Thursday, September 22, 2011

Homemade Almond Milk

Who knew it was so easy to make almond milk!?  Soak one cup of almonds overnight.  Rinse well in the morning.  Throw them in the blender with 2-3 cups of water, pinch sea salt, two tablespoons of agave nectar, and a teaspoon of vanilla.  Blend well and drain the pulp through a sifter.  Voila!  Store in the refrigerator and drink in 3-5 days.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sprouting legumes

This is so easy to do, and so much better than their cooked counterparts! Set lentils in a bowl and cover with plenty water. Cover the bowl with a paper towel.  Make sure to place them in a large enough bowl, as they will double in size. Also, you don't want to keep them for longer than a week or so, therefore only soak as many as you think you will eat in a weeks time. In the morning, use a collander to drain the water well. Place them back in the bowl and cover with a paper towel.  Every 12 hours, rinse the lentils in fresh water and drain well.  They only need to remain moist, not covered in water.

These are my lentils after 2 days.  I let them go for 3 or 4 days.  Once you've sprouted them to the desired length, cover and refrigerate.  You can add them to salads, sandwiches, wraps, whatever!

Here are a couple of links regarding the nutritional value:

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Corn and Bean Salsa

This is my own and it's super easy! Combine one can corn, one cup black beans, diced tomatoes, diced onions, chopped cilantro, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1-2 tsp chili powder, fresh lemon juice from half a lemon, half teaspoon ground oregano, salt and pepper.  Voila!  You can have it as a salsa side, or add chopped red leaf lettuce for a salad.


This is my own recipe, not found in the Thrive Diet.  It's easy and really good.

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup honey
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup slivered almonds
2 Tbsp ground flax seed
2 Tbsp wheat germ
2 Tbsp raw cacao nibs
1/4 tsp sea salt
Desired amount of shredded coconut
Dried fruit, if desired (raisins, dried cherries, dried peaches, etc)

Combine first five ingredients.  Combine the rest of the ingredients in a separate bowl.  Mix both together until all ingredients are evenly coated.  Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Protein Bars

I actually got the idea for these from Matt Frazier, the No Meat Athlete.  I changed it up slightly and loved the outcome.

1.5-2 cups homemade beans (pinto or black)
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/2 banana
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1.5 cups oats
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup rice protein
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/4 cup raw cacao nibs

Process all ingredients together.  You may need to add some water if too dry (I added 1/4 cup).  Spread into greased 8"x8" pan and bake 350 for 18 minutes.

For other variations of this, go to:

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Pre-Workout Energy Pudding

This is straight out of the Thrive Diet.  I make it before any workout that will last longer than 45 minutes. 

2 bananas
1/2 cup dates
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1/4 cup raw cacao nibs
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp lemon
1/4 tsp salt
Optional: 1 tbsp ground yerba mate (for caffeine!)

Blend together and consume prior to workout.  I usually eat half of this and save the rest for another day (not more than three days out).  Easy to digest and provides simple carbs and energy!