Lemon Raspberry Jam (Refined Sugar-Free)

Who else is a huge fan of jam? I definitely am. I think that it’s more to do with the memories I have of making homemade jam, in huge batches with my mom and grandmother, than the jam itself. We’d fill a ginormous pot with blueberries and sugar, and I’d get to stir as we added pectin to let it set. Both of my grandmothers’ make mean strawberry jams, too! A favourite breakfast of mine would be toast slathered with vegan margarine (no butter, since I’m allergic to dairy!) and sweet berry jam.

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“Got Kraut?” Recipe + Ferment Facts!

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Have you heard about the amazing benefits of fermented foods?! I sure have, but at first I thought that fermenting would be a confusing, complicated process. Though I still haven’t tried making my own kombucha (it’s a very delicate process… and I don’t have a SCOBY ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) I make my own homemade sauerkraut as a staple food in our house. I can eat it at every meal: it’s perfect with eggs and greens for breakfast! Sauerkraut provides a tangy and crunchy bite – full of flavour, yet made with whole ingredients and Whole30 and vegan approved – and is great for gut health. In case you haven’t heard about some of the healing properties of raw fermented foods, here is a nice little list to get you started!

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Honeydew-Coconut Sorbet

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Ahhh, summer. Time for fruit and coconut galore! And time to make this thick and creamy, yet refreshing, Honeydew-Coconut Sorbet. Only two ingredients but an explosion of flavour!

I have a undeniable sense of nostalgia for cold treats when summertime rolls around. I have so many memories of enjoying Popsicles and frozen lemonade outside with my friends and my sister as little kids. And I used to love Frosters. They’re basically artificially flavoured + coloured slushies. Don’t even ask me why I preferred those to actual fruit smoothies. I’m not really sure anymore ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

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Chimichurri

It’s no secret that I adore gardening. If you follow me on Instagram (follow along by clicking on my sidebar widget!), you’ll know that I often post pics of my various veggies and herbs! I love watching them grow, so slowly that I don’t notice a change until I check back again a few days later, only to ponder in bewilderment when, exactly, they did all that growing. It’s like people. You look in the mirror day after day, not noticing the little tweaks in your body and yourself, until you’ve morphed into a completely new person. Time, and our perception of it, really is an amazing thing!

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Peach Blueberry Two-Tone Smoothie

As you may know, I am in high school. And apparently high schoolers eat a lot. And I am no exception! I am constantly thinking about cooking and especially eating. But not just any food: fresh, healthy food, i.e. lots of veggies and fruits! After school I always have a snack! Now that it’s summer, smoothies are often on the menu. My all-time favourite smoothie is definitely chocolate-blueberry-PB, which I will have to post sometime. But sometimes light + fruity is in order, and these Peach Blueberry Two-Tone Smoothies fit the bill! I’ll be honest: this was kind of messy to make. I finished the peach part and before I finished the blueberry, the peach was melting all over the place! Oops. Also, my blender was having issues and was drizzling blueberry smoothie everywhere. Oops again.

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