I fell out of love with smoothies sometime last year after too many green smoothie classes and conversations. I got sucked into the "gotta be green" fan club (truth be told, it was fun) and got bored. I came across Liana Shanti's Cake Shakes e-book - I highly recommend it for the black forest smoothie alone - but, I still wasn't coming back.
Then, after four days of hacking on my sister's couch in Queens, we both had enough energy and freedom between coughs to get out to Brooklyn and, oh my sweet peazus, Juice Press. Damn. I've been drooling over the instagram feeds and studied with a detox teacher who always recommended this company to students who were in town for her classes.
Let me start with the menu... I brought one home, cause, how could I not bring a twelve page menu dedicated to raw drinks?
It took about 20 minutes to decide on the Hawaiian Healer, the chia pudding snack and a Gravity Juice for the plane ride home. My sister went for the Volcano which deserves an honorable mention (oil of oregano + ginger + cayenne - ya get me?) as a straight shot of fire capable of breaking up any upper respiratory invasion. Yes, a volcano in your mouth.
In the store we sampled the almond butter cup and that's when I knew the singlemindedness I felt about getting to this place in spite of the gnarly snot balls and laryngitis I'd been struggling with most of the week had been divinely inspired.
Hehehe. Well, anyway, I was re-inspired to start playing again with recipes. I started with almond milk.
Here's how to start:
1 cup almonds (soak them 8 hours then rinse them)
2 tbs coconut oil (if you're allergic then skip it)
4 cups filtered (or clean) water
1 vanilla bean scraped
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
Blend those ingredients up and strain through a cheesecloth or flour sack.
You can also flavor with other spices. Cardamom is on my list to try next.
You'll get about 4 cups of milk. It's very tasty and will last a couple of days in the fridge.
I loved my visit to Juice Press. The staff was super friendly and so very patient as I worked out which combination of drinks and snacks would solve all the world's problems.
Oh, yeah, I did my best to recreate the almond butter cup they served me. It wasn't the same, but, it was very good, and, it wasn't green.
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