Raw food trial – day 14

by Bart on October 23, 2009

Today I decided to make fresh almond milk, something I have never attempted before.

The process is very simple:

  1. soak 1 cup of almonds overnight
  2. remove the soaking water
  3. combine the almonds with 3 cups of clean water and blend in a VitaMix
  4. strain the resulting mix using a nut-milk bag – a bag made from a very fine nylon mesh that allows the liquid to flow through, but keeps the pulp inside

For sweeter, or flavored, almond milk, it can be blended with dates, lucuma powder, cacao, vanilla bean, or anything else you desire. This is best done after the pulp has been strained.

The entire process, other than soaking that is, took me about 10 minutes, and resulted in a bowl containing about 1 and 3/4 cups of almond milk.

Fresh almond milk

Fresh almond milk

Almond pulp in a nut milk bag

Almond pulp in a nut milk bag

Unfortunately, the milk turned out smelling a bit like yeast and tasted as if it was in early stages of fermentation. Since I’ve never had fresh almond milk, I am not sure whether that’s how it’s supposed to be, or whether my almonds have gone bad.

I tried tasting a whole almond from the same batch, and it seemed ok, but I wonder if they are just about to go bad, and soaking overnight puts them over the edge. This would certainly explain why the raw Not Tuna Pate I made few days ago seemed off.

For now, I decided to get rid of this batch of almond milk, since either way – it’s bad, or I just do not like it.

Today I had the following:

Meal #1 @ 1:30pm

For the first meal of the day I had a green smoothie (29oz) made from:

  • 2 leaves of romaine lettuce
  • 5 leaves of chard
  • 2 bananas
  • 10 oz of frozen raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds
  • 3/4 cup of water
Raspberry green smoothie

Raspberry green smoothie

This was probably the least green, as far as color goes, smoothie that I’ve had so far. 10 oz of raspberries is quite a lot. It was tasty, although it would have been better if my Vitamix was able to pulverize all the tiny seeds that can be found in raspberries. It probably could, if the drink was less thick, or perhaps if I processed the raspberries and water first, then added the rest of the ingredients.

I was hoping to have my smoothie as soon as I wake up, in order to test my theory of whether smoothies with heavier fruit to greens ratio would be easier on my digestive system. But I was not hungry until after 1:00pm, so experimenting will have to wait.

Like yesterday, this smoothie did not cause me any problems.

Meal #2 @ 4:30pm

For late lunch, I went with a store bought raw lasagna.

Raw lasagna

Raw lasagna

As before, it was very good.

Meal #3

Well, actually, there was no meal number 3 today :-)

Since I did not start eating until late, I did not begin snacking until even later. By the time it was time to have my third meal of the day, I realized that I was not hungry at all.

The snacks I had today were:

  • bunch of green grapes
  • 3 grams of chlorella – chlorella is an algae
  • 2 kiwi fruit
  • 1 plum
  • 1 raw macaroon
  • 2 handfuls of goji berries
  • 2 handfuls of raisins

On to day 15…

Related posts:

  1. Raw food trial – day 29
  2. Raw food trial – day 30
  3. Raw food trial – day 23
  4. Raw food trial – day 24
  5. Raw food trial – day 9

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