Saturday, June 25, 2016

Almond Mylk Heavenly Nectar!

So many studies show that dairy and meat are not that great for you.  I am trying to convert to no dairy at all in a quest for better health.  My family history of heart disease makes me want to put as many variables as I can control IN my favor as possible.  

I don't like the store nut mylks though. They aren't rich and creamy enough for me. They also have ingredients I can't read.  I'll pass. 

So here I am making my own almond mylk.  

I soak 1 cup or 2 cups of raw almonds overnight.  Rinse them.  Then blend them in a blender with 2 parts filtered water until smooth and frothy.   

Some people use what is called a nut mylk bag to strain the pulp.  I don't. I just pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Works just fine. 

After the mylk is strained, I use a funnel to transfer it for storage into glass jars.  

This is what I drink in the morning with hemp protein or whipped in a blender with hot coffee.  
Sometimes I add a dash of salt (to preserve if keeping the mylk longer than 2-3 days).  I usually add a teaspoon or two of pure vanilla and sometimes I add a sweetener like raw sugar or maple syrup.  

All the above .... Equals deliciousness. I swear it's easier than it looks.  This will keep 2-3 days in the refrigerator.  A little longer if you add a dash of salt.  

Bon Apetit!

Homemade Sushi - Dinner "In" is Cheaper

Tonight I was craving a nice sushi dinner. But if you are like me, by the time you get to the restaurant and sit down, you forget your budget and you're ordering things you don't need.  Hunger forces you to buy appetizer foods that are too expensive and then the main portion of the meal ends up being wasted because you are too full to finish it.  Or worse, you finish your food and end up stuffed having spent too much money on one meal.  

Here's a way to save money and have some fun...make your own sushi at home. If you have kids, let them pick their own foods to place in the rolls and then they can have some fun in the kitchen with you.  

These are sushi rolls made with vegetables. No raw fish or meats in this batch. 

Nori sheets filled with:

Cooked brown rice tossed in soy sauce
Avocado slices
Red pepper slices
Lots of cilantro
Cayenne pepper

Served with:

Red pepper slices tossed in soy sauce and cracked black pepper. 

These would be good served with slices of wild salmon sashimi or grilled shrimp.  

Bon Appetit!!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

What I Ate Today! Energy on Blast!

Breakfast was four bananas, an apple and split pea soup. 

Lunch was more bananas (I forget how many. Probably about 3), handful of almonds and cashews and a fresh mango. 

Snack was a big glass of unsweetened pure cranberry juice.  

And dinner was a big bowl of this lovely nicecream made from honey, vanilla, strawberry and frozen bananas.  

This water rich fruit filled day gave me so much energy, I barely slept last night!
I was up at 3 working out!  Vrooooom vrooommmm!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Fast Food? Cheap Food? Healthy Food? YES 3x!

This is from the "What I Took To Work Today" series.  

An array of Fresh fruit 
Carrot and green juice (in the purple mason jar)
Sliced avocado (in the glass bowl with the green top)

I usually have more fruit and nuts in the car to snack on while driving to pick up kids etc.  

It's not expensive or difficult. It just requires a plan. I use a cooler bag in my car and an ice pack in the summer. This works for me because I am a commuter who drives.  I snack on these items in my car and at my desk.  

Not too bad.....not too bad.  :-)