Insteada Here's a recipe that's popular with the agency kids, like Teres who can't get enough of it! I don't blame her, it's delicious and a real pick me up first thing in the morning. I recommend having it cold, but using warm/hot water works too. It's packed with amazing nutrient dense, high energy super foods so probably not the best snack before bed. Insteada' Coffee Serves 2 1 cup of filtered water 1 tbsp chia seeds 2 tbsp raw cacao powder 3 tbsp coconut sugar 1 tsp maca 1/2 tsp cinnamon dash cayenne dash Himalayan pink salt 4-6 cubes of ice OR 1 cup hot water Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high until smooth. Add ice OR hot water, blend to desired consistency. Allowing the chia seeds to soak for 15 minutes before blending will provide a silky smoothie texture.

Red Green Smoothie Just because it's the weekend and you're all booked up with social events doesn't mean you shouldn't have your daily smoothie! You know it makes all the difference, and if you didn't know it can be one heck of a good hangover helper. Here is a recipe for The Good's Red-Green Smoothie, it's trending in the East end these days, give it a try. Red-Green Smoothie 2+ cups filtered water 1 handful organic mixed greens 1/4 organic cucumber, peeled 1/4 local red beet OR candied beet 1 organic bosh pear 1 tbsp chia Blend it well, add some ice if you like and enjoy. Have a great weekend everyone, big love!

Photo Cred Lisa Posting this one for my girl Basi who's looking for extra protein and energy to get through her intense boot camp! This recipe has about 7g of protein, and chia is a fantastic energy and diet food... yeesss chia like chia pet. Peachy Popeye 2 handfuls of organic spinach 2 local peaches, pit removed 1 med carrot, washed but not peeled 2 tbsp chia seeds, heaping 2 cups water Blend well, add extra water as needed. Enjoy! And Basi, you tell that handsome husband of yours I'm going to be checking in on him, he best keep up his greens.

Photo Cred Cat Here is the breakfast muesli I make on a Sunday and will last all week (and Kods eats it too).  This is a very loose recipe as I usually just eyeball the amounts.  It's all good stuff so a little bit more or less, here or there, works too. Makes  approx. 10-12 servings (heaping 1/3 cup of muesli to 1 cup of hot water) 1/2 pack chia seeds (150 g) 1 1/2 cup organic large flake oats 1 tsp ground vanilla bean OR vanilla extract 1 tbsp cinnamon 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds 1/2 cup coconut flakes 1/4 cup coconut oil 1/3 cup goji berries 1/2 cup dried cranberries Hand mix all ingredients together and store in glass container on counter or fridge.

Just got back from our, what now seems to be annual, summer trip to Eastern Ontario. We hit Ottawa up for a wedding, then promptly to Grande Jean's family cottage on Big Rideau Lake for a week. Being from Southern Ontario, the tropical hot spot that it is, my family didn't spend time in the east end of the province so it's kinda new and fun for me. We took a day trip to Perth, which was surprisingly picturesque and drove the Number 2 back to Toronto to wind our way through all the little towns that line the route. It's really quite gorgeous, I'm so looking forward to my August weekend in Port Hope! While prepping for a trip in which you won't fall victim to the 24hour roadside stop for sustenance can seem like too much effort, it really isn't and in the end you'll be grateful. Save yourself the energy of hopelessly looking for real food at a gas station, and feel right about your choices. I took these goods with us for the long drive there and back, 1L mason of green smoothie mini mason of sprouts, seasoned with salt, pepper and amazing olive oil 1 apple & 1 pear OR a few peeled oranges I wanted to take something I could grab on the quick as a meal, so I made a nice big batch of magic muesli which lasted me the entire 10 days, plus some sharing. I bring my blender when I can and wow did it come in handy at the cottage. We enjoyed our daily green smoothie or juice, plus some dangerous fruit cocktails on the dock!! Overall it was a balanced trip, some indulgences, lots of gorgeous, local and organic foods, sunshine, awesome scenery and good people! Thank you.