While completing my first round of Whole 30 I started making many of the condiments in my house. This program forced me to look at the ingredients of my food with a much higher level of scrutiny than ever before. I discovered that sugar was in EVERYTHING!
One thing I used to drink all the time was store bought almond milk. While it is dairy free, and you can buy sugar free options, all store bought almond milk contains carrageenan . Carrageenan is a seaweed extract that is used to thicken foods and drinks like almond milk, and it hides in many of your organic foods. Although it has been ruled safe by many regulatory agencies, carrageenan has been linked to GI disorders and has been found to cause inflammation of the digestive system.
When I started reading about this additive, I decided it was time to stop buying these products. I found an amazing recipe for homemade almond milk over at Stupid Easy Paleo and have been making it ever since!
Homemade Almond Milk
1 cup organic and raw almonds
4 cups water
1 pitted date for sweetness (optional)
1.Soak the almonds overnight in a bowl of water in the refrigerator (make sure they soak for anywhere form 8-48 hours). I also soak the date along with them.
2.Drain the water you soaked the almonds and date in and place them in a high powered blender
For every 1 cup of almonds, cover them in 4 cups of water.
3.BLEND!!! Hopefully you have a helper like me to push those buttons for you!
4.Once the almonds and date are blended place a colander in a large bowl and line the colander with several layers of cheese cloth.
5.Slowly pour the blended mixture over the cheese cloth
6.Once the blender is empty SQUEEZE the cheese cloth to get the remaining moisture out of the almond pulp
This made 2 mason jars of almond milk
Place it in your refrigerator and enjoy within 3-5 days!
I use this in my coffee and for my daily Shakeology!