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  • Recipe: Festive Vegan Hummus

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    Feeling festive? This vegan holiday hummus is high in protein and fiber. The cranberries add texture, color and a touch of sweetness to balance this savory dip.  Serve with your favorite crudités and crackers. For added protein and fiber, scoop up this delicious dip with some Simply Protein Chips.

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  • A Vegan Survives The Holidays

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    Throughout the year, vegans can be faced with a variety of societal hurdles, many of which can come to a boil during the holiday season. In the past, many vegans have received confused looks and prying questions from less-than-sympathetic friends and family around the dinner table. As vegan lifestyles and menu options become more common, there is greater social acceptance and understanding.

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  • Recipe: Zucchini Basil Soup

    Zucchini Basil Soup with Simply Protein Herb Chips
    Serves 4-6

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    This "green" pureed soup is creamy and smooth without using dairy. It is low in fat, and full of flavor, vitamins and minerals. Add some Simply Protein Chips in Herb flavor for added protein, extra fiber and a satisfying crunch for a  complete meal. Great choice for a meatless Monday. This soup can be vegan or vegetarian, depending on your choices.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or butter)
    • 3 pounds of zucchini (approx 10)
    • 4 cups good quality vegetable OR chicken stock 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    • 1 cup tightly packed basil leaves, torn or chopped 1 tablespoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon fresh black pepper


    Optional toppings:

    • Shaved or grated parmesan cheese
    • Greek yogurt
    • Spiralized zucchini
    • Fresh basil

    *and of course Simply Protein Chips

    Preparation:

    Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 6-8 minutes until clear and soft.

    Add the zucchini, red pepper flakes, 1 tablespoon salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper and sauté on medium heat for another 5-8 minutes until the zucchini is tender.

    Add the stock and the basil and bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 20 minutes uncovered.

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    Puree the soup either with an immersion blender or in batches in a regular blender. Return the soup to the pot and bring to a simmer.

    Serve this vibrant green soup with any or all of the optional toppings!

  • Recipe: Vegetarian Chili

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    Chili is truly a one-pot wonder. This meal-in-a-bowl is not only comforting during the colder months, but it is chock full of nutrients to renew your energy despite the weather. This recipe is easy to prepare and can be frozen for future meals.

    Beans are convenient and readily available. They are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Add some Simply Protein Spicy Chili Chips and amp up the protein and fun to this vegetarian chili.

    Yield: Serves 6 to 8

    Ingredients

    • 1 large onion, diced
    • 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 2 28 0z can of diced tomatoes with their juice
    • 2 can of beans, drained and rinsed (I used 1 can of kidney and 1 can of black beans)
    • 1 cup of fresh or frozen corns
    • 1 tablespoons of cumin
    • 1 tablespoon of oregano
    • 2 tablespoons chili powder (more will be spicier)
    • 1 tablespoon of ancho chili powder
    • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt

    *optional:

    • 1 cup cooked quinoa or
    • 1 cup cubed tofu or
    • 1 cup crumbled tempeh

    Instructions

    1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onion and sauté for about 3 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute more. Add spices and cook stirring for about 30 seconds.
    2. Add tomatoes and their juice and bring to a simmer. Once the chili begins to simmer, reduce the heat to medium low. You want the chili to be at a low simmer with the lid off.
    3. Continue to cook the chili, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Add beans and corn and let the chili return to a simmer. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the corn and beans have heated through.
    4. Serve on its own or topped with one (or all!) of the delicious toppings.

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  • Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

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    Butternut squash can be found year round, but is most readily available in the fall and winter months. This comforting soup is simple to prepare and is a nutritional powerhouse, sure to renew your energy on a chilly fall day. It is free of dairy and gluten, and high in vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber. Toss in some savory Simply Protein Chips for a tasty crunch with a boost of protein, and you have a complete meal in a bowl.

    Add this easy and wholesome soup to your go-to recipes!

    Ingredients

    • 4-6 servings
    • 1 large squash
    • 1 Tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
    • 1 onion diced
    • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
    • 1-2 Tbsp grated ginger (to taste)
    • 2 Tbsp real maple syrup
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp hot chili flakes

     

    Preparation

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut squash in half, brush with olive oil and roast in the oven until soft, approx 45 minutes. When the squash is ready, let it cool slightly and scoop out the flesh into a bowl.

