Lavender Almond Milk & A Miracle

by Julie on November 14, 2012

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Have you ever experienced a serious near miss?  A near miss that could have caused you terrible harm or harm to your loved ones.  Well, it happened to me just two weeks ago, my first ever serious near miss.  My kids and I experienced a true miracle where we were involved in a serious car accident. Angels were watching over us I swear as we walked away without a scratch.  Traumatized, whip lashed, yes but still in one piece.  It sends you into a real state.  I’m still feeling rather bent out of shape over it all. Thank goodness kids tend to release their fear and move on.  They shrieked and screamed and got the fear out.  I’m not so sure I did.  Time. It takes time is what I’m told.  The past few days are getting sooo much better.  But motivation? Boy, it zapped that and tired? I was absolutely exhausted!  As horrible as it all was to endure my gratefulness is obvious to me when I  realize I can share my experience right here and move thru this time paying close attention to my body and applying all that I learned in nutrition school in order to heal my body from the trauma I experienced.

Studies are showing that this kind of trauma isn’t just a mental trauma contained within the brain.  Our body’s tissues also experience and carry the trauma thus it is throughout the body.  Many folks believe in counseling and therapy for trauma but nutrition can have an enormous influence on the success of recovery as each and every cell needs some TLC to help it heal.  So if you are suffering from any kind of trauma it’s really important to consider your dietary intake and focus on nourishing the body in order for it to do the necessary work and bring your mental state back into focus.  So far, I’ve been doing just that by avoiding any alcohol (not that I’m a boozer but there’s been the odd event) while striving for lots and lots of alkaline vegetables, raw and steamed to replenish the vitamin and mineral loss and the acidic nature that was created during and after the accident.  The body works to balance by consuming magnesium in huge volume to balance the stress on the body and recover from the rush of adrenaline that occurred so supplementing here is very beneficial to replenish and keep your mineral ratios healthy . Vitamin C is also in high demand to heal the post trauma to the tissues as it allows the body to quickly clear out cortisol, a primary stress hormone that increases sugars in the bloodstream. Cortisol is secreted during your fight or flight mode when the incident occurs but needs to be flushed after the good it does for this important response. A good quality powdered vitamin C is highly recommended.  Food sources will provide some but when you become so depleted you are best to boost your levels back up as fast a as possible for the quickest recovery.

In an attempt to do only joyful things this week I created and photographed this yummy recipe for you.  Take a peek!

Simplicity.  It’s the simple things that really truly taste delicious and are the healthiest while being easier for our body to digest.  I usually like to inspire something a little more in depth when it comes to recipes here but I couldn’t resist this simple idea that is just divine!  I’ve been on a lavender kick and have enjoyed it in a few sweet treats but hadn’t thought to add it to homemade almond milk til Kathleen, a good friend and class mate from nutrition school, suggested it last week. Ever since, I’ve had this burning desire to test it out and now after a few batches I feel that this is very worthy of sharing with you.  I hope you agree.  Thank you Kathleen:)  And I know, it isn’t exactly lavender season here but I actually found a few stragglers on the neighbors bush so that is what I used, however you can substitute dried which is usually easy to find.

You can most certainly experiment with the volume of water to adjust the creaminess of the milk.  Of course, the 4 cups will yield the most thus it is more economical but…..the velvety, subtly sweet, gentle lavender infused milk is absolutely exquisite. Soooo good that honestly….the best way to enjoy it is tojust drink it in a glass.  Of course, use it for other things but it is so deelish that you’ll be hard pressed to not drink it before you get a chance to make anything with it!  Ideas for your fresh milk include using it for this chia porridge minus all the spices perhaps, this smoothie or this buckwheat smoothie. But again, just a nice pour over sliced banana or fresh berries is a perfect way to enjoy this creamy milk.

In a perfect world I would make all my own almond milk instead of purchasing the organic tetra paks.  However, after making this now quite a few times, I am becoming more and more addicted to the pure clean whole food flavour and the gorgeous creaminess.  I feel far more nourished knowing that it is not processed with binding agents and additives.  On the flip side, choosing processed almond milk over dairy is still a HUGE step in the right direction toward optimal health.  If you don’t have time to make this often, go easy on yourself and do the best you can with the time and the resources that you have.  Make this as a treat and then slowly get addicted so you will then make it more of a priority and who knows what will end up in your fridge and in your recipes!

Lavender Almond Milk
Yield: 3-4 cups
1 cup raw organic unpasteurized almonds (Spanish if you can find them) + filtered water for soaking
3-4 cups filtered water for blending
2 dates, seeded, diced and soaked for 30 mins
1 1/2 tsp fresh lavender petals or 1 tsp dried
1 tsp organic alcohol free vanilla
1 sheer fabric nut milk bag or quite a few layers of cheese cloth
Method
Soak almonds in filtered water overnight or 8-12 hours. Drain and rinse.  Place in blender with either 3 or 4 cups of filtered water then add dates, lavender, vanilla and blend for a good minute until you see fine granules in the mix.  Place nut milk bag in large bowl and pour mixture into bag (easiest if someone holds it for you)  Then allow the liquid to run thru and then gather and twist the bag slowly til you are able to grasp the mass and begin to squeeze working down to a twisting to press the most liquid possible from the bag.  One could also hang the bag and let it strain itself.
Pour into a pretty bottle and enjoy. This will keep if well chilled for 4-5 days, that is, if you don’t slurp it all up before then!

I keep returning to this place of gratefulness.  I don’t feel anger over this whole car incident, I am just ever so relieved and counting my blessings that all those involved in the crash were physically unharmed.  No matter who is at fault, it was an accident.  No one intentionally tried to inflict injury.  My 11yr old son asked me, “Why do you think it happened, cuz I you always say that everything always happens for a reason?”  My answer was “So that we could be reminded to be ever so grateful every. single. day. for each other and never take each other for granted”.  So that we can appreciate our friends and family and all of those that love and care about us who were sending us love and good wishes in thought and in script who were also very thankful we are safe.  We are grateful.  We feel blessed.  We are loved by many.  And we appreciate each other.

Thank you for being here to listen to our story and support this journey of healing.

I hope you have a wonderful week.  Pick up some nice raw almonds and pop them in some water to soak so you can blend away and enjoy some almond creaminess this week:)

Julie

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