Make Your Own Alkaline Vitamin Water

Find yourself needing a vitamin boost?  

Click here, for complete recipe and directions of my five signature colour-free, sugar-free and bpa plastic free alkaline vitamin waters or get inspired to make your own combinations.  

  • Recovery - This vitamin water is ideal for recovery post-workout or after a large bout of physical activity.  Blackberries and Cherries aid in replenishing oxygen in the blood while pomegranate and glutamine help to restore and repair muscle tissue damage
  • C*Power - This vitamin water gives you a boost of anti-viral and anti-inflammatory vitamin C.  With natural citrus fruits and camu camu powder, c*power is ideal for boosting your immunity after an illness or just keeping your body empowered.  This is an excellent combination for weight loss
  • Stressless - This is my favourite combination, the blend of watermelon and rosemary is divine.  This vitamin water is ideal for helping you balance stress on a mental and physiological level.  With the addition of B vitamins, hydrating watermelon and calming rosemary this combination is best used during times of stress or intensity
  • Digest It - Excellent for aiding in digestion and stimulating the colon and digestive tract.  With the combination of pineapple’s digestive enzymes, soothing, cooling mint and warming ginger, stimulating lemongrass, immunizing lychee and probiotics this water will aid in internal balance
  • Detox - Purify your blood and body with this awesome vitamin water!  Detox is ideal for the morning after a night out or when you are cleansing.  Created with hydrating coconut water, and fresh cucumber, nutrient rich coconut meat, detoxifying milk thistle and anti-oxidant loaded raspberries and blueberries, this combination will cleanse your body from the inside out

It simple, cheap and easy way to get your vitamins in a delicious and hydrating way.

Why I Start My Day With Warm Water & Lemon

I had no idea how beneficial this was for me growing up but everyday, like clockwork, mom would pour out a cup of hot water and squeeze some fresh lemon into the cup.

Usually in a mad hurry to get through breakfast so I could get outside, would gulp it down, scarf my processed breakfast (we lived in blissful ignorance around breakfast cereals, lucky me) and then grab my bike and I was gone.

Fast forward 20 something years to now where I, now knowingly, live my life according to the principles of Ayurveda and yoga that my family instilled in me at a young age.

So why do I think drinking this is a big deal? In a nutshell:

  1. It raises your PH levels so from acidic to a more alkaline internal environment - Disease cannot live in an alkaline environment as it needs acidity to thrive.  When we sleep, our bodies become acidic so the simple act of drinking water & lemon in the morning balances the body.
  2. Empowers your immune & nervous system - Lemons are rich in potassium and vitamin C stimulating your neuro-impulses and strengthening white blood cells.
  3. Improves digestion by removing toxins from the digestive system and promotes bile production in the liver.
  4. Aids in weight loss again due to keeping the body in an alkaline environment.  Lemon is also a craving buster.
  5. Purifies the body by eliminating toxins, clears the liver and the skin.
  6. Calms you with a high level of Vitamin C first thing in the morning.

Zain’s Favourite Vegan Smoothie Recipes 

With the weather getting warmer, I start to crave more of my meals and snacks in smoothie form.  Smoothies are an awesome way to get your nutrients and vitamins in and if done right, it can sometimes be hard to believe that they are actually good for you.

Here are some of my favourite vegan smoothies that I have crafted over the years.  I use SUNWARRIOR protein powder but you can also sub in for hemp, pea, brown rice or another vegan protein of your choice.

Zain’s OMFG Breakfast Smoothie


1 Scoop SUNWARRIOR Vanilla (Warrior Blend)

1 Tbsp Crunchy Peanut Butter

3/4 Frozen Banana

4 Medjool Dates

1/2 Tsp Natural Vanilla Extract

1 Tsp Maca Root Powder (this superfood does not work for everyone, listen to your intuition)

1/2 Cup Oats (optional)

Pinch Sea Salt

1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

1 Tbsp Cacao Powder (optional)

1/8 Cup Water

Handful of Ice


1. Blend & Serve

Zain’s Fairy Godmother Smoothie


1 Scoop SUNWARRIOR Vanilla (Warrior Blend)

2 Cups Kale

1 Cup Frozen Berries

1 Cup Hemp Milk

1/2 Tbsp Cashew Butter

1/2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds

10 Drops Vanilla Creme Stevia OR 1 Tbsp Raw Natural Maple Syrup

1 Scoop SUNWARRIOR Supergreens OR Greens Powder of Your Choice

1/4 Cup Water


1. Blend & Serve

Zain’s Chakra Spinning Smoothie


1 Scoop SUNWARRIOR Vanilla

1 Cup Frozen Blueberries

1/8 Cup Dried Mulberries

1 Tbsp Coconut Butter

3/4 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk 

1/4 Cup Light Coconut Milk

1/2 Cup Coconut Water

Sweetener of Your Choice (optional, I use powdered stevia)

