Do It Yourself: Almond Milk

Almond milk isn’t anything new – nearly everyone knows what it is. It’s a great alternative for those who are lactose intolerant or vegan, or even for those who just hate cow’s milk. But haven’t you ever wondered how almond milk is made? You can’t really “milk” an almond like you can milk a cow… so how the heck do you get milk from an almond?? I’ll tell ya! It’s much simpler than you think!

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Ingredients:

  • ½ c. raw almonds, soaked
  • 2 c. water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. liquid sweetener (honey, agave, maple syrup, etc.)

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First things first. Soak your almonds. Place your almonds in a bowl of water. Let your almonds sit in the water over night (or for 8 hours).

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After 8 hours, drain the water from your almonds and rinse.

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Place your 1/2 cup of soaked almonds into a blender with 2 cups of fresh, filtered water. Blend until the almonds are finely ground and the liquid is a milky color. If you choose, add the vanilla and sweetener. Blend again.

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Grab a jar (or other container) and begin to strain the almond”pulp” from the liquid using a nut milk bag (you can find these cheap on Amazon!) or a cheese cloth. I don’t recommend using a coffee filter because they tend to rip once soaked, letting the “pulp” back into the strained liquid… nobody wants gritty almond milk.

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Once you’ve strained the liquid and almonds and have only the liquid in the jar, gently squeeze the remaining almond in the cheese cloth or nut milk bag, making sure not to let the pulp get into the liquid.

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That’s it! Once you’re done, store in the fridge. This recipe makes a very small batch, about 2 cups. For a larger batch, multiply the recipe. The important thing to keep in mind is to maintain a 1:4 ratio of almonds to water.

Let me know how this works for you!

Naturally,

Ari.

Activated Charcoal Lemonade

When life gives you lemons, make charcoal lemonade.

What?! Charcoal lemonade?? Yes! I said it. Charcoal lemonade. Before you say “forget that” and close your browser, hear me out!

When you read “charcoal” you’re probably thinking of the charcoal you use in the grill. It’s similar but it’s not the same! Activated charcoal typically comes in powder form (either loose powder or in capsules) and is tasteless and odorless. Activated charcoal is known for it’s detoxifying properties. It absorbs toxins and can help eliminate them from our systems. Some things that activated charcoal has been claimed to help with are bloat, gas, skin health, digestion, cholesterol reduction, and teeth whitening. This activated charcoal lemonade tastes just like the tasty summer drink, just with some extra health benefits!

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Ingredients:

  • 5 c. of filtered water
  • 3-4 lemons (enough to make 3/4 c. – 1c. of juice)
  • 2 tsp. activated charcoal
  • natural sweetener of choice to taste (stevia, agave, honey, maple syrup, etc.)
  • optional – a few drops of lemon essential oil, herbs (mint, rosemary, thyme, etc.)

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Juice your lemons. I find that rolling your lemons on a hard surface before cutting them in half helps to make them easier to juice.

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Pour your juice, water and sweetener of choice into a pitcher (I used stevia). Stir until all components are combined.

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Add in your activated charcoal and stir. I purchased mine on Amazon in powder form. When using the activated charcoal, be careful. It’s very easy to get powder everywhere and it can stain clothing and counter tops (although I’ve clumsily spilled and haven’t had an issue with stains yet!).

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This lemonade can be as sweet or as tart as you like! It is slightly textured but unless you have intense texture issues, it won’t even phase you.

Hopefully you venture out and try this charcoal lemonade!

Naturally,

Ari