Recently I made the switch from full fat milk to homemade almond milk and there is no turning back!
I knew the change was coming...in fact there were two significant changes...both my MILK and CEREAL choices.
I love cereal! Up until about a month and a half ago I was choosing Nature's Path Heritage Flakes. To me it is about the best you can get for a pre-made store bought cereal. I have a very busy lifestyle including a day job and a commute AND I'm given'r with Pura Vida Performance and the Pura Vida Mavericks and loving it. HOWEVER, I have limited time! I'm sure you can relate to this in some way with your life as well. We are BUSY bees!
What sort of spurred this all on was the fact that I was a bit low energy and I also noticed that I was having issues with clearing my throat a lot in the morning. AND with being a "holistic" nutritionist, I believe that we can eat most foods in moderation. When I stepped back and took at look at what I thought could be the culprut of my "ahemmm" issues it was a total no-brainer. DAIRY!! I was having dairy every day with my breakfast and coffee!
I originally went to the health food section of Zehrs and had a look at all the almond, coconut and rice milks on the shelf to see what was in them. My oh my have they changed over the past few years my friends! There are now 10 ingredients in Almond Breeze Unsweetened Original almond milk. Yikarumba! I thought to myself, it's high time to start making my own!
Believe it or not, up until a month ago, I had never taken the time to make any nut milk of any kind ever before. Whaaaaaaaaaaat?!?! Yes it's true (said sheepishly). :)
I always thought of it as a BIG production and boy was I wrong. It's takes a whopping 10-15 minutes with an overnight to 2 day soak time to soften the almond which is easy peasy. Now THAT is totally doable in my books. If you agree then lets get on with it!
But before we do, even though we have busy lives, we have to be sure to take care of our health because without it what do we have. Small steps like these are great investments in our health and the health of your loved ones.
Making your own almond milk at home is easy peasy!
How To Make Homemade Almond Milk
Makes about 4 cups
1 cup raw almonds, preferably organic
4 cups water, plus more for soaking
Pinch of sea salt
1 tbsp maple syrup (you can use unpasteurized honey or coconut sugar)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (other options: nutmeg, unsweetened cocao or vanilla)
Bowls (big enough for your strainer to rest in - see pic above)
Blender (high speed preferably)
Fine-mesh nut bag or cheese cloth
Also, please note that you can change it up by using other nuts like cashews or hazelnuts. Mmmmmm!
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