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Grains and Vegs.

Grains and Veggies are all I need for a yummy meal.

Throw in a bean or two and it feels all fancy :)

Simple Spring lunch of leftover aduzki bean / brown rice & steamed veggies:

Grains and Vegs.
Grains and Vegs.
Grains and Vegs.

I think the spring "cleaning" is doing it's magic...my body and mind are definitely clearing out whatever is unnecessary. As a result, my moods have been up and down. I was feeling really energetic and lighter for a few days, then I was randomly & irrationally angry yesterday---> I think it's probably my liver clearing out some old junk. Feeling up and down is a normal process when the body is cleansing. The best way to handle changing emotions is to be accepting and grateful for everything, and then to let it go.

Today I am feeling happy, but really tired. Overall though, I feel much brighter, more clear headed, and motivated. And still no insanely bad sweets cravings, and I haven't for a milisecond desired chocolate which is almost unheard of for me...I actually really can't believe it! The veggies and grains sure are working their magic!

I've been upping my amount of leafy greens, usually having a portion with lunch and dinner. I'm mostly focusing on greens and wholegrains, and chewing lots. Sour tastes go with spring eating. So i've been loving the lemon. Umeboshi anything is great too! I had a teeny bit of the vinegar yesterday, but unfortunately don't think my stomach is ready for it yet.

I am still having a bit of almond milk here and there with some dandelion coffee, but want to eliminate it.

So, I need your help!

Do you have a good (macro is preferable) recipe for grain milk?

Or, second choice is a recipe for seed milk?

I have a few exciting posts coming up:

* I made my own black sesame gomaisho (black sesame & sea salt condiment). So delicious. The smell took me right back to Japan, which i've been missing a lot lately.

* I will also have a guest post coming up, about natural & organic body care and make up...so excited!

Happy spring time friends :)

Glorious, Glorious Almonds

For the last few years, I was pretty sure I was allergic to almonds.
This was very sad for me, because as well as enjoying almonds in trail mixes and on top of cereal, my family's old Swiss baking recipes use more almonds than anything else . One of my favourite birthday cakes growing up were linzertortes.... made largely of almonds.
I had also become quite the fan of almond milk, and from time to time almond butter.
Then one day, my tongue starting feeling tingly whenever I ate almonds (and walnuts), and my stomach didn't feel too great. With much sadness, I tried to live an almond-free life. Even when I received my allergy test results back, and it didn't show an allergy to almonds, my body just didn't seem to tolerate them.
Fast foward 2 years to now, and for whatever reason, I seem to be able to eat roasted and soaked almonds just fine! If I eat raw almonds, my stomach makes me pay for it.
Well, i'm not complaining, because what can you make with a bowl full of soaked almonds?

Amazingly fresh and easy almond milk!

I know there are many ways to make it, and most of you probably do already, but here's how I make it and love it:
  • Rinse, then soak whole raw almonds overnight (I usually soak mine about 24 hrs) in the fridge, uncovered
  • Rinse off soaking water
  • Blend up almonds with new fresh water (can also add in sweetener if desired)
  • Strain through a sieve or nutmilk bag (I just got a nutmilk bag, and its great!)
  • Keeps in fridge, for me, about 3-5 days
  • I do a ratio of 1 cup almonds, to ~6 cups water.... but you can do more or less depending on the texture and thickness you like.
This almond milk has been great company to my morning bowl of oatmeal happiness lately! And I like knowing exactly what is in my almond milk, and it is so easy to make.
Question to you: what type of milk do you drink? Cow's milk, nut milk, grain milk? I'd love to hear any of your own nut and grain milk recipes.

And don't forget.... every day can be a great day, you just need to choose it. Stop and smell the flowers, sit in the sunlight, close your eyes and take 5 deep breaths, eat a pure and simple meal. It's your life, so make it a happy one!