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Nut Milk in a Minute

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Nut Milk in a Minute

Almonds are members of the Rosaceae (Rose) Family and a relative of peaches, cherries and apples. They have anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, demulcent, emollient, and tonic properties. They help alkalinize the blood and relieve chi stagnation in the liver. They are used to lubricate the lungs, relieve asthma and coughing, clear phlegm, improve energy and memory, strengthen the nervous system, and increase strength and sexual vitality. They are known as brain and bone food.

Almonds contain about 18 percent protein and are a good source of vitamin E, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. They also contain amygdalin, otherwise known as laetrile, an anticancer nutrient.

In Ayurvedic medicine, almonds are used to strengthen ojas, the essence that exemplifies intellect and spiritual receptivity. Yogananda, Indian guru and author of Autobiography of a Yogi said almonds foster “self control and calmness of the mind and nerves.”

A milk made from almonds or other soaked nuts can be a great substitute for dairy, soy or asceptically packaged products. I look for really raw almonds (most American almonds, even those marketed as raw are pasteurized), so either Spanish almonds, those you shell yourself from companies such as LivingNutz.com, farm.com or rawfromthefarm.com.

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Brigitte Mars

Brigitte Mars, a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, is a nutritional consultant who has been working with Natural Medicine for over 40 years. She teaches Herbal Medicine at Naropa University, Boulder College of Massage, and Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts and has a private practice. Brigitte is the author of 12 books, including Rawsome!. Find more healthy living articles, raw food recipes, videos, workshops, books, and more at brigittemars.com. Also check out her international model yogini daughter, Rainbeau at rainbeaumars.com.

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3:23PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

http://mylifeinapyramid.com/2011/05/what-to-do-with-almond-pulp-vegan-and-raw-abc-almond-banana-chai-cookies Loads of recipes for the pulp here just one you can find on the net :)

4:40AM PST on Feb 6, 2012

I guess we all love Almond Milk, right?!? Well, I'm soaking some Almonds now to try this tomorrow. I will try using my large metal strainer (with small holes) and some cheese cloth I already have to strain it. I think I will grind a little longer to get a finer, and hopefully tastier product. Maybe adding a little vanilla & honey to just what I plan to use immediately will help it keep better. I will add the pulp to some homemade pancake mix, which will use the fresh milk too & have a great breakfast! If I have enough pulp left, I will add to a smoothie with bananas & frozen fruit to have later as a snack!

3:30PM PST on Feb 3, 2012

Brigitte is really great, thanks!

9:53PM PST on Jan 28, 2012

Thank you. I bet the almond pulp could get mixed into a smoothie or oatmeal cookies or granola...

8:44PM PST on Nov 16, 2011

Hey Everyone! If you follow the link to this website's instructions for how to make almond milk, it offers my favourite way to use leftover almond pulp.

http://drbenkim.com/almond-milk-recipe.htm

I take the pulp, add a bit of cacao nibs, a touch of raw honey and a bit of the fresh milk that I just made. You can also add vanilla specks, if you have some kicking around. An amazing breakfast. Hope you enjoy!

Thanks for this recipe, too, Brigitte! With your instructions, I'm confidently trying out all sorts of different seed milks right now.

8:38PM PST on Nov 16, 2011

Hey Everyone! If you follow the link to this website's instructions for how to make almond milk, it offers my favourite way to use leftover almond pulp.

http://drbenkim.com/almond-milk-recipe.htm

I take the pulp, add a bit of cacao nibs, a touch of raw honey and a bit of the fresh milk that I just made. You can also add vanilla specks, if you have some kicking around. An amazing breakfast. Hope you enjoy!

Thanks for this recipe, too, Brigitte! With your instructions, I'm confidently trying out all sorts of different seed milks right now.

10:57AM PDT on May 9, 2011

the reason why i don't make my own almond milk is because i feel like all the pulp (i guess we could call it pulp, right?) left over after you drain the blended almonds would be thrown away. and i would feel bad throwing away food as i HATE to waste food. if someone could provide a good recipe that employs this leftover pulp so that there isn't waste AND you get all the nutrients you can out of the almonds you purchased by eating all parts of the almonds, well that would be great.


9:09AM PST on Dec 18, 2010

Would love for her to suggest specific recipes to use the almond pulp that's left over.

12:52AM PDT on Aug 3, 2010

I might try making this.

2:09PM PDT on Jun 18, 2010

That's one hell of a title.

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