20131004-111205.jpg Everyone could use a little help in the kitchen sometimes, ya get bored and need to switch it up. Here are a few of my favourite cookbooks... or un-cooked books if you need some inspiration.  Elaina Love's Pure Joy Kitchen, Vol 1 & 2 The Complete Book of Raw Food Alicia Silverstone's The Kind Diet ReFresh The Art of Raw Food Annie Nichols' Healthy Vegetarian, Healthy Life Now with your freshly stocked pantry and a few new recipes in hand you'll live it up all winter long.

20130612-150102 Hey kids! We are back, had to step away for a few days... you know how it goes. The Polska Popcorn Princess strikes again, this time with basil infused olive oil. Oh my, add a little of that to you air popped, non-GMO, organic maize with a touch of mineral salt and you'll be munching up a guilt-free storm in no time. I'm working on getting the PPP to regularly blog for THE GOODS, she is quite the popcorn aficionado plus has a fitness trick or two up her pant leg. Cross your fingers all. Check out the PPP's other raved about recipes Dilly Kaz Corn and Lemon Poppy Seed. And yes I'm working on infusing some olive oil myself and will share once I've got it down.

photo cred Cat We had a wonderful class last night with a spectacular bunch of ladies. The Goods hosted a raw Mexican Fiesta class based on the recipes of the famous and fabulous Elaina Love (through whom all of this was made possible). It was such a pleasure cooking and teaching these lovely ladies. The class was set up by Nadine for her friends. When one friend was told about the upcoming class the reaction was this " What that f***? Raw Mexican?". Needless to say, she was one of our more enthusiastic participants. The food was next level. Talk about guilt-free second helpings. The biggest takeaway from the night was that it's all about adding to your diet not taking away. Add that smoothie, add those gorgeous local fruits and veggies and the rest will follow. Trust me. Check out more of Elaina's easy, delicious and so damn good for you recipes on our blog like this and this.

Pomegranate Pomegranates are easy to find this time of year and they're packed with minerals and nutrients like vitamin C and lots of Bs. The seeds are the most beautiful ruby-red colour and delicious on salads or as a late night snack. Many avoid this fruit as it's a bit messy to get into and can stain your fingers and clothes. But we have a trick to save you some trouble. Cut an X into the top of the pomegranate about 1" deep, fill a bowl with water and submerge the fruit, you can break it into four sections by prying it apart where it's been cut. The seeds will fall out easily under the water and sink to the bottom while the membrane floats. Pour the water and the debris off the top and you're left with the tasty seeds and no mess. Have a happy weekend, see you Monday!

Lemon Sprizter I was gifted some awesome kitchen gadgets over the holidays, but this citrus spritzer from my mum is super cool. I haven't seen anything like it before and it works just as well as you would hope. I'm pretty excited to use it on my cut avocados to keep them from turning ugly. If you got any handy kitchen tools this year, please share we'd love to know what's out there! Check out the Lékué website for more of their innovative kitchen stuff.