Category Archives: Food & Drink

Homemade Almond Milk: A tasty, healthy snack

Have you ever tried pureeing almonds in your blender?  Oh my gosh, the resulting homemade almond milk is so much tastier than that stuff in the soy milk aisle at the grocery.  I love making a few batches and then storing them in the fridge for a quick snack or meal replacement.  It’s low in sugar, high in protein, and super healthy all around.

Homemade Almond Milk Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 C Water
  • 1 C Almonds
  • Splash of Maple Syrup
  • Dash Cinnamon
  • 1/3 Vanilla Bean, or a dash Vanilla Extract

1. Put all the ingredients except the vanilla bean into the blender.  Then slice the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds into the blender. (If using extract, just pour in.)

2. I use my Vitamix, so I set it to Smoothie cycle and that’s it.  If you are using a regular blender, just blend carefully until smooth.

3. This is the part where a lot of people strain it through a nut-milk bag to get it thin and smooth.  However, I prefer to drink it as-is, with the thick texture of the pulverized nuts. It’s kind of like a smoothie.

Low sugar diet?  Adjust sweetener of choice to taste. Or use a few dates.  Or honey, or agave, or whatever floats your boat.  Heck, you could omit it entirely if you need to.

Shelf Life: I keep mine for up to 4 days in the fridge, but it’s usually gone before then. :) I don’t know the official shelf life for homemade nut milks.

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Strawberry Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail

I recently came up with a fun and easy champagne cocktail, and when I realized that Valentine’s day was right around the corner – I thought I should share it with you! I tried to photograph it, and I’m so sorry but apparently my photos aren’t that fabulous. Trust me, though. The cocktail itself is fab.
Strawberry Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail

Mix It Up:

1 tbsp strawberry puree
1/2 tsp Absolut Hibiscus vodka
lemon zest or twist
1 glass dry champagne

  1. If you don’t have a citrus zester tool, you can use the veggie peeler to snag a twist of lemon peel. Place the peel in the glass.
  2. Add the strawberry purée and the hibiscus vodka.
  3. Slowly pour the champagne into the glass. Careful! If you pour too fast it may bubble over.

And there you have it: An easy but fancy cocktail that’s good for Valentine’s Day – or any other day!

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Mean Green Ginger Smoothie Recipe

Ryan and I got a Vitamix for Christmas, and I’ve been blending nonstop since then. We asked for the Vitamix because we had ordered a fancy Omega juicer to make green juice, but returned it when we were disappointed with how slow and cumbersome it was to use and clean.

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The Vitamix surprised me.  I was nervous it wouldn’t live up to the hype – or the price – but it is absolutely worth every penny. Because it is so expensive, we asked for a reconditioned one, which took $100 off the price. It still comes with a great warranty, and we’re happy with it.

Mean Green Ginger Smoothie

I don’t want to have too many kitchen appliances, because I like to keep things simple. The Vitamix is so much more versatile than a juicer, and I can still have smooth green juice if I run a smoothie through a Nut Milk Bag. So I no longer need a juicer.

So let’s talk about the green smoothie I shared on Instagram yesterday.

I love to throw fresh ginger into my smoothies and juices because it’s so good for you, and it has a great spicy kick to it. Ginger has tons of health benefits – aiding in digestion, counteracting nausea, aiding in liver cleansing, and boosting your immune system.

Green Juice novices be warned: this smoothie packs a punch, between the serious dose of green veggies and the spice of the ginger. If you’re new to green juice, you may want to temper it with a bit more apple or add some pineapple to make it sweeter.

Mean Green Ginger Smoothie

  • 1 C water
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 4-5 Kale leaves, no big stems
  • 2 inches ginger, peeled
  • 1 or 2 apples
  • 1 c ice

Place in blender in the order listed above and process on the “smoothie” function on the Vitamix.

If you’re using a less powerful blender, puree just the water, kale leaves, and lemon first – then add the firmer apple and ginger and ice, and blend on high until smooth. That’s all there is to it! This makes a massive smoothie – about 20 oz.

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