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Homemade Almond Milk From A Certified Health Nut

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Nuts About Nuts

Walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, pistachios, and last but not least, almonds! On a plant-based diet, getting your healthy fat fix is a cinch! Omega-3 fatty acids are extremely important to incorporate into your diet, and smelly fish oil is definitely not the only way to get enough of the good stuff. Nuts and seeds are an abundant source of healthy fats that help promote brain and heart health, as well as glowing hair, skin, and nails. On top of all that, they're so versatile—there's so much more you can do besides add them to your trail mix or spread them on your toast! Nut milk is a great way to upgrade your diet, and kick dairy to the curb!


Scary Dairy

Dairy products like milk and cheese have been linked to hormone disruption, acne, and a plethora of digestive issues. The human body simply wasn't designed to consume animal milk. A mother's breast milk is full of nutrients and hormones that aid an infant in developing a healthy gut, immune system, and receiving all necessary nutrients in the early stages of life. Now why would we want to continue consuming this after infancy…let alone another species' milk?! Not to mention, the amount of antibiotics, antidepressants, and other unwanted chemicals that are pumped into cows that ultimately wind up in our bodies! I could go on, but, really, we don't need animal milk, or any animal products, in order to survive, and they can certainly make it more difficult for us to thrive! Enter: nut milk—the healthy beverage upgrade!

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest. | HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK FROM A CERTIFIED HEALTH NUT
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest. | HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK FROM A CERTIFIED HEALTH NUT

Soaking Your Nuts + Seeds

Nuts and seeds are nutrient powerhouses, but in order to reap the maximum benefit, soaking and sprouting is necessary. I'm new to soaking and sprouting, so I can't say that I've experienced a difference in digestion or anything, but the science behind it totally makes sense! Nuts and seeds contain natural toxins and anti-nutrients that protect them, but can harm us. These elements help to protect nuts and seeds from external factors like weather and predators until conditions are optimal for germination and sprouting. Long story short, soaking helps aid in digestion and allows for maximal nutrient absorption so that the body can receive the most benefit.

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest. | HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK FROM A CERTIFIED HEALTH NUT
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest. | HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK FROM A CERTIFIED HEALTH NUT

Beverage Upgrade: Homemade Almond Milk Is Worth The Squeeze!

Making your own almond milk can be more cost-effective than store-bought if you a) buy your almonds in bulk and b) spread them thin (use more water). Obviously buying a carton of almond milk is going to be quicker and easier, but if you're feeling extra ambitious, nothing beats a glass of homemade almond milk! An added bonus to making it yourself is that you know there won't be any unnecessary ingredients used to prolong shelf-life! Making things from scratch is so rewarding, and the satisfaction alone will do wonders for your well-being! ;)

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Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk

vegan, raw, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, refined-sugar-free

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Ingredients:

1 cup raw almonds (soaked)

2-3.5 cups filtered water

vanilla bean (or 1/2-1 teaspoon vanilla extract)

pinch of sea salt

Optional: 

3-6 pitted dates (soaked)

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

 

Directions:

  1. Completely cover almonds in filtered water and soak overnight (8-12 hours), or for at least two hours if you're in a pinch—but the longer the better. If going the sweetened almond milk route, soak dates for at least 30 minutes in a separate bowl.
  2. Drain water, rinse almonds a couple of times, and pour into a high-speed blender with fresh, filtered water. If you want your milk to be thicker and creamier, try 2 cups, or for a lighter consistency, about 3.5 cups. If using dates, drain water, remove pits, and add in. Blend on high for 1 minute.
  3. Open vanilla bean by slicing lengthwise, scrape out the insides, and add to the blender, (or simply add vanilla extract). Throw in a pinch of sea salt to round out the flavor and blend on high for another 30 seconds.
  4. Pour through a cheesecloth or nut milk bag over a large bowl. Some of the nut milk will strain through quite effortlessly—for the rest, squeeze as much excess liquid as possible into bowl.
  5. I like to pour the nut milk from the bowl back into the blender to easily transfer it into a glass bottle or jar without spilling. Tightly sealed, this should keep for up to 3-5 days in the refrigerator.
  • On a side note, there are tons of recipes out there for baked goods, oatmeal, granola, smoothies, etc. if you'd like to reserve the almond pulp leftover from straining and freeze it for later. I have yet to try this, but I will be sure to post a recipe when I do!
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Blueberry Banana Almond Milk Smoothie

vegan, raw, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, refined-sugar-free

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Ingredients:

1-2 frozen bananas

1 cup frozen blueberries

2 handfulls spinach

1 teaspoon hemp, chia, and/or flax

3/4 cup homemade almond milk

1/2 scoop Garden of Life Raw Vanilla Protein (optional)

 


Directions:

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend away! If you are using fresh bananas and blueberries instead of frozen, consider adding a cup of ice to thicken up your smoothie.

