Almond milk has stepped into the limelight in the past few years. With the popularity of lifestyle diets such as paleo, clean-eating, and Whole30®, alternatives to dairy are becoming more popular.

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Almond Milk Has Soared in Popularity Since 2013 (source: Google Trends)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almond milk, when compared with 2% cow’s milk, has about one-third the calories, is lower in total fat and saturated fat, is higher in mono- and poly-unsaturated fats (the good fats), is lower in carbohydrates, and has no cholesterol. It is a perfect substitute for dairy, whether just for drinking or pouring into smoothies, baked goods, or soup. However, milk does offer more protein.

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You can purchase almond milk in the alternative milk section of the grocery store, or you can make it at home using this simple recipe:

Soak one cup of raw almonds in about 3 cups water overnight, and then the next day, blend the almonds in a blender with a pinch of salt. Strain the pulp through cheesecloth or a nut bag to make a creamy drink.

Tip: use the almond pulp in cookies or muffin batter to add texture and a nutty flavor, stir some into oatmeal or use the mixture to make your own hot cereal.

Here are a handful of recipes for making almond milk and for using it as an ingredient:

Raw Chia Porridge

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Homemade Almond Milk

Vanilla Almond Milk

Simple Almond Milk

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Almond Berry Smoothie

Butternut Squash Soup with a Paleo Kick

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Cherry Almond Oatmeal

Paleo Pancakes

Overall, almond milk is a great choice, and a nutritious alternative to cow’s milk or soy milk. It is low in calories, can be used in any recipe calling for milk, and—best of all—it has a terrific flavor!

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