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Try These Delicious Infused Water Recipes!

Tired of trying to get in your eight glasses a day of just boring, plain water? Here are some delicious and easy ways to spice up your daily water intake that will have you hydrated and glowing in no time. 

 

One easy and popular way to switch up your water is to add fresh fruit. Adding citrus like lemon, orange and grapefruit to your water can give you an added boost of Vitamin C, and it livens up a plain glass of h2o. You can also add fresh berries like raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries for a sweet summery flavour. 

 

Another popular water infusion is cucumber. The added freshness from cucumber and even celery give plain water a spa-like feel, and an added boost of hydration as cucumber and celery have high water content. Try adding these both to your next glass of water with a slice of lemon, and you will drift away to a spa getaway. 

 

Water is a necessity all year round, so why not try an autumn-inspired twist on an infusion. By adding sliced apple and cinnamon to your water, you can have those warm and comforting tastes of autumn year-round. This is a great way to liven up your water and obtain cinnamon’s health benefits with its anti-inflammatory and prebiotic properties. 

 

Spices aren’t just for cooking. Try adding mint and even rosemary to your water for a zesty twist on simple fruity favourites. You can pair spices and herbs such as mint with lemon, cucumber, and rosemary with grapefruit for an exciting new flavour profile.

 

With endless options and possibilities, there is no excuse to be drinking boring water ever again! So try out these delicious ideas, and experiment with adding seasonal flavours to your water, and you may just find a new favourite. 

 

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Swerve Sweetener - Your Ultimate Sugar Replacement

Swerve is a rapidly growing manufacturer of the “Ultimate Sugar Replacement”. The central message behind swerve is to enjoy your life, treat your body well, and to be happy and healthy. Swerve was developed in 2001 to help people feel their absolute best while still enjoying their favorite desserts.

Swerve helps people understand blood sugar control and how balancing blood sugar can positively impact energy, weight management and so many other aspects of health. Swerve gives people the ability to indulge in sweet treats yet still maintain stabilized blood sugar.

Swerve is a true sugar replacement because it's sweet and delicious! Unlike other natural sweeteners like stevia, it has no bitter aftertaste and measures just like sugar. It's also the only sugar replacement of its kind that browns and caramelizes just like sugar, so all of your favorite recipes will be a breeze.

  • With ZERO calories and ZERO glycemic index, Swerve is the ideal sweetener for cooking and baking.
  • Swerve tastes and measures exactly like sugar. It is made with only natural ingredients that have been part of the human diet for thousands of years and are found in a variety of fruits and vegetables. Unlike many other sugar alcohols (polyols) Swerve does not have laxative side effects often encountered by other sugar alcohols such as maltitol, xylitol or sorbitol.
  • Natural 
  • No preservatives 
  • No artificial ingredients
  • Does not impact blood glucose levels

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Seven Essential Vinegars And Oils To Add To Your Pantry

Are you ready to up your pantry game? One of the easiest ways to elevate your everyday cooking is to stock up on a variety of oils and vinegars. Integral to everything from sauces to stews, maintaining a wide-ranging stock of vinegars and oils allows you to vary the flavors in your dishes and expand the scope of your cooking.

Most of us have standards such as olive oil and white vinegar on hand. However, now might be the right time to branch out and add a few new pantry staples. 

Coconut oil

With its creamy, fatty quality, coconut oil is outstanding for baking, adding richness to your cakes, cookies and muffins. It also happens to double as a stellar beauty product, with uses as a moisturizer, makeup remover, cuticle treatment, and more.

Balsamic vinegar

If you don’t have balsamic vinegar in your arsenal yet, it’s time to add it to the rotation. Dark, sweet, and rich, it produces gorgeous salad dressings and marinades. In a pinch, you can also simply drizzle balsamic vinegar and olive oil over your salad as a substitute for dressing.

Sesame oil

With its intense sesame flavor, it only takes a teaspoon or two of this fragrant oil to make a big impact on a dish. Use sesame oil to sauté vegetables, cook rice, drizzle on soups, or even as a mix-in for popcorn. It’s also the key ingredient to the ultimate cold noodle salad.

Apple cider vinegar

Forget making bread—it’s time to get into pickling! If you want to try your hand at pickling your favourite vegetables or preparing gorgeous antipasto, apple cider vinegar is an ideal choice to add rich flavor to your brine. And since it has the added benefit of making you feel full longer, there is some evidence to show it can help with weight loss.

