These days we are spending a lot of time at home, I encourage everyone to enjoy the sunshine, our summers are short. Sun provides us with the all mighty vitamin D, as well activates our serotonin and dopamine neurotransmitters and helps set our circadian rhythm for better sleep. This is a fun recipe that you can share with your kids while kicking back in the back yard enjoying some vitamin D : ) This time of year our fruits and vegetables are fresh and locally sourced so they are packed with so many nutrients. I do my best to incorporate them into our diet as much as possible, stock up for the Winter months. At Docere we are also featuring our shot bar special, check it out if you are feeling like you need an additional boost.
Healthy Berry Margarita (for kids too!)
2 tbsp Coconut Sugar (optional)
1 Lime (sliced into wedges, juiced, divided)
2 cups Frozen Berries
10 Ice Cubes
2 tbsp Maple Syrup
1 pint Soda Water
Add the berries, ice, maple syrup, soda water and remaining lime juice to a blender. Blend until smooth.
Garnish with lime wedges and enjoy!
If you want to fancy them up put the coconut sugar in a shallow bowl. Take a lime wedge and run it around the rim of the glass. Dip the rim of the glass into the coconut sugar, being sure to cover the rim.
by Dr. Alisha Rawji ND
1-Classic Virgin Sangria
1 tsp: Maple Syrup
¼ Lemon (juiced, plus slices for garnish)
1/4 cup Frozen Berries
2 Ice Cubes
3 fl ozs Low sugar cranberry Juice
2 fl ozs Soda Water
2- Classic Virgin Mojito
1 1/2 tsp Maple Syrup
2 tbsps Mint Leaves
3 ¾ Ice Cubes
1 1/2 tsps Lime Juice
10 fl ozs Soda Water
3 – Sparkling Pomegranate Limeade
1/2 cup Water
1/3 cup Sparkling Water
1 tbsp Lime Juice
1 1/2 tbsps Monk Fruit Sweetener
1 tbsp Pomegranate Seeds
1/16 oz Thyme Sprigs (for garnish, optional)
Reference: That Clean Life.
Summer Smoothies! Since we are now heading into June, I thought I would share some of my favourite and delicious summer smoothies that not only taste great but are also full of healthy vegetables as well – those of which you might even realize are in there! -Dr. Alisha Rawji.
Blend all of the following ingredients together, pour and enjoy!
1) Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie
Unsweetened Almond Milk
Zucchini (chopped, frozen)
Chocolate Protein Powder
Cacao Nibs (optional).
2) Choco-Peanut Butter Smoothie
· ¼ Avocado
Organic Coconut Milk
All-Natural Peanut Butter
Chocolate Protein Powder.
3) Coconut Green Tea.
Organic Coconut Milk (full fat, refrigerated overnight)
Green Tea Powder (matcha)
Reference: That Clean Life.
I’m sure everyone like me is trying to avoid grocery shopping at this time, using frozen products and pantry items. So here are a couple of healthy options to enjoy. Stay safe and healthy!
3 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/2 cup oatmeal (uncooked)
2 tbsp Maple Syrup
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 cups Strawberries (fresh or frozen, chopped)
2 tbsp Water
2 tbsp Chia Seeds
In a large pot over medium-high heat, combine the almond milk, oats, maple syrup, and vanilla. Bring to a gentle boil then reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a lid. Let it simmer for 30 to 35 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a second pot over medium-low heat, add the strawberries and water. Heat until the strawberries release their juices then simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the chia seeds. The sauce will thicken as it cools.
Add strawberry sauce and enjoy it.
I’ve included some fresh produce but you can disregard if you don’t have them on hand the chili will still turn out excellent.
6 cups Canned Whole Tomatoes
2 cups Red Kidney Beans (cooked, drained and rinsed)
2 cups White Navy Beans (cooked, drained and rinsed)
2 cups Frozen Corn
2 stalks Celery (diced)
2 Green Bell Pepper (de-seeded and chopped)
2 Carrot (chopped)
1 White Onion (diced)
4 Garlic (cloves, minced)
2 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Oregano
3 tbsp Chili Powder
1 tbsp Sea Salt
Add whole tomatoes with juice to the slow cooker and roughly crush with your hands. Add remaining ingredients and stir until combined.
Cover and cook on high for 6 to 8 hours, depending on the strength of your slow cooker.
Ladle into bowls and enjoy!
