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Aly and I have the same vices. It’s a problem. We can sit for hours playing video games. We both get grumpy without our morning coffee. We both have massive road rage when it comes to stupid – excuse me, challenged – drivers. We both can devour half a bag of chips and salsa in one sitting. 

And we can do the same with an entire batch of cookies. 

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies and Homemade Almond Milk | SPIRITPLATESo, when Aly had his ankle surgery this past week, I knew I would have to reign in my willpower and not indulge him his every whim. Video games? Yes, alright, seeing as you can’t leave the couch. Coffee? I guess the doctor cleared it. Salsa? Who can argue with his mom’s homemade liquid gold? 

But then he went too far. He looked at me sideways, a grin twitching at his lips and said in a near whisper, “….Cookies?”

I looked at him. He looked at me. I sighed. It was over. We are going to be the death of each other. In sickness and in health, til death do us part, right? Right.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies and Homemade Almond Milk | SPIRITPLATEI raided the fridge, the pantry and came up with this gem. My perfect cookie is a chocolate chip cookie that’s soft and chewy with a slight crisp on the bottom. It’s gotta have a slight buttery saltiness, and a deep, dark, chocolatey moment in each bite. 

This. Is. The. Perfect. Cookie. 

Now Aly has a thing for mint chocolate, so that’s what these are. You can change them to whatever your vice is: peanut butter chips, coconut flakes, dark chocolate, butterscotch, white chocolate. 

I highly advise against eating them all in one sitting like we did. You know, if you’ve got the willpower. 

Of course, if you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask you for a glass of milk…

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies and Homemade Almond Milk | SPIRITPLATE

Homemade almond milk. Sweet, creamy, and so damn good for you. Did you know just a quarter cup of almonds provides you with 50% of your DV of biotin, 40%DV of vitamin E, and 25%DV each of copper and manganese? Plus, making it at home means you control what goes into it – no artificial additives or preservatives, just good ole almonds and water. 

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies and Homemade Almond Milk | SPIRITPLATEMilk and cookies, cruelty-free. A match made in heaven. 

