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Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Drinks & Smoothies, Uncategorized

Homemade Cashew Milk

Homemade Cashew Milk

This recipe is so unbelievably easy and delicious.

I have been buying unsweetened vanilla for several years because of my tummy’s negative reaction to dairy, and I recently started making my own nut milks within the last year. Although I believe store-bought non-dairy milk is better than most chemical/hormone ridden, and unsustainable dairy milk at the store, most non-dairy nut milks still contain unnecessary chemicals. Who needs Carrageenan when you can blend up your own creamy delicious nut milk in a few minutes, for a fraction of the price? Not me! 🙂 The upfront cost may be slightly more, to purchase a bag of raw almonds (typically around $8), but you only need a small amount to make a week’s worth of milk. A bag of cashews will make probably 10 batches of this recipe.

Cashew Milk Cashews

 

I started out making almond milk, which is (almost) equally delicious, but is a slightly more time-consuming to make because the almond meal must be filtered out, typically using a cheese cloth. It is nice to have the almond meal to use later in recipes, but as you probably know by now – I am all about quick and easy…thus came my transformation to cashew milk. Because cashews get much softer than almonds, they get completely pureed, and there aren’t any nut pieces left to filter out of the milk. Cashews have more natural (good!) fat than almonds, so they are creamier. I LOVE creamy flavors without dairy (cue my healthy Spinach Artichoke dip).

 

Soak the cashews for at least 6 hours in water.

Cashew Milk soaking

Rinse them, then add 2 dates (or more/less depending on how sweet you want it) and additional water. A little splash of pure vanilla extract is yummy too!

cashew milk blender

 

Blend! Blend! Blend! Until smooth and creamy (no more cashew pieces).

cashew milk blending

 

Add water if you want it to be thinner. I typically do a 1:4 cashew to water ratio.

Cashew Milk finish

 

Enjoy this cashew milk in place of any other dairy or non-dairy milk – recipes, smoothies, a splash with coffee or tea, healthy hot chocolate, or with your favorite granola!

 

Homemade Cashew Milk
 
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ c raw cashews
  • 2 c filtered water
  • 2 pitted dates (more/less depending on how sweet you want it to be)
  • Splash Vanilla Extract, optional
Instructions
  1. Soak the cashews for at least 6 hours, or preferably, overnight, with enough water to cover them.
  2. Drain the water in the container and rinse them several times, or under running water for about a minute.
  3. Place cashews in blender.
  4. Add 2 cups clean water.
  5. Add dates, and vanilla extract (if desired).
  6. Blend, until completely smooth.
  7. Enjoy!
Notes
I often make a very viscous batch at the beginning of the week, and dilute it throughout the week when I'm actually going to use to use it.
Dates should be soft. If they are not, consider soaking them in a little water over night as well. You don't want to drain/dispose this water though, because it will take with it a lot of the sweetness.

xoxo

♥Teresa

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Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in Drinks & Smoothies, Uncategorized

Healthy Hot Chocolate (GF + Vegan)

Healthy Hot Chocolate (GF + Vegan)

…need I say more?

 

I feel like I have reverted back to my childhood this winter…making hot chocolate regularly and bringing that to work while my coworkers sip on their dark cups of coffee. My body has always reacted poorly to caffeine, causing headaches and tummy aches that last all day. I love starting my mornings at work with a warm beverage to enjoy.

Healthy Hot Chocolate

A few years ago, I started making non-dairy milk steamers to change up my daily morning herbal tea routine. Since then, I have gone beyond plain warmed milk by adding various spices. I started making Nutrition Stripped warm Turmeric Milk, which I HIGHLY recommend trying, then thought it may be tasty to add in some raw cacao…then more cacao…until I ended up with hot chocolate, with a dash of turmeric. Turmeric has been used in Eastern cultures as a healing spice for centuries. Turmeric Milk has been a long tradition in Eastern cultures as well, and has become one of my absolute favorites.

Hot chocolate mixes found in the supermarket are sugar laden, and some contain powdered dairy milk (which what even is that?!). While they may give you an initial sugar rush, they will leave you feeling groggy.

healthy hot chocolate cashews

This superfood healthy hot chocolate is loaded with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, and healthy fats (from the milk), as well as Iron and Manganese…so make yourself a warm cup of hot cocoa, maybe topping it with some coconut whipped cream for an especially delicious treat. It will give you a little kick and leave you feeling re-energized.

Healthy hot chocolate spices

 

Healthy Hot Chocolate (GF + Vegan)
 
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Recipe type: Drink
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ c Unsweetened Almond or Cashew Milk (homemade is best!)
  • ½ c Filtered Water
  • 1 tbsp Raw Cacao Powder
  • ½ tsp Maca Powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • ½ tbsp Honey, or Maple Syrup
  • Dash of Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Fresh Cracked Pepper
Instructions
  1. Warm the milk and water, on stove or microwave
  2. Blend or whisk in remaining ingredients
  3. Enjoy!
Notes
Feel free to play around with the ratios and measurements of the ingredients
Adding a tsp of Extra Virgin coconut oil will make it extra creamy and give it an additional boost of healthy fats

 Hope everyone had a beautiful Valentine’s Day! 

xoxo

♥Teresa

 

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Posted by on Dec 13, 2014 in Breakfast, Drinks & Smoothies, LIFESTYLE, RECIPES, Uncategorized

WHY (and HOW) to Cleanse During the Holiday Season

WHY (and HOW) to Cleanse During the Holiday Season

November and December are filled with one holiday get together after another, with spreads of typically not healthiest foods and lots of alcohol flowing. The holidays are a time to celebrate and have fun with family, friends, and coworkers.

