Well friends how was your week? Great I hope! Mine was good. It was my first full week back from vacation which is always tough. I need to plan another trip ASAP so that I have something to look forward to. But at least I have a nice tasty recipe to share with you today. I have been craving a lot of snack foods lately and this Whole 30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip makes a great snack! Pair it with raw veggies or my favourite Simple Mills Crackers and you are all set! Or you can even eat it by the spoonful which I may have a tendency to do...
Is anyone else super sad that summer is over? Summer is by far my favourite season. My happiness is definitely gauged by the ability to wear sandals and Im sad to say that those days are quickly coming to an end. Winter and I are just not friends. Which is a shame considering I live in Calgary and winter is by far our longest season. Sigh.
Although it could be much worse. I could be in the middle of a hurricane right now. The hurricanes this year have just been horrendous! I can't even imagine what it must be like for those people who have lost everything. My heart goes out to everyone who has been impacted by the hurricanes this year. I know that no words can make it better but I do want you to know that I am thinking about you. My families condo in Florida was just hit by Hurricane Irma but thankfully no one in my family was there at the moment so everyone is safe. We still don't know the extent of the damage but it's right across from the beach so it could be really bad. Fingers crossed that by some miracle it's
Can we talk about TV shows for a second please? I'm curious to know what you guys have been watching lately? I feel like there are so many bad shows on right now. And some that are really popular, I just don't understand it. Like the Big Bang Theory. I honestly cannot stand that show! Do any of you watch it? If so, how??? I find it so, so annoying! To think that the actors on that show are the highest paid in television right now. Seriously? Apparently I just have different taste than the majority of people out there. But I have found a couple good shows lately on Netflix. I really liked the first season of Atypical. Has anyone else watched it? If not you need to! It's so funny! And clever funny. Not dumb funny like the Big Bang Theory (sorry for those of you that like that show). A few other Netflix shows that I have loved recently include Grace and Frankie, Suits, Narcos and Shameless. Although now that all my vacations are over I don't know how much TV watching I will actually be doing but hopefully at least some! Because sometimes losing yourself in a television show for 30-45 minutes is all the self care you need. And yes I do consider some television watching to be healthy. I would never advocate for daily TV show indulgences but I have heard other health experts advocate for strict TV avoidance which I think is crazy. In my books it's all about balance. And if watching a little TV now and then brings you joy then by all means go for it!
I need your advice on something friends. You see, I am working on a Paleo Breads and Baked Goods Cookbook and I want to know what you would like to see in there? Any recipes you are missing since you went paleo? If so let me know and I will make sure I will get them included! So far there are going to be three basic paleo bread recipes along with some crackers, biscuits and then some other amazing baked goods like cookies, scones, pies, cakes etc. It's still in the early stages so if you have any ideas now is the time to let me know.
Okay but on to this Whole 30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip. One of the biggest complaints I get from people when they change to the paleo diet or Whole 30 is not knowing what to eat for snacks. Well friends, dips make a great snack addition. Pair this one with raw veggies and you are good to go! You can also add it to meat or fish dishes or to cooked vegetables for a little bit more flavour. Because eating healthier should not be boring. At least not on my watch. This recipe comes together in just minutes and is not only safe for the Whole 30 diet and paleo diet, but is also vegan, GAPS and SCD compliant. So go ahead and dig in!
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Whole 30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS, SCD)
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup packed, chopped cilantro
1 cup chopped cucumber
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1/2 cup packed spinach (feel free to add more if you like as it won't impact the taste)
1/2 cup olive oil or avocado oil
1/2 tsp sea salt