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Cool For The Summer


It’s mid-summer and if you’re lucky, you’ve probably experienced more than a few sticky hot days. Today I’m highlighting some truly cool, truly refreshing gift ideas to help get you through the last few weeks (eep!) – and gifting occasions. From weddings to weekend stays at a friend’s cottage to backyard BBQs to dining parties al fresco, any of these gifts would make a rockin’ addition.

Walter Craft Caesar Mix

Walter Craft Caesar Mix – $10.99 @ BYOB Toronto
You didn’t think I’d be skipping my All-Canadian focus this post did you? Nope! I’ve hit the payload with this hostess-gift appropriate gift idea that reinvents a Canadian classic cocktail with all-natural, high quality ingredients. Brewed right here in Canada, this tangy Caesar mix is just waiting for a dash of vodka. Plus it’s available in two ‘spice levels’ to suit your tastebuds.

Maple Leaf Cookie Cutter Boozy Watermelon Pops

Fox Run Maple Leaf Set – $10.49 @ Amazon.ca
Cookie cutters may not scream refreshing summer treat, but beauty (and creativity) is in the eye of the beholder. Case in point? Use these multi-sized cookie cutters to slice up watermelon, then soak it in booze and freeze it for a tangy, refreshing summer treat that’s truly a grown-up version of this summertime favourite. Want the recipe? Check it out on the blog Once Upon a Cutting Board.

DAVIDsTEA Iced Tea Sets

DAVIDsTEA Iced Tea Gift Sets – $20 each
I was never an iced tea person till I was at a dinner party where someone served up a watermelon variety of DAVIDsTEA. Consider me hooked from that point on. Not every tea is potent enough to be worthy of iced tea treatment, but DAVIDsTEAs are so flavourful and offer handy instructions so you can enjoy their teas hot (for a rainy day) or cold (for a hot one). These cute gift sets come with 12 single serving packages of scrumptious flavours like Pink Lemonade and Green Passionfruit, but as a heads up, there’s a bunch of stuff in general that’s on sale right now from their iced tea shop!

Cuisinart Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker

Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker – $239.97 @ Amazon.ca
The ultimate summer treat has to be ice cream – but instead of paying for pricey soft serve at the ice cream parlour, why not whip up some sweet treats at home? Whip up tangy sorbets and sweet soft ice creams in no time (well, apart from the standard 12+ hours of freezing time for the bowl) with this handy countertop device. Plus, it comes with three ‘add-ins’ compartments. Open the one you want and it’ll feed into the chute right into the ice cream!

Genuine Health Fermented Greek Yogurt Citrus Tart

Genuine Health Fermented Greek Yogurt Proteins+ – $36 for a tub
It’s easy to get carried away with sugary sweet treats and beverages during the summer – but given it’s also bathing suit season, it’s key to still make healthy choices in how you choose to satiate your thirst or appetite. One trick? Sneak some healthy protein into your favourite summer foods. Canadian brand Genuine Health’s Fermented Greek Yogurt Proteins+ is a relative newcomer on the market, but it’s got plenty of benefits you should consider. Fermentation is all the buzz right now because it’s easier to digest and promotes a healthy gut environment. It’s also easy to absorb – one serving of Fermented Greek Yogurt Proteins+ will net you 25 g of protein (an average diet looks for about 60-80 g of protein per day).

Looking for a refreshing, easy way to add more protein to your meals? Try this sweet, gluten-free Mediterranean Citrus Tart at your next backyard BBQ or gals’ gathering. It’s sure to stun – and everyone’s jaws will drop when you spill its secret healthy ingredient!

Crust
½ cup walnuts
½ cup shredded coconut
¾ cup medjool dates, pitted (approx. 11-12 whole dates)
2 tbsp ground flax seed
1 tbsp cacao nibs

Filling
2 scoops (1 serving) vanilla fermented Greek yogurt proteins+
1 can (400ml) full-fat coconut milk, chilled
1 lemon, juiced and rind grated
3 tangerines, juiced and rind grated
¼ tsp psyllium husk

Garnish: (optional)

Thinly sliced tangerines and lemons
Arrowroot powder

Directions:

In food processor add walnuts, coconut, pitted dates, flax seed and cocoa nibs. Pulse until crumble texture begins to form.

Place crust crumble in a medium sized 8” quiche/tart pan. Evenly spread the crumble, pressing down and up the sides to form an even crust. Tip: press ¼ up pan side and press vertically down along the individual grooves to create a sturdy edge.

Take full-fat coconut can out of refrigerator, scoop out the cream at the top of the can and place it into a blender. Squeeze juice of 1 lemon and 3 tangerines (mind the seeds!), grate the rind and pour into blender. Add fermented Greek yogurt proteins+ and of psyllium and blend well.

Pour filling mixture into crust and place into refrigerator for 1-2 hours to set. Take out and garnish with thinly sliced tangerines and or lemons.