1/8 Cup Water

Handful of Ice


1. Blend & Serve

Zain’s Love Power Smoothie


1 Scoop SUNWARRIOR Chocolate 

11/2 Tbsp Raw Cacao

1 Cup Frozen Raspberries

1/2 Tbsp Raw Cacao Butter OR Coconut Butter 

1 Cup Unsweetened Chocolate Almond Milk

1/2 Tbsp Unsweetened Natural Raspberry Jam

1 Tsp Maca Root (This is a superfood does not work for everyone, use your intuition before introducing it)

Sweetener of Your Choice (I don’t sweeten this one)

1/8 Cup Water

Handful of Ice


1. Blend & Serve


Zain’s Banana Dream Pie Smoothie – *Featuring* DavidsTea

DavidsTea Winter Collection has been launched for a couple weeks now and I have since spent many blissful days by the fire, enjoying their delicious, unimaginable combinations like Cocomint Cream (I know! I said the same thing: what are coconut and mint doing together in the same cup?). Though it may sound like an odd pair, trust me when I tell you that it is truly is a gift from the Gods (and David, of course).  Needless to say I’ve been dreaming up new recipes that will compliment this divine collection.

That’s how this thick and frosty smoothie came about. It takes the luscious flavour of DAVIDsTEA Organic Banana Dream Pie and marries it with frozen bananas, nourishing proteins, and creamy flavours that just can’t be beat.  It the perfect balanced breakfast on the run  and will energize you before your workout. I have even been enjoying it as a rich and yummy dessert while watching Christmas movies!

Warning: You will probably need a spoon for this one!


1 Cup DavidsTea Organic Banana Dream Pie (steeped & cooled)

1 Organic Frozen Banana

1/2 Tbsp Coconut Butter

3 Medjool Dates

1 Cup Unsweetened Flax OR Almond Milk

1/4 Cup Light Coconut Milk (I prefer to whip mine first and save a tsp for the top)

1 Scoop Vanilla SUNWARROR Protein OR Protein Powder of Your Choice (optional)

1/4 Cup Organic Baked Uncontaminated Oats OR Gluten-Free Granola (optional but great for a breakfast smoothie)

1/2 Tsp Cinnamon

Crushed Pecans, Coconut Whip (made by whipping coconut milk with a hand blender until frothy) and Cinnamon to Top

3-4 Ice Cubes


1. Combine all ingredients – EXCEPT toppings – in a blender OR magic bullet, blend and top with your choice of toppings.  Serve immediately.

Divine Glow Smoothie

Sorry boys, this one is for the ladies!

Heal and nourish yourselves from the inside out on this special day with this luscious smoothie!


1/2 Cup Raspberries

1/4 Cup Blueberries

1/2 Frozen Banana

1/2 Tbsp Unsweetened Raspberry Jam

1 Tbsp Dried Mulberries

1/2 Tbsp Chia Seeds

1/2 Cup Strong White Tea (brewed and cooled)

1/2 Tbsp Coconut Butter

1/4 Cup Light Coconut Milk

1 Tsp Maca Root Powder

1 Tsp Camu Camu Powder

5-10 Drops Ashwaganda Tincture (optional)

2 Capsules Probiotics (opened)

Few Ice Cubes


1. Blend all ingredients in your blender or magic bullet and serve immediately!

Zain’s Skinny Lime and Mint Margaritas

The perfect match for Zain’s Sexy Mexi Meal are my skinny margaritas!  They are alcohol-free (you can choose to add if you wish) and are great to serve for entertaining.


Coarse Salt mixed with 1 Packet Stevia/Splenda

Juice of 4 Limes

1/4 Cup Unsweetened Orange Juice (1 Fresh Orange juiced)

1/4 Cup Unsweetened Grapefruit Juice (1/2 Fresh Grapefruit juiced)

1/2 Can Frozen Unsweetened Lemonade (optional)

Juice of 1 Lemon

2 Cups Ice

1 Lime Wedge


1. Rub rims with lime wedge and dip into salt/sweetener mixture

2. Blend all ingredients with ice.  Serve immediately.

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Zain’s Skinny Sangria

Whether you are planning to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend or are just soaking up the beautiful sunshine on a patio with friends, my skinny sangria is going to make the party a whole lot yummier!

