photo cred Cat For all you stocking stuffers, here's a fun alternative to candy or gimmicky dollar store items for the holidays. Himalayan Salt - Colour tells you everything. If the salt is white - stay away.  If it's sandy, brownish, gray or pink in colour you should be good. It should list the minerals on the packaging. Local Organic Honey - Raw, unpasteurized and preferably within a 100 miles of your house.  Also said to help ease allergies. Cacao Powder - Spelling is everything, it's cAcAo  not cOacO and make sure the spelling is right in the ingredient list.  The real stuff has amazing health benefits, the other, well, not so much. Try Navitas brand. Hemp Hearts - Great protein alternative and fabulous in smoothies and sprinkled on salads. Manitoba Harvest  and Purity are great brands at a great price. Protein Powder - Sun Warrior is a go-to. 'Tis a pricey item but lasts a very long time. Totally worth it. Stevia sweetener - '0' on the glycemic index (GI) but crazy sweet and all natural. Comes in liquid or powder format. Goji Berries - has 5 times the amount of iron found in spinach and a fab addition to smoothies and salads. Try Navitas brand. Avocado / Hemp / Flax / Coconut  Oil - Coconut is a standard everyday oil, withstands high heat and adds great flavour. The other three are amazing alternatives for dressings, salads and anything that doesn't require cooking.

Photo Cred Cat Here is the breakfast muesli I make on a Sunday and will last all week (and Kods eats it too).  This is a very loose recipe as I usually just eyeball the amounts.  It's all good stuff so a little bit more or less, here or there, works too. Makes  approx. 10-12 servings (heaping 1/3 cup of muesli to 1 cup of hot water) 1/2 pack chia seeds (150 g) 1 1/2 cup organic large flake oats 1 tsp ground vanilla bean OR vanilla extract 1 tbsp cinnamon 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds 1/2 cup coconut flakes 1/4 cup coconut oil 1/3 cup goji berries 1/2 cup dried cranberries Hand mix all ingredients together and store in glass container on counter or fridge.