Iced Chai Latte

Iced Chai Latte

With summer slowly coming to a close and September on the horizon, I thought this would be the perfect recipe for today.  It blends the icy cool that we crave on a hot August day like today, and the spicy sweet flavours we love come the Fall  September.

Iced Lattes are so easy to make at home.  These recipes are full of flavour and eliminate the need for sugar, flavour shots, dairy or caffeine.

Check out this delicious, fresh recipe here: ICED CHAI LATTE – SUGAR & DAIRY FREE

 

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Back With A Splash: Juicing Watermelon

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Hi Everyone!!  This has been my first blog post in a few weeks.  I have been tied up with some exciting new things happening at the clinic that I will announce very soon and I finished writing my next article for WO Magazine, due out this fall.

For today’s recipe post I thought I’d come back with a big slash and, naturally, I’m referring to green juice.

It’s watermelon season… but rather than toss your watermelon rinds did you know you can juice them.  The green and white parts of the watermelon contain the highest nutrient content.

For those of you who have juicers at home, you can combine juicing watermelon rinds with your other greens such as celery, cucumber, kale, swiss chard, collard greens or fresh herbs like parsley or dill.  The watermelon gives the green juice a refreshing flavour without the unopposed fruit sugar.

Often, juicers enjoy including sweet flavoured ingredients into their juices, like apples, carrots and other fruit.  However, it is important to consider that too much fruit juice, even fresh made, can spike blood sugar.

Go with green veggie juices.  That’s where it’s at.  Green vegetable based juices help to neutralize body chemistry, are rich with minerals that we need to combat stress and they do not spike blood sugar.

Are you curious to learn more about juicing or healthy eating?  Feel free to email me your questions anytime at drlaura@winhealth.ca and I’d be happy to help.

Taking Water To A Whole New Level: Super Healthy Iced Tea

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I have found my thirst quencher this summer.  It’s received my Spidey Stamp of approval!

I stopped in to Novel Teas last Friday to gather with a great group of women and give a talk about the therapeutic benefit of tea.  I had a wonderful time there, as I always do.  During the talk we enjoyed natural iced tea and I instantly fell in love.

Regular iced tea is full of sugar, artificial ingredients and extra calories our body doesn’t need.  The sugar content in regular iced tea also prevents the body from being hydrated.  Drinking naturally made iced tea is an effective way to hydrate the body and it’s healthier.

Dale, the owner of Novel Teas, has a wide variety of loose leaf tea blends, and many of them make a fabulous cold drink.  When steeped, these teas have a naturally sweet flavour without any artificial ingredients, sugar or artificial sweeteners.  I enjoyed a chilled apple cinnamon tea.  She also served a fruity chilled tea.  They were both delightful on a hot day!

This is a great way to add an new twist on the day’s hydration.  In addition, for those who don’t like drinking water or feel the flavour of water is boring, drinking a natural iced tea is a healthy and excellent way to boost the flavour of water without adding harmful artificial water sweeter like Mio or Crystal light.

Dale recommended I try the Strawberry Kiwi blend.  I made some this weekend and it was a hit!  It was mildly sweet, tangy and refreshing without adding any natural sweetener.

I also tested out using a little maple syrup to sweeten it slightly and it worked beautifully.

There are many ways to make natural iced tea… see hereand here.

I would recommend stopping in to see Dale at Novel Teas, pick out a flavour that you fancy and get her directions for making a fantastic iced brew!

 

Day 29! Three’s A Magical Charm

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So the month is almost up but I’ve got to tell you… green smoothies can have a magical effect on small children.  I’m not kidding.  It happened to us!

This morning I was greeted by my five year old son and a discussion about breakfast… it went something like this:

Me: “Good Morning, Sweetheart.  We are going to have breakfast soon.”

My big boy: “Mommy, can I have a chocolate smoothie?”

* It just so happened that the green smoothie of the day WAS a chocolate (green) smoothie.  See!  The MAGIC!

Me: “Of course, sweet pea!” (Trying to contain my excitement.)

