Top Reasons to Cleanse

Juice cleansing is more popular now than ever and there’s good reason for this.  Dietary theories come and go but juicing for health purposes has been around for thousands of years.  Some of the first evidence of juicing comes from 150 BC where produce was pounded and mashed to extract small amounts of juice for healing purposes (and of course it was all organic back then). Juicing is not a new ‘fad’ or ‘hip’ theory.  It is simply an efficient and powerful way to deliver concentrated nutrition into your system.

A juice cleanse is a period of time, usually 1, 2 or 3 days, where you consume only fresh, raw plant foods in the form of juice.   Cold-pressed juice is considered the highest quality juice because of the slow compression process. I’m sure that 2000 years ago it may have been an even slower process of smashing and mashing.  Most home juicers are very efficient but considered sub-par to cold-pressed as far as the nutritional benefits.  If you choose to juice at home be sure to consume your juice within one hour because centrifugal and mastication-type juicers heat the nectar mildly which compromises the cellular structure of the enzymes within the juice. When home juicing becomes a hassle, pick your juice up from a 100% organic, cold-pressed juice bar.  

A Message from Mother Nature

PLEASE only use 100% organic and raw produce for your juice cleanses.  When you juice non-organic produce you are putting concentrated chemicals into your beautiful body.  Yuck! This is exactly the toxins you are trying to flush out.

So, why a juice cleanse?  Our top reasons: 

1. Your Body Needs a Break
The digestion of food takes up more energy than you may think.  Consuming only organic, cold-pressed juice gives your digestive system an opportunity to rest from the work you put it through daily.  This gives your body more energy for healing, eliminating toxins and restoring cells.  You are setting your system up to recharge itself.

2. Pump It Up
Your immunity that is.  Now that the obstacles of digestion are gone the powerful nutrition from vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidants are efficiently absorbed into your cells.  According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman author of The Super Immunity Diet, “Juicing can help with headaches, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease, colitis, lupis, autoimmune disease (like arthritis, digestive problems and skin conditions) and help unleash the natural healing power of the body”.  Pump up your immunity and take your health into your own hands.

3. Let It Go
Juice cleansing will help rid your body of heavy metals and toxins.  ‘When you eliminate toxins from your system, your entire body feels better and reacts both internally and externally’, says New York-based registered dietitian, Stephanie Middleberg.  Even if you eat impeccably you still absorb toxins from the air, skin products, cleaning products, fabrics, plastics, etc. Flooding your cells with organic nutrition will move these from your body leaving it detoxified and restored

4. Settle Down
One of the best things about juice cleansing is the oxygenation from chlorophyll which improves circulation and therefore helps settle down inflammation. Inflammation can present as physical pain but it will often be silent within your cells and lead to a multitude of health problems.  Inflammation, which is damage to your cells and arterial walls, can be caused by physical injury, poor dietary habits, sedentary lifestyle, pollutants, infections and/or toxin build-up. A juice cleanse is a great way to start healing your body of inflammation and send you on the road to recovery.

5. Somebody Stop Me!
Yahoo!!! Probably the most common reason people choose to cleanse is more physical ENERGY!!! Juicing is all about efficiency. Nutrients are efficiently delivered to your cells supporting your metabolism and increasing your physical stamina. Juice cleansing will also keep you properly hydrated.  Without food slowing you down and with juice adding nutrient-based hydration, your energy level will get a big, bold, boost

6. I Can See Clearly Now   
Often people don’t know they are mentally foggy until they have mental clarity.  The feeling of crystal clear thought and the ability solve problems in a calm, centered manner without distraction is very common feedback. Because you are absorbing high levels of nutrition, your system is stimulated and oxygenated and this leads to calm energy, improved focus and the ability to relax without feeling sluggish.

