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FLOWER POWER

FLOWER POWER

The use of flowers in teas and tisanes are not just to look pretty. They add new elements to the flavour profile of a brew and are often abundant in medicinal properties. Classic combinations are classic for many reasons.

 

FLOAT AWAY WITH FLORAL FIELDS                                                                                                    chamomile, rose, lavender

Chamomile flowers are best known for their ability to help calm an upset tummy and to help induce sleep but their properties span much further than that. Chamomile is also packed with all the great disease fighting antis (anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, antibacterial) which we all stand to benefit from.

Rose petal – Among its multitude of beneficial properties, are its antidepressant qualities -  very apt considering it is the flower of love. The scent of rose can uplift mood and create a feeling of wellbeing.

Lavender has long been used for reducing stress, to improve mood and to promote sleep. But again, its beauty doesn’t stop there. It’s also wonderful for calming digestive troubles.

Collectively these flowers become FLORAL FIELDS – allowing you to float away into a relaxed, happy and sleepy state with every sip. A great after dinner digestive to boot.

 

BLOSSOM INTO YOUR EMERALD BLOOM                                                                                            green tea, jasmine flowers

Green Tea  - As green tea is less processed than its popular cousin black tea, the wonderful properties are said to be more powerful. That is, higher in those glorious antioxidants and L-theanine (read below)

One of my favourite things about being a tea drinker is the effect it has on my mental and physical being. All tea coming from the camellia sinensis bush (black, green, white, yellow, oolong, pu-erh) contains the amino acid L-theanine which is said to be relaxing and stress reducing. The wonderful thing is that it works synergistically with the caffeine found in tea to create a relaxed alertness. The pro’s of a coffee buzz minus the jittery anxiety!

Jasmine flowers, like many of our wonderful botanicals are abundant in their beneficial properties. Like green tea they are also high in antioxidants and can contribute to reducing stress.

Our EMERALD BLOOM is a great 3pm slump or mid study session go to. Sail on through with a level headed focus.. plus a side of disease preventing antioxidants thank you!

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Mama chai xx

ICED CHAI RECIPE

ICED CHAI RECIPE

With warmer weather seeping slowly into our days, I find myself mixing it up and opting for chilled drinks over hot options. Chai is no exception here.

The ritual of warming your hands around a hot cuppa and cosying up on the couch, can be replaced with sweet cool sipping on an iced chai in your deck chair. Close your eyes and breathe in that heavenly new spring air and transport yourself to faraway beachy lands with dreamy island music, swaying gently in a hammock between palms….ahhh.. ok here’s what you need.

 Fresh chilled chai

ICED CHAI BABY – HOW TO BREW

 

INGREDIENTS

  • Fresh Chai
  • Honey (or sweetener of choice)
  • Soy milk (or milk of choice)
  • Ice cream
  • Ice
  • Chai sprinkles

METHOD

  1. 1 heaped tablespoon of fresh chai into a jug
  2. Cover with 80ml boiling water
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of honey (or choice of sweetener)
  4. Steep for 2 mins
  5. Top jug with 220ml of cold soy milk (or milk of choice)
  6. Prepare a tall glass with lots of ice and a scoop of ice cream*
  7. Strain chai into the glass
  8. Dust with chai sprinkles
  9. Sit back and chill the chai out!

*optional but you’d be a fool not to

 Much love,

Mama Chai xx

TOP 5 PLACES TO HEALTHY BRUNCH AT

TOP 5 PLACES TO HEALTHY BRUNCH AT

Is anyone else loving the emerging theme of healthy wholefoods/superfoods based café menus in Melbourne? It’s been happening over the last couple of years and is basically a marriage of 2 of my great loves - dining out and following a wholefoods based diet. One of my favourite ‘diet’ (for want of a better word) philosophies to live by is JERF - just eat real food! Simple. Here are some of my favourite places to JERF at.

 

HOLY BOWLY – HAMPTON

This beautiful light filled and airy space, lends itself so well to the cleaner side of eating styles. Holy Bowly’s menu is very accommodating with a mix or raw and cooked options and plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free dishes to cater for all our needs. Their menu rotates to mimic what’s fresh and in season. I’m pretty obsessed with their house made sprouted ‘holy bread’. You can swap it in with any of their savoury breaky dishes. Wholesome and satiating, you can just hear your body sing with every mouthful.

These guys don’t put a foot wrong with a Calmer Sutra Fresh chai either! My favourite way to drink it here is with the addition of golden turmeric for an extra health and flavour boost.

From acai and smoothie bowls, to cooked breakfast, to superfood packed buddha bowls, this menu covers a lot. They even have a small section of pantry essentials and grab and go meals and snacks. Their motto “Eat yourself happy” is one that I’m down with.

 

              Holy Bowly  Holy Bowly  Holy Bowly

                                                                                  

VEGIE BAR – FITZROY

A Melbourne institution – this has been a go to for me since first becoming a vegetarian back in the 90’s. The fact that I have been a regular customer for over 20 years is testament to the tight ship these guys run. Its home style comfort food, done healthy. Yep that’s my kinda food! I can never go past some old menu favourites like the Mexican burrito, the mostly greens and their big hearty burgers but am also really digging the specials that float through. This down to earth, bustling venue is always full – clearly, I’m not alone in my vegie bar love affair.

Oh and these guys are one of Calmer Sutras original chai customers. 15 years strong – Their loyalty rocks!

 

Vegie Bar

                                                                                  

SURFCOAST WHOLEFOODS - TORQUAY

This one is on my to do list. It’s a wholefoods store and café with a menu that changes with the seasons and uses organic ingredients only. These guys are big on community, so much so, that I haven’t even been there but I feel like I’m a part of it. I’ve been eyeing of dishes on Instagram such as the paleo big brekkie, the buckwheat pancakes and the acai bowl just to name a few.

There always seems to be interesting in store events flowing through, from fermentation workshops to movie screenings to kirtan chanting sessions.

So next time you’re hitting the coast, add Surfcoast wholefoods to the agenda!

 

                          Surfcoast wholefoods   Surfcoast wholefoods

                                                                                   

URBAN PROJUICE ALBERT PARK 

This one I tried for the first time, purely for this blog on recommendation from one of my staff. It did not disappoint. I googled the menu and ‘poof’ I was out of my office and into my car on my way to do some ‘research’ (someone’s gotta do it?!)

The menu speaks my language and I couldn’t go past the sesame soba bowl. I love this whole ‘bowl’ movement which is gracing Melbourne menus (think Buddha bowl or Macro bowl).  Basically, it tends to involve lots of small components which include proteins, vegetables and grains. You'll find plenty of fresh ingredients, big flavour hits and above all that satisfaction that your body is loving you for every mouthful. Urban Projuice supply our vegan (fructose free) chai on an impressive and extensive bevvy menu. I’ll be back repeatedly to work my way through this heavenly menu, make no mistake!

 Urban projuice

                                                                                  

COMBI COFFEE – ELWOOD

What started as a humble combi-come-coffee van gracing the festival scene has now blossomed into 2 cafés (Elwood & Byron Bay) with quite the cult following. The cafés have a Byron, beach shack kinda vibe that make you feel like you’re living the endless summer of 66.

This is your health-conscious smoothie & juice bar but with a whole lot more. An abundance of decadent raw treats, coffee which people queue up down the street for, amazing fresh chai, (wink wink) breaky bowls and a raw zucchini spaghetti to die for. These are just a few reasons to visit Combi. Peace.

 

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