Plant based milk are milk too says almost every culture across the globe. The great taste and the low amounts of fat in it is definitely worth it. Plant based milks are very suitable for people that choose to eat vegetarian or vegan. Plant based milk like Almond milk is used as a dairy substitute seasoned with small chunks of almonds, ground cardamom and saffron as for the – indian style. Mixture of almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and cardamom as for the – pakistani style. Blend of ginger, cardamom, pistachios and rice powder as for the – middle eastern style.
At its most basic and easily, it can be made only with almond and water itself. Most of the world’s almonds are grown in California and will be exported to other countries. For most people, if you are craving for milk you will probably go for cow’s milk but Almond milk is a very popular plant based drink in countries like US, India, Pakistan, and also middle east countries. Scientifically proven that Almond milk is much more healthier than any dairy milk. It has the lowest calorie compared to cow’s milk and the famous soy milk.
People think that Almond milk has been around for several years. But the truth is Almond milk has existed since the middle ages. Almond milk has gained popularity in the past three years, appearing now in the cold dairy case as well as ice cream. It may be called milk and found in dairy but Almond milk is not dairy. It is a “tasty dairy-free, soy-free, lactose-free alternative”. -(Food in Medieval Times). The most urgent reason to consume Almond milk is being lactose intolerant, which is something that doctors can nowadays easily define. Once, Almond milk was only for the upper class but now it is easier to get the sources to make our own Almond milk or can easily get it in dairy stores.
Both commercial (added vitamins like, vitamin D & other nutrients) and homemade Almond milk can go bad within three to seven days. One notable difference is that Almond milk is free from cholesterol and saturated fats, whereas cow’s milk contains these to different degrees on the type of milk. One could make a faux butter combining almond milk, salt, sugar and vinegar too.
Now, why Almond milk is very popular in countries like US, India, Pakistan and middle east countries? Because of the benefits for the body, hair and skin. It is been said that drinking Almond milk is the way to have a flawless skin and thick black hair. Other reasons are also for having strong bones, boosting up immunity, increasing of muscles strength, good eyesight and a sound sleep.
As a shake, smoothie, ice cream, spread, chilled or warm, you choose. You can use Almond milk in any way that you would use regular dairy milk. Try adding it to cereal or coffee, use it in soups or sauces. Be creative in your own way or drink it just like that every night and feel the difference!