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Homemade Almond Milk

Ok so I decided to finally make my own almond milk and see what all the hype was about. I envisioned it tasting so creamy and amazing just like the one at Pressed Juicery. My high expectations may have been my problem.

I bought raw almonds, measured out one cup and soaked them in plenty of water for 6-8 hours. I even went through the tedious task on removing the skins off the plumped up nuts because I read somewhere that the skin causes wrinkles! Gasp! I then tossed the peeled, soaked nuts into a Ninja blender and added three cups of water and blended away. The liquid turned into a creamy white color and I poured it through a fine mesh sieve. Ok, so maybe I need to invest in a nut bag because the milk did get pretty smooth but not smooth enough. There were still bits of pulp in the milk. I did save the pulp to possibly use in a cookie recipe, waffles, granola, or whatever else I can think of.

I added a bit of vanilla and a sprinkle of sea salt to the milk and whisked until blended. I took the first sip and was very underwhelmed. It tasted exactly like the almond milk I buy at the store and was more expensive to make and time consuming. I know some recipes call for dates to be blended into the milk as well, so maybe that makes it more creamy. Don’t get me wrong, the milk is good and I love that I made it and that it is so pure in form. I just wanted it to blow my mind with how incredibly creamy it was due to all the articles I have read by people exclaiming how much better homemade almond milk is versus store bought in regard to thickness and taste. I am determined to crack the code and get the almond milk I desire. I am going to invest in a nut bag and add some dates and report back.

For now, blend at your risk or stick to the convenient store bought variety.

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The Juice Craze Is All The Rage

The first time I saw a green juice I thought it looked so unappetizing. I wanted nothing to do with it. My friends urged me to try sips of their juices here and there and I would comply, but was never sold. That is until I discovered Pressed Juicery several years ago.

The store let me sample all the flavors I wanted and educated me on the benefits of each blend. I was on cold pressed juice overload. I enjoyed Greens 2 and the Almond milk the best, so purchased those and had a blissful start to my juice obsession.

Let me back up and give you a little background on Pressed Juicery, or as I like to refer to it, my happy place. The company was founded by partners Hayden Slater, Hedi Gores, and Carly de Castro. They were in search of a way to give modern gals like me a convenient way to help lead a healthy life on the go. Pressed Juicery sells their juices by the bottle, in smoothie form, and in a cleanse package. They offer a loyalty program where on your 10th visit, you get a free juice.

The flavors are bold, fresh, invigorating, and cleansing. The bright colors and flavors sing to me from my fridge urging me to start my day the healthy way. I drink them straight out of the bottle or sometimes make a smoothie out of them. One of my favorite smoothie blends is Greens 1, a banana, and a bit of almond or coconut milk. It is creamy, smooth, and delicious.

My current favorite flavors are as follow:

Greens 1: kale, spinach, celery, parsley, romaine, and cucumber

Coconut Cinnamon: coconut meat, coconut water, cinnamon

rhubarb, strawberry, raspberry, watermelon, pineapple

The good news is Pressed Juicery can be shipped all over the US and the average price of a bottle is $6.50

Visit http://www.pressedjuicery.com for details on their many LA locations and online ordering

Juice Served Here is another one of my favorite juice spots here in LA. One plus about the juices here is they come packaged in a eco friendly glass bottle and they have a recycling program. For every 10 bottles you bring back, you get a free juice. Now the juices are a bit more expensive than Pressed Juicery, but you get a bit more per serving and they have interesting flavors, one of which includes detoxifying charcoal and another being soup in a bottle.

My favorite flavors are as follow:

Green Milk which contains Alkaline water, cashew, almond, hazelnut, spinach, romaine, kale, parsley, date and vanilla bean.

Cream Party which is one of the BEST things I have ever tasted and contains young coconut meat and mature coconut meat, pressed into a milk which is so smooth, creamy and delicious. I crave this often.

The juices at Juice Served Here are around $11 each

Check out their site at http://www.juiceservedhere.com or visit their LA store at 8366 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA

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