Homemade Almond Milk

Ingredients

  • almond milk 51 Cup of Almonds (soaked in cold water over night)
  • 3 Cups of Water
  • 1 Teaspoon of Sweetener (optional)

 Here’s what to do:

  • Soak the almonds over night or for 8 hours.
  • Rinse the almonds and throw away the water.
  • Place almonds in blender and add 3 cups of cold water. Blend until you get a white “milky” solution.
  • almond milk 3Using a cheese-cloth, strain the milk (I used the instrument on the picture, this is what we use in Venezuela to filter coffee..it works just fine!); place cloth over a deep bowl and pour the almond milk; the liquid should go through and the cloth should retain the leftover shredded almonds. Squeeze out as much milk as possible.
  • Place in sealed container and refrigerate!

With the leftover shredded almonds you can make Almond Flour:

  • Place the shredded almonds in the oven at 180 C for about 20 minutes, until dry and toasted.
  • Take out of the oven and allow to cool.
  • Place in blender and shred for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until flour consistency is achieved!

Compared to cow milk, almond milk is a much healthier choice! Give it a try and introduce it in your everyday diet!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.

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The Spinach Juice: Pop-eye’s Breakfast Juice!

popeyes drink 2Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of Fresh Spinach
  • ½ Banana
  • 1 small Orange or Mandarin (juiced)
  • 1 large slice of Pineapple (juiced about ¼ to 1/2 cup)
  • 1 very small chunk of Fresh Ginger (Optional)
  • 2 tbs Chia Seeds (Optional)
  • 1 tbs of Plain Greek Yogurt (Optional)

 

What I did:

Juiced the pineapple, mandarin and ginger and put it in the blender together with the spinach, greek yogurt, chia seeds and banana and blended until smooth. Serve with loads of ice.

I have been drinking spinach juices before and after my workouts for quite some time now, and just recently found out how beneficial it is to eat spinach on a daily basis!! Apparently, it helps your eyes look brighter, your skin healthier-looking complexion, can boost strength and increase muscle growth!!! Read more about it in my Food Tips post, About Spinach!

xoxo,

Yoggi B

Cucumber Lemonade – Healthy Detox Water

Detox Lemonade 4Ingredients

  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 small Cucumber
  • 10 Mint Leaves
  • 1 small piece of Fresh Ginger Juiced (Optional)
  • 1 to 2 Liters of Water

A friend of mine recently asked me to help her find a flavored water she could drink all day, everyday. Like me, she is not in the habit of drinking a lot of water during the day, which as we all know may lead to problems with our health! So this week I have been experimenting with making healthy, naturally flavored waters, and also reading about healthy detox waters that may help with weight loss!

I found out that for this specific detox water recipe every ingredient has its purpose: Cucumber has diuretic properties which help flush toxins; Mint aids in digestion and also gives a nice flavor to the water; lemon is loaded with vitamin C; and ginger helps improve the body’s absorption of nutrients!

Here’s how I make this Healthy Detox Water:

  • Detox Lemonade 5Wash and Cut the cucumber, cut the lemon and add to a jar.
  • Add the mint.
  • Add just a tiny splash of juiced ginger (optional) and a 1/2 lemon juice.
  • Add the water and place in fridge for about 1 hour or 2.
  • This is how to typically make Lemon Cucumber Detox water.

Now, During my last trip to Venezuela, my mom got me in the habit of drinking a nice and cold glass of sparkling water with a couple of drops of freshly squeezed lemon every morning; She told me how it would help boost my immune system because of the vitamin C. I generally liked the idea so I have been doing that since last September. This week since I have been reading about Detox waters I decided to combine all that into my “daily ritual”!

Detox Lemonade 2So here’s what I call my “Detox Cucumber Lemonade”:

  • Cut the 1/4 cucumber and 1/2 lemon and add it to a really big/tall glass. 
  • Add 5 mint leaves and ginger juice.
  • Add a can of soda or a bottle of sparkling water.
  • Squeeze 1/4 of a lemon juice.
  • Drink up! Once I finish this mix I will re-use the ingredients in it and make a regular pitcher of Detox water. 

It is so important to drink enough water every day (2 liters per day is what’s recommended)!! Aside from obvious health reasons, keeping properly hydrated helps with weight loss!! Has it ever happened to you that you feel like you are still hungry, even after you have eaten what you know is a sensible portion?? Well, sometimes our bodies confuse thirst with hunger…so when you drink enough water during the day, it becomes a lot easier to recognize when you are actually hungry and in need of food, and when it’s just a random craving!

Hope this helps!!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.

 

The All-Greens Breakfast Smoothie!!

All-Green SmoothieIngredients

  • 1 handful of Spinach
  • 1 handful of Kale
  • 2 stalks of Celery
  • 1 Pear
  • 1 Green Apple
  • 1/2 Banana
  • 1/2 cup of Green Tea
  • 1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds

With a Juicer, juice the Celery, pear and Apple.

Warm up 1/2 cup of water, place one Green Tea Bag and allow to cool. I had done this beforehand and had left it the fridge to cool a bit.

Place the leaves, the Spinach and Kale, in a blender as well as the 1/2 banana, and add all the liquids. Blend until smooth, for about 2 minutes.

Add the Chia Seeds and mix them in, serve with loads of Ice and Enjoy!!!!

