Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix + Oatmeal Topper

This Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix recipe is sponsored by iHerb

Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix - Use this trail mix on your oatmeal, on your roasted squash salad, or on top of your smoothie bowl

In autumn we all take a deep breath out, our memory box filled with summer adventures and good times, and we slowly make the transition into winter. For me, autumn is time to turn the oven back on to prepare meals for family and friends, and also start trialing holiday recipes and edible gifts. In our busy lives, we can all appreciate a versatile dish, something that can be used in multiple ways. That’s why I created this Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix and Oatmeal Topper because that’s exactly what it is. As a trail mix, it can be enjoyed as a quick and filling afternoon snack, or perhaps given to friends or coworkers as a holiday gift. As a meal, it tastes great added to your warming bowl of oatmeal or sprinkled on your next roasted winter squash salad. I’ve included more ideas below on how to enjoy this tasty holiday essential pumpkin spice trail mix, and some tips on how to maximise the nutritional quality.
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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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Healthy Chickpea Oil-Free Dip with Sundried Tomatoes

Recipe for Healthy Chickpea Oil-Free Dip - GF Vegan

Hands down, the Middle East is one of my favourite regions in the world to visit. Sleeping on rooftops, shopping the magical bazaars, and sampling the amazing cuisine. Just as you would be served a bread basket here at home, some creamy hummus and fresh made pita is the Middle Eastern way of welcoming you into their restaurant. Their hummus is rich with flavours that we could only hope to replicate. I think this may be partially due to their top quality olive oils that are equally aromatic as they are rich in flavour. So what do I do when when I can’t replicate their delicious hummus – create a ‘chickpea spread’ instead. This Healthy Chickpea Oil-Free Dip with Sundried Tomatoes knows that it will always be overshadowed by its creamy hummus cousin, but coming in second isn’t so bad either.
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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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Raw Nori Stix Recipe – Is A Raw Food Diet For You?

Raw Nori Stix

Today is International Raw Food Day! With raw food cafes and restaurants popping up everywhere, it is safe to say that this emerging trend is taking off. Raw foodies claim that a raw food diet can increase energy levels with the promise of long-lasting health. Naturally I have become curious about this seemingly new phenomenon that promises to change your life and did a little research.
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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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Raw Fruit Tart With Cashew Cream and Seasonal Fruit

Recipe for Vegan Raw Seasonal Fruit Tart with Cashew Cream

My first experience with raw desserts was magical. A friend had attended a raw food cooking class and offered to (not) bake me a cheesecake. I must admit I was skeptical, how could a cheesecake recipe that consisted of mainly nuts, seeds and dried fruit compare to the real thing?
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Japanese Miso and Soba Noodle Soup

Japanese Miso Soba Noodle Soup

This is a regular dish in our household. Its super easy and adaptable. You can usually find some sort of vegetable in your fridge that would work perfectly with this dish. Miso is a little bit of a ‘superfood’, I use Genmai Miso as its made of brown rice rather than white, so it still contains the bran making it even more nutritious. None-the-less, miso is a great alternative to stock as the fermentation process undergone to make miso helps to create probiotics making our guts a happy place.
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How To Get Your Omega-3’s – For The Vegetarians

How to get your omega-3s - vego style

Long dispelled are the myths of inadequate protein intake in vegetarian diets as we know now that a balanced and varied vegetarian diet, containing nuts, seeds, tofu, eggs, legumes and quinoa will provide us with enough. One query that continues to linger is whether or not a vegetarian diet can provide sufficient omega-3 fatty acids. One of the highest sources of omega-3 fatty acids is seafood, but there are plenty of plant based sources as well. Here is some helpful tips on how much of these plant sources we need to consume in a day, as well as how to ensure the maximum availability of these nutrients.
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Simple Raw Date Fudge Balls {Vegan and Gluten Free}

Raw Fudge Date Balls

Skip the chocolate hangover this Easter and try these delicious and easy Raw Date Fudge Balls! Chocolate eggs and Easter bunny’s have been occupying the supermarket shelves since January. I love my festive holidays as much as the next person but also like to try and keep my distance from the Nestles and Cadbury’s of the world as much as possible.
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