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BePure & Ben Warren present 'The Hormone Secret'

Some people tolerate dairy, but many of us don't. If you are someone that doesn't, the good news is nut, grain and seed milk alternatives are now available at most supermarkets and health food stores.   

When purchasing your milk from the store it's always a good idea to check the label and see what density of nut, grain or seed the milk actually contains. You'll also want to take a look at what other ingredients are included, as many are loaded with sweeteners or include nasty preservatives.

At BePure many of us choose to make our own, so that we can control these variables and we've had lots of questions lately about how to make dairy free milks our BePure Facebook Community Group. Making your own is easy, fun and affordable, not to mention they taste pretty good too. 

In this blog we'll look at the properties of nuts, seeds and grains commonly used in nut milk, the importance of soaking (for nutrition and taste!), our favourite recipe combination and several ways to flavour your nut milk.

Properties of nuts, seeds and grains  

BePure Nutritious Homemade Nut Milk

Almonds: Great source of vitamin E, copper, magnesium and high-quality protein, reducing your risk of heart attacks, protects artery wall from damage and improves cholesterol.

Cashews: High in magnesium and antioxidants helping the body to utilise iron, eliminate free radicals, develop bone and connective tissue and production of melanin for skin and hair pigment.

Brazil Nuts: Are exceptionally high in selenium which is an important co-factor for the anti-oxidant enzyme glutathione-peroxidase. Just 1-2 nuts a day provides enough of this trace mineral. Adequate selenium is important to prevent coronary artery disease, liver cirrhosis and cancers.

Macadamia Nuts: A high-quality source of healthy fats – even compared to other nuts they are higher in our favourite anti-inflammatory omega 3 and lower in the pro-inflammatory omega 6s. They contain high amounts of manganese which helps the body form connective tissue, bones, blood-clotting factors and sex hormones.

Hazelnuts: Rich in unsaturated fats (mostly oleic acid), high in magnesium, calcium and vitamins B and E. Hazelnuts are good for your heart, help reduce the risk of cancer, and aid in muscle, skin, bone, joint and digestive health. 

Coconut: Great creamy addition to nut milk. Coconut is high in healthy saturated fats as well as medium chain triglycerides which are metabolised differently to normal fats and have a therapeutic effect. One of the fatty acids, lauric acid, has anti-microbial products.

Sunflower seeds: Provide Vitamin E, Thiamine (B1) and copper, helping the heart, activating enzymes in the cells and improving your hair and nails.

Pumpkin seeds: Provide magnesium for heart health, stress relief and detoxification, along with an abundance of zinc for immune support, plant-based omega-3 fats, prostate health, liver health and tryptophan for restful sleep.

Rolled oats: Probably the most well-known whole grain with the highest proportion of soluble fibre and insoluble fibre, helping in keeping you full, balancing your blood sugars, improving digestion and transit time. Just beware to source non-contaminated gluten free options.

Brown rice: Brown rice (compared to white rice) retains the hull and bran providing natural wholeness, making it rich in protein, thiamine, calcium, selenium, magnesium, potassium and fibre.

 

Why we soak seeds, nuts and grains

Nature has set it up so that the nut, grain and seed may survive until proper growing conditions are present. Nature’s defence mechanism includes nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances that can be removed naturally when enough water is provided to sustain a new plant after a nut, grain or seed germinates. 

By soaking our nuts, seeds and grains we mimic nature and provide an environment that removes or reduces phytic acid (which otherwise binds with and blocks the absorption of magnesium, copper, iron and zinc in the intestinal tract).

"By soaking our nuts, seeds and grains we mimic nature and provide an environment that removes or reduces phytic acid..."

 

How to soak nuts, seeds and grains

Depending on the nut, seed and grain, the first measure is to rinse thoroughly to remove any dust and or sediment.

"Not only does soaking unlock the nutrient bioavailability, it also gives your finished nut milk a lovely, creamy taste."

We place ours in a mason jar as this seems to be easiest, then cover with filtered water and soak anywhere from 20 minutes (if you're in a rush), to overnight (ideal). When ready, drain off the soaking water and rinse again thoroughly. 

Not only does soaking unlock the nutrient bioavailability, it also gives your finished nut milk a lovely, creamy taste.   

 

BePure Nutritious Homemade Nut Milk Recipe 

Laura is part of the BePure team and is a bit of an expert when it comes to making delicious, nutritious, homemade nut milk. This is her ultimate recipe that combines nutrition, cost and taste. This recipe makes 1.5 litres of nut milk.

Ingredients 

1/2 cup soaked almonds

1/2 cup soaked cashews

1/2 cup soaked coconut flakes   

1.5 L of filtered water 

Nut milk bag, muslin, cheesecloth or other fine-mesh cloth

Pinch of sea salt 

Instructions

1. Drain almonds, cashews and coconut, rinse and place in a blender.   

2. Add filtered water and blend on high speed for 1 - 2 minutes or until smooth.

3. Strain through nut milk bag to separate the pulp from the liquid. Save pulp for later. (See below for ideas on how to use this).       

4. Pour nut milk back into blender and add salt. If you'd like to flavour your milk, see options below and add flavouring now. 

5. Blend on high for 20 - 30 seconds, pour into jars and store in the fridge for up to one week.  

NOTE: The recipe is very flexible and you can mix and match the nut, seed and grain combination as you like. Laura has found that the best ratio for a thick, creamy nut milk is 1/2 cup of nuts, seeds or grains to 500ml of water. 

Flavour variations (based on 500ml of nut milk)  

BePure Nutritious Homemade Nut Milk

  1. Golden milk: Add 1 tbsp of turmeric powder, 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1 tsp of ginger, 2 - 3 dates. For best results soak dates in hot water for 5 - 10 minutes prior to blending. 

  2. Matcha milk: Add 1/2 tbsp of unsweetened matcha powder, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 3 - 5 dates. For best results soak dates in hot water for 5 - 10 minutes prior to blending.
      
  3. Chocolate milk: Add 1 tbsp of unsweetened cacao powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, 2 - 3 dates. For best results soak dates in hot water for 5 - 10 minutes prior to blending.  

 

What to do with the leftover nut, seed, grain pulp?

  • You can use it immediately as a flour substitute in baking, it's great in bliss balls and pancakes!
  • Divide into 1 cup portions and freeze it to be used in baking at a later date.
  • Dehydrate it and store in the cupboard for use as a flour.  
  • Substitute it for breadcrumbs and make crumbed fish or chicken for dinner.  

 

If you give it a go, we'd love to see how it goes! Tag us in your pictures on Instagram @bepurebenwarren or use #bepurebenwarren for your chance to be featured.

 

Ben Warren presents
'The Hormone Secret'   

The Hormone Secret, presented by Ben Warren

Have stubborn weight that just won't budge, energy slumps, painful PMS or menopause issues? Join Ben Warren as he shares the secret role hormones play in your health, why our modern world is working against healthy female hormones and how to naturally heal your hormones and bring them back to balance. This is information every woman needs to know. Learn more and register here. 

Disclaimer: This blog post is for educational purposes only. It is not designed to diagnose, treat or cure. We are all unique, for your individual health concerns it is important to discuss these with a BePure Clinical Consultant or relevant health professional.





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