Is your nut milk doing more harm than good?

Being lactose intolerant, having dairy allergies or embracing a vegan lifestyle can seem challenging at times. Fortunately (or in some cases, unfortunately) there are a multitude of go-to dairy free options, such as almond nut milks, readily available, but as Sydney-based naturopath and wellness lecturer Belinda Kirkpatrick advised for this story, not all nut milks are created equal in the health stakes!

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It’s time to separate the pack…

What are the healthiest almond nut milk options?

Inside Out: This one is a favourite with Belinda and the Sporteluxe office as it contains just three ingredients: activated almonds, water and sea salt. It’s a truly wholesome and nutrition-packed drink and a foolproof addition to add to your morning smoothie, coffee or granola. If you ask us, it’s a rare thing that’s both decadent and nutritious, so go on – indulge!

Luz: Luz almond milk contains nothing but raw Australian almonds and filtered water, cold pressed to retain the optimum enzymes and vitamins, then packaged in a glass bottle. The purity is palpable! Sporteluxe writer Olivia often takes a bottle from Whole Foods House to her local barista for her morning latte, BYO-style.

Orchard St: The Vedic Mylk is a golden almond and Brazil nut milk, infused with turmeric, gibing, bee pollen and a touch of coconut nectar, which all kicks things into a whole new level of wholesome indulgence. It’s delicious and subtly sweet for the most beautifully satisfying sipping experience.

The not-so-great nut milks to avoid

“If you take a peek at the nutritional information on many pre-packaged almond milks (as you should with every packaged food) you’ll be shocked to find water, around 2 per cent almonds and the third ingredient is usually sunflower oil for thickeners to attain that creamy taste,” naturopath Belinda Kirkpatrick points out. (We’re holding our gag reflexes). So, who wants to drink a cup of oily thickeners with minimal nutrition? Not us, that’s for sure.

Try making this walnut nut milk at home

Walnut Milk nut milks, are nut milks healthy, almond milk

Serves 4

What you’ll need: 

  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tsp rice malt syrup
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • Pinch Himalayan sea salt

What to do: 

  1. Place walnuts in a large bowl and fill enough water to cover nuts by 3 inches. Cover with towel and place in your fridge for at least 2 hours to soak.
  2. Drain the soaked water, rinsing the walnuts well.
  3. In a blender, combine drained walnuts, 3 cups water, rice malt syrup, almond extract and sea salt until smooth.
  4. Transfer into a glass bottle and serve with porridge, smoothies or add to your tea or coffee.

This will last up to 4 days in your fridge!

You can email Belinda Kirkpatrick directly here or follow her on Facebook.

Story by Olivia Boyd-Smith

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Olivia Boyd-Smith
Olivia wholeheartedly embraces all things health, fitness and beauty-related in her everyday life. It is more than a passion to her, it is her lifestyle. Studying a combined degree of Communications and Business, Olivia hopes to branch into the Corporate Beauty world where her business mind and passion for nutrition and beauty from the inside out can combine. Exercise is an integral part of Olivia's lifestyle. With 16 years as a ballerina she strongly believes in moving her body every day. Her interests include running, Barre body and reformer Pilates. Olivia has worked with skin Doctors for the past few years while studying, which has allowed her to acquire a vast knowledge of all things skin and body health related. This compliments her interest in nutrition and wellness. She’s also always in the kitchen experimenting with new healthy recipes, allowing her love for beauty foods to flourish. Through her writing Olivia hopes to inform and inspire and readers to live a healthy and beautiful life.