Making your own almond milk and whole30
I don’t really know how many of you read my Dutch blog. My guess is not a lot… 😉 But if that is the case, this news will come as no surprise to you. After having eaten way too much sweets and other junk stuff I figured it was time for a complete ‘make-over’ so to speak. An attempt at becoming a better me, health wise. And it was through Sonia from The Healthy Foodie blog that I found the method I am going to use. I’m pretty sure a lot of you have heard about the Paleo diet and there’s been a lot of pro’s and con’s discussions as far as I have seen. The Whole30 is basically a rather strict version of the paleo principles, but applied over a period of 30 days.
It is essentially a lot of vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds with meat and fish. No grains, no dairy, no sugar… I am not saying – at this point – that I will keep it up after those 30 days, but I do feel that my body would benefit from a ‘reset’ so that’s what it is for me. Since starting on the 12WBT I’ve been eating very good and healthy so that won’t change too much. I’ve lost a total of 8 kg and am happy with that too, but as I said in my last post; bad habits do sneak in quite easily. One more reason for me to get rid of all the ‘bad’ stuff.
And let me make it clear that I certainly do not consider grains to be bad. Not at all. But I think I can survive without them for 30 days. And in a way I am rather curious to find out what effect a change like this will make in my general feeling of well-being. If I am to believe the stories, it is a huge benefit. I am sceptic or should I say; I am starting this with a healthy dose of doubt in my mind. I am convinced this is healthy and would be good, no matter if I like it or not. I just don’t really think I can live without bread for the rest of my life! (the thought alone makes me shiver!)
But there have been so many reports of smaller ailments like allergies (of which I have a few) and other little things disappearing after being on this type of food, that it seems hard to ignore. I will keep you updated on how I am doing, so stay tuned for further updates along the way.
One of the things I am gonna miss (a lot!) is dairy. Cheese, milk, yoghurt…. It will have to be left out for a while… And because I love to make smoothies I figured it make sense to learn how to make my own almond milk and boy, that is so easy to do! I actually checked if I could use the stuff they sell in the stores, but seriously… have you checked the labels? That contains 2% of almonds and the rest is sugar, water and other chemicals. And sugar is per definition banned, as well as most of the other stuff in it, so there was no other option but to make it myself. And as mentioned it is dead simple.
And might I add, quite delicious too. It takes a bit more work then pouring milk out of a carton but it is almost as good. The recipe below makes about 1 ltr. I found the recipes through Ianna from Beginspiration and have adapted it slightly to be whole30 compliant!
This recipes makes roughly a liter of almond milk
- 250 gr white almonds so skins removed
- 1 ltr water preferably sterilised or boiled and cooled water
- pinch salt
- 3-4 dates pits removed
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Soak the almonds in cold water for at least 8 hours. This will make you have more milk in the end.
Once they have soaked, drain them and put them in a blender and add a liter of water to it. Add the dates and a pinch of salt and the vanilla extract and blend everything together for about 3 minutes. in the meantime prepare a colander with a cheesecloth inside over a big bowl. Once the almonds have sufficiently turned, add it into the prepared colander and let it drain. Once it looks dry, put the corners of the cheesecloth together and squeeze it. You'll be surprised how much more liquid will come out.
You can keep the almond milk in a sterilized jar for about 4-5 days in the fridge.