Cooling Cucumber Mint Spa Water

Wake your body up with this delicious spa water. Cucumber is hydrating and a natural diuretic (which means it helps flush toxins out of your system). Mint is calming and cooling, and the scent alone will boost your energy levels. Sea salt helps replenish electrolytes which are essential for proper muscle recovery.

Cooling Cucumber Mint Spa Water // vegan, gluten free, raw

Ingredients:

- 24 oz water

- 1 Persian cucumber, washed and sliced

- 5 mint leaves

- Dash high quality sea salt

Instructions:

1. Add all ingredients to a large mason jar or water bottle. This is best if you let it sit for a while - I love to make a big jar of this at night and keep it in the fridge to enjoy right when I wake up in the morning. 

Fire Up Ginger Tea

The spices in this tea boost your immune system and stimulate your digestion, making it the perfect tea if you're feeling under the weather, or if you feel like you need to flush something out your system.

Fire Up Ginger Tea // vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free

Ingredients:

- water

- 1 inch fresh ginger root, sliced

- 1 tsp cinnamon (or a whole stick)

- 1/2 lemon, sliced

- dash cayenne pepper

- raw local honey (optional, to taste)

Instructions:

1. Add water, ginger, cinnamon, lemon, and cayenne to a medium pot. Bring mixture to a boil, then turn down and let simmer for 10-15 minutes.

2. Taste and add honey if desired. Enjoy hot, or let cool for a spicy iced tea. 

Note: This makes a strong tea so depending on your taste buds you may want to add more water. 

Nourishing Matcha Latte

Hello and happy March!  In my mind, March means spring (or at least the thought of spring); however, as I stare at the snow coming down as I write this post, I'm starting to think we have a least a few weeks of winter left. 

As I mentioned previously, I've been revamping my morning routine - I added in the Aryuvedic practices of oil pulling, dry brushing, and tongue scraping, as well as a short morning meditation. Since the mornings are still cold, I love slowly waking up to a nice big cup of something warm, but since taking a new look at my morning routine, I've switched my beverage of choice from coffee to a nourishing matcha latte.  

I had read about matcha all over the wellness blogs, but I had never tried it myself until I visited the MatchaBar in Williamsburg a few weeks ago.  

Matcha is finely ground green tea leaves that you whisk with hot water to create a frothy, earthy beverage.   It has all the benefits of green tea (anti-aging, cancer-fighting, energy boosting) in a concentrated format.  I love the way matcha gives me energy, without making me jittery or upsetting my stomach like coffee often does.  Matcha does contain caffeine but it is also rich in L-Theanine, a rare amino acid that actually promotes a state of relaxation, which results in a clear and focused kind of energy.

While you can certainly drink matcha on its own, my favorite way to enjoy it is as a creamy latte.  Simply add warm non dairy milk of choice and savor!  I’ve been experimenting with different homemade milks and have found my favorite to be this nourishing hemp milk.  This recipe is super quick and simple, easy to whip up first thing in the morning even if you don’t have much time.

Nourishing Hemp Matcha Latte

Serves 1, with extra hemp milk

For the matcha:

  • 1 tsp matcha (check out this great buying guide if you are unsure what to purchase)
  • 1 cup hot water (let the water cool about a minute after boiling as to not burn the matcha)

Whisk hot water and matcha until frothy (here’s a helpful tutorial if you are new to making matcha).

For the nourishing hemp milk:

  • 1 cup raw hulled hemp seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extra
  • dash sea salt
  • 2 pitted medjool dates (optional, for sweetness)
  • 4 cups filtered water

Add all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.   Heat 1 cup of the hemp milk in a saucepan until warm and then add to the prepared matcha tea.  Savor every sip!

 

Have you tried matcha? Did you like it?  Share your experience in the comments below!

Good Morning Green Juice

It's a fact: I LOVE me some fresh green juice.  However, I have been neglecting my juicer the past few months and instead have been frequenting Organic Avenue and Juice Press for a daily hit of fresh pressed fruits and veggies. While this allows me to experiment with flavors and ingredients I don't normally have at home, buying at $10+ juice every day is just not in my budget.  Now that I am back in NYC with no big trips, I am making a conscious effort to juice at home more.  This is my go-to green juice combination - slightly sweet, slightly tart, and easy on the digestive system, this juice gives me a nice kick of energy first thing in the morning, without the headache or stomachache that comes with coffee and sugar-filled breakfasts.

This recipe make one extra large or two regular servings.  It is best enjoyed immediately, but will keep for up to 3 days in the fridge. 

Good Morning Green Juice
2 Granny Smith Apples
2 medium cucumbers
10-12 kale leaves
1/2 inch knob of ginger
Optional: small knob of turmeric, handful of herbs (mint and cilantro are my favorites), squeeze of lemon

Juice and enjoy!