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This delicious Blueberry Lemon Zest Coconut Milk Ice Cream just needs 3 ingredients! You’re going to love this easy to make no-churn ice cream recipe that can be ready to eat in less than 5 mins! This insanely creamy, fruity nice cream with a little bit of zing, is egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and totally vegan! Best of all, it is totally healthy and packed full of antioxidants, Vitamin C and folate for a healthy boost to your immune system!
Although you can purchase your blueberries either fresh or frozen, we love summertime in BC most because of the abundance of plump, juicy blueberries readily available. Whether you take the family for a day of highbush blueberry picking at your local farm, BC blueberries offer health benefits, versatility and awesome taste!
How to Buy & Store Fresh Blueberries
I love looking for those firm, plump deep blue coloured berries. We love snacking on them throughout the day! To keep your blueberries fresh, refrigerate them as soon as you get them home, in their original plastic packaging. I like to store them in a glass covered bowl container. Only rinse your berries just before you’re going to use them.
Pro Tip: Buy extra blueberries and freeze them so you can eat them throughout the year. To freeze your blueberries, wash them and make sure they’re dry and keep them in a reusable food storage silicone bag.
For store-bought frozen BC blueberries. Look for the “BC Grown” logo, and check the country of origin listed on the bag to make sure it says “Canada”!
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BLUEBERRIES
- Low in calories but high in nutrients – the most nutrient dense berries. One cup (148 gram) serving of blueberries contains 4 grams Fiber, 24% RDI Vitamin C, 36% RDI Vitamin K and 25% RDI of Maganese.
- Antioxidants – excellent source of antioxidants that protects your body from free radicals.
- Reduces Cholesterol – blueberries help reduce a predominant risk factor for heart disease by preventing oxidative damage to “bad” LDL cholesterol.
- Anti-Diabetes Effect – helps to improve insulin sensitivity and lowering blood sugar levels.
How To Make Blueberry Nice Cream
Making frozen desserts and ice cream at home is easy. All it takes is 3 ingredients and you can be enjoying fresh homemade blueberry no-churn ice cream in less than 5 minutes!
I like to use unsweetened Thai coconut milk, organic coconut sugar and frozen blueberries for a creamy and healthy Nice-cream dessert. I love that it is so simple yet so refreshing and guilt-free!
Add all the ingredients in the order above to your Vitamix blender (liquids first, then powder and frozen items last.)
Blend on high for 40 seconds and stirring occasionally with the tamper to keep pressing the ingredients towards the blade for a smooth, even blend.
Fold in lemon zest after the ice cream has finished blending. Serve immediately and enjoy!
‘Go Blue on South Granville’ Event
To launch the start of this year’s fresh blueberry season, the British Columbia Blueberry Council (BCBC) is teaming up with the South Granville Business Improvement Association (SGBIA) to celebrate all things blue – as in blueberries – for ‘Go Blue on South Granville’. This 10-day event will take place from July 18 to 28, 2019 along South Granville.
A number of South Granville’s restaurants will be featuring local blueberries in both savoury and sweet offerings, as well as beverages. In addition, the street (from 5th to 16th Ave) will be transformed with hues of blue as various retailers will be celebrating blueberries in their own ways – with special promotions, sales, events, and decorations.
@bcblueberries #GoBlueSouthGran #instanomssPrint
This delicious Blueberry Lemon Zest Coconut Milk Ice Cream just needs 3 ingredients! You’re going to love this easy to make, no churn ice cream recipe that can be ready to eat in less than 5 mins! This insanely creamy, fruity nice cream with a little bit of zing, is egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and totally vegan! Best of all, it is absolutely healthy and packed full of antioxidants, Vitamin C and folate for a healthy boost to your immune system!
- Add ingredients (Thai coconut milk, organic coconut sugar and frozen blueberries) in the order above to your Vitamix blender. Liquids first, then powder and frozen items.
- Blend on high for 40 seconds and stirring occasionally with the tamper to keep pressing the ingredients towards the blade for a smooth, even blend.
- Fold in lemon zest after the ice cream has finished blending.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
- How to freeze blueberries: To freeze your blueberries, make sure they’re dry and keep them in their original plastic clamshell, or put them in re-sealable plastic bags or containers.
- Store in the freezer for up to 1 week.
- If you prefer a harder consistency, set in the freezer for 30 mins before immediate serving.
