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HOME MADE ALMOND MILK (so easy!)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • Water
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt (optional)
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Dates, raw honey, pure maple syrup, agave, stevia (to taste, optional)

Instructions

  • Soak 1 cup raw almonds overnight. Throw out the water the next day.
  • Blend almonds with 4 cups of fresh water.
  • Strain mixture through nut milk bag or very fine strainer.
  • If adding in optional ingredients, pour milk back into blender and add a pinch of salt, cinnamon, desired sweetener and vanilla extract.

Tips and tricks:

  • Your milk will separate after a little while in the fridge.  This is normal just give it a good shake.
  • Your almond milk will last about 5-7 days in the fridge.
  • You can freeze your almond milk.
  • To make coffee creamer: use less water (maybe half) and add whatever sweetener you like.

A few variations:

  • Macadamia Coconut Milk: instead of almonds, soak ½ cup raw, unsalted macadamia nuts and ½ cup unsweetened, shredded coconut overnight. Drain and follow the rest of the steps above.
  • Cashew Oat Milk: instead of almonds, soak ½ cup raw, unsalted cashews and ½ cup steel cut oats overnight. Drain and follow the rest of the steps above.

 

LOW FAT GUACAMOLE

INGREDIENTS

1 cup canned green peas, rinsed and drained or 1 cup fresh or frozen green peas.

1 ripe avocado

½ cup salsa

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 green onion, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro

1 garlic clove, minced or pressed

½ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  1. If using fresh or frozen peas, blanch them in boiling water for 2 minutes to soften. Drain well and immediately rinse under cold water to prevent further cooking.
  2. Cut the avocado in half lengthwise. Twist to separate the halves, remove the pit and scoop out the flesh.
  3. For chunky guacamole: mash the avocado and peas together using a potato masher or fork.
  4. For a creamier texture: combine the avocado and peas in a food processor.
  5. Add the salsa, lemon juice, green onion, cilantro, garlic and cumin and stir or process until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

*Guacamole is best served the day it is made but if you have leftover, store in tightly covered container in the refrigerator. Guacamole will keep for up to 1 day.

Adapted from Neal Barnard, MD recipe

“GOLDEN MILK” Turmeric Tea

Golden Milk tea is a great way to get the benefits of turmeric daily and its delicious!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of milk of choice (almond, coconut, etc)
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of black pepper (increases absorption)
  • Pinch of fresh ginger root or 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp raw honey or maple syrup (add more if desired)

Instructions

  • Add the milk to a small pot on the stove and heat on low.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, stirring frequently for a few minutes. Heat mixture but do not bring to a boil.
  • Remove from heat and strain the mixture through a strainer.
  • Froth the top of the milk if desired.

 Notes

If spilled this mixture may stain countertops. Should this happen, try making a thick paste of baking soda and water and scrub the stain.

 

 

BANANA BREAD CHOCOLATE CHIP OAT BARS

BANANA BREAD CHOCOLATE CHIP OAT BARS

Ingredients
2 1/4 cups oats (before blended) (gluten free, if desired)
1/2 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 medium ripe bananas
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup honey (agave nectar if vegan)
1/3 cup chocolate chips (vegan, if desired)

For chocolate drizzle:
2 tablespoons chocolate chips (vegan, if desired)
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9×9 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. To make oat flour: Place oats into blender or food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes until oatmeal resembles flour. You may need to stop blender and stir oats a couple of times to ensure that all oats have been blended. Transfer oat flour medium bowl; whisk in baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; set aside.
3. Place bananas, vanilla, applesauce, and honey into blender; blend 1-2 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Add to oat flour mixture and mix until just combined.
4. Gently fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly with rubber spatula. Bake for 15 minutes or until knife inserted into center comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached. Cool 10-15 minutes on wire rack.
5. Prepare drizzle by adding 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips and coconut oil in microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high 30 seconds; stir well to combine then drizzle over the top of bars. Cut bars into 16 squares and enjoy!
Notes: Bars can be frozen. Simply bake, cool, cut; store in ziploc bag. Reheat individually for 30 seconds in microwave. Extra ripe bananas are best for this recipe.

