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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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30% Off Your New Year Detox with Brett Elliot

December 16th, 2016 Posted by Great Gift Ideas @ Wise Cicada, In Season, Natural Supplements No Comment yet


We have amazing savings to support your New Year detox intentions…….

We feel good about selling this kit, as it is one of the most comprehensive and supportive natural detox formulations on our shelves – it is formulated and made locally and clients have the support of clinical naturopath Brett Elliot.

The detox kit contains formulas to support a colon cleanse, parasite cleanse, liver detox, heavy metal detox, plus prebiotic & enzyme support for your digestion. The slimming detox system adds in herbal thermogenic support to enhance your metabolism.

30% off Ultimate Herbal Detox Kits – Now $118.93 – RRP $169.90 Purchase Here
30% off Ultimate Herbal Slim Slim Program – Now $127.33 – RRP $181.90  Purchase Here
30% off Boditune Detox & Slim Protein Drink Sachet Box – Now $73.43 – RRP $104.90 Purchase Here
30 % off Individual BodiTune Detox & Slim Protein Drink sachets – Now $2.31 – RRP $3.30

Clinical naturopath and program creator, Brett Elliot will be in store.

Monday 19 Dec 11.30am – 2pm

He can answer all of your detox and holistic weight loss questions.

He says ‘I specialize in balancing metabolic disorders and the related ailments. This includes weight gain, arthritis and joint pain, hormonal imbalance, digestive complaints, addiction, depression, stress and fatigue.’

‘In the last 20 years I have put over 100,000 people through my program which is now New Zealand’s most popular Herbal Health Program.’

Nasturtiums – The Garnish We Should Always Eat!

November 21st, 2016 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, In Season No Comment yet


Next time you are served a delicious organic vegan meal at Wise Cicada cafe and it happens to be garnished with a Nasturtium flower or leaf – be sure to eat it!

Here are a few very good reasons why….

Firstly, check out the colour of the flowers….. anthocyanins abound in the vibrant yellow and orange petals. Anthocyanins are powerful free radical negating antioxidants – helpful  and protective for our bodies in anti-inflammatory and immune system response.

Nasturtium (Tropaeolum Majus) originated in  South America (the Andean regions of Peru Columbia and Ecuador). The Spanish conquistadores introduced Nasturtium to Europe in the 16th century, where the herb became known as ‘Indian cress’.

Like the cress we know well, this ‘Indian cress’ also carries some heat –  it contains mustard oil (isothiocyanate).  As well as the peppery mustard ‘note’, Nasturtiums also contain glycoside (glucotrapaeoline) which hydrolyses to antibiotic and antifungal sulphur compounds. This makes Nasturtium an ideal infection fighting herb, both topically and internally. It may be helpful for respiratory system infections and digestive flora balance. It is also reputed to help promote red blood cell production.

One last addition to the great reasons listed for eating this flowery garnish – if  you are adding Nasturtium petals and leaves to your daily salad – you are also effectively topping up on your iron and vitamin C levels. So plant some in your garden today.

This pretty rambling plant flowers throughout most of the summer so enjoy it in abundance. If you want to preserve some Nasturtium goodness for the winter months here are two great recipes:

Nasturtium Capers
Pick enough Nasturtium buds to fill a jar (wash and dry on a paper towel then pack into jar)
Sprinkle in theses spices as you layer the buds (a dash of nutmeg, a few whole black peppercorns, a few cloves)
Pour organic vinegar over the buds, seal and leave for 6 weeks before opening.

Nasturtium Vinegar
Pick one cup of Nasturtium flowers and place them into a bottle with a peeled clove of garlic. Pour over 500ml of organic cider vinegar and ensure that all the nasturtium petals are covered by the liquid.  Leave for 4 weeks in a cool dark place, then strain and bottle.

Vegan Greek Salad with New Season Asparagus & Tofu Feta

October 21st, 2016 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Go Organic, In Season, Recipes, Salads 1 comment


This is our ‘best vegan feta’ recipe – so do try it out on your friends…… (serves 4)
Recipe c/ Wise Cicada Chef Malin

270g organic asparagus (one bunch) cut into 3cm pieces & blanched
1 organic or spray free capsicum sliced
1 small organic cucumber sliced in half circles
100g organic kalamata olives
1 organic red onion sliced
1 organic tomato cut into wedges
1 packet organic ‘Tonzu’ tofu
1 Tbsp fresh organic lemon juice
1 Tbsp organic virgin olive oil
1 tsp dried organic oregano (or fresh 1 Tbsp chopped)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cracked 0rganic pepper
1 tsp organic apple cider vinegar

– Wrap tofu in a tea towel and place in a bowl with a weight on top (eg chopping board) to impose pressure for 30 minutes so that the liquid is pressed out.
– Cut pressed tofu into cubes 2 x 2 cm and marinate in olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper, oregano over night.


In Season – March – Fresh Organic Figs

March 16th, 2016 Posted by In Season No Comment yet

Everything about a fresh fig is special.

The fleeting season may make a fig lover so excited they devour more than they should. And just consider their incredible packaging! They are inside out, with flowers and seeds inverted via the ostiole,
all ripening inside creamy flesh.

Even though that sounds and looks a bit weird, they are delicious and extremely alkalising. Packed with soluble fibre, a fresh fig is a guilt free treat, beneficial for digestive health, insulin regulation, blood pressure and studies have shown that ficus carica (or fig) may help inhibit some types of cancer cells.

Our fabulous and special fresh figs are grown with love by Kent and Kathy in Bethells Beach, Auckland using permaculture practises.In Store Now!

An organic fig bought from Wise Cicada is rich in potassium and contains good levels of calcium, magnesium, iron and copper, plus vitamins A E and K.

Part of the mulberry family (Moraceae), the fig (ficus carica) is one of the world’s oldest trees, first cultivated from wild Asian varieties in the deltas of ancient Egypt. Today it is a food crop
that unites many cultures and countries. Our certified organic dried bulk figs come from Turkey where the fig growing tradition has flourished for thousands of years.

Available for just a few heavenly weeks between summer and autumn, delicate perishable, precious figs are one of the treasures on our shelves in March.

But don’t be sad when the season has gone,  there’s good news it seems a dried fig contains even more nutrition than a fresh one!

Refs: The Encyclopaedia of Healing Foods, Dr. Michael Murray, Hachette UK 2005
The Origins of Fruits and Vegetables, Jonathan Roberts, Harper Collins 2001