Hibiscus Lemonade

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We prepped this hibiscus lemonade at the Leather town Festival in Acton a few weekends ago and it was a hit. It kind of felt like we were seven years old again, setting up a lemonade stand. To revert back to childhood even more, we also played with bubbles and sidewalk chalk!

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Why we love hibiscus

#1     It’s tart cranberry-like flavour is amazing!
#2    Hibiscus contains Vitamin C
#3     It has been known to lower blood pressure
#4    It’s beautiful, just like you!

Why we love lemon

#1    It helps to alkalinize the body
#2    It’s detoxifying
#3    Lemon kicks digestion into gear
#4    It helps to get rid of uncomfortable bloating

Reasons #5-#50 for why we love lemon and hibiscus will have to come another day.

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Hibiscus Lemonade

Ingredients:

1.5 Tbsp  The Spiced Leaf Breathe + C tea
1 Tbsp  Loose, dried Hibiscus
2 cups  Filtered water
2  1/4 cups  Lemonade (1/4 cup lemon juice + 2 cups water + 3 Tbsp maple syrup)
Maple Syrup to taste
Garnish with lemon slices

How to:

  1. Boil 2 cups of water to steep loose leaf Breathe + C tea and Hibiscus leaves, let steep for at least 30 minutes (I let mine steep in the fridge overnight)
  2. Prepare lemonade – combine lemon juice, water & maple syrup
  3. Strain loose leaf tea mixture and combine with lemonade
  4. Sweeten to taste (For health’s sake don’t overdo it…also make sure it’s actually maple syrup, like the real stuff, that comes from a tree)
  5. Garnish with lemon slices & Chill/add ice
  6. Get your buns outside and enjoy!

 

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Sparkling H2O – The Herbal Edition

It’s a hot summer people. A hot, hot summer. I’m a big fan of moderate temperatures so I’m super excited that autumn is slowly approaching.

We’ve been doing a whole lot of standing outside meeting our wonderful customers in this wild heat wave of a summer and surprisingly I’ve been drinking significantly more hot tea than iced tea.

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After reading about “Iced bubbly herb soda” on the daily tea, I decided to give it a whirl.

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I added a few scoops of Soothe and a few fresh basil leaves to sparkling water, let it steep for a day or two and voila! Delicious pepperminty sparkling herbal water. Go find a relaxing spot and drink up!

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Give it a shot & keep cool out there friends!

Hibiscus Orange Sparkling Iced Tea

Tea is normally top of mind in the winter months but can loose steam when the summer months and warm weather arrive. This doesn’t have to be the case. Tea offers a broad range of health benefits that should be enjoyed all year around.

One of the best summer drinks is iced tea! Am I right? Many people enjoy the classic black iced tea, but why not switch things up a little and turn your favourite herbal or fruity tea into an iced variety.

This delicious fruity iced tea uses Breathe + C, an allergy supporting herbal tea from The Spiced Leaf. This tea is perfect for the summer months and the rise in seasonal allergies. The nettle and hibiscus provide vitamin c and support our immune and allergy response. Not only is this iced tea sweet, tangy and delicious but it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals to help keep your allergies at bay.

Why not try making iced tea with other varieties of herbal tea. We have a variety of loose leaf blends to help keep you hydrated while boosting your health and wellness.

Herbal tea counts towards your 8 cups a day! If you’re not a huge fan of drinking plain H2O, opt iced tea instead. If you include iced tea as part of your daily regime, feel free to omit the sparkling water and OJ from this recipe. Find our Cold Brew recipe here.

Hibiscus Orange Sparkling Iced Tea

Ingredients: 

5 cups water

4 Tbsp Breathe + C tea

2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice

2 cups sparkling water

Honey syrup – heat 1/2 cup honey with 1/2 cup water

2 cups frozen strawberries

Directions:

Boil water and steep with Breathe + C tea from The Spiced Leaf for 25 minutes.

Add orange juice, sparkling water, honey syrup and frozen strawberries. Stir to combine and serve.
Enjoy this sparkling tea beverage all summer long!

Hydrate with Cold Brew Tea

First off, a big shoutout to CANADA! Happy Birthday! Thank you for existing, I really do like you.

There is so much to discover on this big beautiful land, I hope you all get a chance to enjoy it this Canada Day Weekend. Don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated!!

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Water is vital for so many functions in the body. There are many issues in the body that can be solved simply by drinking enough water. Not convinced? Check out “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water” by Dr. Batmanghelidji. It’s a great read.

Fun Fact: Drinking herbal tea counts towards your daily water intake

Not a fan of drinking 8 cups a day? Need an extra refreshing boost? Reach for some herbal iced tea instead.

