Almonds are one of the world’s healthiest foods, providing protein and a long list of whole-body benefits. These teardrop-shaped nuts, which are actually considered stone fruits (like apricots and cherries), are good for the heart, bones, teeth and the brain. Almonds alkalize the body and help to add healthy fat to your diet, while lowering the bad cholesterol and decreasing the rise of insulin and blood sugar post meals.
Having grown up in an Indian family, I was always given a handful of soaked and peeled almonds in the morning before heading off to school, because Ayuervedic beliefs claim that almonds increase intellectual functioning and help to create a sense of calmness and clarity.
Here are five easy-to-make tasty recipes bursting with all the benefits of almonds, without the unnecessary preservatives and toxic additives found in their store bought counterparts:
1. Almond milk
Almond milk and other nut milks are becoming increasingly popular as many people are either intolerant of animal based dairy or have been reading the most updated literature stating the health costs weigh out the pros of consumption. You should definitely start making your own homemade almond milk, because it’s easy, contains very few ingredients and won't have the unnecessarily dangerous ingredients found in most store-bought almonds milks!
Yields 32 ounces, or 4 cups