Your Child's Pantry Basics :: Part 4

 

organic brown rice cereal with fresh raw almond milk & agave

OK, so, remember my Pantry Basics 1, 23? If not, you might want to read up on those posts first. 

Today I'm going to discuss how to use fresh almond milk in different basic recipes. Fresh almond milk is going to be my 2010 staple {in conjunction with coconut water, of course!}

MayoClinic.com explains:

Why eat almonds? These tear-shaped nuts are packed with nutrients — fiber, riboflavin, magnesium, iron and calcium. In fact, almonds have more calcium than any other nut — 75 milligrams (mg) in one serving (about 23 almonds). Also, one serving of almonds provides half of your body's Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of vitamin E.

Like all nuts, almonds provide one of the best plant sources of protein. And they're good for your heart. Most of the fat in almonds is monounsaturated fat — a healthier type of fat that may help lower blood cholesterol levels.

Almond milk is a savior for those vegans out there who are anti soy milk and it's a staple in the raw food kitchen. But it can also be a fun, healthful addition to anybody's diet as well. I love it not because it's an alternative but because it tastes amazing and fresh - way better than cow's milk and 100 times better than the boxed stuff you can buy already made. 

It's super easy to make, almost no need to buy the boxed stuff at all. You can cook with it too, even though it's best to drink raw. 

Attention Pregnant Women - It's a great refreshing drink in the morning, add ice to make it super cold! Helps with constipation, too (see use #1 for a great breakfast idea) ;)

Top 5 Uses For Almond Milk In the A.M.

1. Use it on top of hot organic rice cereal and/or oatmeal - adds flavor and makes it creamy.

2. Make a smoothie with it in place of juice or soy, cow or boxed almond milk. 

3. Drink it straight - put it in your child's bottle. Add a little bit of agave to make it sweeter. Sometimes I add a little cacao powder - every child loves chocolate milk (you can also add maca to make it a little creamier. note: cacao powder might cause your child to act a little crazy, ha) Because you might think it's odd, doesn't mean you child will. 

4. Add it to frozen banana and blend. Makes a great milkshake. 

5. Use it in place of regular milk or water. 

6. Pour over fresh or frozen berries with a little granola in there, like a parfait (in place of yogurt)

7. With Tea or Coffee (idea for mom and dad, not kids)

Don't have almonds around? Use cashews! Also, store any leftovers in a jar for the next day or in a smoothie later. It only lasts a day or two! So use fresh.

Hope that was a helpful pantry tip of the day.