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.

Breakfast Quinoa Remember those little packets of instant hot cereal, I loved those things growing up and by growing up I mean up until a few years ago. Don't talk to me about any flavour except apple cinnamon, maple maybe but apple cinnamon was where it was at. Lots of excitement around breakfast quinoa these days and since I had a shit ton left over from delivery this week and the bros can only eat so much I decided to toss together an easy breaky in memory of those instant packages. Apple Cinnamon Quinoa  1 cup cooked quinoa 1 small apple, grated 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp raw honey (optional) Mix everything together by hand and enjoy! This is so easy, quinoa has about 8g of protein per cup and it keeps well in the fridge for 4 to 5 days so make a big batch. Mix and match fresh and dried fruits or add other flavours like raw cacao, or hemp seeds or chopped nuts. Really whatever is in your cupboard.

photo cred Cat Here's what happened. Lisa came over for lunch last Friday. We ate, laughed, plotted and schemed. No nothing out of the ordinary really. After lunch, which consisted of my fav spiralized zucchini with homemade pesto, organic peas and corn, I decided to make dessert.  Enter the strawberry-banana smoothie.  This one was a slight variation of the classic Cinnamon Banana Shake but with a few strawberries added and almonds instead of hazelnuts. Then I started thinking about the versatility of smoothies. They can be a breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack or dessert. Smoothies rock, no matter how you look at it.  Forget the pie and ice cream, serve your guests, of all ages, a lovely, healthy and outrageously delicious fruit smoothie instead.  Be an innovator not a laggard.

photo cred Cat One last Vancouver installment.. I love grocery shopping in different cities because you get to see different things.  I fell upon the cereal isle and was amaze at what I found.  Now as some of you might know I make my own cereal, Magic Muesli, which is a go-to, pretty much every day.  I make a huge batch and both my husband add some fresh fruit and Bob's your uncle. But I do appreciate that not everyone has time to make their own cereal, let alone want to, so let me introduce "Holy Crap" - a product made popular by Dragon's Den.  It's pretty fantastic and it's made in Canada which is a total plus. It has everything you need to start your engine running in the am but also makes a great snack cause it's filling (and don't forget to drink a glass of water after). So that coupled with a gorge green smoothie for lunch, that's a 2 no-brainer meal solution. Works for me. p.s. My husband likes my muesli better, but he may be biased.