Canada Day’s Strawberry Maple Panna Cotta

Happy 150th birthday Canada!

Indulgent, simple and 150% Canadian-approved, this patriotic dessert features fresh seasonal strawberries and sweet local syrup.

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No matter where in the world you are, Canada is likely infused into your daily cuisine.

Supplying around 91% of the world’s population of Maple syrup that drizzles its way over your sizzling Sunday pancakes and 90% of the world’s blueberries which boost your daily antioxidant intake. And then, from the humble origins of coastal P.E.I., comes Canada’s own “Lentil Hunter”chef Micheal Smith (yes, truly! 🙂 ), who travels the globe scouting the most delicious lentil dishes knowing that Saskatchewan is the largest exporter of lentils in the world.

From breakfast to dinner, all across the globe, there is reason to LOVE this country (and every excuse to celebrate!).

Strawberry picking

 

Currently in Canada.. it’s strawberry season! And the inspiration for this bright, light and creamy panna cotta.

HOLISTIC HIGHLIGHTS [Canadian edition]

  • Seasonal Strawberries – June-July.
  • Local maple syrup
  • Vegan
  • Paleo
  • Refined sugar-free (with syrup-free option :: see notes)

Most strawberry varieties will only be harvested to the end of the weekend. It’s the optimal time to make use of this vibrant red berry. But as blueberries come into their peak in July (and the need to replicate the Canadian flag is no longer a necessity) blueberries will make for a great topping too!

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RECIPE

~ CANADIAN STRAWBERRY MAPLE PANNA COTTA ~

Strawberry Layer

*** Note : this recipe represents the bottom layer. Double the recipe for a top layer of strawberries or simply slice fresh berries for presentation.

  • 1 tsp gelatin
  • 1 TBSP water
  • 3/4 cup sliced strawberries

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Creamy Vanilla Panna Cotta

  • 1 15 oz can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 ½ tsp grass fed gelatin
  • 1-2 TBSP maple syrup (or setvia to taste)
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Strawberry layer ::
    • In a saucepan over low heat, warm the water and sliced strawberries until they soften and form a “sauce”. Remove from heat, stir in gelatin until dissolved. Add to the base of your ramekins and let sit one hour.
  • Panna Cotta ::
    • Whisk together coconut milk +  gelatin and let sit (to “bloom”) for five minutes.
    • Add vanilla, syrup, sea salt and whisk on medium heat until the gelatin is fully dissolved. Note: do not boil here.
    • Allow to cool (about 10-15 mins), pour over the set strawberry mixture and leave it to set in the fridge. This should take a minimum3-4 hours.
    • Add an additional strawberry layer or top with freshly sliced berries.

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Notes:

  • Coconut milk is quite sweet on its own. If you wish to make a sugar-free version, simply add a pinch or a few drops of stevia to taste in place of the maple syrup.

Here’s to a new month, new post (the first of the year!) and a brand new favourite “go-to”.

While we take off for strawberry picking (the last of the season) and tonight’s vineyard festivities of food and fireworks, one thing’s for sure: today will be a day dedicated to ALL the red & white foods. Cue on the strawberries, coconut and panna cotta 🙂

In our truly Canadian way, happy Canada d[EH] !
Suzanne Eden

Holistic Life Hack : 7 In Season Foods to Eat Yourself Hydrated!

Water is the essence of life. How long can we survive without it? A mere 3-5 days! It is vital to every organ, every cell, every function of our bodies. You know how essential water is, but are you getting your recommended 8-10 glasses of water a day?

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~ Big Hard Sun ~

In the sweltering heat of summer, we never seem to get enough water. In fact, studies show that we can lose up to 1.5L of water through sweat alone in intense heat. This is why 8-10 glasses in summer may not suffice some days, especially if you’re active….
ACTIVE-ist month: the combination of summer’s heat and outdoor activity level may leave you sweating much of the water out of your system and in need of proper replenishment. In this case, water needs will increase. Water should be consumed in abundance before your workout to sustain hydration levels, during long or intense workouts and after a workout, for adequate replenishment. It is critical to note that electrolyte balance is essential to getting this water into your cells. When we sweat, we displace this delicate electrolyte balance. During a sweaty workout and afterwards, we should be drinking the electrolyte elixir (a junk free energy drink to be featured this Friday! Stay tuned). After this, our cells are prepped and thirsty and ready to soak in all the refreshing water.
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As if it wasn’t enough to fit in 8-10 glasses of water into our day, we should not be drinking within 30 minutes of eating and should wait another hour after our meal. So when are we supposed to drink?! Well there’s a sneaky trick and with that, here comes your holistic life hack: hump day edition: Here’s how to EAT yourself hydrated with the season!
Water, Water, Everywhere: 
1) watermelon! 
  • Take a juicy slice of this 92% water summer superfood while it remains in season, but just remember the rule of thumb for melons: eat alone or leave alone.
2) Cucumber 
  • 96% water
3) Tomatoes 
  • About 93% water
4) cantaloupe 
  • 90% water
5) Peaches! 
  • 88% water
6) Apricots 
  • 86% water
7) plums 
  • 85% water

What you’re left with is no excuse not to be hydrated this summer. These local foods are my breakfast fruit bowl staples. I think by the pictures it’s easy to tell which fruit may just be my favourite…  They are all light foods, easily digestible, have natural sugars for a burst of energy while coupled with fibre to balance blood sugar, are alkalinizing, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and of course, super packed with water! But hurry: while supplies last.

Biting into this seasons hydration,

Suzanne Eden