Have you seen these little weirdos at the market... they're lychees, they're tropical and they're delicious. Red when first picked, they turn brown after being chilled but that doesn't affect the fruit inside. Lychee contains vitamin C, 72mg per 100g compared to the 53mg in oranges. So roughly 9 lychees is the daily requirement of vitamin C. Use your hands or a small knife to peel back the hard skin and then peel the aromatic fruit inside away from the seed. A perfect snack on the beach or at the cottage. Eat them as is or add them to smoothies, salads and desserts. Cool Lychee Smoothie Makes 2Ls 1 leaf of organic kale 1/2 head organic leaf lettuce 9 lychees, peeled and pitted 4 mint leaves 1/3 organic cucumber 1-1/2 organic apple 2 cups filtered water 1 tray of ice Blend all ingredients except ice until smooth. Add ice, blend again then share with a friend.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjLiFtBUpEc] Love this woman and her hot pink pants. This is Annette Larkins, she grows and makes all her own food, juices and eats only raw vegan. Would you look at her! What's that expression... you are what you eat... An inspiration for sticking to it, and she's only been doing it for 27 of her 70 years, that means many of you are way ahead of the game. Oh the potential!

Black Rabbit There's a new place on Bloor West you must check out, Black Rabbit has freshly made juices and smoothies, a variety of food options to suit all dietary requirements, wifi and lots of space... meaning mum's with strollers this is your spot. The atmosphere is comfy, staff friendly and I'm always smitten if I don't have to make my own smoothie. Thanks to our new friend Jill for leading me to this place, here is a proper review from Toronto Life.

I'm loving all the positive feedback on your smoothie experiences. It makes me over-the-moon happy to hear so many people are feeling the magic of a green smoothie and have naturally integrated them into their daily routines. It's important to keep listening to your body, if you find your smoothies aren't going down as easily it may mean you need to switch things up. Try less fruit, different combinations or juicing. Once you've swept the digestive track with all that fiber your body might be asking for a break and a few days of green juice could be the answer. Variety is everything. Basic Green Juice Servers 2 to 3 1 cucumber 1 head of celery 4 handfuls of spinach OR 1/2 bunch of kale OR other dark leafy green 1 apple 1/2 lemon, juiced 1/4" fresh ginger If you don't have a juicer, blend ingredients then pour through a nut milk bag or nylon stocking (fine in a pinch) to separate the pulp. Juice usually keeps about 12-24 hours in an airtight glass bottle, refrigerated of course. Feel free to play around with combinations, yams and sweet potatoes are yummy juiced as are beets. Drinking fresh green juice means loads of vitamins and minerals with none of the stress on your digestive track and it's sooo very good for you. Give it a try... you'll probably love it!