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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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Try Our Favourite Keto And Vegan Summer Smoothies

It’s smoothie season! With summer in full swing, what better time to enjoy a refreshing blended drink?

Creating the perfect smoothie is both an art and a science. It must be tasty—of course—but a great smoothie should also be nutritious.

Our go-to smoothies combine nutrient-rich ingredients like peanut butter and fresh summer fruits with other smoothie staples.

And the secret ingredient? Kardish Better Vegan Protein.

It can be tough to find the right protein powder. There are so many factors to consider! Great taste is vital, but discerning athletes are also looking for limited added sugar, additional nutrients, and natural ingredients.

That’s where Kardish Better Vegan Protein comes in. Plant-based, GMO-free, and delicious, the organic formula also packs a punch, with 21g of protein per serving. It also happens to be Keto and Paleo friendly, and with vanilla and chocolate options, there is something for everyone.

The ideal summer smoothie starts with Kardish Better Vegan Protein and some of our favourite natural ingredients. Interested in tasting it for yourself? We’ve listed two of our go-to recipes below to try!

The Choco-Banana Nut Smoothie combines bananas, natural peanut butter, plant-based milk, and a touch of cinnamon, blending flawlessly with chocolate protein for a nutritious treat at any time of day. After all, who says you can’t enjoy chocolate for breakfast?

For those who prefer a more traditional smoothie experience, try the Strawberry Vanilla Swirl, which blends fruity flavour with the richness of thick Greek yogurt. And for our Keto friends, we’ve also included a modified version of the Choco-Nut Smoothie with less sugar and more good fats. Avocado, anyone?

Kardish Better Vegan Protein Choco-Banana Nut Smoothie

What you’ll need:

1 1/2 frozen banana

1/2 cup unsweetened almond, soy, or oat milk

1/4 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp natural peanut butter

1 scoop Kardish Better Vegan Chocolate Protein

In a high-powered blender or food processor, combine frozen bananas and a milk of your choice. Blend until completely smooth. Add cinnamon, peanut butter, and protein, then blend on a lower setting to combine. Serve topped with drizzled peanut butter, chocolate sauce, sliced bananas, or a topping of your choice.

Kardish Better Vegan Protein Strawberry Vanilla Swirl Smoothie

What you’ll need:

1 frozen banana

1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries

1/2 cup unsweetened almond, soy, or oat milk

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup vanilla, strawberry, or plain Greek yogurt

1 scoop Kardish Better Vegan Vanilla Protein

In a high-powered blender or food processor, combine frozen banana, strawberries, and a milk of your choice. Blend until completely smooth. Add cinnamon, protein, and yogurt, then blend on a lower setting to combine. Serve topped with sliced bananas and strawberries or a topping of your choice.

Kardish Better Vegan Protein Keto Chocolate Smoothie

What you’ll need:

1 sliced or frozen avocado

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/4 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp natural nut butter (consider macadamia nut or almond)

1 scoop Kardish Better Vegan Chocolate Protein

In a high-powered blender or food processor, combine avocado and almond milk. Blend until completely smooth. Add cinnamon, peanut butter, and protein, then blend on a lower setting to combine. Serve topped with drizzled nut butter or another topping of your choice!

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Stay Cool With These Simple Popsicle Recipes

What better way to beat the heat than with a delicious popsicle? Nothing refreshes on a scorching day quite like an icy treat pulled straight from the freezer. Best of all, there is one for every palate—and diet.

Making your own popsicles at home is surprisingly simple. All you’ll need is a set of popsicle moulds and a bag of popsicle sticks, both of which can be easily found online or at your nearest home goods store.

Once you have your tools, you’re ready to get mixing! We’ve listed some of our favourite popsicle recipes below, but they are truly just the beginning. Don’t be afraid to experiment with juices, fruit, yogurt, and any ingredients that you and your family enjoy.

Raspberry Yogurt Pop

1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt

1 cup raspberries

3 tbsp honey

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Blend yogurt, berries, honey, sugar, and vanilla until combined but still chunky. Pour into popsicle moulds and add sticks. Freeze until solid, about 6 to 8 hours.

Frozen Pina Colada 

1 can coconut milk

1 cup crushed pineapple

2 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp sugar

Blend coconut milk, pineapple, and lime juice until just combined. Pour into popsicle moulds and add sticks. Freeze until solid, about 6 to 8 hours.

Strawberry Lemonade Pops

2 cups homemade or store-bought lemonade

1/2 cup thinly sliced strawberries

Carefully place sliced strawberries in each mould, arranging slices as desired. Pour lemonade into moulds over top. Freeze until solid, about 6 to 8 hours.

Strawberry Banana Swirls

1 1/2 cup plain yogurt

1 banana

1/2 cup strawberries

Blend yogurt, berries, and banana until combined but still chunky. Pour into popsicle moulds and add sticks. Freeze until solid, about 6 to 8 hours.

