photo cred Cat Did you know that January is Avocado month, not officially, but it's when these little devils are in seasons. Technically a fruit, did you also know that in Brazil avocados are viewed more like a sweet treat (with sugar added to them) rather then a savory treat like us North Americans tend to view them (ie. like guac or a lovely companion to the salad)? Either way, I love 'em. Who doesn't. So here's what I made today in honour of them. Fiesta Avocado Salad 1 cup org. corn 1 cup cooked black beans 1 cup org. cherry tomatoes 2 avocado diced 4 tbsp fresh lime juice 3 tbsp hemp oil 1 tsp cumin Himalayan salt & pepper to taste Combine in a bowl and add more or less of any of the above ingredients as it changes for me every time I make it. Yum.

photo cred Cat For all you stocking stuffers, here's a fun alternative to candy or gimmicky dollar store items for the holidays. Himalayan Salt - Colour tells you everything. If the salt is white - stay away.  If it's sandy, brownish, gray or pink in colour you should be good. It should list the minerals on the packaging. Local Organic Honey - Raw, unpasteurized and preferably within a 100 miles of your house.  Also said to help ease allergies. Cacao Powder - Spelling is everything, it's cAcAo  not cOacO and make sure the spelling is right in the ingredient list.  The real stuff has amazing health benefits, the other, well, not so much. Try Navitas brand. Hemp Hearts - Great protein alternative and fabulous in smoothies and sprinkled on salads. Manitoba Harvest  and Purity are great brands at a great price. Protein Powder - Sun Warrior is a go-to. 'Tis a pricey item but lasts a very long time. Totally worth it. Stevia sweetener - '0' on the glycemic index (GI) but crazy sweet and all natural. Comes in liquid or powder format. Goji Berries - has 5 times the amount of iron found in spinach and a fab addition to smoothies and salads. Try Navitas brand. Avocado / Hemp / Flax / Coconut  Oil - Coconut is a standard everyday oil, withstands high heat and adds great flavour. The other three are amazing alternatives for dressings, salads and anything that doesn't require cooking.