Pump It Up Customizable Salad and Cereal Toppers

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on February 16, 2011


I love salads, but I’ll be the first to admit that they can get a bit boring after a while!

Recently, I have challenged myself to have one salad a day because they are such a great way to pack in a lot of veggie servings and I tend to slack on my veggie consumption in the Winter time. We don’t have our CSA share brimming with veggies and the grocery store stock can look a bit worse for wear this time of the year. (Last week, I bought some romaine that looked so weak and frail I almost shed a tear.)

Sadly, in the Winter it is often: veggie consumption down, carb consumption UP.

But…..I do feel (and look) my best when I’m eating lots of vegetables, so I decided to make an effort to pack more into my day. The only downfall with my salad challenge is that salads can become boring pretty fast if I don’t get creative!

The other day I was eating a rather boring salad and I thought to myself, Wouldn’t it be fun if I could make a high-protein salad topper that would be easy to sprinkle on my salads? Then the wheels got turning and I started to think of different flavour combinations and I pretty much ran to the kitchen to try it out.

These salad toppers are high in protein, fibre, healthy fats, and pack in a ton of nutrients. They will give your salads (or bowls of cereal!) some extra staying power too. Have fun mixing up the flavours and making different salad combos. Thumbs up



Pump It Up Customizable Salad Toppers

Chewy, flavourful, and super addicting these high-protein salad and cereal toppers will give those boring bowls a boost. Have fun making all kinds of fun flavours! I have included the nutritional info below.

Yield: ~1.5-1.75 cups (6 servings)

Base recipe:

  • 2 tbsp regular oats
  • 2 tbsp flour (I used whole wheat flour)
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flax + 6 tbsp water)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt


Directions: Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment or a non stick mat. Mix the flax egg in a small bowl and set aside. After 5 minutes, Mix all of the above ingredients together in a bowl. Now add in your desired ‘flavours’ by selecting one of the options below or by creating your own flavour!

Savoury Flavour: (Garlic Herb)

Sweet Flavour: (Cinnamon Sugar)


  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Sprinkle or two of Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Italian herbs
  • 1 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1/16th tsp ground cloves (optional)
  • Turbinado sugar for sprinkling on before baking



Directions (continued): After mixing in your seasonings, spread the mixture onto your prepared baking sheet as flat as you can by using slightly wet hands or a spatula. You want it as thin as you can get it so it cooks faster. You can now sprinkle on additional herbs if making the savoury flavour or you can sprinkle on sugar if making the sweet flavour. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, flip, and break up the pieces with a spatula and bake for another 5 minutes. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet. Makes about 1.5 cups or a bit more.

I served my salad with my Better than Balsamic dressing.

Nutritional info (per serving, serves 6): 160kcals, 11 grams fat (1 gram sat fat, 5082mg Omega-6, 1972 Omega-3 fatty acids), 10 grams carbs, 5 grams fibre, 7 grams protein, 0 grams sugar. (Note: This info includes the base ingredients only).


This recipe really could not be any easier! I was just shocked at how quickly it came together. The great thing about this recipe is that it is completely customizable too. The flavour combinations are endless. :)


I’m sure you can mix up the seeds too depending on what you have!


Now you pick what flavours you want to use. I made Savoury and Sweet versions that were both so good.

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Mix together and then spread the mixture onto a pan as thin as possible. The thinner you spread it, the faster it will cook.


Sprinkle on additional herbs, or if making the sweet version, sprinkle with cinnamon and coarse sugar. Mmmmm.


Bake for 15 minutes at 350F and then remove from oven. Flip the large piece and then break up up with a metal spoon. Bake for another 5 minutes and then cool completely on the pan.


In under 30 minutes, you have the most amazingly delicious healthy salad or cereal topping.


I baked mine up chewy, but if you wanted them crispy you could bake them longer. It is totally up to you. They do firm up slightly when cooling, so keep that in mind.


I’m going to warn you, they are SUPER addicting! I loved eating them like a ‘cracker’ too. They would be amazing with hummus (what wouldn’t though?).

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This morning, I discovered that the Sweet cinnamon sugar flavour is also incredible on cereal! It is chewy and really amps up a bowl of cereal in a flash. I’m sure it would also rock in a bowl of hot oatmeal or VOO.


