Rainbow Collard Green Wraps

Swap out tortilla wraps for collard greens to hug colorful, nutritious ingredients.

This fun, healthy recipe has plenty of opportunity for creativity. In fact, assembling these wraps was equally as fulfilling as eating them! Collard greens provide a low glycemic alternative to tortilla wraps and pack plenty of nutrients including vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, fiber, calcium and iron. Hummus and quinoa provide plant-based protein sources which balance carbohydrate intake and help maintain blood sugar levels. Leave a comment letting me know what colorful fruits and vegetables you would include!

Rainbow Collard Green Wraps

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of collard greens
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa or couscous (cooled)
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 small mango, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • hummus to spread (try my Garlic Turmeric Hummus)

Rainbow Collard Green Wraps

How to:

  1. Cook the quinoa the day before to save time (I make a huge batch and store in fridge up to 5 days). If you haven’t cooked quinoa before, it is the same deal as rice. If you haven’t cooked rice before, well, Google it.
  2. Trim the thick stems off the collards, even carrying on up past where the leaf begins making an incision in the leaf surrounding the base of the stem (see picture below).
  3. Blanch collards to remove bitterness: plunk each leaf in boiling water for 10-15 seconds and place directly into cold water to cool off. Pat dry and lay on flat surface to begin packing your wraps.
  4. Spread hummus down center of wrap length-wise.
  5. Place quinoa spoonfuls on top of the hummus.
  6. Add avocado, mango and tomato (this may take some experimenting to determine how much  filling can fit in your collard leaves).
  7. Roll and fold wraps by bringing the two widths together first and then tucking in the two length edges. I discovered hummus makes a great glue to keep the wraps from falling apart. Toothpicks may help as well.
  8. Serve and/or store in containers in the fridge for lunches.

Rainbow Collard Green WrapsPCOS Powers:

  • collard greens = anti-inflammatory, high in iron and calcium, may help lower total cholesterol more than other cruciferous vegetables esp. when steamed
  • avocados = anti-inflammatory, low glycemic index, high in fiber, may help lower LDL “bad” cholesterol and maintain normal serum total cholesterol levels, contain glutathione which has anti-carcinogenic properties and may boost immunity
  • tomatoes = high in chromium and lycopene which can help manage insulin resistance
  • turmeric = anti-inflammatory, helps lower blood glucose levels
  • garlic = helps lower cholesterol, an antibiotic, & blood cleanser which relaxes blood vessels for easier blood flow

Rainbow Collard Green Wraps

References:

  1. Kahlon TS, Chiu MM, Chapman MH. Steam cooking significantly improves in vitro bile acid binding of collard greens, kale, mustard greens, broccoli, green bell pepper, and cabbage. Nutrition Research. 2008;28:351-357.
  2. Dreher ML, Davenport AJ. Hass avocado composition and potential health effects. Critical reviews in food science and nutrition. 2013;53:738.

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Date Smoothie

A rich smoothie with notes of pumpkin spice.

Some of my joys of fall include: leaves turning and falling to the ground, cool breezes, invigorating hikes, cozy sweaters, hot tea, pumpkin patches and rich, aromatic flavours. Most coffee shops sell their version of a pumpkin spice latte this time of year (known as the PSL). Unfortunately, these drinks often don’t even include any pumpkin! Additionally, syrups are often used with chemicals that are believed to be carcinogenic. Since I love warm, cozy spices like cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, I made this flavourful smoothie using plant-based ingredients with healing properties that provide nourishment and satisfaction. The best part is you can make it right at home. Enjoy and please share your creations with me!

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie (Vegan)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree, frozen
  • 4 dates
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp pumpkin spice mix (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, all spice, cardamom)
  • toppings: coconut, etc.

How to:

  1. Throw all ingredients in a blender and voila! Putting in almond milk first blends easiest.

PCOS Powers:

  • pumpkin = high in antioxidants, high in fiber, may help boost your immune system and contains beta-carotene which may help prevent cancer
  • chia seeds = high in fiber, protein, omega 3s, and has been shown to decrease blood pressure and inflammation
  • cinnamon = may help balance glucose levels, lower cholesterol, and decrease triglycerides in blood

PUMPKIN CINNAMON DATE SMOOTHIE