Morning Smoothie and Almond Milk

love to start my mornings with a green smoothie.  It’s pretty quick, nutritious and gives me a boost.
The following is my “recipe” for a green smoothie.  It’s totally customizable according to your tastes.  If you don’t like orange juice … either omit it or add extra almond milk, coconut water or just plain water.  If you hate chia seeds … don’t use them.  I love adding parsley and mint … they add so much freshness to the smoothie.
This makes two large glasses.  You can either drink all of it … share it with a friend … or keep what you don’t drink for breakfast for a snack.  I usually find that when I get home from work I’m hungry.  I need something to tide me over until I get myself settled and actually cook dinner.
The almond milk recipe that follows is taken from one of my favourite cookbooks … Joyous Health.  I just added some maple syrup because I like it a little sweeter.  I use homemade almond milk instead of store bought.  No additives … no unwanted ingredients like carageenan which is a possible carcinogen.  Only thing to be cautious of … fresh almond milk must be consumed within 4 or 5 days.  Mine doesn’t usually last that long.
MORNING GREEN SMOOTHIE
Ingredients:
½ cup or so almond milk
½ cup or so orange juice
½ cup or so coconut water
handful of spinach
handful of kale
fresh parsley
fresh mint
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1 tbsp. ground flax seeds
1 tbsp. hemp seeds
1 frozen banana (chopped)
½- ¾ cup frozen topical mix (strawberries, peaches, mango)
Add above ingredients in order, and blend.  Amounts are approximate.
I recommend a Blendtec or Vitamix but any strong blender will do.
FRESH ALMOND MILK
Ingredients:
1 cup almonds
2 Medjool dates
1 tsp vanilla
splash of maple syrup
Soak raw almonds in a bowl of filtered water for about 3 or 4 hours or even overnight. The longer you soak, the creamier the milk.  Drain and rinse almonds.  Place in ingredients in a high speed blender such as a Blendtec or Vitamix.  Use the whole juices pre-programmed button on a Blendtec.  It takes about a minute or so on another machine.  This makes a litre of almond milk.

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