photo cred Cat I got a fab text from my honorary little sister Amanda from the OT (wha-wha). And the above pic was sent with this msg: My little one loving her Purple green smoothie. Spinach, beet leaves, cucumber, apply, blueberries, hemp seeds. You are an inspiration!!!   Nevermind me, you inspired me girly.  I'm going to make my little one the exact same one right now. Remember keep it organic - you're kids are worth it.  Amanda got all her fresh produce from her organic delivery.  If you live in OT - check 'em out. Juniper Farms.

The Goods Macashake Our macashake is full of energy packed ingredients and lots of antioxidants, omega 3s and protein naturally. It might even make you a slight bit randy, rumor has it maca was Viking viagra... so be ready! Macashake 2 tbsp chia seeds 2 cups water 1 tbsp maca 1 tbsp cacao 2 tbsp sweetener - i.e. xylitol, coconut sugar, honey 1/2 tbsp vanilla powder 1 tsp cinnamon dash ginger or cayenne Frozen fruit - i.e. pint strawberries or blueberries, banana and add ice if needed Put all ingredients in blender except frozen goods, blend on lowest setting to mix only and let sit for 15 minutes (so chia can soak) before blending on high speed until smooth. While on high add all frozen ingredients until desired consistency reached or mixture freezes. This is a great treat to take with you to work in a thermos, or for an outing on a sunny day. It also makes super tricky healthy popsicles for kids with a few alterations. The only reason I suggest taking out the cacao and maca for the kiddies is because they're high energy and most little ones don't need anymore of that! Kid Pops 2 tbsp chia seeds (OR 1/4 cup raw nuts like almonds, macadamia, pine) 2 cups water 2 tbsp honey 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp cinnamon dash ginger Frozen fruit - i.e. pint strawberries or blueberries, banana add ice as needed Follow same directions above, then fill popsicle molds or ice cube trays and freeze! And it's good for you!

photo cred Cat I'm back at it again after a 4 year hiatus - making baby food, that is.  First time around, with my now eldest daughter, I relied heavily on store-bought jars of well-liked food. That way I was assured that she had enough in her belly (a very common paranoia of a new parent). I buckled under the pressure and never revisited any of the foods she had rejected, which was most things. Funny, or should I say not-so-funny, at 4 years old she's a bit of a fussy eater.  I'm constantly making 2 meals, her meal and our meal.  Terrible habit, I know, and I may have been able to nip in the bud had I persisted with a wide variety of food (well, this is what I tell myself). So 4 years later, new daughter, new lifestyle, new mission. This time I vowed I would a) make all her food from scratch b) introduce her to every veg under the sun To-date she has consumed a wide variety of local and/or organic fruit and veg and much to my utter delight, she's been gobbling down the stuff with great gusto.  A-mazing. Here's how I do it: Add cooked veg and a bit of water to the vitamix/blender and puree away. Easy-peasy.

photo cred Cat I usually start my day with Auds declaring her hunger, immediately followed by can she watch TV and/or eat candy? The answer is usually a resounding NO but one thing she does get (and to this day still believes it belongs to the "treat" category) is a green popsicle (a.k.a. IcePop).  Easy to make and delivers fruit and veg and other lovely ingredients. Making your own does let you control the sugar and other potential not-so-good fillers that come with store-bought smoothies. The measurements below either fills up an icecube tray or a popsicle mold. Since the liquid is quite thick already, you can place toothpicks (I use three) in the centre without having to wait until the juice sets. Here is a recipe for a kid's beginner smoothie/popsicle. Gradually over time I will add kale and other lovely greens. Berry Fairy Popsicle 1 1/2 cups fresh pinapple juice 2 Ontario peaches 1 avocado 3 tbsp ground flax seed (Costco) 1 cup frozen organic blueberries (Costco) 1 cup local raspberries 1 cup 0% Greek yogurt 1 tbsp raw local honey 1 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed Blend, pour, freeze and enjoy!

I just purchased my first Vitamix so I've been experimenting up a storm, which comes in handy when you're procrastinating... anyhoo here is an insanely simple ice cream recipe and since it's sooo good for you, unlike that stuff sold by the junky big box grocer up the street, you can eat it for breakfast! 1 pint of frozen organic strawberries OR peaches OR bananas 1/4 cup of organic raw macadamia nuts (no soaking needed. Yeeess!) 1-2 tbsp sweetener** i.e. honey, maple syrup (tsk, tsk rethink the white sugar) 1 cups of filtered water Blend mac nuts and water until smooth and milky, add frozen strawberries and blend on high until you hear the sound of the blender change, you'll know it when you hear it. At that point you should have a frozen ice cream. If not toss it in the freezer for a bit, you don't want to over blend as it will just melt. Alternatively you can just blend up strawberries with a touch of water (to get things started), they're one fruit like bananas that have a creamy texture and can be blended or juiced frozen with sorbet like results! *okay it's not reeealy ice cream but think of some of the products sold that are called "dairy", gross **in Ontario strawberries are in season in from June to early September, you may not need added sweetener in these months