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Enjoy your fresh, smooth, upgraded milk by itself, in smoothies like the one above, cereals, and anywhere else you would use dairy milk! As always, I'm open to suggestions for future posts on anything ranging from health and nutrition, to fitness and exercise, to rest and relaxation, so please leave comments, let me know how your recipe turns out, and drop me a message if you're interested in healthy lifestyle coaching! Cheers!

Designed For Your LIfestyle,

Erin 

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Take Your Health To the Next Level With Smoothies + Juices Part 3: My Go-To 'MORNING BUZZ' Smoothie

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* If you haven't already, check out Part 1 and Part 2 of my 5 Part Series on Smoothies + Juices!


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Green & Geared To Go!

I've gone through a lot of breakfast phases from Toaster Strudel with two packets of frosting squeezed on top (the struggle is real when you reach the last Toaster with no Strudel on top), to scrambled eggs and bacon, to steel cut oatmeal. Then, the morning time-crunch brought me to meal replacement and protein shakes galore. Finally, I unboxed the blender that my mom had given Dusty and I for our wedding, and decided to give it a whirl. You know how it goes, Mom is always right, but it takes us a while to listen up! All I can say is that breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day and a morning smoothie is fun, quick, and easy to make and take on-the-go!

But I'm Not A Breakfast Person...

5-10 minutes and you're golden…er, green, and geared to go!

5-10 minutes and you're golden…er, green, and geared to go!

Breakfast is often touted as the most important meal of the day. I think all meals are equally important, but breakfast is when you take your body from running on Empty, to running on Full. What you choose to fuel your body with is your choice! It doesn't have to be gourmet or super-sized, but your body needs fuel in order to get the gears turning and the wheels spinning. I love smoothies because they're the best way to pack a bunch of nutrients into a drinkable meal that makes me feel physically energized and mentally alert. Trust me, you won't need that double-shot of espresso after a green smoothie bursting with natural fruit sugars and supercharged with superfoods!

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Erin's 'Morning Buzz' Smoothie

Serves: 1

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Ingredients

  • 1 ripe, speckled banana
  • 1-2 handfuls of spinach
  • Small slice of ginger
  • Teaspoon of chia
  • Teaspoon of hemp
  • Teaspoon of flax
  • Teaspoon spirulina
  • 3/4 cup of almond milk (hemp milk, coconut milk, or coconut water are also great)
  • 1-1.5 cups your choice fruit (papaya will make your smoothie super thick and creamy, but I also love blueberries, pineapple, or mixed berries. If you don't have fresh fruit on hand, frozen works great, too!)
  • Half scoop of Garden of Life vanilla protein powder (optional, but makes it taste incredible!)
  • 1-1.5 cups ice (optional—I like my smoothies extra thick and cold!)

 

  • Additional options: maca powder, cacao nibs, acai powder, local bee pollen, coconut flakes (stay tuned for Part 5 on superfoods and the awesome health benefits of some of my favorites, coming soon!)
  • Green for Two: Sometimes I double it up and split my smoothie creation with Dusty, or save half for later to kick cravings!

* Note: all measurements are approximate

Fruit Smoothie Blending TIPS

  • I can't stress enough how big of a game-changer it was when I made the upgrade to my Vitamix. There are other great blenders out there, too, but a quality, high-speed blender will definitely serve you a lifetime of great smoothies and good health!
  • If you're fearful of the taste of a 'green' smoothie, start small with the amount of greens you include. For beginners, the taste of spinach is going to be much easier to mask than kale!
  • After you get into the swing of things, rotate your greens when blending and juicing. It's important to work a variety of fruits and vegetables into your diet, especially greens. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing! After I go through a bag of spinach, I move on to kale—it seems to last longer in the refrigerator, too!

To-Go Thoughts

  • A smoothie only takes 5-10 minutes of your time
  • Helps you work fruits, vegetables, and vital nutrients into your diet
  • Gives you natural energy
  • Boosts your metabolism
  • Aids in digestion
  • And, smoothies are FUN to make!

Stay Tuned for the juicy goodness in Part 4 of my 5 Part Series on Smoothies + Juices, where I'll share my go-to, 'Green Machine' detox juice recipe with you! In the meantime, amp up your breakfast and report back to me!

Designed For Your Lifestyle,

Erin

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