Roncy Fruitstand An interesting morning at THE GOODS, we had the lovely Rainbow Power salad on the menu which consists of spinach, kale, heirloom tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, gooseberries, golden raspberries with a side of lemon-parsley rice and our wild blueberry vinaigrette. We can make this salad with our eyes closed... until today. We were so excited to use fresh picked, local field berries, but what we didn't know was they have a higher amounts of naturally occurring pectin than their wild cousins. What does that mean? Congealing... or the jello-effect. Within 30 minutes all the containers had oxidized into a deep purple and you could bounce a quarter off those babies... were they delicious? Yes! Were they all good for you? Yes! Were we stumped at the time? Yes yes. It's not living if you don't learn something new everyday right...

Photo Cred Lisa What is amaranth and how the heck do you pronounce it... am-a-ran-th. Easy. It's a great alternative to wild rice or quinoa, it's gluten-free (yeah no fat belly) and it's high in protein, high-five for plant based proteins. It cooks up the same as quinoa, click here for details. But what's super cool is you can pop it like little mini popcorn kernels. Popped Amaranth 1/4 cup amaranth Hot pan Warm pan to medium heat, pour amaranth into pan and keep it moving. It should start to pop right away. If it turns brown you'll need to try again. These little popped kernels are great sprinkled over salads. And you can find them at most bulk stores or health food shops. Yes food delivery peeps, it's on the menu tomorrow.

Photo Cred Lisa I had a noon appointment downtown and was too lazy to make a lunch to go and too hungry to wait until I got home. So I Yelped the closest vegan spot and decided on Hibiscus in Kensington Market. Since complaining about the vegan food in the city I decided to make more of an effort to try new places, and I'm glad I did. Hibiscus is on the east side, about halfway down the Augusta strip. It was packed, and rightly so the food was good, quick and cheap. I ordered the large bowl, which was a mix of kelp, quinoa, yams, beat, lentils, tofu, sprouts, chickpeas and on and on it goes. Plus a tasty raw cracker on the side and all for about $8! And if that wasn't enough, the people working were so friendly! I especially enjoyed the happy-go-lucky fellow at cash. I'll be back, Hibiscus is too good.

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.

It is eff-word about time! New, actually good for you, takeout just popped up in the West Queen West hood. Feel Good Guru opened this week, I have yet to try it as I'm a lazy mess on this cleanse but I may do so this week for a juice. Regardless I'll let you know how it is the minute I've formed my opinion. Gawd it's just so great to have actual healthy takeout close by.