Ask DJ Lyons: Get your calcium by drinking Almond Milk

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Here is the glass of Almond Milk ready to drink

Here is a glass of Almond Milk all ready to drink. It is surprisingly delicious and quite nutritious.

This recipe is not original with me. I learned about it by reading the book entitled "Living Health" by Harvy and Marilyn Diamond. They are the co-authors of the "Fit for Life" books.

You can find their recipe on page 407 of this book. My thanks goes to these two authors for sharing so many wonderful recipes. This is the first one I have tried from their book. Please note that I have made some minor adjustments to their recipe.

What are the benefits of drinking Almond Milk or eating almonds?

The authors of the NutFarm website at http://www.nutsforalmonds.com/nutrition.htm state the following:

"One teeny ounce of almonds contains 12 percent of your daily allowance of protein. And absolutely no cholesterol, of course. You'll also get 35 percent of your daily allowance of vitamin E, that valuable antioxidant with so many cancer-fighting qualities. And most of the fat in almonds is monounsaturated, also known as the "good" fat.

This little nut is also loaded with minerals like magnesium, phosphorus and zinc, as well as lots of healthy fiber. And don't forget calcium and folic acid - they're in there too!"

Harvey and Marilyn Diamond state on page 407 of their book:

"Nuts and seed milks were used for centuries in Europe, Asia, and by the American indians, and they are still used throughout the world as easily digestible substitutes for cow's milk. Those made from almonds or sesame seeds are excellent sources for easily assimilated calcium and they are delicious!"

FYI - Be sure to use natural almonds rather than roasted for optimum health benefits.

Here are the nutrition facts on my container of almonds:

* 160 calories per 1 oz. serving (about 28 pieces)

* 14 grams of total fat

* 1 gram of saturated fat

* 0 grams of trans fat

* 0 mg of Cholesterol

* 0 mg of Sodium

* 200 mg of Potassium

* 6 grams of Total Carbohydrates

* 3 grams of Dietary Fiber

* 1 gram of Sugar

* 6 grams of Protein

* 0% of Vitamin A

* 0% of Vitamin C

* 6% of Calcium

* 6% of Iron

This is certainly going to be a rather high calorie recipe; however, the health benefits seem immense.

Step 1 - Half fill a saucepan with water and boil it

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Step 2- Measure out 1/2 cup of natural (non-roasted) almonds

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Step 3 - Boil almonds for 1 to 2 minutes - I did it 2

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Step 3A - Almonds are boiling
Step 3A - Almonds are boiling | Source
Step 3B - Almonds are a a full boil for 2 minutes
Step 3B - Almonds are a a full boil for 2 minutes | Source
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Step 4 - Get out maple syrup or a syrup equivalent like this one

Obviously, it would be far more nutritious if you used real maple syrup or even organic maple syrup. This is the only syrup I had in the refrigerator.

Step 5 - Add 2 teaspoons of maple syrup to blender

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Step 6 - Pour 1 cup of water into blender

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Step 7 - Pick up almonds and squeeze off the skin

I was absolutely amazed. When I picked up the first almond and squeezed, the almond actually shot out of my hand and onto the floor. I learned to be more careful as I squeezed off the skins of each almond.

Step 8 - Pour skinless almonds into blender

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Step 8A - Skinless almonds are in blender
Step 8A - Skinless almonds are in blender | Source

Step 9 - Blend the mixture together until totally mixed

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Step 10 - Add 1 more cup of water to that mixture

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Step 11 - Run blender mixture through strainer to get rid of pulp

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Step 11A - This is the strainer from my Juicer since I did not have Cheesecloth

The authors, Harvey and Marilyn Diamond, suggested using cheesecloth to stran out the pulp. I didn't have any.

I tried drinking the almond milk minus straining. It smelled good. It tasted good; however, I ended up chewing my drink.

I put the drink in the refrigerator with the intention of going to the store the next day. Sometime in the wee hours of the morning, I remembered the strainer on my juicer. I used that the next day. It worked perfectly.

