I gotta be honest with you. I do love a good coffee. A lot. I could easily drink several cups a day without loosing sleep or getting the jitters. I must have some good italian coffee in my veins. But there are lots of reasons why having a lot of coffee may not be that great for you. For me the alarm bells started ringing when I committed to a 30 day detox and I suffered some intense headaches for a few days. I am suss on anything that has such withdrawal symptoms….
You can do your own research and you will find plenty of info on the effects of coffee on your mineral absorption, hydration, stomach acids, acidity and mood. But you will also find some good points. Coffee is not all that bad, and like with everything, moderation and quality is key. Caffein is great before a workout or as a bit of a energy boost. As s always, ethically grown, chemical free and organic beans are your best option when you want to have a cup.
But when I talk about coffee, I mean the black sort. Don’t get me started on the s/m/l sized Latte’s. I hail from a culture where a milky coffee is for breakfast only. After 10am its espresso or nada.
Ok, end of coffee rant. In fact, I rarely have coffee these days. Its a special treat or when I desperately need a pick me up. It is good to occasionally do a whole body maintenance program…it takes 30 days to rid your system of toxins, reboot and challenge some old habits. I kicked my coffee habit. But I thank the starts for letting me find an awesome herbal coffee substitute. If I need something black and bitter, I make myself a cup of Teechino. Its based around chicory and barley, along with carob, almonds, figs and dates. It is super delicious and I have it with a splash of nut milk. Which brings me to todays recipe.
Home made nut milks are fantastic. Super creamy and packed calcium, magnesium and zinc, you can use the milk as is or a substitute in your cooking. Nut milks are amazing as a base for smoothies and you can increase its nutrient content by adding a high quality protein powder like IsaPro Whey powder, some tahini, along with your fruit and greens. All nuts can be milked. I love Hazelnut, Cashew, Almond and Brazil Nut best. But you can also use seeds like Sunflowers or Pumpkin seed. One cup of nuts goes a long way so have fun exploring different tastes.
Best ever almond milk
- 1 cup of nuts, soaked overnight in filtered water
- 3 – 4 cups of filtered water
- 1/4 of a Vanilla bean (whole bean, not just the seeds), or 1 tsp of vanilla paste/essence
- 2 fresh dates
- pinch of sea salt
Soak the almonds overnight. The next morning, add all the ingredients to your high powered blender (I use my Vitamix) and blend at high speed. Pour the milk through a nut bag or muslin and squeeze all the liquid out. Reserve the pulp for later. Store it in the fridge for up to 4 days. Makes around 750ml of Nut milk.