This post is part of a series of monthly posts by Valentina M. Follow her on Instagram @thehealthymexican9 and on PumpUp @thehealthymexican.
- Healthy Sugar-Free Frappe
- Homemade Almond Milk
- Mango Dressing
- Baked Apple Cinnamon Slices
Some of you may have noticed that I share more posts about my food than pictures of myself when I’m working out on my pumpupapp profile. One (slightly dumb) reason why I don’t post sweaty selfies is because I turn red when I exercise. Really red.
Though this doesn’t exclusively happen to me, I still find it quite embarrassing when other red-faced people confront me at the gym, asking whether I am okay. Do I really look that bad? Anyway, a really good reason why my posts are mostly pictures of my food is because I LOVE food, I love eating and I love snacking. I typically eat a little bit every 2 to 3 hours during the day. I am the definition of a food lover.
The other day, after eating a delicious salad with mango dressing, I was working on an assignment for university and I felt like I needed coffee. I usually don’t drink coffee, but on that day, coffee was so necessary.
Lucky for me, I found some of my homemade almond milk in the fridge (don’t worry, I will show you how to make it :D). From there, I created a healthy, sugar free frappe. It’s an incredible way to feel like you are eating something totally naughty, when, in reality, you are just eating a banana, nuts and coffee. While we’re on the subject, I’ll just mention four words: Baked Cinnamon Apple Slices. THESE will leave you satisfied, but without hungering for more. All of these recipes will satisfy your sweet cravings in a snap!
Healthy & Sugar free “Frappe”
- 1 frozen ripe banana
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup macadamia
- 1 shot of espresso (cold)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.
Homemade Almond Milk
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 2 cups water, plus more for soaking
Soak the almonds overnight (The longer the almonds soak, the creamier the almond milk.) Place the almonds in a bowl and cover with about an inch of water. Let them stand, uncovered, overnight. Drain the almonds from their soaking water and rinse them thoroughly under cool running water. Place the almonds in the blender and cover with 2 cups of water. Blend at the highest speed for 2 minutes. So you can drink this without straining if you like rustic whole milk. (This is the way I drink it). But if you would like a smoother milk, strain the milk with a nut bag, fine mesh strainer, or fine mesh knee-high hosiery.
- 1 large mango-peeled and seeded
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 2 tbsps honey
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
In a blender add all the ingredients (except the salt and pepper). Blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (If dressing is too thick you can add a bit of water.)
Baked Cinnamon Apple Slices
- 1 apple
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp water
Cut the apple into slices. Place in a microwaveable dish, add the water and honey. Sprinkle with cinnamon, and place a lid on top. Nuke 4-5 minutes, depending on your microwave. Serve and enjoy!
Note* You can add some dried cranberries or raisins if you want. (I added Goji berries ’cause that was the only thing I had that day at home)