Monday, February 22, 2016

How To Make Your Own Coconut Milk and VCO

Non-dairy milk is in huge demand these days after learning about the awful pesticides, hormones and antibiotics found in dairy milk! Read Dr. Hyman's 6 reasons why you should avoid dairy at all cost here

With that being said, I've gone the extra mile by making my own coconut milk at home for my kids to drink. It's really easy and very cheap to make! You can purchase mature coconut strips or gata from your local market in the Philippines for only 30 pesos (less than a dollar!) per bag.

On our first attempt, we tried doing it on my Hurom juicer but after about 25 minutes it stopped working. I doubt it is meant to juice grated coconut so we had to switch to manual hand labor instead!

You will need:

1 bag of grated coconut
Cheese cloth or katcha or I used my daughter's clean lampin /cloth
Hot water
A bowl to catch the milk

After boiling water, place the grated coconut inside the cloth and make a pouch and start to milk it. Warning: this is scalding hot so wait awhile before you start milking the bag!

Viola! Here's your freshly pressed coconut milk which your kids will loooove! No sweetener needed :) 

Now, if you wanted to make VCO (virgin coconut oil) you would do the same thing except wait for the oil to settle in the middle layer after a day then find a way to extract it. I made the mistake of using this container because it is very hard to skim the top layer. 

 So, I had to transfer to a bowl and then refrigerate. The oil will harden and then you will have to remelt.

I must tell you how awesome the VCO home production of my good friend, Ana (of Body Food All Natural) is in her home! You may follow her on Instagram @anagutch for inspirations like this!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Flow Mystery Tour And Artis Artisan Antipolo


There is something so refreshing and healing about being out in nature. One day I will build my house surrounded with trees and live sustainably, preferably in a permaculture designed village and farm. For now, I do quick trips to renourish my body, mind and soul. 

I organized the last Flow Mystery Tour with a short escape to nature in mind for all that signed up. Last month, I brought the group to Antipolo for some sunshine and fresh unpolluted air which we all desperately needed.

The venue was the Bee House in Beverly Hills Subdivision in Antipolo. When we arrived, I led a yoga class out in the garden while the kids played with small animals by our side. Yes, most of our tours and retreats are kid-friendly! Check out for more details.

Then, my good friend Ana led a workshop on how to make your own Bath Fizz Bombs using all natural ingredients. 

Those are real dried Lavender flowers. They smelled heavenly! 

Our finished products drying out under the sun.

While waiting for homemade lunch, we checked out the merchants to the Artis Artisan Bazaar.

This event is the brainchild of The Bee House owners Marie Gutierrez, the wife of master builder Vitty who is also the brother of Ana. They are quite a talented family!

After our healthy lunch of falafels and , we proceeded to do workshop # 2 which was DIY Kombucha also led by Ana.

I have learned how to make Kefir before but lost track after sometime. Ana encouraged me to try Kombucha and have been making and drinking this probiotic wonder drink since she taught me. 

I love how her youngest son is her little apprentice when it comes to her handmade and homemade interests. He was manning the booth and selling his Kombucha creations for her! 

Thank you for collaborating with me, Ana! I love your life, your village and all your creations!

You may follow Ana Niguidula on Instagram @anagutch to know more about Body Food All Natural products and her workshops.

Follow FLOW Retreats on Instagram @flowretreats to find out about our next Mystery Tour or retreat!


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