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November 30, 2023
Hiker's Wish List Perfect Holiday Gift Ideas for Any Hiker!
Do you have a hiker or potential hiker on your gift list this year? If yes, then Hike Nova Scotia has got you covered with lots of gift ideas this holiday season. Check out our gift options below and find the perfect gift for any hiker.
For the Nova Scotia Hiking Enthusiast
The gifts ideas would be great for a hiker who loves to stay informed as well as get out on the multitude of beautiful hiking trails across Nova Scotia:
Raspberry-Spinach Twist Smoothie Refresh yourself with this healthy and delicious smoothie.
Prep: 10 min
1 cup (250 mL) Milk
1 cup (250 mL) Raspberry Yogurt
1 cup (250 mL) Spinach raw
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) Raspberries Fresh or Frozen
2 tbsp (30 mL) Flax Seeds Ground
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) Vanilla Extract
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The majority of Canadians do not consume enough calcium. Including milk products, such as milk, yogurt, and cheese in your daily diet is an easy way to help you meet your recommended intake of calcium. LEARN MORE
In a blender, purée all the ingredients. Serve immediately.
Power-Packed Carrot Zucchini Date Muffins Classic carrot muffins can never be replaced, but this new take incorporates even more healthy ingredients – ideal for breakfast or an after-school snack.
Prep: 10 min Cooking: 18 min
1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour
1 cup (250 mL) wheat bran
1/2 cup (125 mL) whole wheat flour
1/2 cup (125 mL) lightly packed brown sugar
1 tbsp (15 mL) baking powder
1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) cinnamon
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1 cup (250 mL) milk
1/4 cup (60 mL) butter melted and cooled
2 tbsp (30 mL) fancy molasses
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) coarsely grated carrots or zucchini or a combination of both
1/2 cups (125 mL) pitted and chopped Medjool dates
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More Canadian dairy farmers are implementing renewable energy production on their farms, like biodigesters that capture energy from anaerobic digestion, wind turbines that generate energy from the wind, and solar panels that generate energy from the sun. LEARN MORE
Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Butter a muffin pan or line with paper liners.
In a large bowl, whisk all-purpose flour with bran, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
In a medium bowl, whisk milk with egg, butter and molasses. Stir milk mixture into flour mixture until barely combined. Stir in carrots and/or zucchini and dates just until mixed.
Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake 18 to 22 min or until a tester inserted in centre of muffins comes out clean. Cool muffins in pan for 10 min. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.
Fancy molasses and blackstrap molasses are different. Fancy is milder and better suited to baking.
Little hands are perfect for pitting the dates, then cutting using scissors.
Add orange zest and chopped dried apricots and dried cranberries.
Chili is pure comfort food and so easy to prepare. This version is made with turkey and mouth-watering cubes of Canadian Cheddar stirred right in. Serve with bowls of sour cream or yogurt, chopped tomatoes and diced avocado.
2 cans (19 oz/540 mL) each mixed beans drained and rinsed
1 can (28 oz/796 mL) diced tomatoes
1 can (5 1/2 oz/156 mL) tomato paste
2 cups (500 mL) frozen corn kernels
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) shredded carrots
2 to 3 tbsp (30 to 45 ml) chili powder
1 tsp (10 mL) ground cumin
1 tsp (5 mL) hot pepper sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) small cubes Canadian Cheddar cheese
Did you know?
More Canadian dairy farmers are implementing renewable energy production on their farms, like biodigesters that capture energy from anaerobic digestion, wind turbines that generate energy from the wind, and solar panels that generate energy from the sun LEARN MORE
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey, garlic and onion, cook breaking up turkey with a spoon, for about 8 min or until no longer pink.
Meanwhile, in a 20 to 26-cup (5 to 6.5 l) slow cooker, combine beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, corn, carrots, chili powder to taste, cumin, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper. With a slotted spoon transfer turkey mixture to slow cooker and stir; discarding any fat left in the pan. Cover with lid and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hrs or on High for 3 to 4 hrs or until chili is hot and bubbling.
Stir in Canadian Cheddar cheese.
Tips Kids Tip: Kids can stir all the ingredients together in the slow cooker and program the cooking time.
Cooking Tips: Refrigerate leftovers in a covered container for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost in refrigerator or microwave and heat until hot and bubbly. For a packed lunch, transfer hot chili into an insulated thermos and pack additional cheese for topping.
For the Adventurous: Use Canadian Sharp Cheddar cheese.
For smoky flavour, omit the hot pepper sauce and add 1 to 2 chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.