Archive for the ‘Nut Milk Shakes and other Drinks’ Category

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RAW FOOD BASICS : HOW TO MAKE ALMOND MILK

December 4, 2012

 Dear One,

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You can use almond milk in a variety of delicious ways : drink it as is, infuse it with spices to make indian chai, add cacao powder and sweetener for hot chocolate, pour it over muesli or granola, use it in smoothies, pudding and raw ice creams or to make soups creamy, …

Once you try making your own almond milk, believe me, you will never go back to the store-bought variety. Not only does it taste better, it is super easy to make and you have 100% control over what goes into your almond milk. No sugar, no starch, no sunflower oil, just almonds and water.

Almond milk

 

 

Makes 1 litre :

1 cup organic almonds, soaked overnight

4 cups pure fresh water

Drain and rinse the almonds. Place them in your blender with the water and blend thoroughly.

Strain through a nut milk bag or a very fine sieve. Keep the pulp to make raw food cakes.

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ROSEHIP AND LEMON TEA

November 28, 2012

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The rose plant is very versatile. The rose flower will make any woman smile, and the very much edible fruit, the rose hip, can be used to make jam or herbal tea. Rose hips are sometimes brewed with hibiscus flower to make a delicious herbal tea.

Rose hips are particularly high in vitamin C. During World War II, the people of Britain were actually encouraged to make syrup from wild-grown rose hips for their children as Vitamin C supplement. This was because it was very difficult to get hold of citrus fruits imported from the tropics, as many commercial ships were destroyed.

Rose hips also contain plenty of lycopene, some vitamin A and B, essential fatty acids, and anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects.

This lemon – rose hip herbal tea combo will help prevent colds during the winter months.

Serves 1 (makes 1 litre) :

1 tbsp dried Rosehip powder

1 lemon, sliced thin

1 litre freshly boiled water

Put the rosehip and lemon slices in a 1 litre teapot. Pour the water and brew for at least 10 minutes. Sip hot or cold.

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GINGER HIBISCUS FLOWER TEA

November 25, 2012

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Hibiscus flower tea is a herbal tea consumed by people all around the world. It is an infusion made from the deep red petals of the Hibiscus flower and it can be drunk both hot and cold.

It is also referred to as bissap or wonjo in West Africa, sorrel in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago and red sorrel in the wider Caribbean.

Hibiscus tea has a tart, cranberry-like flavour, and sugar is often added to sweeten the beverage.

In some areas the tea is made with a number of spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg and is a traditional Christmas drink. The tea is thought to have been popular with the ancient Egyptians, and even today hibiscus tea is a traditional drink at Egyptian weddings.

Benefits of Hibiscus

  • The tea is packed with vitamin C and can help to fight the symptoms of colds and flu and strengthens the immune system. It has powerful antioxidant properties and can help to remove bacteria from the system. It is useful for preventing and fighting infections.
  • Hibiscus flowers contain high amounts of beneficial bio flavonoids (that give them their intense crimsom colour) that protect cells from free radicals damage.
  • The tea is a mild diuretic, which helps the body to expel toxins, and is often used to lower blood pressure. It can be beneficial for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • The tea is also of benefit to those who wish to lose weight, as it is thought to inhibit the body from absorbing too many carbohydrates.
  • Regular consumption of the tea can keep the body’s bladder function healthy and prevent constipation. It can help to keep the digestive system generally healthy and has a soothing effect on inflammation.
  • Note : While Hibiscus flower tea is very beneficial for PMS, due to its effect on the hormone function of the body (especially estrogens), it is best not to consume it during the first 3 months of pregnancy,  so as n ot to disturb the natural hormonal balance.

Serves 1 (makes 1 litre) :

1 handful dried Hibiscus flowers

1 handful fresh ginger root, cut into thin slivers

1 litre freshly boiled water

Put the hibiscus flowers and gringer root slivers in a 1 litre teapot. Pour the water and brew for at least 10 minutes.

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GOJI CHIA FRESCA

November 21, 2012

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Chia fresca is a very popular drink in Mexico and Central America (where chia seed originates from) : simply stir 2 teaspoons of chia seeds into 250ml of water (you’ll end up with a slightly gelatinous liquid). Add lime or lemon juice and sweeten to taste if you wish, and enjoy.

Chia fresca, as it’s name suggests, is very refreshing (serve it with ice cubes in the summer) and rehydrating.