Nutrition Information
Serves: 16
Serving size: 1 bar
Calories: 116
Fat: 2.9g
Carbohydrates: 21.8g
Sugar: 10.8g
Fiber: 2.2g
Protein: 1.7g

http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com

CHOCOLATE CINNAMON BREAD PUDDING

Minutes to Prepare: 10

Minutes to Cook: 35

Number of Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 5 slices whole-wheat or white bread, torn into small pieces
  • 2 large eggs
  • 12 ounces evaporated skim milk
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 cups nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil an 8-inch square baking dish. Spread the bread in the dish in an even layer. In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the evaporated skim milk, brown sugar, cocoa, vanilla, and cinnamon. Whisk until the sugar and cocoa dissolve. Pour the cocoa mixture over the bread. With a fork, mix in any unsoaked bread pieces. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top and let stand for 10 minutes. Bake for 35 minutes, or until puffed and set in the center. Serve warm, with a scoop of the frozen yogurt on top.

Nutrition Info (per serving)

  • Calories: 426
  • Fat: 5.3 g
  • Carbs: 92.7 g
  • Fiber: 3.8 g
  • Protein: 15.0 g

Recipe from sparkpeople.com

 

NON-DAIRY STRAWBERRY/ BANANA ICE CREAM

Ingredients (makes about 4 cups)

  • ½ cup (or less) non-dairy milk alternative (coconut, soy, rice, almond, etc)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 or 2 frozen bananas
  • 12 ounces frozen strawberries

 

Directions (these are for a Vitamix, modify for a regular blender…you will need a strong blender!)

Add ingredients to blender in the order listed, keeping the cap of the lid off. Set to frozen dessert setting, turn on, and use the tamper to push the frozen fruit down towards the blades.

If you don’t have a frozen dessert setting, pulse several times to break up the bananas and strawberries, then turn on and run for a few minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the blender.

 

WHAT’S IN MY KITCHEN

As a Nutritionist/ Health coach people often ask me what I eat.  Rather than talk about specific meals, here are some specific foods I always keep around and what I use them for (this is not an all inclusive list, however 99% of the time you will find these in my kitchen).

Fruits:

  • Apples – snack, with or without almond butter
  • Berries – in hot/cold cereal, in smoothies, as dessert w/ cinnamon
  • Lemons – my AM detox drink w/ water, in salad dressing, with hot tea
  • Avocado – in salads, spread for wraps, healthy fat for smoothies, smashed on rice cakes
  • Tomatoes – in salads or sliced w/ avocado for snacks

Vegetables: (plus whatever is in season)

  • Spinach/kale – for salads, in wraps, sautéed or in smoothies
  • Broccoli or cauliflower – steamed or oven roasted
  • Carrots – for salads or snacks w/ hummus
  • Sweet potato – baked
  • Trader Joes’s frozen artichoke hearts – fast and easy to add to meals

Protein: (I don’t eat red meat or pork)

  • Tofu – baked or lightly fried in coconut oil
  • Arbonne vegan protein powder – for smoothies
  • Eggs – for breakfast or lunch (sometimes I eat breakfast foods for lunch)
  • Organic/hormone-free sliced turkey – for wraps or snack
  • Black/garbanzo beans – in salads or “bowls”
  • Quinoa – with veggies, eggs, side dish
  • Hummus – spread for wraps or w/ carrots for snacks

Others:

  • Coconut water – for extra hydration after workouts
  • Almond/coconut milk – for cereal, smoothies and coffee
  • Hemp/chia/sesame seeds – add to cereal, salads, smoothies
  • Walnuts/almonds – add to cereal, salads, smoothies, snack
  • Coconut oil – cooking, smoothies, add to coffee
  • Cinnamon – I add this to everything! Cereal, smoothies, coffee, on apples
  • Almond butter – in smoothies, with apples
  • Brown rice thins – topped w/ smashed avocado, almond butter, etc
  • Trader Joes super dark chocolate – because it makes me happy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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