In the blink of an eye we'll be complaining about how hot it is... until then let's cook something. Amaranth grain is gluten-free, packed with protein, a great source of magnesium and iron and is very filling. It can be challenging to cook, easily turning to a glue like consistency. Quinoa is everywhere and for good reason, it's a fantastic plant source protein, a gluten-free seed often assumed to be a grain that's packed with fiber. Cooking quinoa and amaranth together gives you the fluffiness of quinoa with the added nutty flavour of amaranth. The combo goes well with flavourful sauces, seasonings and of course added to a salads. Quinoa Amaranth Combo 1/2 cup organic quinoa 1/2 cup amaranth 1-2/3 cups filtered water mineral salt to taste Place water, grains and spices in a pan, bring to a boil then turn down to a high simmer for approximately 20 minutes or until grains reach desired consistency.    

20130621-073902.jpg Have you checked out Westend Coop's Farmer's Market in Sorauren Park? It's a mini utopia with live music, wee ones frolicking in the grass and all kinds of people lounging about enjoying conscious, delicious treats from the vendors. The market is year round as they have access to the club house in the winter, but it's now in full swing under big blue skies, with produce and plant stands, bakeries, prepared raw food, local dairies and even some amazing beauty options. Check it out this afternoon from 3 to 7, maybe I'll see you there!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XykIswFgLpU] I'm newly into Erykah Badu, it started with The Healer (listen above). I'm close to burnout but I did some snooping to find out what Erykah Badu has to say, and it's good. I like her style and she's a believer in the power of plants, especially when raw... and sometimes juiced. Here's an interview with her and Common about their experience with cleaning up their diets... click here. They're so into it, I love it!

Photo Cred Lisa My new favourite raw restaurant happens to be just outside the city in Georgetown, Ontario. I'd never been to Halton Hills and I must say it is BEAUTIFUL, especially in fall colour. HeathEnut is about 10 minutes from the 401 off the Trafalgar exit. It's a cute little cafe on Main Street, with lots of street parking (I value convenient parking), an extremely friendly staff and quality real food at really fair prices. I ordered a mix salad with their house Green Goddess dressing (beyond good), bought a bag of local sunflower sprouts and two bottles of dressing to take home. Amazing and so delicious. I highly recommend checking out HeathEnut, they organize lots of events, cleanses and serve delicious food, it's worth the trip.

Photo Cred Lisa I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit the Tree of Life in Patagonia, AZ this weekend. When you enter the world of raw food, the Tree is spoken of as a bit of a mystical place. The group of ladies from Pure Joy Academy took the three hour drive from Scottsdale to indulge in an incredible buffet of THE best raw, vegan, living foods. Most of which is grown on the Tree of Life property and all prepared on site. We were then treated to a lovely lesson on sprouting and juicing our own wheatgrass. And finally we were lead up to the labyrinth for a meditative walk about... which requires another post all to itself. The surrounding area is stunning! Just a short distance from the Mexican border, the hills are lush and green, scattered with agave plants and mesquite trees. Not at all what I was expecting of Arizona. Butterfies flutter about the clinic and the gardens are gorgeous and fragrant. The area is so green it actually casts a green hue on everything... which feels very appropriate. I must admit, while I knew I'd never been anywhere like this I quickly realized just how true that was, so much peace and beauty. The staff and guests were gracious and dedicated to holistic living and to know so many people have been healed in all aspects by Dr. Gabriel Cousens just furthers my belief that change is underway. If you're into films here is the trailer for Simply Raw, it all takes place at the Tree and is worth watching.