Good morning! This post is being brought to you by a newly certified holistic health coach!  For the past year I’ve been a part of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s health coach certification program. It is considered the world’s largest nutrition school. What started as small nutrition school based in New York City is now an online program serving thousands of people all over the world each year. I cannot say enough good things about this school. It was an amazing experience and actually I secretly wish I was starting again. Is that weird? Who knew I would ever feel that way about school.  I had my virtual graduation ceremony last night. I am very excited to enter this new career as a health coach. I’m in the process of launching my own health coaching practice called, Happiness Illuminated. More updates on this will follow as they develop. 🙂

This morning I started up my usual 5:30 am class at the gym again. I let this slip by the wayside for the month of January. I have a hard time getting up in the pitch black to go workout. Anyone with me on this one? BUT I love getting the workout over with in the morning so I’m attempting this routine once again. I took a circuit training class this morning. The classroom is set up with about 11 stations and each was assigned a different exercise. You have one minute to do as many repetitions of the exercise before you move on to the next one. The class was done before I knew it. I came home and made this:

 

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I put an apple, a few oranges, basil, cilantro, and mint in the blender with a little water. Yes, mint!! Very refreshing.

Then I made a bowl of this:

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Cereal without the cereal! I put banana and blueberries in a bowl and sprinkled some raisins, almonds, and walnuts, then added some homemade almond milk. You can really add whatever you like. Strawberries work well with this. I love it because it’s grain-free and it satisfies a craving for cereal.

 

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I love how the milk turned a purple color from the blueberries. This is much better than the milk turning purple from artificial colors that are in those cereals I would have occasionally as a kid.   Here is my recipe for almond milk. So easy!

Easy Almond Milk

2 cups of almonds soaked in enough water to cover them for at least 12 hours and up to 48 hours
4 cups of water or coconut water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or about an inch of a vanilla bean

After you are done soaking the almonds, rinse them under water and place in a high power blender with the liquid of your choice. I have this NinjaBlend about 2-3 minutes until smooth. Strain into a bowl through a fine mesh sieve or this mesh bagIf you use a sieve you will need a spatula to press the almond milk through. This method takes a bit longer. Either way, you will have a bunch of almond pulp left over. You can save it and make a ton of things with it. It only lasts for a few days so use it quick! If you do a Google search, you will find so many uses.

Four cups of liquid is approximate. You can play around with the amount depending on how creamy you want the milk. Adding more water give you a lower fat version of this recipe. Adding less will make it very rich. I found that 4 cups per 2 cups of almonds gives the perfect consistency for me.

Feel free to add some dates, cinnamon, or any other spice to the blender before you blend the almonds. It’s so creamy and delicious.

 

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Happy Wednesday!