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Blackberry-Lavender Nice Cream: An Herbal, Antioxidant-Packed, Bouquet In A Bowl

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Spring Has Sprung

April showers have brought on an abundance of promised May flowers! White tents are popped up in parking lots, brimming with leafy and flowering plants, bike paths and sidewalks are lined with the sweet scent of fresh blooms and treetops are aflutter with chirping birds and chasing squirrels. The farmer's market is in full swing and berries are ripe for the picking. 

The other night, the hubby and I were watching one of my favorite movies, It's Complicated, with Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin, and I swoon every time I lay eyes on the dreamy, California home, garden, and bakery that Streep's character gets to call life. At one point in the movie, she mentions a bowl of Lavender ice cream, and the idea stuck with me.

Lavender makes the world stand still.
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LAVENDER

NICE CREAM

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Lavender Love

Lavender is known for it's stress and anxiety-relieving properties and its sweet scent evokes a calm and relaxed state of mind. On top of that, lavender can be used to heal minor wounds and burns, reduce acne, restore skin complexion, alleviate headaches, and aid in a restful night's sleep. For more on lavender its benefits, check out this quick, 3-minute video on NutritionFacts.org!

I'm a lavender addict--from dried sprigs sprinkled throughout our home, to essential oils wafting from my bed sheets to a calming cup of tea and a good book at the end of a long day. While at Open Harvest, our local co-op, I wandered through the herbal and supplement aisle to explore, as I often do. To my delight, I stumbled upon a large glass container of organic, dried lavender flowers, typically used for brewing your own tea. It was a 90-degree day, and all of a sudden, the idea of creating my own version of Lavender Nice Cream didn't sound half bad!

My cart was already lined with the obligatory assortment of berries that dominate my breakfasts and snacks, so I thought I'd use my favorite-of-the-moment, blackberries, to create the perfectly purple bowl of dairy-free, fruitfully delicious, Blackberry-Lavender Nice Cream

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Blackberry-Lavender Nice Cream

Nothing says spring has sprung, like a cool, frozen treat combining two of the season's finest--fresh-picked blackberries and luscious lavender. This bouquet of flowers in a bowl will leave you feeling blissed out, for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert!

raw vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, herbal, antioxidant-packed deliciousness

serves: 2 // time: 5 min

 

ingredients:

  • 1-2 cups blackberries
  • 4-5 frozen, ripe, freckled bananas
  • 1-2 tablespoons dried lavender
  • 1.5 cups hot water

method:

  1. Place lavender into tea ball or sachet and place in tea cup. Pour hot water over top and allow tea to brew for 8-10 minutes.
  2. While tea is steeping, add frozen bananas and blackberries to high-speed blender. 
  3. Add anywhere from a splash to the entire cup of tea into the blender, depending on the thickness you prefer.
  4. Scoop or pour into bowl or glass and sprinkle with a dusting of lavender. Top with blackberries and other fruit of your choice and enjoy!

notes:

  • If you don't have dried lavender, simply substitute a lavender tea bag or a couple drops of food-grade, lavender essential oil.
  • You may also brew the lavender tea ahead of time and chill in the refrigerator.
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The Perfect Mother's Day Delight

Related Recipe:

Raw Vegan Blackberry Cheesecake (this recipe also tastes great with love + lavender added in!)

Spring is here, the berries are bright, the lavender is abloom, and most importantly--Mother's Day is around the corner! What better way to say I Love You to Mom, than with a sweet treat, made specially for her! Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there, and mom, I Love You! ;)

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Erin

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Invigorating + Detoxifying Lemon-Ginger Tonic

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BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!

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Since the hubs and I got home from a weekend in Colorado, we've both been fighting off the cold from H-E-double-hockey-sticks. On top of that, we just got hit with a blizzard and it's been ridiculously cold outside! Cold and a cold don't mix! Luckily, while we were in Denver, we stopped at our favorite coffee shop and I decided to forgo my usual green tea order for a Lemon-Ginger Tonic. It just sounded so enticing--like maybe it would give me superpowers! Tonic, tonic, tonic, the word kept echoing in my mind as we glided through the four-story Restoration Hardware in Cherry Creek. With every sip, my body became more invigorated and warmed to the core. I knew I had to figure out how to craft this digestive delight for myself at home!

