Green smoothies are a great way to...errrr well, get your greens. But they are a lot more besides that. For instance, you can get more protein into your diet by adding soft silken tofu as a base for your smoothie. But some people don't like the taste of tofu. A delicious alternative to tofu as your base ingredient is Almond milk.
Almond milk gives your green smoothie a nutty taste...no surprise there I guess but it's a subtle taste that doesn't overpower the other ingredients in the drink. Some people say it tastes a bit like marzipan but without the sweetness that is usually associated with marzipan.
After all, almond milk has no sugar in it which is another good thing if you have been following our series of articles on how sugar is pretty bad for you. It's simply distilled water passed through almond meal. Although you don't have to make it yourself these days as you'll find it in most supermarkets.
Here are a few reasons why you want to try a bit of almond milk in your next smoothie or any drink for that matter. Substitute it for milk in your coffee or tea or on your breakfast cereal.
Almonds, and the milk created by it, have numerous health benefits that can be enjoyed by people suffering from heart disorders, constipation, impotency, diabetes, respiratory disorders, and coughs.
The nut is packed with nutrients. Crunch a few of the nuts or enjoy the milk and you'll get healthy doses of Vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, iron and phosphorous. You will also get a shot of copper, zinc, niacin and selenium.
Many of these minerals and vitamins are great for the skin and anti-aging. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that can help to keep skin looking younger. Selenium and niacin are also thought to help keep you younger at a cellular level by neutralizing free radical damage.
Here are some more things that almonds will help with :
• It is good for the brain
Almonds contain many nutrients beneficial to the human brain. They are considered an essential food ingredient ideal for growing children to help develop higher intellectual levels.
• It regulates cholesterol level
Regular consumption of almonds balances the level of HDL (high-density lipoproteins) and LDL (low-density lipoproteins).
• It is good for the heart
The presence of protein, potassium, healthy fats, and magnesium in every almond nut helps in maintaining a healthy heart. The high amount of antioxidants found in almonds help reduce homocysteine, the cause of fatty plaque build-up in the arteries thus it greatly prevents the occurrence of heart attacks.
• It cares for the skin
Almond oil is recommended for use with infants. Its vitamin E content is a known to be beneficial to skin that is why almond milk is usually found in skin beauty products such as soap and lotion.
• It is good in pregnancy
Almonds are great source of folic acid, and essential nutrient that helps reduce the incidence of deformation among newborn babies.
As we have mentioned, almonds can be good for the skin, here is the perfect green smoothie using almond milk that will help to keep your skin smoother – a smoothie for smooth skin you might say ;)
Almond Milk Green Smoothie
- 1.5 cups water
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup tightly packed kale
- 1 cup peaches
- 1 piece ripe banana
- 1 cup oats (use raw oat groats if following a raw food diet or oatmeal if there is no high powered blender)
- 1/4 cup apricots (or any other dried fruit)
- 1/4 cup ground almonds
Combine all ingredients gradually one after the other in a blender. Add water if the blended ingredients become too thick. If the smoothie has turned too warm, add cold water or ice cubes into it. Preparation is only five minutes before two people can enjoy the thick smoothie.
Of course you don't have to follow the recipe exactly. Experiment and turn the recipe into your own. Look up ingredients that are good for the skin or aid collagen production. You'll find plenty mentioned here on our site. Add them to the mix and you have your very own, original skin anti-aging smoothie recipe. Once you try almond milk in your smoothies, I'm sure you'll go nuts for it !