<div class="paragraph" style="text-align:left;"><font size="4">For starts, let me just say I did not go vegan and I still love cows, even though I'm (mostly) not consuming their milk anymore. <br><br>About a month ago I discovered that my chronic sinus drainage is probably the cause of the spastic coughing attacks I get during workouts, and my heavy milk consumption was the main culprit. </font></div> <div><div class="wsite-image wsite-image-border-none " style="padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:10px;margin-left:0;margin-right:0;text-align:center"> <a> <img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/505047_orig.jpg" alt="Picture" style="width:auto;max-width:100%"></a> <div style="display:block;font-size:90%"></div> </div></div> <div class="paragraph" style="text-align:left;"> <font size="4">I love a glass of cold cows milk with every fiber in my being. You don't grow up on a farm and drink almond milk. Am I right?<br><br>But, alas, I know it's better to find a substitute than have to blow my nose every 5 minutes and almost die of coughing when I do high-intensity workouts. Sigh. <br><br>Surprisingly, as I've slowly been cutting down my dairy consumption over the past month, my cravings for a glass of milk have also kinda disappeared.<br></font><br> </div> <div><div class="wsite-image wsite-image-border-none " style="padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:10px;margin-left:0;margin-right:0;text-align:center"> <a> <img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/6378834_orig.jpg" alt="Picture" style="width:auto;max-width:100%"></a> <div style="display:block;font-size:90%"></div> </div></div> <div class="paragraph" style="text-align:left;"> <font size="4">Several years ago, I made homemade almond milk but wasn't a fan of the color or the fact that I had to strain every batch.<br><br><strong>I don't do complicated in my kitchen. </strong><br><br>This week, I stumbled upon cashew milk. It's <em>white</em> like cows milk and it requires zero straining. Duh! Why didn't I think of making cashew milk?!<br><br>According to The World's Healthiest Foods, cashews are high in magnesium, something most people are deficient in. Magnesium is amazing for your heart and muscles, and, it helps prevent migraines and promotes healthy sleep in women of all ages, especially menopausal. <br><br><strong>If you are pregnant, proper levels of magnesium are so important to help with muscle spasms and good sleep.</strong> I spent most of my second labor in excruciating pain from muscle cramps so I always tell my pregnant clients to get their magnesium!<br></font><br> </div> <div><div class="wsite-image wsite-image-border-none " style="padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:10px;margin-left:0;margin-right:0;text-align:center"> <a> <img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/4364902_orig.jpg" alt="Picture" style="width:auto;max-width:100%"></a> <div style="display:block;font-size:90%"></div> </div></div> <div class="paragraph" style="text-align:left;"> <font size="4">You might be asking, why wouldn't I just buy this from the store? Well, here are the ingredients in almond milk from the store. The "gum" ingredients have been linked to digestion issues (they do bad things to my tummy) and I don't want all of the synthetic vitamins either. <br><br>Here is what you will find in Silk Almond Milk:<br><br><span style="font-weight:700">Silk PureAlmond Original</span><br>Ingredients:  All Natural Almond milk (filtered water, almonds), All Natural Evaporated Cane Juice, Calcium Carbonate, Sea Salt, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Locust Bean <strong>Gum</strong>, Gellan <strong>Gum</strong>, Sunflower Lecithin, d-alpha-Tocopherol (natural vitamin E), Zinc Gluconate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Riboflavin (B2), Vitamin B12, Vitamin D2.<br><br></font><strong><font size="4">Homemade is always better, right?! Especially when it's SO easy to make and saves a bit of money. </font></strong> </div> <div><div class="wsite-image wsite-image-border-none " style="padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:10px;margin-left:0;margin-right:0;text-align:center"> <a> <img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/6660424_orig.jpg" alt="Picture" style="width:auto;max-width:100%"></a> <div style="display:block;font-size:90%"></div> </div></div> <div class="paragraph" style="text-align:left;"><font size="4"><u><strong>Homemade Vanilla Cashew Milk</strong></u><br>Makes about 4 cups<br><br>1 cup raw cashews, soaked in 4 cups of water for a few hours or overnight (Costco now sells these!)<br>4 cups water, divided<br>2 T maple syrup<br>1/8 tsp cinnamon or cardamon<br>2 tsp vanilla extract<br>pinch of sea salt<br><br>1. Drain water from cashews and rinse until water runs clear.<br>2. Add cashews and 2 cups of water to a high powered blender like a vitamix, ninja, etc and blend for 1-2 minutes until pulverized. <br>3. Add remaining ingredients and blend for another minute. <br>4. Pour into 2 large mason jars and refrigerate. <br><br>I primarily use my cashew milk in smoothie recipes or to pour over my <a target="_blank" href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/blog/steel-cut-oats-with-peanut-butter-and-pumpkin-seeds"><font color="#ae40a5">morning oats</font></a> or granola. I also use it to make bullet proof coffee on occasion. </font></div>