Vegan Essentials: Sunflower Seed ‘Parmesan’

It would seem as though every food blogger and her dog has a vegan ‘Parmesan’ recipe in her collection. Here is mine. It’s really nothing complicated or particularly original; however, I use sunflower seeds here because they are more affordable, more often locally produced, and less allergenic than the more typical cashews. This ‘cheese’ is versatile and can be sprinkled on everything from pasta to salads. 

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Hello again! I hope that you have had a lovely weekend. I’m dropping in with a quick and easy “vegan essentials” recipe: sunflower seed Parmesan. There are more vegan ‘Parmesan’ recipes on the web than I could shake a stick at, but I created one with a few simple ingredients that is perfect for sprinkling over pasta dishes and salads.

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Fresh Town Smoothie with Hidden Greens + Plastic-Free July

This smoothie will knock your socks off and wake you right up on a hot summer morning! Fresh mint and kale are hidden beneath a layer of chocolate, banana, and Medjool dates, creating a refreshing and sweet smoothie packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants!

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Some things were made for each other. Peanut butter and jam. Cam and Mitch. (Veggie) Burgers and (sweet potato) fries. Apple and cheese. A kiss and a squeeze. To that list, I will happily add chocolate and mint. Ever since I was a young one and discovered the magic that is the Girl Guides chocolate mint cookies, I have been hooked. However, my preference now is fresh mint over mint flavouring and raw cacao powder over processed chocolate. Cheers to maturing taste buds, lol!

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Mahalo Kale Salad with Peanut Marinated Tempeh and Coconut Basil Lime Dressing + a few thoughts on gratitude

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ˈmäˌhälō/
exclamation & noun: a Hawaiian word used when thanking someone
As local produce starts to flood the farmers’ markets at this time of the year, my heart overflows with gratitude. Gratitude for the local farmers who work tirelessly to maintain the integrity of the land and put food on our tables. Gratitude for Mother Nature, who continues to provide for us in spite of the destructive forces that humankind exerts on her to no end. Gratitude for my family and chosen family. And even some gratitude for my healthy mind and body, both of which I now see as good friends and allies in my holistic health journey.

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How to be proud of a slower race

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I recently ran my slowest half marathon, but I was actually quite proud of the result and it led me to reflect on why I feel that way and how you, too, might find ways to be proud of a slower race time.

I ran my first three half marathons progressively faster: 1:31 in 2011, 1:26 in 2013, and 1:25 in 2014. Unfortunately, a stress fracture forced me to take an extended break from running following my 2014 PR.

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