photo cred Cat Lisa and I went to the Whole Life Expo last Friday night.  Totally fun and amazingly inspiring.  We ate gorge food, talked to some fab like-minded people and bought and saw some super cool things. A total standout was the local hemp hearts from Purity in Peterborough.  We can not praise hemp hearts enough and to have them grown locally is kinda rock 'n roll. Never mind kale being the new black, hemp hearts could possibly be the new kale.  Stuff doesn't need pesticides or crap to grow, brilliant source of protein (yes, 10% of our daily intake with only 3 tbsp), way too many omegas to even mention, helps a majority of your organs, your skin, your hair. Seriously guys, I'm starting to get bored of writing about all the added bonuses.  Not to mention, it's delish.  Add it to a smoothie, sprinkle it on a salad, blend it into your baby food or eat it au natural - who cares, just get it in ya.

photo cred Cat Hope everyone had a great weekend.  Mine was outstanding but did involved a flurry of activity. Between gymnastics for the eldest, putting away outdoor furniture, dinner at Pow's (which by the by was the best dinner I've had in AGES...thanks again Lady), grocery shopping and gardening, I also managed to find time to catch up with an old friend/honorary little sister from O-Town (represent yo). My dear friend Amanda was in town for a wedding and had 2 hours to spare before hopping back on a plane home. Were we going to meet for breakie or coffee? No, I had a better idea.  Come 'on over to mine and I'll make you a green smoothie.  And what transpired following her arrival was nothing short of pure magic.  The smoothie concoction was so gorge, I just had to share it with you.  So here it is: The O-Town Special 2 cups filtered water half head of org. green lettuce 1 org. pear 1.5 tbsp of local hemp hearts 1 small handful of raw walnuts Blend well and drink up.  So simple but sooooo good.

photo cred Cat You sassy little fellows.  I think you are my favorite (don't tell my kids).  Possibly one of the most versatile veggies out there.  You can eat them raw, cooked, pickled AND you can eat their tops too.  Who'da thought?  I chuck 'em in a smoothie and add other purple things so the colour is mucho appealing (also see my recent obsession with purple). Last night, to ensure I didn't mindlessly hog down on Halloween candy, I made myself a smoothie before I went out trick or treating with my eldest. Let me tell you, that smoothie was nothing short of purple-fection. The Beet Knees 2 cups filtered water 2 packed cups org. beet greens 3 small org. carrots 1/2 small org. apple 1/2 cup org. red grapes 3/4 cup froz. org. blueberries 1/2 org. lime 2 tbsp Hemp hearts And by the way - it doesn't actually taste like beets, in case you were wondering.

photo cred Cat So the beautiful pomegranates are out and about (or oot and aboot as apparently we Canadians say).  I have such a nostalgic memory of pomegranates as I fondly remember my brother Simmah carefully peeling the tough skin back to expose the bright red fleshy seeds and offering a handful to me. Ahhhhhhhhh. What a nice brother. So here's my recipe that I've been making for years (with updates as the years go by). It's super fresh and a bit chic (le freak) and all the cool kids are making it. Pom Pom Salad 1 large organic fennel bulb, chopped 1 organic pomegranate, seeded 2 cups organic quinoa, cooked/sprouted 1/4 cup organic parsley, chopped 1/2 organic apple, chopped 1 organic lemon, juiced & zested 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped (optional) 3 tbsp hemp hearts (optional) Himilayan salt & pepper to taste Combine all ingredients in a bowl and eat 'til your heart's content.

photo cred Cat Lisa and I are always trying to find the best deals for some of our often used ingredients. And you'll be surprised (or not so surprised) to know that Costco has some great deals. They offer the following organic products: 1. Organic frozen wild blueberries 2. Organic, pre-washed, Quinoa 3. Organic frozen corn And other great finds are: 2. Hemp Hearts 3. Ground flax seed 4. Pine nuts 5. Whole almonds Product does vary from store to store so have a look the next time you're there.  Let us know what you find at your nearest one.