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 Lisa and I went to the Whole Life Expo last Friday night.  Totally fun and amazingly inspiring.  We ate gorge food, talked to some fab like-minded people and bought and saw some super cool things. A total standout was the local hemp hearts from Purity in Peterborough.  We can not praise hemp hearts enough and to have them grown locally is kinda rock 'n roll. Never mind kale being the new black, hemp hearts could possibly be the new kale.  Stuff doesn't need pesticides or crap to grow, brilliant source of protein (yes, 10% of our daily intake with only 3 tbsp), way too many omegas to even mention, helps a majority of your organs, your skin, your hair. Seriously guys, I'm starting to get bored of writing about all the added bonuses.  Not to mention, it's delish.  Add it to a smoothie, sprinkle it on a salad, blend it into your baby food or eat it au natural - who cares, just get it in ya.