Use arrowroot powder (fine white powder) for a sprinkled icing sugar look. If spread thinly, arrowroot powder will not affect taste, and is much lower calories. It is sustainably harvested and processed and is frequently used as a thickener.

Optional: Serve with a side of coconut whip cream! To make coconut whip cream add the chilled cream of 1 full fat coconut milk (scoop cream off top) add mixer or blender with 1 tbsp maple syrup and whip until stiff.

Fact: the yellow of the lemon peel and deep orange of the tangerine peel give the filling its pale golden hue, which in a traditional recipe comes for egg yolk. It adds the nutritional benefit of Vitamin C and antioxidants such as bioflavonoids.

Genuine Health Fermented

Want to try the magic of Genuine Health’s Fermented Greek Yogurt Proteins+? I’m giving away $100 worth of protein bars and powder from the brand to one lucky winner. Here’s how to enter:

1) First & foremost: you must be a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide to enter this giveaway. It’s as simple as finding ‘The Gift of Gab’ box in the righthand column and dropping in your email or clicking follow. Then leave me a comment below by August 17, 2016, telling me your favourite stay-cool gift idea from this post.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around August 18, 2016 to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Follow Genuine Health on Twitter and Tweet about this giveaway,tagging them + me (@cdngiftguide), linking back to this post. Share your Tweet link in a separate comment below.

PSST! Be on the lookout for more on Genuine Health in the next few weeks – you’ll have another opportunity or two to earn an entry into this draw! Just keep reading the CGG 🙂

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98 Responses to “Cool For The Summer”
  1. Sherry K says:

    Fox Run Maple Leaf Set would be a lot of fun.

  2. Elena says:

    I love the cuisinart soft serve ice cream maker. Perfect for summer!

  3. Debra says:

    Oh the soft ice cream maker would be my pick!

  4. Janice Lewis says:

    I want to say the ice cream, but feel like I should say the tea. I love David’s tea anyway!!

  5. aketch says:

    The Caesar mix looks like a refreshing addition to this hot summer!

  6. Anne Derkat says:

    The soft ice cream maker sounds like something to die for.

  7. intensev5 says:

    I would really like the Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker

  8. Heather Swanson says:

    I like the ice tea

  9. Aimee says:

    I like the maple leaf cutters. I am a subscriber

  10. janinevan09 says:

    I love the David’s ice tea idea, I had some in the cupboard I forgot about! Haha

  11. Kay Burke says:

    Great ideas – love the healthy Caeser Mix and the greek protein.

  12. corkrose says:

    @Cdngiftguide @genuinehealth greek protein giveaway chk it out. I tweeted @Corkrosy

  13. Tom says:

    No question the Cuisinart ice Cream Maker.

  14. Joan G. says:

    I’d be the hero with the grandkids and their friends with the Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker.

  15. Rae D. says:

    I’d never heard of fermented Greek yogurt proteins+ so ir’s my pick. The GF tart sounds great!

  16. sojeles says:

    How could you not pick that Cuisinart Ice cream maker??!! I would love that. And I’m a subscriber too. thanks.

  17. Jennifer L. says:

    I love the Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker. What a great summer idea.

  18. binabug says:

    mmmm I CAN see myself using the soft serve ice cream maker …wonder what you can do with if it you use Greek yogurt? ah the ideas…and fruit LOL

  19. ksceviour says:

    ohh,I love the Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker -that looks super COOL!

  20. Katie says:

    My favourite is the Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker

  21. mcmc says:

    I love the cuisinart soft serve ice cream maker

  22. Kathleen L says:

    The ice cream maker is definitely my favourite

  23. cookie3 says:

    The Cuisinart soft serve ice cream maker sounds wonderful.

  24. aclily19 says:

    Ice cream maker all the way baby. Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker @ Amazon.ca
    The watermelon pops looked interesting, but can’t help but think how bad rum pops would taste. Soak them in a berry cooler or cider and you’ve got a plan.

  25. bkick1 says:

    The ice cream maker would be a hit for the grandkids but for me it would be the Caesar Mix.

  26. Kim K says:

    I like the Genuine Health fermented Greek yogurt proteins+, great for smoothies

  27. Tamara Attanasio says:

    The ice cream maker would be so fun!

  28. Susan says:

    My favourite stay cool idea is the Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker.

  29. Julia H says:

    I’m already a subscriber. I like the David’s Tea Iced tea gift sets best, because I love iced-tea. I was born/raised in Canada, but my mother was from North Carolina, so, I make my own iced-tea (as everyone in NC does!). The powered stuff actually takes a little odd to me, as I’m used to making my own.

  30. Erin McSweeney says:

    for sure the Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker – $239.97 @ Amazon.ca is my favourite cool down idea

  31. Alison K says:

    I’m a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide. My favourite stay-cool gift idea from this post is definitely the Genuine Health Fermented Greek Yogurt Proteins+ … it is swimsuit weather after all

  32. KellyPC says:

    The Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker looks amazing!
    We tried Walters Caesar mix at Brewers Plate this year & it was so good!

