Friday, July 29, 2016

Maple Syrup Ceylon Green Tea

Here we are again at tea time and today's choice: Maple Green Tea.

Canada True of Heart Industrues Ltd of Markham, Ontario, Canada presents a healthy and green tea combined with Ceylon green tea leaves and Canadian maple syrup in a tea bag. 

This caffeinated tea is full of antioxidants and has a delicious and refreshing taste. It is only 5 calories per serving and does not really require sweetening because of it's nice flavor. It's easy to make and voila, your cup is filled with more than just a warm beverage, but an experience.

At tea time, why not pair this healthy drink with a yummy and healthy meal like a salad? 

Something about a good cup of tea that just puts me in a different world. 

Disclaimer: I am not an employee of nor will I be compensated financially by Hearts Industries LTD, Canada True or any of its affiliates for writing my review of this product. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Red Velvet Cake in-a-Cup

When I was younger, summer nights were for tea. My parents used to call me the tea girl because I used to go in the house, make a kettle pot full of tea every night and make enough for the entire family and then serve it to them as if that was the only thing I was meant to do. 

Now, summer nights are for sweet treats. But how much sweets can a person actually have and stay healthy? I realized that I can't do it every night. And then while I was in what seems to be, the tea Capitol of the world, otherwise known as Montreal, I found a solution; something to satiate my sweet tooth and a tea. Red velvet cake tea!!!! 😍👍

It's made by DavidsTea. 

It comes in one of those see-through sachets that I really like. It has a nice taste and is only 5 calories. I love a tea that I do not have to add sweetener to, however, some people might think it needs sugar. For me, it's just right. But I'm used to drinking my tea and coffee without adding anything to it. 

So how do you make it?

Grab a tea kettle or pot, fill it up with water and bring the water to a boil. 

Remove one of the 12 caffeinated black tea sachets from the protective packaging around it and put it into your favorite cup. 

Pour boiled water into cup and let it steep for about a minute or so and then drink to your hearts desire. 

Just think! Guilt free red velvet cake in a cup that you don't have to shy away from having a second serving. Drinking this summer night tea, brings back so many memories. 

I can actually rejoice. Yeah! It's tea time. Almost like having your cake and eating it too . . . 

Disclaimer: I am not employed by DavidsTea and will not receive monetary compensation for writing a review of this product. 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Sunshine and BBQ and Water; Oh My!

I can’t help but celebrating with a long, loud ovation that this weekend, which is 4th of July weekend to be exact, is the unofficial barbecue weekend of the year. I’m experiencing tears of relief right now that I won’t have to slave in the kitchen to cook an elaborate meal because everybody and their mama is up in their backyards grilling.

I guess you can say this is the weekend to experience the healing energies of family and friends. Enjoying long conversations with them can do that. Flying expensive kites with a little cousin or nephew that you have not seen in a while might provide needed warmth inside as well.  So when you decide to heave around the yard, rapacious for that next ice, cold beer, remember that you are in the sun which is sipping the water from your body at a more surprising speed than you would think. Mix it up.

The first time you are at the cooler, dancing your way through the classic soul or Soca sounds to that can of beer or soda, let the next and every other beverage you grab, be a water so you can replenish what your body has lost. And while it is fresh in my mind, let me also say that fruit also has a great percentage of water in it which is excellent for the body. So while you are enjoying the burgers and crab meat salads under the sunny beams, add a slice of watermelon or some strawberries to your plate. Catching up on water for your body which needs eight glasses for health purposes is making a good decision that truly matters. 

Summer is definitely a season where we notice how much time is truly worth when we see family and friends we haven’t seen in perhaps, a year. Sometimes poor eyesight prevents us from noticing how many times we have flipped the calendar page without calling or texting important people in our lives. And then as you sink in the depths of summer’s warmth, you welcome it with gladness knowing of the reunions. You can’t deny surrendering a smile on summer days like that when you can share a drink with those you may only see once a year. But make sure to share water too.

I’ll tell you this though, even if you decide not to add it, there will be a moment when your body will demand it. Make sure to pay attention to those dehydrating signs. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Chocolate Sonnet in a Box

"To be or not to be" sweet and lovely? "That is the question."

Looking for the perfect gift for the chocolate lover?

Because I was a recipient of the most interesting box of chocolates, I can tell you that Deliso Confections chocolates melt in your mouth and have you craving for it. 

A friend of mine made his way to the chocolate shop located at 278 87th street in Brooklyn, NY and what a box of enjoyable treats he got for me as a gift; a gift that I not only enjoyed to the last morsel, but a gift that I think would be perfect for anytime; even to celebrate the life, times and writings of William Shakespeare. How ironic that it was like one of his sonnets in a delicious box?

From rum balls to bon bobs to truffles and more. I have yet to visit the shop but I am thankful my friend knew me enough to know what a foodie might like. A foodie's "perchance to dream!"

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

D is For National Deep Dish Pizza Day

April 5th has been marked as a day for food lovers all over the world to enjoy deep dish pizza.

It has actually been noted that pizza is one of the most consumed meals in the United States and isn’t it ironic that the first pizzeria to open in America in 1905 was Lombardi’s which was and is located on the corners of Spring and Mott Street in Manhattan. Today it is pretty convenient to find a pizza shop anywhere in New York, where you find a pizza shop on almost every other corner. However, it has been reported that the regions in the United States with the most pizzerias are Wyoming, Nebraska and Utah.

CNN tells pizza lovers and foodies to not confuse regular pizza day which is in February with deep-dish pizza day or what can also be noted as Chicago-style pizza day, “which is made with a buttery crust that can be two to three inches high” which is a key difference between regular pizza and the deep dish style.  

Many pizza shops today will also be offering their deep dish pizza at a discount in honor of Deep Dish Pizza Day like for instance, Lou Malnati’s in Alabama is offering free deep pan pizza from 12PM to 2PM. Find a pizzeria near you that may have discounts in honor of today’s foodie celebration or visit Time Magazine to discover ways to celebrate here: Ways to Celebrate Article

Pizza has two of my favorite ingredients on it: tomatoes and cheese. I am a true lover of anything with cheese on it and I think today more than ever would make a great day for deep dish pizza with fresh tomatoes and garlic. Yummy! How about you?

Happy National Deep Dish Pizza Day Everyone! 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

B is for Bathe Your Strawberries in Chocolate

Bathe your strawberries in chocolate and you are in for a delicious treat.

I think chocolate generally brings that smile factor to the plate, but add those anti-oxidant strawberries to the vitamin D source and voila, deliciousness and nutritiousness all in one serving meant to entice the pallet. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Vegan Go Veggie Cream Cheese and Tomato on Whole Wheat

Looking for a yummy but low-fat and healthy eat?

Try adding *Vegan Go Veggie Creamy Cheese Bliss to your meal.

If you are like me, a cheese lover, then you will enjoy this food option because it tastes like the real thing but what makes it better is that it is the healthy alternative.

It has 25% less saturated fat, no cholesterol, lactose or gluten and it's only 80 calories per serving. 

Add it as you would to your bagel or try this delicious breakfast sandwich.

Whole Wheat Toast with Chive & Garlic Cream Cheese Alternative and a Tomato


Whole wheat bread
Go Veggie Creamy a Cheese Bliss
Fresh or Can bell plum tomato


Take two slices of whole wheat bread and toast it. When toasted, spread the creamy smooth cream cheese alternative until both slices are completely covered. Add your tomato. And voila, you have a great, healthy start to your morning.

Try it today! 

Disclaimer: I received *this product free from the manufacturer in exchange for my review.