Home made almond milk

I’m a massive fan of home made almond milk. It tastes great and it’s so simple to make with just two ingredients! It wins hands down in any competition against the store bought varieties of almond milk. It contains a greater proportion of almonds to water, it has no nasty additives, preservatives or thickeners, and it contains no seed oils (like canola or sunflower oil) which I like to avoid. Best of all, I get to choose the quality of the almonds I put into my almond milk. Wherever possible, I choose pesticide free Australian raw almonds or organic raw almonds if I’m feeling like spending big.

So how do you make this amazing non-dairy milk at home? Watch my video below to see how you can do it. You do need to be a little prepared by soaking your almonds overnight (or for at least 4 hours) in water, preferably filtered water if you have access to it. Then it’s simply a matter of blending your soaked almonds with your chilled water and then straining the end product to get a creamy, smooth and delicious home made almond milk. Yum!

Home Made Almond Milk

For my home made almond milk you will need:

  • 1 cup of raw almonds soaked overnight in filtered water
  • 750g of chilled filtered water (or room temperature water with a big handful of ice) – you can use up to 1000g of chilled water if you want a thinner consistency of almond milk and want to make the almonds go further
  • a nut milk bag (or muslin cloth or a clean Chux cloth)
  • a 1L glass jar to store your almond milk in
  • a Thermomix or high-speed blender

Method:

  1. Blend the soaked almonds and the chilled water in your Thermomix or high-speed blender. If using a Thermomix, blend on speed 10 for 1 minute and 30 seconds.
  2. Strain the almond milk through a nut milk bag and reserve the almond pulp for other recipes.
  3. Pour the almond milk into your glass storage jar and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Turmeric Milk
You can use this home made almond milk in my Turmeric Milk recipe or in my smoothie recipes.

Use your home made almond milk in smoothies, in baked treats, to make hot chocolate, in custard or to use on top of your cereals. I love almond milk in my Turmeric Milk recipe. This is a wonderfully soothing and healing recipe any time of year.

However you use it, check out the video and give this recipe a try!

 

Mango Coconut Slushie

In true summer style, we’re wearing the bare minimum, positioning ourselves to get as much of the bay breeze as possible and sipping on Mango Coconut Slushies. Perfect.

This Mango Coconut Slushie reminds me of coconut flavoured mango lassi. It has a coconut water and coconut yoghurt base and lots of frozen mango and ice. Flavoured with a hint of fresh mint, this drink is refreshing, naturally sweet and perfect in the heat. I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as we do!

Happy holidays everyone!!!

Mango Coconut Slushie

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 140g (1 cup) of ice
  • 320g (2 cups) of frozen mango
  • 130g (1/2 cup) of natural coconut yoghurt
  • 750g (3 cups) of unsweetened coconut water, chilled
  • A few sprigs of fresh mint

Method:

Place all of the ingredients into your Thermomix or high speed blender and blend until smooth. If using a Thermomix, blend on speed 9 for 1 minute. Pour into four glasses and enjoy immediately!

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Pineapple Mint Smoothie

Summer is coming and the weather is starting to heat up now. This calls for icy cold and delicious summer smoothies. This Pineapple Mint Smoothie is so refreshing and it’s packed full of ingredients that will hydrate your body.

I have to give a big shout out to my gorgeous friend Lisa for inspiring this refreshing smoothie combination. I was at her place yesterday where she made a kiwi fruit, mint and cucumber smoothie. This was a huge hit and I felt immediately inspired to come home and start blending up some tasty and fresh ingredients.

Just blend up all of your ingredients and enjoy it straight away! So simple and so delicious. Happy blending.

Pineapple Mint Smoothie

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 400g of frozen pineapple, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 a small Lebanese cucumber, cut into chunks
  • 160g of ice cubes
  • 2 handfuls of fresh mint leaves
  • 600g of coconut water

Method:

Place all of the ingredients into your Thermomix bowl and blend on speed 9 for 1 minute. Serve immediately in your favourite glasses.

If you have a high speed blender, just blend up the ingredients until you have a smooth and foamy smoothie.

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Pretty in Pink Smoothie

Strawberries are amazing this time of year. I love their smell and that burst of flavour when I first bite into a big, luscious, red strawberry that has my name written all over it. Strawberries on their own are always fabulous and, of course, because I love my smoothies, my strawberries invariably end up in my Thermomix all blended up.

I love my strawberries!
I love my strawberries!

