About four months ago I became fed up with the way Samuel (my 22 month old son), was in a permanent state of “snottiness”. He had become accustomed to living with two green stripes protruding from his nostrils and a chest that sounded like it was about to take off. He had been to the doctor a number of times for an infected chest and at 18 months he was admitted to hospital with bronchial pneumonia and told that he had “chronic rhinitis” (an allergy to dust mites).
It is common knowledge that dairy products are mucous forming but I think that we have become so accustomed to eating dairy that the thought of removing it completely seems far too mammoth a task. I decided that it was time and I have never looked back.
I have called this blog post “the wonder of almond milk” as I’ve discovered something that has literally performed wonders. After only one day of taking Samuel off cows milk and placing him on the delicious home made almond milk, my little man is totally snot free. The recipe (see below) is super easy and fuss free. It is full of nutrients and digestive enzymes that help one digest the milk properly. The most rewarding part is that he loves it as it is creamy and delicious.
“Lactose intolerance occurs when your small intestine doesn’t produce enough of an enzyme (lactase) to digest milk sugar (lactose). Normally, lactase turns milk sugar into two simple sugars — glucose and galactose — which are absorbed into the bloodstream through the intestinal lining. If you’re lactase deficient, lactose in your food moves into the colon instead of being processed and absorbed. In the colon, normal bacteria interact with undigested lactose, causing the signs and symptoms” like the one’s Sam was experiencing.
One of my best friends has a little boy who is extremely lactose intolerant and would, as a result of his allergy, suffer from extreme stomach cramps. She referred me to an amazing blog. This tasteful and aesthetically appealing food blog is called “shades of cinnamon” and is where I found my almond milk answers. I highly recommend that you follow this beautiful food blog!
The post that has helped me was a post called “a guide to soaking and activating nuts and seeds”.
Please see our newly adopted, delicious almond milk recipe below:
1 cup of raw, unsalted almonds
5 cups of filtered water
A clean stocking or nut bag
A large jug and high speed blender
1 tsp of salt
1 tablespoon of raw honey (or more if you want a little more sweetness)
Soak one cup of rinsed almonds with the salt, overnight in a jug of water (4-5 cups will suffice). In the morning blend the almonds with the water in a high speed blender. Pour the blended almonds through a stocking into a large glass jug. I place the stocking over the lip of the jug. The milk left in the jug is your milk which you can sweeten with honey if you wish. It is creamy and delicious and will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.
I take the pulp in the stocking and dehydrate it in the oven at 50 degrees for about two hours (it’s important not to go over 50 degrees as the nutrients will be destroyed). I then take the dehydrated almond pulp and put it through my kenwood “mini mill” to make almond flour. I have made some awesome almond flour pancakes with this flour but of coarse, the flour can be used for making breads, biscuits and more.
I am of the belief that one should experiment with ones health, in order to find answers that work. We are all completely unique and so what works for one may not work for another. It’s about finding what works for you. If you, or your children are battling with sinus problems and chest infections, why not give this a try? There’s nothing to loose.
If for some reason you have run out of almond milk and need it before your almonds have soaked overnight, I can recommend a product called “Koko”. It’s a delicious coconut milk drink found at Dischem and is naturally sweetened. It is quite pricey and so I only resort to this, or woolies oat milk in emergency situations. Be warned -the almond milk from woolworths is expensive and tastes horrendous! It also only contains a minuscule amount of “almond pulp” and a bunch of other nonsense ingredients.
To read more on the health benefits of almonds, click here. You will be amazed at the incredible health benefits of this “wonder” food.