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The Root of All Good

Ginger is the real star in this cold weather detox tonic, but if you want to really give it some oomph, I've provided a few other spice cabinet staples that you can throw into the mix! Think of ginger as the Beyonce, and the remaining ingredients as the rest of Destiny's Child. Bey can't be touched, she's in a league of her own, but we all know there are a handful of classic Destiny's Child songs from way back in the 90s that wouldn't have been possible without the combined sass of the whole group!

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What's In A Name?

ton·ic  ˈtänik/  noun

  1. a medicinal substance taken to give a feeling of vigor or well-being.

    synonyms:stimulantrestorativerefreshermedicine; More

    • something with an invigorating effect.

An herbal tonic is a preparation of carefully selected plants, or herbs, that are known to promote detoxification and invigorate and tone the body's systems. The best part is, there are no negative side effects!

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Ginger, Spice, & Everything Nice

Ginger root has been a staple ingredient in Indian and Chinese cuisine and a key component in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger has been used to aid in treating a variety of ailments, from the common cold to muscle soreness and joint pain. It's intense, spicy taste and floral aroma hints that this superfood is indeed potent and effective. Ginger is also a warming food that can help to elevate the body's core temperature, making it the perfect cold weather staple.

When lemon is added into the mix, you get a healthy dose of vitamin C, as well as antioxidants, and an alkaline boost that helps to cleanse and neutralize acid in the body.

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Just a Dash!

Like ginger, turmeric root has long been revered for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Underneath it's thin skin lies a vibrant orange colored flesh that has a distinct scent that you just don't quite get from the spice jar version. Turmeric stains almost everything it comes into contact with, including your fingers! Again, the strong scent and color lends to its potency.

Apple cider vinegar is a jack-of-all-trades kind of elixir. Made up of fermented apples, this cloudy liquid contains live and active cultures that can do wonders for your digestion and gut health. It can also be used to deep clean your hair, balance the pH of your skin, and the list goes on! (I'm thinking I may just have to do an entire separate blog post on this one!).

Cayenne adds a spicy kick to any drink or dish with just a dash--tongue twister! :P Turn up the heat, rev up your metabolism! Cayenne has also been said to boost your metabolism and curb cravings.

And last, but not least, the ultimate cold weather "cherry on top" has got to be cinnamon. This spice is yet another "warming" ingredient with a calming aroma. It is also effective at regulating blood sugar levels and boosting the metabolism. 

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Lemon Ginger Tonic

vegan, refined-sugar-free

Whether you're fighting a cold or just trying to warm up, this tonic is just what the doctor, err, plant-based health-nut ordered! Kick your pain relievers to the curb and enjoy a warm mug full of this restorative, invigorating, and anti-inflammatory delight that's sure to sooth your throat and warm your core. 

 

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ingredients

  • half lemon
  • 2 tsp ginger grated
    • or 1 ginger tea bag
  • 1.5 cups water

method

  1. Bring 1.5 cups of water to a boil in a pot on the stove and reduce the heat to a low simmer.
  2. Add grated ginger to a mesh tea ball and place in pot of water and cover. Alternatively, you can used a ginger tea bag if you don't have fresh ginger root. Let steep for 6-8 minutes.
  3. Remove lid and tea ball from pot and pour water into a mug. Add a squeeze of lemon, stir, and sip!

options

  • Add honey or maple syrup for a hint of sweetness
  • Add a splash of apple cider vinegar, a dash of cayenne, turmeric, or cinnamon--or all of the above for a serious tonic that's sure to clear you up! I'm an all or nothing kind of gal, and I think it tastes fantastic with a bit of everything included! 
  • If available, feel free to add fresh grated turmeric root to your tea ball along with the ginger!
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SUNDAY FUNDAY

Depending on when you're reading this post, I hope everyone has, or had a fantastic Super Bowl Sunday this weekend! I know I'll be watching--at least the commercials and the halftime show!  Make sure when you run to the grocery store to grab your party trays to stock up on ginger, spice, and everything nice so you can make yourself a warm mug of digestive delight Monday morning! Cheers!

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Erin 

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