Almond milk – homemade

According to age old ayurveda, Almond milk is one of the most nutritious drinks for all age groups. Almonds are energizing and balancing for the mind. The healthiest way of making almond milk for babies and kids (infact for all of us) is to soak them for 6 to 8 hours and then prepare it and it has numerous health benefits. Soaked almonds are easily digestible and nutrients are better absorbed by the body. Almond skin is said to aggravate pitta in the body and can lead to indigestion, so removing the skin would be better. This recipe is an age old traditional ayurvedic secret to build up immunity in kids, improve eye sight, build stronger bones, cure constipation, and provide adequate nutrition for picky eaters.

People with excess mucus and those avoiding dairy may eliminate milk from the recipe and just use water and add 1/2 to 1 tsp. of oats powder to make the resultant milk thicker. Since milk contributes to mucus production,one can add a pinch of pepper powder or dry ginger powder to the above recipe.

Saffron is heating to the body and is used to treat colds and coughs.

Ingredients

Almonds 20 to 24
Milk 500 ml (optional- can add water to fresh milk to make 500 ml)
Sugar 2 tsps. (optional- babies need no sugar)
Saffron few strands (optional)
Green cardamom powder 1/8 th tsp.

Method
1. Soak almond for 6 to 8 hours and peel the skin.
2. Boil the milk in a thick bottom pan/ vessel on a low to medium flame. add sugar, saffron and cardamom powder.
3. Grind almonds to smooth with little water or milk. Can add saffron, sugar, cardamom pow to the almonds alternately if not added at step 2. (remember smooth paste else it irritates the throat while drinking)

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