Saturday, April 14, 2012

Almond Milk

Almond milk is so popular and readily available these days that I haven't really been taking the time to make my own for smoothies anymore. I have been buying it in the grocery store for my smoothies- but I use is up so quickly that I decided to try making my own hemp/chia milk instead. I simply blend a few tablespoons of hemp seeds and a tablespoon of chia with water to make the 'milk' for my smoothies and I have been really enjoying it (thanks Chantalle!). 

Today I decided to make myself a big batch of almond milk. It lasts in the fridge for a few days and I love the ways it tastes. It's a simple recipe- and there are a million variations of the milk that you can make. I won't put this in my smoothies- I love to drink it cold and as is. 

Almond Milk
(makes about 7 cups)
-2 cups of raw organic almonds
-8 cups of water
-vanilla bean powder

Soak the almonds in a bowl full of water over night. 
The next morning, place the almonds in a high-power blender with 8 cups of water. Blend well. Strain the milk in a milk bag or cheese cloth. Really ring the bag to get out every last drop. You can put the dry pulp in a dehydrator or on the lowest temperature in the oven to dry out and to use as almond flour. I put the milk back into the blender and blend it will about a teaspoon of vanilla bean powder and maybe a tablespoon of agave. Dates also work well as a sweetener. Enjoy cold! 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Mango Smoothie

It's been an interesting few weeks for me. I've decided to take a month 'off' from drinking. Thank goodness I have so many pregnant friends! It's been 3 weeks now- and I've really enjoyed the experience. I have to start by saying that I wouldn't classify myself as a heavy drinker- but binge drinking was definitely something I was doing often enough. I noticed that my health was really being effected by my drinking. I've really enjoyed the time I've had without drinking. I've physically felt so much better, I've been eating better foods and I have more energy. I have more time to spend with people that make me happy and I go into the work week feeling rested. In times where I have been feeling down, or going through something- I immediately long for a drink. Sitting with those feelings and moving through them without booze has been a much more positive (and helpful) experience. My naturopath and yoga instructor, Laura, was talking in class the other day about how we can get out of our own way. I feel like I am finally starting to do so. I guess the challenge is to learn about how I can have some drinks again without getting into the same patterns before. 

Alongside this endeavour, I have also been trying to make sure I get a smoothie in every day, and I have been trying to drink more green juice. I normally make the same old smoothie that I love. It's chocolate and delicious. I had a very ripe ataulfo mango to use, which inspired this chocolate free smoothie. 

Mango Smoothie
-2 cups filtered water
-3 heaping tablespoons hemp seeds
-1 tablespoon chia seeds 
-1 ataulfo mango, peeled and diced
-1 tablespoon maca powder
-1 tablespoon tocotrienols 
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
-1 small medjool date
-3/4 teaspoon cinnamon 
-1 heaping tablespoon coconut oil 

Put the water, chia seeds and hemp into the blender and blend well. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend well. I like mine cold, so I leave it in the fridge until cold. You could also add some ice cubes in the blender to make it cold. Enjoy! Hope you're all enjoying your long weekend!

PS- Go to this website to learn about why these foods are good for you!