Anyone want to join in the salad challenge with me? I’m curious to see what other flavours you guys can come up with! If you have any ideas or make any other versions, leave me a comment below!


Yesterday, I got some exciting news. Surprised smile


I have been selected as a finalist in Best Health Magazine’s Health Blog Awards in the Eat Well category.

Voting is now open and I would greatly appreciate your vote! All you do is enter your name and email address and then click to vote. You can vote daily if you’d like to. Voting is open until March 21 and winner’s are announced on March 31st. When you vote you are entered to win a chance at a free subscription to the magazine. :) Thank you so much for your support! Red heart 

Have a great day. It appears I have a long day of bakery work ahead of me today. ;)

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megan @ blackberries for jam February 16, 2011 at 11:48 am

Congratulations on being named a finalist! And this recipe is incredibly creative. I’ll definitely be trying it with hummus. I bet it would be great with a sweet hummus too.


BrightBakes February 16, 2011 at 11:49 am

Wow! those salad toppers are so creative, Angela! I love how you always come up with something unique and out of the ordinary…My favorite salad combo of late has been a buffalo/ranch theme…chickpeas tossed with hot pepper sauce, homemade greek yogurt ranch dressing with plenty of romaine, celery, carrots, black olives, green onions, and tomato. Love it!
cathy b.


Leanne (For Health's Sake) February 16, 2011 at 11:50 am

Those crackers look so tasty. I’m going to have a salad tonight because of you… thanks! :D


Charlie February 16, 2011 at 11:50 am

These are like croutons. 1000 times better!


Jennifer @ keepitsimplefoods.com February 16, 2011 at 11:52 am

Congrats! Love the salad and cereal toppers idea. I can always go for some extra crunch. Not so sure about the hemp seeds though- they are a bit funky.


Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 16, 2011 at 11:54 am

Congratulations on becoming a finalist! I’m going to check out that link in a bit.

I am with you on needing more veggies. And I laughed at your romaine story only because that is how my last pack of romaine looks — wilty and frail. The crunch was not there :(


Julie February 16, 2011 at 11:57 am

Ahhh! Those cinnamon sugar toppers sound AMAZING! Almost like super healthy cinnamon toast vrunch! ;) Instead of a salad challenge im going to do a green monster challenge. One a day! Congrats on getting nominated :D


Bronwyn February 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Yummy. I need to get back into salad consumption; it’s so easy to fall off the salad bandwagon in winter, even though they’re so delicious!
Congrats on the nomination!


Shanna February 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Craisins, slivered almonds, pine nuts, salsa =)


The Restaurant Manager February 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm

That Salad looks far from boring. I absolutely love the picture you post with your blogs. I’ll be voting today for your blog! Hope you win! =)


Kelly February 16, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I’ve been eating a salad most days of the week already! I’m on a big sprouted peas and roasted pumpkin seeds right now as salad toppers. Your topper looks delicious!


Merage February 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Love the idea and LOVE veggies! So here’s the salad I made last night (it’s a bit of a variation on the normal salad). I needed to get rid of all the veggies in my fridge (1. so they wouldn’t spoil 2. so I could go buy more). So here’s what happened.

1 Bunch fresh asparagus
Fresh green beans
2 small eggplants
1 large zucchini
1 cup garbanzo beans

(Last week I made the same salad with asparagus, green beans, garbanzo beans and cubed portobello mushrooms)

I cut the green beans and asparagus into 2 1/2- 3 inch pieces, and lightly steamed them and left them to cool. I added a little bit of lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper to the eggplants and zucchini (I peeled and cubed the eggplant and half peeled and cubed the zucchini) and placed them in a cookie pan to bake in the oven (until lightly roasted). I took those out and allowed them to cool slightly as well. (When I used the mushrooms, I just lightly sauteed them in a bit of olive oil with some sea salt.) I mixed the veggies together in a big bowl and then comes the dressing :D.

2 heaping tablespoons plain yogurt (can be substituted with non-dairy plain yogurt)
2 tablespoons of tahini paste
juice of 1 large lemon
1 1/2 teaspoons of dried mint
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon italian seasoning
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients for the dressing and whisk together. The dressing will be a bit thick, but when mixed into salad, it’ll be perfect (cause it coats everything perfectly). I would spoon it by the tablespoon and mix just to make sure you don’t over coat.

