It’s hot, it’s sticky and you’re craving the perfect cool drink at the end of a long day.
Sun tea is very popular in the southern United States for its mild and refreshing flavour. And it requires almost no effort to make — the drink needs just five minutes of assembly.
Homemade sun tea requires only five things: a jar, water, tea bags, extras and a sunny spot to sit for a few hours. This drink is so easy to make, it might just become a daily summer fix.
It’s important to use a glass — not plastic — jar, so that the sun will brew the tea properly. The glass should be clear on all sides and a metal lid will help it to heat up (and brew) more effectively. The size of jar is ... Read more...
It’s summer and we’re constantly surrounded by the lure of barbeques, ice cream and other amazing but not-so-good-for-you foods. I myself am guilty of consuming tasty unhealthy foods. And because of this, I’m always on the hunt for delicious healthy foods I can make.
This nutritious breakfast bar can be stored for later, and is especially good when it’s heated and eaten with milk. It’s also a great snack between meals.
There’s lots of oatmeal packed into this bar – a major health perk. Oats are low in calories and fat, as well as high in fiber and protein, which helps subdue those intense sugar cravings.
2 cup oats
1 cup of flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup peanut butter
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
Nothing says summer better than citrus.
I experimented with grapefruit cupcakes after I realized I became bored with lemon or mock cocktail desserts and wanted something a little different. Grapefruits were the unexpected and yet obvious choice for my summer cupcake recipe.
When I first shared the idea with those around me they were pretty skeptical about how it would taste, though. Apparently grapefruits are a divisive fruit.
Regardless, be bake-assured these cupcakes are perfect whether you like grapefruit or not.
They aren’t too sweet and have the perfect tang.
Many of the recipes I consulted in my research phase opted for glazes rather than butter creams, but I am a real sucker for my classic frosting and I love experimenting with the traditional.
I kept my cake recipe relatively simple so you can play around ... Read more...
Maple syrup is a Canadian treat, and with Canada Day just around the corner what better way to celebrate our country’s birthday than with this delicious maple granola crunch?
The options with the maple granola crunch are endless, as the recipe can be easily adjusted to accommodate any individual preference, dietary restriction, serving size or meal. Whether you would simply prefer to include blueberries instead of strawberries, this recipe invites such creativity. Blueberries and blackberries make great Fourth of July additions. Ingredients such as, kiwi, almonds, pecans or coconut shreds are also excellent substitutions and additions.
For whatever plans you may already have for Canada Day, the maple granola crunch will have you covered whether as a breakfast treat or midday snack. It is a simple recipe that requires little time to prepare, and can be easily thrown together. ... Read more...
Are you feeling unsatisfied with your current grilled cheese situation? Fret no more, this beet and arugula grilled cheese recipe is bound to spice up your life.
Beets are loaded with nutritional value. They contain minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and iron, not to mention vitamins A, B & C. Not only will this grilled cheese recipe leave you feeling energized, you’ll likely feel at ease after consuming this marvelous sandwich. Beets contain tryptophan, an amino acid known to relax the mind and create a sense of well-being. A grilled cheese that can improve your mental health is a sandwich for the recipe books.
Still not convinced that this is the grilled cheese for you? Like beets, arugula is also in season, and the following recipe tastefully incorporates this healthy green. Arugula can ... Read more...
Everyone knows the saying you are what you eat. You can make the most of your health and nutrition by indulging in some seasonal, spring recipes that use ingredients, such as arugula, asparagus, beets, carrots and spinach.
When you choose in-season fruits and vegetables, you eliminate the economic factors of having to import. If everyone used in-season ingredients to cook , it would stimulate the local farming economy and would help increase their sales. Purchasing local in-season vegetables and fruits also should cost relatively less, due to the reduced transportation that is required for delivery.
Eating in-season produce also guarantees that your fruits and vegetables are at the peak of freshness and carry fewer chemicals when you buy and cook them. You can even plant your own garden, and grow ... Read more...
What is a long day without something sweet to eat at the end of it? This warm treat will feel like a big, comforting hug, but the blueberries will keep flavours seasonal for spring and summer.
Quinoa flakes provide crunch just like oats do, but with even more protein and very little detectible difference in taste.
This recipe makes just one serving, is extremely simple to make or adjust, and can be ready for the oven in just a few minutes. Enjoy!
- 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 3 tbsp quinoa flakes
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp melted butter
- 1 tsp slivered almonds
- 1 piece candied ginger
1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
2. Place blueberries into the bottom of an oven-safe bowl and ... Read more...
We all know that April showers bring May flowers, but in the face of endless spring rain, it can be tough to look on the bright side. The best way to cope with rainy day blues? Comfort food of course!
Banana-date breakfast cookies
A warm, fresh-baked treat is the perfect solution to a drizzly morning, and with no added sugar, these cookies make for an entirely justifiable breakfast.
The bananas and dates both provide a powerful dose of potassium, which can improve cardiovascular health. Plus, the oats are rich in fibre and protein, which will help keep you full all day.
-— 2 cups oats
-—1 tsp cinnamon
— 1 tsp powdered ginger
— 1 pinch nutmeg
— 1 tsp vanilla
— 3 ripe bananas, mashed
— ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
— ½ cup slivered ... Read more...
Sometimes you just need something simple and savoury to tide you over, and these vegetarian-friendly cheesy quinoa cakes are definitely just that.
It’s a recipe that really invites substitutions and additions based on your personal preference — or whatever you have on hand in your kitchen.
If you’re not crazy about parmesan try trading it up for fontina or cheddar, or switch up cilantro for parsley. The same goes for the honey Dijon mustard, which can easily be replaced with aioli, ranch, sour cream or even light honey Dijon salad dressing. Make these cakes yours!
Quinoa: the dynamic superfood
Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a whole grain-like seed that is similar to rice or barley. To the Incas, quinoa was a sacred crop known as the “mother of all grains” — and considering ... Read more...
You probably have heard this at least once in your life, that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And it definitely is.
Breakfast helps kick start your metabolism to burn more fat and helps lower the risk of indulging in high calories later on in the day.
If you split the word up it becomes “break fast”, which literally means to break a fast after a night of sleep. It fills you up with a boost of energy, a surefire way to be certain you can last throughout the day – or to you next meal, at least.
Start your day off right with a delicious grilled French Nutella. Instead of your traditional grilled cheese, it’s a “grilled Nutella”, made not with normal bread but French toast. This might ... Read more...