CBD Spiked Matcha Latte

As per my last post, my love of beverages continues. But this beverage has a purpose, keeping me zen for a day of travel. 

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If you’re like me, airports and being “in transit” is stressful. I sweat. I swear. I’ve even cried (it was period week, so you know...). In short, travelling is necessary but not always easy. 

Most of the stress of travel is due in large part to anxiety- is my bag overweight? How early should I arrive? Did they change my gate? Will this TSA agent like me or make my day worse? 

Thing is, most of our anxieties never materialize, but they manage to make the journey more stressful than need be. 

I have three letters for you C. B. D. 


CBD is on everyone’s lips. It’s being touted as a cure all- ultimate pain relief, inflammation scavenger, cancer cure (be careful with this one), and anxiety relief. All of these have merits and as countries like Canada legalize, we will begin to understand so much more about the plant that is cannabis .

Here are the cliff notes on CBD

Cbd is the NON psychoactive compound in cannabis. The one that has all the benefits. Meaning you won’t get high, but you’ll get all the anxiety, pain relief and anti-inflammation benefits.

Thc is the psychoactive compound. You WILL touch the sky with this one. Thc can also make your anxiety worse (re: paranoia will destroy ya). So I would steer clear if you’re wound up naturally.

There are many ways to consume both thc and cbd. In food, infused by tincture or infused oils. Vaped, which is no combustion and often smoked via an oil. Smoked, in your regular, garden variety joint.

When you smoke or vape you get the benefits immediately; when you ingest, it can take up to an hour to feel it. So don’t keep dosing if you don’t feel it, give it some time.

Caveat

Dose is VERY important because you don’t want to get tincted; which is the affectionate term my friends and I use for over doing it. 

KNOW you’re purveyor. Don’t buy your cbd on the street; buyer beware means more in this case than most.

ALWAYS ask questions, which come from knowing WHY you are using cbd in the first place. Anxiety? Pain? Know thyself.

This recipe is a favourite. In my deck of recipe cards for years, but adding the cbd has taken it to another level of amazing.

IF you don’t want to dose up, just use regular coconut oil or omit completely.

And, lastly, you don’t *need* to blend, but it’s what makes the latte frothy; but I’ll leave that to you.

CBD Spiked Matcha Latte

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (or any milk), warmed
  • 1 tsp matcha powder (BUY in US or CANADA)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanill
  • 2 tsp raw hone
  • 1 heaping tsp Omni Botanicals cbd infused coconut oi

Combine all ingredients in a blender until frothy.

 

How do you enjoy CBD? Are you newbie or an old friend to cbd? Share in the comments! 

 

 

The Great Beverage Breakdown

If you know me well, or follow me on Instagram, then you are very much aware that I love beverages- the tame and the not so tame kind. But I get HEAPS of people sliding into my DM's asking me about the myriad of beverages I drink.

  • Is juice bad for me?
  • Coffee of tea?
  • What on earth is bulletproof coffee?
  • Are all rose wines destined to give me a hangover?

So buckle up baby, because this is the GREAT BEVERAGE BREAKDOWN.

NOTE my product faves are listed below each category!


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Juice

The amount of questions I get about juice is staggering, and I get it; people are out here saying juice can cure cancer, while some are saying juice will kill you, so what is it?

When talking about juice, quality matters. An orange juice by Tropicana ain't got shit on a juice from a spot like The Village Juicery , so remember that when sourcing your sips.

You'll also hear people talk about juice in two different categories, Raw and Pasteurized- if people are being shady they call it cooked.

Raw is just that, raw and unpasteurized; pasteurization is a high heat process that kills any potential bacteria and allows for shelf stability. While pasteurization is a great thing, when we are talking about juice, beneficial enzymes are far more "powerful" when alive; pasteurization effectively kills the juice.  DON'T WORRY if most of the juice you purchase in mass markets and grocery stores has been pasteurized, I believe when given the choice between a fully loaded yet pasteurized green juice  (by a reputable company) or pop / conventional juice, the juice is always the better choice.

After a night of imbibing on many a cocktail, green juice- raw or cooked- is often just what the doctor ordered!

