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 Spinach may be scarce these days but beets ain't.  And you know I love me a beet or two (or five or six).  Personally, beets have always been a bit tricky in the smoothie department.  I don't know how Lisa manages to make her Red-Green smoothies taste so damn good but clearly I have not mastered the fine art yet, or have I?????? Enter the cooked beet. I had a few leftover from the day before so chucked them in. Wow, amazing beety goodness. So unless you have Lisa making your smoothies everyday, try this as an alternative. The Beet Beat Smoothie 4 cups filtered water 2 lg handful of org. mixed greens 1 -2 cooked org. beets 1 org. apple 1 org. banana 1/2 org. zucchini 2 tbsp hemp hearts Blend until smooth - Yields 1.5 liters. And don't forget to save some in a bowl for the babies (just add some organic baby cereal to it).

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 Happy Holidays to everyone.  May all your hopes and dreams be realized for 2013. And here's one last breakfast muesli recipe that we can't seem to get enough of these days (though it also makes a great lunch and/or snack): Quinoali 1 peeled and chopped organic apple 1/2 cup organic cran-raisins or raisins 1 1/2 cups of quinoa 3 cups of filtered water Place all ingredients into a pot, bring to boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes + 5 minute rest (as per quinoa cooking instructions). Fluff with a fork. Makes a big batch. I then add fresh fruit and nuts each morning. That way I keep it a bit different every day. You can re-heat or eat cold, like I do or add some lovely, warmed, homemade nut milk. Enjoy!

photo cred Cat One last Vancouver installment.. I love grocery shopping in different cities because you get to see different things.  I fell upon the cereal isle and was amaze at what I found.  Now as some of you might know I make my own cereal, Magic Muesli, which is a go-to, pretty much every day.  I make a huge batch and both my husband add some fresh fruit and Bob's your uncle. But I do appreciate that not everyone has time to make their own cereal, let alone want to, so let me introduce "Holy Crap" - a product made popular by Dragon's Den.  It's pretty fantastic and it's made in Canada which is a total plus. It has everything you need to start your engine running in the am but also makes a great snack cause it's filling (and don't forget to drink a glass of water after). So that coupled with a gorge green smoothie for lunch, that's a 2 no-brainer meal solution. Works for me. p.s. My husband likes my muesli better, but he may be biased.