| At Koko Riko Tea, one of our favourite things to make with our ceremonial grade matcha is a refreshing matcha tea latte with almond milk.
We specifically love almond milk because of its highly beneficial nutritional profile over all other milks, making it a great companion to our ceremonial grade matcha.
In this article we will discuss the health benefits of almond milk and the magic that happens when you mix almond milk and matcha together to create a dream team beverage for both your taste buds and body.
What are the health benefits of almonds?
Almonds are a nutritional powerhouse filled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and macronutrients. They are also extremely versatile, allowing you to incorporate them into many meals and beverages, like almond milk!
One single serving of almonds (approx. 1 ounce) is a great source of vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate. This specific combination of vitamins can work wonders for brittle hair and dull skin.
Although rich in vitamins, almonds are even richer in minerals and are one of the best sources of minerals that you can eat in your day. One serving of almonds is packed with high amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, manganese, and copper.
Although vitamin E as a whole is considered a vitamin, it’s made out of tocopherols which is an antioxidant. But along with tocopherols, almonds contain polyphenols called flavonoids that also help fight free radicals in your body, reducing oxidative stress in your cells.
Almonds make a really great snack, or even an addition to any meal at any time of the day, for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert!
This is because they contain a good source of fat that gives you slow burning energy. Almonds also have a lot of fibre, which keeps you fuller for longer!
A study done by the USDA found that when participants ate just 2.5 ounces of almonds, two biomarkers of oxidative stress were significantly lowered by a total of 46% for both.
How good is almond milk for you?
One of the best ways to consume almonds is by drinking them!
Almond milk makes an excellent replacement for real milk because it’s lower in calories but still full of vitamins and minerals that your body needs. For those who are looking to lower their blood cholesterol levels, since almond milk is not an animal product it does not have cholesterol.
If you’re trying to lose weight, then almond milk should be a part of your diet so that you don’t get food related FOMO and stay on track with your goals. Due to the higher fat content in almonds, the almond milk is thick and creamy, resembling the mouth feel of real milk.
Almond milk is naturally lactose free, which is good for not only lactose intolerant people, but also for those who want to avoid bloating and skin issues that cow’s milk may cause you.
Unlike other alternative milks, almond milk is low in sugar, but it is still naturally sweet, which makes it a great substitute for people with blood sugar related health issues but still want to enjoy something sweet.
What's better: oats or almond milk?
Lately it seems that all the rage has been about oat milk because of its thick and creamy viscosity.
However, almond milk is still a better alternative than oat milk because of the significant nutritional aspect of almonds over oats.
Oat milk is higher in calories and carbohydrates, meaning it is not good for those who are watching their weight or on a low-carb diet. By consuming oat milk you could possibly be unknowingly adding extra calories to your daily caloric allowance. When making both milks at home, oat milk tends to separate faster or have a slimy texture if not prepared perfectly, whereas almond milk is a lot more forgiving in preparation.
Is almond milk good for weight loss?
As we mentioned earlier almond milk is good for those who are maintaining their weight or want to lose weight because of it being naturally low calorie.
However, calories are not the only thing you should consider when you want to lose weight. Weight loss should be done in a balanced way that will keep your body feeling full of nutrients.
Nutritionally dense foods like almonds and almond milk help your body keep up it’s vitamin and mineral stores which in turn makes your body less likely to crave foods.
If you’re on a keto diet to lose weight, almond milk is a keto friendly alternative to other milks because of its low-carb content.
Why is almond milk good with matcha?
Now that you’re aware of the amazing nutritional aspects of almond milk, let’s talk about how adding ceremonial grade matcha to your almond milk for a healthy and delicious matcha latte can be a game changer for your health, especially for weight loss.
When you combine the creamy and naturally sweet taste of almond milk with the multi faceted flavour of matcha you get a delicious beverage to enjoy at any time during the day!
Almond milk makes a great neutral base to really highlight matcha and any other flavours (like in a Vegan Matcha Rose Latte) that you want to add to your matcha latte.
High quality ceremonial grade matcha like our Koko Riko Tea Ceremonial Grade Matcha Powder has the nutritional component to help you burn fat.
A study reported in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition And Exercise Metabolism found that matcha helped women oxidize fat at a faster rate during a brisk 30-minute walk, than those who did not consume matcha. Matcha happens to be one of the teas with the highest caffeine levels, helping stay energized for your workout.
Matcha also has many nutritional antioxidants that help you stay looking younger and feeling your best. We talk more about the nutritional benefits of matcha in this article.
If you combine the antioxidants in matcha with the vitamins and minerals found in almond milk you have an unstoppable power elixir for a younger healthier you.
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