Sunflower Pad Thai Salad

February is one of the coldest months here in Colorado. And it is COLD today. I was really craving this salad this week and thought sharing it with you would be a just the right thing to do! This salad is ideal to make late summer because zucchinis are bursting out of our gardens (literally) and spiralizing is such a fun and satisfying way to eat up those zuchinis.


Pad Thai salad:

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 zucchinis, spiralized
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup thinly sliced purple cabbage
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds (roasted or raw)
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley or cilantro
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin


  • 1/4 cup sunflower seed butter (plain, unsweetened and feel free to sub almond or peanut butter)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp minced ginger root
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp water or olive oil (optional)


  1. Combine sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix well then set aside. If you prefer less chunky sauce you can use a food processor but it is not necessary. To toast the sunflower seeds, heat pan and toss in seeds for just a couple of minutes with a pinch of salt, then set aside.
  2. If using chicken, I prefer to buy an organic roaster chicken and shred the breast meat for this salad. It is easy and comes together quickly. If you are using raw chicken, then approx 2 chicken breasts should be enough. Bake in oven at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes or until cooked through. Once cool, shred and set aside.
  3. Prep veggies accordingly and toss with the sauce in a large mixing bowl with tongs to coat everything. Add chicken and continue to toss.
  4. Serve with toasted sunflower seeds and sprinkle cilantro or parsley as garnish.
  5. Enjoy!

Electrolyte Water

Wanna make some easy electrolyte water and super charge your mineral content?! Why yes, and here’s the recipe:


  • 3 cups Coconut Water (organic + no sugar added is preferred)
  • 1 cup Water (play around amount until desired taste)
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime or lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey, maple syrup or agave (I use what’s in my cabinet-usually honey)
  • A few drops from trace mineral drops (can be found at local organic/natural grocer)

Mix it all together at room temperature and the honey will dissolve nicely. Enjoy!

Rustic Coconut Chocolate Granola Bars


  • 1 cup whole oats
  • 1 cup puffed rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup raw whole almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup sucanat or raw sugar
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • coconut cooking spray or oil for greasing pan

Make it!

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9×13 glass casserole dish with aluminum foil.
  2. Add oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds to a food processor and lightly pulse for 30 seconds.
  3. In a large bowl add olive oil, sugar, maple syrup and salt—mix well.
  4. Add all remaining ingredients to the sugar mixture and mix well.
  5. Coat dish with non-stick spray or rub with oil, pour granola mix into dish and spread evenly with spatula until firmly packed down. These are crumbly bars, so pack well! Sometimes I use a rectangular glass dish to pack down corners.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes depending on oven.
  7. Let cool! Cutting into squares will go much better when these have cooled completely. Keep in an airtight container.

I love hearing from you! Comment below and ask questions or let me know what you think of this recipe.

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