Cheese Cloth

Regency Natural Ultra Fine 100% Cotton Cheesecloth 9 sq.ft
Regency Natural Ultra Fine 100% Cotton Cheesecloth 9 sq.ft

Made of 100% unbleached cotton

Ultra fine grade is ideal for basting, straining, steaming, cleaning

Use for basting turkey for juicy, flavorful meat every time

Also great for cleaning window and mirrors

Not intended for use with flame

 
Beyond Gourmet Extra-fine Cheesecloth, 100-Percent Cotton, 2-Square Yards
Beyond Gourmet Extra-fine Cheesecloth, 100-Percent Cotton, 2-Square Yards

Unbleached cheesecloth with 2 square yards per package

Made of 100 percent lint-free cotton

Great for steaming, straining, basting, poaching, and canning

Cut down into smaller sizes for use as spice bags

Also ideal for dusting and cleaning of furniture, windows, and cars

 

Step 12 - Pour strained Almond Milk into glass to drink - add ice if you like

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Fit for Life series

Fit for Life
Fit for Life

It's the program that shatters all the myths: FIT FOR LIFE the international bestseller that explains how to change both your figure and your life. Nutritional specialist Harvey and Marilyn Diamond explain how you can eat more kinds of food than you ever ate before without counting calories...and still lose weight! The natural body cycles, permanent weight-loss plan that proves it's not only what you eat, but also when and how, FIT FOR LIFE is the perfect solution for those who want to look and feel their best. Join the millions of Americans who are FIT FOR LIFE and begin your transformation with: The vital principles that bring you permanent weight loss and high energy The FIT FOR LIFE secrets of timing and food combining that work with your natural body cycles A 4-week meal plan, menus, shopping tips, and exercise Delicious recipes and more.

 
Fit for Life: A New Beginning
Fit for Life: A New Beginning

Paperback: 414 pages Publisher: Kensington; 3rd edition (May 1, 2001) Language: English ISBN-10: 1575667185 ISBN-13: 978-1575667188

 
A New Way of Eating from the Fit for Life Kitchen
A New Way of Eating from the Fit for Life Kitchen

Timed to coincide with the long-awaited mass market publication of the #1 national bestselling diet book Fit for Life, this is an ideal companion volume that shows how everyone can devise a Fit for Life diet and overall health plan. Illustrated.

 
Fit for Life: Not Fat for Life
Fit for Life: Not Fat for Life

There is only one concept to grasp and only one action to take: Eat more living food than dead food. The simplicity of this message has eluded people up to now. In fact, it may seem oversimplified. Because of past frustrations and disappointments, people have come to believe that losing weight is complicated, difficult and expensive. Truth be told, all that is required to reap the myriad benefits of Harvey Diamond's program is to return to the fundamentals of life. The human body is intelligent and capable beyond anyone's comprehension, but in order to unleash this extraordinary intelligence-including that which normalizes body weight-the proper fuel is required. That fuel is living food. But for some inexplicable reason, people have allowed themselves to believe that they can give their bodies the wrong fuel and then have it operate at optimum efficiency. And that is why most people become overweight. This book offers not a diet, but a lifelong way of eating that allows the eating experience to remain a joyous one, rather than a clinical endeavor of measuring portions, counting calories, calculating grams of fat, carbohydrates and protein, or ingesting meal replacements. It teaches readers how to eat any food in the most healthful way so there is no feeling of deprivation. As readers embark on this life-changing journey, they will experience the surge of energy and well-being that only comes as the automatic result of properly fueling their bodies. Providing deliberate, gentle and forgiving guidance every step of the way, this book will become readers' trusted source and companion as they create a new way of eating and living, which will lead to both overweight and poor health becoming conditions of the past.

 
Living Health
Living Health

Implementing the principles of Natural Hygiene, a branch of nutritional science, the Diamonds present a nontraditional approach to "the entire vast subject of health care," which also engendered their bestselling diet book Fit for Life. They advocate the avoidance of proteins and starches at the same meal, the consumption of only fresh fruit and juice until noon and the use of the "ovulation method" of natural contraception. They stress the dangers of animal and dairy products (both cause osteoporosis, they claim), fluoridated tap water, irradiated food and certain cleaning fluids, soaps and deodorants. Also included are breathing exercises (alternate nostril breathing, they maintain, will balance the two sides of the brain because each nostril connects to the opposite side of the brain), yoga and workout routines, and recipes that leniently include chicken. Despite the redundancy of their philosophy, the railing against dietitians and the extreme approach to healthful living, readers undoubtedly will find much of the information presented here to be well documented and useful. Photos not seen by PW. 250,000 first printing; 250,000 ad/promo; first serial to Redbook; author tour.

Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

 

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Brilliant recipe Debbie and easy to follow instructions.

I vote up plus useful which I always do even when I don't say it.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Thanks, Eiddwen! It really had a very pleasant flavor. I will have to make it again sometime now that I bought a proper strainer that will work even better than the one I used.

Best wishes,

Debbie

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