How to Prepare Chaga and a Local Chaga Turmeric Golden Mylk Latte

Warming and Local Chaga Turmeric Ginger Golden Milk Latte Drink

We are blessed here in Canada to have wild Chaga mushrooms growing on our own birch tree, offering us wild medicine from mother nature herself. Chaga tea offers a slight vanilla flavour which tastes great on its own, and also makes a great base for a chaga turmeric golden mylk latte. Golden Mylk is a modern spin on the Auryvedic drink of warm milk and turmeric. Found at health food stores and specialty cafes, it is creamy and delicious and offers a wide nutrient profile provided by the anti-inflammatory curcuminoids in turmeric and the gingerols in ginger. Golden Mylk generally uses coconut milk as the liquid base, and as the fat source to facilitate absorption of any fat-soluble compounds. Hemp milk from our own Canadian grown hemp seeds can be used instead and offers a creamy consistency that rivals that of coconut milk (see How to Make Your Own Hemp Milk). The combination of the immunoprotective benefits of chaga and the anti-inflammatory aspects of turmeric make this an essential cold weather drink to help nourish and nuture the body.
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So Simple Pumpkin Spiced Coffee

So Simple Pumpkin Spiced Coffee Recipe

It’s hard to not get caught up in all the pumpkin spiced hype. Coffee shops have been on the band-wagon even before the leaves started to turn. Now that October is here, I think it is fair to start filling the kitchen with pumpkin spiced everything. I love cafe style Pumpkin Spiced Lattes but I also know that they are so loaded with sugar and not worth the post-latte crash. Here is my healthier alternative to the sugar-loaded versions. This So Simple Pumpkin Spiced Coffee may turn out to be a regular in your autumn morning routine.
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Hemp Milk Recipe – A Better Alternative

Hemp Milk Recipe - A Better Alternative

If you haven’t already heard, the new Canadian Food Guide draft is out and it’s down one food group – dairy. With more and more people becoming environmentally conscious, dairy has taken a back seat. There is a growing number of milk alternatives available – rice, almond, buckwheat, quinoa, soy just to name a few, though each pre-packaged milk alternative comes with its pros and cons (see Milk Alternatives – Finding The Best One For You and Almond Milk – Is It Worth Going Nuts For? ) Hemp seeds have been back on the Canadian market since 1998 and are only just being introduced to Australia and New Zealand. If you haven’t considered hemp milk yet now is the time! This homemade Hemp Milk Recipe is packed full of protein and essential omega-3 fatty acids. Bonus points for simplicity – no straining required.
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Simple Turmeric Ginger Latte

Simple Fresh Tumeric and Ginger Latte with Maple Syrup

Is turmeric the superfood of 2016? Will we see it come and go with the likes of Goji Berries and Agave Syrup? I sure hope not. Turmeric has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years and has been renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties. Western medicine has caught on, though the majority of the research has been done on one of its isolated constituents – curcumin. If you’re like me and your Christmas was filled with extravagant dinners and endless treats, then it’s time to start filling your pantry full of foods that will nourish your body into 2017. This simple Turmeric Ginger Latte is such a great nighttime treat and a great replacement for chocolate. Try it out, it’s easier and more delicious than you think!

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Masala Chai Recipe. From India, With Love.

Masala Chai Recipe From The Heart Of India

Chai Cha Chai Chai Cha Cha Chai!! Dreaming of the sights, smells and tastes of India. Such a colourful country, ready to tantalize all the senses. Right now, for me its the rich aroma of cinnamon, the indulgence of creamy dairy mixed with black tea, all topped off with a Chai Wallah serving up a fresh glass of 5 Rupee Masala Chai. Sigh*
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Healing Breakfast Smoothie with Berries, Banana and Cacao

Healing Breakfast Smoothie with Berry Banana and Cacao from Ingredients Apple Cafe, Victoria BC

I love Victoria and its bountifulness of amazing eateries. I am continuously inspired by all the fresh, local, healthy fare that is waiting for you around every corner. This weekend a friend took me to an unassuming spot for lunch; a health food store with a tiny organic café inside, Ingredients Health Food & Apple Café.
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A Zingy Green Summer Juice

Zingy Fresh Green Summer Juice

Once you go green, you’ll never go back.

My previous method of juicing included taking anything and everything and pressing it down my juicer. It was a gamble when it came to taste, but I was experimenting. I’m content now knowing that I prefer not to juice my parsnips. When I found out that people actually followed recipes for juices, and that the final product was always something delicious, I needed to know more.
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Breakfast Popsicle With Honey Banana and Oats

Breakfast Popsicle With Honey Banana and Oats

Ok last popsicle recipe I promise. This is what I get for buying yoghurt by the litre… popsicles falling out of my freezer door as you can see from Zesty Honey Iced Tea Popsicles with Ginger and Mango Honey Lassi Popsicle With Ginger And Chia Seeds. This ones pretty tasty as well, and the best bit… you can eat it for breakfast!
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Zesty Honey Iced Tea Popsicles with Ginger

Zesty Honey Lemon Ginger Iced Tea Popsicles

Alright, so I’ve gone popsicle mad. Last week was Mango Honey Lassi Popsicle with Ginger and Chia Seeds.I can’t stop myself from dreaming about yummy popsicle recipes when I should be doing something more productive like reading/studying/cleaning. So refreshing and sinless. The perfect combination.
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Mango Honey Lassi Popsicle With Ginger And Chia Seeds

Mango Honey Lassi Popsicle With Ginger And Chia Seeds

So turns out the city of Victoria, Canada is sunny. Very sunny! Three weeks in a row of crazy beach worthy days which last until 10pm. I definitely wasn’t prepared for this and my soup recipes have taken a back seat.
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