POMEGRANATE SEED YOGURT PARFAIT

The yogurt parfait is a regular on my roster of breakfast combinations, packed full of fibre, protein and enough fuel to keep me energized until lunchtime. However, every couple of weeks it becomes monotonous, and requires some new flair in the fruit department. With a regular rotation of banana, apple, pear, and grapefruit, inevitably one fruit becomes boring. Thankfully pomegranates are in season! These lovely little seeds are crunchy and tart, packed full of antioxidants and vitamins, and scream of holiday cheer this time of year, making them a delightful addition to the yogurt parfait. 

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POMEGRANATE SEED YOGURT PARFAIT: aids digestion, promotes health and increases energy 

INGREDIENTS: (yields 1 serving)

  • 3/4 cup goat yogurt 
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds 
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds 
  • 2 tbsp raw pumpkin seeds 
  • 1 tbsp raw walnuts 
  • pinch of cinnamon 

Place yogurt in a bowl and top with the remaining ingredients. Mix and enjoy. 

HEALTH BENEFITS

GOAT YOGURT: rich in calcium, high in fatty acids, immune booster, contains agents that help metabolize iron and copper. 

POMEGRANATE: anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, promotes heart health, rich source of vitamins A, C, E and folic acid. 

CHIA SEEDS, HEMP SEEDS, WALNUTS & PUMPKIN SEEDS (combined): anti-inflammatory, contains antioxidants, packed with omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, rich source of vitamin B complex and vitamin E and high in minerals, promotes heart health and circulation, high in fibre, and contains tryptophan which helps regulate sleep and improve mood. 

CINNAMON: contains antioxidants, high levels of manganese, controls blood sugar, aids in cancer prevention, and reduces LDL cholesterol levels.

GINGER LEMON & TURMERIC TEA

We all feel run down from time to time. Generally, we'll ignore the first weary signs of exhaustion and just push on through until we are suffering from illness and in need of repair. Knowing this, when I woke this morning and was feeling less than awesome, I asked myself, "what does my body need?". The answer was a Ginger, Lemon & Turmeric Tea. Made up of natural detoxifiers, anti-inflammatories and super foods, this concoction is jam packed with immune system boosting agents.  

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GINGER LEMON & TURMERIC TEA: a daily detox, stress reliever and/or cold remedy. 

INGREDIENTS: (yields 1 serving)

  • 1 ½ cup hot water 
  • ½ lemon, juiced 
  • ½ tsp grated ginger 
  • ½  tsp turmeric powder (or grated fresh turmeric root) 
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper 
  • raw honey, to taste 

While water is boiling, grate the ginger, and place in a small tea basket to keep the ginger from getting in the way while sipping the tea. Then add lemon, turmeric, cayenne, honey and ginger to mug and pour hot water in. Stir and enoy. 

Turmeric will settle to the bottom, so ensure to continuously stir the tea to reap the full benefits of the turmeric.  

HEALTH BENEFITS: 

LEMON: a natural detoxifier, rich source of vitamin C, and contains limonene that promotes immunity and helps fight infection. 

GINGER: antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and clears microcirculatory channels of the body which include the sinuses and throat. Also, ginger is a warming agent and promotes sweating, which is healthy when sick. 

HEALTH BENEFITS: 

TURMERIC: antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and considered to be highly cleansing of the body especially in the liver.

CAYENNE: anti-irritant helping ease sore throats and coughs, and circulatory stimulant which aids in the detoxification process.

RAW HONEY: antioxidants, and a rich source of minerals and B vitamins that help support the function of the heart, muscles and nervous system.

Today was a refreshing reminder that a simple morning routine could help promote feeling better on the daily, not just from time to time, and after it's too late.