It is by no means hot in Western Europe at the moment, but (room temperature) chia fresca will keep you well hydrated and satiated throughout the colder months as well, when you tend to drink less. It is actually a great drink for the autumn and winter months :

  • Chia seeds are a great source of complete proteins, so easy to digest that eating them leave you feeling light and nourished. Unlike flax seeds, they don’t need to be ground to access their goodness.
  • Due to their high soluble fibre content, chia seeds absorb liquid and slow down the loss of electrolytes, maintaining the body hydrated for longer. Hydration (not fancy cosmetics …) is the absolute first step for soft plump skin, so I am all in !
  • You will be happy to learn that the soluble fibre in chia seeds also help regulate blood sugar levels, ensuring stable energy levels and greater endurance, especially for all sporty babies out there.

Your basic recipe here is simply pure fresh water and chia seeds.

Adjust the quantity of chia seeds for your preferred consistency. Use white or black chia seeds for different colour effect. Add lemon or lime for a traditional lemonade chia fresca, superfood powders, fruit juice or crushed fruit, dried fruits of your choice for variety, add a dash of sweetener (stevia, xylitol, yacon, agave, coconut palm sugar, honey, maple syrup, …) if you wish …

Serves 1 – makes 1 litre (to be sipped throughout the day) :

1 tbsp white chia seeds

1 tbsp goji berries

1 litre pure fresh water

In a 1 litre mason jar, put the chia seeds and the goji berries. Cover with the water to fill the jar. Screw the lid back on and shake. Allow to stand for at least half an hour, shaking the jar a few times.

It’s ready. Easy peasy. Sip throughout the day for long lasting hydration and nourishment.

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HEMP CRANBERRY SUPERFOOD MILK

November 16, 2012

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Liquid nutrition is the next revolution …

Thin nut or seed milk up your intake of liquids and area great vessel for your daily dose of superfoods / supplements. Because the milk is thin, it is very light on the digestion and the nutrients are easily absorbed. I usually make a whole litre and drink throughout the morning.

To make 1 litre (for 1 to 2 people) :

2 tbsp whole hemp seeds

1 + 3 cups fresh pure water (always use the best water you have access to. Spring water is great)

1 tsp freeze-dried cranberry powder

1 tbsp soy lecithin *(not raw)

1 tbsp camu camu powder

1/2 tsp mucuna

1/4 tsp purple corn extract

Start by preparing a concentrated hemp milk by blending the hemp seeds with 1 cup water. Strain using a nutmilk bag, a cheesecloth or a very fine sieve. Rinse out the blender and return the strained milk to the blender along with the remaining 3 cups of water and all other ingredients. Blend again until smooth.

Enjoy.

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RAW VEGAN CREAMY MACA HEMP MILK

November 7, 2012

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I usually make my nut milks on the thin side (using more water than most people), so that I am not consuming too many nuts or seeds at a time.  But if I am making a small quantity of milk to pour on raw muesli for example, I will sometimes make it thick and creamy like this one.

I always put superfoods in my nut milks. Maca is one that I use several times a week and I like to associate it to suma, which is also an adaptogen, and similar to maca.

Maca is a root vegetable that grows in the Andes mountains of Peru. No other food plant in the world survives at such high altitudes – up to 14,000 feet above sea level ! In Peru it is considered a staple part of the diet : the potato-like tuber can be baked, or the ground-up powder is added to meals, and the Peruvians have been using it as an energy enhancer for over 2,000 years.

Like Aloe vera, maca is an adaptogen, meaning that it works to support the body wherever it is needed, without any harmful side effects. So like Aloe, maca is used by people for many different ailments, or simply just as an immune system booster.

Maca is wonderful for increasing energy, strength and stamina. For a start, it is full of minerals, vitamins, and protein, containing many of the essential amino acids, and particularly rich in Calcium and Magnesium, so it can help to deal with any deficiencies in the diet. Due to its high Calcium levels, it’s often used to treat osteoporosis and bone density problems.

Maca is very popular among both men and women for its ability to balance hormones. So it is often taken by women suffering during the menopause, or with PMT, and it increases libido (it’s sometimes known as Peruvian Viagra !), and helps with fertility issues. It contains plant sterols, the natural form of steroids, and is used by athletes to help improve performance. Because it gives you such a boost, it is particularly helpful for people who suffer from chronic fatigue or are depressed.