Rice wine vinegar

Also known as rice vinegar, rice wine vinegar is subtly sweet with just a touch of acidity. It’s perfect for Asian cooking, whether you’re preparing a stir fry, a dipping sauce, a marinade, or you’re looking to give a batch of rice a little something extra. Oh—and don’t forget to try it on your fries. It might just be the ultimate French fry dip!

Avocado oil

It’s a bit of a splurge, but if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to traditional vegetable oil, avocado is a great option. With a neutral flavour and a high smoke point, it’s ideal as a frying oil for your favourite stovetop dishes.

Red wine vinegar

Made from fermented red wine, this tangy vinegar is an all-purpose workhorse. Like most vinegars, it is great for crafting salad dressings or marinades. But because of its potent flavour, it also pairs well with red meats and other heartier foods, making it a perfect addition to stews, soups, and glazes.

What are you waiting for? Pick up a couple new cooking options and start experimenting. You’ll be glad you broadened your culinary horizons.

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Brain-Boosting Back-To-Routine Recipes

Summer has flown by, and September is just around the corner. So whether you’re headed back to the office, sending your kids back to school, or are looking to super-charge your Fall, these back-to-busy recipes will give you the boost you need.

Sweet Potato Energy Bites

Ingredients 

1 medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped

1 cup pecan halves

3/4 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup pitted dates

2 Tbsp ground flaxseed

1/4 cup honey

Zest of 1 orange

1 tsp allspice

Pinch of salt

1/3 cup dried shredded unsweetened coconut

Directions 

Place sweet potato in a steamer basket set in a pot with at least 1 in (2.5 cm) of water. Bring water to a boil and steam until sweet potato is fork-tender, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool. Alternatively, you can also boil the sweet potato until tender.

Place pecans, oats, and dates in a food processor container and process until finely chopped. Add sweet potato, flaxseed, honey, orange zest, allspice, and a couple of pinches of salt to the container and blend until mixture clumps together.

Using damp hands, form mixture into 1 in (2.5 cm) balls. You should get about 16 balls.

Spread coconut out on a plate. Roll balls in coconut and chill in the refrigerator to help the balls firm up. Keep chilled until ready to use.

Chocolate Hummus Stuffed Dates

Ingredients 

398 mL can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1/4 cup maple syrup

3 Tbsp tahini

2 tsp vanilla extract

12 Medjool dates

1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds (optional)

3 Tbsp cacao nibs (optional)

Directions 

Place chickpeas, cocoa powder, maple syrup, tahini, vanilla, and a pinch of salt in a food processor container, and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the level of sweetness if desired.

Using a knife, slice an opening in dates (without cutting them all the way through into two halves) and remove pits. Gently pry dates open with fingers and spoon in hummus filling. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. If desired, sprinkle cacao nibs onto the top of stuffed dates. Transfer filled dates to a small zip-top bag for transport.

Hidden Greens Chocolate Avocado Smoothie 

Ingredients 

1 avocado, pitted and flesh removed

2 cups milk-alternative (almond, hemp, etc.) 

1/2 cup baby spinach

2 Medjool dates, pitted

2 Tbsp cocoa powder

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Optional: 1 serving Kardish Real Greens

Directions 

Have all ingredients fully chilled before beginning. Combine all ingredients in blender and purée until smooth and creamy. To correct to desired consistency, thin with more almond milk or water or thicken with ice cubes. Pour into chilled glasses.

Gluten-Free Banana Muffins with Seeded Streusel

Ingredients

Seeded Streusel

1/4 cup raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup raw, unsalted sunflower seeds

1 Tbsp sesame seeds

1 Tbsp brown rice flour

1 Tbsp coconut sugar or evaporated cane sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1 Tbsp coconut oil, solid, room temperature

Banana Muffins

3 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed

1 cup unsweetened soy milk or nondairy milk of choice

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 3/4 cups brown rice flour

1/4 cup hemp hearts

1 Tbsp baking powder

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Line 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

In a small bowl, combine all streusel ingredients except coconut oil. Using fingers, cut in coconut oil until fully incorporated and crumbly.

In a large bowl, mix mashed bananas, milk, oil, and vinegar until combined. In a medium bowl, combine flour and the remaining ingredients. Add flour mixture to banana mixture and mix until combined. Divide batter evenly among paper liners. Top each muffin with prepared streusel. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out with just a few crumbs clinging to it. Cool on wire rack. Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in a refrigerator.

Recipes from Alive.com

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