[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itQqSlkzs84] Continuing Celeb Tuesday with a great Alicia Silverstone interview. She's been in the business of eating plants exclusively for over 15 years and wow does she look good. Alicia sums up what an exciting experience it is experimenting (say that three times fast) with vegan foods. Know your food can be more, it will work some surprisingly good magic on your body, mind and being. Check out the first five and a half minutes, the host gets pretty pumped up too, I love that!

Breakfast Quinoa Remember those little packets of instant hot cereal, I loved those things growing up and by growing up I mean up until a few years ago. Don't talk to me about any flavour except apple cinnamon, maple maybe but apple cinnamon was where it was at. Lots of excitement around breakfast quinoa these days and since I had a shit ton left over from delivery this week and the bros can only eat so much I decided to toss together an easy breaky in memory of those instant packages. Apple Cinnamon Quinoa  1 cup cooked quinoa 1 small apple, grated 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp raw honey (optional) Mix everything together by hand and enjoy! This is so easy, quinoa has about 8g of protein per cup and it keeps well in the fridge for 4 to 5 days so make a big batch. Mix and match fresh and dried fruits or add other flavours like raw cacao, or hemp seeds or chopped nuts. Really whatever is in your cupboard.

photo cred Cat My eldest asked for a smoothie last night as she was getting her pj's on (which was an obvious ploy to prolong going to bed as she knows that I usually jump at the chance to make her smoothies but she was sooooo mistaken - bless her cotton socks for trying though). So I promised her one in the morning. I tried something different today and it was a huge success and then I slapped some in a sippy cup and the little one downed it too. Moral of the story: Both kids had kale for breakfast and both had no idea. Yesssssssss. The Double Trouble Smoothie 1 cup of filtered water 1/2 banana 1/2 avocado 1 sprig of kale 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 1 tbsp hemp hearts Blend and enjoy. Yields appox. 1.5 cups.  Add more water if too thick and serve it with a straw for the kids.  Straws always rock.

photo cred Cat Like most people, I want to make the better choice when possible. I eat a lot of almond butter. Should I make my own, probably. Have I? No. So I buy mine. I was thinking that all almond butters were created equal. But it seems to me that some are more equal than others. A lot of the store bought almond butters actually contain dry-roasted almonds (just look at the label). The commercial roasting of almonds actually breaks down the good fat and produces free radicals. Free radicals: Bad. Then while shopping at Superstore, I found a 'raw' version. I thought, I'll give this a try. I know it'll be better for me but what about the taste? HOLY COW!! It's out of this world.  Seriously, it's so good that when my friend Pow came over last night, I gave her a spoonful (just to make sure I wasn't the only one loving the stuff) and needless to say, I had to take the jar away from her. She claims it's the best nut butter she's ever had too. So there you go folks. Give it a try. Sooooo worth it.

Asil It's Asil* day at the goods. This woman and her new rump are an inspiration! She's married to a wonderful, blue-eyed man and together they have a lovely two-year old daughter. I feel blessed to have watched her over the past two years as she overcame many hurdles and took complete control of her body. To see her now, if you haven't seen her in a while, you may not recognize Asil. Not only does she look amazing, but her beautiful confidence shines through like never before. After seeing how Asil reshaped her body I decided to tag along to her gym and I've been going regularly since. I was so focused on what I was putting in my body I didn't give enough attention to how I was using it. It's motivating to see healthy eating put to use in a physical way.  For those of you curious about Asil's routine, she has a green smoothie a day, attends boxing or Pilates classes 3 to 4 times a week and chases her daughter old around when she's not at work teaching. She also tries to do two completely raw days a month as a bonus and to keep her on track. Pretty amazing woman and she gives some damn good life advice to boot. *Names have been changed to avoid excessive embarrassment.