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Savour Organic, Cultured, Aged, Vegan Nut Cheeses – Now at Wise Cicada

June 8th, 2017 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, The Latest & Greatest No Comment yet


These locally made epicurean delights are sure to satisfy the vegan cheese connoisseur, Savour is a range of firm, organic cultured non-dairy nut cheeses rich in protein and probiotics. Each nut cheese is individually crafted and aged in a cheese cave by an artisan cheesemaker. Savour cheeses deliver on flavour, making them the perfect addition to any cheese board, accompanied by your favourite wine and crackers.

Savour supports the movement towards a plant based diet for health, environmental and ethical reasons. Savour’s mission is simply to produce delectable and tempting plant based foods. PURCHASE RANGE

An aged, firm textured cheese made from cashew and macadamia nuts. Flavoured with New Zealand grown, manuka cold-smoked jalapeño chilies.

An aged, firm cashew cheese. Simple yet classic.

Creamy yet firm, this cashew cheese has the tang of a good feta. An organic olive oil infusion adds a melt-in-the-mouth quality to this cheese.


An aged, firm textured cashew and macadamia nut cheese that has been fermented in an organic vegan craft beer.

An aged cashew and macadamia nut cheese, delicately flavoured with cumin and pepper which have been gently toasted to release their aromatic qualities.

Our Fav’ Green Superfood – Moringa – Recipes – Iced Moringa Tea – Hot Moringa Tea – Moringa Smoothie

May 19th, 2017 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Natural Supplements No Comment yet


Iced Moringa Tea

Add 1¼ teaspoon of Moringa powder to 2 cups of water.

Mix with a little honey and fresh ginger to taste.

Blend in your blender or shake vigorously for one minute.

Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

Also try using part water, part coconut Juice or orange juice to keep your taste buds happy and wanting more!

Hot Moringa Tea

Use ½ teaspoon per cup of hot water. Let steep for 5 minutes.

Sweeten to taste with agave or cane sugar.

Add slices of ginger or lemon zest for added flavor.

Moringa Smoothie

Add 1 cup of coconut milk / coconut water, one banana, a handful of strawberries & blueberries to a blender.

Add a spoonful of chia seeds and one teaspoon of moringa powder for a delicious & nutritious drink.

About Moringa 

Moringa Oleifera, commonly known as Moringa or the Elixir tree, has the reputation of being the most nutritious plant ever discovered on earth!  It contains more than 90 nutrients, 46 antioxidants, 36 anti inflammatory compounds, 18 amino acids and also includes ALL 8 essential amino acids. The vivid green leaves are nature’s super power food.

As Indian literature tells us, the history of Moringa dates back thousands of years, long before it spread to Africa and other tropical countries. The rest of the world did not know the benefits of the Moringa until the middle of the twentieth century. The credentials go to the World Health Organization (WHO) for spreading the benefits of the Moringa tree to the western world.

Green Trading Moringa Leaf Powder contains Vitamin A (Beta Carotene), Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine), Vitamin B7 (Biotin), Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin D ( Cholecalciferol), Vitamin E (Tocopherol) and Vitamin K. Our powder is also rich in minerals including Calcium, Copper, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese and Zinc.

  • Contains 100% Moringa Leaf Powder
  • Organic and GE free
  • No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives added



As a dietary supplement: –   Take 1 table spoon a day anytime after your meal or in the moring.   Take with water or add into boiling water to make tea.  You can also add this into your smoothie.                        

Moringa Leaf Powder has… (gram per gram comparison)

4 x more potassium than bananas

2 x more protein than eggs

2 x more vitamin A than carrots

14 x more calcium than milk

9 x more iron than spinach

7 x more vitamin C than oranges

4 x more fibre than oats




Moringa is the greatest known supplement ever discovered by mankind. Moringa was named the “Elixir Tree” because all parts of the tree are used as food and medicine.

The tree contains powerful magnetic particles. When the seeds are placed in a bowl of contaminated water, these magnetic particles attract 95% of the bacteria, dirt, soil, chemicals, oil, deadly pollutants and other toxins found in the water, to the bottom of the bowl. In a similar process, Moringa seeds are believed to clean the toxins present in the blood.

