Healthy DIY: Almond Milk

Every Summer I say that I want to lose weight, but like most people, I love my food too much to give it up. However, this year I’m really going to try to lose weight – and more than lose weight, just be healthier. So even though my ultimate goal is to be lighter, I personally think that actually being healthy, is more important.

I am finding settling into a healthier lifestyle to be slightly difficult as in Malta, healthy things are expensive. On top of that, not everything that the UK and US use or rave about are available in Malta, making it harder to find alternatives and again, more expensive.

One of the things that I wanted to try out was almond milk. It is a great alternative to regular milk and is obviously plant based so if you are lactose intolerant or simply follow a vegetarian diet, I suggest you look into it 🙂 A week ago I came across a recipe to make it and thought I would give it a try, seeing that it is still quite pricey in Malta.

What I discovered was that almond milk is quite easy to make. All you would really need is the a blender.

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To the almonds and water, I only added around 1-2 teaspoons of honey. I would suggest adding a bit more as by the end of it, the milk was still slightly bitter. However, if you really love the nutty flavour, you might want to leave it as is.

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To strain the almond milk from the almond meal, I ended up using my Mom’s quinoa sieve that did the job. Ideally, using a cheesecloth or a thin kitchen towel, will give you results.

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Tip: Make use of the almond meal be spreading over a baking sheet and dehydrating it in the oven (lowest heat) until dry. Throw it back in the blender to make almond flour, which can be used instead of regular (all-purpose) flour.

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As you can see, I only managed to get around 1.5 cups of almond milk from the whole mixture. In the recipe, it seemed that it yields more than that. Can it be that I didn’t do it right? Unfortunately, it was not worth the time and money to make it – only had a small of glass of it to taste, and used the rest with my morning cereal. It might be worth buying the packaged one, after all.

Have you ever tried making almond milk? Any tips I should know about? Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

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Event: Make Up Store Malta Makeup Weekend

Hey guys!

As you may know, I’ve been absent this past month due to my exams. To be quite honest, I’ve also been uninspired. I haven’t been buying new stuff because I’m really trying to stay within my budget and first make use of the products I really have. So please bare with me till I get back on track 🙂

Make Up Store Malta hosted a Makeup Weekend with offers throughout their ranges. For those of you who have never come across the brand, Make Up Store is a Swedish brand, with stores located in roughly 20 countries worldwide. With their ongoing offers all through the weekend, what better way to bounce back from my hiatus than to check it out?!

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Located at Tigné Point, Level -2, I would say the store was quite busy. Luckily, it happened that I was having quite a hectic afternoon myself, so I decided to go in for a quick look around, and then would check out the products closely on another day.

Once you enter the store, the variety of colour simply slaps you in the face! I think that is what I really loved about their products! Everything looks sleek, yet vibrant and makes you feel like you’re in a Make Up Wonderland. To my surprise, they’ve got a number of ranges; microshadows and marble eyeshadow to powder foundation and skincare!

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Another thing I liked (and will definitely be going back for) are their foundations – and more importantly, the foundations SHADES. So many drugstore brands only carry pinky foundations, leaving all yellow undertone people like me, unmatched. Thankfully, Make Up Store seem to have a decent range and shades that cater to a larger area of people.

Did I mention colour? If you’re a nail polish lover, you might want to check this brand out! And don’t get me started on eyeliners and lipsticks – almost every shade you may want, they’ve got. It’s truly amazing!

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I noticed that they’ve got brush kits as well as palette kits which in my opinion, would be a lovely gift for someone who appreciates makeup.

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For the event, they were giving out goodies bags when spending a certain amount. They were nice enough to give me one two goodies for going down to the store.

I ended up getting this beautiful matt blue pigment that makes you feel like a mermaid of some sorts – the colour is just breathtaking and so pigmented! Perfect for Summer!

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I will definitely be going there again soon, because, I mean – look at colours!! Lastly, I would also like to mention the kind and helpful staff at the TignĂ© store (shoutout to Carl!) who greeted the customers that came through their doors with a warm welcome 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo