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Almond Nog: Antioxidant Rich Cholesterol Lowering Drink

Most people love the taste of egg nog. We feel the same. Also many of us would like to limit the amount of milk we consume. It’s definitely a conflict people face every year around the holidays. We wanted to come up with a recipe that could give us the satisfaction and the taste of egg nog but forgo the cow’s milk. Thus we present to you our Almond Nog.

Before we get to the recipe and the video, let’s recap why most nutrition and health researchers would recommend including almonds in your diet on a regular basis. There are numerous studies showing almonds and other nuts as beneficial to you health. Here is an overview:

Cholesterol Lowering Benefit

Nut consumption has been shown to have cholesterol lowering benefits. Almonds in particular have other cardioprotective nutrients  that include α-tocopherol, arginine, magnesium, copper, manganese, calcium, and potassium. Researches credit these additional properties of almonds as adding to their cholesterol lowering effect.

Abdominal Obesity, High Blood Sugar, High Blood Pressure Benefit

New research is showing a link between eating nuts and serotonin levels in patients with metabolic syndrome (MetS), those with higher diabetes and heart disease risk. Serotonin helps transmit signals that decrease feelings of hunger and make people feel less stressful. MetS symptoms include excess abdominal fat, high blood sugar and high blood pressure. Dietary changes are strongly associated with helping these patients become healthier.

With only one ounce of nuts per day over 12 weeks, (walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts were included in the study) they found evidence of increased serotonin levels to suggest beneficial effects from the nuts which could have a positive impact on inflammation and other cardiovascular risk factors as well.

Antioxidant Effects of Almonds

Here are findings reported in the Journal of Nutrition by Jeffrey Blumberg,  director of the Antioxidants Research Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University in Boston, Mass.  His team is showing that after consumption of 2.5 ounces of almonds per day for one month, “their concentration of two biomarkers of oxidative stress–plasma malondialdehyde (MDA) and urinary isoprostanes–were significantly lowered.”

We’ll have to wait to discuss all the health giving benefits from apples, pears, macadamia nuts and vanilla for another post otherwise we’ll never get to the recipe and video.

Remember one last thing;  unlike other juicers out there, our PowerGrind Pro is specifically designed to make nut and seed milks — in one step. No blending and squeezing required. Watch the video below to see just how easy it is to make your own fresh almond milk using the Jay Kordich PowerGrind Pro.

Almond Nog Dairy Free Drink:
2 pears
2 apples
1 cup almonds soaked
1/2 cup macadamia nuts soaked
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon allspice soaked.
1/2 teaspoon cloves soaked.
1/2 whole vanilla bean

Here is Linda Kordich making this great tasting special holiday drink.