Athletes and Sportsmen: –

Constant practice is a necessity for the success of Athletes and Sportsmen alike.  Obviously proper nutrition also plays a major part and it is here that Moringa can give them a great boost. Morninga provides them with all the essential vitamins, minerals and protein to help them in various ways, but mainly to improve their strength and endurance.

Improve Endurance: –

Moringa with its high vitamin A and vitamin C content combined with its extraordinary iron content helps to improve the haemoglobin content of the blood. This in turn helps the blood to deliver more oxygen to the muscles during aerobic endurance exercise. The increased oxygen carried by the blood also helps to increase the metabolic rate and assists in burning unwanted fat deposited in the body. 

Antioxidants & Free Radicals: –

Free radicals are atoms that exist in the human body that constantly attack other healthy body cells to get free electrons. Antioxidants supply the free atoms needed by the human body and mitigate the effects of free radicals. Moringa has approximately 46 antioxidants and is one of the most powerful sources of natural antioxidants.

Mental Alertness: – 

Moringa, with 2 times more Beta-carotene, than that of carrots and 9 times more iron than that of spinach and being rich in vitamin E, improves oxygen absorption. As the oxygen supply to the brain increases, the functionality of the brain is stimulated and mental clarity improves. 

Clarity of Eyesight: –

Today due to computer and other electronic devices, the increased stress on the eyes requires extra nutrients to maintain clarity of vision. The power of our eyesight is directly related to the supply of vitamin A to the body. Moringa has 2 times more vitamin A than that of carrots and this increased carotene content is extremely beneficial to eye health.

Lactating Mothers: –

Lactating mothers generally require a lot more nutrients than a normal person and Moringa leaves and pods seem to provide most of the required vitamins, minerals, proteins, carotenoids and carbohydrates in one handy package. Moringa has 14 times more calcium than that of milk secreted by lactating women, but also improves the nutrient quality of the milk generated. In this way, mothers who regularly consume Moringa will have a better nutritional profile and as such, the milk secreted by them will be filled with more nutrients. 

Middle Aged Women: – 

Generally people in their 40s and 50s, especially women need lots of vitamins and minerals for performing the normal functions of the body. Middle-aged women suffer a number of health disorders due to the physiological and enzymatic changes in their bodies. There are many ways that Moringa can assist them to face this sometimes stressful journey with better confidence.

Menopause: – 

Menopause is a crucial stage in every woman’s life. Though for some this can be a stressful time, many of the symptoms of menopause can be overcome with the help of proper nutrients.  Since Moringa has many natural vitamins, minerals and proteins, it is a good choice to assist in alleviating the symptoms of menopause.

 Bone Strength: –

Moringa with its high calcium content is an ideal solution for this problem. Since the calcium present in Moringa is 100% obtained from the natural sources, the body readily absorbs this. The high magnesium content present in Moringa is an important mineral for bones.

 Osteoporosis: –

The human body needs calcium for its normal functioning. Generally for people in their fifties, if enough calcium is not available in their diet, the body absorbs the calcium from their bones and this leads to the condition known as Osteoporosis. Moringa, with its high calcium content supplies the calcium required by the body and in doing so, helps to maintain healthier bone health.

Immune System: –

Moringa with its high iron and Beta-Carotene content helps to improve the haemoglobin levels in the blood, and this in turn strengthens the immune system.




KALE – It Comes with a Myriad of Benefits

May 19th, 2017 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle No Comment yet


About Kale

Pitched as a ‘superfood’, kale is very popular in 2017.  Despite this there are still many people who are not fond of kale and seldom (if ever) eat it. This may be because they have never experienced how tasty kale can be when properly prepared in a delicious recipe. If you are ‘kale shy’ we are going to have a go at convincing you to try it  – without kale in your diet – you are missing out on numerous health benefits.

Kale is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family which is renowned for its many healthy compounds and outstanding health benefits, not least of which is their ability to fight and prevent cancer. Other members of this vegetable family include arugula, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, mustard greens, radish, turnip, and watercress.

