Cranberry Juice I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and now you're all back on the wagon starting with a big green smoothie this morning right? My holiday was great, lots of family, friends and delicious food. One dish I loved was a very simple cranberry sauce, basically it was cranberries, orange juice and sweetener boiled until it was a lovely jam-like consistency. Her sauce inspired me to juice some cranberries this morning. This is a delicious juice, high in vitamin C and very easy to make. Holiday Cranberry Juice 12 oz bag cranberries 3 clementine oranges, zest and peel 1" ginger 3 tbsp honey OR coconut sugar OR stevia 3 cups filtered water Blend cranberries, oranges, zest, ginger, sweetener and water, pour through a juicing bag to remove pulp and chill. Delicious and good for you!

Sprouting is SO easy and super fun. If you have little ones this can be a great kitchen project for them to help with. Just a quick heads up, the directions below might seem a bit daunting but I promise if you try it once you'll realize it's really very little work especially when compared to the price of sprouts at the market. Materials 1L mason jar Cheese cloth and mason ring only 2-3 tbsp Mumm's sprouting seed mix OR organic dry mung beans, lentils, quinoa, etc Filtered water Rinse your seeds, beans or grains well and then fill the jar with water to soak, see soaking chart. Drain, rinse and drain again. Lay the jar on its side so the seeds have some breathing room. They will expand to at least 4x the volume once they get going so don't pack the jar. Store them in a cool, dark place overnight, I use my drying cupboard. In the morning rinse/drain and again in the evening.  Repeat this routine until the seeds have sprouted a tail about half their length or longer. Depending on the season it could take as little as 24 hours up to 5 days. And bless quinoa as it sprouts overnight! Sprouts are delicious, I love to have a bowl with some good quality, dry pressed olive oil and salt and pepper. Or you can put them in salads and sandwiches to add depth of flavour. They're an easy way to add diversity to your diet and fresh local foods in the winter.

We all know staying hydrated is important, but getting our 8+ glasses of water a day can sometime feel like a chore. Why not infuse your water with aromatic mint leaves to make it more enjoyable. By soaking a few sprigs in filtered water overnight you'll get an extra dose of vitamin c, iron and antioxidants while calming your digestive system. Add a couple drops of stevia for sweet mint water and sip away all day. Mint is easily grown in doors year round, and it's really quite refreshing.

photo cred Cat Forget Pepsi - this lemonade is the choice of the new generation (oh yes, I'm well aware that I just dated myself). Regardless, here's what you need: 1 glass of water (preferably room temp so it's not such a shock to your body first thing) 1/2 lemon, juiced 10 drops, liquid stevia (optional & fyi, bought it at Bulkbarn) Stir it all up and drink it down.  Have this first thing in the morning, ideally at least 15 minutes before you have your breakfast. My little one joins me every morning with this lovely A.M. ritual. Now are you ready for this?  Check out all the awesome benefits of lemon water... It helps fight colds, stimulates brain function, balances overall body pH, reduces hunger pains, flushes out all the crap in your body, french-kisses your liver which helps digestion, helps with no. 1 & no. 2 so you rid your body of toxins faster, freshens your breath and even gives you a boost of Vit C which helps your skin and helps you find your happy place. I mean c'mon. p.s. Remember to wash your lemons before you cut them. In fact, make it a rule to wash all fruit and veg before you eat/slice 'em regardless of if you eat the skin or not.