Photo Cred Lisa It's been a gorgeous, sunny weekend and I can hear that blasted ice cream truck doing its lap around the neighbourhood. Peachsicle, Orangesicle OR Whateveryouwantsicle 2 cups nut milk 3 ripe peaches OR 2 med oranges 15 drops stevia 5 drops vanilla 1/2 tsp ground vanilla pods (optional but good) 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tray of ice, more or less Blend all ingredients adding ice one cube at a time until desired thickness. Play around, add nutrient dense superfoods like cacao and a bit of maca for a richer, chocolatey flavour. Cinnamon is said to lower blood sugar, which balances the fruit sugars and stevia sweetens without increasing the glycemic index of the treat! Win win, everybody's happy... except the driver of the ice cream truck.

photo cred Cat I was so inspired by Lisa's Cinnamon Banana Shake that I decided to make my own dessert smoothie.  Well actually, if truth be known, Kods asked me to make him a smoothie for dinner and as I had just cut up a pineapple (that was rather tasteless) I figured I'd throw it in for sure and make a sweeter smoothie than usual.  What I created kinda rocked my world and since there wasn't a drop left of it when I returned to the kitchen 10 minutes later, I'll assume Kods was a fan as well. Blueberry Beauty 5 stems of purple organic kale 2 cups water 3/4 a fresh pineapple (core removed) 1 cup frozen organic blueberries 2 heaping tbsp of hemp hearts Yields approximately 1.5 litres Throw it all in the Vitamix/blender and blend until smooth.  If you'd like to make a thicker smoothie, add some ice but reduce the amount of water. I think I may re-create this smoothie and make it into IcePops for the little one...

Photo Cred List Yummm! Whipped up a shake last night for dessert after enjoying Cat's Guacasalsamole. Both were delicious! Cinnamon Banana Shake 2 frozen bananas handful hazel nuts 1 cup filtered water 1 tbsp palm sugar 1/2 tbsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp vanilla dash cayenne & Himalayan Pink salt 6 ice cubes Blend dry ingredients with water until smooth, add frozen bananas and ice. Continue blending until it's thick like a milk shake! ***Please excuse the monkey, the banana shake didn't photograph near as nicely as he did.

photo cred Cat I usually start my day with Auds declaring her hunger, immediately followed by can she watch TV and/or eat candy? The answer is usually a resounding NO but one thing she does get (and to this day still believes it belongs to the "treat" category) is a green popsicle (a.k.a. IcePop).  Easy to make and delivers fruit and veg and other lovely ingredients. Making your own does let you control the sugar and other potential not-so-good fillers that come with store-bought smoothies. The measurements below either fills up an icecube tray or a popsicle mold. Since the liquid is quite thick already, you can place toothpicks (I use three) in the centre without having to wait until the juice sets. Here is a recipe for a kid's beginner smoothie/popsicle. Gradually over time I will add kale and other lovely greens. Berry Fairy Popsicle 1 1/2 cups fresh pinapple juice 2 Ontario peaches 1 avocado 3 tbsp ground flax seed (Costco) 1 cup frozen organic blueberries (Costco) 1 cup local raspberries 1 cup 0% Greek yogurt 1 tbsp raw local honey 1 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed Blend, pour, freeze and enjoy!

Photo Cred Lisa Had a few friends for dinner this evening, one of them is on WW... for those of you unfamiliar we're talkin Weight Watchers. I know a lot of of chicks who've had "weight loss" good fortune with WW, myself included. I'm not up to date on their new point system, but from what I understand the points have been lowered for plant food, and increased for processed, which is a good improvement. So ANYWAY my goal was to make a seasonal dinner that would be low points, which meant easy on the oil, nuts, or seeds. With the local produce in high gear I chose these three recipes, Corn & Blueberry Salad with Creamy Cilantro Soup and Fresh Picked Strawberry Sorbet. Pulled from the Matthew Kenney's July 4 Newsletter: Corn, Blueberry, Cucumber Salad - 6 servings, 4 WW points a serving 5 ears fresh sweet corn, husked & shaved 1 pint fresh blueberries 1 cucumber, sliced 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1 jalapeno, seeded & minced 1 lime, juiced 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1 tbsp agave 1/2 tsp sea salt In a serving bowl combine shaved corn, blueberries, cucumber, cilantro, and jalapeno. In a separate bowl, combine lime juice, oil, agave, cumin, and salt. Stir well to combine. Add to salad & toss.  Serve and enjoy! The cilantro soup, by Elaina Love: Creamy Cilantro Soup - 4 servings, 3 WW points 2 cups zucchini, chopped 2 cups cilantro leaves 1 pepper, red OR yellow OR orange 1/2 apple, chopped 1 tbsp tamari 1 tsp Himalayan salt 1/2 tsp cumin powder 1 tsp onion powder 1/8 tsp cayenne 1 cup avocado, scooped Blend everything, but the avocado, until nice and smooth. Drop in the avocado and finish blending. Add water if needed, but it should be thick and smooth. Strawberry Sorbet - 4 servings, 0 WW points 1 pint fresh picked strawberries, 3/4 frozen Wash strawberries, remove tops, freeze. Blend unfrozen 1/4 pint until smooth, add remaining 3/4 frozen one at a time until strawberries are incorporated and frozen. If you're using a Vitamix when hear the motor sound change, your sorbet is ready!