2 cups (500ml) almond milk – see recipe below
1 cup of frozen diced fruit, such as pawpaw, banana, berries
2 tablespoons flaxseed oil (or freshly ground flaxseeds)
A couple of leaves of kale or spinach
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Almonds are high in protein (20 percent), calcium, magnesium, manganese, boron, zinc and iron, all essential ingredients for strong bones. They are also an excellent source of vitamin E, mono- and poly-unsaturated fats, and anti-oxidant flavonoids. Almond milk is a good substitute for cows milk whose calcium has limited bio-availability due to pasteurisation and the consequent destruction of phosphatase. Almonds also help reduce cholesterol (especially LDL) levels. To further improve this drink for lowering cholesterol, add a tablespoon of oats to blend. Almonds are also high in fibre. This may be why they help to prevent bowel cancer.
Green leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach are also a good source of calcium and magnesium.
Flaxseed oil has been shown to increase the absorption of calcium.
1 cup of whole raw almonds
3 cups (750ml) water
¼ tsp vanilla essence
1 teaspoon honey (optional)
Dash of cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)
Soak the almonds in water overnight, then blend all ingredients together in a blender for 30 seconds. Strain the liquid. The left-over meal can be used on porridge or cereal. Consume within 3 days.
Recipes adapted from The Healthy Skin Diet by Karen Fischer