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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.
Buddha Bowls With Tahini Dressing
I make Buddha Bowls a lot. Almost weekly. I make them for myself for cooking demos, and they are almost mandatory when I'm cooking at yoga retreats. They are always a hit! Everybody loves them. Plus, they are a great way to get rid of scraps of food that are still in the fridge.
The best thing about Buddha Bowls is that you can cater yours to your liking. There really is no set-in-stone recipe. However, the key is definitely to have a really, really great dressing. Below, I've shared the recipe for one of my favourite dressings, but you could choose to top your bowl with whichever dressing you like.
Most recently, I was cooking for a yoga retreat organized by Anne Tessier near Tremblant, Quebec. Below is a photo of the Buddha Bowl I prepared for the yogis. It had wild rice, chickpeas, grated raw beets and carrots, avocado, thinly sliced kale, roasted delicata squash, green onions, kimchi, pea shoots, black sesame seeds, and my all-time favourite tahini dressing. And yes, it's as delicious as it looks! But no, it's not complicated at all. It's just a matter of chopping up a bunch of delicious things and throwing them into a bowl, and then pouring a really decadent (yet nutritious) dressing on top. Scroll down for my Buddha Bowl "recipe.”
Let's get started! Here's what you'll need to make your own Buddha Bowl:
Your choice of cooked grains (quinoa, buckwheat, millet, brown rice, wild rice, sorghum, teff or amaranth)
Your choice of protein (beans, lentils, chickpeas, edamame, tofu, tempeh, etc.)
Plus any combo of veggies:
steamed or roasted sweet potato, squash, or potatoes cut into bite-sized pieces
broccoli or cauliflower (cut in tiny florets), steamed, roasted or raw
finely chopped greens (kale, romaine, arugula, spinach, etc.)
thinly sliced cabbage
onion or scallions
grated raw beets or cooked/steamed beets
cucumber, cut up into small pieces
sauerkraut or kimchi
Plus garnish options:
sprouts or pea shoots
dulse or kelp flakes (or any other seaweed for that matter)
ground flax seeds
Plus a dressing of your choice OR my all-time favourite tahini dressing:
1/2 cups tahini (sesame paste)
1/2 cups olive oil
1/2 cups water
1/4 cup tamari
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Small piece (half thumb size) fresh ginger root, minced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Black pepper to taste
Directions: Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add water to loosen if it’s too thick. Dressing will keep in the fridge for one week.
Finally, to assemble your Buddha Bowl:
Combine 1/4 cup cooked grains and 1/4 cup protein of your choice, along with any combination of vegetables and garnishes. Drizzle about 1/4 cup of dressing on top. Serve immediately and enjoy!
You can also batch prepare your Buddha Bowls by storing single servings in containers. Reserve your dressing and add it just before you're about to eat.
6 Energizing Smoothie Ideas
How good is your smoothie game? If your blender is collecting dust in a cupboard somewhere, take this as an opportunity to give it a spin with a few new recipes that you’re sure to love.
After all, nothing provides a much-needed boost of energy like a well-crafted smoothie. Whether you’re an exercise enthusiast, a fruit lover, or simply someone who prefers a liquid breakfast, these ideas are for you.
With beach vacations temporarily off limits for most of us, this smoothie is the next best thing. To put it together, start with your favourite tropical fruits—we love pineapple, mango, and papaya. Then, add a splash of orange juice, a little squeeze of lime, and some coconut milk for that extra tropical twist.
Get your greens
The trick with any green smoothie is to sneak in those greens behind a façade of tasty fruit. First, blend a handful of spinach with almond or coconut milk to ensure that you break up any big leafy chunks. Then, add a couple spoonfuls of fruity yogurt, as well as bananas, strawberries or raspberries to add a sweet little zing to your healthy cocktail.
Who doesn’t love a creamy peach treat first thing in the morning? The key to an extra rich recipe is peach nectar—add it on top of your fresh or frozen peach slices. Then, throw in a couple scoops of vanilla yogurt for a perfectly smooth blend.
There is no such thing as too many berries—especially in a smoothie. Blend any berry you have on hand, from blueberries to strawberries to huckleberries and acai. You can even add cherries if you don’t mind broadening your definition of berry a little. Then, use a nice big splash of your go-to fruit juice as your liquid base, and you’re ready to give it a spin in the blender.
Not only are nut butters delicious, but they’re a great source of protein and good fats. Select your favorite—whether it’s almond, cashew, or good old-fashioned peanut—and drop a couple tablespoons into the blender with your preferred milk or milk substitute. Then, just add a ripe banana and a little Greek yogurt to provide some body. For an extra treat, you can even add a squirt of chocolate syrup.
Sometimes a color scheme is enough to inspire a recipe. Gather all your favorite sunshine-y vegetables—we’re talking mango, banana, pineapple, peach, guava, and even pear. Then, add a milk of your choice and a little plain yogurt as a base. Frozen fruit will come in handy here, as most of us don’t have half a dozen colour-coordinated fruit options ripe and ready at any given time.
Of course, these are just guidelines to get you started. Once you’ve found your go-to flavours and ingredients, don’t be afraid to improvise! It’s tough to go wrong. Take this as the perfect opportunity to get a little creative in your morning routine.