Health benefits of Soya milk and how to prepare it Nigerian style (New and easy Method)

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Health Benefits of Soy Milk
1.Reduce Cholesterol Level
2.Help Lose Weight
3.Strengthen Blood Vessels
4.Reduce the Risk of Prostate Cancer
5.Prevent Osteoporosis
6.Protects Against Postmenopausal Syndromes
7.Prevent Kidney Disease and Diabetes
8.Lowers the Risk of Breast Cancer

Preparing Soya Milk
If you have had a Soya Milk drink before, you know its really quite a refreshing rich drink. Try drinking a glass every morning to start your day on a good note.
Have your soya drink with snacks: cookies, Nigerian Puff Puff and small chops
It is plant protein (milk from a plant) so that makes its a great alternative to cow milk for lactose intolerant individuals.

Ingredients for making Soya Milk
Soya beans
4 other ingredients is required, so lets start off:
1 De Rica cup soya beans (650 grams/1.4pound)
Cold water: 4 litres (1 gallon)
15 dates (dabino(hausa), labidun(yoruba) )
1 cap vanilla for flavour

Notes on the ingredients
Soya beans can be bought easily in your local Nigerian markets by those who sell staple foods , for your flavour, you can get one from your bakery/condiment shops.
Vary the quantity of soya milk you want, you can add more or less water to get your own texture.
Dates(Hausa) is a natural sweetener for the soy milk. You can easily get dates from your local markets too. You can also buy them plentitful during its season.
Vanilla's unique flavour will taste like the the one sold in 30cl glass bottles in Nigeria.
You may wish to experiment with other flavours to add to the mix over time. No rules or restrictions on that.
I do prepare mine to have the natural pure taste of soya milk.

What you need
To blend it, you'll need a kitchen blender. My blender has 600W power and it does a great job of blending soaked soya beans.
To strain it you'll need a sieve and a chiffon cloth or ladies stocking/tights (pantyhose without the panty).
You'll also need bowls and pots.

Directions for making Soya Milk
1. Rinse and soak the soya beans overnight or for at least 10 hours. Use a generous amount of water. Do not soak it for longer that this time because it will start having a fermented smell and taste.
2. After almost 10 hours, rinse and remove the seeds from the dates. Then cut into pieces.
3. Cut the vanilla along the pod and set aside. Cutting the pod exposes the vanilla beans where all the flavour is.
4. After 10 hours, you will notice that the soya beans are swollen, softer and the skin comes off easily.
5. Rub the soaked soya beans between your palms to separate the skin from the beans.
6. Pour more water and watch the skin come to the surface.
7. Decant the skin using the method of decanting the skin when peeling beans for Nigerian Moi Moi.
8. When there is no more skin, blend the soya beans and dates in a blender till smooth. To do this, put some beans in the blender, add some dates and pour water to cover the beans then blend.
9. Strain the blend using a sieve.
10. Pour the resulting soya milk into a big pot and start cooking on medium heat. Stir it often so it does not stick to the bottom of the pot.
11. When it is about to boil, scoop out the foam so it does not over-flow.
12. Add the vanilla pods. Keep stirring and keep cooking for another 5 minutes, stirring all the time.
13. Turn off the heat and leave to cool down completely.
14. Then strain again using a chiffon cloth, cheese cloth or lady's stocking to remove the finest particles.
15. Pour into a bottle, cover and keep in your fridge. Drink within 2 or 3 days. If you want to keep it for much longer, keep it in the freezer.

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