Apple Spiced Tea

Warm up with this delicious and healthy Apple Spiced Tea! All of the flavours of autumn in one beverage!

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Can you believe that it’s fall already?! Like, seriously! Where did this year go?

As much as fall seemed to come out of nowhere, I’ll admit that there is a part of me that really likes the season. I kind of like when it gets a little chilly outside because it gives me an excuse to get out all of my warm and fuzzy sweaters.

Nothing is better than bundling up in those cozy sweaters!

I also love the thought of going apple picking, and the scent of the warm apple cider brewing in the farmhouse where I go to pick up apples.

And then snuggling up by the fireplace after a chilly afternoon outside?

Mmm yeah.

Can you tell that I’m just a big ol’ suck?

Give me warmth and cozy blankets and sweaters, and I’m good to go!

Apple Spiced Tea

That’s one of the reasons why I love this Apple Spiced Tea. It reminds me so much of autumn.

And it’s the perfect way to warm up, without having a large impact on the waistline.

I swear there have been times that I make this tea just to make my house smell like apples and cinnamon.

Who needs an air freshener when you have Apple Spiced Tea?!

Plus, it’s such an easy beverage to prepare that you CAN make it just to smell it!

I guarantee that it wouldn’t last very long though as an air freshener. The smell would just linger to the point that you would NEED to drink some.

Apple Spiced Tea

So let’s get back to the easy part.

All that you need is some black tea bags, whatever type you prefer. And then some unsweetened apple cider. You can also use apple juice if you don’t have access to the apple cider. And don’t forget the cinnamon sticks!

The cinnamon sticks are my favourite part because they add that gorgeous smell.

I recommend leaving the cinnamon sticks sitting in your drink a little bit longer if you really love the sweet and spicy taste. Sometimes I’ll just put a batch of this Apple Spiced Tea in a slow cooker and let it sit there for the day to infuse all of the flavour.

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It’s the perfect beverage to serve for company at a fall gathering (HINT: It would be a great drink to serve at Thanksgiving!)

As an added bonus, it’s full of vitamin C and antioxidants, which can help to ward off illness and aging. Who doesn’t want to slow down the process of aging? If this beverage can help prevent wrinkles, I’m definitely in!

Plus, it has half the sugar of a glass of juice and the cinnamon can help prevent spikes in your blood sugar (AKA less moodiness, more energy, and better overall health for your body!)

So cozy up, embrace fall, and enjoy a cup of Apple Spiced Tea!

Apple Spiced Tea

Yield: Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 black tea bags
  • 2 cups unsweetened apple juice or cider

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, bring water and cinnamon sticks to a boil. Add tea bags. Remove from heat; cover and steep for 3 minutes. Discard cinnamon sticks and tea bags. Stir in apple cider and heat through. Enjoy!

Elysia, XOXO
Southwestern Quinoa Salad

This vegetarian quinoa salad is bursting with southwestern flavours and make the perfect healthy main dish or side!

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I absolutely love quinoa and I’m always looking for new ways to spruce it up! Lately Matt and I have been basing a lot of our meals on a Mexican theme because we really enjoy the flavours. We decided to make each weekend a different cuisine to inspire us to try different recipes from around the world. It’s a great concept….except we keep doing Mexican over and over again because we just can’t get enough!

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One weekend, along with the rest of our Mexican spread we made this Southwestern Quinoa Salad. It was so delicious and refreshing…perfect for the warmer temperatures! With every bite, it just reminded me of summer. This salad is filling enough to be served as a main dish because it’s packed full of fibre and protein, but it can also be served as a side.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Yield: Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups no salt added chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 large handful parsley, finely chopped
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/4 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 cup no salt added black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, salt and pepper; set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil; add quinoa and cumin. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until liquid is absorbed, about 12 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Uncover, fluff with a fork and let cool for at least 10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, corn kernels, beans, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado and onion. Pour lemon dressing over top and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate salad for at least 1 hour to allow flavours to meld, or up to 2 days.

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Nutrients per serving:

Servings: 8 • Calories: 221 • Fat: 11 g • Carbohydrates: 26 g • Fibre: 4.5 g • Protein: 6 g • Sugar: 2 g • Sodium: 23 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Elysia, XOXO
Asparagus & Tomato Salad

This asparagus and tomato salad is light, refreshing and bursting with flavour. The perfect side dish to serve at your next summer BBQ! 

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Last week we finally pulled out the barbecue…it’s about time….it’s almost May for crying out loud! I absolutely LOVE barbecue season. Everything just tastes SO much better on the grill. We’ve been whipping up lots of delicious meals from these Roasted Garlic & Chicken Feta Burgers to these flavourful BBQ Chips Chicken Kabobs. One of my favourite meals to have when the warmer weather hits is grilled up chicken or burgers along with a delicious and refreshing salad.

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Enter this amazing Asparagus & Tomato Salad. I originally got inspired to whip up this salad because this month at work, we’re featuring foods for digestive health. Asparagus and tomatoes just happen to be a source of prebiotics which provide food for the probiotics or healthy bacteria in our digestive tract. When I served this salad up, I never imagined it would be such a hit! Who would’ve thought that asparagus and tomatoes would taste so delicious together! And the dressing is out of this world. The avocado provides a wonderful creaminess to the dressing and the feta pumps up the flavour, while adding some protein. This salad might just become a new favourite at those summer BBQs ;)

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Asparagus & Tomato Salad

Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 ½ inch pieces
  • 2 pints cherry and grape tomatoes in varied colours, halved
  • 1/2 cup crumbled light feta cheese
  • 1 ripe avocado, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add asparagus and boil for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. In a large bowl, combine asparagus, tomatoes, avocado, feta cheese and basil. Toss until evenly distributed.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the asparagus mixture and toss to combine.

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Nutrients per serving:

Servings: 8• Calories: 194 • Fat: 9 g • Carbohydrates: 5 g • Fibre: 2 g • Protein: 5 g • Sugar: 2 g • Sodium: 175 mg • Cholesterol: 8 mg

Elysia, XOXO
No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Cookies

These cookies are not only super tasty, they are also a source of fibre and probiotics, which can help promote a healthy digestive system! Perfect healthy snack or treat for the whole family!

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I’m sure I have said this many times before but I have this huge love for chocolate and peanut butter. There is just something about that combo that gets me every time. So naturally, I tend to experiment with lots of different recipes that incorporate these ingredients. My latest concoction are these No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Cookies. The best part about this recipe is….yes…the chocolate…and the peanut butter, BUT it also contains a mystery ingredient that no one would ever guess. Drumroll please….. the secret ingredient is kefir! This recipe is absolutely amazing for digestive health because kefir contains over two billion live active cultures per one cup serving, which can help replenish those healthy bacteria in your digestive tract and improve overall digestion. Plus, the fibre from the oats and coconut keeps everything running smoothly….if you know what I mean…

These cookies are also super filling, and would make a great snack or healthy treat for on the go! Whip up a batch to store in the fridge or freezer for a nutrient rich sweet treat!

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No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Yield: 16 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter or almond butter
  • ¼ cup plain kefir

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix oats, cocoa powder, coconut, and salt.
  2. Add coconut oil, honey, peanut butter and kefir and mix until well combined.
  3. Scoop mixture with a small cookie scoop or spoon onto parchment paper and flatten slightly so that they resemble a cookie.
  4. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  5. Serve or keep stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer.

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Nutrients per serving:

Servings: 16 • Calories: 141 • Fat: 9 g • Carbohydrates: 13 g • Fibre: 2 g • Protein: 3 g • Sugar: 5 g • Sodium: 37 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Elysia, XOXO