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We would like to thank Cherilyn from All things Vegan sg  for allowing us to steal her wonderful sweet treat recipes to share will all our Nilufer Tea Blog readers!  Cherilyn is a vegan living in Singapore and is very passionate about veganism and would like to share the love with everyone ?
Check out her blog to learn more about the Vegan lifestyle and learn more about how Vegans in Singapore are doing it!
 

 Healthy and delicious Vegan Unicorn Cupcakes and Pancakes Recipes

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So lately I've been seeing so many unicorn cupcakes on social media and I decided to try making some hella cute cupcakes as well. Click on to view how to make these little unicorn ?  cupcakes!

Unicorn Cupcakes ?

Prep time: 1hour       Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
Ingredients:
Vanilla Sprinkled Cupcakes

Frosting

Decorations:
View Cupcake Jemma's video here.
Instructions:
For the cupcakes:
1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees celsius.
2. Add the apple cider vinegar to the non-dairy milk. leave it to curdle.
3. Add softened butter to a large mixing bowl and cream with a mixer. Add sugar and vanilla and beat until combined and fluffy.
4. Sift over the butter and sugar mixture alternating with the milk mixture. Blend until no lumps are present.
5. Add sprinkles and use a wooden spoon to carefully mix the sprinkles into the batter. OR use a spatula to fold it in.
6. Place the batter into 15 cupcake holders.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
For the frosting:
1. Cream the butter until creamy and light in colour.
2. Sift in the icing sugar and add in the vanilla extract.
3. Divide the batter into 4 separate bowls and add in food gel. ( each colour for each bowl )
4. Use a cling wrap and lay it out.
5. Place strips of the different coloured icing onto the cling wrap and roll it up.
Refer to cupcake Jemma's youtube video on unicorn cupcakes to learn how to do the icing and the decorations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW6nIhcNDbs
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WHOLEWHEAT BANANA PANCAKES

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This recipe for pancakes is absolutely amazing. They make the perfect breakfast if you are craving for something warm and sweet. It is simple and very yummy. It can be made really quickly so time isn't a problem at all! I personally love these pancakes as they are super easy to make and satisfies my taste buds. So here they are!
Remember, if you do make them, please tag me on Instagram@cherealkiller! I would love to see those delicious pancakes that you have made. I have a video posted on youtube here.
Prep time: 15 mins          Cooking time: 10 mins
Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. Warm 60ml of soya milk in the microwave or in a small pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Place the flax meal in a bowl, add the warmed milk, stir well, and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the apple cider vinegar into the remaining soya milk and set aside to thicken and curdle.
  4. In another small bowl, mash the banana with the brown sugar, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.
  5. Whisk in the flax mixture, curdled soya milk into the banana mixture and blend well.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the wholemeal flour, buckwheat flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir in the wet ingredients until just combined and fold in the nuts (optional). The mixture should have a thick consistency.
  7. Heat a frying pan or a cast iron griddle over medium-high heat until a drop of water sizzles and evaporates immediately.
  8. Lightly oil the griddle and drop scoops of batter to your liking. Cook until bubbles form on the surface of the pancakes. Carefully flip the pancakes and cook further for about 1.5 mins. Grease the pan a little between each batch to prevent sticking.
  9. Serve the pancakes with maple syrup and berries (optional)

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‘Detox’ seems to be the new health trend with various products claiming to help revitalize your skin while getting healthier in the process. Drinking organic herbal tea may not spring to mind when you hear the word detox but it is a safer and natural method of detoxing. For the busy office worker, herbal teas are an easy way to flush pollutants and free radicals without inconvenient side-effects.

 

Organic Chamomile Tea

 

 

This herbal tea packs several health benefits including the ability to detox the body. Chamomile tea contains antioxidants that helps your body naturally clear the gallbladder and your digestive tract. This makes chamomile tea one of the top detox teas due to its ability to ease bowel movement.

Its antioxidants strengthens the body to naturally detox your liver while guarding against colds or flus. Chamomile tea’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a natural way to detox so next time you’re waiting for your printer to finish, why not brew a tea bag in a cup of hot water?

Organic Red Tea

Red tea like rooibos tea help flush out toxins. This aids in detoxifying blood, the liver and gallbladder while revitalizing your skin.  Rooibos tea eases digestion, which can help towards giving your stomach a more toned appearance.

