I have recently stopped drinking milk and eating yogurt. I've been a lifelong vegetarian, but taking this extra step still made a difference. I noticed that I felt more alert, clean and energetic. After three months, my skin is clearing up a lot and I look slimmer. However, I still miss milky beverages and treats. So, I've been tempted by Blueprint Juice's cashew milk beverage at Whole Foods. It costs more than $10, though, so I decided that I needed to find a way to make it at home. Here's my recipe.
1 cup raw cashews (or almonds)
3 cups water
2 tablespoons agave or honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Place cashews in a bowl and cover with water. Let soak for at least eight hours and at most twelve.
Drain cashews, mix in the water and other ingredients and blend in a blender until it is smooth.
Strain through a sieve or cheesecloth.
1/2 a pomegranate's seeds
1 cup spinach
1 cup watercress
3 mint leaves
In the city, one can be overwhelmed by chains like Starbucks, so we've scoped out some classy coffee cafes where you won't feel like a tourist on your way to the empire state building. So here it is, the best places for coffee in NYC:
Abraço on 86 East 7th Street NY, NY 10003A small coffee shop with interesting baked goods such as olive cookies, Abraco has some of the best drip coffee in the city.
Norma's at Le Parker Meridien on 119 W 56th street NY, NY 10019
Expensive, but lovely. Their juices and smoothies are nice, as well. Located in one of New York's best hotels, it feels luxurious and very chic.
Bakeri on 150 Wythe Avenue (North Eighth Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn
This gorgeous coffee shop in Brooklyn sells pastries, salads, sandwiches and a variety of other beverages in addition to its wide selection of coffees.