*Makes 8 servings

**NOTE: To make this non-alcoholic, sub the alcohol with 1liter strongly brewed Kombutcha Tea (I use DavidsTea Happy Kombutcha) 


1/2 Bottle Red Zinfandel Wine

1/2 Bottle Prosecco

1 Cup Orange Blossom Tea, White Tea OR Green Tea (steeped and cooled) *I used DavidsTea Goji Pop

1 Tsp Powdered Stevia

2 Cup Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice OR Pink Grapefruit Juice or both

2 Blood Oranges Sliced

2 Mandarins

5-7 Basil Leaves

Peel of 1/4 Orange 

1-2 Cups Sparkling Water (depending on the strength you prefer)



1. Mix all ingredients - except oranges - together in a pitcher.

2. Slice fruit and basil and add to the mixture. Chill until ready to serve.

(image: pinterest)

Magic Potion Green Breakfast Smoothie

This was just necessary this morning.


1 Cup Purple Kale

1/2 Cup Spinach

1 Scoop Sunwarrior Vanilla Protein OR Vanilla Protein Powder of Your Choice

1 Scoop Sunwarrior Green Optimizer OR Greens Powder of Your Choice

1 tsp Vanilla

1/2 Tbsp Coconut Butter

1/4 Cup Coconut Meat (optional)

1/2 Cup Coconut Water

1/2 Mango OR 1/2 Cup Strawberries

1/2 Frozen Banana

3/4 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

1/2 Tbsp Chia Seeds

3-4 Ice Cubes


1. Blend and drink.

Oxygen Magazine’s Spiced Apple Shake

Bulk up, belly down! Are you getting about 25 grams of fiber daily? Most Americans only eat about 15 grams a day. A Dutch study showed that people who consumed around 10 grams of fiber per day lost total body weight and reduced their waist circumference. Try this shake for breakfast to make sure you get your daily dose! 

Here are a few more reasons to add this drink to your diet:

  • Whey protein contains a unique set of bioactive compounds that have been shown to slow down fat synthesis, while stimulating fat burning and muscle building.
  • Water helps remove waste from your body – a boon when consuming high-fiber foods.
  • Apple skins pack insoluble fiber, the kind that passes through your digestive system largely unchanged, promoting bowel regularity and, in essence, keeping your waistline trim.
  • Prunes deliver high amounts of soluble fiber, which has been shown to control blood sugar levels to provide a sense of fullness, which can help prevent you from overeating.
  • Natural peanut butter is a cholesterol-free and inexpensive protein source.
  • Just a tablespoon of ground cinnamon has the same amount of antioxidants as four ounces of grape juice.
  • Fresh ginger helps to relieve body aches.  
  • Cardamom contains cineole, which lends its potent antiseptic properties to kill bad-breath bacteria in your mouth.

Spiced Apple Shake
Ready in 5 minutes (not including overnight freezing time) • Makes 1 serving


  • 1 small apple, cored, chopped into chunks and frozen (skin left on)
  • 1/4 cup dried, pitted prunes, frozen
  • 1 tbsp all-natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 3/4 cup chilled water


  1. Place all ingredients in blender and pulse until well blended. 

Nutrients per serving:

 Calories: 390, Total Fats: 9 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 35 mg, Sodium: 50 mg, Carbohydrates: 60 g, Fiber: 10 g, Sugars: 37 g, Protein: 22 g, Iron: 1 mg 


Zain’s Once in a Blue Moon Smoothie

Ready to find out what your super powers are?  Well my Once in a Blue Moon Smoothie will help you do just that.

Rich with grounding jing herbs and blue-hued, prana inducing fruits and plants this probiotic toxin releasing smoothie will truly work to replenish any depleted energy from your body.

**Note, it is important to drink this smoothie very slowly and only drink as much as you are able to.  That may mean only half and saving half for later as it contains some very potent herbs. You

may notice feelings of immense calm followed by a need to rest and then a greater level of energy than your usual.  Be conscious and aware of what you need whether it be rest, activity or time alone.


