Bugaboo Salad With Balsamic Vinaigrette

Take your standard green salad to an entirely new level with this healthy and hearty rendition inspired by the Bugaboos, a local mountain range with mighty rock formations, glacier-sculpted granite spires, and many peaks over 3,000 metres in elevation. The towering alfalfa sprouts and feta cheese remind us of the awe-inspiring mountains and glacier terrain the Bugaboos has to offer. This salad is strong and powerful, but simple and healthy. Make your own balsamic vinaigrette dressing using our guest-favorite recipe.

Serves 4.



  • 5 c. mixed baby salad greens
  • 1 c. beets, grated
  • 1 c. carrots, grated
  • 1 c. chickpeas cooked
  • ½ c. feta cheese crumbled
  • ½ c. alfalfa sprouts
  • ¼ c. sundried tomatoes sliced
  • ¼ c. toasted sunflower seeds


  • ½ Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbs. honey
  • 1 tsp. crushed fresh garlic
  • ¼ tsp. dried basil
  • 1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. orange juice
  • 1/3 tsp. orange zest
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


  1. Blend dressing ingredients in a blender. Set aside in refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. Place a bed of salad greens in a bowl and layer, making your own design; beets, carrots, chickpeas, feta, sprouts, and
    sun-dried tomatoes.
  3. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds.
  4. Serve with dressing on the side.


What is Mountain Trek?

Mountain Trek is an award-winning health retreat immersed in the lush nature of British Columbia. Our one or two-week program—featuring daily hiking, yoga, exercise classes, time in our state-of-the-art spa, and of course, delicious, healthy cuisine—will help you detox, unplug, recharge, and roll back years of stress and unhealthy habits. To learn more about the retreat, and how we can help you reset your health, please email us at or reach out below:

Heavenly Orbs Recipe

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The name says it all. Nut butter anchors the lightness of coconut, orange and apricot in this delicious snack. This Heavenly Orbs recipe is definitely one that belongs in our Hall of Fame. Makes 8 or 9 orbs.


  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/8 cup hemp seed butter
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/3 cup coconut
  • orange juice to moisten
  • 1/8 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 tsp powdered ginger
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • zest of a small orange


  1. Chop nuts and apricots together finely in a food processor
  2. Add butters and remaining ingredients
  3. Form into balls and refigerate or freeze

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6 Healthy Travel Snacks That Are Pre-Packaged

a woman on a public walkway eating a healthy snack

Guests at Mountain Trek are pleasantly surprised by the deliciousness of the snacks we supply during the hours they spend hiking on the trails. Many expect mass-produced “energy” bars to help fuel their activities but that style of snack is usually full of corn syrup and highly processed ingredients. We recommend people take a small time out of their week to prepare healthy items they can snack on throughout the course of their days.

Related Article: Top 5 On The Go Snacks

However, we’ve since heard from some guests, especially those who travel a lot, that it can be difficult to find the time to whip up some Loki Dip to go with those carrot sticks. So, we asked our nutrition expert Jennifer Keirstead to supply us with another list of snacks that people can enjoy when they’re traveling and don’t have access to their kitchen.

Our Nutritionist’s Picks for Healthy Pre-Packaged Snacks

  1. EPIC bars. These are basically dehydrated meat in power bar form. They’re made from grass-fed meats, high in protein, and taste like jerky!
  2. SuperFood Energy Bar. They’re made from plant-based, high-quality ingredients. No fillers!
  3. Justin’s Almond Butter. These are in squeeze packs and make great traveling companions. Pack a piece of fruit, or two, and spread on some creamy, high-protein almond, for a perfectly balanced snack on the go.
  4. Trail Mix. Try to avoid the prepackaged ones as they contain a lot of sodium. Instead, buy seeds and nuts from the bulk section and make your own. I like to mix unsalted cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, dried currants, and goji berries.
  5. Prepackaged veggies. Items such as baby carrots or sugar snap peas are easy to find and delicious with a container of hummus.
  6. Starbucks “Protein Box“. If you’re at the airport and grab one of these boxes and enjoy a hard-boiled egg, fresh fruit, cheese, and multigrain muesli bread.

Of course, being even just a little prepared with a snack in your purse, or suitcase can go a long way to help keep you on the right track nutritionally.

What is Mountain Trek?

Mountain Trek is the health reset you’ve been looking for. Our award-winning health retreat, immersed in the lush nature of British Columbia, will help you detox, unplug, recharge, and roll back years of stress and unhealthy habits. To learn more about the retreat, and how we can help you reset your health, please email us at or reach out below:

Loki Dip Recipe

Loki Dip Recipe

This snack recipe is a guest favourite! Our famous Loki Dip is a perfect snack that is tasty, packed with protein and will curb an afternoon craving. Enjoy with fresh seasonal vegetables.


  • 2/3 c. olive oil
  • 1 c. nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 c. hemp hearts
  • 1 Tbs. wheat-free tamari
  • 2 Tbs. Braggs liquid aminos
  • ¼ c. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. dark balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 c. tomato paste
  • 1 large clove garlic minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ½ tsp. basil
  • ½ tsp. thyme
  • ½ tsp. marjoram
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder
  • 1½ Tbs. agave nectar or honey


  • Blend well using a Vitamix blender. 
  • Refrigerate until serving. 
  • Enjoy!

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