I've been banging on for years about magical liquified veggies and I'm not about to stop, green smoothies are truly the gateway to better health. 24 Hours published my favourite recipe last week. It goes by many names, Sweet Lemon, the Gateway and Elle Elle's Go-To. It's the simplest of them all yet incredibly nourishing and hydrating. We've served this smoothie to people ranging in age from 9 months to 70 years. All of them sucked it back and cried when it was gone... well not everyone cried but they all wanted more. The Gateway Smoothie  2 cups filtered water 2 tbsp hemp seeds 1 large handful organic spinach, or more 1 organic apple, quartered 1 organic pear, quartered 1/2 lemon, squeezed Optional - 4 ice cubes Add ingredients to an upright blender, blend until smooth. For more smoothie rants and recipes click here.

  We're pretty excited, we had the lovely ladies in from The Coveteur and they were just so darn nice and sweet that we decided we should share five of our lunch recipes with them. What's so great about these recipes, other than the fact that there are delicious raw, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free and low-glycemic options.... they are also super easy to prepare, you don't even need a blender for three of them AND they each make four days worth of lunches. Get yourself organized Sunday night and you'll have lunch Monday through Thursday. Smart. Here's a challenge, over the next five weeks make one salad each week and let us know how great you feel after eating the Goods daily... and how jealous your work mates are over your beautiful lunches and glowing skin.

Kylie For The Goods The incredibly bright, loveable and organized Kylie was at THE GOODS making smoothies. We mixed and matched leftover ingredients from the week and came up with this beauty of a smoothie today. Romaine' Around Smoothie makes 2Ls 1 head organic romaine lettuce 2 organic bosh pears 4 sprigs curly parsley 1/2 stalk organic celery 1-1/2 lemons, juiced 2 tbsp chia 4 cups filtered water Blend well on high speed... but not too long, add ice if you like. Kylie also informed the kitchen that parsley, in high quantities will act as an emmenagogue, which means it stimulates menstruation. So if you're late, and not knocked up, bring on the parsley. Whether steeped as a tea, or blended into a smoothie or juice it's rumoured to work like a charm.

It's cottage season, fun times ahead which likely means a tumble off the wagon weekly for many. Listen it happens, but with just a little planning you can at least keep the greens flowing. I grabbed a few of these 2L mason jars from the local hardware store. They're perfect as it's 2 or 4 servings of smoothie which will take you through the weekend. And keeps you from messing with the crappy immersion blender at the cottage... that thing won't touch kale, I've tried. The Weekender makes 2L 2 huge handfuls of spinach 1/2 avocado 1 whole lemon, peeled 1 gala OR fuji apple 1 ripe pear 1 tbsp chia 4 cups water Blend smooth! Consider making two batches to share with friends, always be spreading the blended veg love.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKR2hEoodgA&w=560&h=315] Summer produce is coming, forget the wheat or corn tortillas and go for leaves. The good stuff is inside anyway right! If you're looking for some really great raw summer recipes, check out Ani Phyo. She is a fellow Canadian living in LA and a fantastic chef with loads of recipes and resources on her site.