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Can Kombucha Make You Happy? New Range from Taranaki ‘Happy Kombucha’ – Try It & Tell Us What You Think

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


Refreshing New Flavours from ‘Happy Kombucha’: 340ml $5.40

Cranberry Energy (with Hibiscus, Rosehip & Elderberry)
Refreshing Energy (with Lemon Myrtle, Lemongrass & Ginger)
Pomegranate Energy (with Rosehip, Hibiscus & Orange)
Elderflower Energy (with Elderflower & Hibiscus)
Peach Energy (with Stevia and Peach)
Forrest Energy (with Blackberry, Blueberry, Strawberry, Raspberry Elderberry, Hibiscus, Rosehip)

Although it’s not certified organic, this is a traditionally made, 100% natural brewed tonic drink intended to support balance and health – made with love by real people in Taranaki. So give it a try.

The flavour spectrum is packed with really interesting botanicals and beneficial herbs that taste good. Drinking a bottle will certainly increase your energy levels and may even make you ‘happy!’

Purchase Online Here

Why drink kombucha? – beneficial probiotics and acids created by microbial fermentation support liver function and detoxification. Phytonutrients in kombucha can contain antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, the effervescent combination of fermented sugars and tea will give you energy.

New – Pana Chocolate – The Recipes – A Luscious ‘Must Have’ Book for Every Foodie

February 21st, 2017 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Divine Desserts, Recipes, The Latest & Greatest No Comment yet

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PANA CHOCOLATE – The Recipes  – Hard Cover – 191 pages – Isbn 9781743792544 – $49

Raw – Organic – Handmade – Vegan                            Purchase Title Here

Pana Chocolate, The Recipes will show you how to make delicious dishes using raw, organic ingredients that are free from dairy, gluten and refined sugar. With more than 60 recipes from Pana Chocolate, this book covers everything from chocolate fillings, plated desserts and kids’ treats, to breakfast, healthy snacks and treats for special occasions. Your insides, and the earth, will thank you.

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New Almond & Chocolate Raw, Vegan Cake Recipe from Wise Cicada’s Raw Kitchen

February 10th, 2017 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Divine Desserts, Recipes No Comment yet


Certified Organic Ingredients

New in our organic raw cake cabinet, this one has a light, delicate, mousse texture. Sweet & delicious!

Base: 1 1/2 cup cashews, 1 cup desiccated coconut, 1 Tbsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp salt, 3 Tbsp raw cacao powder, 4 Tbsp date paste

Filling: 3/4 cup rice syrup, 2 1/2 cups cashews (soaked for 2 hours), 1/2 cup date paste, 3/4 cup almond butter, 1 cup almond milk, 1 Tbsp vanilla extract, 1/4 cup cacao butter, pinch of sea salt, 2 Tbsp raw cacao powder


Base: Blend cashews in a food processor until it takes on a flour-like texture. Then add all other ingredients, blend and press into a spring form tin evenly. Chill whilst you blend your filling.

Filling: Blend together soaked cashews, date paste, rice syrup, almond milk, vanilla, and salt in food processor until smooth and creamy. Then add the almond butter, cacao butter and blend until combined. Pour mixture into tin form (leaving aside one cup of mixture for the chocolate contrast). Back in the blender add 2 Tbsp raw cacao powder into the remaining mixture and blend to combine. To make the chocolate swirl, gently and slowly pour the chocolate mixture on top of the almond layer from a small height. Then use a spoon or a skewer to create a swirled effect. Freeze the cake overnight, then defrost and decorate to serve. ENJOY

Go Blue – Organic Blueberry Juice from Monavale Orchard

February 9th, 2017 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Go Organic, Latest Science Backs Up Your Health Choices, The People & Ethics Behind Your Favourite Products No Comment yet


The Power of ‘Blue’ |

Purchase 500mls $21.95     Purchase 2oomls $9.60    Purchase Freeze Dried Powder  150g $21.50

Nutrients in fresh blueberries:

1 cup serving (125g)
Vitamin C 25% daily requirement
Dietary fibre 20%
Manganese 12%
Vitamin E 10%
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) 8%
Calories (81) 4%

Packed with antioxidant phytonutrients called anthocyanins, blueberries neutralize free radical damage to the collagen matrix of cells and tissues that can lead to cataracts, glaucoma, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, peptic ulcers, heart disease and cancer. They also fight sun damage to skin and may thwart the effects of Alzheimer’s and other age-related diseases. Blueberries also contain 6ug./100g of folic acid. Folic acid benefits the fetus during pregnancy and may help guard against cervical cancer.

