This vegan, plant-based creamy almond milk contains silica, which helps your skin, hair, and nails to produce more collagen. It’s made with dragon fruit (pitaya), which gives it the gorgeous pink color.
Since we know that ingesting bovine collagen supplements have little to no effect on your skin, hair, and nails, I recommend silica or the bamboo silica (see below), instead. And that’s what I’ve included in this drink!
To make 16 ounces of milk
1/4 cup raw almonds, soaked overnight
2 cups of filtered water
A tiny pinch of Himalayan sea salt
1/4 cup of frozen or fresh dragon fruit*
1 tsp Lucuma powder
2 silica capsules**
1 tsp Amla powder (OPTIONAL – you can add it in for extra benefits such as a whopping amount of Vitamin C)
1/4 tsp vanilla, scraped from the pods (optional)
*You can use the whole fruit/smoothie pack un-strained so that you get the seeds and fiber, all of which contain great health benefits. But some prefer to strain off the fiber and seeds first. If you want to do this, simply squish it through cheesecloth until you have about 3-4 teaspoons of juice. Warning: It’s very messy, and the juice will stain your fingers!!)
** You can also choose to use Bamboo Silica which some think is more effective in triggering collagen production.
Pop the soaked almonds and water in a high-speed blender and blend on high for about 30 – 60 seconds.
Use cheesecloth or a nut milk bag to strain. I prefer a nut milk bag as it makes things really easy!
Once strained (you can dry out the leftover meal and use for baking), rinse out the blender and then pour your fresh almond milk into the blender.
Add the remaining ingredients and blend for about 20 seconds on high.
Pour into a glass jar, and chill it for a few hours. If you want to enjoy it immediately, you could add 1/2 cup of crushed ice to the blender.
You can store for up to 3 days in the fridge, but you will need to give it a good shake before drinking.
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