My Pretty in Pink Smoothie is just that – very pink! It really does remind me of the movie with Molly Ringwald and all of those beautiful shades of pink in her clothes. It has lots of delicious strawberries and other berries in it, plus some added extras to give you an extra dose of antioxidants and yummy goodness to naturally enhance your energy levels. The goji berries and acai powder have really high levels of antioxidants and are two foods that I love to add to my smoothies on a regular basis. I also add organic raw mesquite powder for added calcium and magnesium.

My Pretty In Pink Smoothie just waiting to get in my belly!
My Pretty In Pink Smoothie just waiting to get in my belly!

This is a great smoothie if you don’t like bananas because I have used medjool dates to provide the sweetness. If you’re using almond milk and you want to make this smoothie even creamier you could add a quarter of a ripe avocado.

You can add some vegan protein powder if you want to have this as a breakfast smoothie or enjoy it in the afternoon to give you a natural boost.

It’s quick, delicious, nutritious and so good for you. Blend it up!

Pretty in Pink Smoothie

Serves two

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1 cup of organic frozen mixed berries
  • ¼ cup of goji berries
  • 3 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup of almond milk or coconut milk
  • ½ cup of filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon of mesquite powder
  • 1 tablespoon of freeze dried açai powder
  • ½ teaspoon of organic vanilla powder (or the seeds from one vanilla pod)
  • One handful of ice

Method:

Place all of the ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth. If you wish, you can garnish your Pretty In Pink Smoothie with some extra strawberries and goji berries.

If you have a Thermomix, blend on speed 10 for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Enjoy immediately!

The smoothie ingredients
The smoothie ingredients
Raw mesquite powder - I love the one from Loving Earth
Raw mesquite powder – I love the one from Loving Earth
All of the ingredients in my Thermomix ready to be blended up
All of the ingredients in my Thermomix ready to be blended up
The end product. So pretty! I love to drink mine with my glass smoothie straw.
The end product. So pretty! I love to drink mine with my glass smoothie straw.

Homemade Sugar Free Lemonade

I love coming up with clever ways to recreate some of the drinks I used to enjoy that are now no longer on my menu. Lemonade is something I really loved drinking from time to time. It’s so refreshing when the weather gets hot and the bubbles are just fun. I always felt like a big kid when I drank it. These days, lemonade is definitely a ‘no go zone’ for me. It is full of refined sugar, sweeteners (like Aspartame) and lemon juice concentrate. Just google the ingredients for lemonade if you want to find out what’s in it. My solution is to make my own Homemade Sugar Free Lemonade. This is made from real ingredients with no cane sugar or artificial sweeteners in sight!

My Homemade Sugar Free Lemonade. Simple and delicious.
My Homemade Sugar Free Lemonade. Simple and delicious.

My Homemade Sugar Free Lemonade is made using the juice of REAL lemons! No lemon juice concentrate here. I use concentrated liquid stevia to add sweetness to my lemonade because, let’s face it, carbonated water and lemon juice just won’t cut it. Concentrated liquid stevia is made from the leaves of the stevia plant (Stevia Rebaudiana is it’s botanical name). This herb produces a natural sweetener that is super sweet. I have read that concentrated liquid stevia is about 70 times as sweet as refined sugar, so you only need to add the tiniest amount. You can buy stevia in liquid form, you can buy the crushed leaves or it also comes in a concentrated white powder. I prefer the concentrated liquid form because it’s great to use in all types of baking, in making hot or cold desserts, and for sweetening beverages.

Concentrated liquid stevia
Concentrated liquid stevia

This recipe is something that I make when our lemon tree fruits heavily after prolonged periods of rain. My Homemade Sugar Free Lemonade is a fantastic afternoon beverage, sipped slowly out on the balcony with the sun on my legs. It’s not like store bought lemonade. I think it’s better. It has character and you know it’s lemonade because you can see the lemon in it! It’s traditional and homely. Plus, I’m really happy to give this to my kids, so it’s an absolute winner for me.

Homemade Sugar Free Lemonade

Serves 4 to 6 people

Ingredients:

  • 1.25 litres of sparkling mineral water
  • 1.5 cups of freshly squeezed organic lemon juice
  • 10 drops of organic concentrated liquid stevia (or to taste)
  • 2 handful of ice cubes

Method:

Add all of the ingredients to a large jug. Whisk well to combine. Serve immediately in your favourite glasses.

Choc Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

There’s no secret that I’m a sucker for smoothies, especially smoothies with peanut butter in them. I bought a peanut butter and jelly smoothie once at Liquefy in Mount Gravatt and fell in love with this taste combination. I wanted to recreate this taste at home, with my own twist on it, so I can blend it up and enjoy whenever I want. Thus my Choc Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie came into being!

