4th of July Ideas: Blue and Red Refreshers

This post is coming up quite late, unfortunately. When trying to develop this recipe, I couldn’t think of an ingredient that when blended or seeped would form a blue liquid. Even blueberry juice is purple! Around this time, I stumbled onto a blue smoothie on Instagram and had to read every single thing in its description until I found what this magical blue ingredient was. I found it! Butterfly Pea Powder.

Whenever I mention this magical ingredient to anyone, their first reaction is, “why is it blue? Shouldn’t peas be green?” some wonder what butterflies have to do with it. Well, honestly, I do not know the answer to those questions although I do know that butterflies have absolutely nothing to do with butterfly peas neither does it have anything to do with pigeons as it’s other name just so happens to be, “Asian pigeonwings!”

Why did I refer to this ingredient as magical? Well, that’s because it is! Due to this one ingredient, believe it or not, this drink changes colour. Yes! it goes from a deep blue to a purplish-red colour. This is an effect you can use to wow your guest.

Without further ramblings about this ingredient, here is the recipe to your coloured drinks!

Bon Appétit!

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4th of July Ideas: Quinoa-Oat Chia Crackers with a Cashew Cream Cheese

Crackers and cream cheese. What a classic snack and party appetiser!

These are not your average crackers. They have added nutrients through the quinoa flour oats and the array of other ingredients used. They are refined sugar-free. However, they are so delicious!

The cream cheese was made from cashews. In general, I hate nuts. However, I still invested in developing this recipe and it turned out amazing. Those who love cashews and tried it said that they couldn’t tell it was cashew-based. This was not just because of its taste, but because of its creaminess too. This cashew cheese can go from a cracker spread to a bagel spread, dip and almost whatever you would normally use cream cheese for.

Nutrient-wise, this recipe contains vitamin A, thiamin (vitamin B-1), riboflavin (vitamin B-2), niacin (vitamin B-3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxamine (vitamin B-6), biotin (vitamin B-7), folate (vitamin B-9),  cobalamin (vitamin B-12), vitamin C, ergocalciferol (vitamin D-2), alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E), gamma-tocopherol, delta-tocopherol, vitamin K, choline, copper, calcium, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, magnesium, molybdenum, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, potassium, phytosterols, omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, zinc, iron and fibre. As usual, an elaboration of each nutrient can be found in the Nutrient Index.

Let’s get on to the recipe!

Bon Appétit!

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