Power Salad Road trips with a cooler packed full of good treats is awesome, but what's even better is diving into your bowl of delicious homemade delights while the schlep beside you gnaws on their complementary airplane food. I'm telling you, it's one of my favourite parts of flying. I was in Vancouver over the weekend for the wedding of two lovely friends and was sure to pack a lunch both ways. Bring simple things like avocado, cooked quinoa, some cherry tomatoes and grapes or if you're really organized make a big salad. Even the goods' muesli is a great travel companion, just ask for hot water in flight. There are times to indulge and plane food isn't one of those times. Just remember, pour your dressing on before you go through security, then liquid rules don't apply. Enjoy your holiday travels and eat well.

Photo cred Cat First of all, I'm currently in the ever-beautiful Vancouver city visiting my brother Simmah & Ron and my BF Michaela & family. Second of all, it hasn't rained in 4 days. That kind of combination is another level yo. So for all of you vacationers, you know that it can be challenging to eat well.  But this is simply not so here.  Vancouver really is ahead of the game. It seems like every corner shop is pro-organic or pro-local with a wide array of gorgeous healthy food.  And here are a few stand outs: Whole Foods: the salad bar is to die for and....wait for it...it's not expensive (at least the salad bar isn't). The dressings are all homemade, the produce is organic and the eggs are free-range. Whaaaaaat. Little Nest (on Commercial Dr.): A kid's restaurant with play area. All local & organic. Forget playland at McDicks, this place pleases both the hip parent and their hip kids. It doesn't hurt that both my brother & Michaela are like-minded on the food side of things, so they've been introducing me to some fab places and although these are only 2 places amongst hundreds, when you combine good eats with the rare sunny November weather these particular two have made the top of my list.

Organics are not always cheap but they are important. If you're taking the time to eat better, buying organic produce is the first place to start. If they spray the plants with pesticides it's in the air, soil and water which means it's in the plant and in you. No scrubbing will get that stuff out. Sticking to the dirty dozen is a great place to start. Click here for current list. I do almost all my shopping at two stores on Roncesvalles, Qi Naturals carry all my oils, powders, nuts, seeds and anything else I need. I haven't found better prices then at Qi and their service is great. I then walk North about four store fronts to Maple Produce. They're a little grocer with zero frills and THE best prices. They don't always have local in the summer but in the winter they've got organics covered. Personally I feel much better about spending my dollar at family owned, locally run business like these especially when I'm getting my money's worth. Yes Miss Mellors this one is for you... sorry it's on the other end of the city!

Photo Cred Lisa My new favourite raw restaurant happens to be just outside the city in Georgetown, Ontario. I'd never been to Halton Hills and I must say it is BEAUTIFUL, especially in fall colour. HeathEnut is about 10 minutes from the 401 off the Trafalgar exit. It's a cute little cafe on Main Street, with lots of street parking (I value convenient parking), an extremely friendly staff and quality real food at really fair prices. I ordered a mix salad with their house Green Goddess dressing (beyond good), bought a bag of local sunflower sprouts and two bottles of dressing to take home. Amazing and so delicious. I highly recommend checking out HeathEnut, they organize lots of events, cleanses and serve delicious food, it's worth the trip.

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.