Sorry I took up so much comment space but this is such a filling and satisfying salad that I had to share. There is enough salad here for 2 or 3 or maybe even 4 servings (depending on how much salad you eat at once :D)

:) Enjoy


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Wow I will certainly be trying this…sounds so good! Thanks for sharing :)


Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} February 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Your salad topper looks amazing! I usually just throw some seeds and/or nuts and call it a day, but I love your idea to bake up a crunchy topper. I need to try this!


Heather (heathers dish) February 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Mmmm…anything that adds some extra oomf to salads wins in my book!


Emily @ One Sweet Vegan February 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I love salads and usually eat one a day in the warmer months. I really should eat them more often in the winter. This salad topper looks wonderful!
Question–What is the mat you put on your baking sheet?


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 16, 2011 at 12:13 pm

its a Silpat…I love it! http://silpat.com/


Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner February 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Wow, that looks delicious! I love adding a little crunch to my salads. I am really good about getting plenty of fruits and veggies by mixing up which ones I eat. Today I sautéed a couple of beets because I haven’t had them in almost a year, and they were so delicious!


Moni'sMeals February 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Now this is creative! I eat a salad everyday, but I need some of your toppings.



Kristy @ KristyRuns February 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm

What a great idea! I would love to create something like this to add to my overnight oats…instead of just piling on chocolate hazelnut butter. While delicious, I could probably use a bit more variety. ;)


Allison @ Food For Healing February 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm

i love bright colours in salads, thats the best!


Maria @ Oh Healthy Day February 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I love this idea! Costco just put out a new product that is similar. It’s a salad topping mix that has cranberries, sunflower seeds, etc. I hear it’s great and all natural!

I always feel best when veggie intake is high and sugar intake is low – so I’m joining this salad challenge with you!


Svetlana February 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I totally agree!!! I love salads but at some point I just get tired of the same salad!!! :( Now this addition looks delicious! Cant wait to try it!!

You got my vote! ;)


Jodi February 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Congratulations on the nomination!

I have 2 go-to salads:

1. Spinach (or mixed greens), tomato, cucumber, chickpeas (or white beans), dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and a balsamic dressing.
2. Mixed greens, tomato, cucumber, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, chickpeas, cubed tofu (if you like it), and balsamic dressing.


Bridget February 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Good luck in the contest! I’m gonna go vote right now!


Bridget February 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Good luck in the contest! I’m gonna go vote right now!


Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm

omg, these salad toppers are genius!!! Cannot wait to make them :D


Nichole February 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Congrats! I will definately vote for you!


Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day February 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm

What a great alternative to croutons!


Lizzie February 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Your better than balsamic is a HUGE hit in our house – my husband loves it!! I agree about salads getting boring, especially in winter, but I have tired throwing in a pink grapefruit (when on special), or an apple or something like that. I like these crumbles though!!


[email protected] February 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm

What a great idea Angela!! How about a really coconutty topper? Or a tropical one! With bananas and dried mangoes…click! i VOTED


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm

This may be your best (non-chocolate) idea yet! I’d add some sesame seeds and Chinese 5-Spice for an Asian salad. Mmmm!


Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit February 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm

It’s like granola for your salad! I love it! How brilliant. I have so many clients that would benefit from this. Thanks for the fantastic recipe.

Just voted, congratulations and good luck!


Megan February 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Congrats on being named finalist – Go OSG! Just got done voting. And I’m salivating looking at those salad toppers – yum.


Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit February 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm

PS: now I have that 90’s song stuck in my head “pump, pump it up, pump the jam now the beat is pumpin….”


Alaina February 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm

What an awesome recognition! I voted for you!

I’m in the same boat when it comes to boring salads. I need to “pump it up” too!! :-)


Meredith February 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I love this idea! Very Fresh-esque. I’ll definitely give it a try. Thanks for the reminder about the CSA — I’m going to talk to my fiance about buying a share this year!

As for winter veggies – I always have a big pot of homemade vegetable soup in the fridge that I eat for lunch. It really keeps me on track. Your highprotein green monster split pea soup is in my regular rotation!


Maryann February 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Any suggestions to make the salad Toppers gluten free.?
They sound delicious but I need a gluten and oat free variety.


