Photo Cred Lisa It's peach season! I'm so excited!! Peaches, when local and in season, are the most delicious fruit on the planet. Move over mango. Plus these are first round peaches, give them another few weeks and oh sweet jesus! I've been all about juices for the last few days, due to the heatwave, so I just squeezed this tasty combo: Fuzzy Peach Juice  2 ripe peaches 1 yam OR sweet potato 1/2 cucumber At least two handfuls of spinach 1 cup of water (if needed) Wash, chop, blend and strain OR juice Peaches eaten seasonally have lots of great health and beauty benefits, and with just a touch more sugar than apples. They're also a great fruit to buy in bulk at the market to slice and freeze OR dehydrate for the winter. If you can manage not to eat them before the cold weather gets here that is. Sorry, no more talk of winter.

Here's a fun backyard, balcony or window sill project! These cut-and-come-again greens, grow easily from seed with some sunshine and water. Once they're about 5" to 6", trim them back to make salads or smoothies and they will grow all over again. Fun right! I picked up a packet of organic Asian Mixed Green seeds from Sweet Peas on Roncesvalles for a few bucks. You don't get more local, organic or fresh than this! Mixed Greens Smoothie 2 handfulls or mixed greens 2 Ontario peaches, pitted 1 handful of raw almonds 1/2 organic cucumber 2 cups water Blend well, add more water or ice if needed!

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!