photo cred Cat Like most people, I want to make the better choice when possible. I eat a lot of almond butter. Should I make my own, probably. Have I? No. So I buy mine. I was thinking that all almond butters were created equal. But it seems to me that some are more equal than others. A lot of the store bought almond butters actually contain dry-roasted almonds (just look at the label). The commercial roasting of almonds actually breaks down the good fat and produces free radicals. Free radicals: Bad. Then while shopping at Superstore, I found a 'raw' version. I thought, I'll give this a try. I know it'll be better for me but what about the taste? HOLY COW!! It's out of this world.  Seriously, it's so good that when my friend Pow came over last night, I gave her a spoonful (just to make sure I wasn't the only one loving the stuff) and needless to say, I had to take the jar away from her. She claims it's the best nut butter she's ever had too. So there you go folks. Give it a try. Sooooo worth it.

photo cred Cat I receive a weekly delivery of organic fruits and vegetables from Mama Earth Organics.  What I like most (aside from all the beautiful produce) is the opportunity to experiment with the fruits and veg that I wouldn't necessarily buy if left to my own devices.  One of the largest driving factors to order from Mama Earth was to get out of my rut of always buying the same thing, week after week after week. So this week what should I receive but purple kale.  Now I eat a lot of kale but I've never had the purple variety, and it inspired me to make some magic, some purple magic. The Purple Nurple 5 stems organic purple kale 1 1/2 cups organic purple grapes 1 1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries 1/2 local macintosh apple 1/2 cup raw almonds 2 cups filtered water Add all ingredients to your mixer and blend well.

Photo Cred Lisa The Smoothie Queen did it again, fantastic combo, she hits it every time! Backyard Smoothie, makes 2 for sharing 1 zucchini 1 bunch of organic leaf lettuce 2 Ontario peaches, pitted* 1 organic banana 1/2 cup raw almonds 1 tbsp cinnamon 3 cups filtered water 4 cubes of ice Blend it up and enjoy! *If you forget to take out the pit (Catharine!) it will blend up, but makes for a spitty smoothie.