Gina February 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm

just use a gluten free flour and Bob Mill’s gluten free oats


Deborah February 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm

How about quinoa flakes and quinoa flour…that would add more protein too!!


Sabine @ thefruitpursuit February 16, 2011 at 12:44 pm

wow super cool! I would’ve never thought of something like this. I try and eat more salads too so this’ll help, merci!


JT February 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Congratulations on being a finalist! I love that magazine!
Mauk Family Farms has a raw “crust” that looks very similar to your salad toppers…but they cost a small fortune! This will be a great way to boost up the ‘ol salad!
Everyday we are getting closer to spring and the start of fresh veggie season, we just finished up our last garden carrots….WAH! Can’t wait…..

ps I really really love your blog….I check the computer every morning to see if the school bus is running, then the weather and then OSG :) :) :) :)


Veggie Girl @ Finally Fit for Summer February 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Love love love your blog and will vote for you :) Ive added you to my blog list too!!


Ella February 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I’ll get on board with the salad a day challange, expecially with valentines day (and my 21st birthday) a few days ago my diet has been more pink frosted topped off with lots of beer than green! My skin looks like crapola because of it!


[email protected] Sweet Life February 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm

what a creative idea! and much better than butter-soaked croutons. good luck in the competition!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm

This looks awesome – I agree, sometimes salads can be boring… or they can NOT fill me up all the way! I just had one for lunch and I have to tell you that I am still hungry!!! However, I have nothing left to eat. It’s a tragedy.


Deborah February 16, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Yum, these sound great. I’m a crouton fanatic, but try to stay away from them unless I take the time to make them from my own homemade bread.
I’m going to make these, but using oat flour instead of whole wheat. Can’t wait to taste them. I wonder if they”ll even last long enough to put on top of a salad? ;-)


tweal February 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm

That’s a really great idea for salads. I agree that they can be a bit boring during the dull winter months; I too need some salad inspiration. Lately I’ve been really digging the ‘liquid gold’ salad dressing from ‘becoming vegan’, I eat salads just to have that. It’s so tasty, and these crumbles would just amplify it all. Thanks for sharing the recipe!


Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn February 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm

These remind me of brendan brazier’s thrive diet crackers! Such a great source of protein and healthy fats:) Can’t wait to try these!


Jenny February 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm

looks to die for. YUM!:)


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 16, 2011 at 1:11 pm

These are such a cool idea Ange! I definitely want to experiment with some flavours. I adore cinnamon so I’m pretty sure I’d love that recipe! Good luck with the Best Health awards – I will DEFINITELY be voting for ya!


Lauren at KeepItSweet February 16, 2011 at 1:12 pm

What a great idea! I eat salad for lunch almost every day during the warm weather months, but in the winter I am really bad about it. They just get so appealing! I do try to eat veggie-packed soups, but this is a great idea for making salads more interesting.


Ann February 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Love this idea! I will definitely be giving it a try. I was feeling like veggie consumption was way down in our house too, so I have started buying big containers of spinach or other greens each week at the market. I hate nothing more than wasting food, so anytime I’m hungry I make something salad based!
And congratulations on your finalist spot – voted :)


Andrea B. @ Vegvacious February 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Yum, Yum…those salad toppers look great ~ I think I’m going to have to try the savoury ones real soon. I am like you ~ lots of carbs and not many fresh veggies in the winter; unfortunately my waistline is starting to reflect my eating habits.

Congratulations on your nomination!


Brenna February 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm

We have been making all of our salads this winter with kale, and I am totally addicted! My favorite so far is an Asian inspired one with avocado, tomato, red onion, and pumpkin seeds! The lettuce here is looking too sad for me to bear as well, and I HATE buying the pre washed stuff in the plastic tubs. They always go bad within a few days! The recipe for the kale salad can be found on my blog www.consciousearthveg.blogspot.com. Thanks for the great recipe!


