Cracked Young Coconut Have you ever eaten a whole coconut? Young Thai Coconuts, are the big green ones, in the city you'll find the green outer layer husked off to make them easier to pack. Found at Asian markets and health food stores, the perfect specimen will be white and not pink, especially on the bottom. Water is filtered in through the plant as it grows and stored within the coconut's hard shell. The living water found within hydrates due to naturally occurring electrolytes and contains vitamin C, iron and calcium. Coconuts are low glycemic and delicious. You'll need guidance to open one of these babies. The cheapest route is a cleaver, they're about $20 at most kitchen stores. I use this method at home, ELove can give you a demo, she taught me. For cleaver free access try the Coco Jack, we use this tool in store and at our events. Scrape out the beautiful meat, enjoy as is or freeze and use in recipes. We also sell whole coconuts at the Goods if you want to try, we can even give you a Coco Jack demo.

Photo Cred Lisa Yeeesss chocolate is good for you. Not that junk from the corner store... but delicious, rich, raw chocolate. Cacao is raw chocolate (pronounced ka-cow), it's been minimally processed and never heated above 110°. You can find it at most health food stores and some grocery stores. You want to make sure the English spelling is cacao, if it's cocoa it'll be cheaper. Trust me, you want the raw stuff with all the minerals, vitamins and antioxidants still intact. If this is your first time having raw chocolate, pace your damn self, it's a stimulant and a superfood so a little goes a long way. Broken Chocolate 1/2 cup cacao powder 3/4 cup coconut oil 1/4 cup unpasteurized honey 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt Chopped nuts, seeds, dried fruit OR coconut flakes (optional) Mix all ingredients together by hand, it'll be easier if coconut oil is in liquid form. Pour mixture onto a serving platter lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer for 30 to 45 minutes. Once solid you can break the chocolate into pieces. Coconut oil is only stable when cool so it's best to serve out of the fridge in warm weather and it will keep for 6 months to a year. Now you can make your own chocolate anytime you want and eat it without guilt. Less guilt more chocolate!

20130508-131834.jpg New kitchen project, wheat grass juicing!! It has quite a following as an alternative treatment for curing many diseases, there are clinics all over the world dedicated to treating patients using this therapy. And it's your lucky day, you don't even have to own a juicer to make it at home. A few things to know, the fiber is toxic so it needs to be removed, you can't just throw the grass in your smoothie you need to extract the juice from the fiber. If you have a juicer, push a handful or two through. If not you can use your blender, add a little water and press it through a nut milk bags to remove the pulp... click here for directions. Remember to drink it right away! Wheat grass is a complete protein, it has 10x more calcium than cow milk (gag), lots of iron plus B12 which is hard to find in plants. Cool eh! You can grow it yourself, pick up a bag from Kind Organics at Sorauren Market or most health food stores sell it in potters.

20130408-215652.jpg The deodorant dilemma, you've heard whisperings that the stuff on the shelf at the pharmacy could be really bad for your health, but we're all afraid of being the stinker alone at the lunch table. I've been playing around with some different options and I'm currently a fan of the crystal. I mean who doesn't want to start their day off by rubbing a big wet salt crystal under their pits. Plus it really works, salt kills bacteria and bacteria is the stuff that makes you smell when you sweat. Found at most health food stores, make sure you buy a brand that specifically says no aluminum. It took about a week to kick in for me, and I of course will publicly retract this post if the crystal doesn't hold up come sweaty season...