Sparkling Blue Iced Tea

Some blue iced tea and flavoured sparkling water create a light, refreshing and vividly coloured iced tea. Adding in some iced cubes with fruits frozen in add in a rainbow of colour and keep it cool. Staying properly hydrated , especially as the weather heats up, is important for our bodies inside and out and trying out different herbal teas can be a healthy way to mix it up. Continue Reading →

Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie

Smoothies are a great option for healthy treats. With the right ingredients they can taste sweet and decadent but still be filled with important and beneficial nutrients. This version has raw cacao powder and chocolate protein powder to make it very chocolaty and some hazelnut butter to create a nutritious nutella-inspired flavour. A few Medjool dates add in lots of natural sweetness along with fiber, minerals and vitamins while some cashew milk blends it all together into a thick and creamy smoothie. Continue Reading →

Coconut Mango Lassi

Lassi is a cooling drink from Punjab, Northern India used as a nice contrast to both the weather and spicy food. It is yogurt based and is blended with water and often fruit, honey and/or spices like cardamom. It is believed that the Lassi originated around 1000 BC, making it a kind of ancient smoothie. According to Ayurveda, an ancient Indian system that categorized foods according to different external climates and internal temperance, Lassis are very calming to the stomach and can aid in digestion. Continue Reading →

Vanilla Peach Smoothie

Vanilla Peach SmoothiePeach season is in full effect and freezing them overnight then blending them with a few extra ingredients turns them into chilled, creamy, decadent tasting smoothies that highlight their sweet, summer flavour. Peaches are stone fruits related to roses and they are full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Some medjool dates increase the sweetness, vanilla adds some fragrant flavour and almond milk brings it all together. Continue Reading →

Peanut Butter Banana Fig Smoothie

Peanut Butter Banana Fig SmoothieGrowing up, the only encounters I had with figs were the dried and processed versions in the Fig Newton’s my grandpa would try to pass off as “cookies”. Then, despite the misgivings inspired by how gross I thought they were, I finally tried them fresh and unadulterated when I was visiting family in New Zealand. They ripened on the tree in the yard and were like precious jewels that magically appeared on the kitchen counter every so often. That’s where I fell in love with these fruits- warm, squishy and incredibly sweet- almost too decadently sweet to pass as fruits. Now, whenever I have them I’m taken back to lounging by the pool with the soft breeze coming in from the ocean and the sun warming my skin amid the laughter of loved ones.  Continue Reading →

Digestive Tea

Digestive TeaLong before we had modern medicine we discovered how different plants could alleviate certain ailments. Many of these folk remedies’ power to cure may simply be a placebo effect- studies have shown that when people take something they think will cure them, it surprisingly can, even if it is just a simple substance without any curative properties. However, there are some items in nature that have been proven to have positive effects that come from their vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. The spices used in this tea- cumin, coriander and fennel- are spices we have used for thousands of years to strengthen digestion  Continue Reading →

Maple Pecan Banana Smoothie

Maple Pecan Banana SmoothieBananas are a very popular smoothie ingredient because they add density and create a nice texture. If they are frozen prior to being used they become even sweeter and create a thick, creamy smoothie. Nutritionally they are a well known source of potassium, an electrolyte that balances sodium and has been shown to help lower blood pressure. They also have notable amounts of vitamin C for strong immunity and wound recovery as well as vitamin B6 for maintaining hormone balance and forming red blood cells and transmitters in the nervous system. Continue Reading →

Vanilla Spice Smoothie

Vanilla Spice SmoothieThere are no greens or weird sea algae powders in this smoothie as is my usual habit- sometimes it’s nice to have a sweet treat with a relatively simple, familiar ingredient list. This version has vanilla protein powder for extra nutrients, frozen banana to make it creamy and medjool dates for some extra but natural sweetness. The addition of spices assists digestion and adds some seasonal flavour, while vanilla almond milk brings it all together. It actually tastes surprisingly similar to egg nog, Continue Reading →

Tropical Smoothie Bowl with Fruit Roses

Tropical Smoothie Bowl with Fruit RosesMy very first job as a teenager was at a bakery. I couldn’t believe that I got paid to bake bread and decorate cakes all day, tasks I would have gladly done for free. I loved working with the piping bags and one of my favourite things to make were little icing roses. Nowadays I like to keep my icing intake to a minimum for health reasons, but a similar effect can be created easily with strawberries and thinly sliced fruits with smooth flesh like mangos, kiwis and plums. Continue Reading →