* This smoothie also had spinach, hemp seeds, chia seeds along with the goodies of a frozen banana, raw cacao powder and medjool dates.

THEN… MORE magic… In comes my little two year old…

My little boy:  “Mommy, I want a cho-co-late smoooothie, toooo.”

Me: “Absolutely!”

So over to the blender I go… I blend up a double batch.  I’m thinking it’s looking a little on the green side, but i don’t let on.  😉

I serve it up… my little guy goes “Mommy… this smoothie is green.”  Leave it to the littlest one to call me out on it. :S

Me: “Yes it is sweetheart, but it’s a chocolate smoothie… try it.”  (fingers crossed)

And they both sipped merrily away!

Success!  MAGIC!  Something green, great and divine.

 

I guess the cool thing that I see repeatedly, not only in my own family but in the family lives of my patients, too, is that doing something healthy everyday around your family can eventually have a trickle effect.  I can pique curiosity.  It starts to become routine.  And it might even be something that everyone tries.  That’s the magic of the simple healthy things we do.  They have a stealthy quality to them… so unassuming… but they have the ability to sneak in and before you know it… your kids are drinking green smoothies with you! 🙂

 

 

 

Day 22! Green Smoothie Challenge

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Hey Spidey!  Get your hands off my green smoothie! 🙂

 

Today is day 22 of the Green Smoothie Challenge by tuja wellness and we are rounding the bend.  It has been a great few weeks of green smoothies!  It’s awesome to get a fresh dose of healthy greens in a yummy smoothie everyday.

 

And… there are two really special things that happened today…

 

1) I realized that Monday Green Smoothies are the best!  I think some of my favourite smoothie recipes were featured on a Monday.  Today’s was a blend of banana, mango, coconut and almond milk with spinach blended in.  It was a sublime start to the week. 🙂

2) It’s Day 22!  And you know what they say… if you do something for 21 days it becomes a habit.  Although green smoothies have always been a part of my life… it’s been a while since I’ve done a green smoothie everyday.  As of day 22, I’m going to keep this good thing going beyond the challenge.  🙂

You can still join in the smoothie challenge!  Sign up here: 30 Day Smoothie Challenge

Day 8! 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge

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This green smoothie challenge does a body good!  I’m loving all the recipe ideas… who knew that Green Smoothies had so many variations!

Today’s recipe was awesome… Eva’s Go-To Smoothie.  It was perfect for a busy monday morning!  It was designed by Eva Redpath, a Canadian elite fitness trainer.

My smoothie today was:

1 cup water

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 frozen banana

4 pitted medjool dates

1 scoop of my favourite Greens Powder

Blend and go!

Sign up for the challenge to get daily green smoothie recipes and resources here:  30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge.

 

My recipe contribution is appearing TOMORROW!  For those of you who want a sneak peak… let’s just say… in true form… Chocolate is the new Green. 🙂

 

 

Quench That Thirst!

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Set aside the lemonade and gatorade this summer!  If you want true hydration and electrolyte replenishment go with fruit infused water.  I made a delicious, absolutely thirst quenching, loaded with ice and chilled to the max summer drink that was out of this world.  It was simply cucumber infused water with the juice of 1 whole lemon squeezed into it.  It had a great refreshing flavour and was all natural.  That’s right on my wavelength.

We made water like this for the clinic a couple of weeks ago and since then we’ve had patients reporting back with all the awesome naturally infused water they are making to stay cool this summer.  Check out the link below to get some great ideas.  Truly, the sky is the limit!

Click HERE for Naturally Infused Water Recipes!

 

Here are some of our favourite combos:

– Cucumber & Lime

– Strawberry & Lemon

– Strawberry & Mint leaves

– Lime & Mint leaves

– Orange & Strawberry

– Orange & Lemon

– Lemon & Lime

– Cucumber & Dill leaves

– Mint leaves

– Watermelon

– Raspberries

– Pineapple

… see… endless options and combinations.  Stay cool, friends!  🙂