Overnight Oats with Dehydrated Summer Fruits and Hemp Seeds

Overnight Oats with Dehydrated Summer Fruits and Hemp Seeds

Towards the end of spring a crazy, extroverted, bundle of energy entered our lives. He came with the intention of not hanging around the city for long, but ended up coming back again and again and again. After spending a few short weeks biking down the West Coast of America, surviving off porridge, wild berries, and other peoples generosity, he came back to Victoria with crazy tales and a thirst for life. He loved this city and the city loved him.
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Chia Seeds, Flaxseeds, Hemp Seeds – Which One Is For You?

Flaxseeds are grown in the Okanogan, BC

Mother and Daughter near the Okanogan, where Flaxseeds are now grown.

Superfoods are big money. With their promises of everlasting youth and renewed vitality, consumers will happily spend the big bucks without further question. Some really are super, some are flops (ie. noni juice). We have always known that seeds hold a high nutritional value, but we’ve moved past the common sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seed and are now looking for something new and edgy. Chia seeds, flaxseeds and hemp seeds have all made their mainstream supermarket debut over the last few years. As super as they all are, each of them has individual health properties that are as unique as their consumers are. Some are better suited to certain individuals, and some consumers like to factor in their environmental standpoint. Which one is better for you…?
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Japanese Salad Bowls with a Miso Tahini Dressing and Brown Rice

Summer Japanese Salad Bowl with Brown Rice and a Miso Tahini Dressing

Best Summer Of Our Lives

As summer comes to an end, those around me have declare this as the the best summer of our lives. Big statements coming from those of us with 28 summer’s under our belts. But memories were made and miracles did happen. What may have kept our stamina going (in my household anyway) was our multiple renditions of our nutrient packed salad bowls. I’ve already shared Sami’s Summer Tofu Salad Bowl with Brown Rice and a Savoury Dressing, and then followed that up with a lower sodium alternative Light Summer Salad with a Garlic and Tahini Dressing. Now my love of Asian food has inspired this Japanese Salad Bowl served with a Miso Tahini Dressing and Brown Rice, just in time to see summer to it’s end.
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Light Summer Salad with a Creamy Garlic and Tahini Dressing

Simple Salad with Cheery Tomatoes and Beets and a Tahini Dressing

A few weeks ago I posted our favourite salad recipe Sami’s Summer Tofu Salad Bowl with Brown Rice and a Savoury Dressing. The recipe was featured on Finding Vegan and brought in over 1,400 unique visitors to my site in one day. This salad has since extended itself past a Monday night deal, and has been accompanying us on our numerous weekend camping trips this summer. As much as we love it, we Dietitians (yes Sami is a Dietitian too) were feeling a little bit guilty about the amount of tamari we were going through (think one bottle a week!). So a thirsty and slightly bloated Dietitian created a less salty alternative – This Simple Summer Salad with Creamy garlic and Tahini Dressing is just as delicious and has over 80% less salt!
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Simple Summer Beetroot, Green Beans and Goat Cheese Salad

Healthy Summer Beetroot, Green Beans and Goat Cheese Salad Recipe

There is nothing that compares to a Canadian summer. As soon as the sun comes out, so do the people. And everyone is racing to get out in nature. From the first sighting of June, the weekends bring endless camping trips, festivals, hikes and exploring. This years summer kicked off with a trip to stunning Tofino, with new and old friends. My beautiful soul sister Sage served up an amazing Beetroot Asparagus and Goat Cheese Salad. The simple 5 ingredient dish has stuck in my mind ever since. As asparagus is no longer in season I’ve adapted the recipe to suite the available summer produce.
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Almond Milk. Is It Worth Going Nuts For?

What are the health benefits of drinking almond milk

Last week Tom Philpott of Mother Jones wrote a piece titled Lay Off The Almond Milk, You Ignorant Hipsters. Boy-oh-boy did that post get some heat. He quickly responded with a follow up post Boy, Hipsters Sure Are Defensive About Their Almond Milk. It seems that some people are pretty defensive when it comes to their plant-based milk of choice. And maybe for good reason. What’s wrong with good ol’ almond milk anyway? If not almond milk, than what?
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Vegetarian Greek Lentil Soup with Lemon and Feta

Greek Lentil Soup with Feta and Lemon

The internet can be a scary world. There is misinformation galore and pseudoscience being promoted as fact to millions of users everyday. New fad diets and superfoods are reaching consumers at lightning speed and unfortunately there is no filter.
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Which Sustainable and Seasonal Fish To Enjoy This Summer

Sustainable Seafood To Enjoy This Summer

Tofino, BC

Last month I shared my thoughts on Five Steps to Becoming a Sustainable Seafood Foodie. Last week in my inbox, the Centre for Food Safety sent me their thoughts on The Best Sustainable Fish To Eat In The Summer. Coincidentally, their article also included their top 5 tips on sustainable seafood eating.
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Sami’s Summer Tofu Salad Bowl with Brown Rice and a Savoury Dressing

Samis Summer Salad Bowl with Savoury Dressing

Every Thursday we get our CSA vegetable box delivered and our fridge fills up with fresh kale, beets and carrots. And every Monday night, after a weekend of one too many wines and late night pizzas, our household gets the pleasure of Sami’s yummy salad bowl. I don’t know of any better way to get through the Monday blues than with a tummy full of fresh veggies and whole grains.

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What Western Medicine Can Learn From Traditional Aboriginal Healing Therapies

Traditional Aboriginal Healing - Vancouver Island BC

Mural in Chermainus, Vancouver Island, BC

For me there is no denying, there is something so very enchanting about traditional Aboriginal healing. Maybe it’s the images of peyote and smoke ceremonies. Or maybe it’s the idea of the mysterious medicine man, with his limitless knowledge in healing herbs and plants. Or maybe its just knowing that our First People had an effective world of medicine before colonisation. Medicine that came from this land and was specific for the people that inhabited it. Aboriginal healing extends far beyond herbal teas and smudging. At its roots it is the belief and the practice in a holistic approach to health- in treating the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual facets of health as one.

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