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Serves 30
A decadent traditional chocolate chip cookie with a chewy interior and crisp edge.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
125 calories
18 g
1 g
6 g
1 g
4 g
29 g
88 g
10 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
29g
Servings
30
Amount Per Serving
Calories 125
Calories from Fat 48
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
8%
Saturated Fat 4g
21%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg
0%
Sodium 88mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates 18g
6%
Dietary Fiber 1g
2%
Sugars 10g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
3%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. ½ cup coconut oil OR coconut butter (Earth Balance)
  2. 1 cup organic light brown sugar
  3. ¼ cup almond milk (use the milk from the recipe below!)
  4. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract OR 1 vanilla bean pod, scraped
  5. 1 cup unbleached organic all-purpose flour
  6. 1 cup organic brown rice flour*
  7. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  9. ½ teaspoon salt
  10. 1 cup vegan (mint) chocolate chips (Enjoy Life, Trader Joe's or Ghirardelli)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, whip together brown sugar and coconut oil/butter until light and fluffy.
  3. Stir in other wet ingredients.
  4. In a larger bowl, whisk together dry ingredients, except the chocolate chips.
  5. Fold in the wet batter into the dry ingredients.
  6. When the dough in thoroughly combined, add in the chocolate chips and mix until evenly distributed.
  7. Place rounded tablespoonfuls of dough on a baking sheet with about an inch and a half of space between them.
  8. Bake in the oven 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly golden. They will be very soft initially but the edges will crisp up slightly as they cool.
Notes
  1. Don't skip the brown rice flour! This gives the cookie that beautiful crackled surface and crisp edge. It also reduces the gluten content.
  2. The baking soda and baking powder combined give this cookie it's signature texture. Skimping on one or the other won't yield the desired chewiness and crunch.
  3. The dough is a great cookie base. Add whatever you'd like to it; I think I'll try crushed pecans and desiccated coconut with chocolate chips next time for a "german chocolate" cookie!
  4. These cookies are obviously a dessert and so should be consumed in moderation as they do contain a high sugar and saturated fat content, even if the sources of the sugar and fat are good.
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125
fat
6g
protein
1g
carbs
18g
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Homemade Almond Milk
Serves 12
Creamy homemade nut milk, great for cereals, smoothies, baking or on its own. You'll need a high-speed blender and a nut milk bag (which can be found at any supermarket).
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
346 calories
14 g
0 g
30 g
12 g
2 g
131 g
14 g
5 g
0 g
25 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
131g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 346
Calories from Fat 247
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g
45%
Saturated Fat 2g
11%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 18g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 14mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 6g
26%
Sugars 5g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
16%
Iron
12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 24 oz sliced, slivered, or crushed almonds, soaked for a half hour and drained
  2. 24-36 oz filtered water, as needed
  3. 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped (optional)
  4. 1-2 dates soaked for a half hour OR 1-2 tsp maple syrup or agave (optional)
  5. pinch salt (optional)
Instructions
  1. Soak almonds for half an hour in filtered water, drain, and add to your blender.
  2. Cover almonds with 24 oz filtered water.
  3. Blend on high until smooth.
  4. Add any optional ingredients, plus additional water to thin the milk out to your preferred consistency.
  5. Blend again on high until smooth.
  6. To strain the milk, set your nutmilk bag in a large bowl and pour the milk through the bag like a sieve.
  7. Gather the edges of the bag, holding it above the bowl.
  8. Twist and squeeze the bag, massaging the bulk of the ground almonds to release as much milk as possible. This may take a few moments. You should be left with a small ball of almond pulp.*
  9. Store milk in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to one week. The milk settles, so give it a good shake before using.
Notes
  1. You do need a high-speed blender for this, but can use a regular sieve for the straining.
  2. If using whole almonds, soak overnight until plump. You can skin them or not to your liking. I left the skins on for additional nutrition.
  3. Add whatever you'd like to the milk (cinnamon would be nice) or keep it simple. I used all of the above mentioned optional ingredients, but I think plain is awesome too.
  4. *Don't toss the almond pulp! You can dehydrate it and turn it into almond flour! To do this, smooth out the almond pulp on a baking sheet to about a 1/4-1/8 inch thick. Set your oven on its lowest setting, about 170-190 degrees. Let it sit in the oven for a few hours until it breaks easily and has a distinct crunch. This means all of the water has evaporated from it. Break the pulp into pieces and add to your clean high-speed blender. Pulse a few times until it forms a fine flour. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month.
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calories
346
fat
30g
protein
12g
carbs
14g
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Bloody Berry Juice | SPIRITPLATE On Wednesday, I woke up and decided I needed to do a juice cleanse. That’s just the type of person I am. Today is the day! I said, and got started. It’s funny because for all my pseudo-preachy health-nuttiness, I haven’t actually done a cleanse before, despite it being all the rage in the health and nutrition community. Oh, I’ve had juices. I’ve had several juices in one day – all homemade. But I’ve never done a cleanse. The discipline and time it requires is daunting and I just felt too overwhelmed to try it. I guess you reach a point where you just throw your hands up, and say “Darn it all, I’m gonna do it!”  Of course, I know my own faults. Three days of juicing was downright intimidating. Baby steps, I say. How about starting off with one day? A One-Day Juice Cleanse to give my digestive system a break and learn the ins-and-outs was perfect. Anyone can do it, I thought, even me!  So, I decided to start the day off right. I put on the kettle. Downed a glass of water and did my morning yoga stretches. I made myself some mint tea and began: I wrote down exactly what I wanted to consume, listing produce I already had (incidentally, I had gone grocery shopping the afternoon before) on our ever-efficient white board that we’ve conveniently placed between the kitchen (my office) and living room (Aly’s office).  My logic as to what juice to have and when was simple. I wanted a filling, generally healthy juice to get started. I always have a rather large breakfast and I wanted to feel satiated. The apples and kale provided this easily, along with the water content of the romaine and cucumber. 