7. Lighten Up
Juice cleansing is a great way to jumpstart a healthy eating regime with a weight loss goal in mind or if you just want to feel lighter. Negative cravings are often eased and the desire to eat healthy food is increased.  Joe Cross, creator of “Sick Fat & Nearly Dead” and author of “Juice It, To Lose It: Lose Weight & Feel Great” lost over 100 pounds, went off several medications and healed a rare autoimmune disease. His life changed dramatically and he is now a wellness advocate who shares his message about the powerful benefits of juice cleansing to the masses.  Joe’s story is not unique. 

8. A Happy, Juicy Life
Drinking healthy, raw juice helps regulate and balance blood sugar and as a result, elevates mood.  You may experience euphoric feelings and deep contentment that helps in every area of your life. Clair Georgiou, Naturopath, B.HSc ND explains, “My juicing clients actually experience greater contentment and happiness…reducing moodiness and energy crashes”.  Need to turn that frown upside down?  Add a few juices to your day or try a 1, 2 or 3-day juice cleanse. 

9. The Simple Truth
So we now know there are many reasons to cleanse with juice.  A few more not mentioned thus far include better skin, better elimination, improved sleep, higher libido and the list goes on.  The simple truth is, juicing makes you healthier and adds quality to your life.  Boom! 

My advice…don’t believe everything you read, try it for yourself.  Take your health to the next level and see how your body responds to an organic juice cleanse. 

Note: Before starting any cleanse, make sure to consult your physician, especially if you have a medical condition like diabetes. Also, don’t participate if you’re pregnant or nursing. Juice cleanses are also not a substitute for medical diagnoses or treatment.

Questions, comments, concerns, queries, conundrums?  Don’t hesitate to ask. 

Yours in health,

Kathi Ells
JUSU Holistic Nutritionist


Make your own almond mylk

Make Your Own Almond Milk

The amazing weather had us feeling extra fresh this week & we wanted to bring that freshness to your fridge! Next time you are at the grocery store instead of reaching for your standard supply of almond milk pick up a bag of fresh almonds to make your own. 

Making something yourself is the best way to know what you're putting in your body. Often times so many things are added to store bought almond milks. Trust us, you will be able to taste the difference after you make your own and never go back!

Almond milk is the perfect substitute for milk. It's a great source of healthy fats, which can contribute to everything from mood balance to good skin and stronger immune systems. Not to mention almonds are high in Vitamin D and antioxidants, something we can all use more of, especially in North America. 

Here is what you need: 

- 1.5 cups almonds (soaked overnight)
- 4 cups filtered water


- Drain and rinse the almonds
- Put in blender & add water
- Blend on high for about a minute or until very smooth
- Option to add vanilla in this stage if you want a sweeter milk!
(our nutritionist likes to keep it plain so it can be used in anything)
- Once blended, pour into nut mylk bag (AKA cheese cloth or sprouting bag) over a bowl  Squeeze until all the liquid is in the bowl
- Depending on the gradient of your bag, you may want to strain it after
- Put it mason jar (or something that seals) and store in fridge for up to 1 week!


Variations to traditional almond milk: 

Maca Vanilla Almond Mylk:

2 cups homemade almond mylk
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
1/2 tsp maca powder
maple syrup to taste (optional if you like sweet)

Blend until maca has dissolved.
Maca is an awesome antioxidant, to help keep your cells from rusting! Maca is an excellent energizer, mood stabilizer and libido enhancer ;) perfect for Valentine's day!

Recipe & Instructions by Maggie Archibald
Photos by Shelby Stewart

Spring Swap - Yam Toast


This spring we want to help you make some easy lifestyle changes which have a big impact. Sometimes we get in the habit of buying the same things over and over, forget the importance of variety, and therefore miss out on nutrient diversity which is the key to a well-balanced diet. Bread is a staple in many people’s lives. Some of it is super nutrient dense while some of it is not. We love bread and absolutely don’t think cutting it out cold turkey is something that you should do (unless of course you always feel like garbage after eating it), however, maybe consider occasionally swapping your morning toast for a couple slices of fully loaded toasted yams/sweet potatoes and seeing how you feel. Yam toast is a fun and cost-effective way to ensure you are getting mega nutrients, and is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Why yams & sweet potatoes are awesome:


Okay, first of all, we need to clarify that yams and sweet potatoes are two different vegetables, though they look very similar! There are also different varieties of these two starchy veggies, however, all share a similar flavour profile that is starchy and slightly sweet making them perfect for your toast creations. We encourage you to mix it up and grab a few different varieties when you’re shopping - For this recipe we used a sweet potato and a yam.

