Posts tagged ‘smoothie’

May 1, 2010

Catching up! Gardening & Chocolate Chai smoothie

Hello all!

I was a very bad blogger last month, but it’s not my fault: I was forced to write five law school exams and one paper. It’s a good excuse, right? Anyway, I don’t have many photos of delicious eats to share with you, as I had no time to make much of anything exciting. Apart from the mouth-watering strawberry moon pies, of course, which were a runner-up in Heathy’s Moonie Pie contest. Congrats to fellow Torontonian Lisa, whose amazing-looking lemon ginger moon pies took the win!

On that note, Heathy’s latest dessert challenge is shaping up to be fun: a contest make the Ultimate Raw Ice Cream Cake! I’m super excited for this one, as Dairy Queen ice cream cakes were always a childhood favourite. The thought of a dairy cake with tons of added sugar and other crap now turns my stomach, but a raw ice cream cake made with natural raw ingredients, like cashews and coconut, is much more appealing. The “challenge” part of this event refers to the fact that we have to come up with our own twist on one of Heathy’s recipes, and I’m mulling over a few ideas. I promise you it will be good – and will be accompanied by lots of photos!

Speaking of contest, I just won one – the Purely Delicious magazine giveaway on In The Raw! The prize is a year-long subscription to the magazine, which is totally awesome because I never see it on newsstands near me. Thanks again, Earth Mother!

Now that I’ve reclaimed my life post-exams, I’ve been working on various gardening projects for the summer. I was lucky enough to get a plot in a community garden not far from my place, and I’m currently planning out which veggies to grow. Kale is an obvious choice, as is chard — both greens are hardy and do well in mid-summer heat, unlike a lot of other more tender greens which flower and go to seed early if it gets too hot for them. I also picked up some heirloom carrot seeds, and I’ll probably also grow beats, green beans, fennel, possibly cabbage, maybe some broccoli, and whatever else seems like a good idea. This will be the first year I’ve gardened on my own, so it will be a learning experience: my goal is to have a steady stream of garden-fresh produce all summer. Thankfully, my mom has decades of gardening experience under her belt and is only a phone call away. I’d also be very grateful for gardening tips and suggestions from you!

I also have a herb garden underway on my rooftop patio. I spent a good part of today potting herbs, and they are looking great! I threw in extra cilantro because I love it, and there’s basil, sage, chives, peppermint, chocolate mint (which will go well in my smoothies!), rosemary and parsley. I’m also going to grow container peas on the patio, since there’s is a pre-existing lattice for them to climb, and they will be perfect for snacking throughout the summer. And finally, a pot or two of kale for emergencies. Although most of my kale will be in my actual garden plot, I know there will be days when I won’t want to bike all the way over to the garden to harvest the green kale goodness!

I’ll leave you with a recipe for a new smoothie I created today – the Chocolate Chai Smoothie. It contains Sun Warrior protein, because it’s a post-gym creation, but feel free to omit it if that’s not your thing. But you may want to add some extra raw cacao powder. Sorry, no picture – I was too hungry!

Chocolate Chai Smoothie

Ingredients

1 frozen banana

1 cup strongly brewed chai tea, chilled (I used one tea bag for this, steeped for 15 minutes)

1/2 cup almond milk

1 scoop chocolate Sun Warrior raw vegan protein powder

1 scoop Amazing Grass Chocolate Green SuperFood

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup ice cubes

Instructions

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Slurp it down!

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March 5, 2010

Nourish Tea + some things I’ve been eating

I was super excited to win my first blog giveaway contest the other week — a tin of Yummy Chai flavoured Nourish Tea from holistic nutritionist and chef Marni Wasserman, over at Fully Nourished. Marni’s a fellow Torontonian and I look forward to meeting her in person some day soon.

Nourish Tea is a Toronto-based organic tea company, and I can attest to the fact that their Yummy Chai tea is appropriately named! The spices blend together beautifully and no one flavour is overpowering — something I often find with chai. I’ll definitely be picking up some of their other varieties next time I’m in Whole Foods. Thanks again, Marni!

I’ve been doing some dehydrating lately and now have some treats sitting in the fridge — the onion bread I used for my CLT sandwich the other night, and some rosemary crackers.

As I mentioned the other day, this onion bread tastes amazing — just like caramelized onions. I used a recipe floating around online from Matt Amsden’s cookbook Rawvolution (I don’t own it yet myself). I was fortunate enough to eat at the restaurant that inspired the cookbook — Euphoria Loves Rawvolution in Santa Monica, California. I spent a good chunk of last summer in Santa Monica, staying with a friend who literally lives a block away form the restaurant. Their relaxed, cozy, west coast vibe and good raw eats were enough to keep me coming back, and Euphoria’s green juice became a habit. They also served this amazing coconut curry jerky which I will definitely attempt to replicate some day! It’s not in the cookbook, but I’ll probably pick it up soon anyway 🙂

My other dehydrated treat was almond-flax-rosemary crackers, based on One Lucky Duck’s Rosemary Quackers. I loved them so much when I tried them in NYC that I figured it would be smart to make them on my own at home. It was a good decision — they’re deliciously salty and crunchy, go really well in salads, and appear to have a very long shelf life (although how I might know this is unclear, since they’re always scarfed down pretty quickly).

And finally, just because it looked pretty and tasted yummy, here’s a pic of my breakfast smoothie the other morning. I have a big green smoothie every morning with various different greens/fruits combos. On this particular morning, I was also blending up a strawberry-blueberry-banana protein smoothie to bring to campus and drink later in the day after my workout. But I made too much, and it wouldn’t all fit in my glass jar… so I stirred it into the green smoothie instead. It added a great punch of fruitiness to the green goodness. Yum!

February 14, 2010

Toronto’s newest raw hot spot: Cruda Cafe

Thanks to the Toronto Vegetarian Association, veg-minded folks in Toronto are kept well-informed of new restaurants opening in the city. It was through a TVA email update that I first learned a new raw cafe would setting up shop in the St. Lawrence MarketCruda Cafe. I’ve been meaning to visit the Market since moving to Toronto, but unbelievably hadn’t made it down there yet. Since next week is reading week at school, I have a bit more free time and decided to check out both Cruda Cafe and some of the other eats St. Lawrence Market has to offer.

According to the description on TVA’s website, “Cruda Cafe (meaning RAW in Spanish) is the most vibrant, vegan cafe in the heart of downtown Toronto. Located inside the beautiful St. Lawrence Market landmark. We serve vegan organic living foods available to eat in, take out and catering.”

Cruda offers a variety of wraps, soups, salads, juices, smoothies, kombucha and desserts. My bf and I both decided on wraps with fresh veggies. He opted for the cashew pesto, while I went for the raw hummus, and we both loaded them up with carrots, greens, sprout, avocado, and more. The wrap itself was made from corn, and they have a variety of other wrap flavours, including one with sundried tomatoes. They were delish!

According to the owner, Claudia, they have been open for only a week and a half, but have been super busy in that time. Good news, and not surprising given a) the growing popularity of eating more raw food b) the fact that Cruda’s food is really, really good! I noticed on the wall that Claudia has studied at Alissa Cohen’s raw chef school at her five-star raw restaurant Grezzo in Boston. Cool!

I’ll definitely be back.

Last night, I made Kristin’s raw Sweet Potato Apple Curry soup for supper, and paired it with a kale, avocado, red pepper, sprout, and dulse salad. I loved it! Kristin, you’re amazing!

Finally, happy Valentine’s Day! The day started with pineapple-mango-banana smoothies for me and my sweetie. I’m not big into V-Day as a commercial holiday, but if any tasty food is involved I’ll do a recap post.