Photo Cred Lisa It's been a gorgeous, sunny weekend and I can hear that blasted ice cream truck doing its lap around the neighbourhood. Peachsicle, Orangesicle OR Whateveryouwantsicle 2 cups nut milk 3 ripe peaches OR 2 med oranges 15 drops stevia 5 drops vanilla 1/2 tsp ground vanilla pods (optional but good) 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tray of ice, more or less Blend all ingredients adding ice one cube at a time until desired thickness. Play around, add nutrient dense superfoods like cacao and a bit of maca for a richer, chocolatey flavour. Cinnamon is said to lower blood sugar, which balances the fruit sugars and stevia sweetens without increasing the glycemic index of the treat! Win win, everybody's happy... except the driver of the ice cream truck.

photo cred Cat So there I was the other day, sitting at my dinning room table with my Muma.  We were figuring out what to eat for lunch.  I had 5 ripe avocados so instantly thought of my Avocado Fiesta Salad and promptly started to make it. But the avocados jogged my Muma's memory of the delicious vitaminas she and my Grandpa would drink when they lived in Brazil.  Vitaminas, which means vitamins in English, is a word used to describe a wide variety of juices and smoothies. Some use fruits, or a fruit and vegetable mix.  And what's even cooler, in Brazil, they have street vendors all over the place that make them. (p.s. I've booked a one-way ticket to Brazil.  I'll send you a postcard). Here's a recipe for more of a dessert smoothie. Vitamina de Abacate (Avocado Smoothie) 1 cup fresh avocado 1-2  tbsp honey (or desired amount of stevia/xylitol sweetener) 6 ice cubes 1 cup nut milk (add more nut milk or water if trouble blending, but it should be thick) squirt of fresh lime (optional) Blend together until smooth. Listen to "The Girl from Ipanema" and chill out for a bit. Adiós

What a wonderful night of eating, delicious, healing foods during Elaina Love's Pure Joy Academy Mexican Night. Big thanks to everyone who came out, such a fun high energy group. I will be hosting a Pure Joy Dessert night in the coming weeks, please email me if you're interested. I feel Sunday will be easier than a weekday for most of the downtown group. The recipes on the menu: Key Lime Pie Chocolate Mousse Torte Apple Cobbler with Pecan Crumble Sky High Whipped Cream Superfood Chocolate Clusters Blueberry Cheesecake So happy to be part of this movement, it really is so good.

For all of you that still don't know, Elaina Love from Pure Joy Academy will be in Toronto for a 2 night RAW extravaganza.  Tomorrow night will be her "Raw Mexican Fiesta" class and Wednesday night will be her "Raw Decadent Desserts" class...whaaaaaaaaaat?  I'm going to be there, Lisa is going to be there, a group of pretty cool cats are going to be there.  So what's stopping you?  It's a win, win sitch my friends.  Guaranteed GT's. Only a few spots remain so please register now through: Lisa@PureJoyAcademy.com

I'm a fan of vegan pasta options so I make zucchini and squash noodles often which are a delicious way to get extra veg into your diet. See my post on how to make veggie noodles here. For those of you that want an even easier option, and I'm talking stupid easy, look no further than kelp. Kelp noodles are amazing, yes they're seaweed but don't even think about that cause you can't tell. Kelp noodles look like glass and are a great diet food since they have little to no calories, fat, carbs or sugar plus they're gluten-free. Wonderfully they do contain calcium, some trace minerals and iodine. You can rinse and use them straight out of the bag, though I prefer the soaking trick below to make them soft and plump like cooked noodles. 1 bag of Sea Tangle Kelp Noodles 1/2 lemon, juiced Rinse kelp, place in large bowl filled with filtered water, squeeze juice from half a lemon and distribute well. Allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes or longer before rinsing and serving. Enjoy with your favourite sauce or see our pesto and marinara posts.