Saturday, July 23, 2011

Homemade Almond Milk

Thank you to Barbie Decker (fellow Beachbody coach) for posting this simple, clean recipe on her blog!!  Seriously! You won't believe how easy it is to make your own almond milk at home & the money you will save.

I bought 1 pound of raw, unsalted almonds at my local Whole Foods store for $5.99 per pound.
  1. Cover in water & soak for at least 4 hours.  While soaking, the almonds expand & the skin softens. 
  2. Drain the almonds & rinse thoroughly.
  3. Skin almonds.  Don't worry.  The skin pops right off!  You will be chasing almonds around your kitchen.  My son helped me.  It was that easy!
  4. Fill your blender with 4 cups of water.
  5. Add 1/2 cup of the skinless almonds.
  6. Blend well.
  7. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator & use within 3-4 days.
There you have it.  Clean almond milk with no preservatives, sodium, or sugar added!

I'll break down the cost benefits for you.  Net after soaking was approx. 3 cups almonds.  For this recipe, that will make 24 cups of almond milk, or 1.5 gallons.  Remember, I paid $5.99 per pound of almonds & bought only one pound.  You may be able to get your almonds cheaper from a local farmer.

Cost per 1 cup equals $0.25, or $2 per half-gallon. 

Pure Silk Almond Milk or Blue Diamond Almond milk is an average of $3.59 per half-gallon.  Cost per 1 cup equals $0.45.

Total savings equals $0.20 per cup, or $1.59 per half-gallon, or 44% - that's almost HALF!!. 

This is the kind of advice I give, for free, to people I coach through their fitness & nutrition.  You can get it too by clicking on "Join," then "free membership" here

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The 3 Biggest Fitness Lies

This is an excellent article with staggering statistics.  It is a great lead into starting on the path to better nutrition and increased activity.

Action is the only way to reverse the trend, and that starts with facing the truth about three common fallacies that contribute to the country’s weight battle:

1) We exercise enough

If you step into any gym in the US, you get the feeling that we’re an active country. After all, 45 million Americans belong to some sort of health club, compared to only 23 million in 1993. But according to the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 82 percent of American’s don’t meet the government’s exercise recommendations. That doesn’t mean you need to lift weights or run a marathon, but we do need to get up and move. Find a workout partner, run around with your kids, or join a group and log your fitness. Whatever you do, just be active and find something that you consider fun. Anything that keeps you active is a good thing.

2) We know how to eat

When I was younger, I thought I knew everything about food. I avoided fat when I was told it was bad, avoided all carbs when I learned they were evil, and watched my protein so it wouldn’t hurt my kidneys. After all, I was well-read, educated, and could take care of myself. As you can imagine, these drastic changes led to years of struggles. That is, until I really started learning about nutrition

But you know what? All of the scientific information wasn’t as helpful as learning how to eat. We’ve been trained to eat until we’re full, to eat fast, and enjoy. We need to slow down, learn how much we need to eat, and consumer fewer liquid calories. If you follow these three simple steps, regardless of your eating philosophy, you should lose weight and feel better. And then you can focus on learning on what foods are better for you. Which reminds me…

3) We know what to eat

Our country is notorious for eating high calorie, low nutrient foods. Some of the blame is on food manufacturers who produce these foods, and then sell them cheap. A little less marketing and a little more transparency would go a long way to improving the health of the country. But it’s still your responsibility to eat the right foods and maintain a healthy weight. And that starts with consuming more fruits and vegetables—something that our nation neglects. Seven of the states with the lowest consumption of fruits and vegetables are also in the 10 top most obese locations in the country. Coincidence? Probably not. That means it’s on you to eat more fruits and vegetables. (I’d recommend veggies at every meal) And while you’re at it, limit processed foods and unnecessary sugars.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

The Office - Beachbody Style

Can I just say how much I love being a part of a company that knows how to poke fun at itself?!

6 Secrets of Skinny People

I have preached these same practices to many people.  They are simple & effective!  Common sense goes a long way!!!