Let's discuss fiber shall we? Did you know that most people need upwards of 32 grams of fiber a day? And quite frankly, we just don't eat enough with a typical Western diet.Fiber plays an essential role in your digestive, heart, and skin health, and may even improve blood sugar control and weight management. Loads of things are full of fiber but if you want the best (like the Dom Perignon of fibers) go for vegetables, nuts, and seeds as they are the most healthful source.
Why care about fiber? "If we don’t eat enough soluble fiber, our bile, instead of being ushered out of the body and then replaced with fresh bile produced by the liver, is repeatedly recirculated in our system. In the process, it becomes more concentrated with toxins, which, in turn, can lead to all sorts of inflammatory diseases such as gallbladder disease, intestinal inflammation, and even skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis."  Wait what? Ewwwwwwww.
And this is why we're all about full blend juices, by not extracting the fiber from your smoothie you get all the good stuff... lots of magic smoothie recipes here.
 

  In the blink of an eye we'll be complaining about how hot it is... until then let's cook something. Amaranth grain is gluten-free, packed with protein, a great source of magnesium and iron and is very filling. It can be challenging to cook, easily turning to a glue like consistency. Quinoa is everywhere and for good reason, it's a fantastic plant source protein, a gluten-free seed often assumed to be a grain that's packed with fiber. Cooking quinoa and amaranth together gives you the fluffiness of quinoa with the added nutty flavour of amaranth. The combo goes well with flavourful sauces, seasonings and of course added to a salads. Quinoa Amaranth Combo 1/2 cup organic quinoa 1/2 cup amaranth 1-2/3 cups filtered water mineral salt to taste Place water, grains and spices in a pan, bring to a boil then turn down to a high simmer for approximately 20 minutes or until grains reach desired consistency.    

  Ok so this my last fiber push of the season (pun intended). This time of year is so hard with all the holiday parties and extra indulgences at work. They are hard to resist but shit's everywhere. And do you know what all the sugar does to your system? It f***s it up. You get bloated, feel gross and things are not as regular as they normally are. You know what the easy fix is? G*d damn fiber. And the best part? It too, is everywhere. So get it in you fast and often. It probably will fill you up and you may not be so tempted. Double win, double rainbow. Oh, and for the love humanity, drink as much water as possible. We have a special shout-out to Send it and Goodfoot who fearlessly deliver your lunches everyday without question, with a smile and regardless the weather conditions - today is no exception. We love you guys!

Quinoa is soooo in right now, it's in everything from cereals and salads to sweet snacks. I'm a big fan of this lovely, gluten-free grain as it's a complete protein, with lots of fiber and iron plus it's a bit of a chameleon in the kitchen. For me the easiest way to make quinoa is in a saucepan, if you're feeling extra adventurous you can soak it and sprout overnight before cooking for an enzyme boost... see here for sprouting instructions. Cooked Seasoned Quinoa  1 cup organic quinoa 2 cups filtered water mineral salt to taste Italian seasoning (optional) Place water, quinoa and spices in a pan, bring to a boil then turn down to a high simmer for approximately 20 minutes or until grains reach desired consistency. This seasoned quinoa is great to take into the office for lunch with some chopped tomato  avocado and pepper. Simple and delicious!