This red tea makes metabolism more efficient and improves blood circulation, which is key to providing your body with all the necessary antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Next time you feel an afternoon slump coming, stop yourself from reaching out to a sugary beverage and pop a red rooibos tea bag in a cup of steaming hot water to brew instead. This naturally sweet tea is sure to perk you up while boosting your health.

Organic Green Tea

The benefits of green tea are numerous but one of its key advantages is that it contains active ingredients that support your body’s natural ability to detox. This tea is packed with polyphenols that aid in your body’s natural detox system.

This antioxidant directly works on your liver, the body’s major detox organ, while fighting free radicals. Green tea is a natural way of flushing out toxins while protecting your body against free radicals!

Organic Herbal Tea: Natural detox

Instead of caving in to health fads which promote artificial ways to detox like pills, why not turn to a natural way to detox?

Instead of working against your body, herbal teas work with your body to help eliminate harmful substances efficiently- An impressive task considering the amount of toxins found in our urban environment!

When it comes to organic herbal tea, there’s more than meets the eye. Herbal teas pack a punch when it comes to health benefits. Here are some interesting facts about herbal teas that you may not have known about!

Rose Tea: Relief for Menstrual pain

The mention of roses conjures romantic images of flower bouquets or petal-strewn beds, but rose tea also helps alleviate menstrual cramps. This sweet tea improves blood circulation, which helps regulate menstruation and relieve any pain. Rose tea is recommended to be drunk before and during one’s period to ease any heavy blood flow and make your period more comfortable.

Treat yourself to a brew of rose tea when you anticipate that time of the month coming. The floral aroma and sweet palate of our rose paradise tea is sure to please your senses. What a better way to indulge than knowing you’re doing your health a favour as well!

Chamomile Tea: Secret to Silky locks

An organic herbal tea made out of dried chamomile flowers, this infusion can help revitalize dull, tired-looking hair. Chamomile tea can help strengthen your hair, giving it a glossier look. The anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile tea also help relieve any scalp irritation by eliminating dandruff.

If hair products and a hectic lifestyle have left your locks looking dry, pop a chamomile tea bag in a cup of hot water. The mild, clean taste of this brew is sure to cleanse your palette, making it easy to incorporate into your diet. This organic herbal tea is sure to improve not just your hair but your overall well-being!

Red Rooibos Tea: Natural Defense against disease

This organic herbal tea contains polyphenols that are antioxidants found in plants. Red rooibos tea contains almost 50% more polyphenols than green tea. Polyphenols help keep cancer at bay, keeps your heart healthy and acts as a natural defense against inflammation.

Red rooibos tea is mildly sweet, making it a tasty treat that boosts your immune system as well. Our ginger rooibos tea is paired with apple mint and ginger- A herbal infusion that is sure to please your taste buds. Next time you feel yourself coming down with a flu or a cold, pop a red rooibos tea bag in a cup of hot water to brew. This organic herbal tea is sure to boost your immune system!

Your morning routine sets the tone of the day- A rushed and stressful morning may leave you feeling like you spent the whole day running around. On the other hand, an early morning with ample time to get prepared ensures you feel collected enough to face the pressing needs of the day. Having a cup of organic herbal tea in your mornings is a great way to complement a your morning and increase your vitality for the day.

Organic Peppermint Tea

This tea is packed with amazing benefits that will do wonders for your health and beauty. Peppermint tea acts as an appetite suppressant, which will keep your early morning hunger pangs at bay. With the natural sweet taste of peppermint, this tea will definitely brighten up your morning and make it easier for you to eat healthy.

With anti-inflammatory properties, organic peppermint tea can help clear up your skin and calm any stomach pains. If you wake up feeling any nausea or queasiness, a cup of peppermint tea can relieve these symptoms. This herbal tea is a quick fix to any abdominal bloating or cramps, so if you experience any stomach discomfort, perhaps try a brew of organic peppermint tea.

Organic peppermint tea not only treats the symptoms of feeling ill, this herbal tea also boosts your immune systems and prevents you from falling sick in the first place!

Organic Chamomile Tea

While this calming herbal tea makes for a great bedtime brew, it can also be drunk in the morning. If you find yourself feeling anxious and stressed preparing for the day, try swapping your coffee for chamomile tea.

Made from flowers, this sedative tea can calm your frazzled nerves and ease digestion. By soothing the stomach, chamomile tea acts as a natural cure for any indigestion problems, nausea or abdominal pains. The clean, mild taste of this herbal tea is guaranteed to clear your mind so you can start the day feeling relaxed and in control.