NOTE ON JUICE if you have diabetes or any type of metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance etc.) juice is not a great option for you because fibre is what helps to moderate our blood sugar levels, juice is free of fibre. Smoothies are a better option for you.

HONOURABLE MENTION juice is a VERY wasteful business, having run a business that created custom cold pressed juices I know of what I speak; so our little juice habits can leave a fairly big carbon footprint. But this company closes the LOOP on juicing, making it a guilt free indulgence, check out LOOP Juice and their mission!


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Kombucha

There was a moment where kombucha was THE beverage on everybody's lips- ultimate hangover cure, liver cleansing dynamo, and gut health wunderkind- and whether you believe the hype or not, Kombucha is pretty boss.

BUT there are a few caveats when considering Kombucha.

Sugar content is VERY important. Many kombucha brands on the market have a loads of sugar in them, it's what makes them taste so yum; that said, you want to watch sugar content, especially if you plan to make this a daily habit. I aim for 5g of sugar or less.

Lately I only have time for Brew Dr. Kombucha, from the Herbal Uplift to the Citrus Hops and most flavours in between, most of their flavours clock in at 5g of sugar AND they taste delicious. One piece of feedback, screw tops. The stubby bottles are cute, but not practical for those of use who enjoy a leisurely sip.

With ALL OF THIS SAID, as I write this I have 1.4L of a kombucha brand with more than 5g of sugar per serving (it has 7g), but can you really fault a woman who loves a sale?!


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Smoothies

Smoothies are amazing. I have one every single day- save for a lapse in inventory control. That said, not all smoothies are created equal. If you're blending fruit and water or juice and calling it a smoothie, you could very well be doing more harm than good.

Blood sugar is always concern, especially for women, because blood sugar imbalances can cause hormonal imbalances and you want NOTHING to do with that.

So here's what EVERY smoothie must have in order to be considered "complete".

Fibre- there are many ways to add fibre to your smoothie. Nuts and seeds, like hemp. Vegetables like kale and spinach. Fruits such as berries, where the whole fruit- including seeds- is consumed. This is what will help your body moderate how sugar is regulated in the body after we eat.

Healthy Fats- these are what's going to keep you feeling full and satisfied, without them your smoothies will feel thin from a texture perspective- trust me on this one. Healthy fats can be added via coconut oil, nuts and seeds (LOVE when ingredients can do double duty), coconut cream or coconut manna- the options are many. I prefer coconut manna or oil because it adds a nice flavour.

Protein- the other element that will keep you feeling full and satisfied. The reason why most smoothies fail to satisfy and properly nourish is because they lack the right amount of protein to keep you feeling full. Protein can be added with the use of protein powders- vegan, whey, whatever suits your fancy- or seeds like hemp that offer almost 11g of protein per 3g serving. 

A NOTE ON SMOOTHIES if you consume your smoothie and you get bloated, change ONE THING about the smoothie and notice if anything changes. Sometimes it's the seed you used, sometimes it's your choice of protein; don't just power through with uncomfortable bloating, customize to what your body is telling you.

Brand Favourites

PROTEIN: Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Proteins

HEALTHY FATS: Nutiva Coconut Manna (creamiest smoothies EVER!)


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Coffee + Matcha

I get the "coffee is bad for me right?" question weekly and the answer is simple, for some people it's fine, and for others it's not. No diet is one size fits all, it truly comes down to listening to your body.

My mouth loves coffee, my body runs hot and cold with it. I used to get super jittery and restless when I drank coffee, so I gave it up. But I missed it, and I will never cosign living life without the full realm of my personal pleasures, so I did some customizing. 

Here are a few modifications to help your coffee love you back!

JITTERS- one word, bulletproof. Bulletproof coffee is all the rage because it's amazing; and it's simply adding fat to coffee- butter or coconut oil are the faves. There are many benefits to Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT oil) especially when it comes to brain health; however, it's also amazing for relieving coffee jitters. Not gonna lie, I'm not sure why adding fat to coffee works scientifically- I know it helps balance the acidity- but I'm not asking any questions...pass me my java ;)

BLOATING- for some people bloating is a common response to coffee, but it may not actually be the coffee, it could be what your adding to your coffee.

Check your milk boo, might be time to go non dairy (soy, hemp, almond, cashew) OR it could be the sweetener you are using.

