Strawberry Lemonade! (with Goji Berry Hibiscus Tonic)

Happy Summer!!!

Well…it is official!  Summer 2017 has arrived!

So important to stay hydrated in the summer sun and heat.  We posted a super simple way to jazz up your water with lemon and lavender!   We added a little mint in there too but you can add whatever herbs and fruits you enjoy to make getting that water in a little more flavourful!

Val was experimenting with some other ways to get the hydration you need with some great flavours and fruits and flowers to give you some extra boost!

Who doesn’t like a good lemonade in the summer?!

How about….

Strawberry Lemonade with Goji Berry-Hibiscus Tonic


For the Tonic:

  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1/2 cup Goji berries
  • 1/4 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 2 tsp rose water (optional)
  • Raw honey


  • 4 cups frozen strawberries
  • Juice and rind of two lemons



  1. Bring the water to a boil. Place goji berries and hibiscus flowers in a 4 cup glass bowl, add 4 cups of boiling water to cover and set aside to steep for an hour.
  2. Strain the mixture and reserve the solids for a second batch. You can reserve the plump goji berries and add them to smoothies or yogurt.
  3. Stir in the raw honey to taste @ 1 tbsp and the rose water if using.
  4. Add the tonic to a high speed blender along with the strawberries, lemon rind and juice. Puree on high until smooth, @ 60 seconds.
  5. Enjoy immediately or cover and store in the fridge for up to 2 days.






Pink Passion Slushie

It’s Valentine’s Day!!! 

How about a Pink Passion Slushie to share with your sweetie?

Not only does this slushie taste yummy…it is chock a block full of awesomeness!



  • 3 cups ice
  • 2 cups brewed hibiscus tea (2 tea bags/2 cups water), cooled or ideally chilled
  • 1 cup pink grapefruit, peeled and chopped (seeds removed)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 tsp Camu Camu powder
  • 1 tbsp agave, honey or maple syrup to taste
  • *Additional antioxidant boosters: 1/2 tsp Amla powder (Indian Gooseberry)
  • 1/2 tsp pomegranate powder



  1. Brew the hibiscus tea and let steep for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely before using.
  1. Place 3 cups ice in a high speed blender, add the hibiscus tea, pomegranate juice, grapefruit, strawberries ,Camu Camu powder and chosen sweetener. Blend on high until smooth.
  2. Get two straws and share with your special someone…or…drink it all yourself!!

So not only is this yummy and full of deliciousness, this smoothis has some amazing fruits that are sooooo good for you!

Camu Camu is a cherry like fruit from the Amazon Rainforest of Peru which has the highest known source of vitamin C. In 100 grams of fresh fruit, vitamin C content ranges from 1880-2300 mg depending on ripeness.

Vitamin C is incredibly important for immune function, mood regulation, energy and collagen production to name a few. Vitamin C is naturally sour tasting, so blend the powder into your smoothies, raspberry vinaigrettes or add to your energy bars.  You can purchase Camu Camu from health food stores, specialty boutiques and online.

Amla, also known as Indian Gooseberry, is a fruit from a deciduous tree native to India. It is considered sacred due to its very high antioxidant, vitamin and mineral content. This cooling herb is a staple in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Amla fruit is sour tasting due to its high vitamin C and antioxidant content. Its traditionally used to promote longevity, enhance digestion, strengthen the heart to name a few. In India the fruit is eaten raw, pickled or cooked into various dishes, including savoury & sweet. Amla powder is also used to prepare inks, shampoos, and hair oils. The wood from the trees are used to line water wells to provide clean and sweet tasting water for drinking and cooking.

Add Amla powder to your drinking water, smoothies, juices and salad dressings. You can purchase Amla, at health food stores, Indian grocers and online. A good rule of thumb is use 1 tbsp Amla to 8 ounces of liquid.

We hope you all have an amazing Valentine’s Day!!!