As my trip is drawing closer to experiencing the Fresh Start Health Retreat Center on Vancouver Island, BC, I’m becoming more and more curious.  I requested that they provide some recipes so I could have an idea of what I would be eating besides juice.

I know we focus on all types of food in our travels. Some is healthy and others somewhat heavy on the caloric side. Periodically, I’ll be including a post with some healthy alternatives.

Ania Kastashchuk, owner/founder has sent me some to share.

As much as I enjoy all types of food, I do have to spend some time eating healthy.






Zucchini Hummus

*Preparation time here includes planning, dehydration, soaking, chilling and other “waiting time” Actual preparation usually does not take longer than 1 h for most dishes.

Special Equipment: Food Processor

Preparation Time: 30 min

Serves 5-7


1 Zucchini

2 Sunflower seeds (unsoaked)

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

¼ cup Lemon juice

1-2 tsp Salt

½ cup Sesame Oil (Tahini)


Blend in food processor zucchini first, and tahini last: try avoid adding water (too liquid pate will make messy roll-ups)

For lettuce wraps: Put 1-2 Tbs into a leaf of Romaine or other large-leafed lettuce. Roll the leaves into wraps.

For tomato stacks: cut tomatoes into circles. Put one piece of tomato, top with zucchini hummus, then put another circle of tomato, top with pesto, decorate with greens or sprouts.

For Nori rolls: take 10 nori sheets (serves 8-10). Put a thin layer of zucchini hummus, a few slices of cucumber, avocado, radish, tomato or other vegetable (only 2 0r 3 kinds) along one side of the sheet, sprinkle some chopped dill and parsley, add some alfalfa sprouts, if on hand, and roll. Cut quickly with a serrated knife or big chef knife. If you wait, the nori will get soggy and you’ll never be able to cut it.

For more information on Fresh Start Health Retreat Centers:

4384 South Island Highway

Oyster Bay, BC

V9H 1E8


Toll Free: 1-888-658-3324

Direct: 1-250-923-6399

Tel: 1-250-923-4281 ext. 406

Fax: 1-250-923-8744


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