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Almond Milk-4 ways

Posted by on Nov 27, 2014 in Thirst Quenchers | 0 comments

Almond Milk-4 ways

Health Coach Confession: I can be pretty lazy when it comes to trying new things that I know will improve my health. Like everyone else I get busy and life gets hectic and adding a new habit into the mix can seem overwhelming. One thing I’ve always been lazy about is making my own almond milk.  Until recently it just seemed like such a hassle and it’s so convenient to buy it at the store.  One reservation I’ve had about buying almond milk from the store is how hard it is(pretty much impossible) to find almond milk that doesn’t carry an extremely dangerous cancer forming chemical called carrageenan.  Carrageenan turns into a carcinogen once it hits your GI tract, which essentially makes it a substance that causes cancer.  Even organic non dairy milk brands like Pacific Almond Milk carry this dangerous chemical and since I drink almond milk so often its not something I want to put in my body.  Read more about carrageenan and it’s damaging effects on Food Babes Blog here.  I first got hooked on making almond milk when I tasted my first batch of fresh homemade milk.  It was unlike any other almond milk I’ve bought in a store.  The process to make it was much easier then I expected. I usually can’t drink almond milk plain, I have to mix it in with something.  But the fresh homemade kind isn’t comparable to the store bought brands. The taste is like night and day, so pick a recipe below and let me know which one you like! You will not be disappointed.      Base Recipe-Plain Unsweetened Almond Milk 1 cup raw almonds soaked over night 4 cups filtered water Blend almonds and water in a blender for about 2 minutes.  Strain the liquid through a cheese cloth into a large pitcher. This is your base recipe, if you want to sweeten or add flavor to your almond milk, see the recipes below.    Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk Base Recipe 1 tsp vanilla extract  1/2 tsp Real Salt Add all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth.    Chocolate Almond Milk(Sweetened) Base Recipe 2-3 pitted dates 1-2 tbsp raw cacao powder 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp Real Salt Add all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth.   Maple Vanilla Almond Milk Base Recipe 3-4 tbsp Maple Syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract  1/2 tsp Real Salt Add all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth.   Winter Spice Almond Milk Base Recipe  2 pitted dates 1/2 tsp vanilla extract  1/4 tsp ground cloves 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp zest from tangerine(or any citrus fruit you like) 1/2 tsp Real Salt  Add all ingredients into a blender and mix until...

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Chocolate Bunny Juice

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Blog, Breakfast, Lunch, SIdes, Snacks, Thirst Quenchers, Treats | 1 comment

Chocolate Bunny Juice

Spring is in the air, the weather is getting warmer and Easter is right around the corner.  It’s the perfect time to make this rich chocolate bunny juice.  This recipe is from Natalia Rose’s book Fresh Energy.  Natalia is a mentor and detox teacher that I’ve been following for years, her cookbooks are amazing, I strongly suggest you get her newest Fresh Energy!  I’ve completed her PH Detox course and I continue to learn tips and tricks from her.  If you’ve never had a fresh juice before this would be a great one to start with.  Using raw cocoa powder gives it a chocolatey velvet texture, which makes it taste like chocolate milk. This recipe is so easy to make and it has less than four ingredients in it.  Celebrate the spring like the bunnies do and have some chocolate bunny juice!!! Ingredients: 1 bunch of romaine lettuce 6 large carrots 1-2 tbsp raw cocoa stevia to taste Preparation: Put lettuce and carrots through a juicer. Add raw cocoa to juice with stevia to taste(start small with stevia you won’t need a lot).  Blend all ingredients together and enjoy your bunny juice.  Happy...

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Blueberry Meyer Lemonade

Posted by on Apr 29, 2012 in Blog, Thirst Quenchers | 3 comments

Blueberry Meyer Lemonade

Let me just start off by saying this recipe is approved by my husband which is a very good sign.  Sometimes it takes him a little to get used to new things that I introduce him to(he is your typical “meat and potatoes” guy-two things I rarely cook).  So when he tried this and immediately loved it, I was very excited!   I love drinking tea, is is my beverage of choice next to water. During the summer I prefer to drink iced tea.  I made a huge batch of iced tea with Blueberry Bliss Rooibos Tea by Tevana. When I buy teas I like to stick to a loose leaf tea, and I try to buy from a local tea store, but I just moved to a new city and am not familiar with the tea shops, so Tevana it is.  You could use any flavor tea for this, pineapple, strawberry, peach, mango, raspberry, or any type of fruit based tea you enjoy, I supposed you could also you a plain black tea if fruit teas aren’t your thing.  Like I’ve said before, the best thing about you making it is you get to make it exactly how you like it! I garnished it with a little mint leaves just enough for my last couple of sips to get the hint of mint.  If you cannot find Meyer lemons use regular lemons but I strongly suggest you look for Meyer lemons, they are sweeter and less acidic than regular lemons Meyer lemons really make this drink.  I forgot to mention the best part it is calorie free(when using Stevia as a sweeter)!!! Ingredients: 10 Oz Blueberry Ice Tea(or your flavor choice) Stevia* to taste, or honey(Start with a small amount, you can always add more!!!) 1 Meyer lemon, regular lemon, or 4-5 drops lemon CPTG essential oil Ice Mint(optional) Squeeze lemon juice into your glass, mix remaining ingredients into a glass give it a stir and enjoy! *I love NuNaturals Stevia.  It doesn’t have a bitter taste that a lot of stevia tends to have.  If you buy stevia from www.iherb.com use coupon code OZI624 and you’ll receive $5.00 off your first order over $10.00 or $10.00 off your order over...

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