Summer is definitely here in North America and Friday’s are a great jump-off to hopefully a relaxing weekend.
How about a cool bevvie to go with all that. Below is a recipe I collected over many years of travel.
Sadly I have forgotten which country I was in to have tried it out but it seemed fitting to set this weekend off with!
Fill a glass with ice and add:
1/2oz Triple Sec
Dash of Lime Juice
Dash of Sour Mix
Shake, Pour and Top with Cranberry Juice
February is a month of love and sharing! Enjoy the following Healthy Recipe from a family member from the Caribbean
Papaya, Mango and Fresh Fig Salad
1/2 large Papaya, peeled and cubed
1 Mango, peeled and chopped
4 Fresh Figs, chopped
1/2 tsp. Lemon Juice
1 tsp. Cinnamon
Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and sprinkle with cinnamon and love.
Chai Hot Toddy
Boil 2 – 3 cups of water with 1 Cinnamon Stick. (Break it up before putting into the water to release more of the oils and flavour.)
Remove from the heat and add 2 Chai Tea Bags and 1 Orange Pekoe Tea Bag.
Let steep for 5 minutes.
Remove the Cinnamon Stick and Tea Bags.
Add the juice of 2 oranges and 1 Tablespoon of Honey or other Sweetner to your preference.
Divide the Tea Mixture amongst 4 mugs and top each one off with at least 1 Tablespoon of Dark Rum.
Garnish with Cinnamon Sticks and Orange Rind Twists or slices.
Serves 4 ( or two if you are using your large coffee/tea traveller mugs)
Enjoy – Stay Safe and Warm!
Yogi Bhajan’s Yogi Tea
As the Fall is upon us I felt the need to share this amazing recipe that was introduced to me a few years ago…a great component from a great practice and a wonderful warming beverage with great healing qualities.
Yogi Tea comprises of a specific combination of spices, milk and black tea. As a health promoting, delicious, soothing, and a great coffee substitute and its easy to make from scratch. A great way to make this last longer if you are not making for a group of people, make this big potful of goodness up(without adding the milk) and store it in the refrigerator. To make a cup of the tea, just fill your cup 3/4 full with tea, add milk or non-dairy substitute, and pop in the microwave or put in small saucepan and warm on the stove top.
In the science of yogic food preparation, the spices are said to have the following properties:
Black Pepper – Blood Purifier
Cardamom – Digestive Aid
Cloves – Strengthen the Nervous System and generate heat in the body
Cinnamon – Good for the Bones
Ginger Root – Good for colds, flu, physical weakness, digestion, increased potency
The Milk – helps in the assimilation of the spices and coast the stomach lining to avoid irritation there.
Black Tea – a pinch gives just a touch of “pick up”
- 2 quarts water
- 3 sticks cinnamon
- 15 whole cloves
- 20 green cardamom pods
- 20 black peppercorns
- 8 – 1/2 slices of fresh ginger root
- 1/2 teaspoon Black Tea ( optional)
- 3 cups milk or dairy alternative
Bring the water to boil in a 3-4 quart pot. Add the cloves and boil for a minute. Add cardamom pods ( to better release their wonderfulness, first crush or split the pods), pepper corns, cinnamon sticks and the sliced ginger root. Cover and gently boil for 20-30 minutes. Add the Black Tea (optional).
Makes approx. 2 quarts/ 2 litres
At this point you can either let the tea cool, strain it and refrigerate it or add the milk, return to a boil and then immediately remove from the heat. Add your preferred sweetener to taste (ie honey, stevia, cane sugar).
Drink up and Enjoy! Another great addition to your yoga practice or just warming up as the cold temperatures seem to be upon us!
Wowsa – not surprising but Coconut water has become big business in North America. All of a sudden people are calling it “Mother Nature’s Gatorade” and talking up all of it’s amazing restorative powers. Nutritionists have been endorsing the daily use of coconut water for decades and now cocktail blogs are posting recipes for coconut water newbies, talking about this delicious new chaser that’s actually good for you. Post-workout for those of us into fitness or heavy-duty travelers – this is a great, electrolyte-restoring thirst quencher and for cocktails at home, it’s perfect for a pair of scotch and coconut waters.
Ask anyone from the islands and they’ll tell you – we are all WAY behind! Coconut water has been a staple in cultures around the world FOREVER, for exactly these reasons!
I’ve been lucky enough to grow up drinking coconut water since a kid and having my sister family from the islands I understood what it was like to have cold coconut water, fresh from the nut. Over my many years of traveling I have had the pleasure of having coconut water and its flesh all over the world and it is DELICIOUS. If you ever visit a tropical local that has – it’s a must. Stop for coconut water, drink it, and then ask the vendor to cut it open so you can enjoy the coconut jelly inside. So good, and so good for you!
Recently I was asked to sample some great new coconut water on the market available here in Canada at our Shopper’s Drug Marts and it was a big hit at home. Coco The Natural Drink is convenient and tasty especially when ice-cold and is a great product to have stored to pack for those long car rides or hard workout days.
I’ve taken a local health guru’s recipe and adapted it to suit with this great product, Coco The Natural Drink and I hope you will enjoy!
Amazon Power Smoothie
1 cup coconut water
1/2 cup chopped strawberries
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup Acai puree
1/2 tsp Guarana powder
Agave Nectar to taste
2 cups ice
Blend and enjoy!
Country of origin:
– Coconut Water
– Vitamin C (ascorbic acid*)
COCO the Natural Drink is a Brazilian coconut water that is harvested and bottled at 5 1/2 – 6 1/2 months; at it’s nutritional peak.
– 330ml Tetra Pak
– 12 Units Per Case
So delicious, so refreshing – and if you’re new to coconut water, trying it with a light fruit flavor like Pineapple or Mango – this isn’t a bad way to go. My only complaint is that the single-serving size cartons are too small for me, I always want another one! My Godson and his sister love the single size for the road and the tetra paks are easier to store in the cupboard before making their way to the fridge.
Have a look at what is going on with this super fab company and the amazing people they support like Olympian Kyle Jones.
Give them a follow over at Twitter: http://twitter.com/COCOTheDrink
Coco The Natural Drink is now the proud sponsor of Canadian National Champion and 2012 Olympian, Kyle Jones from Oakville, ON, who is now living and training in Victoria, BC with his wife Kelly. Follow him on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JonesKyle
Go out and give them a try and if you try the Smoothie recipe let me know how it turns out or if you make a new blend of your own!
So after many moves for friends and myself I know that this great recipe works for great back relief. Take the time to take care of you and its a great thing to be able to pack on trips to use after hours of walking cities, climbing and hiking trails and hours of fun doing watersports! Look for an upcoming post regarding more uses for healing oils and my new affiliation that can offer you some of these amazing powerful remedies in a nice little pack for your suitcase, purse, backpack or whatever you use for travel/work/play!
Thyme & Eucalyptus Back Relief Soak
Thyme is said to have been used for its efficient medicinal properties as early as 3,500 B.C. Throughout history, thyme has been used to relieve coughs, colds and asthma; to kill yellow fever organisms; to reduce swelling induced by gout; and to treat various nervous disorders. This recipe is recommended for those who suffer from backache or joint pain. The use of eucalyptus oil enhances the effects of the thyme.
- 15 drops thyme essential oil
- 4 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Mix the two oils together in a hot bath and soak in it for 15 minutes or until the water starts to cool.
Enjoy the relief this soak can bring to you during your daily life and on your travels near or far!
Deborah aka @TraveliciousDee