Yams and sweet potatoes are very high in fibre and packed with nutrients. They are full of antioxidants, and vitamins C, A, B3, B5, B6, potassium, manganese, and copper.

Adding these starchy veggies into your life is sure to keep you glowing from the inside out!!

How to make yam toast:

  1. Cut your yam lengthwise into medium-thick slices.

  2. Toss the slices onto a baking sheet with a fat of your choice (coconut oil or ghee are best as they have a high smoke point).

  3. Roast the slices at 425F for approximately 40 minutes, flipping them once after the first 20.

  4. We suggest you make a bunch of slices and store them in the fridge for later. They are easy to throw in the toaster or frying pan for whenever heart desires.

  5. Add your toppings…. We teamed up with Mia Shettler (@the_wellth) and created some killer yam toast topper recipes to try!

Roasted Bananas + Walnut Lucuma Butter

What you will need:

1 Banana
Walnut Lucuma Butter (recipe here)
1 Tbsp Bee Pollen
Sea Salt

What to do:

  1. Slice your banana(S) length-wise and roast in the oven at 425F for 20 minutes, flipping once after 10 minutes. Throw them on the pan with your yams to be extra efficient!
  2. Spread a generous amount of nut butter on your freshly toasted yam slice(s) and top with the roasted bananas - We chose mash ours!
  3. Sprinkle with bee pollen and sea salt.

Crunchy Peanut Butter + Blueberry Chia Seed Jam

You will need:
1 Cup Blueberries
2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
2 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup

Crunchy Peanut Butter

What to do:

  1. Add berries to a small saucepan. Over medium-low heat, stir the berries until they start to breakdown. Stir frequently, approximately 5-7 min.
  2. Remove from heat & use a fork to mash the berry mixture until you achieve the desired texture.

  3. Stir in the fresh lemon juice & pure maple syrup.

  4. Add chia seeds & stir until well combined. Allow jam to thicken & transfer to a glass storage container or mason jar (you can store it in the fridge for 10-12 days).

  5. Spread a generous amount of peanut butter and freshly made jam on your toasted yam slice(s) and sprinkle with chia seeds.

Basic Roots Cashew Nut Cheese, Pea Shoots + Edible Flowers

What you will need

Basic Roots Cashew Nut Cheese
Pea Shoots
Edible Flowers
Sea Salt

What to do:

  1. Grab some Basic Roots cashew nut cheese - For our recipe, we used the pink peppercorn flavour! You can find Basic Roots products at Amaranth, and Community.

  2. Whip the nut cheese with a fork to get all the great spices sprinkled on top mixed in.

  3. Spread a generous amount on your freshly toasted yam slice(s).

  4. Top with pea shoots, edible flowers, and sea salt

Avo-Collagen Mash, Chilli Peppers + Cumin

We love avocado and we love collagen, so this was bound to happen….

You will need:

½ Avocado
1 Scoop Collagen Peptides
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1 Tsp Dried Chili Pepper Flakes
1 Tsp Cumin
Sea Salt

  1. Mash collagen, avocado, lemon juice and a pinch of sea salt together
  2. Spread a generous amount of the avo-collagen on your toasted yam slice(s)

  3. Sprinkle with the chilli pepper flakes

  4. There’s lots of protein in the collagen however, we recommend adding an egg to the top of the mash for an extra kick of protein, and even more healthy fats!

