Our Naked Burrito inspired today's daily email to our Goodies. It went something like this:
Holy Guacamole! Here are a few interesting facts about this ancient concoction.
  1. Back in the 1900's a Spanish-English pronunciation guide listed guacamole as a "salad of alligator pear". Charming.
  2. On two days a year: Super Bowl Sunday and Cinco de Mayo, over 20 million pounds of avocados are used for guacamole.
  3. Early recipes from the California Avocado Advisory Board (Calavo), published in the 1940s, were accompanied with a pronunciation suggestion: "Say Huakamole".  (TOTAL SIDEBAR: Could you imagine the inter-boardroom fights at Calavo coming to the above mentioned pronunciation suggestion? "I don't care what you say, I think it should be pronounced GUAC-amole"......"What? That's simply madness, you know it originates back to the Aztecs, they would have never accepted that pronunciation, you are knowingly compromising the integrity of the avocado, and I will not stand for this insubordination, I think you should leave...all in favour, say I.")
  4. Here's a redic delish recipe for an amazing guac-salsa dip. Enjoy.

  Great question from one of our delivery regulars about sweeteners:
"Where do you stand on Agave syrup? It’s in a lot of “healthy” recipes, but I’ve read some bad stuff about it being as bad as any simple syrup because of the way it’s processed."
Ah yes agave, we don't use it in the kitchen only because it's hard to find good quality agave at a reasonable price. When using it at home I buy from Upaya Naturals. Rumour has it some of the big name brands are cutting agave and/or overheating it which defeats the purpose as it kills any living enzymes and nutrients. Even if the packaging says raw that's not always the case. My sweeteners of choice in liquid form are local unpasteurized honey (not vegan), Canadian maple syrup, coconut nectar (raw) and in powder form xylitol or coconut sugar (raw). And stevia is always on hand. Have a sweet week! P.s. Same two people in that picture, 5 years apart. So much love for that little sweetie!

  Happy Birthday to THE GOODS, it's our one year Goodsaversary* today and to celebrate we'll be chugging back these delicious, sweet treat shakes. Yum! Such a great healthy dessert for the kiddies too, who needs to eat cake when you have these babies floating around right... enjoy! Birthday Banana Shake  3 organic bananas 1/4 cup hemp hearts 1 tbsp honey 1/2 tbsp cinnamon 1/2 tbsp chaga 1/2 tsp vanilla dash Himalayan pink salt 1-1/2 cup filtered water 8 ice cubes *Thank you PA for coining that great term and for ordering an unusually large amount of Rocket Wraps tomorrow... xo

  While some enjoy smoking crack, I on the other hand have been eating kimchi like it is crack. Mixed with a bowl of warm long grain brown rice, avocado oil and mineral salt... oh yummy yum. And while I'm not about to list the benefits of eating kimchi over smoking crack, I will tell you a few good reasons why you should consider including kimchi in your diet once in a while.
  1. Low in calories, high in fiber
  2. Loaded with minerals and vitamins C, B1 and B12
  3. Vegan friendly source of probiotic (ditch the green yogurt already)
  4. Its raw, fermented, sour, spicy deliciousness
When you're buying or making kimchi be sure there is no added sugars, fish sauce or other chemicals. There is no need to add this extra stuff, the fermented veggies with natural seasoning like garlic and ginger does the job perfectly.  

20131018-085102.jpg I LOVE my Vitamix, it's blended over 4000 Ls and runs like a dream. But I like to spread the love, so when it was time to buy a new blender for home I decided to give the Blendtec a spin. I must say, I'm really happy with it. The Goods - Way smaller - actually fits on the counter, under the cabinets Easy to clean - square canister doesn't have any nooks or crannies Cheaper - almost $100 cheaper than the competition Superficial - really good looking The Bads - Less control - blend speed and functions are digital, there are no dials (I like dials) Messy - the liquid really splashes up the insides and on the lid Anyone looking to buy a real blender for their personal use, Blendtec is where it's at. The finished product is smooth, the timer function allows you to do other things while it's blending and the price savings can't be beat. If you want a Vitamix I don't blame you, I'm not a total convert, I just think the Blendtec is a great option for those of us on a budget. Ps. What's in the blender? Spinach, parsley, cucumber, apple, pear and water. Fricken' delicious.