The History of Kale

Kale was one of the most common green vegetables in Europe until the end of the Middle Ages. Russian kale was introduced into the United States in the 19th century by traders. Cultivation of kale was encouraged in the UK during World War II by the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign because it was easy to grow and it provided such dense nutrition to supplement what was often missing due to food rationing.

Today, kale appears on many superfood lists. It is highly nutritious, containing high levels of vitamins, minerals, and brain-boosting and health-enhancing phytonutrients. Kale is also one of the easier crops to grow in domestic gardens and by small farmers.

Kale is especially high in vitamins K, A, and C. It contains more than 1,000 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K, 98 percent of vitamin A, and 71 percent of vitamin C (more than an orange). Kale is also a great source of calcium, magnesium, iron, and antioxidants.

It contains abundant antioxidants which help remove free radicals from the body which can lead to accelerated aging as well as cancer and other serious diseases. It only takes 100 calories of kale to provide over 350 milligrams for the most basic omega-3 fatty acid (alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA).

Health Benefits of Kale

Supporting Detoxification

Kale provides comprehensive support for the body’s detoxification system. New research has shown that the isothiocyanates (ITCs) made from kale’s glucosinolates can help regulate detox at the cellular level.

Good Heart and Cardiovascular Health

Kale has a good balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, essential for heart health. Kale is also an excellent source of potassium, another must for heart health. Vitamin K, also associated with heart health because it is an essential factor in blood clotting and a lack of it can cause hemorrhages. In addition, a lack of vitamin K may cause mechanisms that stop the formation of blood vessel calcification to become inactive.

Managing Diabetes

Kale aids the management of diabetes in a number of ways. Its sulfur content aids diabetes with a role in detoxification as well as the production of glutathione, one of the body’s most important antioxidants. Sulfur is also extremely important for glucose metabolism, helping to decrease weight gain and the risk of diabetes. One study found that kale contained more glucoraphanin, the precursor to sulfur, than broccoli.

One cup of cooked kale contains 10% of your daily fiber needs. Increased fiber can reduce blood glucose levels shown in the standard fasting blood glucose test (a test of blood sugar levels after an overnight fast). Increased fiber also decreases glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) levels. These levels indicate when proteins in the blood mix with blood sugar, and are associated with increased risk of diabetes complications.

Brain Boosting Power

Kale has at least 45 different flavonoids and their regular intake may help reduce the risk of stroke. It also contains significant iron, which helps in the formation of hemoglobin, the main carrier of oxygen to cells of the body, including the brain. The omega-3 fatty acids are also important for brain memory, performance, and behavioral function. The compound sulforaphane found in kale has anti-inflammatory properties that may help cognitive function, especially after a brain injury.

Lowering Cholesterol Levels

Kale has a  high fiber content which helps lower cholesterol levels by picking up excess cholesterol compounds in the gut and pushing them out in the elimination process. Research has found that the fiber in steamed kale binds better to bile in the digestive tract, resulting in greater removal of cholesterol.

Building Better Bones

Kale is listed as one of the “good-for-your-bones foods” by the National Osteoporosis Foundation because of its calcium content. One cup of cooked kale has about the same amount of calcium as one cup of cow’s milk.

Skin and Hair Health

The sulfur in kale helps in removing toxins from the skin, boosts the production of collagen (which keeps us looking youthful), and aids in wound healing and reducing of scarring. The vitamin C in kale is also necessary for collagen production. Kale is high in vitamin A, a compound in retinoids, also popular in anti-aging skin treatments. The iron in Kale may help prevent hair loss because iron deficiencies can cause hair loss.

Weight Loss and Maintenance

There’s just 33 calories in each cup of kale. It makes a popular and nourishing food for those reducing calories. It is also a good source of magnesium, one of the minerals that many of us are deficient in − kale supports the body in maintaining optimum digestion as well as managing stress.

Cancer Prevention

Kale is an exceptional to support lowering the risk of chronic inflammation. Many of the compounds in kale, such as vitamin K, are key nutrients for helping regulate the body’s inflammatory process. Inflammation often plays a key role in the development of cancer, particularly chronic inflammation.

