I recently finished a self-designed ‘smoothie cleanse’ which I am working on sharing with you in the coming weeks.
I’m not going to lie, at times I found it a challenge, especially around the 3pm munchie hour. But because I only chose to cleanse for 5 days it wasn’t too much of a trip to complete!
I have quite a full-on training programme at the moment, so I needed to fill the gap by making my smoothies quite substantial. I used allot of ingredients like oats & bananas, as well as healthy fats like avocado and coconut oil.
One of the main staple ingredients I used for allot of my smoothies was almond milk. I prefer making nutmilks myself because you know what your getting. Store bought cartons tend to come with sugar, preservatives, stabilisers, and other not-so-natural ingredients.
In addition to being more natural, making your own is dead easy.
In this recipe I have used almonds, but feel free to experiment with different nuts ie: hazelnuts, or cashew nuts. I personally prefer almond milk, because it is the most alkaline, and I prefer the flavour.
Fresh Almond Milk
- 1 cup organic raw almonds soaked for up to 8 hours, then rinsed
- 2 – 3 cups of purified water
- 1/2 tsp honey
- tiny pinch of salt
Blend ingredients until fine. Strain through a nutmilk bag or fine sieve and serve.
Keep refrigerated for up to 2-3 days.
Use your nutmilk on cereals, in your morning cuppa or in baking and cooking!
You can also jazz up your nutmilk by adding a bit of honey and cacao for a yummy chocolate milk drink.
OR…If you have a milk frother, this is my absolute new fav..
Turmeric ginger and cinnamon latte
1 cup almond milk
small thumb of ginger, minced fine
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, plus extra for dusting
1/2 tsp turmeric (see health benefits here)
Place all ingredients except the nutmilk in your favourite tea cup and create a paste.
Heat the milk separately then using your milk frother, steam until foamy. Add a small amount of milk to the paste and mix before adding the rest of the milk. Spoon some of the foam on top and dust with a bit of cinnamon.