I have decided to save America’s livers, one “mocktail” at a time. That’s right, you can enjoy your holiday parties, wake up the next morning feeling great and look festive while doing it thanks to this Pomegranate Lime Non-Alcoholic Spritzer! (This post contains affiliate links. I may make a commission off sales but your price remains the same.)
Let’s Muddle Things Up!
This drink is a favorite anytime we want something a little more celebratory than plain old water. To make it you’ll need a muddle. A muddle is a bartenders tool used to crush ingredients, in this case, limes.
SIMPLE SYRUP OR NATURALLY SUGAR FREE STEVIA OPTION:
You can sweeten this drink with a simple syrup made ahead of time, or with liquid Stevia drops. It’s fantastically delicious both ways!
The Recipe: Pomegranate Lime Non-Alcoholic Spritzer
A simple mocktail with a simple syrup or low carb stevia sweetened option. If making the simple syrup, be sure to make it at least an hour ahead of time so it has time to cool and then refrigerate. When having a party, we set out all the prepped ingredients with a recipe card so guests can make their own spritzers.
I have a new favorite smoothie for you! It’s antioxidant rich, filling, delicious, creamy and cold. And believe it or not, it’s technically a ‘green’ smoothie… even though it’s really purple. I call it the Blackberry Baby Kale Smoothie and it takes about 60 seconds to make! (This post contains affiliate links off which I may make a commission. Your price remains the same.)
Making Your Smoothie The Best It Can Be:
Your smoothie is only as good as the ingredients you put in it. I always recommend using homemade almond milk. Almond milk provides protein and healthy fats and homemade simply tastes better than store bought. It contains nothing but almonds and filtered water and if you desire,vanilla paste and liquid stevia extract (affiliate links)
My recipe for homemade almond milkhere. We are using baby kale and spinach in this smoothie. Baby kale has all the nutrients of more mature kale but tastes less bitter. Dates provide the sweetness!
I place all the ingredients for this smoothie besides the almond milk into sandwich size ziplock bags and put them in the freezer. I usually make a weeks worth at a time. Then all I have to do is empty the baggie into the blender, add a cup of almond milk and blend!
The Recipe: The Blackberry and Baby Kale Smoothie
For best results:
Make surealmond milk is really cold and use a frozen banana and frozen berries. The creaminess of this smoothie comes from the frozen fruit. And a really cold smoothie just tastes better! I use a Blendtec blender.
Have you ever wanted to make something or for that matter do something and you just never seem to get around to it? You put it off and push it back and when you finally do it, it is so much easier than you thought that you wonder what took you so long? I have. I have wanted to make almond milk for years but just kept putting it off. After reading an article about the dangers of the food additive carrageenan I finally got off my duff and did it! Carrageenan is a thickener used in many dairy and non dairy items and seems to be somewhat controversial. And let’s face it…homemade is always better and healthier anyway! Making almond milk is a simple 4 step process… Complete printable recipe below. (This post contains affiliate links. I may make a commission off sales but your price remains the same.)
Simply soak raw almonds overnight in a bowl or jar with filtered water. Cover the nuts with enough water that there is at least an inch or two of water above the nuts.
Step 2~Strain and Blend:
Strain and rinse nuts in a colander. Discard soaking water. Place rinsed nuts into blender with filtered water and blend.
Step 3: The Nut Milk Bag
Pour blended nuts into thenut milk bag (affiliate link) and squeeze milk into a bowl. That is it! That is how easy it is to make almond milk. Literally it takes minutes.
Almond milk is naturally slightly sweet but If you want to sweeten it up a little more you can add some honey, maple, stevia drops, or put almond milk back in the blender with a few pitted dates and blend until smooth. My favorite way to flavor almond milk is to add 2-3 dates and some vanilla paste! (affiliate links) I prefer dates over having my almond milk taste like honey or syrup. But that is just my personal preference!
So What About Chocolate Almond Milk?
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that chocolate almond milk is a real treat! Simply add your choice of sweetener, vanilla and some unsweetened cocoa powder to your almond milk and you have a rich, creamy chocolate drink!
The recipe below makes 4 cups of almond milk. Fresh almond milks lasts about four days in the fridge. Now that my husband and I are empty nesters we can’t use that much in four days, but we definitely don’t want to go back to store bought…it’s just not the same! So this is what we do, we keep half of our almond milk in the fridge and pour the other half into covered ice cube trays. Then I can take out one or two cubes for my morning Crio Bru as I need it and he can use the fresh in his smoothies, no spoilage, no waste!
Almond milk is an easy and delicious milk substitute! You can discard the meal or dry it and use it in recipes.
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Author: Linda Spiker
2cupsraw almondssoaked in water
Vanilla paste or extractif making vanilla almond milk
stevia dropshoney, maple syrup or 2-3 dates for sweetening (optional)
unsweetened cocoa powderif making the chocolate version
Place raw almonds and a pinch of sea salt in a bowl or large jar, cover with filtered water (enough so that water is at least 2-3 inches above nuts) cover and soak over night.
Discard soaking water and rinse almonds in colander.
Place soaked nuts in a blender add 4 cups filtered water. Blend until smooth.
Pour through a milk nut bag in 3rds and squeeze almond milk into a bowl.
Leave plain or add some vanilla paste to taste. Or sweeten with 3 liquid stevia drops, or a teaspoon or two of honey or maple syrup. I prefer using three dates to sweeten my almond milk. To use dates, add milk back to blender with 2-3 soft, pitted dates and blend until smooth. Always double check pits are removed before blending.
Add desired amount of fresh sweetened vanilla almond milk back into blender and 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder per cup of almond milk.
* If you would like to make almond meal from left over pulp:
place pulp on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper and bake in oven at 170 degrees for about 2 hours (depends on where you live). When meal feels dry to touch remove from oven. Allow to cool, place in blender for a quick pulse to break up chunks.
I hope you enjoy homemade almond milk as much as I do. I use it as a milk substitute and as a base for smoothies. ~ Linda Spiker
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