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Almond Milk: Healthy Dairy Free Alternative

By |July 28th, 2011|

mmm I love my home made almond milk and it is healthier than what you can buy.  I only use all natural healthy ingredients, no sugar and Organic Unpasteurized Almonds

DidUKnow: Almond milk is an ingredient common in Medieval European recipes, particularly in Lent dishes (milk, eggs, and meat broth all being forbidden in Lent).

The recipe below is my basic quick one.

Ingredients:

1 Cup Raw Almonds
3 cups Water
Few drops of Stevia
1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla extract (optional)

Directions:

1.    Soak overnight (12 hours), pour off water & follow recipe below.
2.    Put almonds in a food processor, run it briefly.
3.    Add a little water, run it longer.
4.    Continue adding water and running the processor until you have a milky liquid.
5.    Add stevia to taste.
6.    Also you can add vanilla if desired

You can make thicker almond milk with more almonds relative to the amount of water.

I don’t mind the bits of almond skin, but you can strain if desired especially if you are planning on drinking it.

Learn why the almonds need to be Raw Almonds 

Best to use Organic Unpasteurized Almonds

To discover the benefits of almonds9 Health Benefits of Almonds

Almond is the ONLY nut that is alkaline.

That is why we teach how to use it properly in the Alkalize Your Body BootCamp and our 2-5-30  Healthy Diet and Detox.

SPROUTING NUTS & SEEDS

By |July 16th, 2011|

5 Benefits of Nuts and Seeds:

  • Best plant sources of protein.
  • Filled with heart healthy fat.
  • High Energy foods.
  • Powerful Minerals.
  • Needed Vitamins.
Read about all the benefits here: Nutritional Benefits of NUTS & SEEDS

Raw nuts or seeds can have a bitter taste; this is due to enzyme inhibitors. These inhibitors can affect the digestion of the nuts and seeds. Soaking or roasting the nuts and seeds remove the enzyme inhibitors.

The high heat from roasting will remove the enzyme inhibitors but will destroy many of the nutrients.  Soaking them will keep them more nutritious and bring out the natural sweet flavor of the nuts and seeds.

The enzyme inhibitors are washed away when the nuts and seed are soaked; also the digestion of the of the proteins and carbohydrates begins.  Bonus is that the soaking removes 30% of the oil content making nuts and seeds easier on the liver and digestion and of course less calories.

They are not actually sprouted just soaked (3 to 12 hours) which starts the process of sprouting process. Best not to soak for more then the recommended time as  as the sweetness leaves them.

Directions on How to Sprout Nuts & Seeds:

  1. Look over nuts and seeds; remove stones, brown or yellow and broken nuts or seeds.
  2. Rinse nuts or seeds.
  3. Put each type of seed or nut in individual jars then cover with purified water, leave the lid off and soak for right amount of time (see below).
  4. Best to change the water 2 or 3 times while soaking if you can.
  5. Once they have been soaked long enough; drain, put lid on and store in the refrigerator. Use them up in two to three days.
  6. When ready to eat, rinse nuts or seeds.
  7. Nuts and seeds should be rinsed every 24 hours and kept in the refrigerator.
  8. Best to eat as soon as possible, as freshness is what makes sprouts special!
  9. If  you want, you can dehydrate your soaked nuts and seeds at 105 degrees until they are completely dry. Then store in the refrigerator or freezer to keep them fresh.

Almonds: Soak 10 – 12 hours. Use only unblanched raw almonds. If refrigerated will last up to 4 days or sprouts may turn rancid. These are my favorite! Note: All US almonds have been heated so make sure the ones you buy are from Europe.  Make Almond Milk with these soaked almonds.

Pumpkin Seeds: Soak 6 – 8 hours. Eat within 2 days. Use hulled pumpkin seeds.

Sunflower Seeds: Soak 2 – 3 hours. Use hulled sunflower. Skim off seed skins when rinsing as they will make your sprouts spoil quickly. Best to eat them the same day or within 1 or 2 days.

Walnuts: Soak for 4 hours.  Eat within 2 – 3 days. They don’t really sprout because they are not a whole seed but soaking does make them more digestible; even Dr. Oz is a great fan of them.

Cashews: Soak for 2 – 3 hours.  They don’t sprout because they are not a whole seed but soaking does makes them better for making puddings with.

Greens Are Good for Us

By |July 20th, 2010|

The very simplest place to start with getting greens into our diet is to eat one big salad each day and make sure it is filled with mostly greens.  

Greens are full of vitamins A, K, D, and E which are fat soluble. To absorb these vitamins make sure to add a teaspoon of dietary fat, such as butter, olive or coconut oil, nuts, cheese or salad dressing. This will make sure your body absorbs all of the vitamins in the greens. Vitamin K helps calcium and phosphorus bind onto the bone protein matrix.

  Greens
 MIXED SUMMER GREEN SALAD Greens 

Ingredients:
1 handful, spinach
1 handful, arugula
½ head, red leaf lettuce
½  head, green leafy lettuce
1 medium bunch of parsley
3 Celery pieces, chopped
1 medium cucumber, sliced in rounds
¼ cup pine nuts

Directions:
1. Mix greens together in a bowl.
2. Top with celery, cucumber and pine nuts.
3. Serve with Mint salad dressing.

TIP:  If you are planning on this lasting for the next day, do not mix the cucumber in.  Put it in a bowl on the side and add to each serving of salad.  A mix of the basic ingredients without the cucumber will last 3 days in the fridge.

LEMON-MINT SALAD DRESSING
This is a refreshing tasty dressing with a little mint flavour.

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FREE Teleconference Class this Thursday

By |October 15th, 2009|

Learn the Skills and Principles for Achieving Long Term Health and Natural Slenderness.

  healthy-boyDo you ever wonder if your diet is making a difference in your life; whether it is good enough or balanced enough? We hear all the time about a balanced diet  but much of that information is contradictory and confusing.

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Join our new improved Five Week Teleconference Course

  • We have updated our last course with some ‘must have’ modules. (see below)
  • Included as part of the classes is a one on one half hour Nutrition session with Diana
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1.  Be part of a supportive interactive group committed to improving their health together over 5 weeks.

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During our 5 week  Course You Will Discover and Implement:

  • How to simplify your orientation to nutrition so you can worry less and enjoy more.
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Dandelion Moderation & More Smoothie Tips

By |June 18th, 2009|

OK, so maybe I went a little overboard with my ‘Dandelion Madness‘, ….not with last week’s article – but with eating dandelions themselves!

It happened because I was out at the farm where the plants are so much bigger and there are SO many of them.  Instead of spending 5 minutes digging up a few young plants– I can go out with a knife and in 10 seconds gather a shopping cart of mature leaves.  After throwing a large bunch into the blender, and forgetting my article advise to just make the dandelions a small addition, I drank my supercharged mixture.

No I didn’t collapse, or even throw up. In fact, I finished the whole thing.  Those last few mouthfuls were getting very very strong though. I normally clean out the last few drops from the blender (Did I mention I was thrifty?) but this time I was glad to wash it down the sink.

I wanted therefore, to EMPHASIZE the part about moderation and add a few other smoothie hints and facts.  They are as follows: […]

3 Minute Green Smoothie

By |March 12th, 2009|

This simple addition to your daily food has quite literally changed people’s lives. This was one of the recipes we talked about in the Radiant Energy and Healthy Slimness course.   The ingredients include: 10-12 almonds, 1 apple, 2 plus cups of organic baby spinach. Enjoy

More green smoothie recipes

Alkalizing Apple Green Smoothie

Papaya Kiwi Green Smoothie 

Delicious Grape Green Smoothie

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