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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Food of the Month - Almonds

Peas of Mind declares this month, the month of the ALMOND! Oh sweet Almond, how we love thee, let us count the ways:

1. Almonds are high in monounsaturated fat aka the good fat, which has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol.

2. Almonds are high in protein, vitamin E, potassium and magnesium.

3. Almonds are ALWAYS seasonal. Every season is almond season.

4. Almonds are low glycemic and help maintain blood sugar levels.

5. Almonds are chalked full of protein but low in calories

Almonds are great just as they are, sprinkled in a salad, chopped on your favorite dessert and in the form of milk.  You heard that right, we LOVE home made almond milk! It’s easy, quick, super healthy so tasty! 

Almond Milk Ingredients:

1 cup raw almonds
4 cups of water
1 TBL of vanilla extract or agave
You will also need a blender, bowl strainer and cheesecloth.

Place almonds in a bowl with 2 cups of water and soak for 2 days in the fridge.

Strain almonds and discard the soaking water. Place soaked almonds in your blender with 2 cups of fresh water. Blend for about 2-4 minutes or until the almond milk has no small almond pieces or chunks.

Place strainer and cheesecloth in a bowl and pour mixture over the cheesecloth. Squeeze the cheesecloth until there is not more liquid.

Depending on your taste, you can drink the almond milk as is or sweeten it with a little agave or vanilla extract. This is the perfect beverage to enjoy with your holiday desserts. Enjoy!

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