Fresh Almond Milk Made Easy

Fresh almond milk!!!!!!!!!!!


Yes, it's that exciting, trust me. Why is it that a simple concoction should yield such explosive excitement? Well, for starters, it's extremely nutritious. Almonds are the most alkalizing of all nuts - they're also rich in healthy fats and other nutrients that keep our skin and hair healthy and glowing. Almond milk, made fresh, is also very affordable and ridiculously easy to make.

Homemade almond milk is minimally processed and is environmentally-friendly as it doesn't require you to buy excess packaging - I store mine in reusable glass containers. It also happens to look so lovely in all its white, creamy glory, sitting in your fridge! Just looking at freshly made almond milk in my fridge gives me waves of happiness. Yeah, I'm actually serious. : )

1. First, you start with one cup of raw, organic almonds. You then have two options with which to proceed. You can either soak the almonds in water for several hours (or overnight) or simply proceed to step two.

2. Place the almonds in a blender or Vitamix with just enough water so that your blender will cooperate. Blend the almonds and water together really well. Like, really, really....really well. Then, maybe blend again.

3. Next, add 3-4 cups of water, depending on how creamy you want your milk to be. The less water you add, the richer, creamier, and more ridiculously awesome your milk will be. The more water you add, the lower in fat and calories - plus, it will stretch further. In fact, you can even add 5 cups of water if you're like me and have an almond milk vacuum in your house (my 8-yr-old daughter goes through a batch of this every few days!!!). So, choose your potion and BLEND. Blend well, my friend.

4. Next, you'll need a fine mesh strainer, spoon (soup spoons work great), and wide-mouth container.

5. Pour the almond milk through the strainer into the container to remove the pulp. My daughter totally loves doing this and begs to "un-pulp the milk."

6. You will have to do this in a few batches. Once the strainer is full, use your spoon to smoosh down the pulp that's in the strainer so that you get all the milk out of it.

7. Rinse the pulp from your strainer and spoon and keep straining til all your milk is "un-pulped." Well, friends, there you have it!! THAT IS IT. You now have some seriously awesome almond milk to set your fridge aglow. Personally, I don't add anything to it, but you might enjoy some of the following additions: a pinch of salt, tablespoon of vanilla, and/or a squirt of stevia (or other natural sweetener).

8. Enjoy!!! Here's one of my favorite ways to enjoy almond milk - this is a bowl of rolled oats, rolled quinoa, and amaranth, topped with fresh almond milk, cinnamon,  and coconut sugar. BLISS.

This recipe makes about one quart of almond milk, depending on the amount of water that you use.
GF/SF/Blue (according to the health guidelines in my books)

Zero Calorie Lime Ginger Soda

Those of you who know me know that I'm a total junkie for fizzy, fun, nutritious beverages. I'm a hopeless booch (kombucha) addict, and also love some of the new stevia-sweetened drinks out there. However, the thought of making my own soda gets me even more excited! Partly because it's SO easy to do, inexpensive, healthy, and chock-full of vitalizing superfoods. Plus, when you make it yourself, you KNOW there are no iffy ingredients or not-so-healthy sweeteners.

The soda I whipped up today is no exception. Personally, I totally dig the benefits of fresh lime and ginger. They're not only vitalizing, but also highly detoxifying, immune-boosting, and vitamin-packed. Think of this as a fun and fizzy drink that will supercharge you! So...hold onto the handrails, this is gonna get wild! ; )

Zero Calorie Lime Ginger Soda

* 1 tablespoon ginger juice (from about a 4-inch piece of ginger) - NOTE: this will yield a strong ginger flavor. If you prefer your drink more mild, add less.
* 18 oz. very cold fizzy water (I picked up some sparkling mineral water at Trader Joe's which did the trick nicely)
* 3 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1 1/2 limes worth)
* 1/2 teaspoon (or ever-so-slightly more, if you prefer) liquid stevia (don't use flavored stevia or powdered stevia)

To extract the juice from the ginger, simply grate the ginger (skin and all) with a fine grater. Squeeze out the juice, using your fingers. Place the ginger juice in a container and add all of the other ingredients. Stir, serve, and enjoy!

Serves 1-2
GF/SF/Green/Raw (according to the health guidelines in my books)