We hope these toppings inspire you to make your own creations!
- Jamie & Mia

Yam Recipe & Photography by Jamie Owen
Topping Recipes by Mia Shettler (@the_wellth)

Green is the new black

Want a healthy body?  Load up on your dark, leafy greens. In the world of nutrition, there are very few topics that most experts will agree on but this is one of them.  There are many ways to get more greens into your diet and no matter where you’re starting from, adding more greens is a good thing. 

It’s Not Easy Being Green – Kermit the Frog

Green veggies are more often than not either lacking or completely missing in our standard diets.   When you are addicted to sugar, salt or unhealthy fats you don’t crave healthy green foods.  Your taste buds send pleasure signals to your brain when the right combination of sugar, salt and fat are present.  The food industry spends millions on getting the perfect combination of toxic, carcinogenic substances so we not only want to eat more, to the point of overeating, but we crave it later.  These negative, false cravings are when unhealthy ‘food’ creates chemical reaction in your body so that your body needs it to feel ‘better’.  Your brain, the pleasure points and toxic physical reactions cause these cravings.  Your organs, blood, muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments & systems do not NEED added sugar, added salt or unhealthy fats…ever!  The only way to be at optimal health is to get to a point where your body naturally CRAVES healthy food, mostly plants. 

How do you get from junk-food-addicted to optimal health?  One leafy green at a time.  

The more you add, the more you crave.  Every few days add ½ cup more until you are consuming 4-6 cups. This amount may seem daunting at first but see “It’s SO Hard. Wah!!!” below and you’ll be surprised how easy it is and more importantly, how fantastic you feel.  You may also be surprised to feel your negative cravings dissipate.  It’s win, win all round.  Yay green!!!

By adding dark, leafy greens into your diet you are accomplishing a lot. 

Eating more greens:

·      will naturally cleanse your blood and respiratory system.
·      help alkalize your system which will neutralize acidity and create superior health.
·      filters out toxins, creating a healthier system.
·      helps with elimination because they are high in fiber and chlorophyll.
·      improves circulation.
·      improves your immune system.
·      keeps your bones healthy.
·      can prevent heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
·      will provide your body with vitamins, minerals (iron, calcium) and antioxidants.
·      assists in weight loss.
·      lowers cholesterol.
·      combats inflammation.
·      helps improve eye health.
·      will give you more physical energy!

Choose from the following list for the ultimate nutrient blast

Kale, collards, turnip greens, Swiss chard (in moderation), spinach, micro greens, sprouts, mustard greens, beet greens (in moderation), broccoli, rapini (broccoli rabe), arugula, romaine (red and green), parsley, cabbage, Bok choy, watercress, mint.

It’s also best to switch it up regularly and ALWAYS choose 100% ORGANIC.


“…people tend to pass you over ‘cause you’re not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water or stars in the sky” Kermit the Frog.


In all honesty, I get it.  It can be challenging if you have a busy life, travelling or eat out a lot.  Try some of the following ways to slide more greens into your life:


Smoothies & shakes are a great way to hide a LOT of powerful greens.  Try spinach, micro greens, arugula, kale, mint, sprouts or a combination. 

Or try my go-to favourite that has withheld the test of picky children and teenagers.

·      1 packed cup of spinach (I will often add more than one cup)
·      1 Cup frozen blueberries (or strawberries, raspberries or a combination of all)
·       ½ banana
·      ¾ cup almond or cashew milk (add more or less to appeal to your ideal consistency)
·      1 Medjool date
·      1 TBS each ground flax seeds, chia seeds & hemp hearts.
·      If you want to add, try a tablespoon of almond butter or your favourite protein powder. 

Blend and enjoy!

