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May 23, 2016

Tweak Your Tea with Pure Leaf

Pure leaf unsweetened iced tea recipes

Pure leaf unsweetened iced tea recipes


Let’s face it. Not all of us are tea drinkers. From coffee lovers to latte addicts, I myself would not classify myself as a tea drinker. But never say never. As you recall from my Instagram postings a month ago, I have been wanting to cut out coffee from my life, in efforts to lead a healthier more balanced lifestyle. Like I said, never been a huge tea drinker, but I think I had misunderstood tea for many years. Like, tea is actually not boring. I mean you can do a lot more drink combinations with tea than you can with coffee. And honestly tea is much healthier than coffee. Take for example the new Pure Leaf Unsweetened tea which has 0 Sugar, 0 Calories and 0 Artificial Sweeteners which means 0 compromises. Umm hello summer body. So here I am, newly pronounced tea lover. Forget about coffee. I sure forgot about my vanilla latte. Grab a bottle or two of the new Pure Leaf Unsweetened Iced Tea, and let’s enjoy summer days without the artificial sweeteners. From a tea drink to boost your energy while you are sitting at your cubicle at work to a little iced tea refresher after your workout at the gym to even some delicious spiked tea beverages before a night out with your girlfriends or for a chill night at your backyard; you are going to be addicted to tweaking your  Pure Leaf Iced Tea. Just add your ingredients, pour in a glass, and serve on ice!

The Teanergizer 
a little energy booster while at work
(Cucumber, raspberries, chia seeds with unsweetened lemon iced tea )

Pure leaf unsweetened iced tea recipes - teanergizer drink

Pure leaf unsweetened iced tea recipes - teanergizer drink

Pure leaf unsweetened iced tea recipes - teanergizer drink

Ingredients
1 cup of Pure Leaf Unsweetened Lemon Iced Tea
5 cucumber slices
7 raspberries
1 teaspoon of chia seeds
Squeeze a bit of lemon for an extra cirtrus kick
Ice cubes

Directions
Mix all the ingredients together and stir thoroughly to ensure chia seeds germinate. Slices of cucumber, quanity of raspberries and chia seeds measurings are suggestive. You can add less of more as your please.

  
The An-tea-oxidant Refresher
Post-Workout drink
 (Pomegranate, grapefruit, ginger with unsweetened green iced tea) 
Pure leaf unsweetened iced tea recipes - post workout refresher drink

Pure leaf unsweetened iced tea recipes - post workout refresher drink

Pure leaf unsweetened iced tea recipes - post workout refresher drink

Pure leaf unsweetened iced tea recipes - post workout refresher drink


Ingredients
Half a pomegranate
1/2 teaspoon of peeled ginger root
1/4 grapefruit
1 cup of Pure Leaf Unsweetened Green Iced Tea
A squeeze of lemon

Directions
De-seed the pomegranate, and grate the ginger root.
Combine the pomegranate seeds, peeled ginger, grapefruit and Pure Leaf Unsweetened Iced Green Tea.
Use the juice setting on your blender and blend until all ingredients are blended well.
If you please, you may want to strain all the pomegranate seeds and ginger pieces after the blend. I personally like drinking the seeds. The majority of the fiber in pomegranates is found in the white seeds. I blend the ingredients together so that the refresher is less chunky and easier to chug.  



The Spiked Teata
a night with friends in your backyard
(Blueberry,pineapple spiked black iced tea)
Pure leaf unsweetened iced tea recipes - tea with vodka

Pure leaf unsweetened iced tea recipes - blueberry tea puree with vodka

Pure leaf unsweetened iced tea recipes - blueberry tea puree with vodka

Pure leaf unsweetened iced tea recipes - blueberry tea puree with vodka

Ingredients
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup blueberries
 Pure Leaf Unsweetened black iced tea
1 thick pineapple slice 
1 1/2 shot of Vodka
1 teaspoon granulated white sugar or vanilla extract (optional)

Directions      
Add all blueberries and granulated sugar (optional) in a blender with one cup of the Pure Leaf Black iced tea in the purée setting.
 Pulse until all ingredients are puréed well.
Drain the blueberry mix with a strainer to remove all the little skin pieces of blueberry (optional). I find the skin of blueberry sticks to your teeth when blended so the last thing you want is your guests to have it all over their teeth. Use a different berry like strawberries if you are time restricted.
 Pour into a serving glass, leaving about 1.5 inches of glass space.
Rinse your blender.
 Add the pineapple and vodka into the blender, blend together until smooth in the smoothie setting. Pour in glass on top of the blueberry blend.
Garnish with blueberries.
*I used frozen blueberries as ice to ensure that my drink will not be water downed and to maintain the natural flavour of the black iced tea. 
 

Please note that all of the iced teas used are unsweetened, hence drinks have a natural flavour. If you prefer your drinks a bit sweeter I would add a teaspoon of vanilla extract or granulated white sugar. In addition, I refrigerated all of my Pure Leaf Teas before using.

Pure Leaf unsweetened tea recipes for summer

Pure Leaf unsweetened tea recipes for summer

So those are the recipes I am introducing into my life in the days to come with Pure Leaf Unsweetened Iced Tea. Eliminating coffee and sugar from my life or at least minimizing them has been a struggle in the past couple of months. Knowing that there are so many different drink options I can create without sacrificing the flavour, the Pure Leaf Unsweetened iced teas have given me hope that this summer will find me having my first ever genuine tea experience. Pure leaf is brewed with real tea and Margot agrees that living a life with less sugar is much healthier for you, let alone putting away that cup of coffee and switching to tea. Cheers!

Pure Leaf unsweetened tea recipes for summer with Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
*This post was sponsored by Pure Leaf but all opinions remain my own
and true to my personal lifestyle likings

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April 19, 2016

Blue Florals with Lemonberry










Spring has sprung at last and I am swapping feeling blue with blooming with joy. A couple weeks ago, I was invited to collaborate with a super cute boutique just outside of Toronto, Lemoberry for their Spring Lookbook. I always pass by Lemonberry whenever I have to take Margot to the vet, and let me tell you, not going in to shop each time is truly a struggle! With the winter temperatures dragging out for far too long, I was ready to get my hands on some spring outfits though. On the day of the photoshoot the temperature was more of a reminder of winter rather than spring. With some laughter, me and the other girls were able to conquer the cold. Gabriella, Jackie and Joelle, were also there to style their own spring outfits as well. Today,  I am sharing with you the first look I came up with from Lemonberry, and it's perfect for a day out with the girls or even for work. I absolutely adore this Pink Martini shift dresses and this one is just darling. The print, the material, even the length is just perfect. And let's not get started about the Gentle Fawn cardi. So cozy!

Many Thanks to these lovely people for making this photoshoot happen:
Photography: Khamp Media

Shop My Look from Lemonberry:
Dress –  Pink Martini
Cardigan - Gentle Fawn
Handbag– Matt and Nat 
Necklace – Shop for Jayu

There are more looks to come from Lemonberry so stay tuned!

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