Amanda Jewell February 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Definitely joining in on the salad challenge (even tho I eat one practically everyday already)! Trying to shed the holiday EL-BEEZ and i’ve got 8.5 to lose (yowza christmas cookies!). My favorite salad combo right now is arugula, spinach, lettuce, avocado, chickpeas, and hummus mixed w/ nutritional yeast, ground up walnuts, sea salt, & honey mustard dressing. IT’ MAKES FOR ONE CREAMY SALAD! Holds me for hours! I recommend trying it! <3


Tyrah February 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm

What a fab idea.
I’d love to make these wheat free and dehydrate them!
A flavor suggestion: curry, ginger, dulse, and nooch


Beth February 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Looks like a great salad topper. Much better than croutons.
Reminds me of a recipe Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) came up with for crackers.

I voted for you.


Britne @ Shabbott's Habits February 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Ohhhh those salad toppers are genius! I eat a salad almost everyday for lunch and could really use something to spice it up!

Goodluck in the healthy blog contest!


Kris | iheartwellness.com February 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm

You are such an inspiration girl!

I love the salad toppers, I find salad boring without a “crunch”

Congrats on the award!! I will vote :)



Amber K February 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Those look tasty! I’ll definitely be voting, you deserve it. :)


Katy (The Singing Runner) February 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Congratulations on being a finalist! I will definitely be voting! :D

I’m not all too creative with salads but these look like a great way to mix it up! With my salads, if I have leftover beans (or lentils as was the case today), I’ll put it on top of a salad. :)


Jackie Smith February 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I would make a Mexican-inspired topper with dried cumin/coriander/garlic. Maybe some smoked paprika or chipotle chili powder if I’m feeling cheeky.


Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good February 16, 2011 at 1:42 pm

What a good idea to dress up a salad. They do look like they’d be great to munch on like crackers too. Mmm.

I’ve been lamenting the same thing – our fresh produce options are less desirable in the winter. Where oh where can I find a decent cucumber? During CSA season, I literally plan my week’s meals around our CSA box. At the end of the season, I have to adjust. And it’s kind of painful.

Thank you, once again, for sharing such a great recipe idea. :)


Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans February 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Congrats on being selected as a finalist!! I will definitely vote for you everyday :)


JL Goes Vegan February 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Great idea! I have some dehydrated seed crackers (sesame, chia and flax) that are too dense to eat on their own. Salad, that’s what I’ll use them for! Great idea!


PR_Cal February 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Count me in for the salad challenge!

Also can’t wait to try your salad and cereal toppers (though I think I might just want to eat them as cereal itself, rather than on top!)

Another good salad topper is trail mix- countless options and can add staying power!


Stacey February 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I think I could probably eat couscous 10 times a day, everyday, I’m not going to lie haha So to add punch to my salads I usually add 1/2 cup of cooked couscous (plain or flavoured). I tend to favour spinach, red onion, red pepper, cucumber, shredded carrots, avacado, jalapenos and sometimes I’ll add black beans too. Toss with whatever homemade dressing I have on hand and I have a great lunch that I can store in the fridge for whenever I need some veggies!


Zestful Lou February 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Those look delightful! I like something crunchy in my salad, so I would probably bake them longer.
I knew that I would be driving to work when your glo bars went on sale this morning, so I called my boyfriend and made him get his butt out of bed (at 7am! …evil laugh…) to order some for me. Turns out he accidentally ordered 20 bars instead of 10! Haha…oops! I am perfectly okay with that though. ;-)


Zestful Lou February 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Oh….and I am going to join you in the salad challenge too!


Liz February 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I have challenged myself to almost the same thing, but mine was to eat a medium to large size serving of dark leafy greens everyday. I don’t always do salad, sometimes I make a green juice or green smoothie, or I’ll put a large amount of spinach in a wrap with hummus&veggies.

I have one salad I am absolutely hooked on & have been almost eating everyday since December. It is simply organic spring mix, organic spinach (some spring mix packages don’t contain spinach so I always like to add some) sliced strawberries, sliced almonds and hemp seeds. It is so yummy that it doesn’t need any dressing!


Kath (My Funny Little Life) February 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm

This looks lovely! I think I’d go for some sweet and spicy flavor: orange cest, tarragon, chili, ginger. :)


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Congrats on becoming a finalist, Angie, that’s wonderful. Off to vote for you after I comment…

Regarding the toppers, love the idea! About 6 months or so I posted my recipe for what I call Sweet Seeds Crackers. They are Raw, Vegan, GF crackers that only use seeds b/c too often in raw un-baking, nuts and heavy grains were used and I wanted to keep these lighter and so did them grain and nut free.

