Archive for the ‘Health Drinks’ Category

Chlorella Berry Drink

Here is a quick and easy recipe for a chlorella green drink with berries. You will need chlorella powder, spirulina powder and black raspberry powder plus some bee pollen (keep in the freezer), some frozen organic blueberries, some raw organic honey and (optionally) some stevia extract if you don’t want to use too much honey.

The stevia extract we have been using comes from Trader Joe’s. It comes in one gram packets and it is fairly inexpensive. Chlorella and spirulina powder is very common and easy to find from health food suppliers. The black raspberry powder we use is Virgin Extracts Black Raspberry Extract Powder. It is made by FoodsSuper.com and is available from Amazon.com and other places.

We use Jarrow Formulas "Yaeyama Chlorella" (1 kg) and Starwest Botanicals Spirulina powder. We buy both of these from from VitaCost.com.

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How to Make Water Kefir

Water kefir is a delicious and easy-to-make probiotic drink that you can make yourself at home. I find this to be a very inexpensive way to culture your own probiotics. Just make them yourself from a live culture – like water kefir – and use the living culture to repeat the process over and over.

Ingredients you will need to make your own water kefir: dehydrated kefir grains, palm sugar, spring water, 2 qt mason jar and organic cane sugar.

Most of the websites that show how to make water kefir either sell the hydrated, living kefir grains from their websites or advise that you obtain the kefir grains from someone else who has a growing culture and can spare some kefir grains that have multiplied.

In this article, I will show you a different way. You can buy your own dehydrated water kefir grains on the Internet and then rehydrate them yourself. Rehydrating kefir grains will take just a few days and, following that, you can make regular, running batches of water kefir from them.

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Non Dairy Almond Milk

It is easier than one would think to make non dairy almond milk. All you need is some raw almonds, water, vanilla extract and raw honey or blue agave nectar as a sweetener. There can be many reasons why you would want to use a non-dairy milk instead of cow’s milk. You can use it in cooking recipes, cereal, blended drinks, etc.

Start by soaking some raw almonds in water overnight (between 8 to 12 hours). The next day, rinse the soaked nuts and add them to a blender along with 4 cups of water, sweetener and a little vanilla extract. Simply blend it and strain it.

If you make a lot of nut milk, you can buy a nut milk bag. You can obtain one online from many sources at a reasonable cost. It will make the straining step a lot easier and you can reuse the bag over and over.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb raw almonds
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup sweetener (raw honey or blue agave nectar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Soak one lb of nuts in water in a 2 qt. mason jar overnight (8-12 hours). The next day, rinse the nuts and add the soaked nuts, with 4 cups of water, vanilla extract and sweetener to a blender. Blend until smooth – not too long – only as long as you can hear it it rattling in the blender. Strain through cheesecloth or a nut milk bag and refrigerate.

Shown below is a photo of all the ingredients: left to right – sweetener, vanilla extract, raw almonds and an empty mason jar.

Start by soaking the nuts overnight (between 8 and 12 hours).

Rinse the nuts and add them to a blender with four cups of water, sweetener and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth. Note: don’t overdo it. If you use a nut milk bag, if it is blended too finely it can clog the mesh.

I’m going to strain it with cheesecloth, here. I am using a basket-style coffee maker funnel…

Place the cheesecloth over the coffee maker funnel.

Strain the blended mixture through the cheesecloth.

Squeeze it all out and you’re done.

Perfect substitute for cow’s milk when a non-dairy milk is desired.

Instant Green Drink

This is the recipe for our morning green drink. I found that it gives me energy and holds me over before breakfast so I can go for a morning walk without getting hungry. It takes about 5 minutes to make. Use a hand blender to blend all the ingredients and use an old jar with a lid that you can save from some other food product. The hand blender we use is a Cuisinart Smart Stick. We got it at our local Bed, Bath & Beyond store.

The Berry Greens we use are called “Delicious Berry Greens 8000″. They are made by Pakonen Nutraceuticals Inc. (www.greens8000.com), but they are available from many online distributors at better prices. Just search Google for “Delicious Berry Greens 8000″.

The Spirulina powder and the Barley Grass powder we use is from Starwest Botanicals and they each come in a 1-lb re-sealable bag. The Chlorella powder we use is called Jarrow Formulas “Yaeyama Chlorella” (1 kg) . We buy all 3 of these from from VitaCost.com (www.vitacost.com).

Instant Green Drink (makes 2 servings)

  • 1 tbsp Spirulina powder
  • 2 scoops Berry Greens (it comes with a scoop)
  • 1 tbsp Chlorella powder
  • 1 tbsp Barley Grass powder
  • 24 oz drinking water (bottled, distilled or filtered)

Directions:

Add 1 tbsp Spirulina to an empty glass shaker (with lid). We use an empty jar with lid that we saved from some other food product. Add about 8 oz drinking water to the jar (bottled, distilled or filtered). Mix with a hand blender for a few seconds. This is to mix the Spirulina. It tends to get clumpy if you don’t mix it first. Next, add the Berry Greens, then the Chlorella and then the Barley Greens. Add more water bringing the total up to 24 oz (enough for 2 servings). Put the lid on the jar and shake it thoroughly for a few seconds to submerge all the powders, then remove the lid and blend with a hand blender for about 30-45 seconds. Make sure everything is blended thoroughly. Serve immediately. Makes 2 servings.