Kale is a very good source of the antioxidants lutein, beta-carotene, kaempferol, and quercetin − all of which are associated with cancer prevention and treatment benefits. Like other members of the cruciferous vegetable family, kale is rich in sulfur-containing compounds called glucosinolates which support detoxification, and indole-3-carbinol which greatly reduces the risk of breast, colon, and lung cancer.

Research suggests that kale may be most helpful in protecting against bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate cancers. A study published in the journal Molecular Cancer found that that sulforaphane glucosinolate stopped growth in epithelial ovarian cancer cells. Numerous other studies have been performed on kale which show cancer preventive benefits from kale intake, and in some cases, treatment benefits as well.

The cancer preventive benefits of kale have been linked to the high concentration of two types of antioxidants − carotenoids and flavonoids. Within the carotenoids, lutein and beta-carotene stand out. Lutein and beta-carotene are key nutrients for protecting the body from oxidative stress. The most prominent of kale’s may different flavonoids are the flavonols, including kaempferol, quercetin, and isorhamnetin. The glucosinolates found in kale are utilized for DNA repair and help prevent cancer and slow the growth of cancer cells.

Is it Safe to Eat a Lot of Kale?

Kale contains oxalate, a naturally-occurring substance found in food, including leafy vegetables. There are cautions that eating leafy green food with a high oxalate level may cause kidney stones by increasing the concentration of calcium or oxalate in urine, causing stones to form. However  kale, unlike many other leafy vegetables, has a very low oxalate level. That means that the calcium and iron found in kale are highly digestible.

If you eat a lot of other leafy vegetables which are higher in oxalate levels, you can minimize your oxalate intake risks by chewing well and relaxing between meals.

After the New York Times published an opinion piece in January of 2014 about possible connections between kale (and other cruciferous vegetables) and thyroid problems, kale has come under suspicion for being goitrogenic – the term used for a substance that could cause swelling or dysfunction of the thyroid gland. However, recent studies have shown that kale and other cruciferous vegetables do not interfere with thyroid function in healthy people. According to an article in The Permanente Journal, even people with hypothyroidism can eat as much kale as they want if it is cooked.

Pesticides and Kale

It is highly recommended that you choose organic kale whenever possible and be sure to wash it thoroughly. Conventionally grown kale can contain high levels of pesticide residue.

A simple and cheap veg wash can be made by leaving kale soaking for up to half an hour in a large bowl of water and a cup of white vinegar. Hydrogen peroxide can be substituted for the vinegar. Some people spray a combination of white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide on produce and then rinse with running water.

Preparing Kale

The way you prepare and cut your kale will affect how much you enjoy your ‘green packed’ meal. Cutting kale leaves into 1/2″ slices and the stems into 1/4″ lengths, then steaming for 5 minutes helps ensure quick and even cooking. There is a belief that there are potential health benefits from letting the stems and slices sit for about 5 minutes prior to cooking.

How can you incorporate more kale into your diet?  Massaging it with a bit of olive oil and sea salt as the base of a green salad is the first ‘stand by’ technique. Blending it into smoothies, soups, or sauces adds lots of extra green into a meal, you can sauté it with other vegetables into a stir-fry, bake it into frittatas, lasagnas, or burgers − and dehydrate or slow bake it into kale chips.

Kale is simply too healthy to leave out of your diet. By getting creative  preparing it and combining it in recipes you may find you crave the good green leaf and all the nutrition it offers.