Salads & Salad Wraps

Salads, of course are a great way to get raw greens.  The most delicious salads include fresh, green herbs for extra flavour.  Try adding fresh mint, basil, cilantro, dill &/or parsley to your spinach, arugula, romaine, micro greens and/or sprout salad.  With a variety of flavourful herbs, you won’t need a thick, unhealthy, toxic dressing.  Try a little bit of olive oil and a sprinkle of Himalayan Sea Salt for a delicious, nutritious salad. Also, try using your greens (romaine, lettuce, cabbage) instead of a pita or tortilla shell wrap.  Load it with your favourite fillings and enjoy. 

Hot Bowls

Cooking a chilli, stir-fry, stew or jambalaya?  Try cutting up some leafy greens like kale, spinach, arugula, micro greens, sprouts, collards, turnip greens etc. and load your stew on top.  The heat from your creation will wilt your greens perfectly and add to the nutritional quality of your meal. 


Remember greens aren’t just for lunch and supper.  Add greens to your breakfast omelet or wrap or, live on the edge, and try a salad for your morning meal.  Start your day fully fueled with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for ultimate energy.

Pesto, Hummus, Sauces & Spreads

Throw in an handful of spinach the next time you make hummus, pesto or guacamole.  The taste won’t change but the colour will and so will the nutritional load.  High nutrition, little effort!

Juice It

Juicing leafy greens is an extremely efficient way to bombard your cells with nutrition.  The most nutritious way to drink juice is Cold Pressed.  If you don’t have access to a cold pressed juicer or a cold pressed juice bar in your area, then a home juicer is a close second.  Try juicing spinach and kale with vegetables with a higher water content like cucumber or celery.   Add some green herbs like mint or basil, lemon, ginger and a piece of apple for a little sweetness.  Try your own concoctions to suit your palate but remember to drink your greens!  ONLY juice 100% organic produce.  Juicing produce that is not organic is like drinking concentrated chemicals. Yuck!

“I am green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful! And I think it’s what I want to be.” Kermit the Frog. 

Feeling Green?

Take the two-week Green Challenge. Eat a minimum of 4 servings of leafy greens a day for two weeks and notice what happens to your energy, your mental clarity and your overall vitality.  I dare you! Please let me know how you feel. 

Greens are like fresh air… you will live longer if you consume them (daily). 

Leafy greens are simply the BEST food you can eat to improve your health.  Boom!

Questions, comments, concerns, queries, conundrums? Please don’t hesitate to ask.

Kathi Ells – Holistic Nutritionist
Inspiring health, energizing lives!


Charcoal Pancakes

Why you should make these:
The only thing better than pancakes are black pancakes. These are best enjoyed after a night of maybe one too many drinks. The Activated Charcoal is a very efficient detox, as it goes through the body and absorbs toxins and heavy metals.


1.5 cups Whole Wheat Flour
2.5 tsp Baking Powder
2 tbsp. Coconut Sugar
3.5 tbsp. Coconut Oil (Melted)
2 tsp Activated Charcoal
1 Cup Almond Milk (or other milk of your choice)
1 Flax Egg

How To Flax/Chia Egg:

1. Blend Flax/Chia Seeds in a blender
2. Combine 1 tbsp. Flax with 3 tbsp. Water
3. Place in fridge for about 15 minutes

These are great and can be substituted for a real egg!

For the love of Tumeric

Oh turmeric, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways (quite literally).

I have always prescribed turmeric to clients as an immune booster, a fantastic anti-inflammatory and a spice very high in anti-oxidants.  After digging deeper into this lovely little root (pun intended) I’m in awe of its power and capabilities. 

Most of you may know turmeric as a delicious spice found in South Asian and Middle Eastern dishes. Turmeric is also used to colour food, fabric and skin and has many medicinal benefits.  Belonging to the ginger family, turmeric has been popular in some countries dating as far back as 2,000 B.C.  To date, close to 10,000 clinical and medical studies have been conducted on the benefits of turmeric & specifically ‘curcumin’. Curcumin is the phytochemical in turmeric and is the most important medicinal compound found in this spice.