Researchers at Tufts University, USA, focused on the antioxidant characteristics of 40 different fruits and vegetables, particularly the phytochemicals called flavonoids. And blueberries came out tops. One serving of blueberries provides as many antioxidants as 5 servings of carrots, apples, broccoli and squash.

Blueberries may also be effective at lowering cholesterol and have fewer side effects than commercial drugs (Info c/- Monavale Blueberries Ltd

Blueberries are:
  • high in anti-oxidants
  • high in dietary fibre
  • a source of Vitamin A & C
Blueberries have:
  • cancer fighting properties
  • anti-aging properties
  • anti-inflammatory properties
  • a fat-fighting compound
  • help lower cholesterol
  • contain folic acid
  • increase neuronal communication
  • inhibit pain and inflammation caused by arthritis
  • help short & long term memory
  • help muscle recovery & brain function after strenuous exercise
  • enhance motor skills
  • can reduce the risk of haemorrhoids
  • can slow or even reduce degenerative brain diseases such as dementia & Alzheimer’s disease
  • protect against heart disease
  • inhibit cell damage
  • protect against diabetes
  • improve eyesight
  • help prevent urinary tract infections
  • maintain healthy skinWe’ve established that blueberries are good for us, but they are even healthier if they are grown organically.Growing blueberries organically means no use of herbicide, pesticide, genetically modified inputs and chemical fertilisers. All products used are from natural sources.A survey by the US Dept of Agriculture in 2002 showed that 73 percent of conventional crops contained at least one pesticide residue. Conventional crops were six times more likely to have multiple pesticide residues. Over 90 percent of conventional apples, peaches, pears, strawberries and celery were contaminated.

    But research shows that organic fruit and vegetables actually have more nutrients than conventional.
    In a study of organic versus conventional fruits, vegetables and grains, V Worthington showed that organic crops showed significantly more vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus and significantly less nitrates than conventional crops. There were non significant trends showing less protein but of a better quality and a higher content of nutritionally significant minerals with lower amounts of some heavy metals in organic crops compared with conventional ones.
    Organic certification is a process which assures the consumer that growing standards have been met. (Info from Monavale Blueberries Ltd)

New – Raw Gourmet Pizza Bases – Ready to Go – The Healthiest Pizza Possible

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


The Healthiest Pizza Option on the Market. $13.95  Purchase Online

You can’t get a healthier pizza base than this, it’s activated, raw, certified organic, gluten free, vegan….

These Raw Gourmet Pizza Bases are made from sprouted seeds, fresh whole ingredients and herbs. The process to produce this biscuit style base starts with the sprouting of the seeds which are then combined with other fresh ingredients and herbs to form a batter. This batter is then formed into a circle and dried at 45 C for 20 hours.

Your raw gourmet pizza base pack also comes with a selection of dried condiment toppings (kale chips, dried red onions, dried capsicum and dried smoked coconut). You can then ad your own combination of fresh raw topping ingredients. eg. avocado, pesto, chopped cherry tomatoes, chopped capsicum.

The seed rich base is a good source of protein, ideal for vegans.  Your pack also includes several recipe suggestions.

Serving: 6

This product will keep fresh in your pantry for 10-12 weeks. No need to refrigerate, but can be frozen.

There will be a pizza sampling opportunity @ Wise Cicada Sat 18 Feb 12-2pm – so be sure to come along.

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Raw Raspberry & White Chocolate ‘Cheeze’ Cake Slice – Wise Cicada Style

February 8th, 2017 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Divine Desserts, Recipes 2 comments


Organic – Vegan – Refined Sugar Free – Gluten Free

Yield: 20 – Preparation Time: 1 hour, 15 mins

2 cups cashews, 1/4 cup date paste, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 cup desiccated coconut, 2 Tbsp cacao butter, pinch of salt.

