Hemp, Nettle & Pumpkin Seed Coleslaw

This coleslaw is seriously delicious! As a kid, I used to love the typical coleslaw like you can get at places like KFC - but as I got older and wiser and learned what was actually in coleslaw, I stopped eating it. For a long time, I cut mayonnaise completely out of my diet due to it's fat content and the fact that it is loaded with sugar and preservatives. NO THANKS. This recipe is made with a base mixture of Avocado mayo (no chemicals here) and plain yogurt ramped up with a bit of lemon. I added a bit of crunch with the 3 seed mixture and almonds. It's light, tangy, crunchy and delicious!

You will need:

1/2 head purple cabbage

1/2 head green cabbage

1/2 c. shredded carrots

1 c. chopped cilantro

1/2 c. raw pumpkin seeds

1/4 c. sliced almonds

1/4 c. hemp seeds

1/8 c. nettle seeds (optional)

1 c. Avocado Mayonnaise (If you can't find Avo mayo - substitute another natural mayonnaise)

2 T. Apple Cider Vinegar

2 T. pure maple syrup

2 T. Yogurt

1/2 t. salt

pinch of black pepper

Juice of 1 lemon

Chop the cabbage finely. Grate the carrots - I use a hand grater, like you use to grate cheese.. Mix together. In a blender, mix the mayo, ACV, maple syrup, yogurt and lemon juice. Add this to the cabbage mixture. Mix in the seeds, nuts and chopped cilantro. Enjoy!

Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Here are the health benefits of the added seeds for this recipe:

Pumpkin Seeds - also known as Pepitas - are high in magnesium and other minerals that help promote skin and bone health and boost immunity. They are also packed with anti-oxidants that reduce inflammation and prevent premature aging. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of fiber and Omega 6 fatty acids.

Hemp Hearts are ridiculously high in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. These fats are essential for healthy heart function. They are a great source of plant based protein and contain all 9 essential amino acids.

Nettle Seeds - you cannot find Nettle seeds in stores that I know of, which is why I have made them optional in this recipe. I harvest my nettle seeds every fall and just happened to have some left and decided at the last minute to add them in - why not? Nettle seeds are a wild crafted superfood - they are great for skin and hair, support kidney function and strengthen the adrenal glands. These little green power houses promote vitality and give you a natural energy boost.

If you would like to try to harvest your own Nettle seeds, begin by identifying the plant with a field guide. Always make sure you thoroughly identify anything you are going to wild harvest. The seeds are ripe in the fall here in the midwest. Make sure you wear gloves as Nettles do have a sting! Snip the flower heads off and simply place them in a bowl overnight. The next day, you can just rub the seeds off the flower heads (again, make sure you wear gloves!) I usually put them out on a cookie sheet to try for a day or two, then place them in an airtight container.