Since swapping to almond milk, my tummy has been a fair bit happier (#personalwin) so either I'll make some at home or head to the shops in search of one without carrageenan and vegetable oil. Yes - they are added by some brands, and no - tummy does not like. Major supermarkets have seen a 40% increase in sales of the stuff in the last year - probably because we're all taking note of how our stomach react to lactose.
Most tetra-pack varieties contain between 2-10 per cent almonds and many are pasteurised for a longer shelf life, so it does make sense to whip up your own.
Heres a super-simple recipe to make your own nut milk:
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 2 cups filtered water
- pinch of sea salt
1. Pre-soak the almonds in water overnight with a pinch of sea salt, then rinse.
2. Blend the almonds with 2 cups of water into a food processor or blender for 3-5 minutes.
3. Strain the milk to remove any remaining almond bits (pulp) using a nut milk bag, cheesecloth or fine sieve.
4. Store fresh almond milk in the fridge for up to three days. You can also freeze it to save you messing up the blender every 3 damn days.
Now, lets JAZZ IT UP.
I'm a total child, and love a glass of warm almond milk before I go to bed. It's so soothing and takes the edge of any hunger if dinner was 5 hours ago. While it's yummy and all that, I've laid my hands on something tasty to take it to the next level. Enter Sipahh straws.
So these are straws that add a new flavour dimension to your almond milk - making it fun for kids of all ages (including me!). It's a much healthier alternative to many other milk additives and i'm a little excited over the Ice Cool Hipster Latte flavour - it's caffeine free, so I can actually drink it at night and fall asleep without issues. Mr Fit Foodie is a lover of minty one, which I can also vouch for as delicious. Each straw contains less than 1/2 teaspoon sugar and come in handy 10-packs exclusively from the Sipahh store.
Why flavoured milks are yuk.
Some flavoured milks aimed at kids have over 10 teaspoons of sugar added, which is a bit of a worry when they're already so full of energy. You also know I'm a bit of a low-sugar warrior, so I'm pretty happy to see a genuine alternative for kids that isn't going to cause problems with their mood, every levels and cravings later down the track.
In the past I've been a sucker for chocolate milk and sweetened protein milk shakes, but they're loaded with sugar too. If you're a lover of those shakes, syrups, ice-cream or added sugar in your coffee, these are definitely worth a try to cut down on some of the white stuff. It's guaranteed your kids will love them too. Double win!
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This article was produced in partnership with Sipahh. Photos were taken as part of this review and all words and opinions are my own.