Sorry for the link drop and just delete my comment if it’s not cool.

You can take that recipe in any direction, savory, with nooch, garlic, other spices, etc…

And your recipe…I love it! I love all the ingredients you used and I WILL be trying these. Thank you for the inspiration! And yes, salads are wayyyy better and more jazzed up with things like this sprinkled on!


Baking 'n' Books February 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm

That is so exciting news! Do you contact them and enter this stuff – or do they find you? Incredible.

Also I think I asked before – I apologize – but is your bakery within your home – you work from home all day? Or do have a separate store?


barefoot and frolicking February 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Angela, I just love, love, LOVE your blog :) Thank you for your inspiring posts, and I voted for you in the contest! Best wishes.


Megan (Braise The Roof) February 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Oh, those look amazing- almost like the seed crackers you made a while back, yes?


Veronica February 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I voted for you too! I really enjoy reading your blog : )

As for salads, yeah, you can get into a rut easy. My favorite salad is pretty simple. I like a 50/50 blend of spinach and arugula. I add chopped up green onions, thin sliced and cut up radishes, red and green pepper diced up real tiny and about 6-7 pimiento stuffed olives cut into quarters. Then I add a bit of olive oil, some lemon juice and salt & pepper. Finally I mix in some blue cheese crumbles. Mmmmmm

Definitely going to try your recipe!


Alex @ Healing Beauty February 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm


Also, thanks for this post! I need some more ways to include healthy fats in my diet!


Emily February 16, 2011 at 3:49 pm

You are so creative! I eat a salad every day but it’s easy because I have a salad bar with loads of options at the dining hall. Honestly, I don’t know what I would eat for lunch if it wasn’t a salad! :)


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Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons February 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm

This looks so awesome! I love how you can mix and match to suit your tastes! =) I do this a lot with trail mix <3

actually, i just did a post on it too: Mix and Match Trail Mix

Love this post! and the recipe — i’m so making this! =)



Jackie de Crinis February 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Of course, I’m voting for you! Just made your Strawberry Peanut Butter Oatmeal, but with Almond Butter. It was AMAZING! Going to make this recipe tomorrow…:)


Leah: The Kind Weight Watcher February 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm

WOW, these look amazing. Question: Can I use Energy Egg Replacer instead of the flax eggs?

I get in plenty of veggies without salads in the winter. I’ve become almost addicted to steamed vegetables! They are so good this time of year.

In a couple of months, I’ll probably get back into salads, though.


Leah: The Kind Weight Watcher February 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm

forgot to mention: I voted for you!!!


Lauren February 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Love this idea! I get my veggies in during the winter with the on-campus vegetarian wrap station. They have a different one each day of the week, and they’re always filled with a protein and tons of veggies, and awesome flavors!
Voted for you!


[email protected] February 16, 2011 at 4:34 pm

omg these look amazing, what a creative salad topper. I am always looking for new ways to switch up my salads thanks for the recipe :)


Kelly February 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm

These look tasty! I love your hummus-dipping idea. I am OBSESSED with hummus and ever since I began making your “the hummus that changed everything” recipe I can’t remember a day I have gone through without consuming hummus in some way, shape or form (on a carrot, on some bread, straight from my spoon…) The best part is, I have got my boyfriend hooked as well! Seeing him eat something healthy is great when I’m used to watching him inhale huge amounts of meat non-stop. =D I will definitely try this recipe soon :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm

haha nice! You just reminded me to make another batch. Ive been out of hummus for over a week I think (horrors!!!)


Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm

oh these are so wonderfully creative!


Tracy @ Commit To Fit February 16, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Congratulations on being a finalist. I am going to vote now! :)


dns lookup February 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Ok ive made my decision, im subscribing, this is awesome, keep it comin.


Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen February 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Congrats!! and love this topper recipe.


Roz February 16, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Congratulations on the Best Health finals!! You have my vote. And WOW….WHERE do you come up with ideas like these salad toppers!?! Awesome!!!


