Zucchini Hummus from Fresh Start Health Retreat Center

Zucchini Hummus from Fresh Start Health Retreat Center

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

Web: www.HealthRetreat.ca

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8 Responsesto “Zucchini Hummus from Fresh Start Health Retreat Center”

  1. Brenda Hill says:

    Hi Maralyn, I agree, as much as we enjoy all foods, it is good to take a health break (especially before France).I thought Fresh Start retreat Center was 5 days of water and juice only, so I was happy that you were going and not me. However, this looks terrific.

  2. Maralyn says:

    I know. I’m not sure if it’s juice one day and then very light the next. Or, it may be these are the recipes they send home with you to stay on a healthy regim.

  3. Pamela says:

    Hello Brenda, I do not where you got the impression of water and juice only. Suffice to say, a Fresh Start Feast begins and ends the retreat. Check it out at http://www.healthretreat.ca

    • Maralyn says:

      Hi Pamela,
      Thank you for commenting. Beginning and ending with a Frest Start Feast for the short 5 night program is great. I’m really looking forward to the experience. I like the idea of detoxing my body, taking good walks a couple of times a day, yoga, and relaxing. I know it is going to be a fantastic experience.

  4. Vasili says:

    I see a discussion about “juice fasting” and the concern about fasting in general.

    YOU DO NOT FAST when at the retreat. True fast is you drink water only. Everyday, between all fresh organic juices you have equivalency of 4-6 regular meals…that does not happen on FAST. Fast is nothing but water.

    Our guests call it “juice FEASTING”…just imagine you wake up in the morning and you do not have to prepare a meal, look after someone…it is time just for you and your body.

    Plus with juices it is the fastest way to replenish the body of much needed nutrients…P.S. If you have sugar craving or experience sudden weight gain, your body definitely is depleted of vital nutrients and is desperately trying to gather the crumbs to nourish itself.

    Well, it is up to you to decide if you see the value in re-nourishing your body and experience optimum wellness.

    • Maralyn says:

      Hello Vasili,
      I appreciate your commenting. As much as I read your website and material, until I experience the retreat, my explanations fall short. I am really happy you commenting as I have said on several posts that it was a juice fast. However, that is my error in using the term “fast.” I like the idea of juice feast as I love juices.

      I think the entire experience is going to be an exceptional opportunity towards improving wellness and I’m looking forward to it.


  5. Pamela says:

    Hi Maralyn, Juice feasting is a great concept isn’t it?
    Fresh Start will have the greatest feast of all – a feast of words when you write about your experience in more depth for all to enjoy!

  6. Maralyn says:

    I love the concept, because it is healthy. I can’t envision a true water fast that some people do. Whereas juice feeds my cravings.

    This is going to be such a great experience.

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