photo cred Cat New obsession. Quinoa puffs. They are lovely and a really nice & healthy breakfast alternative. Serve it with some sliced fruit and homemade almond milk. And don't forget your peppermint tea with a dash of local unpasteurized honey. Nice one Gov'na. Quinoa Puffs (think making popcorn on the stove) 1. Check to see if your organic quinoa is pre-washed. If not, rinse thoroughly and let dry. 3. Spread a single layer of quinoa in frying pan over med-high heat. 4. Keep mixing/shaking the pan until you smell them roasting, then remove from heat immediately (constantly agitating them will prevent burning). 5. Transfer to a bowl right away - cool - eat. Store leftover in air-tight glass jar. They can also be sprinkled on salads too for a different texture. Enjoy.

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.

photo cred Cat A staple that I can't live without is honey.  In my past life I used to consume those yucky artificial sweeteners which do even more yucky things to your body (they actually promote weight gain rather than weight loss). Now it's all about honey, well, in moderation, of course. Did you know that honey doesn't have to be pasteurised? Actually it's better if it's not because pasteurisation kills all the nutrients and live enzymes and slows down the crystallisation process. But yet again, we consumers have been brainwashed by marketers to think that honey can only be clear and runny. 'Tis not so my friends. Do yourself a favour, find a local honey supplier or at least make sure the honey you buy is "unpasteurised" or "raw".  That way if you're going to indulge in some sweet let it do double duty and let it give you an extra bang for your buck.