The Hulk Green Juice
Serves 1
A nutritionally dense green-powered juice to jumpstart your day.
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701 calories
160 g
0 g
6 g
33 g
1 g
2722 g
700 g
89 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
2722g
Servings
1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 701
Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
10%
Saturated Fat 1g
5%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 700mg
29%
Total Carbohydrates 160g
53%
Dietary Fiber 50g
200%
Sugars 89g
Protein 33g
Vitamin A
2397%
Vitamin C
515%
Calcium
105%
Iron
151%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 large pink lady apple
  2. 6 small sprigs of kale
  3. 2 handfuls supergreens mix (baby spinach, baby arugula, etc)
  4. 1 small to medium cucumber
  5. 1 small head romaine
  6. 4 sprigs parsley
  7. 3 celery stalks
  8. 1 lemon
  9. 3 small green apples
  10. 1 cup filtered water
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to juicer in the order listed. Alternating fibrous greens with fruit gives the juicer a break and washes through any green debris.
Notes
  1. Swap out parsley for any other herb (cilantro, basil, dill) for an alternate palette.
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calories
701
fat
6g
protein
33g
carbs
160g
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The Hulk Green Juice | SPIRITPLATE This one tasted like herby apple juice, just about how you’d expect a pretty standard green juice to taste. Of course, Ari kept trying to steal all my parsley. Then I wanted to include a lemon-turmeric-cayenne concoction for mid-day to clean my digestive system. I’ve noticed a LOT of bloating and heartburn recently and haven’t been able to pinpoint what’s causing it. I figure something to clear my stomach and intestines could be nothing but helpful.

Spicy Lemon Detox Tea
Serves 1
This alkaline juice is great for digestive detox; the lemon, aloe vera, cayenne, and turmeric all have antibacterial, antisceptic properties.
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322 calories
78 g
0 g
1 g
2 g
0 g
1065 g
67 g
32 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1065g
Servings
1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 322
Calories from Fat 7
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 67mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 78g
26%
Dietary Fiber 21g
82%
Sugars 32g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
26%
Calcium
129%
Iron
33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 12 oz hot water + 6 oz filtered water, divided
  2. Juice of half a lemon
  3. 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  4. 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  5. one squeeze agave or honey
  6. splash of raw aloe vera juice or gel
Instructions
  1. Boil 12 oz of hot water and add to glass.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and stir well to incorporate.
  3. Add filtered water and stir.
Notes
  1. Juice and add a pinky-sized knob of ginger or add an 1/8 teaspoon of ginger powder for more spice!
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calories
322
fat
1g
protein
2g
carbs
78g
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This one I absolutely loved. Spicy? Check. Sour? Check. Warming me down to my very bones? Double check! For dinner, I wanted to include the only fat of the day in the form of nut milk. Rather than juicing this one, I simply soaked some cashews at the beginning of the day, drained them, added some fresh filtered water and blended them with the remaining ingredients.

Sweet Cashew Milk
A creamy spiced milk great for lowering blood sugar.
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920 calories
81 g
0 g
64 g
22 g
13 g
644 g
22 g
39 g
0 g
48 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
644g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 920
Calories from Fat 532
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 64g
98%
Saturated Fat 13g
63%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 11g
Monounsaturated Fat 37g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 22mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 81g
27%
Dietary Fiber 7g
30%
Sugars 39g
Protein 22g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
11%
Iron
48%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup raw cashews
  2. 2 medjool dates
  3. 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  4. dash of all spice
  5. 1/2 inch length of whole vanilla bean
  6. 16 oz filtered water
Instructions
  1. Cover cashews and dates in filtered water and soak for 2-4 hours. This is optional but creates a creamier, more milk-like base.
  2. Drain cashews and dates and add to high-speed blender with 16 oz fresh filtered water and remaining ingredients.
  3. Blend on high until smooth and frothy - this may take a couple minutes.
Notes
  1. You can sub half the filtered water with coconut water.
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920
fat
64g
protein
22g
carbs
81g
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For snacks, I chose juices that I wanted: I had strawberries and blood oranges that I couldn’t wait to see what they tasted like together!  Bloody Berry Juice | SPIRITPLATE

Bloody Berry Juice
Deliciously fruity juice that will have you feeling like you're in the tropics!
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362 calories
88 g
0 g
2 g
8 g
0 g
766 g
7 g
57 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
766g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 362
Calories from Fat 20
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
4%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 7mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 88g
29%
Dietary Fiber 26g
104%
Sugars 57g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
21%
Vitamin C
659%
Calcium
29%
Iron
23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 10-12 strawberries
  2. 1 6 oz carton raspberries
  3. 3 blood oranges
  4. 1 kiwi
  5. 1-2 basil leaves
Instructions
  1. Wash fruit and remove orange rind.
  2. Place all fruit through juicer, leaving the tops on the strawberries.
  3. Garnish with fresh basil for a savory treat!
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362
fat
2g
protein
8g
carbs
88g
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Bloody Berry Juice | SPIRITPLATE For my second snack I had a chilled, tomato based juice that tasted like a fresh garden salad. Remember V8? If you’re a fan, you’ll love this. 