  33. Alison K says:

    Bonus Entry: Followed Genuine Health on Twitter and Tweeted https://twitter.com/SoulSeeker0/status/758496246957047808

  34. cheryl mclellan says:

    I love the Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker!

  35. Sean M says:

    Ceasar mix

  36. Lindsey says:

    I love the protein powder and the maple leaf cookie cutters!

  37. Anne-Marie Tvete says:

    The Ceasar Mix would be a lovely stay cool gift idea.

  38. Anne-Marie Tvete says:

    Followed on twitter and tweeted https://twitter.com/amt946/status/758713803156533248

  39. doreen lamoureux says:

    I subscribe by email already 🙂 My favorite stay cool tip is the Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker
    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  40. Christine Holliday says:

    I have to say, it’s the ice cream maker

  41. laura dempsey says:

    soft serve ice cream maker sounds great

  42. Victoria Ess says:

    I love the Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker most!

  43. luisa says:

    Love the ice cream maker

  44. diane says:

    The ice cream maker would be great to have.

  45. The Cuisinart ice cream maker would be cool

  46. katydidit21 says:

    The Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker is my favourite.

  47. Jessica says:

    Soft ice cream maker

  48. Linda says:

    I think that the Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker is the best idea for a present ever.

  49. FrugalFowers says:

    I love the soft serve ice cream maker, what a great idea!

  50. Nicole B says:

    I love the soft serve ice cream maker!

  51. I’m not a Caesar fan (I know that’s terribly unCanadian), so I’ll go for the Cuisinart soft serve ice cream maker as my favourite.

  52. Erin Lewis says:

    Love the Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker. Would love to be able to make ice cream from home.

  53. Jennifer Ouellette says:

    Fox run maple leaf set would be perfect.

  54. I would love the Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker

  55. kevin snyder says:

    the ice cream maker would rock this hot summer

  56. Kevin B says:

    That soft-serve ice-cream maker would definitely keep me cool during the summer

  57. Kevin B says:

    Tweeted below.

  58. Edmond says:

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  59. Jordan Oatway says:

    I absolutely love tea!, Not knowing davids tea had iced tea packages I’m definitely running to the mall to get some tonight ! Choose me please!

  60. My favourite is this Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker. I could *live* on soft serve year-round!

  61. janine willingham says:

    ice cream maker would love for my grand daughter

  62. Alisa Petrisch says:

    Soft serve ice cream machine would keep my family cool all summer.

  63. Theresa C. says:

    Love the Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker!

  64. Gerri Schneider says:

    Cuisinart Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker … love ice cream…favorite guilty pleasure!

  65. wawi says:

    Davids Tea…mmmm!

  66. Wanda Bergman says:

    A am a subscriber. My favourite stay-cool gift idea is the Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker.

  67. wai man says:

    ice cream maker. entry pls

  68. Holly says:

    The ice cream maker looks amazing!!

  69. Aarone Mawdsley says:

    caesar mix looks good

  70. KELLY E says:

    My favourite would be the Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker.

  71. brandon forsyth says:

    The Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker would be an awesome way to stay cool this summer

  72. alexa says:

    davids tea is amazing

  73. edmontonjb says:

    I love the Fox Run Maple Leaf set

    ~Jonnie

  74. dawn walsh says:

    this is my favorite Walter All-Natural Craft Caesar Mix – Classic Spice

  75. Lisa S says:

    I am all about Davids Iced Teas this summer but the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker is pretty sweet (haha)

  76. Brenda Penton says:

    My favourite is the Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker

  77. Linda says:

    My favourite stay-cool gift idea from this post is the Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker. Yes!

  78. Patsy says:

    That would have to be the ice cream machine:).Thanks!

  79. Allison Matz says:

    The Ceasar mix sounds great.

  80. aly3360 says:

    I adore the Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker!! It is deffinitely on my wishlist! I am also a subscriber to your blog via email.

  81. CyberScooby says:

    I love the Fox Run Maple Leaf Set. What could be more Canadian

  82. CyberScooby says:

    What could be more Canadian than the Fox Run Maple Leaf Set

  83. Megan Young says:

    David’s Tea gift sets!!! Yes Yes and Yes!!!

  84. stacey h says:

    Davids Tea Iced Tea – i’m not a fan of pop or alcoholic drinks, but i LOVE some refreshing tea. Great in the summer and winter.

  85. Susan T. says:

    I love the Davids Tea iced tea sets. So refreshing!

  86. Laurie W. says:

    My favourite cool idea from your post is the Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker.

  87. kristina johnston says:

    My favourite stay-cool idea is the fermented Greek yogurt proteins+. I just bought the Walter Craft Caesar Mix – it is good but very spicy!

  88. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    My favorite is the Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker. I could make some many different cool treats with this machine.

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