So, candida, which is yeast overgrowth, can cause all kinds of problems in your body, but the acidity of coffee mixed with the candida feeding sugar you are sweetening with could be causing you to bloat. 

Try Monkfruit extract or Stevia blended with Vanilla (I make my own mix) which won't feed the the baddies aka candida.

Brand Favourites

Monkfruit in the Raw

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Matcha

The newest wunderkind food. 4x the antioxidants of regular green tea and full of fibre because the whole leaf is consumed and green- because we love green! Matcha is everything it claims to be, but it takes some doing to make it palatable.

CREAMY MILK- matcha is bitter, a creamy and rich milk (table cream, cashew milk etc.) will help to bring roundness to beverage.

VANILLA- vanilla is the unsung hero of the kitchen, as it creates a depth of flavour in sweet applications that simply cannot be replicated- I tried! ALWAYS have vanilla on hand if you plan on drinking matcha.

SWEETENER- unless you are truly a taste bud gangster, you will likely need to sweeten your matcha. Now don't go wild, we wouldn't want the benefits to be out shadowed by all the sugar, but add a little to make it palatable. I like date syrup, coconut sugar, or monkfruit sweetener.

What is amazing about matcha is that it's a clean energy, meaning no crash and burn, which is nice; so if you struggle with coffee, maybe it's time to give matcha a try!

Brand Favourite

Matcha Ninja


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WIIIINE (proclaimed like Oprah giving away vehicles)

Wining and dining is my favourite pass time on the planet. Granted I do what I love for work, so it feels like a hobby, so wining and dining is my hobby- not cheap, but still great!

Wine is lauded and loathed, often in the same breath.

  • Full of antioxidants.
  • Liver killer.
  • Leads to prolonged life.
  • Fertility killer.

Well, wine is all of these things. Which is why the consumption of wine, especially for women, should be considered, depending on where you are in your life. If you're trying to conceive, REAL TALK from your online girlfriend, stop drinking boo, the hormonal imbalances that are the result of lots of drinking is going to dampen your conception efforts; again, I'm no MD but this is advice given almost universally. Want da bebe? Put down da wine ;)

But if you're out here trying to live it up, here are some tips.

SUGAR CONTENT- hangovers are a direct result of sugar content. And since we are DEEP into Rose season, here's what you should know. Anything less than 1g is perfect; and it's not a white vs. red debate, it's a dry vs. sweet debate. Pinot on both sides (Grigio + Noir) are the lowest sugar content wines. Spritz with La Croix to moderate the sugar content; this also happens to be the move if you are trying to day drink all day #Maturity. 

Look, we've all been in a pinch when the liquor store only has cheap, sweet wine, so do what you've got to do.

LIVER HEALTH- the liver is tasked with detoxifying our bodies from meds, booze, environmental chemicals- everything; so if we can help our livers during the most trying time (read: summer) then we should.

Lemon + water in the am is my daily move; it's THE daily move. Lemons help cleanse the liver naturally. But this MUST be a daily habit, or else it's kind of useless.

Liver Detox Pill- now these are the BIG guns, but if you're going for it this summer, these can only stand to help you. DISCLAIMER I'm no doctor, so take this info for what it's worth, EDUCATIONAL purposes ;)

HANGOVER- simple, eat before bed, something carby if you can; and have a huge glass of water. It's called maturity, and it's quite nice!

Brand Favourites

Nature's Way Milk Thistle- helps detox the liver and cannot be overdosed on!


Whew...we made it. And now you're ready to sip like you mean it!

What's your favourite beverage of the moment?

The Weekly Basic

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The day of the week where I unpack the trash that graced our screens and pages this past week!

REMEMBER: basic is only bad if you care ;)


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The Real Housewives Of New York City Season 10 Episode 17

The Real Housewives of New York City- Luann, Sonja, Ramona, Bethenny, Carole, Tinsley and Dorinda- are reality television gold, because whether it's episode 7 or 17, these ladies are always bringing it.

If you've never watched The Real Housewives, start with New York, start from season one and thank me later.

Let's get into this week's episode...

