Turmeric is a pretty amazing little root. It's bright yellow colour (orange, if you are using a fresh root) is indicative of curcumin, the compound contained in turmeric which contains pretty incredible cancer fighting and anti-inflammatory benefits.
We stopped drinking soda (or pop, as we like to refer to it up north) over 10 years ago. I found it sickly sweet and wasn't comfortable with the extra add on ingredients (corn syrup and caramel colouring being two prime examples).
I came up with this smoothie recipe using a few staple ingredients we had on hand along with a brand new find - frozen black raspberries! I love to incorporate berries as much as I possibly can, they are chock full of antioxidants and pack a powerful punch in the flavour department.
This cold & flu fighter recipe was inspired by a delicious drink I enjoyed frequently at Be Love Restaurant in Victoria. I decided to try and make my own, as it is a cost effective (and logistically feasible, given that we are traveling) option.
Spring has definitely sprung here on the island, with sunny warm days in abundance. As a result I find myself reaching for smoothies and salads with increasing frequency. I am a big fan of smoothies first thing in the morning, they allow for a wonderful combination of healthy fats and protein, along with superfoods that help maximize nutritional input.
Cherry blossoms, green sprouts and warmer temperatures abound here in Victoria, making it clear to me that we are moving out of the rainy season and into spring! The recent shift in weather has led to a shift in our eating patterns.
Tonight after dinner my kids were still hungry, so I decided to put together a dessert to wrap up the meal. I debated between a few different options, all of which ended up being too time consuming, before pulling out a binder given to me by a close friend several years ago.
A couple of months ago we made up a batch of Professor Cayenne in my Herbal Apprenticeship class with Betty Norton. I was excited to learn that Professor Cayenne has a multitude of benefits. It packs a powerful punch, and helps to hear up the body in order to sweat out toxins.
Over the past few years our ritual of setting out milk and cookies for Santa has shifted somewhat. We have gone from Almond Holiday Nog in a carton to a homemade variety, created with my friend Johanna at the same time as the Gingerbread Latte I posted a few days ago.
My husband came down with a bad cold this week, after catching a chill working in the rain. In an attempt to help him avoid being sick over the holidays, I have created and dispensed a small arsenal of herbal remedies.
I have decided to do a series of posts to celebrate the holidays, focusing on fun and festive beverages, immune supporting foods, and DIY herbal recipes. Which means you will be hearing from me daily for the next week or so, as I share various recipes and holiday ideas. I hope these posts will help bring lots of festive cheer to your holiday experience!
This Chaga Chai recipe has to be one of my favourite things in the whole world. I was all set to publish a post on popsicles this week, when I woke up to a cold and rainy day and decided to shift my focus.
The weather here in Victoria has been crazy hot over the past few weeks. As a result I have been focusing on staying hydrated, which includes seeking out some nourishing alternatives to water. Don't get me wrong, water on its own is fantastic, but when I find myself drinking a lot of it I start craving some variety.
I celebrated my birthday earlier this week. In the world we live in it is hard not to look at birthdays as a scourge, something that forces us to come face to face with our own mortality. Long gone are the days of joyful anticipation, counting down to this special day just for you. Now we are bombarded by anti-aging serums, featured in ads showcasing models and celebrities airbrushed to resemble something that doesn't actually exist. But you can rest assured that it looks really young. And pore free of course.