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Zesty black bean burger

Flavourful and healthy, these black bean burgers come together in no time, making them the perfect go-to meal for busy week nights. MAKES 6 PATTIES | TAKES 22 MINUTES Offering good fats, fibre and protein, these burgers keep your blood sugar balanced and your energy levels high. Pair them with a big green salad or cab- bage slaw for a delicious and satisfying meatless meal. INGREDIENTS »  1 can black beans, drained & rinsed (pat dry) »  1 cup baby spinach »  1⁄4 medium yellow onion »  1 clove garlic »  Small bunch of parsley »  1 egg »  1⁄4 cup spelt or gluten-free breadcrumbs »  1⁄4 tsp sea salt »  1⁄4 tsp cumin 1⁄4 tsp Herbamare Zesty » 1 Tbsp avocado oil OPTIONAL TOPPINGS: Mashed avo- cado, Dijon mustard, organic ketchup, vegan mayo or pesto DIRECTIONS Place spinach, onion, garlic, parsley, egg, sea salt, cumin, Herbamare Zesty and half the black

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Maple glazed sweet potato donuts

This recipe was created using all organic ingredients, it’s the perfect sweet treat to celebrate going organic. Enjoy! PREP TIME 15 MINS SERVES 12 I COOK TIME 25 MINS. Donut ingredients 3 Tbsp milled organic flax seed 3⁄4 cup organic apple cider 3⁄4 cup organic coconut flour 1⁄2 cup organic almond flour 3 Tbsp organic arrowroot flour 2 tsp organic baking powder 1⁄2 tsp organic baking soda 1⁄2 tsp each organic cinnamon, organic allspice and organic kosher or organic sea salt 1⁄4 tsp organic nutmeg 1 and 1⁄4 cup cooked and mashed organic sweet potato (about 2 small potatoes) 1⁄2 cup organic maple syrup 2 Tbsp melted organic coconut oil 1 Tbsp organic apple cider vinegar Maple glaze ingredients 1 and 1⁄4 cup organic maple sugar 2 tsp – 1Tbsp organic coconut milk or nut milk Decorate with organic sprinkles or organic dried flower petals or drizzle with organic chocolate

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Top 10 foods for a healthy liver

Your diet, while a source of contaminants, can also support liver health if you choose foods that are naturally detoxifying. Topping the list are fresh fruits and vegetables—specifically sulfur-rich foods such as onions, garlic, and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale. One recent study at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, found that the organosulfur compounds in garlic have a protective effect on the mitochondria in liver cells. And new findings in the journal Mutation Research focused on cabbage sprout’s ability to support both Phase I and Phase II detoxification. As mentioned earlier, vegetables are also an excellent source of fiber, which helps toxins to move through your digestive tract, reducing stress on your liver. But choose your produce wisely. Conventionally grown fruits and vegetables may harbour pesticide residue that, over time, accumulates in the body’s fatty (adipose) tissue. This is especially true for certain foods like apples, blueberries, celery, grapes,

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Healthy & Tasty Popcorn Recipes

Guilt Free Snack Recipes I have a confession to make. I’m having a love affair with popcorn. Its crunch, smell and versatility make it the perfect Netflixand chill partner on a Friday night. This confession may come as a shock to some, but I’m 99% sure most readers are either currently munching on, thinking about, or in the process of making some popped corn. Relationships definitely take work and compromise, and while there’s a kernel of truth to that, this corny treat is pretty versatile and good for mixing things up to achieve tasty sensations. However, flavour and heavy caloric intake don’t necessarily need to coincide when it comes to this air-popped delight. By spicing things up you can eat all you want without the guilt. Over the past couple weeks I’ve been shaking things up when it comes to my own popcorn recipes at home and I feel these

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The power of seeds

Seeds provide a range of micronutrients. They prevent the development of heart disease and the accumulation of bad cholesterol. As a health enthusiast, you’re likely always keeping an eye out for trending foods to keep you feeling your best. You’ve tried other superfoods like avocado, kale, kefir and mushrooms—but maybe now you’re looking to up your health game. Your new secret weapon? Seeds! Known as nutritional powerhouses, seeds are packed with healthy fats, protein and a range of micronutrients— think of them as pint-sized kernels with super-sized benefits. Many studies have shown that seeds can help prevent weight gain, the development of heart disease and accumulation of bad cholesterol. A high intake of nuts and seeds is also associated with reduced inflammation. These four seed superheroes have been consumed in many different ways and have nourished ancient cultures for thousands of years. If you haven’t already, it’s time to add

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Healthy DIY Hot Cocoa

There’s no other nostalgic feeling quite like sipping a cup of hot chocolate by a warm fire as the cool breeze outside brushes the windows. Hot chocolate reminds me of being a kid—specifically around the holidays, and watching every holiday-related movie that came on TV. It also reminds me of being around family, and the people I love. The only bad thing about hot chocolate—you guessed it, is the excessive amount of sugar in the store-bought hot chocolate powders. Well, I’m here to save the day and tell you that there’s another way. Make your own batch of healthy hot chocolate—without the added sugar. Below is a DIY healthy hot chocolate recipe with the rich taste that you remember and without the artificial sweeteners. Easy home made hot chocolate recipe Ingredients: 1 cup plant-based milk of your choice 1 Tbsp raw cocoa powder 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup 1⁄4 tsp

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