BACKSTORY: the ladies are in Cartagena, Columbia. Carole and Bethenny are still embroiled in a fight. Dorinda has told her friend Luann, hot off the heels of release from rehab and felony charge, to go get another mugshot whilst in a drunken (all too common) stupor. Ramona and Sonja are not at all in the spotlight or causing any problems, which is new and very refreshing. And Tinsley continues to be a non issue.

Luann- You were a countess by marriage, and then you divorced; therefore, you are no longer a countess. Lady Gaga and Queen Latifah aren't a lady or a queen but you and I (and the rest of the viewing audience) know it's not the same. 

Luann and Dorinda- this fight is very sad, because you legitimately are amazing friends, but the booze and the coca (she's on the coca right?) strike again. Dorinda is in a dark place, as evidenced by her saying she's "IN THE BEST PLACE EVER + HAPPIER THAN I'VE EVER BEEN"; who are you trying to convince boo? And then doubling down about saying some REALLY harsh shit to your bff is a bad lewk.

Bethenny- this trip has been ALL about you and Carole fighting, now that other people are fighting you want to get involved?? Fall back baby, the heat is off. But, just when we thought it wasn't about, you come for Carole for her saying the exact same thing "stay out of it."

NOTE: Ramona being the voice of reason at the table is insane, but in a refreshing way!

#VacationFromHell

Dorinda + Luann - Dorinda, you said some fucked up shit to your friend- like rank- you hugged it out and it could have ended there, but you weren't ready. And Dorinda if you want anyone to believe that it was one drink, I think we've arrived at the time for you to just own it #LisaRinna. Sobriety is a GREAT look on Luann; which is why the recent rehab boomerang made me sad.

Bethenny- none of these women are you friends. You're going in on Carole and the girl is right next to you and no one says shit? That's shade.

Sonja- you, my lady, are the comeback kid. Last season, hell 10 episodes ago, you were THE problem, now you're the mediator? You should feel proud.

FLASH BACK TO JILL!! Bethenny saying that she's never had a friendship fall apart this dramatically is the hottest load of shit I heard in a minute.

FLASH. THE. FUCK. BACK TO JILL! Hey Bravo, if you want the rumours that Bethenny call's the shots behind the scenes to stop, maybe give her a shady flashback or two. It's called balance #BethennyIsAProducer.

Carole is a cool head and you know what they say about cool heads...Bethenny hates that. That said, it's probably why Carole isn't coming back next season, she's almost too cool.

And scene.


BACKSTORY: They get on a yacht bound for trouble, but all seems well in the beginning...they cheers sparkling rose and utter "the fever has broken" and sail into the sunset. The boat actually looks fun- selfies, laughing- the ladies are back!

Tinsley- whining that she just wants people to have fun, makes me want to throw her overboard- with a life preserver, I'm not a monster. Stop trying so hard babe, these women can smell insecurity.

NOTE: these women are all in phenomenal shape, and have amazing faces; whether they bought them or not, I give credit where it is rightfully due.

Dorinda- feeling bad about saying some mean stuff to your friend is normal. STOP DRINKING. It might be time for a new life strategy. And it's so lovely that you want to be a safe space for anyone when they are down, but you've got to be your own safe space first cherie.

Luann + Dorinda- seeing you two making up is nice. I'm with Lu, we are all worried about you Dorinda. Post Rehab Pink Cloud, Dorinda? That's a new one...

A Note on Carole- though I'm team Carole because Bethenny has been insufferable this season, she is being SUPER shady in the talking head interviews. Though I believe B is more at fault, Carole is fanning the flames.

Bethenny- you hate Tinsley, we get it. She could talk about YOUR charity and YOUR anything (which you love) and you'd hate the words coming out of her mouth. We get it, and we also don't care.

Ramona- grilling Tinsley about her ambitions is a waste of time. Tinsley wants a man, this is her ambition.

Luann + Sonja- practicing for the Countess and Friends Cabaret whilst shitfaced on an island in Columbia seems like the wrong move, no? I wouldn't count this as a rehearsal babes. BTW every rapper in the world is begging you to stop beatboxing. Carole is nervous for you both and this show...me too.

Ramona- when a yachtie or any seafaring gal or gent says the waters are getting rough, I'd believe them. If they're scared, be scared too 'Mona.

