And what a beautiful afternoon it is, actually what a beautiful weekend it was! My Mom and Dad came up for a visit. I am so thankful to have the parents I do, they will make the long drive to see us, even if it is just for a couple of days! I think the older I get, the more I need them (who woulda thought? ;)). It never gets an easier to say goodbye, so today I wanted to keep myself busy to avoid feeling sad. I certainly have no problem finding things to do, preferably in the kitchen or on the BBQ!
So what I did I do today? I made my own Almond Milk! Why did I do this? On a daily check of my Facebook account, I had a status update on my News Feed from DynamicRedhead Diet and Fitness Coaching, and she often will give the ingredients in a product and ask you to guess what it is and if you would eat it. Well one day she gave the ingredients to a mystery product, and asked if you would consume that product. My instant reaction was NO, but after I read the ingredients again I knew instantly what that product was, it was ALMOND MILK! Now it is not the first time I read the ingredients in Almond Milk (and was a bit weary of them), but I guess this is the first time it really hit home with me just what was in it. I know, I know, just when you think you are doing something healthy for yourself, it ends up not being as healthy as you thought. Don’t use this as an excuse to throw in the towel, take it as a learning curve and move on. I take news like this with a grain of salt, and instead of giving up, I find a healthier alternative. Soo right after I read that post, I of course found out how to make my own almond milk, and seriously it was the easiest thing I have ever made!
Here is how I did it…
1 cup Almonds (soak them in a bowl of water for 24 hours)
7-8 cups Filtered water
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1. Drain water from bowl of almonds, and place the almonds in a blender (I used a Vitamix, but any blender should be just fine).
2. Add 7-8 cups of filtered water to blender.
3. Add cinnamon and vanilla extract to blender. I also added a few drops of liquid stevia.
4. Blend all ingredients for a few minutes.
Your Almond Milk should look something like this. It should be a very light beige color (also depends on how much vanilla extract you use) and be frothy on the top.
5. After you have blended all your ingredients, get your mesh strainer, place a jug (or container of some sort) underneath the strainer and pour your milk through the strainer. Once all of the milk has been strained you will be left will almond pulp. You can use the left over almond pulp for baking, add it to your oatmeal, or any other way you can think of.
What your will be left with is a fresh jug of almond milk! It should last 2-3 days in the fridge. I decided to double this batch because we use it very frequently, so we shouldn’t have a problem using it all up! Add it to your smoothies, as a soup base or baking! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I have!
I also wanted to share something else I add to my shakes, coconut water. It just happens to have more electrolytes than leading sports drinks, more potassium than 2 bananas and only one ingredient – COCONUT WATER. I will add this to my shakes or water before, during or after a workout (or any form of exercise). It makes my water more exciting and my shakes taste like I am on a tropical vacation! So the next time you are about to grab a sports drink after a workout, grab some coconut water instead! Just be sure the only ingredient is coconut water and there is no sugar added!
As I previously posted I was hoping to get some progress pictures up soon. I know this isn’t the best picture, but I wanted to keep you and myself updated on my progress. I haven’t seen a lot of changes in my body, but the change I have noticed is my strength. Crossfit has helped in the strength department immensely. I can now do 3o push ups, I used to be able to do one (and that was struggling). I can do one strict pull up, one day soon I will be able to do ten! I am continuously a work in progress, but I am happier than ever, in my relationship with my husband, my family, my life in general and most importantly I am finally happy with myself. I am no ways perfect, nor am I striving to be. I am just to trying to become the best me, and give the best of myself to the world.I have found what makes me happy in life, being healthy, fit and surrounding myself with wonderful people. I have the most amazing husband and family that supports me every step of the way, and they support me so much so, that all of them have more than willingly jumped on board with me to become healthy and fit! Taking the first step might be scary, but it is so worth it!
It is Sunday already, so make sure your cooler is packed for work tomorrow and if you workout in the morning, set your gear out on your dresser tonight, or if you workout after work, make sure you gear is packed in your gym bag and ready to go! Preparation is key and being prepared leaves little room for excuses!
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, and is ready to show Monday who is boss 😉