- Don’t overdo it: Blending for more than a minute will cause the mixture to start melting.
- The ideal ratio for frozen desserts is approximately 1 cup of frozen fruits to 1/4 cup of liquid.
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TurF Vancouver is a fitness studio, restaurant & cafe and shop in the Kitsilano neighbourhood on West 4th. I love the healthy choices and wholesome food that makes you feel alive – no refined sugar, non-processed. Just a lot of organic ingredients, mostly plants and cared-for, happy animal proteins from sustainable local farmers and businesses. I love the variety of plant-based bowls, salads, toasts, smoothies and beverages. There is even a rotating wine list, taps from lowel breweries.
New to their Spring menu is a few delicious dishes that will fill you up without all the bloating!
The Green Thing Smoothie 9: Vegan and Gluten Free – a whole lot of parsley, kale, green apple, banana, almond milk, coconut water, hemp and sea salt! It is thick and not very watery. I love that it is packed full of healthy nutrients!
Grilled Veg & Hummus Toast 10: Vegan – garlic and herb hummus topped with grilled Mediterranean vegetables and drizzles of balsamic glaze and basil oil. Served warm. The toast is loaded with hearty vegs that you will need to eat with your fork and knife.
Khatsahlano Salad 12: Vegan and Gluten Free – local hippies rejoice over this salad filled with shredded beets, carrots, jicama, and alfafa sprouts served with fresh seasonal green, superseed mix and miso poppy dressing. Topped with avocado! This salad definitely makes for a great cleanse and I love all the different textures and variety of greens!
Hot Meeze Bowl 10: Vegan and Gluten Free – for when you falafel—kale tabbouleh topped with warm chickpea falafels, grilled eggplant, artichoke and lemon tahini dressing.
Granola Bowl 10: Vegan and Gluten Free – This was one of my favourite items on the menu surprisingly. I love the house-made granola served with seasonal compote, chia pudding, almond butter, coconut yogurt, toasted coconut and seeds. The sweetness paired with tart seasonal fruits is a great contrast and the chia pudding is delicious! I can eat this not just for mornings but whenever.
Charcoal Latte 5: black tea and spices for a great detox warm beverage.
I highly recommend TurF if you are ever in the mood for some healthy eats! Don’t forget to sign up for their workout classes like cardio boot camp, pilates, strength, boxing, yoga, etc! Some of my favourite instructors are there and a 2-week intro rate of $50 (for more info HERE). And if you sign up for a TurF membership you get unlimited classes plus 15% off the Bistro Cafe and shop!
I’d like to hear what your favourite item is from TurF. If you’re there, don’t forget to tag me on all your Instagram pix #instanomss!
TurF – Fitness Studio, Restaurant & Cafe, Shop
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian, Healthy Smoothies
Mon 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tue 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wed 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thu 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
2041 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1N3
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Autostrada Osteria is a casual osterie on Main Street, Vancouver between East 32nd and 33rd. The Co-Owner and Head Chef come from La Quercia, founder of La Pentola and co-owner of Cinara. The menu focuses on quality ingredients, fresh handmade pasta and few regional wines. The 30 seater room is tiny and you will often feel like you are “sharing” a table with the people to the left and right of you. I recommend making a reservation and requesting for the booth seat by the aisle.
The name “Autostrada” – is an expressway in Italy.
I came here with my University BFF to celebrate my birthday. To start, the creamiest and fluffiest burrata from Italy (MP) and house-baked daily Focaccia 6.
Caesar 13: To add a bit of green to our carbo-loaded evening, we opt for a Caesar salad with anchovies. Heavy on the salt.
Strozzapreti 21: duck and anchovy ragu.
Garganelli Con Salsiccia 22: Fennel sausage, peas and pecorino.
There is nothing more indulgent and comforting than fresh pasta over wine and good company! The portions are perfect without leaving you feeling stuffed and bloated.
Next time, order the classic cacio e pepe, consisting of Pecorino, black pepper and butter. You’re welcome!
Cuisine: Italian, Pasta
Mon 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tue 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wed 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
4811 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3R9
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The long Whistler winter is drawing to a close, and the long sunny days of summer are now just weeks away. While Canada’s popular ski resort might not be the first destination that comes to mind when planning a summer getaway, the months of June, July and August now attract an equal number of visitors as their winter equivalents.
