Happy Birthday to THE GOODS, it's our one year Goodsaversary* today and to celebrate we'll be chugging back these delicious, sweet treat shakes. Yum! Such a great healthy dessert for the kiddies too, who needs to eat cake when you have these babies floating around right... enjoy! Birthday Banana Shake  3 organic bananas 1/4 cup hemp hearts 1 tbsp honey 1/2 tbsp cinnamon 1/2 tbsp chaga 1/2 tsp vanilla dash Himalayan pink salt 1-1/2 cup filtered water 8 ice cubes *Thank you PA for coining that great term and for ordering an unusually large amount of Rocket Wraps tomorrow... xo

20131009-154447.jpg Shrooms are amazing and chaga (shh-a-ga) is my fav. This big guy grows inside birch trees, the portion that forms outside the tree looks like charred wood, and the inside is dense red/orange. When harvested and dried it's hard as rock, you'll have to smash it with a hammer to break off a piece. Chaga has countless healing properties, which can be extracted using water, alcohol and fat methods. Here is a simple recipe for delicious chaga tea (water extraction), or add chaga powder and tinctures to your smoothies or any healthy recipe to up the nutritional content. Cinnamon Chaga Tea 1" chunk of chaga 4 cups filtered water, boiled 1 cinnamon stick 1L mason jar Place chaga and cinnamon stick into jar, pour boiling water and leave to sit on the counter or in the sun for 8 hours, or overnight. Reuse the same piece several times. I feel great when I drink this tea, I love the taste as it's not bitter and I'm fascinated by its ancient history. David Wolfe has a great book all about Chaga. I could go on but we like to keep it brief at THE GOODS. And if you're not into mushroom hunting you can buy chaga at Qi Naturals, Kind Herbs at Sorauren Farmer's Market, and The Big Carrot.

photo cred Cat Lisa and I went to the Whole Life Expo last Friday night.  Totally fun and amazingly inspiring.  We ate gorge food, talked to some fab like-minded people and bought and saw some super cool things. A total standout was the local hemp hearts from Purity in Peterborough.  We can not praise hemp hearts enough and to have them grown locally is kinda rock 'n roll. Never mind kale being the new black, hemp hearts could possibly be the new kale.  Stuff doesn't need pesticides or crap to grow, brilliant source of protein (yes, 10% of our daily intake with only 3 tbsp), way too many omegas to even mention, helps a majority of your organs, your skin, your hair. Seriously guys, I'm starting to get bored of writing about all the added bonuses.  Not to mention, it's delish.  Add it to a smoothie, sprinkle it on a salad, blend it into your baby food or eat it au natural - who cares, just get it in ya.