1 Cup Raw Coconut Water

3/4 Cup Organic Blueberries

5-7 Stems Purple or Black Kale

1 Tsp Organic Coconut Butter

1/4 Cup Organic Coconut Milk (light) OR Unsweetened Almond Milk

2 Capsules Blue-Green Algae (opened and powder used) OR 1/4 Tsp

2 Capsules Probiotic of your choice (opened and powder used, I use Super Flora 50 Billion)

4 Capsules (opened and powder used) Cordyceps

2 Capsules (opened and powder used) OR 1/4 Tsp Ashwaganda Root

4 Capsules (opened and powder used) OR 1/2 Tsp Maca Root

1/4 Ripe Banana (optional)

1 Tsp Raw Honey (optional)

7g Coconut Meat (optional)


1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor or Vitamix until completely blended and smooth

**Note, using a Vitamix you can also turn this into an ice cream by substituting the coconut water for FROZEN coconut water cubes and omitting the coconut/almond milk. It also works best if your blueberries and banana are frozen. Add 2 cups of ice and use plunger to combine.

For those of us who train or run in the very early morning or those of us on the go its not always easy to get a full meal in.

My dense, pre workout POWER SHOT will give you a boost of energy & get your metabolism revved without over-filling 


1/4 cup fresh/frozen raspberries
1/2 tbsp coconut butter
1/4 cup oats
1/4 -1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 scoop vegan vanilla protein, I use @sunwarrior 1tsp greens powder, I use @sunwarrior Ormus Greens
2-3 ice cubes
sweetener of your choice!

**You will likely need a spoon to enjoy this or add more almond milk or water if you prefer it thinner**

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Zain’s Clean Holiday Eggnog (Classic OR Vegan)

Eggnog is one of those - you either love it or hate it - beverages.  I personally adore it and I think that it traces back to my time travelling through Europe, more specifically in the Netherlands, when I discovered Avocat, the amazing egg liqueur that they would drown breakfast crepes, waffles and pancakes in.  It was delicious and reminded me of the taste of eggnog, a drink I had been turning down since I could remember.  Was I crazy?

And so began my love affair with eggnog.  Now, nothing gives me that warm & cosy Christmas feeling that a little cup of delicious nog with a splash of something a naughty.

I created this recipe to save on the fat, sugar and carbs that comes with this holiday drink.

**Note, this recipe can be made VEGAN by following the swaps


2 Cups Unsweetened Almond Milk or Unsweetened Milk Of Your Choice

30-40 Drops Vanilla Creme Liquid Stevia OR 1/3 Cup Raw Honey

3 Farm Fresh Organic Egg Whites OR 6 Tbsp Egg Replacer (you can omit this altogether but must reduce milk to about 11/4Cups)

1 Tsp Natural Vanilla

1 Vanilla Pod (Optional)

1/4 Tsp Fresh Grated Nutmeg OR 1/2 Tsp Powdered Nutmeg

15-20 Drops Natural Rum Liqueur Extract (optional)


1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor OR magic bullet.

2. Pour ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a simmer on low-med heat whisking constantly.

3. Once ingredients are simmering, remove from heat and allow to cool before refrigerating overnight. Do not overboil!

4. Remove from refrigerator and if the mixture is too thick, add a little more unsweetened almond milk.

5. Top with more nutmeg or cinnamon.

Zain’s ‘Rum’ & Eggnog Smoothie

I love me a stiff Rum & Eggnog but its not exactly the cleanest beverage around.  During Christmas time, it used to be acceptable to enjoy one with Christmas Brunch but now I’m not so sure I feel like experiencing the sugar rollercoaster that comes along with it, not to mention the near 400 calories in the traditional drink…YIKES!

If you are an eggnog lover, this is the smoothie for you.  All clean, all healthy, high in protein and sugar-free.  Pretty much a no brainer right?


1 Cup Zain’s Clean Holiday Eggnog

1 Scoop SUNWARRIOR Protein Powder OR Vanilla Whey Protein Powder

1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt

1/2 Cup Spring Water

5-10 Drops Rum Extract (do not add more if you have added this to the original eggnog recipe)

3-5 Ice Cubes


1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor OR magic bullet.

2. Top with more nutmeg or cinnamon, serve immediately!

Turkey Hangover?

Here’s what you do:

Zain’s Detox Smoothie:


1 Cup Organic Berries of Your Choice (I use Blueberries & Strawberries)

1 Cup Organic Spinach

1/2 Cup Papaya

1/2 Organic Banana

1 Tsp Fresh Ginger

1/2 Cup Alkaline Spring Water OR Cooled Green Tea (I use DavidsTea Matcha)

1/2 Cup Coconut Water 

1/2 Tbsp Chia Seeds

1 Scoop SUNWARRIOR Vanilla Protein Powder OR Protein of Your Choice

1/2 Cup Fat Free Greek Yogurt (optional)

Raw Honey OR Stevia to Taste

3-4 Ice Cubes


1. Blend everything and serve immediately.

Italian Kiss Protein Shake

Just created this for your drinking pleasure…its so yummy!!


