Almond Milk Recipe : secret to making it even more delicious!

So almond milk is basically the bomb. I really do love it, and I also love how incredibly easy it is to make!

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My Recipe :
– 2 cups raw almonds, soaked over night ( at least 8 hours)
– 4 cups filtered water
– 1.5 tsp vanilla extract ( even better – 1 whole vanilla bean)
– 1 tsp cinnamon

1. Place almonds in a bowl and cover with water. Let them soak for at least 8 hours, but if you dont have a whole bunch of time at least try to soak them for 1 hour.

2. Rinse and drain the almonds and place into a food processor. Process until the nuts are broken down as much as possible.

3.Then pour the mixture into a blender and blend on high for about 1 minute or so. ( If you do not have a food processor, just use a blender for step 2)

4. MY SECRET : take this mixture and put it into a container and put in it in the fridge for 1 to 2 days. ( the reason i do this is because it gives it much more flavor and a much stronger almond taste)

5. Take the mixture out of the fridge.

6. Place your nut milk bag over a larger bowl. Then pour the mixture into the nut milk bag ( be careful – go slow) and then squeeze the bag starting at the bottom. You will get a lot more milk then you would expect, it takes a few minutes to it all out.

7. Once you have gotten all the milk out, rinse out the blender and pour the milk back in. Add the vanilla and cinnamon and blend on low.

6. Pour into a jar and store for up 3-5 days. Shake before using!

If you would like it to be sweeter :
Add 3 medjool dates
1-2 packets stevia

Workouts 2/19 & 2/20

Tuesday March 19th

Cycle @ 9:15

Resistance Training :
Triceps/Cardio/Shoulders
•Triceps Kickback 3×12
•Triceps Cable Press Downs 3×12
•Triceps Dip Unassisted 4×10
•Lying Barbell Triceps Extension 3×12
•Push-ups 3×15
•Arnold Press 3×12

Wednesday Feb 20th

Resistance Training :

Legs
•Squats Free Bar 4×15
•Leg Extension 4×12
•Leg Press 4×12
•Sumo Squatting 4×12

Abs

Decline Bench Exercises :
Weighted Decline Sit ups 20×3 ( 15 pds)
Decline Bench Ab Curls 15×3
Decline Seated V-Up 15×3
Side V-ups with weight (2.5 for first two, 1 w/ 5 pds) 20×3
Pike on Bosu 3×15
Hanging Side Oblqiues (w/ 5 pd weight) 15×3
Hanging Leg Raises 12×3

Cardio : HIIT
http://www.dailyhiit.com/videos/painfully-delicious-hiitmax-3-reload
2 Rounds : 50 seconds on, 10 seconds off

Jump Rope – High Knees
Pull ups
Run/skip –
Row and press leg lift + cross
Run/skip
Frog Abs
Low squat in and out legs
Exploding star
Run/skip – side to side
Wood chop twist
Run/Skip / twist abs ( skier twist)
Wood Chop Twist – other side
Run/Skip – in and outs
Elevated push up and knee to elbow ( L + R)
Run/Skip – one leg
Sandback Kick and Lunge
Run/ Skip – one leg
Sand bag kick lunge (other leg)

Daily Hit : 3 rounds, 30 seconds on with 10 seconds off

1)Toe touch push up
2)Side/Side middle Jumps
3)Hold Kick Back – push up/plank
4)Half Burpee + Jump over (burpee then surf board jump then burpee)
5)2 Squat Jumps + 2 Push –ups + 1 tuck jump

Playing Catch Up ..

Super busy weekend!

Here are my workouts :

Friday March 15th

Warm up : Run 1 Mile – 7.2 speed and 1% incline

Resistance Training : Hamstring/abs
•Deadlift with Barbell 4×12
•Deadlift with half up 4×12
•Leg Curl 4×12
•Walking Lunges 4×15
•Hamstring Curl on Stability Ball 4×15

Shoulders :

Shoulder Press 4×12
Monster Set:
3×12 Front raise with dumbbells
3×12 Side Lateral Raise
3×15 Bent Over Rear Lateral Raises
Superset:
4×10 Reverse PecDec Flies
4×12 Upright Barbell Row

HIIT : CARDIO
http://www.dailyhiit.com/videos/boy-oh-boy-hiitbody-11

Daily Hit : 3 rounds 30 seconds each
1) Toe touch push up – push up them bring leg all the way forward to touch hand
2) Cross Overs
3) Side/Side middle
4) Hold Kick Back – plank position then kick leg straight up do both legs then a push up
5) Half Burpee + Jump over – burpee then surf board jump then burpee
6) 2 Squat Jumps + 2 Push –ups + 1 tuck jump

Saturday March 16th

Warm up : Run 1 Mile – 7.2 speed and 1% incline

Resistance Training : Back/Biceps

•Pull Ups 3×12
•Wide Grip Lat Pulldowns 3×12
•Narrow Grip Pulldowns 3×12
•Peck fly (ant and post) 4×10 for both
•Seated Cable Rows 3×12
•Back Hyper-extensions with 25 pd weight 3×12
•Side Hyper-extensions w/ 25 pd weight 3×12 ( both sides)
•Seated/Incline Dumbbell Biceps Curl 3×12
•Preacher Curl 3×12
•Hammer Curl 3×12
•Biceps Spider Curl 3×12

HIIT : Cardio

Interval 1 : 3 rounds
.50 run @ 8.0 speed 1% incline
10 burpees
10 push ups
25 crossfit sit up

NO REST

Interval 2 :
.50 run @ 8.5 speed 1% incline
18 box jumps
10 toe touches on bosu ball then 10 mountain climbers on bosu ball
20 side kicks on kickboxing bag
30 punches on kickboxing bag ( keep core tight!)

