I've been banging on for years about magical liquified veggies and I'm not about to stop, green smoothies are truly the gateway to better health. 24 Hours published my favourite recipe last week. It goes by many names, Sweet Lemon, the Gateway and Elle Elle's Go-To. It's the simplest of them all yet incredibly nourishing and hydrating. We've served this smoothie to people ranging in age from 9 months to 70 years. All of them sucked it back and cried when it was gone... well not everyone cried but they all wanted more. The Gateway Smoothie  2 cups filtered water 2 tbsp hemp seeds 1 large handful organic spinach, or more 1 organic apple, quartered 1 organic pear, quartered 1/2 lemon, squeezed Optional - 4 ice cubes Add ingredients to an upright blender, blend until smooth. For more smoothie rants and recipes click here.

Green smoothies and full blend juices are where it's at. We drink our blended vegetables and fruits in their entirety daily - edible skins, seeds, fibre and all... nothing extracted. The vast majority of us could use more roughage, fibre does the dirty work. Fibre acts like a broom and sweeps through your digestive track, getting in all the nooks and kicking the grime, dust and ancient crud out the backdoor. This clears the way so your body can absorb the concentration of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients from the blended plants. And if you're lucky, all that fibre might even smooth things over between you and your poo. Juice extraction has its pros, it can be a great way to get an extra dose of vitamins, people suffering from a myriad of digestive issues may do better sans fibre (read cold-pressed) and for healing, supervised juicing can be powerful medicine. Challenge yourself to down a big, fibre full, green smoothie daily for a week. Maybe you'll pickup a new goods habit you love... you might even feel amazing. Loads of clean-vegan, green drink recipes here.

photo cred Cat Just got back from a fabulous mini trip to Cancun, sans l'enfants. It was 3 days, it was beyond glorious but why does my body always have to pay for it?  It was an all-inclusive, need I say more? It was a complete assault on my body. I ate and drank way too much and in a nutshell, my body shut down. Oh I ate all the glorious fruit, fresh guac & salsa I could but let's be honest, I'm was not eating all my usual stuff (you know, the stuff with all the fibre, if you get my drift). But I wasn't completely unprepared. I knew this would happen so I actually brought a ziplock of the magic muesli. I should have had it everyday but the day I did, it worked and I felt instantly better. Next time, I shall eat it every day while I'm away -- and maybe opt for a non-all-inclusive next time. I swear...I'm my own worse enemy sometimes.