- 1 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.
- Using 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!
- 1 Large Pineapple
- 1 Large Melon
- 1/2 Kilo of Strawberries
- 1/2 Kilo Grapes
You’ll also need:
- Different Shapes Cookie Cutters (flower shape, hearts, moons, etc)
- Wooden Skewers
- A Vase
Last time I went back home to Venezuela, I was able to be at my big brother’s birthday party…that is were I first saw a beautifully made, but store-bought, flower bouquet! I thought the concept was great! I mean a beautiful decoration that is also a healthy snack for your guests!! So when I had the chance, once back here in Greece, I decided to give it a try and make one myself with some fresh fruits I got from the Farmer’s Market!
This is super easy and quick to make, which is great since fruits can get a little ugly-looking when cut for a long time….I made this Fruit Bouquet about 1 hour before my friend’s Baby Shower (but I was done within 30 mins).
Here’s what I did:
- Peel and Cut the fruits, let’s take the pineapple as an example: Take off all of the skin from the pineapple and slice it horizontally into pieces that are about 1 cm thick.
- Take the Cookie cutter shaped as a flower, place it right in the middle of each pineapple slice, so that the hard center of the pineapple lines up with the center of the cookie cutter, and press down your cookie cutter until it comes out the other side, having as a result a nice pineapple flower.
- Repeat this procedure with the rest of your pineapple slices, and do the same for the melon. I made melon hearts and moons.
- Once you have all your Pineapple Flowers, melon hearts and moons ready, take a wooden skewer and pinch the fruit with it:
- For the melon I pinched the moons vertically so that I could place them as a supporting base layer in the vase and help support the rest of the fruit.
- The pineapples I pinched horizontally allowing about 1 cm of the tip to come through. Then I took either a grape or a strawberry and pinched it to the tip of each pineapple flower. I placed these on top of the melon moons, making a second level/layer in the vase.
- Take the leftover strawberries and grapes and stick them individually in a skewer and place them all right in the center of the vase, filling up all possible empty spaces.
I then tied some bows around the vase for decoration and served!! It was such a hit! The fruits were incredibly refreshing given the weather…we ate them all by the end of the baby shower, even the little kids wanted to try the “flowers”! And honestly, it took me about a half hour to make….easy, breezy!
Give it a try! Healthy, beautiful and so fitting for Spring Time!!