Raw Kale Salad & Vanilla Banana Hemp Smoothie for Meatless Monday!

There is nothing better than waking up to make a nourishing breakfast, especially when your breakfast tastes like dessert! Better yet, this morning smoothie is packed with heart healthy omega 3’s and satiating protein and fiber!

Vanilla Banana Hemp Smoothie

2 ripe frozen bananas
1 tbsp raw almond butter
5-6 medjool dates
1 cup water (or more, depending on desired consistency)
2 tbsp hemp hearts
1 tbsp hemp oil
1/2 tsp whole vanilla bean powder OR 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
Pinch of Celtic sea salt
Pinch of Cinnamon

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Sprinkle cinnamon on top

Moving into lunch, this raw kale salad is sure to please! I cannot stress the importance of eating a raw salad daily. Full of vitamins, minerals and enzymes, your body will rejoice! This salad is definitely a favorite, mainly because it contains 2 of my foodie-loves: avocado and kale! Loaded with calcium, magnesium and healthy fats, this salad is the perfect afternoon pick me up!

Raw Red Kale Salad

1 bunch red kale
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1/2 red onion
1 carrot
1 bell pepper
Half medium cucumber
1/2 cup fresh dill
2 tbsp hemp hearts
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 avocado
Juice of 1 lime
1 garlic clove
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup water

Begin by shredding red kale or simply chopping it up ‘chiffonade’ style. Half the cherry tomatoes, slice red onion into half moons, julienne the bell pepper and chop cucumber. Slice the carrot thinly, or use a mandolin. Toss all veggies together. Feel free to add any additional veggies. Personally, I like to add some canned black beans or chickpeas to add some protein and fiber for a delicious vegetarian friendly lunch!

In a high speed blender, combine avocado, lime juice, dill, garlic, sea salt, black pepper and water. Dress the salad and toss well. Sprinkle with hemp hearts and pumpkin seeds.

Enjoy these Meatless Monday recipes!

If you have a favorite Meatless Monday recipe you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you! Email me- samantha@holisticwellness.ca

Happy Monday!

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This Ones for the Dog Lovers….

Poppy enjoying her bone marrow

In December of last year, my boyfriend and I adopted a dog. Her name is Poppy! She is a rescue dog that came all the way from Ohio, (from a high kill pound- yes…these actually exist!) and landed into our loving arms!! She is absolutely amazing, and for all you dog lovers out there, I’m sure you know how it feels to come home to a loving, happy beautiful creature.

Poppy is just over 2, with quite the mix! She’s has a little bit of lab, hound, terrier and chihuahua. She’s about 16lbs (was a little malnourished and 12lbs when we got her) and I thought today, I would share with you what I’ve been feeding her, because it’s only the best!!

Poppy was originally eating science diet kibble, and I’ve made the switch to raw food! One month she’ll get chicken and mackerel, the next month, beef and vegetables, and currently she is eating turkey and vegetables, all raw of course! I’ve been purchasing Tollden Farms Raw food for dogs from Global Pet Foods (which is like the whole foods of dog stores!!). Tollden Farms uses only the freshest human grade protein, with fresh fruits and vegetables and absolutely NO by products! The meat is frozen into individual patties which makes it great for defrosting. I feed her 1/3 of the raw patty in the morning and 1/3 at night. She also eats a very small handful of Orijen Kibble, which is an amazing kibble because it is grain free. Grains do not belong in a dogs diet! The kibble is 70% meat with 30% fruits, veggies and herbs.

That’s not all…. I also add 1 scoop of Omega Alpha probiotic8 to her food, along with Auum Seal Oil, and half a teaspoon of Purica Recovery- a Joint supportive product for dogs. Poppy has a knee cap out of alignment, so its best that I start her on this supplement.

She is a happy thriving dog, with the shiniest coat, the cleanest teeth, a healthy immune system, and the healthiest doggie poos!! All thanks to RAW food!

I’m sure many of us own pets, and it’s important to understand how they would behave in nature. Dogs are really from the wild. They fend for themselves and kill their food. They don’t take out the barbecue and grill up a steak!! They ravage their meat and eat it raw- organs, bones and everything! Its only natural that we feed our animals the way nature intended. I know many people who feed their dogs and cats raw food. Friends of mine have a dog the age of 27 and their cat is 21!! They’ve been eating raw from day one! That is really amazing!

Click on some of the links above to learn about raw food and great dog supplements. I highly recommend Purica Recovery for any dog that is injured or suffering from arthritis/joint pain due to old age. It truly is a great product! This product is also available for humans!! I have many friends and family who use this product for themselves and their dogs and feel great because of it.

Off to treat Poppy to some bone marrow!

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