Peach Parfait

This peach parfait is very simple to put together and makes an excellent breakfast or snack option. I prefer to buy (or make) plain yogurt myself, rather than buying pre-sweetened options. Silk Unsweetened Cultured Coconut is my favourite in-store option, although I love how easy it is to make your own coconut & probiotic version. Flavour wise the jury was out, one of my daughters loved the taste of the homemade version, my other daughter preferred store bought. I would like to play around with the coconut and probiotics I am using, to see if that makes a difference as I would love to create something that works for everyone. Store bought options are fine, but it doesn't get any better than a recipe that contains all of two ingredients. Fermented foods are excellent for digestive health, and peaches contain a host of different benefits, including Vitamin C and Vitamin…

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Blueberry Scones

August is a lovely month to visit the farmer's market, there is an abundance of local produce on offer, including blueberries! These small blue powerhouses pack in a lot of flavour, are anti-inflammatory and contain high levels of antioxidants. One of the phytonutrients blueberries contains is resveratrol, which is found in high levels in grapes and has received a lot of coverage over the past few years in articles promoting the benefits of wine consumption. It appears that blueberries are beneficial for those of us who decide not to imbibe but still want to reap the benefits. The World's Healthiest Foods also points out that blueberries are low on the glycemic index and also contain fibre, a very good combination when it comes to regulating blood sugar levels. I'm a big fan of Dr. Michael Gregor and his NutritionFacts.org website. He has a page featuring a series of short and…

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Rose, Rhubarb and Strawberry Compote

This spring I find myself gravitating to all things rose. When it comes to baking and beverages, I use rosewater. As a word to the wise, it's very potent and I have found that a little bit goes a long way; I don't know about you, but I am not a fan of feeling like I am eating perfume! Rosewater is a lovely addition to homemade lemonade, if I am making a big pitcher I usually add about 1 tsp of rosewater or orange blossom water to jazz it up a bit. This compote makes excellent use of fresh spring produce, like rhubarb and strawberries, but you can mix the fruit around, to fit the season you are in. I haven't tried it yet, but I suspect a blueberry maple version of this recipe would be lovely, with orange blossom water, instead of rosewater. I found my rosewater in a…

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