Historically, almond milk has been used since at least the Middle Ages. It is known to have been a popular replacement for cow’s milk in Western Europe, as well as the Islamic world, because almond milk keeps longer. Only recently has it begun to increase in popularity. In fact, in 2011 the sale of almond milk rose by almost 80%, and in 2013, it usurped soy milk as the most consumed milk substitute in the United States.
In today’s world, almond milk can be used for a variety of reasons. For instance, if you are lactose or soy intolerant, almond milk is a good supplement for those items. In addition, because it is made from a nut and is not an animal product, almond milk is a popular choice for vegetarians, and more specifically, vegans. It can also be beneficial to athletes and bodybuilders in particular.
Indeed, almond milk’s vitamin-rich, high protein nature makes it a perfect health supplement for the athlete and bodybuilder’s diet. It contains vitamins A, B, and D, as well as plenty of calcium. All of these things help keep your bones strong, your skin clear and smooth, and provide the body enough energy and stamina to produce a good workout and get through the remainder of the day.
Moreover, the low 5 mg of cholesterol per serving helps keep the heart strong despite increasing pressure from high muscle mass. Almond milk also has the benefit of being low in sugar and good for the GI tract, aiding in digestion of hardy, high-protein food. Thus, almond milk is a perfect substitute or supplement for any athlete or bodybuilder.
Other than being a healthy beverage, almond milk is a tasty one as well. It comes in a multitude of flavors, including chocolate and vanilla. Almond milk is available in most stores; however, it is also quite easy to make in the comfort of your kitchen.
Begin by soaking 1 cup of almonds for at least 8 hours; possibly 12. Next, rinse the almonds well with cool water, removing the starch and other substances from the nuts. Following that, blend the almonds in about 4 cups of water until smooth and creamy. Mix with vanilla or chocolate, dates, and agave nectar if you so choose, and finally, strain the mixture through a cheese cloth.
The final product should be a delicious, preservative-free milk substitute. However, use caution because homemade almond milk only lasts for about 3 days. Although this tasty food is suitable for most people, if you have a nut allergy, do not attempt to drink or make almond milk. Otherwise, enjoy this wonderful, nutrient-rich beverage before or after each workout.