Sunday : REST 🙂

Organic Companies … who have been bought out! STOP GMO!

Take a few minutes to look at this website .. Unfortunately a lot of organic farmers have been bought out by bigger organizations and are now donating money to avoid getting GMO food labels put on our foods. If you want to know what your feeding your self and your loved ones fight to get GMO labeling put on our food. California was SO close to getting these GMO labels on there food but some how after MONSANTO spent 46 million dollars to campaign against this the voters miraculously changed their minds. Many people questioned why Monsanto would spend all of this money to simply avoid GMO labeling after they said it was perfectly safe and have nothing to hide. HMMM … they must have something to hide if they are going to spend 46 MILLIONS DOLLARS to make sure it does not happen!!! The sad thing is were not even asking these companies to stop genetically modifying food, all were simply asking is to just label it so that consumers can know what they are putting into their body and have a CHOICE!

http://ecochildsplay.com/2012/08/22/ca-prop-37-which-organic-companies-dont-support-gmo-labeling/
– please try to support the farmers that did support the GMO labeling – we all need to work together.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ocean-robbins/monsanto-prop-37_b_2088934.html

Do something about it .. SPEAK UP & TAKE A STAND.

Im back :)

Sorry I have been MIA for ohh about a week and a half.
I recently went on the holistic holiday at sea – which was AMAZE!! 🙂 I heard Dr. Colin Campbell ( author of the china study – READ IT and producer of Forks Over Knives – http://www.tcolincampbell.org ), Dr. Neal Barnard ( beyond brilliant and is so educated on so many topics – http://www.nealbarnard.org ), Christina Pirello ( Famous Chef and star on Christina Cooks http://www.christinacooks.com ), along with many many more! We were suppose to be lucky enough to hear Dr. Esselstyn but unfortunately he could not make it ( author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease and producer of Forks over Knvies – http://www.heartattackproof.com). I learned so incredibly much throughout the week and I cannot wait to share it all with you. I will be starting to make daily post about all of this great info starting … TOMORROW 🙂

Oh .. I have started making some immediate changes in my diet since the cruise. I have completely given up any sugar (why you might ask? this will be included in some of my upcoming post). This includes :
-brown rice syrup
-honey
-agave
-maple syrup
– FRUIT 😦
anything and everything!
You would honestly be amazed how many things include sugar in them, its quite disturbing actually.

I have also have given up any baked goods. Their really is no nutritional value in anything baked and it dries out your intestines to the max!
This includes:
bread ( even ezekiel – by the way if any of you love bread make sure you eat ezekiel its 100% sprouted and is actually made with flours that contain nutrients )
bagels
crackers
any baked goods ( no cookies 😦 even the healthy vegan oil free ones – wahh).

I started this on Sunday the day after I got back and to be honest it really has not been too bad. I dont know if its just because I ate so healthy before, OR if my body is just so happy I am not feeding it anymore of this crap. Either way im just glad im not super crabby b/c i thought i would be going through sugar withdrawal!

Heres what I ate today :

1 cup of hot water with the juice of 1/4 a lemon ( I have been doing this every morning as soon as I wake up since sunday and I swear its amazing! I feel so good and my skin looks good because of it too! This helps to detoxify your liver)

Breakfast:
Brown Rice Oatmeal
1/2 cup of brown rice with almond milk to taste
( I make my own homemade almond milk – so easy! plus it doesnt have any of those gross chemicals or additives. will post soon!)
Warmed it up in on the stove
Then added
1 tbsp flax meal
1 tbsp almonds (chopped)
1 tbsp walnuts ( chopped)
cinnamon to taste

Lunch :
Swiss Chard Wrap ( usually I make these with collard greens but swiss chard was at the market – taste the same to me! )
– 1 swiss chard leaf
– 2 Tbsp hummus
– white onion
– carrots ( chopped)
– sprouts
– avocado
– adzuki beans
– spinach

1/2 a sweet potato

Snack :
10 almonds
10 walnuts
1/2 cucumber and 2 tbsp hummus

Dinner :
1 BIG Portobello mushroom cap ( seasoned with garlic and 2 tsp wheat-free tamari)
1/2 cup mixed greens – bok choy, mustard greens, and kale
1/2 cups mixed beans – adzuki and cannellini
1 cup of veggie soup ( just veggie broth, thyme, carrots, tomato, cannellini beans, white onion, and sweet potato – compliments of my mama!)

Snack :
6 almonds
6 walnuts
1/2 cup almond milk with cocoa powder and maca

So as you can see im compensating the no sugar for more nuts .. i am not thrilled about this but as the month goes on I think I will chill out a little bit on the nuts ( at least I hope lol).

Exercise Routine today :

Resistance Training
•Good Mornings 4×20
•Kickback with Ankle Weights on Stability Ball 5×15
•Barbell Squat with Legs Wide Spread Apart 4×15
•Step-up with Dumbbell or Cables 4×15
•Glute Bridge with Plate 4×20
•Obliques on Cable 4×12
•Hanging leg raises 3×20

Cardio
•25 Min HIIT on Stair Master

Hope everyone had a great day!