White Chocolate Filling:
3 cups cashews (soaked), 1 cup coconut cream, 1 cup of your choice of agave/rice syrup or coconut nectar, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/3 cup lemon juice, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 3 Tbsp lecithin, 1 1/4 cup cacao butter, 1 cup raspberries (defrosted & drained).

Raspberry Topping:
1 cup raspberries (defrosted & drained), 1/2 cup of your choice of sweetener (agave/rice syrup/coconut nectar), 1/4 cup cacao butter, 2 Tbsp psyllium husks

Base: Pulse cashews in food processor until crumbed, then add remaining ingredients and pulse until all is mixed and comes together. Press into a square tin and chill while making the filling.

Filling: Place cashews, coconut cream, sweetener, salt, vanilla and lemon juice in a blender and process until completely smooth. Then add the lecithin and cacao butter and blend until completely smooth and lecithin has dissolved. Pour into tin and let it sit for a few minutes until it starts to thicken – then carefully place raspberrries throughout the mixture. Chill until set before adding the topping.

Topping: Blend raspberries and syrup until smooth, then add cacao butter and lecithin and mix on high until completely blended and as smooth as possible. Pour mixture on top of the white chocolate layer and freeze.

Defrost and cut into rectangles, garnish and enjoy.

NEW Tiger Nuts – A ‘Super Root’ from Africa – Now @ Wise Cicada

January 25th, 2017 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Go Organic, The Latest & Greatest No Comment yet


You’ve periodically asked us for Tiger Nuts over the last few years and we haven’t been unable to source them…. but ‘Ceres’ have finally bought them to Aotearoa for us!

The Tiger Nut (cyperus esculentus lativum) or chufa is a a root tuber and traditional food from Africa, Tiger Nuts are beneficial to your gut flora and immune system, as the resistant starch is high in prebiotic value.

Also beneficial to insulin levels, high in magnesium, other minerals, and loaded with important fatty acids. They are just fine for someone with a nut allergy (as they are a root tuber) and for those doing the paleo ‘thing’.

Ideal as a slow release energy snack for active sports people. It may even give you a stamina edge over competitors.

Tiger nuts can be made into a milk, traditionally known as ‘horchata’ on the mediterranean coast. Often eaten dried, they are also versatile and delicious when soaked (plump and tasty after about four hours).

Gluten free tigernut flour has a unique sweet taste and is packed with fibre, we are still experimenting with it, but will post a recipe soon.

Purchase Online:   Tiger Nuts      Tiger Nut Flour

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New Vegan, Organic a la Carte Menu @ Wise Cicada

January 25th, 2017 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Go Organic, Main Meal Today, The Latest & Greatest No Comment yet

Introducing some of our new menu items: Now available all day (a la carte), along with all your other favourites:
Available: 8 am – 6pm Week Days / 9am – 6pm weekends

QUINOA NORI WRAP Quinoa, Capsicum, Cucumber, Carrot, Brown Rice Vinegar filled Nori Wrap with wasabi mayo, Kimchi and Furikake sprinkle. $14.50


THE BEAT BURGER Two Beet & Black Bean Patties, Caramelized Onion, Pesto Stuffed Oven Roasted Mushroom Portobello, Slice of Life Changing Bread, Mesclun Salad & Chipotle Dressing $18


4 A DAY Three Salads served with Beetroot, Apple & Flaxseed Crackers Pad Thai Salad with Tamarind Chilli Garlic Dressing, Rainbow Kale Salad, Vegan Greek Salad in Lemon olive Dressing $17

Cashew & Coriander Pesto, Mahammara, Sundried Tomato Cashew Cream Cheese, Hummus, Marinated Olives, Salad Greens & Toasted Gluten Free Coconut Bread $17

Pan Fried Sprouted Mung Bean Falafels, Sweet Chilli Sauce, Carrot & Beetroot Salad, Salad Greens & Lemon Pepper Aioli $17

BIRCHER MUESLI Organic Buckwheat, Sunflower, Pumpkin & Sesame Seeds, Coconut Chips, Almonds, Raisins & Apple all soaked in apple / orange juice, Coconut Cream, Cardamom & Ginger. Topped with Seasonal Organic fruit salad, home-made coconut yoghurt & Berry Chia Coulis $16

