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Garden Fresh Pasta Sauce

Garden Fresh Pasta Sauce

Normally on Monday I write my Make It Yourself Monday posts. This paticular Monday though, I am on vacation with family, so there is no making much of anything fancy over here. We are all about easy, semi-healthy, but fully delicious food. My homemade bladda […]

Make It Yourself Monday: Crockpot Applesauce Four-Ways

Make It Yourself Monday: Crockpot Applesauce Four-Ways

When our family first moved to Ohio, we discovered a local casual dining restaurant called Skyline. I proudly tout the fact that I have never eaten there, but my husband has sadly dined here on occasion. According to him, they offer a meal called Skyline […]

Make It Yourself Monday: Almond Milk and Flavored Almond Milks

Make It Yourself Monday: Almond Milk and Flavored Almond Milks

This is one of those kitchen DIYs that seems a lot more daunting than it is. You really can’t mess this one up. I promise. I mastered it on my first try. Not because I’m just that good, but because it is just that easy.

Making your own almond milk allows you to control the amount of additives and sugars that you’re slurping down. A lot of the affordable store bought almond milk has sugars and stabilizers. The brands that cost a small fortune are the ones with the best ingredients. When you’re using as much as we do in smoothies and to drink, keeping the good stuffed stocked at all times can get spendy.

I knew my Against All Grain cookbook had a recipe in there and I’m still quite confused on why I didn’t start doing this sooner.

After realizing we were spending $50 a month on almond milk (this was the stuff with the added sugars and junk in it too!) I decided to take the leap and give up the store bought version and make it myself instead. I bought a $12 bag of bulk raw almonds from Costco and went for it.

That $12 bag of almond lasted me roughly a month! I was saving so much money as well as cutting out all the sugars and extra gunk from the store bought milk! Win-win!

The hardest part about making your own milk is that you have to plan ahead just a bit. The almonds have to soak in water for at least 4ish hours. I try to get in the habit of doing inventory every night and soaking overnight if it looks like we are getting low.

Here you will find the basic almond milk recipe as well as two extras that I’ve enjoyed making as well. Everybody loves a sugar-free superfood chocolate almond milk right? What about a anti-inflammatory golden milk to sip on over ice or hot? The possibilities are endless here, so once you master the basic recipe (which you will no problem), try adding your own spin on it!

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Basic Almond Milk
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 4 hours
Servings
quart
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 4 hours
Servings
quart
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Allow almonds to soak in water with one pinch salt overnight or at least for 4 hours
  2. After proper soaking pour water with soaked almonds into a high speed blender and add in additional 4 cups fresh water as well as additional pinch of salt
  3. Add 2-3 pitted dates to high speed blender
  4. Blend on high for roughly 2 minutes
  5. Use a nut milk bag, fine mesh cheesecloth, or a reusable produce bag with fine mesh to strain the blended mixture into a container.
  6. *Keep the leftover almond pulp to freeze into cubes and add to smoothies or make into granola*
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Sugar-Free Superfood Chocolate Milk
This sweet chocolate milk has superfoods and no sugar added! Easy to bend up and serve as a "treat" to your kiddos.
Prep Time 5 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients on medium for about 30 seconds in blender. Serve cold.
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Anti-Inflamatory Golden Milk
This sweet and spicy milk is a take on the golden milk latte but this version is excellent cold over ice or warmed up to sip in a mug!
Prep Time 5 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients together on medium in a blender for about 1 minute
  2. Serve as is, over ice, or warmed
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Six Cookbooks to Help you Start Eating Clean

Six Cookbooks to Help you Start Eating Clean

It was the running joke amongst my family and friends that I could not cook. ‘She could burn a salad.’ ‘Does she know how to boil water?’ ‘Don’t bother asking Alex, she doesn’t know how to make anything.’ They weren’t far for the truth. Cooking […]

Make It Yourself Monday: Homemade Butter

Make It Yourself Monday: Homemade Butter

So let’s have real talk. You know those people who make their own EVERYTHING. Ya those people. They have a dirty little secret. Most of the things they make are super simple. As in, it probably only took-them-3-seconds-to-make-type-simple. I am THOSE people. I’m sorry…I’m sorry. […]

3 Things to Eat Today to Help Out Your Gut

3 Things to Eat Today to Help Out Your Gut

My 5th grade teacher introduced me to the K.I.S.S. method in school. Keep It Simple Stupid. Since learning this, I have discovered I can apply it to most things in my life. Parenting, marriage, workouts, food, and now our gut health.

By now, you have heard about the importance of your gut health right? It’s everywhere. You know the notion of good gut health is catching ground when Dr. Oz talks about it during the main segment of his show.

I’m on board. I’m bought in. I want the good gut bacteria. Give it all to me now. But how? There are so many ways! Maybe just too many for me to sift through right now.

So let’s apply the K.I.S.S. method to our gut shall we? Really long story short, we know that fermented food have the good stuff. The probiotics. You know your hippy dippy friend that drinks the stuff daily? It is most likely because it’s delicious and looks good in an Instagram picture, but it could also be because that that elixir is a fermented tea, therefor, it has probiotics.

How easy is that? There are so many products out there that now add the benefits of a probiotic but the convenience of delicious real food.

Here are the top three things that I have on rotation at our house to get in those probiotics.

1. Sauerkraut
Sauerkraut is my new jam. I had no idea what I was missing out on. Its tangy, with a bit of a crunch and adds a whole new element of flavors to sandwiches, tacos, or just a big bowl of roasted vegetables.

2. Farmhouse Culture Chips
These are new to me so I can only attest to the Sea Salt flavor but these are phenomenal. Tastes like a milky tangy tortilla chips. The first ingredient people is VEGETABLES. No additives, or fillers. My only complaint is that the bag wasn’t bigger.

3. Kombucha
A list of delicious probiotic foods without the booch would be a sin. My favorite grand is GT’s but they are making so many more now. All types of flavor profiles and the possibilities are endless. Kombucha sangria, yep thats a thing. I spike my kid’s water bottle with some kombucha pretty regularly. Try a few flavors out before you decide it’s not for you. Some brands and flavors require some getting used to.

So let’s keep things simple shall we. Instead of ignoring our gut health and everything it needs to thrive, let’s start small. Lets eat delicious food while lending a helping hand to our brain in our belly.

Veggie Loaded Turkey Meatballs

Veggie Loaded Turkey Meatballs

I have been blessed with two kids who love food. They are adventurous eaters, and for the most part, will try anything once. To properly balance those blessings, I have a man-child for a husband. He has a long list of particular foods that he […]

Easy Corn Tortilla Chicken Tenders

Easy Corn Tortilla Chicken Tenders

I have distinct memories of my mom using greasy potato chips to coat chicken breast to make the most delicious chicken tenders ever. Now, being a mom myself, I realize how brilliant that was. Why not cover a healthy source of protein with a bit […]