Organic Green Tea

Packed with antioxidants, green tea is great to incorporate into your morning routine. Japanese green tea strengthens tissue cells in the body, which guards against symptoms of ageing. This tea helps cells protect against damage due to pollutants.

The antioxidants found in green tea also increases the body’s metabolism. More fat is used as fuel and this improves muscle endurance, making it easier to sustain long work days. With an urban hectic lifestyle, organic green tea is a great way to ensure we maintain our health and youthful skin.

Earl Grey Tea

A cup of earl grey tea is a quick way to perk up in the mornings. While the caffeine is lower than coffee, a cup of earl grey tea will power you through busy mornings. The caffeine in this tea will also relax your busy and put your mind at ease, ensuring you stay calm and collected during stressful days.

This black tea is flavoured with the oil from the rind of a bergamot orange and unlike coffee, it keeps your body hydrated. Earl grey’s high potassium levels maintains the level of body fluids.

Earl grey tea also contains anti-viral properties that guard against the common cold. The high amount of antioxidants will also help fight free radicals to ensure your skin stays glowing. A cup of this tea every morning will go a long way in boosting your immune system and revitalising your skin!

Organic Red Rooibos Tea

High in anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants, organic rooibos tea will help protect your cells from damage by free radicals and help ward off illnesses. Having a brew of red rooibos tea in the morning will go a long way in keeping healthy as the antioxidants present prevent wrinkles from forming and protects hair follicles from damage, keeping your locks shiny.

Red rooibos tea also increases production of a hormone called leptin that makes you feel fuller faster and boosts metabolism. This tea is great to incorporate into a weight loss regimen to boost metabolism.

Organic Herbal Tea: the perfect morning companion

With a wide array of brews to choose from, tea makes for a great morning companion. What’s a greater way to start the day than with a cup of tea, knowing you’re making the best choices for your health.

With the recent tea-drinking craze flooding social media, the numerous green tea benefits are definitely known to all. Regardless of whether your choice of pick-me-up is the robust earl grey tea or fragrant green tea, both offer immense health benefits. However, a daily boost isn’t just what tea is good for - these organic black tea bags, often thrown away, can help to power up our beauty routines. Beauty doesn’t have to be bought in a store; in fact, it’s right here in our kitchens! Read on for 5 Do-It-Yourself organic black tea bag beauty hacks that will amp up your beauty routine at no additional cost.

1. DIY Chamomile Tea Body Scrub

Chamomile tea - the powerhouse of all teas. It benefits us by lowering our risk of cancer, help us sleep better and improves our brain function. Here’s a creative way of using organic chamomile tea bags for squeaky clean skin.

Here’s how to whip this DIY Chamomile tea body scrub together:

  1. Empty the contents of 2 loose organic Chamomile tea bags and mix it with 1 cup of white sugar and ½ a cup of coconut oil.
  2. Stir everything thoroughly, or use a blender to mix it together in seconds.
  3. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate.

The benefits of Chamomile tea scrubs are as follows: dirt and impurities are removed from your skin, and also clears off any extra organic chamomile tea bags you might find lying around. Fully utilize the benefits of organic chamomile tea bags with this body scrub!

P.S: other flower teas can also be used.

2. Naturally lighten your hair

Instead of giving into pressure from your hairstylist, naturally lighten your mane with chamomile tea or organic red tea and organic black tea bags. Chamomile tea gives brunette hair a more golden glow with its natural yellow tones. Add two chamomile tea bags to a huge cup of boiling water, and let it cool. Then, pour the chamomile tea over freshly washed hair and let your mane soak it up overnight. Rinse the following morning and repeat 2-3 times. Feel free to do the same with organic red tea or organic black tea bags, such as earl grey tea, to add extra shine to dull hair. Earl grey tea has anti-dandruff properties as well and is great on its own as a hair mask.

3. DIY Organic peppermint tea mouthwash

Sipping on a cup of organic peppermint tea instantly freshens our breath, but it can also be converted to a antibacterial mouthwash to keep cavities at bay. Here’s how: brew a cup of organic peppermint tea and let it cool before adding a teaspoon of coconut oil and tea tree oil. Store in a jar and shake well before each use. This organic peppermint tea mouthwash leaves your breath minty fresh and eliminates dental plaque. Add this organic peppermint tea mouthwash to your daily routine for healthier teeth.

