Our Favourite Almond Milk - Luz Almond
Posted on 05 December 2014
When it comes to almond milk there's a lot of choice out there - but without a doubt it is our favourite dairy free alternative. But that doesn't mean that all almond milks are glowing with health benefits and free from hidden nasties. Many store bought almond milks contain only 2% almonds and are packed full of fillers which is why we generally make our own.
But we don't always have time for that and that's when we discovered Luz. Luz almond milk is handcrafted with activated almonds (more on those later) and is preservative and filler free containing only water and almonds (12%) making it creamy and delicious and packed full of goodness.
We caught up with Liv, Nutritionist and Luz brand ambassador to chat more about Luz and their exciting new developments (you will want to read on for this one!).
Tells us a bit about Luz almond? How did it start and why?
The consumption for almond milk dates back to the ancient Egyptians and Luz comes from the Hebrew word almond tree. Luz Almond was born from this, and our story is simple. All natural. All the time. Nothing else added. Very simply, we are about the goodness of nature.
The idea for Luz Almond was inspired by our founder’s mum, after a health scare a few years back. Upon switching to an alkaline diet and drinking his mothers almond milk recipe he was hooked! After sharing with friend who loved it, we thought why don’t we try launching this in the market and see if it works? Luz Almond was born! We cane to fruition in October last year and since then we have created a small team that are passionate health foodies and have a wealth of experience in the food industry. Working together Luz Almond has become the connoisseurs of all things almond. Now with a number of different almond milk flavors (and more on the way)we have just introduced our newest product line –Frozen Dessert! Luz Almond is only getting started, get ready!
How does the Luz team live an active life?
All members of the Luz team are particularly active, whether it be attending the gym, pilates classes, yoga, bike riding (one of the team is a trained yoga teacher) or getting outside for a long walk, we all love being active. In fact we sometimes joke that our uniform is ‘active wear’ as you will most commonly find us working in our gym gear!
What’s your active life mantra?
‘Eat like a nutritionist, train like a monster, look like an angel’ (if I am trying to push myself)
otherwise I love this:
What’s your favourite healthy treat?
Personally, have become obsessed with chia pudding, the base is always the same, almond milk and chia seeds but then you can do so much with it! I have it for breakfast, lunch and as a healthy dessert. I love topping vanilla chia pudding (Luz Medjool Date Milk, vanilla and chia) with blueberry compote (frozen blueberries and a little maple syrup) – it is incredible! Otherwise if you want to be slightly more decadent, add some cacao for the healthiest chocolate treat ever! You should see our team, they are loving it at the moment!
Favourite post workout snack?
A medjool date almond milk or an apple with some nut butter.
What’s on your Vie Active wish list?
- Rockell Black Leopard Compression Tights
- Merino Tech Tee in Charcoal Grey
- Signature Trucker hat
- Black Yoga Mat
What are your favourite healthy cafes?
Although not strictly healthy, I tend to opt for the healthier options (vegetarian breakfast, Mediterranean breakfast etc.) Trio in Bondi has the best breakfast in Sydney hands down! Some of the others would have to be Porch and Parlour in Bondi, About Life in Double Bay, Bondi Wholefoods, Bread and Circus in Alexandria and Four ate Five in Surry Hills.
Some of our team are based in Brisbane and they swear by Sourced Grocer, Paleo cafe Paddington and Raw Paw Paw.
It’s almost the holiday season, what are your tips for staying fit and healthy during the holidays?
I absolutely love this time for year, luckily for us in Australia the weather is amazing and there is also an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables so I really take advantage of that. I love making beautiful salads which I will often incorporate some fruit into whether it be a sliced mango or peach or some pomegranate arils so you feel like you are getting a sweet hit! I also love getting outside so I try and walk as much as I can and incorporate as much incidental activity as possible whether it be walking to the gym or a meeting or to meet a friend for coffee, I will try incorporate activity in any way I can. Plus walks are a great way to catch up with friends as we all lead such busy lives – combining exercise and catch ups!
What’s the benefit of drinking almond milk compared to dairy and other dairy free alternatives?
Almond milk contains almonds and water but the proportion of almonds can vary with some as low as 2%, with the remainder made up of water and fillers – for this reason it is important to always read the label. At Luz we use only almonds and water, with no preservatives or additives and pride ourselves on using 12% almonds, one of, if not the highest percentages available on the market. As expected almond milk provides you with the somewhat well-known benefits of almonds. Almonds and consequently almond milk is a source of vitamin E, magnesium, protein, calcium and good fats. When comparing almond milk to other dairy free alternatives, the most common ones are soy, rice and oat milks. Soy is becoming more out of favour due to the presence of phytoestrogens which studies have suggested interfere with hormones in the body, while rice milk and oat are little more than liquid carbohydrates.
Does Almond milk have a high fat content, should we be worried about it?
Almond milk has a slightly higher fat content compared to full cream dairy milk at 5g / 100g compared to ~3.5g/100g respectively however of that only 0.4g comes from saturated fat compared to ~2g in dairy. So while yes when compared to dairy it does have a higher fat content, the fat content is predominantly from the good fats which improve cholesterol and overall heart health. These fats are also necessary for the transporting of fat soluble vitamins in the body, so we definitely shouldn’t be worried about the higher fat content, in fact we should be embracing it!
Do you activate your almonds in Luz products? why/why not?
Yes – the almonds in all Luz products have been activated, a process whereby they are soaked which removes the phytates and other enzyme inhibitors which can stop the body from absorbing the nutrients in the almonds, thereby making it easier for our bodies to access all the goodness which our products have to offer.
Can you share your favourite Luz recipes with us?
My favourite Luz recipe would have to be my Not-So-Naughty Chocolate Tart!
Here is the recipe:
- 1 1/4 cup almond meal
- 1 cup coconut flour
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp cacao
- 2-2 1/2 tbsp ice-cold water
- 1 ½ cups Luz Almond Medjool Date or Original Almond Milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 3 tbsp tapioca flour
- ¼ cup cacao (additional if desired)
- 3 tbsp pure maple syrup (additional if using Luz Original)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- To make the pastry mix together all the dry ingredients (almond meal, coconut flour and cacao) in a bowl then add to a food processor.
- Combine vanilla, maple syrup, coconut oil and 2 tbs ice cold water. Add to food processor and blend until it forms a dough. You made need to add a little more water if it appears dry.
- Refrigerate for half an hour then press into 6 individual 10cm diameter tart tins. Blind bake on 150 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes then remove weights and cook uncovered for further ten minutes or until crisp. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- To make the filling, put the tapioca flour, cinnamon and cacao in a saucepan. Add vanilla and maple syrup. Whisk to combine over low heat then add almond milk and coconut milk and whisk constantly.
- Slowly bring the mixture to the boil and continue stirring constantly until thick custard consistency.
- Pour into tart cases. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours.
- Serve dusted with cacao.
Otherwise any of the chia pudding recipes on the website www.luzalmond.com
Where can we find you? Instagram, FB, stockists etc.
Find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest @luzalmond or check out our website www.luzalmond.com for a list of our stockists plus our blog, recipes and everything you need to know!!
Alternatively send me an email Olivia@luzalmond.com - I always love chatting to people and sharing the Luz love!! xx