Tropical Treat

1 can coconut milk

1/2 cup fresh or frozen sliced mango

1/2 cup canned or fresh diced pineapple

3 tbsp pineapple juice

Blend coconut milk, pineapple, mango, and juice until just combined. Pour into popsicle moulds and add sticks. Freeze until solid, about 6 to 8 hours.

Strawberry Watermelon Pops

3/4 cup strawberries 

2 cups cubed seeded watermelon

1/4 cup lime juice

2 tbsp sugar

Blend strawberries, watermelon, and lime juice until just combined. Pour into popsicle moulds and add sticks. Freeze until solid, about 6 to 8 hours.

Peach Yogurt Swirls

1 1/4 cups plain Greek yogurt

1/2 cup diced ripe peaches, nectarines and/or plums

1/4 cup honey

3 tablespoons water

In a small saucepan, combine peaches, honey, and water. Cook over medium heat until the fruit is tender, about 4 – 7 minutes. Let cool. Gently fold in Greek yogurt, but do not over mix in order to maintain a swirl pattern. Pour into popsicle moulds and add sticks. Freeze until solid, about 6 to 8 hours.

Blueberry Lemon Ices

1 cup blueberries 

Zest of 1 lemon

1 cup vanilla yogurt

In a blender or food processor, puree the blueberries until smooth. Mix in lemon zest. To create a fun pattern, alternate adding the blueberry puree and yogurt in popsicle moulds. Add sticks and freeze until solid, about 6 to 8 hours.

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Seven Unexpected (And Tasty) Uses For Protein Powder

Protein powder has a world of benefits. For fitness junkies, it’s a great way to get the most out of a workout and help your body build muscle. For vegetarians and vegans, it’s an excellent alternative or supplement to plant-based protein options. And for everyone, it can be a great way to ensure your body is getting the nutrients it needs, especially on busy days. 

But as anyone who uses protein knows, there’s only so many days in a row you can drink a protein shake before it starts to feel a little stale. Luckily, most powders are super versatile—you can use them for cooking, baking, or even as a quick add-in to your favourite snack foods.

Here are some of our best ideas to change up your protein routine.

Pancakes

Add an extra boost to your weekend breakfasts by tossing some protein in your pancake batter. Whether you make your flapjacks from scratch or from a mix, the powder should blend in perfectly. If you’re finding it thickens more that you’d like, just add a little extra milk to balance out your batter.

Oatmeal

As it turns out, protein powder blends flawlessly into good old-fashioned oatmeal. Try it with fresh berries, chia seeds, nuts and dried fruit, or simply a touch of cinnamon sugar. It’s an easy, ultra-nutritious breakfast that never disappoints.

Granola bars

Turn a basic homemade granola bar recipe into a nutrition-packed protein bar in no time. Simply choose a granola recipe that suits your tastes, and add protein powder in with the other dry ingredients. If you’re using pre-sweetened powder, just remember to drop the sugar levels in your recipe accordingly.

Cookies

If you haven’t had a protein cookie before, you’re missing out. There are countless recipes to choose from online, ranging from classic chocolate chip to oatmeal peanut butter to banana nut. If you’re not an expert baker, don’t worry—protein cookies are famously simple to put together. Just mix and bake.

Burgers (or veggie burger)

It is unbelievably simple to add an extra kick of protein to any burger recipe. Simply add the powder along with your flour or oatmeal, and you’re all set. This is an especially great option for vegetarians and vegans who want to make sure they’re hitting the protein levels they need each day.

Mashed potatoes

Protein potatoes are delicious, and so easy to make. Just peel and boil your potatoes, then mash in a few spoonfuls of flavourless powder along with milk, eggs and salt. For protein garlic potatoes, just add in some minced garlic and parsley.

Yogurt

Fun recipes are great when you have time to burn, but life can get a little busy to cook up your protein every day. If you’re in a rush, mixing powder into yogurt can be an ideal option. Just scoop in your desired amount, and swirl it in. For this one, strawberry protein powder really hits the spot.

Need to stock up some protein powder? Try Kardish Better Vegan Protein. Available in both chocolate and vanilla, Kardish Better Vegan Protein is sure to give your recipe a healthy boost!

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Keeping Up With Kardish: Meet Twinkle

Let us introduce you to Twinkle. Her personality is as bright as her name! She recently moved to Canada with her husband from India and by profession is a pharmacist. She currently works at Kardish full-time, and also manages a youtube channel! ?When she moved to Ottawa, she found that Kardish was a place where she could incorporate all her past knowledge. Kardish was a perfect fit! 

“I like having different areas to chat with customers about. I’m a talkative person, so it’s a perfect match,” said Twinkle. 

