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 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.

So the lovely Labute made a new salad yesterday. It's called Strawberry Fields, it's all organic, dairy, nut and gluten-free gorgeousness and contains such things as: fresh picked, local strawberries, jicama, zucchini, spinach and red quinoa. Not to mention the sweet and sour tamarind dressing and tiny seasoned seed mix with hemp, sesame, chia and poppy seeds. Wait a minute, did you say jimaca? What tha..? Well, this legume is round, tan and bulb-like so kinda looks like a turnip. Its lovely white insides are smooth and crisp and some think tastes like an apple. It's high in vitamins C, A and B, along with calcium and phosphorus and TONS of dietary fiber. But remember: The skin is inedible so remove it first. Here's a recipe I found on line that I'm totally trying this weekend (with my own tweak).  But let's be honest - I'll probably just sit with the bowl and a spoon. Corn Jicama Salsa 2 cups of corn, roasted ½ cup jicama, peeled and diced ¼ cup cooked black beans 1/8 cup of shallots, minced 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped fine ¼ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper 1 avocado diced Small jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped with membrane removed (optional) Mix together, refrigerate for an hour.

Before and after raw food This is Morgan. THE GOODS is obsessed with Morgan. The picture on the left is Morgs December 2012 and on the right... well that's last week. She's smokin' hot eh. Morgan fought her weight most of her life, when she met her I-love-pastries-and-can-eat-everything-fiance things got worse. Her breaking point came early this year and she made the choice to clean it up. Soon after she joined THE GOODS team and started eating more raw, plant-based, clean foods and green drinks daily. Approaching this lifestyle transition in such a healthful way helped her ditch 85 lbs AND look fantastic doing it. Her advice for all of us is to eliminate refined foods (sugar/flour especially), even for a week, and your palate will find pleasure in the sweetness of real foods. This month Morgan and I are going to do a 5 day cleanse eating only THE GOODS and juicing. So great! Morgan I am in awe, your total commitment to everything you do is beyond admirable. I'm so grateful to see you almost every day, what would I have done without you lady! You blitz with the best of them.

photo cred Cat This is going to be the easiest blog entry ever.  In short was responsible to provide dinner for 4 this past Saturday night. Had 2 extra salads from The Goods so I mixed them up, divided by 4, grilled some gorge fresh wild salmon and Bob's your Uncle. I looked like a culinary goddess (it was for some out-of-towners so didn't have to mention that Lisa actually made them - they didn't' ask, I didn't say), I was happy knowing that beautiful food was being served and best of all - Zero preparation. So with warm nights and dinner parties getting underway - make it easy for yourself. Order a couple of salads - pick 'em up at MISFITSTUDIO, (if we don't already deliver to your office) and serve them as a glorious side to whatever floats your boat. Or even easier, just order everyone their own salad and you'll have even less to do. Yessssss, my kinda meal yo.