This post is inspired by almond milk, boy crushes, and 90′s radio hits. This is my second version of this post, the one I decided was okay to hit “publish” and share with the internet. It had started out a little awkward before, with lyrics about hearts in blenders (anyone remember Eve 6…anyone?) and words from Blink 182. But for real…
…nobody likes you when you’re 23.
I had exactly zero boyfriends during my 23rd year of life. I met a lot of boys, liked a few, went on some dates, got into some fights. I drank probably more cocktails than I needed to and definitely cared more than it was worth. I turned 24 this weekend, and while that means nothing really significant, it feels big in my brain. I care more about the big stuff and less about the small stuff. Even compared to a year ago, I find myself less hung up on who’s smooching who and more focused on my own happiness.
What I’m really trying to say: if nobody likes me when I’m 24, it’s all good.
Back to that thing I was saying about hearts in blenders…I’ve decided that 24 year olds don’t have time for that. I’m busy trying to get a promotion, to learn, to do really great work. The only thing I’m putting in a blender today is almonds. I’m making homemade almond milk because it makes for a dang good breakfast, and a dang good breakfast is helpful in kicking your day in the butt.
homemade almond milk
1 cup almonds
2 cups water, plus more for soaking
honey and vanilla extract (optional)
Soak almonds in a bowl of water over night. Drain and rinse your almonds before placing them in a blender. Add the water and blend at the highest speed for two minutes. Strain the almond meal from the milk using cheese cloth or a nut-milk bag (available at most Whole Foods Markets or here). Sweeten with honey (agave or sugar will also work) and vanilla if you desire. Store in a jar in the refrigerator for up to two days.
P.S. Save the almond meal! It can be added to smoothies or oatmeal, or makes a great pudding mixed with this.