Beauties, are you looking to snag a man this Valentine's Day? A healthy diet won't just improve your skin and slim your figure, some foods can actually make you smell more attractive to the opposite sex! This week celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder gives us a recipe for homemade almond milk. "Almonds are an ancient symbol of fertility and have a sweet fragrance that may act as an aphrodisiac to the opposite sex," explains Kim. And if that isn't enough to get you reaching for a handful, almonds are also one of the most nutritious nuts for you. They are rich in fiber and contain a ton of good-for-you omega-3 fatty acids to reduce wrinkles and plump up your skin (and who doesn’t want to impress a guy with a beautiful, glowing complexion?). They're also high in magnesium, which is essential for healthy bones, blood flow, and getting a better snooze! "Making your own, fresh almond milk at home is much better for you," says Kim. "Unlike the store-brought variety, fresh almond milk doesn't contain any preservatives. Use it in place of regular milk in smoothies, cereal, or granola." And if almonds aren’t your thing, try using hazelnuts instead.
Rinse the soaked nuts well with a strainer. Place the soaked nuts and the water in a blender and mix on high until smooth. Pour the mixture through a cheesecloth into a separate container. Squeeze all the liquid out of the cloth with your hands (so you get all the milk out), and discard all the nut pulp and nut fiber. If you are in a rush, pour the liquid through a fine strainer.
Do a quick rinse of the blender, and put the strained milk back in. Add the stevia or dates to sweeten to your taste, or leave it out altogether if you like your milk plain. This almond milk will last for up to two days in the refrigerator.
Kimberly Snyder is a Los Angeles-based celebrity nutritionist and author of The Beauty Detox Solution. She began her work after journeying through 50 countries and six continents, learning about health and beauty from many different cultures. With a philosophy rooted in the belief that outer beauty is a reflection of inner health, Kim now works with clients such as Hilary Duff, Olivia Wilde, and Drew Barrymore. Get lots of health and beauty tips by following her on Twitter at @kimsbeautydetox.