    In a stockpot, over medium heat, sauté the onion in the oil for 5 minutes. Add the ginger, the chili flakes and sauté for 2 more minutes. Add the squash, the broth, the maple syrup and the salt. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

    In batches, blend the soup in a blender or use and immersion blender directly in the stock pot.

    Taste and adjust for seasonings, and serve with Simply Protein Chips.

  • #SimplyRenew at your local Whole Foods!

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    Want to try out some of our healthy and delicious SimplyProtein products and take the stress out of your next trip to the grocery store?  We've got you covered.

    We'll be sharing samples of a variety of our products at select Canadian Whole Foods markets throughout the month of October.  Even better - share a tip on social media for how you renew your energy with #SimplyRenew or @SimplyProtein and show us to receive a free 5-minute massage!

    Sampling dates and times are listed below. Click the link for directions from your current location. Dates with an asterisk(*) include massage demos.

    West

    • Cambie - 10/18 @ 3-7p, 10/22 @ 8:30a-12:30p, 10/24 @ 12-4p, 10/29 @ 5-9p, 11/1 @ 10a-2p.
    • West Van - 10/15 @ 5-9p, 10/20 @ 12-4p, 10/21 @ 12-4p, 10/28 @ 3-7p, 10/29 @ 11a-3p.
    • Kitsilano - 10/22 @ 11a-3p.
    • Robson - 10/15 @ 11a-3p, 10/16 @ 11a-3p, 10/22 @ 11a-3p, 10/23 @ 11a-3p, 10/29 @ 11a-3p, 10/30 @ 11a-3p.

    Ottawa

    • Lansdowne - 10/16 @ 12-4p, 10/17* @ 12-4p, 10/18 @ 12-4p, 10/23 @ 4-8p, 10/25* @ 1-5p.

    Toronto

    • Yorkville (samples only, no massage) - 10/16 @ 3-7p, 10/18 @ 12-4p, 10/23 @ 3-7p, 10/25 @ 12-4p, 10/30 @ 3-7p, 11/1 @ 12-4p.
    • Square One Mississauga - 12-4p on 10/17, 10/18*, 10/24, 10/25*, 10/31, 11/1*.
    • Oakville - 10/15 @ 3-7p, 10/16* @ 3-7p, 10/24 @ 12-4p, 10/25* @ 12-4p, 10/30 @ 3-7p, 10/31* @ 12-4p.
    • Yonge and Sheppard - 10/16 @ 6-10p, 10/18* @ 2-6p, 10/23 @ 11a-4p, 10/25* @ 2-6p, 10/30 @ 11a-4p, 11/1* @ 2-6p.
    • Unionville - 10/17 @ 12-4p, 10/18* @ 12-4p, 10/23 @ 3-7p, 10/24* @ 12-4p, 10/31 @ 12-4p, 11/1* @ 12-4p.
  • 4 Tips For Healthy Kids' Afternoon Snacks

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    With the leaves changing and Fall in full-swing, parents everywhere are back to packing lunches and stocking snacks to keep their little ones fueled for school. But when it comes to providing a nutritious boost, not all options are created equal. Here are 4 tips to ensure a balanced, healthy, and tasty after school snack experience.

    Your afternoon snacks should be:

    1) Low in Sugar

    It seems nearly every day we hear a new study detailing some new negative impact that sugar has on a person's long-term health.  A recent review by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology finds that  sugar-sweetened beverages have been consistently linked to problems like obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

    Beyond long-term health consequences of sugar intake, too much can also cause the dreaded "sugar crash," or as it's known by doctors, "Reactive Hypoglycemia." It's tough to do your homework when you're napping on the couch after a sugar-binge.

    2) High in Protein

    Providing snacks high in protein will help keep their tummies from rumbling. According to a 2015 report in  Today's Dietitian Magazine, consuming snacks high in protein will do a better job satisfying a person's hunger than those with a lower protein content.

