Almond juice (also known as almond milk) is very easy to make. Here’s its easy recipe and benefits.
Where do we start?
- A blender.
- A strainer.
- Cup or large glass.
- Optional: a filter.
You need a few ingredients.
- A handful of almonds (about 25 g) without shell.
- 1 cup (about 250 ml) of water and more to soak the almonds. You can replace the cup of water with milk, but remember that this adds a considerable amount of calories.
- Optional: some sweetener such as 1 teaspoon of sugar or 1 seedless date. This also adds calories.
Homemade almond juice – Recipe / Preparation
The process is the following:
- First, wash the almonds in a strainer to remove any possible dirt from their skin.
- Put them in a cup full of water and let them soak overnight or about 8 hours. Although this is optional, it makes them softer and easier to digest.
- Then, strain and rinse them with clean water in the strainer.
- To continue, put the soaked almonds with 1 cup of water or milk in the blender jar and process it all until smooth. Here you can add some sweetener to taste.
- Optional: you can filter the result before pouring it into the glass. This makes the juice more liquid and easier to drink. However, the bagasse (dry residue left after filtering) has fiber and more nutrients.
That’s all! Now you can enjoy the delicious creation.
What’s almond juice good for? – Main benefits and nutritional value
If you prepare it without filtering the result, you’ll use a total of 25 g of almonds. This serving includes the following:
- Calories: 144.8 kcal.
- Fiber: 3.1 g.
- Calcium: 67.3 mg.
- Magnesium: 67.5 mg.
- Potassium: 183.3 mg.
- Vitamin E: 6.4 mg.
- Carbohydrates: 5.4 g.
- Proteins: 5.3 g.
- Healthy fats.
- Other antioxidants and anti-inflammatories (such as polyphenols).
- More nutrients.
With this in mind, regular and moderate consumption of this juice may:
- Benefit athletes or those who want to gain weight. If you use milk instead of water, your drink will go from 144.8 kcal to about 290.8 kcal. And if you sweeten it, even more.
- Be useful in vegan and vegetarian diets. In these cases, it may be difficult to consume enough protein. And a single cup of this juice, without milk and sweeteners, has about 5.3 g of these substances.
- Help cleanse the body and improve digestive health. This is, to a large extent, due to its fiber and water.
- Lower high blood pressure, bad cholesterol (LDL), improve and prevent circulatory system problems. The combination of nutrients highlighted above plays an essential role here.
- Lower high blood sugar levels. Diabetics may want to avoid milk or sweeteners in their almond juices to avoid excessive carbohydrate intake. The water-only recipe includes only 5.4 g of carbohydrates. Plus, fiber, antioxidants, magnesium and water may help maintain healthy blood glucose levels.
So, isn’t almond juice good for weight loss?
As we said before, a single cup of this drink without milk or sweeteners has about 144.8 kcal. With this in mind, there’re much lighter options for those looking to reach a caloric deficit and drop a few pounds.
However, if your habits and diet allow it, you can drink this juice without giving up your weight loss goal.
On the other hand, let’s remember that the fiber and water in the juice may help to:
- Promote intestinal transit and alleviate bloating in the short term.
- Satisfy hunger.
Find other recipes and information about weight loss juices here.
To note: the juice commonly available in the markets (also known as almond milk) is usually more diluted and therefore has fewer calories. 1 cup (250 ml) of this sugar-free drink has about 47.5 kcal.
To see all our recipes with almond, click here.