Make your own almond milk

Almond milk

Almond milk

Making your own almond milk is easy to do. It’s tasty by itself, poured over cereal, added to smoothies and used in desserts. There are health advantages to drinking homemade almond milk too!

It’s a good alternative to processed cow’s milk. 

Processed (homogenized and pasteurized) cows milk has been depleted of it’s beneficial enzymes that are good for digestion, A, C and a large portion of B vitamins, many minerals, and are from factory farmed cows that have been pumped full of antibiotics and hormones. There is a large majority of people who have difficulty digesting processed cow’s milk because the enzyme needed to digest it properly has been destroyed by the pasteurization and homogenization process.

Some store bought almond milks have unwanted ingredients.

Some almond milk brands contain an ingredient called carrageenan (used as a thickening & stabilizing agent) which can cause inflammation in your digestive tract. Also, some brands can contain unwanted additives or sweeteners.

Health bennies: Almond milk is low in calories compared to other milks (exp. cow’s, rice and soy), full of good plant based fats that can help lower cholesterol, high in antioxidant vitamin E and contains A & D vitamins. Raw almonds contain enzyme inhibitors so soaking them first removes the inhibitors exposing their health benefits and making them easier to digest.

 

Almond Milk

Servings 1 pint

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Raw organic almonds
  • 8 cups Filtered water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • Pinch of Sea salt

Instructions

  1. - Soak the almonds in 4 cups of filtered water at room temperature overnight.
  2. - Drain the almonds, discard the water and rinse thoroughly.
  3. - Place the almonds, 4 cups of fresh filtered water, vanilla extract and sea salt in a blender and blend on high speed for 45 seconds.
  4. - Strain through a nut milk bag or double layer of cheesecloth. Serve immediately or refrigerate for later.

Recipe Notes

*** Remember your homemade almond milk doesn't have any preservatives in it, so the shelf life is going to be about 3 days. You will know it has gone bad because it will start to smell sour.

Almond Milk

 

Mo maca please

maca smoothie

maca smoothie

Maca root, native to the Peruvian mountains, has been used for thousands of years. It has been known to increase stamina & energy, balance hormones, enhance sexual libido, ease menopause symptoms and is good for metabolism, stress & improving your mood. Maca is a great alternative to caffeine (hello coffee drinkers) being that it won’t give you the negative side effects of “jitters” or “crashing” that caffeine can.

For more on using maca to treat menopause read this article.

An easy way to get maca into your diet is to put a spoonful into your shakes and smoothies. The recipe below was inspired by a milkshake I had at Cafe Gratitude. It’s really delicious and makes you feel like you are ready to take on the day after you drink it.

Health bennies:

Maca – High in calcium, protein, many essential minerals & vitamins, contain antioxidants, amino acids, fatty acids, carbohydrates, dietary fiber and plant sterols.

* Favorite brand – Nativas naturals maca powder

Maca-coconut-almond smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Organic coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon Raw almond butter *Favorite brand - Justin's classic almond butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Maca powder
  • 1/4 cup Organic Medjool dates chopped
  • pinch Salt
  • 2 cups Ice

Instructions

  1. Place everything in a blender in the order provided. Blend on high until smooth.

Recipe Notes

Need Justin’s classic almond butter?  Try this!
Need Maca powder? Try this!

Hot Cacao, An Antioxidant Mood Enhancer

Hot Cacao

Hot Cacao

When was the last time you sat down and had yourself a hot chocolate? Chances are not very often, due to the fact that because of the way most of us had it as kids we think of it more as a dessert than a healthy afternoon beverage.

In reality if made with raw cacao powder this drink is not only delicious it’s also low in calories, high in antioxidants and high in fiber. And when combined with coconut palm sugar and almond milk (instead of cane sugar and cow’s milk) you up the health bennies even more.

Health bennies:

Organic raw cacao powder – Favorite brand – Navitas Naturals High in antioxidants, magnesium, iron, fiber, helps protect skin from UV damage, regulates mood, improves cardiovascular health. **Cacao is toxic for cats and dogs.

Organic coconut palm sugar Favorite brand – Big Tree Farms Low glycemic, high in nutrients **Make sure the label says 100% pure coconut palm sugar.

Organic almond milk – Favorite brand – Silk Lower in fat & calories than cow’s, rice & soy milks, contains no saturated fat, cholesterol or lactose, contain vitamins A, D, E & calcium.  **Not recommended for infants. Read your labels! Make sure you don’t select a brand that contains the food additive carrageenan (it may cause gastrointestinal inflammation) and look for non-GMO.

 

Hot Cacao

Servings 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Organic raw cacao powder
  • 1 Tablespoons Organic Coconut palm sugar
  • 2 cups Organic almond milk unsweetened

Instructions

  1. - Mix everything together in a small pot, heat on medium, whisking occasionally until hot.

Recipe Notes

Need Organic raw cacao powder? Try this!
Need Organic Coconut palm sugar? Try this!
Need Organic almond milk, unsweetened? Try this!