DIY smoothie booster

When I make a smoothie I find myself hauling out the Tupperware containers that hold my health-boosting ingredients, and scooping out a little from this one and a little from that one. The other day it occurred to me that it would be much more efficient to combine them all together into one powerful health-booster! That way, when I want to make a smoothie, I only need to take out ONE container and ONE scoop.  Admittedly this is pretty low on the genius scale of ideas, but it sure is a time saver!  That’s the framework. Here’s what to actually buy at the store to get … Read More

slow cooker chai concentrate

Chai Concentrate

Oh the chai latte. I realize I’m about 15 years behind on this food trend. I mean, you know something is no longer “in” when your local Costco stops carrying it.  But I still love, love, love, Chai Lattes! They have never gone away in my books.   Maybe 15 years is enough time to bring something back! Are you with me? We could have a Chai Latte revival!  Anyone? If you’re reading this, then I’m assuming you’re on board. Tell all your friends. The chai is back. Why It’s A Smart Choice Spices have fantastic health properties. Cinnamon can … Read More

lettuce have a smoothie!

Green Lettuce Smoothie

I found a giant bag of chopped romaine lettuce marked off by 30%. We typically don’t eat that much salad around here… at least not in winter. Still, I couldn’t resist the price! I decided to try putting it in a smoothie. But before using perfectly good ingredients on something that might be awful, I did some googling to see if lettuce in smoothies is even a thing. It is so I decided to give it a go. I was delightfully surprised! You can really pack a lot of lettuce into a smoothie and not even notice the taste. Compare that to kale. … Read More

copycat orange julius

copycat orange julius

While this copycat Orange Julius tastes just like the original it’s much healthier! …and easier on the wallet 🙂 I have two requirements when I set out to duplicate a favourite popular food: a) It must taste nearly identical to the original b) It must be healthier than the original Sometimes I nail a replication right away and I wish I had a button to press that said “that was easy.” I pat myself on the back and move on to the next challenge. This one for a copycat Orange Julius didn’t turn out that way. This one took many … Read More

sweet summer splash

This month the Dietitians over at The Recipe Redux have challenged us with the following:  Fresh from the Garden: The season of bountiful produce has arrived. Whether your produce comes from the farmers’ market, a CSA share, or a plot of dirt out back, show how you are using fresh July fruits or veggies. And if you have gardening successes – or failures – please share!  I really really want to become a good gardener. This is my second year attempting to grow my own food. It’s a long process to learn because you only get one opportunity a year to … Read More

lightened up vietnamese iced coffee

Lightened Up Vietnamese Iced Coffee

I thought I knew what hot weather was until I visited South East Asia. Heat. Humidity. Suffocating lack of air movement. My poor, pale skin. To top that off, I had arranged to spend two weeks volunteering… moving bricks all day long. I thought I was going to die.  Then someone handed me a Vietnamese Iced Coffee, and everything changed.  Suddenly I could breathe again! I came alive! I am forever grateful to the Vietnamese Iced Coffee for saving my life in ‘Nam.  Now, every summer I look forward to enjoying one of these refreshing delights on a hot day. Traditionally they … Read More

DIY vegan chocolate syrup

DIY vegan chocolate syrup

With this rich, fudgey recipe your search for the perfect vegan chocolate sauce is over! Perfect for chocolate “milk” and frozen desserts. I received a reader request to post a recipe for a vegan chocolate syrup for making chocolate “milk.” I was only too happy to oblige and experiment with CHOCOLATE! When I came up with a winning recipe I (obviously) had to experiment with the different ways you could use it. I tried it… in a dairy milk substitute to make chocolate “milk” over ice cream (I had dairy ice cream but I’m sure it would be equally delicious … Read More