I’ve been adding Green Tea to my Smoothies lately after reading a bit about all the wonderful benefits of including it in your daily diet. Read my post about the Benefits of the All-Greens Monster to find out how each of the ingredients of this smoothie benefits your health!! When writing that post I realized how much of a Energizing Health BOMB this smoothie is!!!

Hope you like it and Drink a Rainbow Every day!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.

My Strawberry Tropical Smoothie

strawberry tropicalIngredients

  • 10 small Fresh Strawberries
  • 1 small Banana 
  • 1/4 cup of Chopped Pineapple
  • 1 Cucumber (Juiced)
  • 1 handful of Lettuce (Optional)
  • 1 tbs of Chia Seeds (Optional)
  • 1 tbs of Goji Berries (Optional)

 

Yes, you read correctly, a handful of lettuce! It sounds a little strange, I know, but now that my body got used to juicing greens like spinach and kale, I’ve decided to spice it up and try some new mixes; plus I read a few weeks ago that introducing lettuce to the usual “Green Juice” has diuretic benefits and thus helping with weight-loss. Since I had a couple carb-filled days this past week (Sunday and Monday), introducing what I call “diuretic fruits & veggies” to my morning juices is my way to help my body flush out the excess water I may have been retaining.

Lettuce doesn’t really have a strong taste, so in this smoothie the taste of fruits completely takes over and I couldn’t even tell it had lettuce in it.

So, Here’s what I did:

  • The night before I chopped and froze the banana and pineapple, you can do this with the strawberries if you want too; I did this to give the “smoothie” consistency I wanted today.
  • In a blender I put in the lettuce, frozen fruits, cucumber juice, goji berries and chia seeds (if using) and blended until smooth.
  • Because the mix was quite thick, I added about a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water and Served it with ice .
  • Enjoy!!

It’s quite a refreshing drink and if you don’t feel like adding lettuce, try spinach, kale or just don’t add any veggies at all and just make a fruit smoothie! Either way, just Drink the Rainbow everyday!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.

Oat’s Series 7: The PINK Smoothie!

pink smoothieIngredients

  • 5 Strawberries
  • ¼ cup of Pomegranate de-Seeded and Juiced
  • 1 thick slice of Pineapple Juiced
  • ½ Banana
  • 4 tbs of My Mom’s Oatmeal
  • 2 tbs of Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tbs of Chia Seeds (optional)

 

Another smoothie for “Drinking the Rainbow”!!

I love the color Pink and I love this refreshing pink, easy and fast to make smoothie, perfect for the spring weather! Though this smoothie has a lot of fruits and not any veggies, I consider it a bit of a Diuretic smoothie, since it has pomegranate, pineapples and oats. So aside from being my favorite color, this smoothie is also good for fighting against liquid retention!!!

Here’s what I did:

  • Juice the Pomegranate seeds and the pineapple.
  • Chop the strawberries and bananas and place in blender.
  • Add the juiced fruits, greek yogurt to the blender and Oatmeal.
  • Blend until smooth and add the chia seeds, if using.

Serve with ice and enjoy it!!!!

A little Tip about this smoothie:I usually have this juice when I have been through a few “decadent days”. Basically, last weekend was my bf’s bday, so I made quite a few decadent options to eat and had a lot of them. I don’t feel that I overate, since I didn’t have a “food baby” belly the next day or anything….but has it ever happened to you that you notice your fingers are a little swollen after having a decadent food??? That’s how I was feeling, which is just a sing of water retention! So I’ve had this Breakfast Smoothie for the past few days and already my fingers feel a lot better!!! The diuretic properties of its ingredients, help the body to get rid of that excess liquid I may have been carrying over due to the food choices I made this weekend. Try to Listen to your body and nourish it accordingly!!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.  

Oat’s Series 5: My Tropical Oatmeal Smoothie!

IngredientsTROPICAL OATMEAL SMOOTHIE

  • 1 handful of Spinach
  • 1 handful of Kale
  • ½ Banana
  • ½ Cucumber (Juiced)
  • ½ cup of Pineapple (Juiced)
  • 1 Cheek of a Mango
  • 4 Strawberries
  • 4 tbs of My Mom’s Oatmeal
  • 2 tbs of Chia Seeds (Optional)

After such a colorful day yesterday, I really felt inspired to start today by having something colorful and healthy for breakfast…and this smoothie I came up with reminds me of the colors of the tropic!! So…my Tropical Oatmeal Smoothie!

Here’s what I did:

  • I juiced the pineapple and mixed it in a blender with the mango and 2 tbs of oatmeal. I blended until I got a thick, bright yellow mix. I served it.
  • Rinsed the blender. Juiced the cucumber and added it to the blender together with most of the banana, spinach and kale. Mixed until smooth but still a thick mix. Served on glass carefully over the mango mix.
  • Rinsed the blender and mixed in the rest of the banana, strawberries and other 2 tbs of Oatmeal. Blend until smooth. Serve on top.

To be honest I was hoping the strawberry layer would come up a lot thicker, but I was a bit too liquid and it went through the spinach. The taste was still amazing and the pink in the green gives it a nice colorful touch, in my opinion! But maybe next time I will try adding some more banana or just some greek yogurt to ensure the texture is as I want it!

I think I am getting closer to literally making a Rainbow Drink as much as I do! LOL

I hope you enjoy drinking the rainbow!!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.