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kale, apple + sunflower seed salad

It’s easy to over-complicate things…our relationships, our health, our priorities…life. All of these things can be made simpler with some hard work but perhaps the first place to start is with food. It’s often the simplest meals that are the most delicious, maybe it’s because we take less time preparing and more time enjoying. Salads are an easy meal – throw a bunch of food into a bowl, cover with dressing and eat.

We over-complicate this by adding lots of unnecessary ingredients, additives etc. This salad brings things back to basics – simple, clean and full of nutrients. It takes minutes to make, deliciously crunchy as well as being detoxifying.

kale apple sunflower seed salad

KALE, APPLE +SUNFLOWER SEED SALAD

2 bunches of kale, small chiffonade (or use baby kale)
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 apple, chopped
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp raw honey or coconut nectar
splash of apple cider vinegar
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raisins
sea salt, to taste

Massage kale with lemon juice using your hands for a few minutes to break it down. In a smaller bowl, combine mustard, honey, apple cider vinegar and sea salt. While whisking mixture vigorously, add the organic olive oil slowly in a thin stream. Mix dressing with kale and top with sunflower seeds, raisins and apple.

 

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fruity green smoothie

As most Nutritionists can tell you, the consumption of green smoothies is one of the best things you can do for your health. Why? Well we all need to eat vegetables and most of us should be eating more than we do. Drinking green smoothies is a way to increase your veggie intake in an easy and pleasant way.

Green smoothies are a good source of vitamins and minerals as well as fibre (remember, smoothies keep fibre intack whereas juicing extracts the fibre.) There are tons of different greens that can be added to your smoothies….spinach, kale, swiss chard, dandelion, collards, sprouts, broccoli, beet greens and more! It’s a good idea to rotate the kind greens you use as some contain higher amounts of alkaloids which can cause symptoms such as stomach aches in some people.

If the idea of a green smoothie seems unappealing or scary, start with a higher quantity of fruit and smaller amount of greens. The below smoothie is great for beginners!

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Fruity Green Smoothie

1 cup dairy-free milk (almond, rice, hemp, coconut)
1 cup coconut water or maple sap
1 cup frozen mango
1 banana
1/2 cup pineapple
2 handfuls baby kale
1 scoop Sunwarrior Protein Powder in Vanilla

Combine all ingredients except protein powder in a blender and blend on high. Add in protein powder and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

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chocolate-covered cherry smoothie

Today is the last day of our Pre-Detox for the Sensational YOU Summer Detox program and tomorrow we start the official detox.

For me the most challenging part of a detox is the beginning and eliminating certain foods. Having a sweet tooth, it can be difficult to have to give up chocolate, maple syrup and other sweet treats that I love. But I do it knowing that food isn’t what controls me and it’s good to take a break to rest and repair the body.

Why I love the Sensational YOU Summer Detox is that it is a whole food program, meaning you don’t live on water and juice for 11-days but incorporate healthy and nourishing whole foods. And while chocolate and sweets may not be included on the list, there are plenty of delicious recipes this program offers including the Chocolate-Covered Cherry Smoothie.

As you know, I love LOVE chocolate. Add cherries to that and I think you have a perfect combination. In the below recipe I’ve substituted dates for stevia as I like the taste and nutritional properties more.

chocolate covered cherry smoothie

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Smoothie

1 cup coconut milk beverage, hemp milk or rice milk
1/2 avocado
1 cup frozen cherries
1 tbsp ground flax
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1-2 Medjool dates
2-3 ice cubes (optional)
1 scoop protein powder (optional)

Place all ingredients in blender in order listed and blend until smooth.

 

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thai mango salad

As a representative of the plant-based, healthy eating community, I feel a sense of duty to show up to parties with delicious, cruelty-free food. It’s important for others to know that a) healthy food is delicious, b) healthy food is not boring and c) healthy food is not difficult to prepare. I like bringing this Thai Mango Salad because it is gorgeous and colourful while being the easiest meal in the world to make, one bowl is all you need. It takes 30-minutes for prep time then it’s ready to go.

thai mango salad

Thai Mango Salad

2 mangoes, chopped
1 red pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
3 green onions, chopped
1/2 red onion, diced
handful of parsley or cilantro, chopped
chili pepper, choppped *optional (will make your salad hot!)
juice from 1 lime
salt and pepper to taste
cashews or peanuts, crushed to garnish

Prepare and combine mangoes, red pepper, green pepper, green onions, red onion and parsley. Mix lime juice, salt and pepper in separate bowl and pour over veggie mixture. Chill for 1 hour and let marinade.  Garnish with nuts and serve.

This salad is part of the Sensational YOU Summer Detox program. Group detox begins July 17, 2013. Available here for only $10 until July 10, 2013.

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superfood eateries

Nothing makes me quite so excited as healthy new, veg-friendly restaurants. When they’re located within walking distance from me, it’s even better.

This month, Superfood Eateries opened up on Adelaide Street, just east of John Street in Toronto. The restaurant is based around these three pillars; plant-based, organically grown and living foods. All of my favourite things!

superfood eateries

There is so much I love about this place that I need to put it in point form (a habit for years of corporate working):

  1. The most important part of course, is that the food rocks! Organic, vegan and raw that is nutrient-dense and tastes great.
  2. So much variety. There are many fresh-pressed juices available as well as breakfast and lunch/dinner options.
  3. Aside from the great food, the owners, Amy De Wolfe and Luciano Losiggio are the best part. They are helpful, friendly and knowledgeable as well as being seriously passionate about their business and healthy, plant-based living.
  4. Superfood Eateries opens early, at 8am meaning healthy breakfast options which can be pretty darn rare in the downtown core.
  5. It’s unpretentious and I like that. No fancy decor, no fussiness, just pick up your goods from the fridge and go. There’s a small section for seating should you choose to eat in.
  6. It’s right beside a mega-fire station. This means the potential for plant-loving firemen. Enough said.

I’ve stopped in quite a few times and my must have’s are – the Spring Break and Bombshell smoothies, the Warm Hug (a raw ‘pumpkin’ pie) and Go The Distance chia pudding. It’s delicious and will leave you feeling full while providing plenty of Essential Fatty Acid’s and fibre.

If you are in the neighbourhood (and even if you’re not), make a quick stop in and grab a juice and snack. I promise you’ll love it!

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