Although Twinkle is a vegetarian, she is a big foodie. “I’m so glad to live in a multicultural country that encourages me to try new things,” she says. Twinkle’s big tip of the day is to keep a balanced meal. She usually has one cheat meal, something that she is craving. Then, she makes sure to eat one meal which is super healthy to give her the right balance. “I’ve got good role models here at work. My managers are a nutritionist and yoga fanatics, so they always motivate me.”

Twinkle also has amazing background knowledge in make-up and skincare. “I love making make-up and skincare videos and tutorials for my channel followers,” says Twinkle. “I also review electronics like hair straighteners, epilator, facial cleansing spin brush, and such.” Her strong interest in all things skincare means that she’s also super regular with her own personal skin care routine. “I’ve always had an interest in skincare, especially homemade remedies.” 

Back in India, Twinkle’s favorite remedy was a mixture of chickpea flour and turmeric. It’s great for bathing in or using a facemask. She also loves using Aloe Vera and tea tree in her hair and face masks. “My favorite combination of oil treatments is olive oil or castor oil as a carrier oil along with essential oils like peppermint and tea tree.This blend really calms you down and puts you to sleep, and plus it’s also good for your hair,” says Twinkle. 

If you’re looking for a trick to relax you and sleep better, Twinkle suggests this foot soak:

  1. Use hot water
  2. Add 2-3 drops of peppermint oil
  3. 2-3 camphor oil
  4. A few drops of eucalyptus oil
  5. Finally, add epsom salts

          While Twinkle has always been dedicated to skincare, her passion for make-up started in high school. Her first attempt was for a dance competition where she started playing around with concealer, which she used as a base, and then lipstick, which she used as eyeshadow and blush. How creative! She had no previous knowledge of how to correctly apply make-up, but after the show, she received a lot of compliments on her work. That’s where her passion sprouted. 

“I get my inspiration from various online make-up artists and YouTubers and I also love playing around with colours,” says Twinkle. 

Although she loves chatting about skincare with customers, as it’s such a universal topic, her customers also come to her for help in choosing the right supplement.

“I’m super chatty, so there isn’t just one topic I can talk to customers about. Most of the customers come to me for stress, anxiety, sleep, and sometimes even a combination. I also help customers with women-related supplements such as hormonal imbalance, menstrual cramps, collagen needs, and more,” says Twinkle. 

Kardish has also taught her a lot about the Ketogenic diet, so she can comfortably chat about that with customers as well. Being a healthcare professional, Twinkle plays a big role in the community. “It’s not as simple as just over the counter melatonin. There are a lot of different types of products. It’s about knowing what's best for your customer,” she says. 

Twinkle’s Tips for staying happy and healthy: 

  1. Have a cheat day or cheat meal! - it’s important for your physical and mental health
  2. physical activity is a must (yoga, surya namaskar, exercise, meditate)
  3. Try to eat home-cooked food. 
  4. Listen to music, spend time with your family, or do something else that keeps yourself happy. 
  5. Spend time with pets! It helps release stress and can start your day nicely. 
  6. Come to Kardish and talk to us! After a long day, come to our Merivale store, check out our aromatherapy section, listen to the soft music playing, and chat with us!

Twinkle’s taste in food is as strong as her aromatherapy preferences! Check out this amazing Pav Bhaji recipe: 

Ingredients-

1 cup frozen mix vegetables (available at Kardish)

 2 roughly chopped potatoes 

1 roughly chopped tomato

1 roughly chopped onion 

Cilantro leaves, garlic, ginger, chilly powder, turmeric powder, cumin seeds, vegan butter or regular salted butter, salt, garam masala (optional) 

  1. In a big pan pour 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of salt. Add all the vegetables (potato, peas, tomatoes, French beans) and boil it for 20 minutes 
  2. Then mash all of them with a potato masher and let it cool down in a separate container.
  3. In the same pan take some butter or vegan butter (1 scoop)
  4. Add roughly chopped onions, ginger, and garlic with cumin seeds, chilly powder, and turmeric and saute it for a minute.
  5. Add the mashed vegetables into it and cook it on low medium flame. 
  6. You can add water to adjust the thickness of the curry.
  7. Add cilantro leaves and give it a good mix.
  8. Add a scoop of butter

Voila! Curry or bhaji is ready. Squeeze a lime or lemon to give tangy flavor before eating. 

You can eat this with white or brown bread and it goes very well with spelt flour bread from Kardish!

A fun fact about Twinkle is that she always has an emergency kit on her. She never leaves home without it. Let’s take a look inside: 

  • Her make-up
  • Pack of electrolytes (vitamin C for when you’re low on energy)
  • Nutritional bar (for when you’re hungry!) 
  • Sanitary napkin
  • Mint or toffee
  • Lip balm (Burts Bees)

Head over to our Merivale location and meet Twinkle in person! She’ll be glad to share more of her favorite skincare, aromatherapy, and nutritional tips with you!

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