Today I’m on Breakfast Television in Edmonton, extolling the virtues of super foods; I have graciously been given 4 segments to wax poetic about foods that make our bodies healthy!

Today is as short of a post you’re likely to see on the Vitality Guide For Women; so relish in it…it’s a rare occasion as I tend to be rather wordy.

I’ll be making Hemp Seed and Pistachios Squares, which I adapted from vegan chef Doug McNish, a Coconut Oil Super Food Spread, an Acai and Kefir Smoothie; and a Red Wine and Kombucha Spritzed Sangria, because super foods recipes for health can be all kinds of fun!

Hemp Seed and Pistachio Squares
Makes 8 squares

1/4 cup hemp seed, soaked for 30 minutes
1/2 cup raw pistachios, soaked overnight
1 cup raspberries + 1/2 cup
1/3 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 cup manuka honey
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup chopped, raw pistachios for garnish

Drain the hemp seeds and pistachios and discard the water. In a food processor, blend the hemp seeds, pistachios, raspberries, cacao powder and honey; while blender is running slowly add water and coconut. Blend the mixture until completely smooth, about 2 minutes. Place mixture in a bowl and gently fold in the the remaining half cup of raspberries. Pour the mixture in a baking tray; and refrigerate overnight.

Super Food Spread
Makes 1 cup

3/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup organic jam, any type

In a food processor, blend both ingredients until well combined; about 1 minute.

Acai and Kefir Smoothie
Makes 2

1 cup frozen blueberries
1/3 cup kefir
1/4  cup silken tofu
3/4 cup acai juice
1/4 cup frozen spinach

In blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.

Red Wine and Kombucha Spritzed Sangria
Serves 2

1 cup red wine, Pinot Noir
1 cup Kombucha (fermented tea)
1 navel orange, sliced into rounds
2 plums, sliced into half moons
2 white peaches, sliced into half moons
1/2 cup ice

Prepare the fruit and place in the glass; add the ice and pour in red wine and kombucha. Serve immediately.