comfortspringstation:

DIY Non-Dairy Milk

You can make a variety of plant-based “milks” by blending raw nuts, seeds, and grains with water. Almonds, cashews, macadamias, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, coconuts, soybeans, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, sacha inchi seeds, flaxseeds, quinoa, millet, rice, and oats can all be liquefied into delicious milks. Homemade milks are fresh, free of additives and preservatives, and you can completely control the integrity of the product: the quality of the ingredients, the sugar levels, and the texture.

“Milking” raw nuts, seeds, and grains is quick and easy. Here’s how to do it:

SOAK nuts, seeds, or grains by placing in a bowl with filtered water and a pinch of sea salt.
Soaking removes enzyme inhibitors, improves digestibility and nutrient bio-availability, and helps everything blend more easily. Rinse thoroughly and drain.

BLEND with filtered water. A high-speed machine like a Vitamix is preferable to really pulverize the mixture. A 1:3 ration of nuts/seeds/grains to water generally yields good results. Start with 2 cups of water and gradually add more water until you get the taste and consistency you like. Blend for about 1 minute. This can warm the mixture. Chill in the fridge, or blend with ice to consume immediately.

SWEETEN the milk to taste with pitted dates, stevia, maple syrup, agave, coconut sugar, etc. You can also add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to boost flavors, and 1 tablespoon of NON-GM soy or sunflower lecithin and coconut butter to emulsify ingredients. You can also jazz up your milks with raw cacao, fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg, or anything else that tickles your fancy.

STRAIN Some foods like cashews, macadamias, and pecans yield smooth milks. However, with most other foods, like almonds, you will get some texture. You can enjoy this fibrous milk, or strain it for a smoother, more commercial-style blend. Place a nut milk bag over a large container, pour the milk in, and gently squeeze the bag until all liquid has passed through. You can re-purpose the pulp as a body scrub by mixing with some coconut oil, or dehydrate it for use in cookies, crusts, and crackers.

ENJOY Most milks will keep in the fridge in a sealed container for two or three days. Freeze any leftovers in ice cube trays for use later. Homemade milks can separate when stored. Just shake or blend again before drinking.

Basic Plant-Based “Milk”

1 cup nuts, grains, or seeds
3 cups filtered water
3 Tbs. plant based sweetener (such as maple syrup, raw agave, coconut sugar, or 3-4 pitted dates, or stevia to taste)
1 Tbs. coconut butter (optional, for texture)
1 Tbs. Non-GM soy or sunflower lecithin (optional, to emulsify and add creaminess)
1 tsp. natural vanilla extract
Pinch of Celtic sea salt (optional, to bring out flavors)

1. Soak nuts, grains, or seeds for desired time. See suggested times below.
2. Drain nuts, grains, or seeds. Rinse, and then place in blender with 3 cups filtered water. Add remaining ingredients, and blend on high until fully liquefied, about 1 minute.
4. If consuming immediately, add a few ice cubes to cool milk.
5. Strain with a nut milk bag, if desired. Milk will keep for two days stored in a sealed glass jar in the fridge.

Makes 3-4 cups milk.


(Originally by Tess Masters.)

Soaking time varies by hardness of nut or seed. Here are some more specific guide times for soaking the grains, nuts and seeds (with sprouting times when making sprouts):

Food                            Soaking Time (Hrs)    Sprouting Time (Days)

Almonds                          8-12                             No Sprouting

Adzuki Beans                  8-12                               4

Amaranth                        8                                    1-3

Barley                             6                                     2

Black Beans                   8-12                                3

Brazil Nuts                      3                                   No Sprouting

Buckwheat                     6                                      2-3

Cashews                        2-4                                No Sprouting Chickpeas/Garbanzo    8                                      2-3

Flaxseeds                     ½                                  No Sprouting

Hazelnuts                      8-12                              No Sprouting

Kamut                           7                                      2-3

Lentil Beans                 7                                       2-3

Macadamias                 2                                    No Sprouting

Millet                            5                                      12 hours

Mung Beans               8-12                                  4

Oat Groats                 6                                       2-3

Pecans                       6                                     No Sprouting

Pistachios                   8                                     No Sprouting

Pumpkin Seeds          8                                       3

Radish Seeds             8-12                                 3-4

Sesame Seeds           8                                       2-3

Sunflower Seeds        8                                       12-24 hours

Quinoa                       4                                       2-3

Walnuts                      4                                     No Sprouting

Wheat Berries            7                                       3-4

Wild Rice                    9                                       3-5

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amroyounes:

8 vegetables that you can regrow again and again.

