Photo Cred Lisa It's peach season! I'm so excited!! Peaches, when local and in season, are the most delicious fruit on the planet. Move over mango. Plus these are first round peaches, give them another few weeks and oh sweet jesus! I've been all about juices for the last few days, due to the heatwave, so I just squeezed this tasty combo: Fuzzy Peach Juice  2 ripe peaches 1 yam OR sweet potato 1/2 cucumber At least two handfuls of spinach 1 cup of water (if needed) Wash, chop, blend and strain OR juice Peaches eaten seasonally have lots of great health and beauty benefits, and with just a touch more sugar than apples. They're also a great fruit to buy in bulk at the market to slice and freeze OR dehydrate for the winter. If you can manage not to eat them before the cold weather gets here that is. Sorry, no more talk of winter.

Photo Cred Lisa My new favourite raw restaurant happens to be just outside the city in Georgetown, Ontario. I'd never been to Halton Hills and I must say it is BEAUTIFUL, especially in fall colour. HeathEnut is about 10 minutes from the 401 off the Trafalgar exit. It's a cute little cafe on Main Street, with lots of street parking (I value convenient parking), an extremely friendly staff and quality real food at really fair prices. I ordered a mix salad with their house Green Goddess dressing (beyond good), bought a bag of local sunflower sprouts and two bottles of dressing to take home. Amazing and so delicious. I highly recommend checking out HeathEnut, they organize lots of events, cleanses and serve delicious food, it's worth the trip.

Photo Cred Lisa What a weekend! Lots of friends and lots of food, it was a good one but today I'm feeling not so fresh. Rather than beat myself up about what I did or didn't eat, I'll take the day to clean up with a 24 hour juice fast. Fasting can be very healing, it gives your digestive system a rest, clears out some unwanted junk, and provides a rich boost of nutrients. The longest I've fasted on juice is five days, it's intense and not something I recommend anyone do their first time without experienced support and guidance.  I have friends who have gone as long as 90 days, for the purpose of healing. It has profound effects on all aspects of self: mind, body and spirit. If you're curious check out Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, a great doc which chronicles an extensive juice fast and it's transformative results. Here are instructions for making a days worth of juice, you can add some extra veggies if you like or check out what celeb Jen Aniston drinks one day a week. Give it a try, it's empowering to take control of your "hunger".  

photo cred Cat I recently spent 4 glorious days in Soho (NYC) as an incredible birthday surprise from Kods.  Not only was it beyond expectation, we naturally sought out good-for-you food rather than filling our bellies with crap.  This is now the second time this summer I have managed to go away and not put on the usual 5-8lbs.  In fact, I lost 1 lbs yet still managed to eat a ton (of course walking everywhere, I'm sure, helped too)  Some of the stand-outs for me were: 1. Organic Avenue - Had a fantastic raw oatmeal (which I promise to recreate and share the recipe) and a super green juice (maybe too green for my liking but it sure gave me the fuel to walk 8 hours that day). 2. Local - Sampled their fair-trade tea and muffins in the morning.  Had a great convo with the owner and he had petitioned the neighbourhood to take over 1 parking spot outside his restaurant so that he could convert it to a beautiful outside sitting area open to the public. Amaze-balls. 3. Souen - Had a gorgeous lemon pesto covered salmon with seaweed and steamed greens. Outstanding price for the amount of food. If ever in Soho - do yourself a solid and try them out.

Just got back from our, what now seems to be annual, summer trip to Eastern Ontario. We hit Ottawa up for a wedding, then promptly to Grande Jean's family cottage on Big Rideau Lake for a week. Being from Southern Ontario, the tropical hot spot that it is, my family didn't spend time in the east end of the province so it's kinda new and fun for me. We took a day trip to Perth, which was surprisingly picturesque and drove the Number 2 back to Toronto to wind our way through all the little towns that line the route. It's really quite gorgeous, I'm so looking forward to my August weekend in Port Hope! While prepping for a trip in which you won't fall victim to the 24hour roadside stop for sustenance can seem like too much effort, it really isn't and in the end you'll be grateful. Save yourself the energy of hopelessly looking for real food at a gas station, and feel right about your choices. I took these goods with us for the long drive there and back, 1L mason of green smoothie mini mason of sprouts, seasoned with salt, pepper and amazing olive oil 1 apple & 1 pear OR a few peeled oranges I wanted to take something I could grab on the quick as a meal, so I made a nice big batch of magic muesli which lasted me the entire 10 days, plus some sharing. I bring my blender when I can and wow did it come in handy at the cottage. We enjoyed our daily green smoothie or juice, plus some dangerous fruit cocktails on the dock!! Overall it was a balanced trip, some indulgences, lots of gorgeous, local and organic foods, sunshine, awesome scenery and good people! Thank you.