Experts say that Turmeric is one of the most effective nutritional supplements on the planet making it a super, super-food.  I have listed several proven health benefits & uses for turmeric below.  Some of them may surprise you.    


1.     Acne: prevents and improves (topically and ingested)   - Biofactors Journal

2.     Alzheimer’s Disease: prevents and improves Ringman et al.; Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology

3.     Anti-Aging: prevents and improves (topically and ingested) - BioMed Central & Current Pharmaceutical Design; Nirmala et al

4.     Anti-Depressant: prevents and improves - Scientific World Journal; Sanmukhani et al., 2013; Psychopharmaocolgy

5.     Anti-Inflammatory: prevents and improves (topically & ingested) - National Center for Biotechnology Information; Departments of Genetics and Complex Diseases and Nutrition

6.     Arthritis: prevents and improves (topically & ingested) - Chandran & Goel 2012; National Center for Biothechnology Information

7.     Balances Blood Sugar -  Molecular Nutrition & food Research

8.     Brain Function: improves -  Science Direct: Brain Research

9.     Cancer: Reduces growth of cancer cells (particularly skin, breast, colon, liver & prostate. American Assoc for Cancer Research & Medicinal Chemistry; Meht,K et al;  Aggarwal et al

10.  Reduces Cholesterol  -  Shubha et al.

11.  Diabetes: prevents and improves - Molecular Nutrition & Food Research

12.  Heart Disease: lowers risk, prevents - National Institute of Health

13.  Immunity: improves - Xiyuan Bai, Journal Respirology

14.  Memory: improves  - Public Library of Science; Biogerontology

15.  Mood: balances and enhances European Journal of Pharmacology

16.  Joint Pain: prevents and improves (topically & ingested) - Arthritis Foundation

17.  Joint Stiffness: prevents and improves (topically & ingested)Arthritis Foundation, National center for Biotechnology Information

18.  Scar Tissue: helps reduce (topically & ingested)  - Phan et al.

19.  Weight Loss Asai, Miyazawa

20.  Wounds: expedites healing (topically & ingested)  - Mani et al.

Turmeric is very versatile. It can be consumed in food or taken in capsule form. It can be made into a tea, a hot or cold milk, a syrup, a paste or a mask.


Turmeric Paste

Mix organic, powdered turmeric with warm water, coconut oil and/or shea butter. There are many variations of these recipes online. 

·      Skin irritations: apply to affected area.

·      Eczema, dermatitis, ring worm, scars, hemorrhoids: apply to affected area.

·      Teeth whitener:  either leave the paste on your teeth for 5 minutes (or longer) or brush with it for 2-3 minutes.  I assumed turmeric would stain your teeth…au contraire.

·      Dental pain: apply to affected area and leave on for 10 minutes.

·      Inflamed joints and joint pain: apply to affected area. Leave on for 15-20 minutes.

Turmeric Mask

Mix organic, powdered turmeric with ground oats & milk or yogurt. There are many variations of this recipe online.

·      Insect bites: Apply to affected area. Leave on for 15-20 minutes.

·      Vertigo: Apply to forehead and temples. Leave on for 15-20 minutes.

·      Anti-Aging: Apply to face and let it dry.  Once dry, leave it on for an additional 5 minutes. 

·      Scars: Apply to affected area. Leave on for 15-20 minutes. 

Turmeric Syrup

Mix organic, powdered turmeric with maple syrup or honey. 

·      Cough, sore throat, throat infections, laryngitis:  1 teaspoon. 

Turmeric Shot

Cold-pressed turmeric juice, orange juice, ginger juice, lemon juice & water.  Cold pressing is the best way to juice turmeric.  If you can’t make it yourself, pick a shot up from your local, organic juice bar.  Try the Turminator Shot at Jusu Bar for the ailments listed below.=

Turmeric Milk

Mix cold-pressed turmeric juice (or powdered) turmeric with milk (cow, almond or coconut milk), ground ginger, dash of pepper & honey.  Heat and mix. Enjoy warm or cold. If you don’t want to make your own pick a turmeric milk from your local, organic juice bar.  Try the Double Jointer Almond Mylk from Jusu Bar for the ailments listed below.

