Vegan Ranch Salad Dressing with Hemp Hearts

Vegan Hemp Heart Ranch Dressing

Hemp hearts are currently a hot topic, and for good reason. They are an easy protein source, packed full of essential fatty acids, locally grown, and super versatile. I love hemp so much I’ve share my favorite milk alternative Hemp Milk, and a yummy nutrient dense snack Hemp and Sunflower Seed Pâté in the past. This Vegan Ranch Dressing with Hemp is my new favourite way to incorporate hemp into my day. The creaminess of the hemp lends itself to this dressing, and there’s no reliance on any other nut or seed butter (tahini, I love you but I need a change). It’s a great salad dressing for those hearty cold weather salads. I love it with shredded kale, beets and carrots on top of fluffy quinoa. Yum!
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Vegan Hemp and Sunflower Seed Pâté

Vegetarian Pate Recipe with Sunflower Seeds, Hemp Hearts and Dill
Hemp hearts are a food that comes up daily in my practice. I recommend it to many of my clients as a great plant-based complete protein that offers a wide nutrient profile including omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and zinc. Generally my focus is on breakfast, where most people struggle with getting in a good protein source – ”add 3tbsp of hemp hearts to your oatmeal” or ”make a chia pudding using Homemade Hemp Milk. The beauty of hemp is its versatility, and so it doesn’t get confined to just breakfast I wanted to share this Vegan Hemp and Sunflower Seed Pâté. Hemp hearts give this pate a nice rich creamy consistency and provide 13g protein per serving. Serve it with some seed crackers or cut up cucumber for a tasty afternoon treat, or as a light lunch.
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Kale Salad with Beet Apple and Dill

Recipe for Beet Apple Dill Salad with an ACV vinaigrette

As the years go by, I can start to appreciate the presence of fruit in salads. Where the sight of strawberries in a salad used to make my stomach churn, I can now appreciate the surprise burst of sweetness from a blueberry or the tartness from an apple in a salad. This April the veggie stands are showcasing beets, kale and apples. When these seasonal delights are jazzed up with a little bit of fresh dill and a simple vinaigrette style dressing, an exciting springtime Kale Salad with Apple, Beet and Dill is created. What I love about this spring dish is that it continues to showcase the produce of the autumn and winter, while the addition of fresh dill reminds us that spring has come.
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Raw Chocolate Brownie with Caramel Icing [Vegan, GF]

Recipe for Raw Chocolate Brownie with Caramel Icing

Tomorrow is Valentines day and being the responsible Dietitian that I am, I am sharing my favourite ultra healthy raw chocolate brownie. If your looking for a non-Cadbury chocolaty treat for your special someone, I encourage you to give this recipe a try. Even the biggest of skeptics would be impressed by the combination of gooey dates and hearty nuts. And you wouldn’t believe its completely raw! But what really makes this recipe for Raw Chocolate Brownie with Caramel Icing a keeper is the “caramel icing…”
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Have a Heart: Ethical Raw Chocolate Brownie Recipe for Valentines

Raw Chocolate Brownies

Maybe Valentines day is a lot-a-bit commercialised, but that doesn’t have to take away from the beautiful jesters lovers do for one another on this special day. From romantic picnics to candle-lite dinners for two. However you decide to spend this Valentines day there is almost a guaranteed exchange of chocolate. This Valentines day we can try and make the most ethical chocolate choices. Scroll to the bottom for my favourite Raw Chocolate Brownie Recipe and for a list of local Fair Trade Chocolate available in your country.
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Ginger Spiced Apple Sauce Recipe and Fruit Picking Victoria

Apple Picking and Ginger Spiced Apple Sauce

I have Lifecycles to thank for my first venture of apple picking in one of Victoria’s most beautiful orchards. Lifecycles is a not for profit organization dedicated to cultivating awareness and initiating action around food, health, and urban sustainability in the area. They have their hands in the right barrels so to speak, and they are always looking for more volunteer fruit pickers.
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Healing Breakfast Smoothie with Berries, Banana and Cacao

Healing Breakfast Smoothie with Berry Banana and Cacao from Ingredients Apple Cafe, Victoria BC

I love Victoria and its bountifulness of amazing eateries. I am continuously inspired by all the fresh, local, healthy fare that is waiting for you around every corner. This weekend a friend took me to an unassuming spot for lunch; a health food store with a tiny organic café inside, Ingredients Health Food & Apple Café.
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Milk Alternatives – Finding The Best One For You

Choosing Milk Alternatives

Nepalese Women Make Traditional Yaks Milk Tea, Langtang, Nepal

So you have made the choice to give up milk. Mom says no, friends call you a hippie, the dairy industry is smacking their 3 recommended serves in your face. But you don’t care, your going to do it. Whether it be to ward off suspected intolerances, a cows milk allergy, to lower your carbon footprint or for personal ethical reasons, finding a suitable alternative can be tricky. Each book you read, every website you come across and every person you talk to will probably tell you something different. I just want to lay out the basics as well as expunge any myths. You can decide for yourself which milk alternative sounds like its best suited to your lifestyle and diet.
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A Zingy Green Summer Juice

Zingy Fresh Green Summer Juice

Once you go green, you’ll never go back.

My previous method of juicing included taking anything and everything and pressing it down my juicer. It was a gamble when it came to taste, but I was experimenting. I’m content now knowing that I prefer not to juice my parsnips. When I found out that people actually followed recipes for juices, and that the final product was always something delicious, I needed to know more.
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Sprouted Summer Salad Recipe:The How To & Health Benefits of Sprouting Foods

Sprouted Spring Salad

I have been dabbling into sprouting foods since my early university days but back then I was too skint to buy a proper sprouter. I’ve used everything from nut milk bags to glass jars and cheesecloth. If your a first time sprouter,prepare to become addicted. Sprouting is one of the most simplest things to you will do in the kitchen. All you need to do is remember to water your sprouts. No green thumb required, which suits me well!
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