Choc PB and Jelly Smoothie

I find this smoothie so satisfying. It is slightly sweet, has that amazing undertone of peanut butter (yum), a hint of chocolate and the creaminess from the almond milk. Plus the combination of strawberries and banana ensures this smoothie ticks the ‘yummy’ and ‘goodness’ boxes for me.

Try it for breakfast or a yummy snack today!

Choc Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1 ripe banana, cut into chunks
  • 2 medjool dates, seeds removed and cut into quarters
  • 2 tablespoons of 100% pure peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons of organic raw cacao powder
  • 6 ice cubes

Method:

  1. Place all of your ingredients into your high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. If you are using a Thermomix, blend on speed 10 for 1 minute and 30 seconds.
  2. Pour into your favourite large glass and enjoy straight away.

Choc Beetroot Berry Smoothie

This is a powerhouse smoothie! I have been eating so much beetroot lately and, of course, it has now found its way into my smoothies.

Beetroot has such an earthy flavour, it is alkalising, and I recently learned that it is fabulous for your liver. I love eating my beetroot raw because then my body can take full advantage of the wonderful nutrients and enzymes that this delicious root vegetable has to offer.

Over the past few years I have consumed a lot of beetroot juice (check out my Organic Beetroot Juice recipe if you want to give some a try). Apart from beetroot hummus and roasted beetroot salads, this is one of my favourite ways to add more beetroot into my diet. A few weeks ago I was watching one of the awesome videos from Fully Raw Kristina, where she combined raw beetroot, lots of bananas, dates and young coconut water to make a delicious, nutritious and satisfying smoothie. This video gave me inspiration to create my own beetroot smoothie that is packed full of amazing ingredients that your body will love.

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This recipe has some added goodies to boost your antioxidant intake for the day. Raw cacao powder, goji berries, organic baby spinach and activated almonds are amazing foods for your body. I particularly love the combination of cacao and beetroot. Raw cacao is such an amazing ingredient and I admit that I eat at least one tablespoon of raw cacao powder every day without fail. It has a really high antioxidant count and is wonderful for boosting mood and making you feel good.

This smoothie makes me feel amazing. It is packed full of incredible raw ingredients that give me so much energy. Plus, it’s such a great way to eat your vegetables! Try it today and give your body an antioxidant and energy boost.

Choc Beetroot Berry Smoothie

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 300mL of chilled organic raw coconut water or filtered water
  • 1 small organic beetroot, skin removed, cut into chunks*
  • 1 cup of frozen organic mixed berries
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of organic raw cacao powder
  • 1 large handful of organic baby spinach
  • 2 small frozen organic bananas, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 3 medjool dates, seeds removed, cut into quarters
  • 2 tablespoons of goji berries
  • 1 tablespoon of raw mesquite powder
  • 10 activated almonds (or raw almonds soaked overnight)

*If you’re not used to the taste of raw beetroot then you could start out with half a small beetroot.

Method:

  1. Place all of the ingredients into your blender or Thermomix. Blend until smooth. If using a Thermomix, blend on speed 10 for 1 minute and 30 seconds.
  2. Pour into two glasses and drink immediately.
All of the Choc Beetroot Berry Smoothie ingredients ready to be blended.
All of the Choc Beetroot Berry Smoothie ingredients ready to be blended.
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Amazing colour!

Turmeric Milk

As the weather gets colder here in Brisbane, my mind turns to warming drinks and simple foods that I can eat to help boost my immune system. I’ve been hearing and reading much lately about the amazing benefits and healing properties derived from eating turmeric. I’ve read that turmeric has long been used for its anti-inflammatory properties in both Chinese and Indian medicine. As such, it has been widely used throughout history as a healing remedy. When I read things like this I think, ‘So what ways can I eat more of this amazing food?’

I’ve been using turmeric in my curries for a long time and more recently I’ve been using fresh turmeric in my juicing. I came across the idea of Turmeric Milk or ‘Golden Tea’ (as it is often called) last year. However, it’s only recently that I’ve started to drink it as a way to enhance my own health.

I’ve seen a lot of other recipes and I have tweaked them to make one that suits my tastes. I prefer a mild turmeric milk that has been spiced with ginger and ground cinnamon. I love to add a little sweetness by adding a heaped teaspoon of manuka honey, which is also known for its healing properties. If you want a vegan option, then substitute the honey with pure maple syrup or rice malt syrup. All in all, this is a pleasantly spiced turmeric milk that makes me feel warm inside. I hope you enjoy it.

