The varieties of dairy-free milk alternatives continue to expand, and the newest kid on the shelf is cashew milk. Find out how this nutty beverage stacks up against its almond-containing counterpart.
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Consumers have been turning to store-bought coffee drinks for their caffeine fix, but with an 11-ounce store-bought Starbucks Iced Coffee + Milk clocking in at 21 grams of sugar, those store-bought blends can be unhealthy. With milk alternatives on the rise, juice brands have entered the coffee market and taken cold brew to the next level by incorporating almond or cashew milk, nuts and even chia seeds into their recipes. Even alternative milk brands like OMilk and Califia have started to play the coffee game by adding espresso or cold brew to their milk bases. But are all of these dairy-free options a healthier way to feel the buzz? Not necessarily. We took a look at a few popular brands and then made our own concoction that’s easy to whip up with a blender at home (no fancy equipment needed). Read more
Here is a simple nutritious smoothie for getting back into a post-vacation routine. Although it tastes like summer and is delicious when made with fresh blueberries, the smoothie can be prepared well into the fall with frozen berries of any kind.
Famous for their endurance-supporting qualities, chia seeds also give the smoothie an Omega-3 boost and provide fiber and protein that can help keep sippers satisfied. Since the seeds thicken when soaked, they also add body and a creamy texture to the smoothie once blended. The coconut butter supplies a touch of richness and also a hint of sweet flavor that tastes great with blueberries and vanilla.
The thought of making my own almond milk always seemed so cumbersome and unnecessary to me. But desperate times call for desperate measures: When I realized we forgot to pick up our weekly carton of almond milk at the grocery store, and I needed some milk for my cereal and tea, I decided to take measures into my own hands.
After a quick Google search for instructions, I simply blended a cup of raw almonds with four cups of water in my Vitamix. I didn’t even strain out the pulp – just poured it right over my cereal. I was instantly sold on the ease of preparation. The next time I wanted to make almond milk, I planned ahead by soaking my almonds. Soaking almonds for at least an hour, or overnight if you have time, is beneficial because it makes them softer to blend. Soaking also releases enzymes in the nut that makes them easier to digest and releases healthful nutrients.
Don’t like milk? Not a problem. There are many milk alternatives available these days — perfect for the lactose intolerant or folks looking to change it up. Here are some you might explore.