I've been having a serious love affair with MISFIT for over 7 months, and it keeps getting better. The 31 Day Challenge ended two weeks ago and I feel great. So strong... and maybe a little more superhuman than usual. A lot clicked over the month, regarding my form and flow. Spending so much time with their amazing instructors made all the difference. I managed 31 classes in 31 days and even made MISFIT of the Month, obviously I love that shit! At this point my Pilates/yoga session is as much part of my day as my green smoothie and the combination of the two is incredibly transformative. I highly recommend this to everyone, especially you restless souls seeking change. The cold weather and early evenings are upon us so it's extra important to take care of your body, mind and spirit. Seriously kids, have I ever lead you astray? Give it a go, intro pass at the studio is $45 unlimited mat and THE GOODS has a pickup fridge in the MISFIT lounge. Win win! THE GOODS wants each and every one of you to learn how to make your own green smoothies, we'll have classes in 2014 but in the meantime check our delicious recipes.

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.  

20130915-150222.jpg For all the amazing Cheer Body ladies checking into THE GOODS, here is the recipe from today's class. And here are a ton of other delicious green smoothie concoctions to keep you going. Remember one a day until the next session, that's 2 to 4 cups daily. You will thank me, I see skintight NYE dresses in your future. For those of you looking to shake up your exercise routine, Cheer Body and Brigitte Grenier will take care of you. Tell her THE GOODS sent you.

photo cred Cat I got a fab text from my honorary little sister Amanda from the OT (wha-wha). And the above pic was sent with this msg: My little one loving her Purple green smoothie. Spinach, beet leaves, cucumber, apply, blueberries, hemp seeds. You are an inspiration!!!   Nevermind me, you inspired me girly.  I'm going to make my little one the exact same one right now. Remember keep it organic - you're kids are worth it.  Amanda got all her fresh produce from her organic delivery.  If you live in OT - check 'em out. Juniper Farms.

An item we haven't discussed on the blog in a while is green smoothies. What is up with those things and why is everyone talking about them... yess I'm pushing the Jennifer Aniston link on you again, click here. We're talking about them because they are awesome.  In laymen terms - smoothies are "good stuff, concentrated". I know so many people, it makes my heart sing, who have started drinking one a day and are feeling great in all kinds of ways. It's really pretty cool how eating your veggies can make you feel better. And when in blended form you're increasing the "good stuff, concentrated" absorption rate threefold. Try one a day for 7 days and tell me it didn't feel good! I'm serious. Try it. Elle Elle Go To  2 leaves of organic kale handful of spinach 1 apple (fuji is nice and sweet) 1/2 lemon, peeled 2 cups water 1 tbsp hemp hearts  Blend until smooth! Buy organic. Find more of our smoothie posts here.