It’s Time to Embrace Pistachio Milk

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You probably get enough dairy as is. From cheese to whey protein to dairy additives, there’s no reason to add a tall glass of milk to your daily intake — especially since there are so many healthier alternatives. Like pistachio milk. Coming soon to a retailer near you, this latest dairy-free nut milk is one of the most nutritious on shelves, and as versatile as it is tasty.

Pistachios are brimming with powerful phytonutrients that help to fight free-radicals that can damage tissues in your body. Furthermore, the milk is filling, despite the fact that a glass clocks in at only around 35–50 calories for a cup of milk. They're also rich in potassium, and thanks to their phytosterol content, they may also help lower cholesterol. 

The best part: It couldn't be easier to make at home. Soak shelled pistachios for a few hours (ideally, overnight) with water, and after removing the shell, grind them in a blender well with hot water. (Because it’s blended, you’ll retain most of the nutrients from the nuts.) Strain through a cheese cloth and add a dash of salt. You can also add spices and a sweetener like maple syrup or some dates. Keep in the fridge for up to four days in a tightly sealed container. As with all milks and juices, “[because ]the pulp is strained out, you lose the fiber and protein that are in the whole nut," say The Nutrition Twins, Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, CDN, CFT, and authors of The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure, so we like using pistachio milk best along with its pulp in smoothies. 

But if you just want a drink on the go, or don't want to go through the mess of milking your nuts, NüMoo has launched a new line of pistachio milk free of junky additives (they also have a pecan milk, if you prefer to sip on other types of unique nuts). They're sweetened with dates, not sugar, and only contain a handful of ingredients.

Mint Chocolate Pistachio Milk Smoothie

Try this recipe for a simple pistachio milk smoothie, from Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT, a plant-based dietitian and author of The Vegiterranean Diet:

  • Combine one cup pistachio milk (adjust to taste) with a handful of kale (frozen works fine), a few dates or a frozen banana (for sweetness), and a teaspoon or so of cacao nibs. It’ll give you a refreshing minty, frothy shake and only take a few minutes to prepare.