Cracked Young Coconut Have you ever eaten a whole coconut? Young Thai Coconuts, are the big green ones, in the city you'll find the green outer layer husked off to make them easier to pack. Found at Asian markets and health food stores, the perfect specimen will be white and not pink, especially on the bottom. Water is filtered in through the plant as it grows and stored within the coconut's hard shell. The living water found within hydrates due to naturally occurring electrolytes and contains vitamin C, iron and calcium. Coconuts are low glycemic and delicious. You'll need guidance to open one of these babies. The cheapest route is a cleaver, they're about $20 at most kitchen stores. I use this method at home, ELove can give you a demo, she taught me. For cleaver free access try the Coco Jack, we use this tool in store and at our events. Scrape out the beautiful meat, enjoy as is or freeze and use in recipes. We also sell whole coconuts at the Goods if you want to try, we can even give you a Coco Jack demo.

The summer is coming, it has to be right! Ack patience, patience... What to do in the interim... skin prep! If you haven't tried dry brushing you gotta, not only will it leave your skin buffed and beautiful but it's actually is good for your health too. It exfoliates to open pores and helps expel toxins. Next, you want to moisturize. I'm big on using naturals oils, they leave your skin lustrous, some vitamins and minerals can be absorbed through your skin AND they have naturals SPFs... what? Yes you read that correctly. Olive, coconut and sesame oil are about a 5 and wheatgerm oil is a 20 spf and that's only a few of them. Of course you must use caution when spending time under the sun, but like always we want to think about what you put in and on your body. Wanna know more, start here maybe followed by a google search or two. Fascinating stuff. Now let's focus all our positive thoughts on moving those clouds so the sun can shine down this weekend!

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.