Back to the blog at last! I am sharing with you today one of our favorite high protein smoothies, without protein powder! Soaked raw almonds: one of nature's most digestible vegan protein sources. We've probably made every variation under the sun when it comes to a soaked almond smoothie, but since it is spring, it is time for the Strawberry Almond Smoothie to make an appearance on this blog.
Soaking raw almonds for about 8 hours in a small bowl of water causes them to soften considerably and plump up. Our kids take much delight in popping the almonds out of their skins and eating them. Basically, you take the amount of almonds you desire, place them into a bowl and cover with about and inch of pure water. If you are planning on making your own homemade raw almond milk, this is how you would begin. For this smoothie I simply drain and rinse the almonds after they have soaked overnight and blend with water until very smooth. If you are making almond milk you would strain the pulp through cheesecloth, but for this smoothie we leave all of the good fiber in the blender and add frozen fruit, blend again, and voila ~ a high protein, nutrient dense smoothie!
What Tom has to say about Almonds and Strawberries: Contrary to popular belief, not all calorically dense foods lead to weight gain. Case in point? Almonds. Studies have demonstrated that people can add up to 2 ounces of almonds to their weight loss programs to decrease cholesterol and increase insulin sensitivity. Others studies have shown that adding 2 ounces of almonds to a high carbohydrate meal can significantly lower the blood sugar response to that meal. Strawberries are high in anthocyanidins, which are potent antioxidant compounds that protect tissues from free radical damage. Strawberries are also one of the fruits that are highest in vitamin C!
We have a variation of this smoothie in our cookbook using frozen cherries and fresh pears which is equally delicious. Lately Tom has been making one using the frozen fruit in our second freezer. He likes the combination of Italian plums, blackberries, and raspberries. Today I uncovered the last container of the strawberries we harvested from last season. Tiny, like the size of a blackberry, but with an intensity of flavor that is could never compare to the store-bought variety I picked up today for the garnish!
Planning is key when wanting to make this smoothie or a variation of it. Before I go to bed, I briefly plan out the next day. Do I need to soak any nuts or beans? Cook a pot of quinoa? It only takes a few minutes to get the nuts out and pour water over them. You'll want to give them about 8 to 10 hours of soaking time. In the morning be sure to drain off the soaking water and rinse well in a colander. Use any frozen or fresh fruits you have on hand here. Pears, raspberries, cherries, and blackberries make a fantastic Phase 3 Elimination Diet recipe!
1 cup raw almonds, soaked overnight
1 1/2 to 2 cups water
2 to 3 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
1 whole vanilla bean
1 tablespoon raw honey (optional)
Place the almonds and water into a high-powered blender (such as a Vita-Mix) or a blender fitted with a sharp blade. Add water and blend until very smooth, about 30 to 60 seconds. Then add the berries, vanilla bean, and honey, blend again until smooth. Serve immediately. Source: www.NourishingMeals.com
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Diane from The Whole Gang is hosting a 30 Days to a Food Revolution on her blog right now. I did a guest post for her last week and shared a very quick, nutritious breakfast recipe: Rice and Nut Milk Hot Cereal. Please go check it out! :)