Our New Autumn / Winter Menu – Gluten Free – Vegan – Organic – Wise Cicada

May 18th, 2017 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Go Organic, The Latest & Greatest No Comment yet


Make Your Own Sauerkraut with the Forage Stomper

May 5th, 2017 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Recipes No Comment yet


Make Your Own Forage Style Sauerkraut


1kg organic red or green cabbage
3 organic bay leaves
4–6 organic black peppercorns

1 tbsp celtic sea salt

1. Wash the cabbage and remove the outer
leaves. Keep one outer leaf aside.
2. Chop the cabbage finely and weigh it.
3. Toss the cabbage and sea salt together
in a large mixing bowl (1kg cabbage = 1tbsp
salt) and begin to squeeze the cabbage
and salt together with your hands, kneading
thoroughly for 5–10 minutes until the
cabbage begins to sweat and form a brine.
4. Add the bay leaves and black peppercorns.
5. Pack the cabbage mixture into a sterilised
jar as tightly as possible with the help of your
Forage Sauerkraut Stomper. Try to eliminate
as many air bubbles as possible.
6. Continue packing the mixture into the jar
until the cabbage is completely submerged
in the brine.
7. Place the folded outer leaf of the cabbage
on top of the mixture in the jar to act as a
seal. You can put a small weight on top of
the leaf to ensure the mixture stays
submerged in the brine.
8. Seal the lid of the jar tightly and keep it
in a dark place at room temperature for at
least two weeks.
9. Refrigerate and enjoy. Your sauerkraut
will keep for 6–12 months in the fridge.

Forage Kraut Stomper

Forage sauerkraut stompers are hand crafted from
the sustainable New Zealand pine and coated with extra virgin
coconut oil. View Online

Workshop – Make Your Own ‘Up-cycled’ Dream Catcher

March 28th, 2017 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Events, Go Organic, Kid's School Holiday Fun @ Wise Cicada No Comment yet


Workshop – Make Your Own ‘Up-cycled’ Dream Catcher

Saturday, April 22 at 9:30 AM – 11 AM @ Wise Cicada – More About Wise Cicada

Kids and adults alike are invited to join artist Lyn-marie, of Dizzie Pixie Designs in a fab’ morning of Dream Catcher creating @ Wise Cicada. There’s no age limit for this fun workshop! All materials will be provided, but you can bring along some of your own treasures to weave into your dream-catcher if you like.

Lyn-marie specialises in up-cycling – using various trash and treasures, pre-loved jewellry and unwanted accessories and all sorts of other random bits and bobs. That are just too fab to just be thrown away…….each dream-catcher is unique and made with love.

Materials Fee $5 Each
To Book Email   More Kid’s Events @ Wise Cicada 

About Dixie Pixie
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Lyn- Marie also creates made to order dream catchers using your own jewels,lucky charms and treasures, she also creates Happy-Hangers, Rag Heart Garlands, Lucky Horse Shoes, ear rings, wall hangings and mobiles.

Re-use, Re-love, Re-cycle and of course keep dreaming..

Dizzie Pixie is also available for Workshops and Birthday Parties

Looking for a Kid Friendly Space in Newmarket – Wise Cicada is it!

March 24th, 2017 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Go Organic No Comment yet

We’re a Kid Friendly Space!

Our new store at 88 Broadway is much more conducive to a relaxing dining / shopping experience when you have your children with you.


Here’s why:
– We have outdoor seating and a garden deck.

– Our deck has a blackboard to draw on.

– It’s exciting to watch the trains go right past and wave at the passengers.

– There’s a dedicated play area in the cafe with toys and books.

– There is free customer parking outside the store.

– We’ve a baby changing area provided.

– Our healthy, nourishing food is organic, vegan and largely allergen free (excludes nut allergies)
– We’re organic!

– We’ve sugar free and chemical free snacks and organic fruit in the store, so treats will only ever be healthy with us.

– Wise Cicada has a friendly atmosphere and the large spacious store make it easy to shop with kids in tow.

– Our range of crystals (especially the $3 ‘treasure’ bin) is highly appealing for little ones. (More natural than the $2 shop for a small gift)

– We have large tables so it is a great place to bring a coffee group along to.

– We have experienced empathetic naturopaths and homeopaths on hand in the retail space to offer you a wealth of knowledge and free advice about natural supplements and wholefood eating.

– Kids Events in the school Holidays. More Info



Special Offer – $10 Breakfasts Between 8am-10am Week Days @ Wise Cicada

March 17th, 2017 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, The Latest & Greatest No Comment yet
Matcha Monday Update

$10 Breakfast Specials Between 8-10am

 Available Mon – Fri 8am – 10am until 21 April  – Try Out Our New Menu!

