recipes in the comments below!
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