Viewing entries in
Rainbow Living

2 Comments

Claudia Martin: Almond Milk

A few years ago when I first discovered I could make my own almond milk, I thought I was pretty clever and felt quite chuffed with myself. That was until I realised that it is possibly the easiest thing in the kitchen to make and that it requires absolutely zero skill! All the better I say, because there is something SO rewarding about making your own milk and having absolute confidence in its freshness and pure ingredients. A lot of the store-bought almond milks have a heap of added nasties (eeek), I also find that this DIY version is much creamier and not to mention yummier! Its simplicity just makes it all the more convenient and achievable, so I hope that you too can make this a staple in your household.

So why bother with almond milk? Here’s a fun fact, almonds have more calcium than normal cow’s milk:

+ 100ml of cow’s milk contains 115 mg of calcium

+ 100 g of almonds contains 240 mg of calcium

That’s some pretty impressive street cred for the humble little almond right? A diet high in lots of calcium-rich plant based foods makes sure that your little bodies have plenty of magnesium to absorb all of this goodness!

We love using almond milk in our smoothies, steel cut oats and even pumpkin soup! It’s extremely versatile and delicious. So here goes:

1. Get yourself some raw almonds. 

IMG_3333.JPG

2. Soak 2 cups of raw almonds over night in filtered water.

IMG_3334.JPG

3. Rinse the almonds really well the next day.

IMG_3382.JPG

4. Add 3 cups of filtered water – or more depending on how you like the consistency.

Here you can get creative and add some dates if you prefer things sweet or replace some of the water with coconut milk if you’re feeling adventurous (this coconut version is particularly delicious). Or add something else entirely and let me know how it works out. We’ve added Rooibos tea before for extra antioxidants and flavour. This is flavoured milk at it’s best!

IMG_3383.JPG

5. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.

IMG_3384.JPG

6. Into a separate bowl, pour the blended almonds into a nut milk bag or cheesecloth. Squeeze out all the liquid with your hands (this is a fun activity if you have some little people in your life) and try to get all of the milk out. 

IMG_3385.JPG

7. And then pour into a bottle. It’s that easy!

IMG_3390.JPG

Don’t forget to get creative and save the almond meal (pulp) for some delicious desserts.

Now get up from behind that screen and soak some almonds before you forget!

Love Claudia x

All words and photos by Claudia Martin. 

2 Comments

Comment

Claudia Martin

We are so excited to introduce Claudia Martin, our first writer for the Rainbow Living family. Claudia will be contributing through posts on all areas of health. Claudia's love of a balanced, healthy lifestyle is obvious, we can wait to learn about things such as DIY almond milk and essential oils. Keep an eye out for her first Rainbow Living post.

Photo by Jac from jacandheath.com

Photo by Jac from jacandheath.com

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I live by the beach with my little family. I’m a new mum to a 5-month-old baby girl, Eve Indigo - who I am completely besotted with.

My days are filled are with looking after Eve, cooking and being surrounded by a beautiful group of friends and family. I have a real passion for healthy and simple living (that has increased ten fold since bringing a little human into the world). I studied Communications and worked in Marketing and Public Relations for 6 years, but a year ago I began my studies in holistic nutrition.

Have you always felt this way about health?

Short answer? Hell no! I grew up in quite a health conscious, vegetarian family but in my teens I rebelled and became addicted to cheeseburgers and couldn’t care less about the food I was eating. I was lucky enough to always enjoy nourishing meals that my mum prepared, so it never got completely out of hand. I remember caring about the food I was eating for a millisecond, but only so I could still fit into my hipster jeans. 

I actually continued this way for quite a while, but after a very self-indulgent trip to New York a few years ago, I decided that something had to change. I had spent 3 weeks indulging in cheese pizzas, designer shoes and anything my egocentric heart desired. Whilst it was one of the best trips of my life, I left feeling like I needed more and committed to living a healthy lifestyle. It has been a journey ever since!

What are the main wellness ‘rules’ that you try to live by?

I feel my best when I eat a plant-based diet, where vegetables are the main act at every meal.  I avoid dairy, meat, sugar and white flours in my everyday home life. I also avoid all chemicals on my body, on my baby, in my house and on my food. I usually have a green smoothie or juice everyday day and I eat as seasonally and locally as I possibly can (thanks to Farmers Markets and Food Co-Ops). I find that this type of eating is my base and on weekends & holidays I always allow for some indulgences (hello, who can resist a Sunday cafe breakfast without haloumi!?). And exercise, I definitely need to get out and move my body in some way everyday to function at my best.

Have you learnt any lessons along the way?

Many. I’m that person who commits to something wholeheartedly and does it obsessively (also becomes a tad evangelical about it – can’t help myself!) and then has to step back and find a balance with what is realistic. I’m a bit of a book nerd, so I’m forever reading everything I can about health, and I love learning from other passionate and likeminded people – therefore, my knowledge and opinions are forever evolving. I also avoid diet labels now (vegan, paleo etc.), and just prefer to eat in a plant based, whole foods way. My body is a temple, and that’s the age-old philosophy I try to live by.

Excited about this ROAR venture and sharing my love of healthy living with you. 

Claudia xxxxxxxx

Claudia with her beautiful baby Eve. Photo by Jac from jacandheath.com

Claudia with her beautiful baby Eve. Photo by Jac from jacandheath.com

The Photography was done by our good friend Jac. Please check out their amazing website by clicking on the link below. 

 

Comment