To make a little over 1 cup of creamy maca hemp milk :

1/4 cup whole hemp seeds

1 cup pure fresh water

1 tbsp maca

1 tsp suma (optional)

1 tbsp virgin coconut oil

1 tbsp soy lecithin (not raw)

pinch of crystal salt or sea salt

 Make the hemp milk by blending the hemp seeds with the water. Strain through a nutmilk bag or a very fine sieve.

Rinse out the blender.

Return the strained milk to the blender. Add the maca, suma, coconut oil, lecithin and salt. Blend again until the lecithin is dissolved.

Great to sip as is or served on raw muesli.

Note : I do not add any sweetener, especially when served on raw muesli, as I find the fruits bring enough sweetness. You may add a tiny amount of your favourite low glycaemic index sweetener. Add sweetener and cacao powder and you have a hot hemp chocolate.

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POMEGRANATE SUPERFOOD VEGAN MILK SHAKE AND HOW TO OPEN A POMEGRANATE

November 1, 2012

 Dear One,

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Anyone who has ever eaten pomegranate seeds or drunk pomegranate juice knows how delicious and refreshing this peculiar fruit is. I first came accross pomegranate in India. Virtually every fruit salad I have had in my several trips to India came topped with pomegranate seeds. Pomegranate juice is also very popular in Turkey and all over the Middle East, where a refreshing drink is always welcome.

Pomegranate seeds are full of antioxidants, they are rich in Vitamin C and Potassium, and they taste absolutely wonderful.

Pomegranates can be a bit intimidating, though. The pomegranate is an intricate fruit containing a maze of seeds inside of a white inedible flesh that’s covered in a bark-like skin. This is an easy way to get to all those nutritious, sweet and juicy seeds :

  1. Cut off the crown (you’ll see it) and add it to your compost
  2. Score and slice the rind all around, but don’t cut the rind all the way through. You would be cutting the seeds and loosing precious juice
  3. Soak the pomegranate in cold water for about ten minutes if you can
  4. Leaving the pomegranate in the bowl of water, break apart the scored rinds, and remove the seeds from the flesh (the seeds will sink to the bottom of your bowl and the flesh will float)
  5. Remove the rind and membrane from the bowl (you can use a sieve or a colander)
  6. Drain the seeds (you can also pat dry with a paper towel if you want your seds perfectly dry)

Note: The red juice from pomegranates can stain ; this method will also avoid that.

Great as a snack, in a fruit salad or in a green salad. The pomegranate seeds contains smaller (in lack for a better word …) seeds that can be a challenge for some people. You can make a juice by blending the seeds in a high speed blender and straining if you like. It is a personal choice, but I prefer to keep the seeds (the small hard ones) for extra fibre and nutrition.

Here I associated whole pomegranate seeds to hemp milk, along with superfoods to create a very energising and sustaining milk shake, great for breakfast. Maca and suma are very powerful adaptogen, grest for everybody. We don’t eat enough of purple foods ; purple corn extract helps us eat foods from all colours of the rainbow, plus, it has plenty of antioxidants. Camu camu is very energising and is loaded with natural vitamin C.

To make about 2 litres milk shake :

1/4 cup whole hemp seeds

1 tbsp white chia seeds (regular chia seeds are perfectly fine, I use white when I don’t want the chia seeds to darken what ever I am making)

3 pomegranates (in the hot months, you may want to freeze your pomegranate seeds)

1 tbsp maca

1/2 tsp suma (brazilian ginseng)

1/2 tsp purple corn extract or 1 tbsp purple corn flour

1 tbsp camu camu

1+5 cups pure fresh water

Start by preparing your pomegranates as explained above or using your favourite technique. I prefer to keep the pomegranate seeds whole for extra fibre and nutrition. The milk shake will have some texture left, from the hard inner seeds in the pomegranates. If you do not want this and want your milkshake to have a silky smooth texture, blend the pomegranate seeds and strain using a very fine sieve or a nutmilk bag. Set the strained pomagranate juice aside and rinse the blender.

Then make a hemp milk concentrate by blending the whole hemp seeds with 1 cup water. Strain using a very fine sieve or a nutmilk bag and rinse out the blender.

Return the hemp milk concentrate to the blender, along with the pomagranate seeds (or the strained pomegranate juice), the superfoods and 5 cups water. Blend until smooth.

You get about 2 litres of beautiful pink superfood milkshake to enjoy with a loved one.

How do you open your pomegranates ? Do you have another method ?

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