Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Nut Milk: Truly Healthful and Delicious

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Nut Milk: Truly Healthful and Delicious

Article excerpt

Despite persuasive commercials flooding our television screens, dairy foods are not the best source of nutrients and health. Heart disease is a prime villain in the destruction of people of all ages. Saturated fat has been implicated as a destructive force in heart health. Welcome, then, one of the great innovations of our time, a dietary delight: the taste of milk (which your tastebuds have become trained to enjoy), low in fat (absolutely no animal fat), and endless in culinary possibilities -- Sip your way to heart-health with NUTMILKS!

The Method

The tools: Electric blender, coffee bean grinder, hand-held strainer.

The Basic Ingredients: Spices, flavoring extracts, natural sweeteners (maple syrup, honey, brown rice syrup), fresh nuts and seeds (store in refrigerator), fruits, flaxseeds, lecithin granules (extract from soybeans), dried fruits (apples, apricots, dates, raisins), fresh fruits (bananas, etc.), filtered water, diluted apple juice.

The Recipes

* Creamy Banana Coconut Walnut Milk

1/3 cup fresh raw walnuts

1 tbsp. flaxseeds

1 tsp. lecithin granules

1 tbsp. honey

2 tbsp. brown rice syrup

1/2 tsp. coconut flavoring (or extract)

1/2 tsp. vanilla flavoring (or extract)

2/3 cup fresh, ripe banana

3 to 3-1/4 cups hot water

Follow directions in "Preparing Nut and Seed Milks in Four Easy Steps."

Serve chilled or warm

* Per serving: 155 calories, 3 gm. protein, 8 mg. sodium, 19 gm. carbohydrate, 9 gm. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 16 mg. calcium.

* Orange Apricot Almondine Milk

1/3 cup fresh raw almonds

2 tbsp. fresh raw cashews

1 tbsp. flaxseeds

1 tsp. lecithin granules

1/4 to 1/3 cup rehydrated apricots (dried unsulphered varieties are available at natural food co-ops)

2-1/2 to 3 tbsp. honey (adjust as desired)

1 tsp. vanilla flavoring (or extract)

1/4 tsp. orange extract

3 1/4 cups hot water (adjust as desired)

* Follow directions in "Preparing Nut and Seed Milks In Four Easy Steps.

Serve chilled or warm

Hints: Soak dried fruit in orange juice overnight, or cover with almost boiling water to soften quickly. Maple syrup could replace part of the honey. (Per serving -- has not been figured out. This is a new recipe.)

* Carob Cashew Almond Milk

1/4 cup fresh raw almonds

1/4 cup fresh raw cashews

1 tbsp. …

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