Beat the Blues

Feeling fatigued, unmotivated, or just down in the dumps?  These are some common symptoms of the “winter blues”.  Check out the entry I did for the University Health Network’s Wellness blog earlier today on beating the winter blues: Beat the Blues @ Work. The entry summarizes a recent report by the Canadian Mental Health Association on the lack of motivation and fatigue that usually results from dealing with the long winter months.

Here’s a recipe I found that’s sure to give you an energy boost!  I have to admit that I haven’t personally tried it, but it’s in my vegetarian cookbook and the picture just looks so colourful and fresh that it MUST taste wonderful!

Raw Energy Salad


1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

2 tbsp sesame seeds

2 tbsp cumin seeds

1/4 of a red cabbage, finely shredded

1 large carrot, grated

1 cooked beet, grated

2 cups baby spinach leaves, finely chopped

1 red onion, thinly sliced

1/4 cup dried currants

3 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint


Finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange

3 tbsp pomegranate molasses (I have personally never heard of this. If I were making this recipe, I would probably just substitute this ingredient with simply pomegranate juice or lemon juice.)

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Freshly ground pepper


1. Toast the pumpkin, sunflower, sesame and cumin seeds in a medium frying pan over medium heat until golden brown (about 3-5 minutes or so).

2. Combine the cabbage, carrot, beet, spinach, onion, currants, mint and toasted seeds in a large salad bowl.

3. Whisk the orange zest and juice, pomegranate molasses (or other substitute), and oil in a small bowl. Pour the contents over the salad, toss to combine, and season with pepper to taste. Get ready to feel energized!

If anyone is curious about the cookbook this recipe came from, it’s called “Vegetarian” and was written by Ting Morris, Rachel Lane, and Carla Bardi.  The cover looks like this:


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