Alcohol makes us bloated. The high amount of sugar and refined carbohydrates that usually make up the buffet at holiday events send our blood sugar on a roller coaster ride, with a surge of energy followed by an energy crash, and craving more quick and high in sugar foods and beverages. Feeling physically and mentally groggy and fatigued is not how you want to spend your holiday season!

I am not at all encouraging you to prohibit yourself from all the treats. Enjoy yourself, and don’t feel guilty about eating that cookie or drinking that goblet mulled wine. Exclusively banning yourself from enjoying some of the best the holidays have to offer (FOOD, duh!) can make you the Grinch, resentfully sitting in the corner by yourself watching everyone else have a jolly time.

I am willing to admit I have a tendency to go overboard during the holidays a little bit, or maybe a lot bit…but why wait until the New Year to get back on track? Feeling great can always start right now, in this present moment! Maybe you let your regularly healthy diet go a little during the weekends, and follow this cleanse during the week, allowing your body to reset before delving into more holiday festivities. Cleansing is a short period of strict eating/drinking to allow your body to literally clean itself out of toxins. I’m also not suggesting you go all out and eat everything in sight on the weekends and just spinach leaves all week. Enjoying the treats at holiday get-togethers is not about an all or nothing approach; it’s about finding a happy and healthy balance for you and your body.

Participating in a cleanse during (and before and after!) the holidays prevents you from developing destructive eating habits that become hard to break, and building up toxins to a point they are extra hard to get rid of. If you spend the entire season binge eating sugar and refined carbohydrates, the likelihood your body will develop intense cravings (a type of addiction) to these types of foods and drinks is significantly higher.

 

Right when you wake up:

8 Oz. filtered water

Followed by Detox Tonic

  • ¼ C Aloe Vera Gel or ½ C Aloe Vera Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Sprinkle of Cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 10 Oz. Filtered Water

Breakfast:

PLWF Green Smoothie for a heavier breakfast

or

Orange Ginger (Blended) Juice
 
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 Clementine or Orange
  • ½ In. Fresh Ginger Root
  • 1 Large Carrot, chopped
  • ¾ C Pure Coconut Water
  • ¾ C Filtered Water
  • ½ Organic Apple
  • Dash of turmeric (optional)
  • Juice of Half a Lemon
Instructions
  1. Combine ginger root, chopped carrot, coconut water, filtered water, and apple in blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Add clementine/orange, lemon juice, turmeric (if desired). Blend until smooth.
  3. You can filter out the left over pulp using a cheese cloth, but I prefer to drink that as well to get the extra fiber.
  4. Enjoy!

 

Hydrate: 16 oz. filtered Water – infuse with lemon, and/or fresh fruit!

 

Lunch:

My Beet Massaged Kale salad

Kale Beet Walnut Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hydrate: 16 oz. filtered water – include with lemon, and/or fresh fruit!

 

Dinner: My Easy Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Lazy Winter Soup 2

 

Hydrate: 2 cups (16 oz.) no caffeine herbal tea

 

Repeat for as many days as you would like! Feel great and look great during this holiday season!

 

Stay tuned for more wintery recipes and holiday related topics!

 

xoxo

♥Teresa

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Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Drinks & Smoothies, RECIPES, Uncategorized

PLWF Green Smoothie

PLWF Green Smoothie

 

 

This is THE green smoothie recipe. Super creamy and not at all tasting of the spinach, kale, & avocado (the WHAT?!) which reside in it!

Avocado

If you told me a few years ago that I would be consuming green colored beverages on a daily basis, I would have looked at you like you were crazy. Now I can’t get enough green in my smoothies! Adding any greens (spinach, kale, collard greens, lettuce) to your smoothies is a quick and easy way to get in those extra nutrients.

If you’re just starting to try out adding leafy greens to your smoothies, this is the recipe for you! I highly recommend beginning with lettuce and/or spinach, as they have the least bitter/intense flavors.

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I LOVE creamy smoothies, so bananas are a must in all my smoothies. Plus, they’re super sweet for natural sweetener! Adding the avocado adds the healthy fats to the smoothie, and makes it even more deliciously creamy!

 

PLWF Green Smoothie
 
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Recipe type: Drinks & Smoothies
Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • 1-2 Frozen Banana(s)
  • Handful Spinach (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (homemade is best!)
  • ¼ Avocado
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Flaxseed
  • ⅓ Cup Frozen Mango or Peaches
  • Handful Kale, if desired
  • ½ inch piece of Fresh Ginger Root, if desired (gives it a serious spicy kick!)
Instructions
  1. Blend together (high speed blender preferable for utmost creaminess!) frozen banana, peach/mango, spinach/kale, (ginger root), & almond milk.
  2. Add avocado & ground flax seed. Blend in.
  3. If desired, top with Dried Unsweetened Coconut Flakes, Cacao Nibs, or Granola - Crunch = Yummy!
  4. Enjoy!

 

I hope you love it as much as I do! Like all smoothies, the measurements don’t have to be exact. You can play around with amounts to get the perfect flavor and texture for you! More banana will increase creaminess & sweetness. More avocado will increase creaminess, but too much may be bitter. More spinach will decrease creaminess and make it a bit more gritty. Do whatever you want to make it your own!

And as always, feedback is welcomed! Cheers to green dranks!

xoxo

♥Teresa

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