BRAZILIAN SUPER-FOOD BREAKFAST Frozen Acai, Blueberries, Banana, Fruit Salad, Almond Milk & Granola (gluten free option) + $3 $16

SLOW COOKED BAKED BEANS Home made Baked Beans slow cooked with Vegetables & our Special Spice blend served with Salad Greens & Whole Grain or Gluten Free Sourdough

CREAMY MUSHROOMS Creamy mushrooms served with a Cashew Pesto stuffed Portobello, Salad Greens, Sauerkraut & Whole Grain or Gluten Free Sourdough $18

MATCHA PANCAKES A triple stack of mini Matcha pancakes layered with Caramelized Bananas, served with a Seasonal Fruit Salad, Raw Fresh Coconut Ice Cream and Cranberry Ginger Compote $18

SCRAMBLED TOFU Creamy Tofu scramble served with Seasonal Greens, Sauerkraut & Whole Grain or Gluten Free Sourdough $17

GREEN HERB FRITTATA  Green herb Frittata served with a Coconut Tzatziki, Salad Greens, Sauerkraut & Sweet Chilli Sauce $17

Smashed Avocado Creamy Mushrooms 2 x Vegan Sausages (not gluten free) $3.50 each
100% Vegan – 95% Organic

MEXICAN BREAKFAST WRAP A Raw Carrot and cumin Wrap filled with raw carrot and beetroot salad, Mexican Quinoa salad and refried black turtle beans. Served with a Raw sweet chilli chipotle sauce and seasonal greens. $17

A hearty quinoa porridge flavoured with cinnamon and orange zest. Served with vanilla coconut nectar and home made Granola. $14

ORGANIC SOUP OF THE DAY Changes Daily Please Ask At The Counter $14.50

Wise Cicada – Supporting Your Healthy Ethical Lifestyle into 2017…..

January 4th, 2017 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Go Organic, In Season No Comment yet

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As one of the few independent health stores in Auckland, we are passionate about providing you with the food,  products and services that support your health-filled, ethical lifestyle.

We are your local organic grocer, fully NZ owned and operated. There is only one unique store/branch – 88 Broadway Newmarket, packed with interesting products and experiences, it pays to come with a little time to spare so you can relax and enjoy.

It is vitally important to us that we support the local organic industry and provide you with the freshest, seasonal, local, chemical-free food.

It is our priority to support local, small businesses that produce New Zealand made, quality, health-giving food and products.

Accessibility of price and variety of organic and natural food and product options are our core commitments, so that all in our community can be as healthy as possible.

Our cafe food is made with care and love from only the finest whole-food, organic, vegan ingredients, an uncompromised standard you will find in only a select few Auckland eateries. We make pure food to nourish you and support your health, with sustainability for the planet and care for all creature on it – always in mind.

Wise Cicada exists for you, you are our friends, as well as our customers…. the store / cafe is a community gathering space created for you! It is the health conscious ‘town square’ so to speak, for Newmarket. Please regard it as your ‘home away from home’ and have fun with our friendly team when you stop by.

Have a fun-filled, healthy and happy holiday season – we look forward to seeing you again in 2017!

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We’re Trialling Recipes for our New a la Carte Menu – Let Us Know What You Think

December 15th, 2016 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Go Organic, Main Meal Today, The Latest & Greatest 1 comment


A new look and flavours will come to Wise Cicada in 2017 with a vegan organic a la carte menu – due mid January.

Picture above: Black Bean, Beet & Portobello Stack….served with a quinoa and roasted corn salad, tempeh chorizo, seasonal greens, lemon pepper aioli and a raw sweet chilli sauce.

We are trialling new recipes and would love to hear your feedback. We’re also asking you for your contributions with a prize offered in return if your recipe idea makes it onto our menu.

MORE INFO – How to Win
Email your recipe ideas / feedback / requests to

Pic below: ‘ZEN WRAP’ … raw carrot, cumin wrap stacked with wild rice & pumpkin pilaf, slow roasted pumpkin, caramelised onions, sun-dried tomato cream cheese, wilted beet greens with onion and garlic, steamed asparagus, red pepper, pomegranate dressing, creamy mint dressing and a side of vegan Greek salad.