Cat & Smoothie Oh shit, I'm obsessed. This is what's in my morning smoothie today. 2 cups filtered water 1 banana 1/2 cup of soaked raw sunflower seeds (soak 'em for 1 hour prior) 1 massive handful of mixed greens 3/4 cup of frozen wild blueberries It's blowing my ever-loving mind right now. Ok, now I'm awake. Right. Let's get to it.  

  Soups are soooo righteous. They're easy to make and most of us have something in the fridge we can throw in the pot. Keep it chunky, or blend it all up, it don't matter, it's still arguably the most perfect snack/meal/appetizer/companion on this planet. Here's a classic for all you soup-lovers out there. United we stand. Easy Sweet Potato and Leek Soup  3 lbs sweet potato peeled & quartered 1 large leek chopped 2 liters of organic veg stock 2 tbsp ginger minced 5 cloves of garlic minced 1/2 cup hemp hearts dab of coconut oil Himalayan salt & pepper to taste In a large pot saute leek with coconut oil and garlic for 5 mins. Add stock and sweet potato and bring to boil, then simmer for 45 mins. In batches add soup to blender (if you want) and add ginger, hemp hearts and salt & pepper. Yields: Enough for the week.

  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.

photo cred Cat Just got back from a fabulous mini trip to Cancun, sans l'enfants. It was 3 days, it was beyond glorious but why does my body always have to pay for it?  It was an all-inclusive, need I say more? It was a complete assault on my body. I ate and drank way too much and in a nutshell, my body shut down. Oh I ate all the glorious fruit, fresh guac & salsa I could but let's be honest, I'm was not eating all my usual stuff (you know, the stuff with all the fibre, if you get my drift). But I wasn't completely unprepared. I knew this would happen so I actually brought a ziplock of the magic muesli. I should have had it everyday but the day I did, it worked and I felt instantly better. Next time, I shall eat it every day while I'm away -- and maybe opt for a non-all-inclusive next time. I swear...I'm my own worse enemy sometimes.

Elaina Love Gazpacho Soup Hey hey! THE GOODS is taking next week off! Well we're stepping away from our usual duties for a few days to take care of a growing To-Do List. Exciting to switch up our routine nonetheless. On that note, why not try this recipe! A fantastic summer soup from Elaina Love, my dear teacher, magic worker and raw chef extraordinaire. She posted it on her Facebook page yesterday.  Raw Gazpacho Soup 4-6 medium to large ripe tomatoes, purée in blender 1 large tomato, dice 1 medium stalk celery, dice ½ cucumber, peel, seed, dice ¼ red bell pepper, dice 4 radishes, thinly slice 1 green onion, thinly slice 1-2 tbsp parsley, mince 4 tsp lemon juice 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil 1 clove of garlic, mince Mineral salt or to taste Cayenne pepper to taste Avocado (optional) Cilantro (optional) Blend only the first 4-6 tomatoes until smooth. In a bowl, combine the rest of the chopped veggies and spices including the blended tomatoes. Cover and chill for an hour or more, it tastes even more amazing the next day. Prior to serving, top each bowl with 2 tbsp chopped avocados and a bit of cilantro if you like.  I will be eating this all next week. See you September 9... the new menu has been posted if you wanna place your order.