Add nuts, water, dash of sea salt and a dash of agave nectar (if using) into your blender. I used the Vitamix which is a high powered blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour mixture into a Nut Bag or fine meshed strainer over a bowl and squeeze nut bag until all milk is released into bowl. You nut milk is now ready to be consumed. Nut milks will keep well in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Notes- I love Brazil Nuts because they are a great source of Selenium. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against disease and is also known to slow down the aging process and to boost your immune system.
Why it is important to soak your nuts? I soaked the nuts overnight to neutralize the enzyme inhibitors so that my body could easily digest the milk and absorb all the wonderful nutrients.
Nuts contain enzyme inhibitors. These inhibitors interfere with our digestion because they effect the enzymes in our stomach that break down our food. When you soak the nuts, you draw out these inhibitors in to the water.
Nuts also contain a substance called phytic acid which binds with certain nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc and inhibits their absorption. Over time this can lead to mineral deficiency. When you soak the nuts, you start to break down the phytic acid, which in turn reduces the chance that your precious minerals and vitamins will not be absorbed.
Brazil Nut Milk Chocolate Milkshake
This superfood milkshake is simply AMAZING. Truly, this is one of the best shakes I have ever made and I think it is the combination of fresh homemade nut milk along with a bunch of super foods that makes it so yummy!
1 cup fresh raw brazil nut milk 2 tbsp Navitas Naturals Raw Cacoa Powder 1 tbsp Navitas Naturals Maca Powder 1 tbsp Navitas Naturals Sprouted Chia Powder 1 small frozen banana 1 cup ice cubes
Combine the above ingredients into a Vitamix or blender and blend until smooth, creamy and frothy.
Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy this amazing superfood milkshake!
Notes- I used Raw Cacao Powder because it is loaded with antioxidants, iron and magnesium. Maca Powder is a super nutrient dense whole food that is packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and healthy fats. Maca powder is known to increase stamina combat fatigue and even boost your libido:) Sprouted Chia Powder- is hight in essential fatty acids and has 8 times the amount of Omega-3's than salmon. I love my Chia!
So we are planning a few other videos and hope to improve upon the quality as we go along.
I am also excited because I am signed up to go to a cooking class at Abby's Table in a few weeks. Raw Food Basics and Beyond Back by popular demand! Learn the ways of “non-cooking”, with simple tricks and fun techniques to “freshen” up your diet! And yes, there will be raw chocolate:) Recipes: Hand Cured Vegetable Salad, Raw Beet Ravioli Filled with an Oregano Pesto “Cheese”, Raw Crackers, Raw Sweet Pea Soup, Raw Vanilla Macaroons and Raw Chocolate Truffles!
I am so super excited about going to this and the food sounds AMAZING! I have already let my family know that Abby's Table is where I want to go for my birthday meal. Abby's Table is the home of our weekly family style dinners. On Wednesday and Thursday we feature Portland’s local produce in beautifully themed menus that are 100% gluten, dairy and soy free. Our accessible, family style 4 course format offers omnivore and vegan options to please any palate.
Doesn't that sound fun!
Okay, I am off to play with the kids a bit more. This time I am in charge of filming Emmet skating.
Have a Happy and Healthy rest of your Day!