Make Your Own Almond Milk

One of your 2014 resolutions to cut back on dairy or maybe to eliminate it completely? Maybe you’ve decided to replace your whole or skim milk with coconut, oat, soy or almond milk. A lot of the nut milks on the shelves contain chemicals and preservatives to help keep them stay shelf stable and on the shelves longer.

What if I told you, you could make your own fresh, homemade almond milk with just a little prep time and extra 10 minutes to make it. It lasts for 4-5 days in the refrigerator if you don’t drink it all first! Use it for cereal, smoothies, milk shakes, anything your heart desires. Reap in all the nutrients, fiber, and heart healthy oils! It will be hard to go back to almond milk from a box, I promise.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups almonds
  • 6 cups water
  • 1-2 tablespoons agave or honey (optional)

In a large bowl soak almonds in water for 4-6 hours.  Rinse and change water once or twice. Make sure to rinse well after the almonds have softened. Add softened almonds and 6 cups of water to an immersion or high speed blender and blend until it becomes a milk. Add agave or honey if you wish to sweeten the milk and blend again.

In a container- preferable a glass milk container or something that will easily pour later. Place a funnel over the container. Using a piece of cheese cloth or nut bag, pour milk mixture in to the bag a little at a time. Squeeze the bag to allow the milk to go thru the nut bag or cheese cloth. (Think of milking a cow) Once you’ve squeezed all the milk thru the bag. Almond milk will be in the container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. The remaining almond pulp inside the bag, can be saved in an airtight container and stored in the freezer for up to 4 months. The almond pulp can be used to make flour later or for other types of baking.

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Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

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