How To Make Your Own Almond Milk

You’ll need:

1 cup raw almonds
5½ cups water — 2 cups for soaking the nuts, 3½ cups for blending
3 to 4 pitted dates OR 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (optional, to taste)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (optional)

Follow the steps below:

  1. Soak the almonds in water overnight.
  2. Drain the almonds and put them in a blender with 1½ cups fresh water and flavourings.
  3. Blend on high speed for about 3 minutes. Stop after three minutes, scrape down the sides of the blender and add up to 2 more cups of water. With less water, you have thicker and more intensely flavoured milk.
  4. Line a sieve with a few layers of cheesecloth to strain the mixture.
  5. Pour your almond slurry slowly into the sieve and let the liquid drain into a bowl below. Squeeze the slurry to extract every last drop of milk.

Enjoy!

Note: If you are not using the milk immediately, pour it into a jar and refrigerate.

Burger King Creates Hands Free Whopper Holder

In celebration of its 50th anniversary in Puerto Rico, the burger chain gave away 50 hands free Whopper holders. Yes, they are exactly what they sound like, plastic burger-holding devices that hang from the neck leaving your hands free to perform all sorts of tasks.

Multi-tasking while eating burger

Nordic Diet Lowers Cholesterol, Study Finds

A healthy Nordic diet lowers cholesterol levels, and therefore the risk of cardiovascular disease, a pan-Nordic study where Lund University participated has found. There was also decreased inflammation associated with pre-diabetes.

-The subjects who ate a Nordic diet had lower levels of harmful LDL cholesterol and higher levels of “good” HDL cholesterol. The amount of harmful fat particles in the blood also declined, says Lieselotte Cloetens, a biomedical nutrition researcher at Lund University.

The ‘healthy Nordic diet’ used in the study contains local produce such as berries, root vegetables, legumes, and cabbage. Nuts, game, poultry and fish are also included, as well as whole grains, rapeseed oil and low-fat dairy products. The rest of the group ate butter instead of rapeseed oil, less berries and vegetables, and had no rules on red meat or white bread intake.

The researchers now want to focus on the diet’s ability to maintain weight loss in a new study, according to Lieselotte Cloetens, who points out that the problem with most diets is maintaining the results.

The study was published in the Journal of Internal Medicine.

Source: Lund University

Braised Beef Italian Style

Ingredients

225 g beef brisket
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp rosemary
1 cup red wine
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup tomato puree
20 g black olive
2 tbsp olive oil

Method

  1. Cut beef into dices.
  2. Heat olive oil in a pan. Fry beef until golden brown. Mix in garlic and rosemary, cook for a minute or so.
  3. Add red wine and water. Cover and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.
  4. Mix in tomato puree and black olive. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 30 more minutes, or until beef is tender. Serve hot.

Source: Hong Kong magazine

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