I can see light at the end of the winter tunnel. However it isn’t quite here yet, this week has been a little cool so I always start craving soups, stews and chilis. I made this one and wow was it ever delicious and hit the spot. I used homemade chicken broth which is great for boosting immune system and supporting digestion. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, I also included a couple of changes that I made to it and it turned out great. I even added a scoop of homemade coconut yogurt to give it a creamier flavour and it was awesome!
White Bean Chicken Chilli
- 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Sweet Onion (medium, chopped)
- 1 Jalapeno Pepper (seeded and chopped – I used a can of green chilis instead because I had it on hand)
- 1 Red Bell Pepper (chopped)
- 2 Garlic (cloves, minced)
- 1 1/2 tsps Cumin
- 1 tbsp Chili Powder
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
- 3 cups Organic Chicken Broth (divided)
- 3 cups White Navy Beans (cooked and divided)
- 1lb Chicken Thighs (boneless, skinless)
- 1/2 cup Frozen Corn (I omitted this because I’m not a huge fan of corn)
- 1/2 cup Cilantro (chopped)
- 1 Lime (sliced into wedges)
- Heat oil in a large pot with a lid over medium-high heat. Add onion, jalapeno and bell pepper and cook for about 5 minutes or until onion is soft. Add garlic, cumin, chili powder and salt and cook for another minute until fragrant.
- Add the stock and beans to the pot and stir to combine. Place the chicken in the pot, cover with lid and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook at a gentle boil for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked though.
- Remove the cooked chicken thighs from the pot and carefully shred the chicken with two forks. Return the chicken and any juices back to the pot with the remaining beans, frozen corn kernels and cilantro. Stir to combine and season with additional salt if needed. Allow soup to cook for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.
- Divide the chili into bowls and serve with a lime wedge. Enjoy!
If you are anything like me, I would much rather have dinner at home on Valentines day then brave the crowds at every packed restaurant in the city. I know the ingredients are fresh and well sourced, I know every ingredient I am putting into my body and did I mention I’m not the biggest fan of crowds : ) Here are some great recipe ideas if you’re thinking of staying in on the 14th.
1/2 tsp Avocado Oil
1/8 tsp Sea Salt
1 1/2 lbs Chicken Leg, Bone-In (skin on)
1 tbsp Thyme (fresh, chopped)
2 1/2 cups Organic Chicken Broth
Preheat the oven to 325ºF. In a dutch oven add the avocado oil over medium heat. Sprinkle the sea salt over the chicken on both sides and then add to the pot. Sear the chicken for five minutes per side and then add the thyme and the chicken broth. Place in the oven and cook for 55 to 60 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve and enjoy!
Stuffed sweet potatoes
2 Sweet Potato (medium, pierced with a fork)
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ Yellow Onion (chopped)
1 cup Mushrooms (sliced)
1 cup Kale Leaves (chopped)
1 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
Preheat the oven to 400ºF and place each sweet potato on a baking sheet. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until cooked through.
About 10 minutes before the sweet potatoes are done cooking, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add in the onions and mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes or until soft. Add the kale and nutritional yeast and cook for another 3 minutes or until the kale is cooked down.
Once the potatoes are cooked through, slice them down the middle and top with the mushrooms, kale and onion mix.
Valentines Chocolate Truffles
1 cup Pitted Dates (packed)
3 cups boiling hot Water
1/3 cup Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp Peppermint Extract
3 tbsp Coconut Oil
1/3 cup Organic Dark Chocolate Chips
1/4 tsp Sea Salt (large flakes, for topping)
Add the dates to a medium-sized bowl and cover with just-boiled hot water. Let them sit for 8 to 10 minutes.
Drain the dates and add to a blender or food processor along with cocoa powder, peppermint extract and coconut oil. Process until the mixture comes together.
Remove the chocolate mixture and scoop into rough teaspoon-sized balls. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and put them in the freezer to set for about 8 to 10 minutes.
In a small bowl, add the chocolate chips and microwave on high for 30 to 45-second intervals until melted. Stir with a spoon to fully combine.
Remove the truffles from the freezer and use your hands to smooth them into balls. Take each ball and roll into melted chocolate with a spoon and then place them back on the baking sheet. Top with flaky sea salt and let them sit for 5 to 10 minutes to set or place in the fridge to set faster.
After a delicious meal and a couple of to-die for truffles I love to treat myself to some self love and care. Epsom salt bath where I use about 2 cups of Epsom salt with my choice of essential oils (usually lavender or citrus). This is great for relaxing muscles as it is providing magnesium into your tired achy muscles, it is very grounding and it is also detoxifying.
Enjoy however you chose to spend it.