Last month I was down in LA speaking at the National Ayurvedic Medical Association conference, a real honour and wonderful opportunity to connect to other Ayurvedic practitioners and doctors.
I was lucky to attend some seminars with fabulous presenters. But here’s what I found out that shocked me the most!
Maybe I’m a bit naive, despite often thinking I’m savvy to food trends and reading labels to really know what I’m purchasing.
I learned that in a carton of almond milk (which I have to admit I buy every time I go to the grocery store), there are less then 10 almonds. Holy! Seriously? That seems crazy to me-so what am I really drinking? Filler.
So, I did what any good pitta, solution oriented woman would do-I made my own. I had been wanting to make my own almond milk for ages but kept putting it of, thinking it was too time consuming even though I always felt a little guilty purchasing all of those almond milk tetra packs, certainly not a great move for the environment.
In Ayurveda almonds are both sattvic (a balancing food) and a rasayana (rejuvenate). Make this healthy tonic to nourish your ojas (vigour/ immunity), increase your stamina as well as being a great reproductive tonic (keep things hot in the bedroom).
And, my favourite…it’s actually really easy!
1) Soak 20 whole almonds (not blanched) in a bowl covered with warm water in the evening.
2) In the morning, peel the skins off of the almonds.
3) Put the almonds into a blender (I use my Magic bullet and it works well) with 2 cups of water.
4) Optional additions to the blender are: a pinch of cardamom, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tbsp rosewater, a dash of honey/ maple syrup.
5) Blend on high.
6) Enjoy. Yum!
Love & light,