Photo cred Cat Oh I love hummus. Hummus, hummus, hummus.  I just learned a few things about this original prepared food. First of all, hummus is the Arabic word "chickpea". And if you go back to Socrates and Plato days, you'll find that they even wrote about it cause the shit is so damn good. Good for you with all its iron, vitamin C & B6, fiber, protein and potassium. I have to say it's perfection and it is (and always has been my desert island food - you know that game of "if you were stranded on an island with one thing what would it be?"). We introduced a new salad today, the Baouleh Baouleh and it came with a creamy hummus dressing. Hummus combined into a salad dressing? I'm in heaven. So here's the recipe for all you other hummus lovers out there. 2 cup cooked chickpeas 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 tbsp tahini 2 garlic cloves 1/2 tsp mineral salt 2 tbsp olive oil Blend'er up & enjoy.

Sorauren Snow Awe yes, the question of warmth comes up around living food a lot. Especially this time of year. Everyone is unique when it comes to their dietary needs, but I believe in maintaining 60% raw foods during the Canadian cold season, so green smoothies, salads and other fresh plant-based treats. While the remaining 40% should be warming, cooked foods... and I'm not talking about a piping hot pepperoni pizza either.
  • Things that grow under the soil tend to make us warmer like sweet potatoes, carrots, or maca.
  • Squash also has a great warming effect on the body and they make delicious soups.
  • Spices are helpful, think cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, cayenne. Add these to smoothies, or hot teas. Easy way to spice things up and warm yourself at the same time.
  • Beans and legumes are so satisfying, sprout them before cooking for an extra nutrient kick.
  • Grains are both grounding and warming, stick to gluten free options, my top three are quinoa, amaranth and long grain wild rice.
Check out some of our soup recipes here and my fav turmeric smoothie here and maybe invest in a pair of slippers.  

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.

photo cred Cat Yup, this is my brother Simmah. I love him. He is kind, gentle, outrageously funny, selfless, extraordinarily smart, talented and beautiful, he knows everything about just about everything and above all is the most supportive person I know. He is allergic to milk, eggs, seafood and is gluten intolerant. He also avoids consuming any and all animal products. Essentially, he’s vegan not for any political reason but because his body fights against the machine.  If he accidentally eats something that has any of the above ingredients it does him significant damage. Eating out is a risk. Eating in general has to be scrutinized and ingredients triple checked before consumption. This is not a lifestyle choice this is his reality. Try taking a different approach to cooking and eating. Try a gluten free dish. Experiment with a vegan dish. You'll find that it's dead easy to do and people in your life that have dietary concerns will love you for it.

photo cred Cat Yup, I finally made a raw dessert and I really liked it. The best part, cause it's not made out of shit ingredients but is full of nutrient-dense goodness, I maxed out at 1 slice (at a sitting, that is). Second best part - guilt-free dessert. Yessssssss. Raw Key Lime Pie (serves 8) - by Julie Daniluk Crust: 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 1 cup walnuts 1/4 tsp pink rock salt 1/2 cup pitted Medjool dates Filling: 3 firm avocados 3 tbsp lime juice 1 tsp lime zest 1/2 cup raw honey Pinch of pink rock salt Directions: 1. Process the coconut, walnuts, and salt in a food processor until coarsely ground. 2. Add the dates and process until the mixture resembles break crumbs and begins to clump together. 3. Press into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate using the back of a spoon or your fingers. 4. Place the crust in a freezer for 15 minutes. 5. Process all the filling ingredients in a food processor until smooth. 6. Pour the filling into the pie crust. Set in fridge for 20 minutes.