Turmeric Milk

Turmeric Milk 

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 400ml or organic coconut milk or activated almond milk
  • 250ml of filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 thumb-sized knob of ginger, skin removed
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of Manuka honey

Thermomix Method:

  1. Place all of the ingredients in your Thermomix bowl and blend for 1 minute on speed 8.
  2. Heat the Turmeric Milk for 4 minutes on speed 2 at 60 degrees Celsius.
  3. Pour into your favourite mugs and serve immediately.

Conventional Method:

  1. Place all of the ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour the Turmeric Milk into a pot and heat on the stove over medium heat. Stir often. Remove from the heat before the liquid boils.
  3. Pour into your favourite mugs and serve immediately.

Organic Beetroot Juice

If you follow me on Instagram then you may have noticed how much I love organic beetroot juice. It certainly features often on my account. I love the taste and the colour bowls me over every time. Whenever I’m drinking my beetroot juice I always think of how much good I’m doing for my body. All of those amazing antioxidants. All of those nutrients. In my mind it’s like taking a mega vitamin of concentrated goodness!

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Let me tell you up front…I love juicing! To me, freshly squeezed juices are beautiful foods that you can drink to boost your nutrition and enliven your body. Now, I’m no nutritionist or dietician, but I can tell you how I feel when I drink my vegetable juices. I feel amazing! I feel more alert, invigorated and more alive. I know that when I’m feeling tired, a fresh vegetable juice will really boost my mood and my energy.

You’ll notice below that all of my juicing ingredients are organic. Organic or non-organic is definitely a personal choice. When it comes to juicing, I use organic fruits and vegetables because that way I feel like I’m consuming the best. I know I won’t be drinking in any pesticides, herbicides or other nasties. When I go to the effort of juicing I like to know I’m putting the good stuff in so I can get the most benefit during my day.

On this point, I saw an interesting video during the week from The Organic Effect. If you’re curious about the impact of eating non-organic foods on your body, then check out this video here.

Now to my Organic Beetroot Juice recipe…

Organic Beetroot Juice

Makes about 600mL of juice

Ingredients:

  • 1 large organic beetroot, skin removed and cut into quarters
  • 1 organic lime, skin removed
  • 1 small organic green or red apple, cut into quarters
  • 3 organic celery stalks, cut in half
  • 1 organic cucumber, cut in half
  • 1 large organic carrot, cut in half
  • Handful of ice cubes for serving

Method:

  1. Put all of the ingredients through your juicer or juice extractor.
  2. Place the ice cubes into your favourite glass jar. Pour the juice over the ice cubes and drink immediately.

I love to source my amazing organic fruits and vegetables from the lovely team at HomeFresh Organics. They provide home delivery to people in the Brisbane, Ipswich, Toowoomba and Gold Coast areas.

You could also head down to your local organic market to check out what fresh organic produce they have available for your juicing. Lots of stall holders will sell fruits and vegetables specifically for juicing and this is a great way to save some money. So let’s start juicing!

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Chocolate Protein Smoothie

I made this Chocolate Protein Smoothie this morning and I had to share it because this left me feeling satisfied all the way until lunch. I added a few extra goodies to give me a boost of antioxidants, including organic raw cacao powder (my favourite), goji berries and some alkalising organic barley spirulina powder. The result is a delicious, creamy protein smoothie that isn’t too sweet and left me feeling ready for the day ahead.

This Chocolate Protein Smoothie is free from gluten, dairy, sugar and preservatives. It is also vegan friendly. The sweetness comes from the banana, mango and a little bit of concentrated liquid stevia that I add in last. This smoothie would also be fantastic after a big workout. Enjoy!

Banana Mango Chocolate Protein Smoothie

Chocolate Protein Smoothie

Serves 1 (or makes 2 smaller serves)

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana (frozen or fresh), cut into chunks
  • 1 cup or 130g of frozen mango chunks
  • 1 small carton (330mL) of organic coconut water (with no added sugar), chilled
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of organic raw cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon – 1/2 tablespoon of your favourite raw, green alkalising powder (I use raw Organic Barley Spirulina Blend from Nutra Organics)
  • 3 tablespoons of unflavoured raw vegan protein powder (I love to use Amazonia Raw Protein Isolate in Natural flavour)
  • 2 tablespoons of goji berries
  • 3 drops of concentrated liquid stevia

Method:

  1. Place all of your ingredients into your high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. If you are using a Thermomix, blend on speed 8 for 1.5 minutes.
  2. Pour into your favourite large glass and enjoy straight away.