4. DIY Green tea and coconut oil facial moisturizer

This DIY moisturizer made from loose organic green tea and coconut oil is a godsend to your dry face and your bank account; no longer will you need to spend heaps of money on luxurious store-bought moisturizers. Loose organic green tea benefits our skin by soothing scars and rejuvenating skin, while coconut oil hydrates without clogging up your pores. Organic green tea bags can also be used for this DIY moisturizer.

Here’s how to reap the benefits of green tea with this moisturizer:

  1. Melt 1 cup of coconut oil in a double boiler and stir in 2 tablespoons of loose organic green tea leaves.
  2. Cover and simmer on low heat for 1 hour.
  3. Strain the loose organic green tea leaves from the oil, and let it cool until solid.
  4. Whip the mixture until it has a cream-like consistency and store in the refrigerator.

While all of us might have been familiar with green tea benefits, not many know of the numerous benefits of other herbal teas. With these 4 DIY organic herbal tea bags beauty hacks, you can fully reap the benefits of your teas without any additional cost! Simply rely on the many tea bags in your pantry to amp up your beauty routine. If you’re not sure where to buy tea leaves, such as organic red tea leaves, look to nilufertea to buy teas imported from Japan.

Written by: Shirley Tay
Shirley is a broke university student spending her summer holidays sipping on tea and watching Jennim videos.

Happy 4th Anniversary to Yoga Seeds !  

Nilufer is eager to share that we have our first collaboration with Yoga Seeds for their fourth anniversary this coming 16th July 2017 Sunday at Bishan Park!

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11.30am – 1.00pm
> Munch & Bunch - Complimentary, RSVP required

2pm to 3pm
> Heart Flow (For all levels) - $25 per person

4pm to 5.30pm
> Rhythm Flow (For intermediate or advanced levels) - $35

Venue
Yoga Seeds Green Room 1382 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1,
Bishan Park 2, Singapore 569931

Ticket
>RSVP at Eventbrite  Book from Here 

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Do you need any event sponsorship? Contact Nilüfer 🙂

 



" Yoga Seeds " -  Embrace Our Mother Nature

Yoga Seeds
is an established yoga studio in Singapore and around Asia that believes in bringing peace to both mind and body as well as bringing ourselves closer to nature. Yoga is becoming an increasingly popular activity to pick up because of its various health, physical and mental alike, and fitness benefits. As big fans of Karma Yoga, Yoga Seeds’ instructors are dedicated to being involved in charitable initiatives that allows them to give back to the community with utmost sincerity.

" Yoga Seeds loves being out close to nature and embraces the nurturing conditions that mother nature offers to help us reconnect with ourselves. "

Their vision and concept is very similar to Nilufer Tea so we decided to sponsor their big event !  Read > The Nilüfer Manifesto

Outdoor Yoga in Singapore

I especially love their outdoor yoga events like a yoga at Marina bay sands top floor, Sentosa Islands or even in Financial District ! Regardless of your yoga level or whether you are Singaporean or not, Yoga Seeds provides a very good opportunity to enjoy Yoga at beautiful outdoor environment in Singapore.

Goodie Bag with Nilufer Tea

To celebrate Yoga Seeds’ fourth anniversary, Nilufer will be setting up a tea tasting booth to allow guests a chance to have a taste of our aromatic organic tea and learn more about organic teas and sustainable farming on the whole. We are sponsoring this celebratory event alongside other sponsors which includes Cocomax (coconut water) and Blackmores (Supplement).

Remember to RSVP for this exciting lunch party as soon as possible and you will get a F R E E goodie bag that includes our incredible Nilufer tea.
We can’t wait to be able to meet everyone and share our love for smooth, healthy and organic tea that soothes the body and mind! Thank you Wendy, for showing Kristabelle and Leah around the Zen garden, and Yihan, for ensuring such a pleasant collaboration.


Do you need any event sponsorship? Contact Nilüfer !


Who is  Nilufer Tea?

As we keep our delicate herbs and flowers uncrushed, you can expect to taste and experience a unique blend of flavours that complement each other.

At Nilufer, we are involved in every step of the process, from recipe creation to the harvesting of our beautiful ingredients so you can expect to sip on only the finest quality of teas and enjoy the pleasing aesthetics of our packaging and served teas.

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