Week Days We Offer an Organic Vegan Breakfast for Just $10

Matcha Mondays…..         Try our Matcha Pancakes for $10 on Monday (Usually $18)
A Triple stack of mini Matcha Pancakes layered with Caramelised Bananas, served with Seasonal Fruit Salad, Raw Fresh Coconut Ice Cream & Cranberry Ginger Compote

Tofu Tuesdays …..              Try our Scrambled Tofu for $10 on Tuesday (Usually $17)
Creamy Tofu Scramble served with Seasonal Greens, Sauerkraut and your choice of 10 grain or gluten free toast
Wrap Up Wednesdays..   Try our Mexican Breakfast Wrap for $10 on Wednesday (Usually $17)
A Raw Carrot and Cumin Wrap filled with Carrot & Beetroot Salad, Mexican Quinoa Salad, Refried Black Turtle Beans and served with Raw Sweet Chilli Chipotle Sauce and Seasonal Greens

Mushy Thursday…..           Try our Creamy Mushrooms for $10 on Thursday (Usually $18)
Creamy Mushrooms served with a marinated Portobello Mushroom stuffed with Cashew Pesto,
Salad Greens, Sauerkraut & your choice of 10 grain or gluten free toast

Falafel Fridays…..              Try our Mung Bean Falafel Platter for $10 on Friday (Usually $17)
Pan-fried sprouted mung bean falafels with sweet chilli sauce, carrot & beetroot salad, seasonal greens & lemon pepper aioli.

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       Available Between 8-10am Mon – Fri –    Offer Runs Until 21 April

Learn How to Cultivate Gourmet Mushrooms at Home

March 14th, 2017 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Events No Comment yet

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Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Gourmet Mushrooms from permaculture expert and ‘Mushroom Guru’ Aidan Kelly from The Fungus Federation

The Course Schedule:
– The Ecology Life-Cycle of cultivated Mushrooms
– The 7 basic stages of Mushroom Cultivation
– Choosing a Mushroom to cultivate
– Choosing, handling and storing spawn
– Cultivating mushrooms outdoors on logs,stumps and wood chips
– Cultivating Mushrooms on compost and Lifestock waste
– Cultivating mushrooms on pasteurised or sterilised media
– Cropping containers
– Creating a starter kit (hands on)
– Natural Pest and Disease Management
– Cardboard and Coffee Ground Culture Techniques
– Mushroom Products and Cutting Edge Applications
– Basic Lab Construction, Equipment and Procedures

Course material and Starter Kit included. $150
Tickets Available Online @ Link Below

More about Aidan Kelly: @thefungusfederationltd

My name is Aidan and I am a self ‘doctorinated’ mycologist and food forest designer. I have had a life long passion for biological science, mainly the culture of useful organisms.

I’ve studied Amenity Horticulture Level 4 in 2011 and entry level biology and biotechnology in 2012. In 2013, I achieved a Level 3 Organic Horticulture Certificate and since 2010, I’ve been doing my own research into ‘Food Forestry’ or ‘Eco-system based Food and Resource Production.

Since then, I have presented workshops at Te Henga Studios, Kelmarna Community Gardens and presented 2 very successful lectures at Luminate Festival 2017.

Cactus Water – The Power of Prickly Pear

February 22nd, 2017 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, The Latest & Greatest No Comment yet

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Refreshing – Antioxidant-Rich – Electrolyte-Packed – High in Minerals – Hydrating 

Juiced cactus fruit from the Prickly Pear (Nopal Cactus)  is beneficial for skin. It contains all 24 known betalains, these are powerful antioxidants known for their skin revitalizing benefits – hydrating and reviving naturally.

Low in sugar and calories, cactus water is also thought to help cleanse and detoxify your body systems. Similar to coconut water, it is packed with electrolytes and minerals. Some suggest it also helps provide support for the  immune system and inflammation issues.

With a subtle, earthy, berry-like flavour prickly pear cactus juice is refreshing and thirst quenching.

500ml True Nopal Cactus Water $5.80
330ml Cali Cactus Water $4.80