Ally February 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Yes! A daily salad is something I started 2 weeks ago – for exactly the same reasons – and the difference it makes to the “winter lethargy” is amazing! I add either lentils, beans or chickpeas to mine, some extra virgin olive oil, fresh herbs from my indoor herb plants, and some freshly ground salt and pepper. I’ll definately be giving these a go too! Yum! Extra flavor makes salads so easy to munch on, keep it up :)


Doc (The Healthy PhD) February 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm

We are so on the same page…I am on day 7 of a ‘7 Days of Salad’ challenge, which I just extended through Sunday because it was such a hit. I ate 2 salads per day, and I got creative in what constituted salads and how to put them together. I’ll totally try your toppers. You should try my roasted Mediterranean veggies!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm

These toppers are such a great idea! On some days I find it so hard to come up with a good topper for salad that will keep me full. These are perfect since I can just pull them out of the cupboard when I want them (provided I don’t eat them before they make it onto a salad. ;))!

I’m definitely voting for ya. Have you ever read Best Health? I really love it because it’s so much more focused on overall health rather than just weight loss and looking good.


Muscle Bound Gal aka Grace February 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm

I absolutely love reading your blogs every day or at least every other day. I love them even more when you start talking about salads. Your salads always look so refreshing and make me crave them even more. YUMMY for these topping ideas too!


Anna February 16, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Those look amazing! I usually eat overnight oats for breakfast and salads for lunch so I will have to try these out soon ^_^


Molly February 16, 2011 at 7:06 pm

GENIUS! I have been trying to find something exactly like that to add the crunchy taste AND be healthy. This made my day. Thank yoooooooooooou.


Angela February 16, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I have one word for this -genius! I’ve recently been trying to eat salads more regularly and this topper will definitely have to be put into my rotation. Quick question: Eating more salads has kind of, er, messed with my digestion and made me feel bloated. Do you think that this will resolve itself over time as my body adjusts? Anyone else have this reaction?
Thanks and congratulations!!


Leah February 16, 2011 at 7:23 pm

HI Angela,
I notice you use silpat baking mats – I’ve been toying with buying one for a while now and I’m wondering if you recommend them? Do they work in place of baking paper? Are they hard to clean? I really want an alternative to having to use paper every time I bake and these seem like the way to do it, but I don’t want to waste money if they aren’t any better?


Michelle February 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm

What a great recipe! I love an extra crunch to my salads. Even better when it’s not processed crackers or chips!


mary (what's cookin' with mary) February 16, 2011 at 7:57 pm

That shot of your salad is SO beautiful Angela ! You’re an turning into an amazing photog.


Mel February 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I am so excited to try this recipe! I have recently had to increase my fruit and veggie consumption due to gluten intolerance, so this will make salads so much more enjoyable! Do you think I could substitute wheat flour for a gluten free flour? Have you baked with corn, potato, or rice flour before? If so, can you taste the difference or is there a difference in texture? Congrats on being selected as a finalist! I will definitely vote for you :)


Hannah February 16, 2011 at 8:18 pm

WOW! I’ve never made ANYTHING like this is my life! I’ve seen flax crackers that use dehydrators but I’m so relieved you just used an oven :)


Maddie (Healthy Maddie) February 16, 2011 at 9:05 pm

You are so creative! I love it and I’m definitely voting for you :) Congrats on being a finalist!


Laura @ prettylittlewords February 16, 2011 at 9:08 pm

This is such a great idea!!! How on earth did you come up with something so creative so quickly? Oh right — you’re a genius! ;)


Brandon May February 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm

This IS amazing. Great recipe! Congratulations on being a finalist!


Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul February 16, 2011 at 9:46 pm

What a creative way to incorporate some fun into a salad!


Miranda February 16, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I have been trying to eat a salad a day for about a week and just ordered some hemp seeds from Amazon so I could make your salad topper, looks great! Can’t wait to try it!


lauren @ spiced plate February 16, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Oh, this is so fun! Something crunchy just makes a salad complete. I like walnuts and dried cranberries on my salad. mmm delicious!
Instead of dressing, I use hummus. When I was a kid, I’d use tomato sauce. My strange food habits started early!


Camille February 16, 2011 at 11:01 pm

These look awesome! They are like better croutons!


Ashley February 16, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Looooooove this crunchy topping idea. I usually throw pepitas on top, but this is so much more fun. Chris will love it too. We eat a salad with dinner almost every night. I just love them. :) Off to vote…congrats!


Tine February 16, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Lovely recipe!
Have to try it!


Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) February 16, 2011 at 11:44 pm

I was flipping through my local newspaper today (“The Leader Post” – in Regina) and was pleasantly surprised to see you in there!!!!!!!! I first noticed all the Green Monster ingredients, and was like “woah, the Leader Post knows about Green Monsters!”, and then I saw you!!!

Very cool :-)


One Healthy Apple February 17, 2011 at 12:19 am

The salad toppers look wonderful. I love adding more oomph to my salad- makes the leaves and stuff taste better.

Congrats on your nomination- good luck!


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter February 17, 2011 at 12:21 am

What a great idea! I love adding leftover couscous or quinoa on top of my salads. It’s a nice texture change, and if I heat the leftovers up, its a lovely temperature difference too.


Hong February 17, 2011 at 6:08 am

This has nothing with toppers, but I have a question making juice since you have great recipes on healthy smoothies and the “green monster”. I was wondering what to get the Vitamix blender or a juicing machine? Will Vitamix perform the same without the mess of the pulp clean up from a juicer? Thank you so much.


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 17, 2011 at 11:48 am

The VM is a blender and the juicer simply extracts the juice and does not make use of the pulp or fibre. I would always suggest a blender over a juicer any day. Ive heard that the $40 Oster brand came in second place by comsumer reports if you are looking for a budget friendly option.


Faith @ lovelyascharged February 17, 2011 at 7:44 am

Those look so fun! At first I thought they were going to be a cracker, but when you said chewy, I was sold! I hate croutons but these look like a way yummier topper idea :)


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 17, 2011 at 8:47 am

Those crackers look lovely!


Aleasha February 17, 2011 at 8:56 am

Your recipes and passion for healthy eating have truly inspired me. I know you must hear this a lot but it is so true. I have always had a passion for cooking and baking (which is why it took me 9 years to loose the 60 extra pounds I was carrying around) but passion for healthy cooking was lacking. I thought when I was on a diet nothing was supposed to taste good and if it did it probably shouldn’t be on my plate. But now I see that I was so wrong. I just hit my goal weight this week and now I look forward to staying healthy using tons of your recipes. Thank you for all your hard work.


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 17, 2011 at 11:47 am

Thanks for the nice comment, Aleasha! Happy to hear of the wonderful changes you have made. congrats!


Erica February 17, 2011 at 10:40 am

Great idea Angela!

Although I can’t eat cold salads in the winter, I love the idea of adding the savoury ones to my garlic-sauteed greens, or the sweet ones to roasted squash or sweet potatoes.

One question – I know you don’t count calories, but how do you fit into your daily meal plan all the tasting of your cooking and baking that you must have to do?


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 17, 2011 at 11:47 am

I always let my hunger guide me. So if I am doing more taste testing than usual, I won’t eat as big of a lunch or dinner. It all balances out I find!


Diana @ frontyardfoodie February 17, 2011 at 10:56 am

Oh yummy! My mom makes toppers for salad and oatmeal out of nuts, seeds and spices. It’s such a great idea. It also makes the salads so nice and hardy!


Jess February 17, 2011 at 11:37 am

what a great idea, i’m always looking for some crunch to add to my salad but it usually involves lots of fat and extra calories. these are the perfect alternative to croutons.


Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) February 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm

i voted for you!!! because you DEFINITELY deserve it!


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Allison February 18, 2011 at 2:12 am

I take a similar approach to salads. I try to have one every day but I’m not a huge fan of salad dressing (there are only a few that I like). Instead, I try to make all of my “salad toppers” add value as well as flavor. Here are my ideas! http://getnatured.blogspot.com/2010/03/instead-of-salad-dressing-and-nut.html

Good luck with the Best Health contest!!


Rachel S February 19, 2011 at 11:57 am

This is such a good idea! I love salad, but I’m always concerned that I’m not eating enough protein. I have lately been eating salad with raisins, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds, dressed with just balsamic vinegar and a bit of salt and pepper. Congrats on being a finalist. I’m voting for you. Your valentine’s day post made me cry.


Katy February 20, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Hi! I love your site! I recently made a mexican gluten free version of these and I was wondering if I could blog the recipe if I link back to your site and recipe?


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 20, 2011 at 7:55 pm

be my guest :)


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