Cuisine: Vegetarian

You abstain from meat but may choose to enjoy fish, eggs or dairy products depending on your preferences or food allergies/intolerances.

Iron Rich Vegetable Pasta

While many vegetarians and vegans are concerned about their iron intake, here is a dish that has nearly 50% of your daily intake of iron. Iron requires Vitamin C, folate and B12 for adequate absorption. Vitamin C improves the absorption of iron from the stomach. Vitamin B12 is important for normal blood, cells, and nerves. Folic acid is needed to form healthy cells, especially red blood cells. This dish is rich in Iron, Vitamin C and Folate. B12 is found in animal meat and byproducts, so in that case vegetarians or vegans should supplement. By adding a squirt of lemon juice to any meal, or fresh greens you will instantly increase your intake of vitamin C.

Rebecca Wilson, Holistic Chef, CNPBy Rebecca Wilson, Holistic Chef, CNP

Polka-Dot Cake

Getting your kids to help mix together this cake ensures it will come together in a snap. Gluten-free and dairy-free, this is the perfect treat for lunchboxes, after school or after dinner. For a bit of extra indulgence on special occasions, try topping slices with a dollop of coconut whipped cream and extra berries.

Lawren MonetaBy Lawren Moneta

Sweet & Creamy Baked Beans

We are happy to share this recipe with you — finally, all baked bean lovers out there can rest assured and never again feel shame while indulging in baked beans! This recipe will not only satisfy your taste buds but it is a great source of protein and contains no refined sugar. As a bonus we have substituted the sugar for molasses, which is great for boosting your metabolism and helping with weight loss!

myWholeLifeBy myWholeLife Team

Curried Squash and Ginger Soup

Turmeric, in all its beautiful yellow glory, is amazing for our health. This powerful antioxidant has been shown to reduce inflammation, and is a great addition to our daily diet. It can also be supplemented with curcumin, the active component within turmeric that gives it the beautiful rich colour it is known for. Research shows that in order to get the most benefit from turmeric or curcumin, however, it is important to add black pepper to the mix. A chemical within black pepper, called piperine, is known to increase the bioavailability (the amount of a nutrient our bodies can actually absorb and use) of turmeric up to 200 times.

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Seeds of Success Instant Breakfast Smoothie

We know you’ve all heard about how important breakfast is and you may not have the time in the morning to prepare a healthy meal. So with this in mind, check out this quick instant breakfast from our Free Health Report. Just 5 main ingredients, each with proven preventative health benefits to keep your body and brain in optimum condition.

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Pina Colada Smoothie

A refreshing summertime smoothie with a healthy take on a traditional pool side "pina colada" that is digestive-friendly. Lets start with Kefir, a Turkish word which means "good feeling" is a probiotic rich food with incredible medicinal benefits including supporting our immune system. Then, through in some pineapple that contains bromelain, an enzyme that may help to treat indigestion–we are feeling good. Added bonus of coconut water to help keep us hydrated is a perfect pool side option.

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Crunchy Jicama Apple Chicken Rice Wraps

A refreshing heart healthy lunch wrap with an extra crunch of nutrition.

Have you tried Jicama? A root vegetable that resembles a large potato with a mild flavor – when eaten raw, it has a nice crisp texture, adding a crunch of fibre that contributes to lower cholesterol levels, controls blood sugar and aids in weight loss. Along with vitamin C, folic acid and a moderately good source of Potassium which is important for fluid balance and blood pressure control. Then there is the benefit of adding a healthy fat found in avocados, antioxidants in walnuts, and anti-inflammatory cilantro. Plus, we all know this crisp crunch and what they say about having  "An apple a day..." – especially our local BC Ambrosia apple.

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Farro Salad with Heirloom Tomato Vinaigrette

Ancient grains are great for satiating appetite thus reducing the chance of blood sugar spikes, which can lead to potential weight loss for some individuals.

They are also high in fibre which may lead to a healthier digestive tract by being more regular.

Ryan Angel, Red Seal Chef & Holistic NutritionistBy Ryan Angel, Red Seal Chef & Holistic Nutritionist