For 2013 fitness is a solid calendar item. Pinky swear. Pure Barre and Pilates have been my jam. I highly recommend both if running is too much on your joints. I raise my hand boldly. These resistance classes lift and tone like non-other. Along with an improved diet, less wine and caffeine, this year is starting out slightly boring, but just dandy on the waistline.
Luckily a Nekter Juice Bar is nearby to one of my classes. Stopping in after class for a shot of wheat-grass seems to just be the right thing to do. Furthermore, in the refrigerated section they have a nut milk protein drink. I love them but $7 a bottle is hard on the wallet. A homemade version would be the economical answer.
Here is how the cinnamon version ofthis Nut Milk Protein Drink came to life. It’s pretty close to the real Nekter deal. You’ll need a high speed/large volume blender. The Ninja Blender is my weapon of choice, however a Vitamix or Blendtec Mixer may even be better.
Off we go.
Simple ingredient – almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.
4 cups of raw almonds, they need to soak in water over night.
After 24 hours, into the blender they go along with 32oz of filtered water.
Then let her rip. For a solid 5 minutes. The photo above looks like it was almost there, just a few more minutes of swirling was needed. Taste for flavoring and adjust as necessary. Cinnamon speaks to me, I tend to add lots or if you like it sweeter, add more dates. If the mixture is too thick for your liking, add a touch more water. Remember this is a ‘milk shake’ type drink. But, if you prefer less fiber, strain your mixer. The choice is yours my friends.
Chill and enjoy!
- 4 cups raw almonds
- 16-20 pitted dates (depending on how sweet you would like your shake) Look for Madjool
- 32 oz. filtered water (Dasani)
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract (use the good stuff)
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
- Soak raw almonds over night or 24 hours in the refrigerator. Drain and add to blender. Add filtered water, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Blend until smooth. Approx 5 minutes.
Have a great weekend friends,