Photo Cred Lisa Had a few friends for dinner this evening, one of them is on WW... for those of you unfamiliar we're talkin Weight Watchers. I know a lot of of chicks who've had "weight loss" good fortune with WW, myself included. I'm not up to date on their new point system, but from what I understand the points have been lowered for plant food, and increased for processed, which is a good improvement. So ANYWAY my goal was to make a seasonal dinner that would be low points, which meant easy on the oil, nuts, or seeds. With the local produce in high gear I chose these three recipes, Corn & Blueberry Salad with Creamy Cilantro Soup and Fresh Picked Strawberry Sorbet. Pulled from the Matthew Kenney's July 4 Newsletter: Corn, Blueberry, Cucumber Salad - 6 servings, 4 WW points a serving 5 ears fresh sweet corn, husked & shaved 1 pint fresh blueberries 1 cucumber, sliced 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1 jalapeno, seeded & minced 1 lime, juiced 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1 tbsp agave 1/2 tsp sea salt In a serving bowl combine shaved corn, blueberries, cucumber, cilantro, and jalapeno. In a separate bowl, combine lime juice, oil, agave, cumin, and salt. Stir well to combine. Add to salad & toss.  Serve and enjoy! The cilantro soup, by Elaina Love: Creamy Cilantro Soup - 4 servings, 3 WW points 2 cups zucchini, chopped 2 cups cilantro leaves 1 pepper, red OR yellow OR orange 1/2 apple, chopped 1 tbsp tamari 1 tsp Himalayan salt 1/2 tsp cumin powder 1 tsp onion powder 1/8 tsp cayenne 1 cup avocado, scooped Blend everything, but the avocado, until nice and smooth. Drop in the avocado and finish blending. Add water if needed, but it should be thick and smooth. Strawberry Sorbet - 4 servings, 0 WW points 1 pint fresh picked strawberries, 3/4 frozen Wash strawberries, remove tops, freeze. Blend unfrozen 1/4 pint until smooth, add remaining 3/4 frozen one at a time until strawberries are incorporated and frozen. If you're using a Vitamix when hear the motor sound change, your sorbet is ready!

Photo Cred Lisa People who know me might think of me as klutz, maybe they're right. Who am I to say. So what would you do if you accidentally dumped a 1/2 pint of green smoothie onto your laptop? I think I'd do the following: 1. quickly turn the device off, obviously remove power source 2. blot the moisture with a paper towel, careful not to mash into the keyboard 3. pull all the keys off, rinse them 4. leave the computer to dry for several hours 5. pull the dried smoothie fiber out of the nooks and crannies with tweezers 6. reassemble the keys by memory... 7. cross your damn fingers, turn it back on I'm just saying that's what I'd probably do if it ever happened to me.

Photo Cred Lisa I had a noon appointment downtown and was too lazy to make a lunch to go and too hungry to wait until I got home. So I Yelped the closest vegan spot and decided on Hibiscus in Kensington Market. Since complaining about the vegan food in the city I decided to make more of an effort to try new places, and I'm glad I did. Hibiscus is on the east side, about halfway down the Augusta strip. It was packed, and rightly so the food was good, quick and cheap. I ordered the large bowl, which was a mix of kelp, quinoa, yams, beat, lentils, tofu, sprouts, chickpeas and on and on it goes. Plus a tasty raw cracker on the side and all for about $8! And if that wasn't enough, the people working were so friendly! I especially enjoyed the happy-go-lucky fellow at cash. I'll be back, Hibiscus is too good.

Photo Cred Lisa The Schnauzer Brothers are on 4 week of their transition to a bones and raw food (BARF) diet, something I've been wanting to do for ages. I tried several years ago with Sanchez but he ended up with a bout of panreatitis and I panicked and put him back on his kibble. Part of the panic was due to not having a vet I could turn to for guidance. No one seemed clear on the diet requirements of the breed, some telling me Schnauzers can't process high fat and/or high protein diets, others saying they don't have special diet needs at all. Regardless I was very uncomfortable with making the switch. As time passed the more I learned about the effects cooked and process foods have on the body, both human and canine, the more unhappy I was feeding my boys kibble. Finally I found my way to East York Animal Clinic , there I spoke with Dr. Anya and we came to the decision to switch The Brothers to a raw diet including lots of fresh veggies, fruit, quality oils, flax, eggs, chicken and bones. I'm also including mineral supplements and enzymes for Sanchez who is 8, Clyde is 3 and made an easy switch without supplements. They are loving it, Sanchez can't get his meal down fast enough and usually tries to dig into Clyde's. And while Clydey had been hesitant about the veg only, he was an enthusiastic eater once I added the meats. For the first three weeks I was making all their meals, but quickly became bored with the amount of effort required and decided it wasn't sustainable. I started with Tollden Farms this week, the guys are even more eager for meal time, and it's as easy as feeding them kibble. Tollden was highly recommended by my GF worked in the BARF business. I'm so happy we've made the change, I will keep posting on their progress and improvements .