Sonja + Ramona + Tinsley - arguing about the severity of the turbulence is jokes. I die at Sonja's screams and her pissing her pants and throwing the piss soaked item at Tinsley. Gives these women an Emmy, DAMMIT.

Then things take a scary turn...

  • Rough waters.
  • Carole puking.
  • Ramona + Sonja screaming like jackals.
  • No lifejackets.
  • Smoke.
  • Sirens.
  • And then the screen goes dark.

It's the motherfucking Poseidon Adventure...but they made it!

NOTE TO SELF: no yachts in Columbia.

End scene.


BACKSTORY. Breakfast the next morning.

Tinsley- not being at all scared during the traumatic event of the boat ride from hell. Meanwhile Carole who has reported in war zones says the boat was the scariest of them all. I put my money on Carole.

Post Traumatic Diarrhea or Paella? I love the Bravo editors for confirming it was probable the Paella.

Now, BRAVE is a woman who wears a white jumpsuit with Post Traumatic Diarrhea; you're a hero Luann.

The diarrhea smears on the floor sum this trip and episode up perfectly, a SHITSHOW.


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The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 13 Episode 3

Look, after riding the HIGH and volatile seas with the ladies from New York, Orange County feels forced and like the storyline is thin; but here goes...


BACKSTORY: Vicky set up her friend Kelly's ex with her other friend and didn't tell Kelly. Also went on double dates with the new couple. They are fighting...see what I mean, thin.

Vicky - you're a bad friend. Make up with one friend (Tamra) only to slight another. You're 55ish, so you will likely never learn, and that's sad.

Kelly - your daughter is 12, don't involve her in adult business. The fact that she is the sole voice of reason in this scenario cause for concern.

New Wives- (so boring, can't be bothered to remember names) if motherhood and the challenges of it are your only storylines, you in trouble gurl.

Shannon- David is cancelled. Stop talking about him. Stop crying for him. STOP. He's a shithead, and you deserve better. Also, you're not fat, we only take notice because you keep. bringing. it. up.

Tamra- you look great and seem like a real fun time gal; it's a shame about the ankle.

And that was the episode. Ladies, get your shit together, because you're losing me.


Ah it feels good to step into my most basic self...until next week!

6 Ingredient Pesto To Add to Your Meal Plan

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I am a lover of sauce. It is my belief as a chef, foodie and woman of common sense that sauces are how we create dynamic, satisfying meals. But what I often see, that makes me go "hmmm" is people buying sauces that would be better homemade. 

And no, I'm not asking you to spend hours in the kitchen making sauces, instead I present to you a 6 ingredient pesto that will transform your meals!


  • 1 cup shelled raw pistachios, soaked 15 minutes and drained
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Salt + Pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and combine until smooth. Add water if needed. Et VOILA, a sauce that took you 6 minutes, with six ingredients.

You're Welcome ;)

Juice You Can Feel Proud To Drink

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I often say that my life is a series of beverages spread throughout the day; don’t believe me? Peep my Instagram.


I am happy to admit that I drink many of my calories. That said, my juice habits leave some room for improvement- mainly all the waste produced in the process of juicing.

Now, there are amazing brands like NudFud that use pulp in their AMAZING crackers and snack options and my new favourite LOOP Juice is taking it to another level.

Because did you know that your daily or weekly juice habit is leaving a negative carbon footprint? I KNOOOOOW, I was slightly oblivious too. But the facts are this, almost half of the worlds fruit and vegetables are wasted simply because they don’t meet aesthetic standards that grocery stores require. Not only is this rude but it’s wasteful. 

This is where LOOP Juice steps in and uses the discarded produce that doesn’t make it from farm to grocery, for whatever reason (shape, size, bumps, bruises); which means we can all feel good about the juice we drink.


But WAIT, there’s more!

There’s a reason why this juice is called LOOP, and it’s not because they closed the loop between farm and supermarket; this still begs the question, what about the pulp? 

In a GENIUS move, LOOP Juice repurposes the pulp from juice to make high fibre, nutrient dense, full of the good stuff doggy treats. I meeeean!

I love a beverage- like LOVE, but what makes me love this beverage THE MOST is that I can feel good about the whole process from start to finish.

LOOP deserves a cheer.

Sip Sip HOORAY!