Secret Garden Juice
This chilled juice with it's tomato base tastes like gazpacho!
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496 calories
99 g
0 g
5 g
38 g
1 g
1634 g
515 g
31 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1634g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 496
Calories from Fat 46
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 515mg
21%
Total Carbohydrates 99g
33%
Dietary Fiber 38g
154%
Sugars 31g
Protein 38g
Vitamin A
222%
Vitamin C
1912%
Calcium
66%
Iron
57%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 celery stalks
  2. 2 ripe tomatoes
  3. 2 thick broccoli stalks
  4. 4 large handfuls supergreens mix (baby kale, spinach, arugula, etc)
  5. 3-4 springs cilantro
  6. 1/2 lemon
  7. 3 dried red chilies or 1/8 tsp cayenne
  8. 1/8 tsp cracked black pepper
Instructions
  1. Juice first 6 ingredients alternating between greens and the other veggies.
  2. Add chili and black pepper to juice and stir.
  3. Add a couple ice cubes to chill.
Notes
  1. Add carrot and/or bell pepper for a heartier juice.
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496
fat
5g
protein
38g
carbs
99g
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Secret Garden Juice | SPIRITPLATE

So basically I gave myself about two and a half hours between each juice. The Hulk, followed by the Bloody Berry, the Sweet Lemon Detox Tea, the Secret Garden Juice, and finally the Spiced Cashew Milk. I felt slightly hungry throughout the day, I think mostly because I didn’t feel I had eaten because I hadn’t chewed anything, but my energy was great! In fact I couldn’t fall asleep right away at night and ended up working an hour later than usual. The next day I experienced some detox symptoms, including a headache. I’ve noticed that since then, I haven’t experienced any bloating or heartburn at all and I’m craving a lot more raw foods. Overall, I feel great! 

Ultimately, what I learned was this:

  1. MAKE RULES, THEN FOLLOW THEM. My rule was that I would only consume raw organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and spices. No added salt or sugar, nothing processed, no caffeine or alcohol, and no grains or legumes. Whether they were juices, blended into a smoothie, or eaten solid wasn’t as important to me as flushing my system with raw produce. It is very easy to give up and give in to cravings, or bending the rules slightly to create a more comfortable experience. Be conscious and know what your body and mind’s limits are. Make your rules and goals attainable and then stick to them.
  2. BE PREPARED. Plan out what and how much you’ll need for each juice and do your grocery shopping before hand. Always, always buy organic. I highly recommend mason jars to carry your juices throughout the day – their airtight lids keep them from leaking, and as they are made of glass, they do not contain the BPA toxin used to make plastic. Know that cleaning your juicer is probably the most annoying thing EVER and you’ll probably want to chuck it across the room by the end of your cleanse 😉 If you are doing a 3-day cleanse, I recommend starting on Saturday morning after prepping Friday night. This allows you Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (having prepped the night before) to do your cleanse. 
  3. MAKE ENOUGH. If you are doing it right, you should be consuming about 16-32 ounces per juice. If you don’t make enough, you will be hungry throughout the day as you aren’t getting enough calories. I split my first morning juice with Aly, thinking 12 oz. each would be enough. Within an hour, we were both hungry again and eagerly looking forward to the next juice.
  4. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. While I had a lot of energy mentally, I also felt slightly out of breath and knew I couldn’t do heavy exercise. I did however feel the need to stretch and keep moving throughout the day. Everyone responds differently. If you feel you need solid food, eat solid food, but keeping with the same ingredients you would’ve juiced anyway.
  5. DRINK LOTS OF WATER. You’ll be surprised how thirsty you get, despite drinking fluids all day. Drink at least a glass of water in between each juice or smoothie.
  6. ALLOW YOURSELF TO REST. I already eat fairly clean, about 60% raw, and vegan and I still had detox symptoms in the form of a massive headache and a constant need to go to the bathroom the next day. Some people feel no detox symptoms, whilst others experience wildly uncomfortable ones. Be ready and flexible for these sensations.
  7. BE MINDFUL. Focus on your body, your mindset. Keep a journal if need be. Meditate. Be mindful of how you feel, what you’re consuming, and how it came to be. Your spiritual and mental state of being as you cleanse is just as important as your body’s.

HAPPY JUICING!!

Secret Garden Juice | SPIRITPLATE