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Smoothie a Day ~ November

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November

Smoothies are full of goodness! They are packed with lots of nutrients. Fruit, Veggies, and superfoods: there are endless ways to make a different smoothie every day. This actually made it extremely hard in choosing only 30 ideas, but I tried to choose a variety as well as a few that I know will be a bit more challenging. I also tried not to use too many ingredients that not everyone stocks in their pantry, but with only one ingredient listed you can feel free to get creative. I am going to be creating smoothies that I have never made before, and I look forward to seeing everyone else’s creativity.

If you are following us on Pinterest, there is a new Smoothies board which I will be adding lots of pins to as I come across them. I will post this photo so that you can re-pin. Please like and share this photo on Facebook as well so that as many people as possible can be involved in creating and drinking smoothies this month. Each day we welcome any way you wish to contribute whether it is a photo, recipe, or your thoughts. If you post a photo on our wall, you can re-share on your own. Thanks for all of your support, and I look forward to all of the smoothie bliss in November.

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Tahini, a Nutritional Powerhouse

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Tahini is a nutritional powerhouse that is being eaten by many, but often unknowingly. If you have ever made hummus, you will know that tahini is one of the main ingredients. So if you have eaten hummus and thought that you had never tried tahini, you probably have!

I have often been asked what tahini is, and well, it is actually just ground sesame seeds that becomes a spreadable paste, or seed butter. There is a bit of confusion when it comes to whether or not to buy hulled or unhulled sesame seeds, but it seems as if the unhulled provides additional nutrients. Makes sense to me. Being vegan you often get asked, “Well, where do you get your calcium?” Tahini is an excellent source of calcium.

Why not buy some raw sesame seeds and try making your own tahini? Besides making hummus, you can use it in dips like my Edamame Dip Sprinkled with Chia Seeds, spread it on Mountain Bread or gluten-free bread, fruit, add to smoothies, use it to make dressings, make tahini milks, or spread on falafel. What is your favourite way to eat tahini?

Edamame Dip Sprinkled with Chia Seeds

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Fresh parsley we picked from our garden ~1/4 cup for our dip & the rest for our rāpeti, Kai

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Bag of already shelled edamame soybeans cooked (Mama San in NZ is 454g) & don’t forget to save the liquid to help blend everything together

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1 TBLS Organic Miso, 1/4 cup fresh parsley, clove of garlic

Freshly Squeezed Lemon

2 TBLS freshly squeezed lemon

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Add above ingredients to blender with 3/4 cup cooking liquid, small avocado, 2 TBLS avocado oil, 1tsp Organic Tahini, Himalayan Crystal Salt, & dash of pepper (chili *optional)

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Edamame Dip on rice crackers & sprinkled with black chia seeds

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Definitely recommend this dip. With a few modifications to the Pinterest Edamame dip, ours was a success. Zaedyn approved as you can see! Crackers or raw veggies hardly make it into his mouth when there is hummus or dip. He prefers to eat it with his hands or by the spoonful. He could not get enough of this yummy dip. Lucky the recipe makes quite a bit, otherwise there would not have been enough for me. After scooping out the rest from the blender, there is still heaps more for tomorrow. It is a lovely warm dip fresh out of the blender, but it tastes just as yummy when cold as well.

Modifications to original recipe:

~Our avocado was small so we used a whole one

~Avocado oil instead of olive oil

~1tsp Organic Tahini

~Himalayan Crystal Salt

~Chili spice instead of paste

~A bit more water

~Chia seeds instead of sesame

As we did not have any red chili paste, off to the store we went with our stylish organic hemp bag. Unfortunately we did not find any chili paste or chillies, but we managed to find a few other yummy things at the store. We decided to use both avocado and tahini as tahini would add a natural source of calcium. We did not have any black sesame seeds, but I figured that I already incorporated sesame seeds with the tahini so why not boost this yummy dip with more nutrition by sprinkling with chia seeds.

Chia seeds are nature’s complete superfood containing Omega 3 ALA, essential “good fat”, and dietary fibre.

Let me know if you make this yummy edamame dip. It is a great alternative to hummus and packed with natural superfoods. This recipe also allows for many changes of ingredients from what you can find in your garden or pantry. Enjoy!

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*Original Recipe from Scaling Back. Thanks for the idea to make this dip 🙂