While the winter months offer snow sports and apres-ski, summer travel in Whistler promises an altogether more laid-back feel. While outdoor thrills and stress-busting activities can still be found in abundance, Whistler’s legendary mountain spas draw visitors from all around to enjoy a relaxing summer BC-style.
Here’s our guide to the best spas and top activities to inspire!
WHISTLER SPA RETREATS
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort tops the list when it comes to Whistler spa retreats, having been named the #1 hotel spa in Canada at the Travel and Leisure’s “World Best Awards”. You won’t find a more quintessentially Canadian signature treatment! Consisting of a maple syrup and brown sugar scrub, followed by a clay body wrap and finished up with an Argan oil hair treatment, this is a treatment not to be missed! The spa is family-friendly too, so if you’re travelling with kids check out the kiddo specific manicures and gentle facials. There’s also a comprehensive offering of sports massages, custom facials and nail-care services designed for the active man.
The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge
The Nita Lake Lodge boasts arguably one of the most desirable locations in all of Whistler, and the lakeside spa is the perfect place to relax and recharge. While the rooftop hot tubs offer incredible views, visit the eucalyptus steam room for a truly revitalizing experience. The ultimate HydraFacial experience comes highly recommended. The treatment uses LED light therapy with anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing benefits. Nita Lake is ranked as the number one place to get your relaxation on according to TripAdvisor, and the impressive dining options on site are ideal for grabbing a healthy bite or a more indulgent meal.
Vida Spa at The Fairmont
The Vida Spa boasts an impressive service menu with everything from massage treatments to body wraps on offer. Many of Vida’s treatments are based on the principles of Ayurveda, a 5,000-year old system of holistic Indian medicine. According to Ayurveda, the key to a long and healthy life is achieving a balance between body, mind and spirit. Vida has created its own all natural signature ayurvedic line that is made locally, using treatment ingredients including eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender and sandalwood, so you can even take a few products home with you. The de-stress treatments are most definitely worth checking out, comprising a tension target massage, foot therapy and express massage.
If an outdoor spa that operates a “quiet policy” sounds like your kind of thing, make a beeline for the Scandinave Spa. The spa is located on the edge of Lost Lake and Spruce Grove, and the rustic wooden setting includes an array of massage rooms and saunas, as well as an extensive hydrotherapy offering. Journey through three stages starting with the hot installations made up of eucalyptus steam baths, wood burning sauna and Finnish sauna. Move to the cold installations including Nordic waterfalls and showers, before finishing up in the relaxation areas made up of solariums, outdoor fireplaces and yoga studio.
WANDERLUST 2019 (Aug 1-4th 2019)
Whistler’s most laid-back festival returns this summer, and once again the emphasis for Wanderlust 2019 is all about wellness. The event brings together instructors, speakers and influential figures from around the world to celebrate yoga, meditation, and the outdoors. Top musical acts and DJs provide the soundtrack, while top chefs serve up healthy and delicious culinary treats.
Yoga: If you can’t make it to the Wanderlust festival, don’t worry. Yoga is popular in Whistler at any time of year, and there are plenty of places to get your yoga on. Heli-yoga is popular in these parts too. Take a short helicopter ride to a secluded area of Whistler backcountry and enjoy a practice like no other.
Axe Throwing: Break from the norm and relieve your frustration lumberjack-style, trying your hand at the rapidly-growing sport of axe throwing. This popular Canadian pastime is kind of like darts but with axes, and Forged Axe Throwing is one of the original urban throwing venues. Lumberjills are just as welcome, and the venue has been in the press for its work on engaging and encouraging more women to try their hand at this fun activity. Trust us, there’s nothing more satisfying than sinking a bullseye!
Hiking: A walk in the wilderness is a sure-fire way to relieve stress and see the stunning scenery that British Columbia is renowned for. Hiking in Whistler is a summer essential and the best way to enjoy it is with a guided hike. An experienced guide will not only share their local knowledge but also keep you safe.
Biking: Biking is another hugely popular summer activity in Whistler and there are over 200 trails ready to explore. Hire a bike from a number of places in Whistler village and get your cardio fix while taking it all in.
Fishing: Whether you’re an experienced angler or are yet to pick up a rod, fishing in Whistler is one of the best ways to let off steam. Choose between wading along the shoreline or casting from a boat, enjoying the peace and serenity of Whistler’s lakes and rivers.
Have you booked your hotel in Whistler yet?
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