The 2016 Summer Wellness Bucket List

“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.”
—Jenny Han

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This year, I’m on a mission! One that finally conquers every last item on my summer bucket list. And what better time to set forth on our ambitious adventures than with the summer solstice? Only this time, it comes with a twist…

A holistic spin of all the weird and wonderful things nutritionists do that you should try too (if only just for fun!).

So whether you’re already out basking in the sun, or summer vacation is just around the corner; this is the countdown of my top 6 tips to incorporate into your Wellness Summer Bucket List:

  1. Brew your own ginger beer (AKA: kefir water)

  • Like a hybrid of a ginger beer tasting beverage with the fizz and health boosting benefits of kombucha, this drink is refreshing and super simple to make. All you need are the grains (bought from a local health food store or schmoozed off a friend – if you’re local, I have plenty to share!), and some organic sucanat (a type of sugar).
  • After fermenting it the first time, simply add candied ginger for another 2-3 days and it tastes just like ginger beer!

P.S.: if you haven’t made kefir before, the grains in the drink you see below are strained out and used for the next batch!

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2. Berry picking

  • Just in time for strawberry season but any fruit/berry will do! Hunt down an organic farm, if you can, so that you can eat the berries straight from the patch.
  • You do the manual labour and in return, leave with a very inexpensive array of berries (we towered 3 pints for $10) and a full lunch from the all-you-can-eat buffet of sun-ripened fruit.

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3. Gogo Geocaching

  • My fellow lovers of hiking and adventuring, this is the perfect way to exercise your navigational skills, refine your eyesight, and spend hours in hot pursuit of a mystery package tucked into the most ludicrous places. Simply download the app to a device with a built in GPS and go explore!

4. Crack a young coconut

  • Doubling as a refreshing drink and filling snack, young coconuts are bursting with electrolyte balancing coconut water and flesh that you can scoop with a spoon. Just add beach!

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5. Roast pineapple

6. Invent a whole new banana ice-cream flavour

  • Banana ice-cream is simply (and deliciously) frozen banana blended until soft and creamy. And being that easy, there are loads of ways to transform it! So take your favourite conventional ice cream flavour and see if you can make the healthified version of it.
  • On the top of my list? Tiger tail, rocky road and the strawberry shortcake version below.

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There we have it! Six nutritionist-approved items for the bucket list to boost your health this summer. Have any ideas for me? Let me know below 🙂

Happy summer solstice wellness enthusiasts,

Suzanne Eden

Blueberry Acai Parfaits With Slivered Almonds, Fresh Berries & Chocolate Drizzle

Give us a lifestyle that incorporates ice cream for breakfast and we’re on board!

Inspired by this year’s Vegfest, we were all over the blueberry parfaits with layers of crunchy coconut, freshly sliced strawberries, silvered almonds & a few dark chocolate chips snuck in there too.
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Being so simple and easy (just two ingredients!), I had to get my hands on the Vitamix and whip up a spin on this sweet treat. One that features maqui (pronounced “mah-key”) berries, Amazonian acai and a raw cacao sauce. Oh! And being banana based, this ice cream (otherwise known as “nicecream”) can be easily, and holistically indulged in for breakfast and leave you feeling energized and nourished for the day ahead! 100% nutritionist approved 🙂

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HOLISTIC HIGHLIGHTS

  • Acai & maqui berries are both native to central America and are known for being antioxidant powerhouses with acai containing 10 times the antioxidants found in grapes. Though acai has made a household name of itself in the nutrition community, the lesser known maqui berry surpasses the antioxidant content of acai, making it one of the most potent sources in the world!
    • But of course, superfoods don’t have to be foreign and fancy. Some of the best superfoods are found in our gardens and local farmers markets. So if you don’t have these concentrated powders on hand, that’s okay. I have two recipes to accommodate, and of course, you can put your own unique spin on it too!

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THE RECIPES

These parfaits boast the consistency of traditional creamy ice-cream (without any sugar or dairy!), and are layered with fresh berries, slivered almonds and a crunchy cacao drizzle.

BASIC BLUEBERRY BLEND

Adventure level: 1/5

Ingredients:

  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup frozen organic blueberries
  • squeeze of lemon or lime

Toppings:

  • slivered almonds
  • cacao drizzle (below)
  • fresh mint leaves
  • strawberries (in season now!)
  • other fruit such as papaya, pineapple etc.
  • coconut chunks

Directions:

  • Peel and slice banana into a container to freeze overnight.
  • Once frozen, place in blender with blueberries, a squeeze of lemon/lime and blend. This will take some time and you will need to scrape the sides of the blender as you go. The more ingredients in the blender, the easier it is for the blades to grip.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy and layer with your toppings of choice.

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Fully Loaded Blueberry Acai & Maqui Parfaits

Adventure level: 3/5

Featuring antioxidant rich berries to boost the nutrition and depth of flavours in the soft-serve.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup frozen organic blueberries
  • squeeze of lemon or lime
  • 1 tsp acai powder
  • 1 tsp maqui powder

Raw cacao:

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao (can substitute carob if sensitive)

 

Directions:

  • Peel and slice banana into a container to freeze overnight.
  • Once frozen, place the banana in your blender with blueberries, a splash of lemon/lime and blend. This will take some time and you will need to scrape the sides of the blender as you go. The more in the blender, the easier it is for the blades to grip.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Pop into the freezer as you melt the coconut oil in a pan and stir in the cacao (optional to add stevia for sweetness, but not necessary).
  • Layer the cacao drizzle with your ice cream and toppings (see above) and pop back in the freezer until the cacao sauce hardens (approx. 2 mins). This creates a crunchy topping like a chocolate dipped cone.
  • Once solidified, remove from freezer and enjoy!

Note:

  • The more powerful your blender, the easier and faster it will be to create your ice cream.

 

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I have been nothing shy of obsessed with this parfait for the past two weeks (as evidenced by instagram) and it is with great thanks that I received more maqui berry powder for my birthday, just as I was running out! It’s bursting with naturally sweet flavours, tastes indulgent, and is loaded with superfoods for an ultra healthy breakfast bowl perfect for summer! You will looove this, I promise 🙂

 

To our Sunday sundaes,

Suzanne Eden

 

 

 

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