RK_LIVER LOVER                                                      Indulged a little too much this past long weekend? I know my body could use a mini detox (hmmm, maybe yours can too) so I’m going to share my current favorite liver-loving smoothie recipe starring the BEET. Beets are a wonderful tonic for the liver and they're high in betacyanin, which has cancer-fighting properties. Plus, they’re full of magnesium, iron, zinc and calcium to help flush out toxins. Yeah, they pretty much rock the bod. Liver Lover Smoothie *makes 3 servings* 2 beets 1 cup raspberries 1 apple 1/2 lemon juiced 1 cup zucchini 1 cup cucumber 4 cups of water

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!