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!

photo cred Cat My recent Parker's PolkaDot Party (The Triple P) was such a blast and the food was so good that I thought it only fair to share a few fab recipes. My GF, Leith, made this crazy-delish dish which I personally devoured.  She found it on Pinterest and then modified it to be vegan/non-dairy with a gluten-free option.  Talk about inclusive food. The LM Dip Supreme 1 1/2 cups vegan, gluten free hummus 1 cup non-dairy tzatziki (recipe below) 1 cup tomato, diced (mix with 1 tbsp lemon juice) 1/2 cup cucumber, cubed 1/4 cup red onions, diced 1/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped 1 handful fresh oregano, chopped 4 whole wheat pitas, cut into triangles OR gluten-freecrackers/rice crackers (for celiacs) Optional: 1/4 cup goats-milk feta / organic feta (crumbled). Good for those who like dairy but can't have cow's milk.  And I didn't even see the cheese as it was on the side, so please believe me that it doesn't make the dip. Assemble dip starting with the hummus and stacking each ingredient on top of the last. Tzatziki Recipe 1 1/2 cups plain soy yogurt / or plain organic yogurt 1 cucumber, grated and well drained 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tbsp lemon juice dash of pepper sea salt to taste 1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped 1/4 tsp paprika Mix together by hand, and layer with ingredients above.

Photo Cred Lisa The Ex opens today at the CNE grounds, and while I've literally had the time of my life there in years past it's a little scary from a food standpoint as deep fried butter and pork on pork sandwiches are the typical fare. But this year, are you ready for it, there is a raw booth! Holy crap! Check out the listing of food available here, from the sounds of it Vie will be serving up tacos, pizza and a bunch of other fancy living food. I'm pretty excited! I'm just so happy to see a healthy option, I love eating out and it's great to indulge in raw foods made by someone else. Hooray! For more info on Vie here is their website and twitter.

Day three is well underway and I'm feeling good. Had some emotional struggles yesterday with the whole concept of detoxing and I'd convinced myself by about 9:30 in the evening that it wasn't for me and this was the last one. I then woke up feeling like the total pits and decided rather than fight I needed to give myself a break and recommit to the cleanse. So I walked my boys, drank my juice and ACV, went back to bed for two hours and woke up feeling fantastic. I've had lots of mental energy since and been able to finish up all kinds of work. I'm on fire! While I'm at it, I want to show my appreciation for the constant inspiration from the people around me, friends and clients who are spreading the good food word and getting great results. It brings tears to my eyes every time someone tells me about their mother eating one of my salad recipes everyday and feeling lost without it, or a partner who regularly asks for green juice in the morning, the list goes on. It's so exciting to see how rapid good food influence spreads. And not only that, the results people are seeing just from adapting a two living meals a day rule, which is how I start all new clients. Regular bathroom movements, sense of smell and taste returning, extra weight disappearing, heaps of energy, glowing skin, sex drive! I know it to be true first hand, but it never ceases to excite me! One final item, a client sent me this phenomenal article by Mark Hyman, MD, I don't think I've read anything so well written in support of the real food movement, it's definitely worth a read... though I warn you it's just a bunch of commonsense.