    3) Convenient

    For the parents' sake, snacks shouldn't have to be a chore to prepare. For the kids, snacks should be packable and portable, ready for any adventure the day might bring.

    4) Tasty

    While we'd all like our kids to reach for a stalk of raw celery as soon as they walk in the door, we know that providing a satisfying snack for young ones can often require a bit more in flavor department. Finding satisfying flavor while minding sugar content can be a challenge, but fortunately there are many great options to choose from, including our SimplyProtein Kids Bars and our regular SimplyProtein Bars.

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    (Photo via Flickr user buzzymelibee)

  • Renewing My Thoughts on Relaxation

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    By Cathy Richards

    As another holiday winds down, I am sitting at a cafe with a very large pot of tea. I am utterly wrecked, but thrilled to find myself with nothing but paper and pen to talk to, and blessed to have had this week away.

    Why do I tell myself I will return from trips well-rested? I never have. Between airline delays, cramped trains, random lingering smells, paper thin walls, snoring neighbours, forgotten luggage, strange food and language barriers, relaxation was never a possibility. Compound that with the self-inflicted damage of long bike rides , too much cheese, too much champagne, and it makes for a tired, worn-out body.

    Yet despite the physical fatigue, I feel as though I am restored and ready to take on new challenges, both in life and at work.

    We have been discussing this distinction between rest and renewal a lot recently. Rest is what you do when you plop on the couch at the end of a long day, enjoying a glass of wine or a bath. It requires very little of you. Renewal on the other hand harder, but more rewarding. It gives back only as much as you put in. Good examples are yoga or painting or hikes in the woods. With renewal you drain your energy to zero in order to bounce back up to full. With only rest, you'll never fully operate at your maximum capacity.

    This trip has not provided rest, in fact, quite the opposite. But I am certainly renewed.

    Share with us: How do you renew? What activities help you recharge instead of relax?

    (Photo - Sunset Yoga via Flickr user Ursula Le Guin)

  • Recipe: Spicy Black Bean Burgers with "Salsamole"

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    These Spicy Black Bean Burgers are protein powerhouses, thanks to the SimplyProtein chips and black beans. The corn and "salsamole" topping add an extra layer of freshness, which contrasts nicely with the burgers' heartiness. The best part? They're vegan, gluten-free, and can be made in large batches in the oven, so everyone at the barbecue can enjoy these filling, meat-free burgers.

    Ingredients:

    Salsamole:
    1 c. cherry tomatoes, chopped
    1/2 avocado, peeled and cubed
    1 1/2 Tbsp. lime juice
    1/4 tsp. garlic powder
    Salt + pepper, to taste

    Spicy Black Bean Burgers:
    2-1.16 oz. packages of Spicy Chili SimplyProtein chips
    2-15 oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed
    2 Tbsp. cilantro
    2 Tbsp. red onion
    1 clove garlic, peeled
    1/2 jalapeño, seeded and ribbed
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. cumin
    1/4 tsp. adobo chili powder (can sub regular chili powder)
    1 ear corn, sliced off cob (or 1 c. corn, frozen then thawed)

    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 375°. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly mist with nonstick spray.
    2. Combine salsamole ingredients in a bowl, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
    3. Add chips to food processor, and pulse until coarse crumbs form. Remove crumbs to bowl and set aside.
    4. Add 1 can black beans, cilantro, onion, garlic, jalapeno, salt, cumin, and chili powder to food processor. Process until thick paste forms, scraping down the sides as needed.
    5. Add black bean mixture to large bowl with remaining can of black beans.
    6. Stir in corn and crushed chips until mixture is fully combined.
    7. Form mixture into 4 uniform patties and place on prepared baking sheet.
    8. Place baking sheet in oven and bake for 10 minutes. Flip burgers, and bake for another 8 minutes.
    9. Remove burgers from oven and let cool slightly. Serve on buns or over greens, and top with salsamole.

    Click here to order your favorite SimplyProtein chips!

  • Low Sugar Back-to-School Snacks for Kids

    As summer winds down, we brace ourselves for an explosion of back-to-school activity come September. Anticipation of our soon-to-be packed calendar brings excitement, anxiousness and stress to kids and parents alike. Continue reading

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