When searching for the perfect herbal blend, choose one that doesn’t have added sweeteners or added flavouring (natural or artificial).
You will NEVER find sweeteners or flavouring in any of The Spiced Leaf blends. Just straight up beautiful herbs, roots and leaves!

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Cold Brew

Cold Brew is a super simple way to whip up a batch of iced tea for the week. I normally use about 2-3 tsp of herbal tea per 1 cup of filtered water.

For a large batch, add about 4-5 Tbsp of herbal tea to 5 cups of water. Leave it either in the fridge or on the counter overnight or at least 6 hours for a nice strong brew. Add fresh fruit, mint leaves, fresh basil or lemon slices to spruce it up and make it look beautiful!

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Drink up buttercup!

Acton Farmers Market

Who doesn’t love a good farmers market?! Fresh produce, local artisans, entertainment and good vibes galore!

The Spiced Leaf will be at the
Acton Farmers Market
Every Thursday in July from 3pm-7pm!
Find us on Willow Street South in the heart of downtown Acton.

July 7th
July 14th
July 21st
July 28th

At our booth you’ll find our specialty cold brew tea for your sampling pleasure and plenty of delightful loose leaf wellness blends to bring home with you!

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Iced Tea Sangria

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This Sangria is perfect for your next backyard BBQ or soiree or whatever us adults are supposed to be doing. Enjoy this Iced Tea Sangria with our Breathe + C herbal blend the next time you need a little sunshine in your life!

The nettle and rooibos in Breathe + C are traditionally used for seasonal allergies making it a perfect choice for this time of year. (Add some local honey and you’re sailing!)

IMG_8960INGREDIENTS:

4 cups Breathe + C iced tea
2 cups red or white wine
Juice of 1 orange (optional)
Sweetness to taste (Maple syrup, honey, stevia, xylitol, or simple syrup)
2 cups chopped fresh fruit (strawberries, orange slices, lime, lemon, any other fresh fruit you have on hand!)
Fresh mint for garnish

Note: If using honey, or any granulated sugar add to hot tea before chilling to make sure it dissolves well. To make your own simple syrup, boil 1 cup water with 1 cup cane sugar or coconut sugar until dissolved. 

DIRECTIONS:

Prepare the iced tea the night before (or at least a few hours prior), as it needs time to chill.

  •  6-8 Tbsp loose leaf tea in 4 cups of boiled water
  • Add sweetener of choice while hot.
  • Let the tea steep for minimum 10 minutes (you can leave the loose leaves in while it chills or take out after 10-15 minutes)
  • Let cool in the fridge for a few hours or overnight
  • Combine wine, orange juice, and chilled brewed tea. Before serving, add in fresh fruit. Serve chilled, over ice.

Optional: You can soak the fruit in wine or peach schnapps overnight for an extra kick!
Not optional: Enjoy Responsibly 🙂
Adapted from: http://www.kirbiecravings.com

Niagara VegFest

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Come visit us at the 5th annual Niagara VegFest at Market Square in the heart of downtown St. Catharines.

•Where: 91 King Street St., Catharines, ON
•When: Sunday, June 5th, 2016
11am-6pm
•Why: Because you’re awesome!

•Admission: $2 suggested donation
•Speakers featuring Susie Coston & Dr. Michael Greger
•Music
•Kids Activities
•80+ Vendors

Be there or be square!

Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed

I don’t know about you but my mum has got to be one of my favourite human beings ever. I can’t believe there is only ONE day per year celebrating how wonderful she is!

I think we can all agree that Mums everywhere could use a little peace and quiet for Mother’s day. Why not start the day off with breakfast in bed?

What could be better than someone making you pancakes with real Canadian maple syrup, fresh fruit and a nice cup of The Spiced Leaf Tea? Nothing is better.

Why stop there? Mothers everywhere deserve a bit of peace and quiet everyday!  Our Calming blend of floral lavender and serene lemon balm paired with holy basil is a recipe for total relaxation. It’s perfect for anytime of day to nip stress in the bud. Check out our calm tea here

Chocolate Cashew Pancakes | gluten-free and vegan

Deannas pancakes

Genius Recipe Developer: Deanna Harris
Ingredients
  • 1 – 1⅓ cups almond milk (depends on how thick you like your pancakes)
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2½ Tbsp grape seed oil
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup cashew butter
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup rolled oats
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in the base of a blender and blend until everything is combined.
  2. The batter should look like an unset mousse. A little thick and creamy.
  3. Heat a frying pan over low heat. Melt about 1 tsp of vegan butter and add ¼ cup of batter to form each pancake.
  4. Cook for a couple minutes, until bubbles form on the top of the pancake, then flip and cook another couple of minutes.
  5. Serve with fresh fruit and a drizzle of pure maple syrup.

 

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