Friday, June 28, 2013

Dandelion Root Coffee

The benefits of Dandelion Root include purification of the blood, liver cleansing, weight reduction, lower blood pressure, improvement in bowel functions and more. Dandelion Root can be made into a coffee (or tea). The process is simple and can be done at home in a short amount of time. We decided to give it a try, and although it is not the greatest tasting coffee alternative, the health benefits make it worthwhile. Dandelion Root has antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and supports the digestive system. Dandelion Root coffee is bitter and strong in flavor but it can be sweetened with some honey. Enjoy!

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Friday, June 21, 2013

'Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.'

'Learning is always in the active present; it has no past. The moment you say to yourself, "I have learned," it has already become knowledge, and from the background of that knowledge you can accumulate, translate, but you cannot further learn. It is only a mind that is not acquiring, but always learning, it is only such a mind that can understand this whole entity that we call the "me," the self. I have to know myself, the structure, the nature, the significance of the total entity; but I can't do that burdened with my previous knowledge, with my previous experience, or with a mind that is conditioned, for then I am not learning, I am merely interpreting, translating, looking with an eye that is already clouded by the past'.- Jiddu Krishnamurti

Below: Photos from today's walk in the park. Happy Summer Solstice 2013!

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Bird Friendly® Coffee

Bird Friendly® Coffee is certified to preserve habitat, compensate farmers fairly and globally contribute to biodiversity. By purchasing Bird Friendly® Coffee, we can save the agro-forest ecosystems and ultimately encourage reforestation efforts, which will improve lives for farmers and help make sure that the songbird migration continues for future generations. We recently visited an Organic and Bird Friendly® Café called 'Birds and Beans Café by the lake. There is an outdoor patio located at the back, with a view of Lakeshore. We ordered a Fair Trade Organic Green Tea and Fair Trade Organic Guatemalan coffee - Guatemala Santa Rita. This coffee type originates from Lago de Atitlán (Lake Atitlán) in the Guatemalan Highlands. I have tasted many types of coffee (especially during my Café/Barista days) and none, to this day, have ever tasted as 'sweet and rounded' as the Guatemala Santa Rita coffee. It is described as "earthy chocolate on the nose, accented with a hint of raspberry. It is bright and sweet with some lovely spice, perhaps cardamom or white pepper." Since we are cleansing, we haven't had any coffee but I decided to give it a try and fortunately, I had no side effects. This coffee was the tastiest ever! I strongly recommend it to any coffee lover! Birds and Beans Café is located in Etobicoke. You can check out their website and coffee selections here.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

A Citrus Passion

Citrus fruits contain citric acid which has an alkalizing effect when consumed and aids in both the production of digestive juices and the process of digestion. They have additional antioxidant constituents - including Vitamin C. For the past couple of weeks, we've prepared a citrus fruit juice made with freshly squeezed grapefruit, oranges, lemon and lime. It's a healthy and energetic way to start the day!  Chemistry has two sides - acidic/corrosive and alkaline/base. It's important to maintain a blood PH level between 7.35 and 7.45 in order to have a healthy body. Alkalizing our bodies will heal us and balance our PH levels. Enjoy our recipe below!

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