Scallions

You can regrow scallions by leaving an inch attached to the roots and place them in a small glass with a little water in a well-lit room.

Garlic

When garlic begins to sprout, you can put them in a glass with a little water and grow garlic sprouts. The sprouts have a mild flavor than garlic and can be added to salads, pasta and other dishes.

Bok Choy

Bok choy can be regrown by placing the root end in water in a well-lit area. In 1-2 weeks , you can transplant it to a pot with soil and grow a full new head.

Carrots

Put carrot tops in a dish with a little water. Set the dish in a well-lit room or a window sill.  You’ll have carrot tops to use in salads. 

Basil

Put clippings from basil with 3 to 4-inch stems in a glass of water and place it in direct sunlight. When the roots are about 2 inches long, plant them in pots to and in time it will grow a full basil plant.

Celery

Cut off the base of the celery and place it in a saucer or shallow bowl of warm water in the sun. Leaves will begin to thicken and grow in the middle of the base, then transfer the celery to soil. 

Romaine Lettuce

Put romaine lettuce stumps in a 1/2 inch of water. Re-water to keep water level at 1/2 inch. After a few days, roots and new leaves will appear and you can transplant it into soil.

Cilantro

The stems of cilantro will grown when placed in a glass of water. Once the roots are long enough, plant them in a pot in a well-lit room. You will have a full plant in a few months.

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Donated blood today. The vein in my left arm moved and couldn’t draw blood. So we switched over to my right arm. Two pokes later and I’m feeling grateful that I can make a small changes in the world. #blood #donation #grateful

tothemarathonandback:

My yoga challenge for 2014!

I want to master the primary series of ashtanga yoga :) 

I plan to focus on one pose/ sequence each day (and its variation), take a pic and write something about it. I will tag it as #primaryashtanga2014

If anyone would like to join me, I’d be over the moon :))

  1. Surya Namaskara A
  2. Surya Namaskara B
  3. Padangusthasana and Padahastasana
  4. Utthita & Parivritta Trikonasana
  5. Utthita & Parivritta Parsvakonasana
  6. Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C & D
  7. Parsvottanasana
  8. Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana
  9. Ardha Baddha Padmotanasana
  10. Utkatasana
  11. Virabhadrasana A & B
  12. Dandasana
  13. Paschimottanasana A,B & C
  14. Purvottanasana
  15. Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana
  16. Trianga Mukha Eka Pada Paschimottanasana
  17. Janu Sirsasana A, B & C
  18. Marichyasana A, B, C & D
  19. Navasana
  20. Bujapidasana
  21. Kurmasana
  22. Supta kurmasana
  23. Garbha pindasana
  24. Kukkutasana
  25. Baddhakonasana A, B & C 
  26. Upavistha konasana A & B
  27. Supta konasana
  28. Supta padangusthasana
  29. Ubhaya padangusthasana
  30. Urdva Mukha Paschimottanasna 
  31. Setu bandhasana
  32. Urdva danurasana
  33. Paschimottanasana
  34. Sarvangasana
  35. Halasana
  36. Karnapidasana
  37. Urdva padmasana
  38. Pindasana
  39. Mtsyasana
  40. Uttana padasana
  41. Sirsasana
  42. Baddha padmasana
  43. Yoga mudra
  44. Padmasana
  45. Utpluthee
  46. Savasana
bexmaddy:

yogawithkarel:

We are back!!! We are throwing another awesome yoga party by hosting a fun yoga challenge for you all hosted by: Cat, Chante, Rebecca, Karel, & Stef. We loved all your posts from last month and saw how much you all loved that you can choose your own poses. This month we are hosting #freeyogis to keep going with that theme!
How to Participate
Follow your hosts & reblog this post so we know you are joining our party.
Post your photo of the day with how you interpret the tag. [ We start on Sept. 1! ]
Tag it with #freeyogis. All the hosts will be tracking the tag, liking, reblogging, and LOVING all of your pictures! (:
You can tag all of us as well: #yogarian, #sunny-yogi, #bexmaddy, #yogawithkarel, and #healthyhappymotivation. (optional)
In your post, explain how you interpreted the tag!
We are also on Instagram! Follow us and join the party. (optional)
We can’t wait to see what you come up with. It is up to you! You have the freedom to play with your practice. Don’t forget to have fun, breathe, and party! We hope you enjoy the party with us! <333

super yay!

bexmaddy:

yogawithkarel:

We are back!!! We are throwing another awesome yoga party by hosting a fun yoga challenge for you all hosted by: Cat, Chante, Rebecca, Karel, & Stef. We loved all your posts from last month and saw how much you all loved that you can choose your own poses. This month we are hosting #freeyogis to keep going with that theme!

How to Participate

  1. Follow your hosts & reblog this post so we know you are joining our party.
  2. Post your photo of the day with how you interpret the tag. [ We start on Sept. 1! ]
  3. Tag it with #freeyogis. All the hosts will be tracking the tag, liking, reblogging, and LOVING all of your pictures! (:
  4. You can tag all of us as well: #yogarian, #sunny-yogi, #bexmaddy, #yogawithkarel, and #healthyhappymotivation. (optional)
  5. In your post, explain how you interpreted the tag!
  6. We are also on Instagram! Follow us and join the party. (optional)

We can’t wait to see what you come up with. It is up to you! You have the freedom to play with your practice. Don’t forget to have fun, breathe, and party! We hope you enjoy the party with us! <333

super yay!

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The power of saliva.

So I’m sitting here watching Sam’s “death”. And Gordon puts a bandanna around Dean’s mouth so he won’t yell and warn Sam.

Now lets step away from Supernatural and think of all the other Hollywood movies and TV shows where the victim is tied up and some kind of cloth is out around their mouth.

"Ok, where are you going with this?"

I’m leading to a survival tip. Very simple and basic. Most fabric stretches when wet. So killer or whatever has a piece of cloth over your mouth. Use your saliva to soak the cloth. Push the cloth away using your tongue as best you can. Yell out as soon as you get free.

This also works for duck tape, try to fold your lips in like you’re pretending to be an old person and try to force your tongue inbetween getting the tape moist, (haha love that word, makes people cringe.) It’ll release the stickiness letting you yell.

Last one, what if it’s their hand. This one might gross you out a bit but fuck that, you’re being silenced, you need to yell! Lick the persons hand. DO IT! They’ll possibly react and remove their hand. Yell before the hand comes back.

Real world shit for you. Now back to Supernatural.

The giant cookie i decorated for my mom. For mothers day. Came out pretty nice.

Easy adult piggybank DIY.

I’m all about recycling and DIY’s!

Things you’ll need:
- Be of legal drinking age
- Unexpired I.D. or License
- Money
- liquor store
Optional: Friends

Directions:
1. Head over to your nearest liquor store w/ your money and I.D./License. Mixed in your pocket or wallet.
2. Grab your choice of poisin. Vodka, Rum, Brandy, etc. Doesn’t matter. Pick a bottle with a neck and opening big enough to fit change through. Buy it.

* Note if you can’t find one or your favorite drink can’t fit change through it. Then quit reading this and enjoy your liquor.

4. Now empty the bottle. The method you use is up to you. Drink with friends or alone. For extra spice, drink with the hobo you bumped into earlier at the store on a park bench and share drunk stories.
5. Alright last step! Make sure bottle is clear of all liquids. Good? Ok. Done! Now you can put your change in it and save up for some more liquor. Or even beer & food.

#DIY #piggybank #humor #recycle #rum #captainmorgan #rumfund