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Flavourful Sprouts and Rice Salad

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This salad is so flavourful and refreshing! If you are trying to squeeze in as many backyard BBQs and picnics before summer ends, bring this winner with you!

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Pink Lady Smoothie

raspberry smoothie

I’ve always preferred blueberries over raspberries, but lately I’ve been loving this combination. The tartness of the raspberry is really fresh for summer, and you’re getting fibre, folate, vitamin C and extra goodies from the berries.

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Good Morning Sunshine Juice

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Beautiful, delicious and healthy. This drink reminds me of when I was a slushy obsessed kid, and how I often couldn’t choose between two flavours, so I would just get them both. It always tasted better mixed anyway 🙂

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Medjool Dates

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WHAT ARE MEDJOOL DATES?

Dates are a fruit from the date palm. Medjool Dates, AKA the “King of Dates” are a soft, large variation of date that are sweet with a caramel-like flavour. They’ve traditionally been grown in North Africa and the Middle East, but are now grown in North America, specifically California.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Most people enjoy Medjool dates because they satisfy your sweet tooth while also being good for you. In moderation of course, because these sweet little morsels do have a high natural sugar content. Here are some of the nutrients and health benefits linked to Medjool dates:

  • Easy to digest – which means its nutrients are easier for your body to absorb
  • High in fibre – Specifically soluble fibre, which helps to maintain healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels, also softens stool 🙂
  • Source of copper – An essential trace metal in your body. Aids in the absorption and use of iron, maintains normal brain and red blood cell function
  • Selenium – Helps immune functioning, linked to cancer prevention and contains 23 types of amino acids
  • Vitamin B6– 6% of the suggested daily intake with just 2 dates
  • High in Potassium – Potassium helps to maintain heart rate and blood pressure. Bite for bite you’re getting 3X the amount of potassium with a date vs. a banana!

Medjool dates have been linked to several other health benefits, Google away and you can find additional sources and information.

If you’re interested in purchasing Medjool dates, you can find them at most supermarkets. Our local Whole Foods sells small containers of organic dates in their prepackaged section. That’s where I bought the dates I used in this Rawnola Recipe.  If you don’t have a Whole Foods near you, we’ve also purchased Natural Delights dates from other supermarkets. They have a store locator on their website that shows where you can pick up these little bites of heaven!

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Careful, there’s a seed in there!

 

Watermelon and Mint Lemonade for Mother’s Day

Watermelon Lemonade

Earlier today we posted this Watermelon-Mint-Lemonade on our Instagram account. It’s an incredibly easy and healthy drink to make for any picnic, BBQ or in this case –Mother’s Day. 🙂 It takes almost no time to make, is refreshing and doesn’t sit heavy in your stomach, so it’s great for the summer months.  It’s also super healthy for both you and your mom!

Watermelon is roughly 90% water, so it provides a lot of hydration as well as Vitamin A, C and natural lycopene. Lycopene is a phytonutrient and antioxidant, you often find it in fruits and veggies that are red, like tomatoes, grapefruits etc.. Lycopene has been shown to help protect cells from damage and has been linked to cancer prevention (not too shabby…).  The lemon is another bonus ingredient, and helps with the alkalinity of your body – for more on the benefits of lemon water, click here to see an earlier post.

Lucky for me, and my mom’s health, she loves watermelon so I’m sure this will be a hit. What types of things do you do/make for your Mom to celebrate Mother’s Day?

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Feel The Lean Juice Round-up

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I dove into the wonderful world of juicing recently, after being inspired by our Book of the Month, Feel the Lean by Loni Jane Anthony. In her book, Loni includes recipes for several smoothies and about a dozen juices. Below you’ll find a round-up of the seven juices we tested out including ingredients and some thoughts/reviews on the stand-outs.

We have more juice recipes of our own to share soon, but I’m curious, what are some of your favourite juice recipes/combos?

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Roasted Chickpeas Lettuce Tacos

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Tacos are awesome because you basically just dump in a bunch of delicious toppings, then pick it up and DEVOUR it! But depending on what fillings you choose, your taco may not be the healthiest… However, if the shell of your taco is a leaf of lettuce, you know you are headed in the right direction. Then all you have to do is fill it with toppings that make both your taste buds and your body happy, like these roasted chickpeas!

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