Turmeric Tea

Mix cold-pressed turmeric juice (or powdered turmeric) with ginger, honey, pepper and hot water. If you don’t want to make your own, pick a turmeric tea from your local, organic juice bar.  Try the Holy Sunrise hot elixir from Jusu Bar for the ailments listed below.

Additional Ailments:

All the ailments above (1-20)
Cough, sore throat, throat infections, laryngitis
Dental Pain
Inflamed joints, joint pain
Pain relief
Stomach ache


A word about Organic vs. Non-organic turmeric.

100% organic is always best.  Non-organic turmeric not only negates the ailment you may be trying to cure but it can actually worsen it.  In Canada and the U.S. most non-organic spice and herbs are irradiated (radiation) which destroys the nutrients & vitamins.  Pesticides used on non-organic turmeric can disturb the endocrine system which regulates several important functions in your body by releasing hormones.  Pesticides have also been linked to headaches, nausea, fatigue, reproductive harm and even cancer, not to mention the negative impact it has on our environment

It’s a clear choice.  Always use organic turmeric!

Note: This information is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnoses or treatment. Be sure to always consult a medical professional before trying to self-diagnose or treat any ailment.

Questions, comments, concerns, queries, conundrums?  Don’t hesitate to ask!

Yours in health, 

Kathi Ells
JUSU Holistic Nutritionist






Why you should drink this:

Carob is an evergreen flowering shrub belonging to the pea family and can be found in heath food stores in the form of a powder or small chips. It is often used as a substitute for chocolate as it has a similar flavour and is naturally sweet! Unlike chocolate it contains no caffeine so it can be consumed morning or night. The tannins in carob contain gallic acid which is ananalgesic, anti-allergic, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral and antiseptic. Carob aids digestion, lowers blood cholesterol levels and helps keep your bones strong with it’s high levels of phosphorus and calcium.

Chaga is a type of mushroom that grows on birch trees and is quickly becoming recognised as one of the world’s superfood leaders. It has the highest level of antioxidants of any food which is important for counteracting free radical damage.It is also an excellent source for vitamin D, vitamin K, multiple B vitamins, and minerals like iron, calcium, copper and zinc. Its various other constituents include betulin and betulinic acid, responsible for much of its positive effects, as well as flavonoids, polysaccharides and other phytonutrients. Consuming chaga will help keep your immune system strong, keep your skin healthy, alleviate stress as well as aid liver function and cardiovascular health. You can find chaga at any heath food store.

Coconut Oil: 
Coconut oil is a particularly unique oil. It does not contain any omega 6’s and is rich in medium chain triglycerides (MCT’S) which are special short chain fatty acids that doesn’t require bile salts for digestion.They diffuse passively from the intestines into the blood and do not require modification before being used as energy for your cells. Because of this consuming the oil is said to help your body burn fat. In addition, it has manyantibiotic, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties and is high in copper iron and selenium which are minerals important for a fast metabolism!

Recipe by the lovely Jamie Owen, she is constantly mixing up healthy & delicious things so make sure you get around to following her on instagram. 
Photos by Shelby Stewart

Turmeric Tea Recipe

Our in-house nutritionist was in the kitchen whipping up some magic & came up with an amazing Turmeric Tea. This guy is anti-inflammatory, great for digestion, aids in a healthy metabolism and is an excellent immune booster. Basically it's a reset button for your system.

Here is what you  need:

3 cups boiling water
1-inch fresh ground ginger root
1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
pinch of cayenne - be careful, a tiny bit goes a long way
juice of 1 lemon
pinch of sea salt
2 tsp honey (or to taste)

Mix it all together & #drinkup

Recipe made with love from Maggie Archibald