1/2 Scoop Chocolate Whey (I use Interactive Chocolate Iso Whey)

1/2 Cup Unsweetened Chocolate Almond Milk

1-11/2 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (depending on your chocolate needs)

2 Shots Brewed Espresso OR 1/3 Cup Brewed Coffee

1/2 Banana

1-2 Packets Stevia/Splenda OR 1/2 Tbsp Honey

1 Cup Ice


1. Brew espresso or coffee and let cool

2. Blend all ingredients together in magic bullet or food processor until frothy

Zain’s Pumpkin Chai Smoothie *featuring* DAVIDsTea 

This is the smoothie that has it all! Savour the taste of DAVIDsTEA classic Pumpkin Chai (my seasonal favourite) in this delicious, nutrient packed smoothie.  

Perfect for a quick breakfast or a pre or post workout boost, this creamy, dreamy smoothie is loaded with Vitamins A, C, E and B-Complex as well as free-radical fighting antioxidants is all you need to nourish, energize and revitalize your body, mind and spirit.


3/4 -1 Cup DAVIDsTEA Pumpkin Chai (steeped and cooled)

1 Cup Raw Pumpkin (cut into pieces) OR 1 Cup Unsweetened BPA Free Pumpkin Puree

1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond OR Cashew Milk (homemade works deliciously here)

1/2 Tsp Fresh Ginger (minced)

1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon

1/4 Tsp Allspice

1/4 Tsp Nutmeg

1/4 Frozen Banana

1/2 Tbsp Coconut Butter

1 Vanilla Pod (optional)

1/4 Tsp Natural Vanilla

1 Tsp Maca Root (optional)

1 Scoop Sunwarrior Vanilla Protein Powder OR Protein Powder of Your Choice (optional)

1 Tsp Raw Honey OR 5 Drops Vanilla Creme Stevia OR Natural Sweetener of Your Choice

3-5 Ice Cubes

**Note, for a breakfast smoothie, add 1/2 Cup Oats and 1 Tbsp Walnuts to this recipe

Directions: 1. Blend until smooth, sprinkle with cinnamon and top with coconut whip (just blend the cream from a can of light coconut milk to a whip-like consistency!)

Warm Vegan Pumpkin Cider

1 cup pumpkin puree
1 1/4 cup Medjool dates
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 cloves
1/8 tsp pumpkin spice
2 cups pear juice
1/2-1 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
Stevia or maple syrup to sweeten
Add 1oz dark rum per serving (optional)

Then, bring mixture to a gentle boil and strain out pulp using a colander. Serve Warm!

Zain’s Liver Detox Juice

This is one of my all time favourite combinations for liver and organ detox, blood purification and for cleansing the endocrine system.

Not only are roots like ginger and beets in season right now, but pink grapefruit is starting to appear at the local markets making this the perfect time to enjoy this delicious combination.

*Note, when juicing, its very important to choose ORGANIC ingredients and to consume the juice right away.  It begins to lose its nutrient potency rather quickly after juiced.


4-5 Organic Beets (raw)

2” Fresh Ginger

11/2 Pink Grapefruit

11/2 Lemon

30-50 Drops Milk Thistle Tincture


1. Juice all ingredients in your juicer and drink immediately. Do not add water.

(image: pinterest)

Zain’s Hydration Smoothie

Well, the weather did a 180 this week and it is h-hot! Definitely time to amp up the hydration factor.  Time to pull out the perfect smoothie to cool you right down, ready?


1 Cup Coconut Water

11/2 Cups Watermelon (frozen)

1/2 Banana (frozen)

2 Tsp Spirulina (optional)

1/4 Cucumber

3-5 Sprigs Fresh Mint

Sweetener of Your Choice (I use liquid stevia)

2-4 Ice Cubes


1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor or magic bullet, serve ice cold.

*Note, this smoothie tastes great when frozen into popsicles

Beauty Blast Smoothie

This Beauty-Blast smoothie by Holistic Nutritionist Jennifer Van Barneveld provides an explosion of antioxidants to the skin (Vitamins C, E, A and Omega 3’s). This is the perfect morning shake to keep you energized!


2 Oranges OR 1 Grapefruit (peeled)

1/2 Cup Mango

1/2 Cup Strawberries

1 Carrot (peeled and shredded)

1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt OR Coconut Milk

2 Tbsp Wheat Germ

2 Tbsp Flax Seeds

1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice

1 Tbsp Honey OR Stevia

1 Scoop Vanilla Whey (optional) + 1 Cup Water (if you add protein)