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Candice’s Favourite Things: Hemp, Not Just for Hippies

Hemp is one food you should not live without. Come back… I didn’t say it was time for your joint… It contains only trace elements of THC, but is packed with an incredible amount of fatty acids, minerals and protein. Hemp has the ideal ratio of omega 3 and 6. A U.S. study found…


Ch- ch- ch-chia!

With the abundance of over-processed foods and white flour on the market today, rich sources of fiber are harder to come by. To help ensure regularity, you need plenty of soluble and insoluble fiber in your diet. Each seed is coated with soluble fibers which aid its gelling action. The exterior of the seed is protected by insoluble fiber. The insoluble fiber is unable to be digested so instead, it helps keep food moving smoothly through the digestive process. Soluble fiber, and the gel coating of the seed keeps the colon hydrated and ensures the easy movement of food.

Omega-3 oil is usually thought of as “that healthy stuff in fish”. But These magical seeds have the richest plant-source of this healthy oil. In fact, by weight, chia contains more omega 3 than even salmon! Omega 3 oil is important in heart and cholesterol health, and we all need our tickers.

The dreaded 3pm feeling, the afternoon lull. Your energy levels have a lot to do with what you eat. Chia is one of nature’s highest plant-based sources of complete protein that will raise your energy levels. The combination of complete protein, vitamins, minerals and blood-sugar balancing gel all work together to make sure you have steady, never jittery energy.

You know that blueberries and several exotic fruits are filled with anti-oxidants, but did you know that chia is extremely high in anti-oxidants too? These helpful substances are what keeps the Chia Seed stay fresh for so long without a single chemical or preservative. Anti-oxidants help prevent free-radical damage in your body. Free radicals lead to problematic conditions such as premature aging of the skin and inflammation of various tissues.

You can always add calcium to your food by sprinkling chia on your salads, putting it in your smoothies, and even baking with it. By weight, chia has more calcium than whole milk. It also has magnesium and boron, essential trace minerals used in the absorption of calcium and other vitamins. By balancing your vitamins and minerals with chia, you can curb cravings that might tempt you.


Superfood : Mesquite


Mesquite hardwood is often used to add a smoky sweetness to grilled food. Mesquite powder, on the other hand, is ground from the pods of the mesquite plant, and has a sweet, nutty, caramel-like flavor, making it ideal for desserts and for use as a natural sweetener.

Mesquite plant found in parts of South America and the southwestern United States. Mesquite pods have long been used by Native Americans, who ground them into a powder for use as a flour or sweetener.  Mesquite is high in protein and  low on the glycemic index. This gluten-free powder is also a good source of calcium, iron, lysine, manganese, zinc, and potassium.

Mesquite Powder in Your Diet

Mesquite powder is a great addition to a smoothie,  just a spoonful of this superfood powder adds a sweet, rich flavor to smoothies and shakes. You can substitute up to half the flour in a recipe with mesquite powder for added flavor and nutrition. Given mesquite’s naturally sweet flavor, you may also be able to reduce the amount of sugar or other sweetener used in baking. Mesquite is also delicious used alongside raw cacao/cocoa powder. And of course it is also great in raw desserts. Although it can be used as a flour in baking, unlike most flours, it does not require cooking to taste fantastic! Mesquite powder once again adds flavor, but also helps raw cookies, balls, and crusts bind together, as in the recipe below.

Mesquite powder can be found in the bulk foods or supplement section of many natural or health food stores. It is also widely available from online retailers.


Strawberry Daiquiri Smoothie

1/2 banana, frozen

1/2 Cup mango, frozen

 1/2 Cup strawberries

1/2 tbsp lucuma

1 scoop vanilla Sun Warrior Protein

1 Cup coconut water

1/2 cup ice (if necessary)

Blend & Enjoy!


Super Food: Hemp, Not Just for Hippies

Hemp is one food you should not live without. Come back… I didn’t say it was time for your joint… It contains only trace elements of THC, but is packed with an incredible amount of fatty acids, minerals and protein. Hemp has the ideal ratio of omega 3 and 6. A U.S. study found a balanced omega ratio reduces the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), sudden cardiac death, and has anti-inflammatory benefits that can decrease symptoms arthritis. Hemp has a full amino acid spectrum—meaning it provides a well-balanced, complete protein source, and amino acids are important for growth and maintenance of body tissue. In fact, in times of famine, some civilizations have survived solely on hemp and water. Hemp is also an easily digested protein. Seeeee it’s not just for hippies.

Use these magical seeds the same way you would any other. Blend with fruit and juices in smoothies; or use them as salad toppers. Hemp seeds can also be found in oil form. You can mix it into a salad dressing, but don’t try cooking with it; Hemp oil isn’t heat stable. OR try Chocolate Hemp Milk, on it’s own or in your granola for a well deserved treat.

Try this yummy dip with your favorite crackers or fresh veggies! I love it on roasted portobello mushrooms.

Cauliflower Hemp Dip

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/4 of a zucchini

2 cups of raw cauliflower

handful of fresh basil

1 tsp Himalayan rock salt

1/2 cup hemp seeds

1/4 cup water

1-2 tsp miso

1/8 tsp cayenne

Blend or process  all ingredients until smooth.