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.  

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 Cat I got a fab text from my honorary little sister Amanda from the OT (wha-wha). And the above pic was sent with this msg: My little one loving her Purple green smoothie. Spinach, beet leaves, cucumber, apply, blueberries, hemp seeds. You are an inspiration!!!   Nevermind me, you inspired me girly.  I'm going to make my little one the exact same one right now. Remember keep it organic - you're kids are worth it.  Amanda got all her fresh produce from her organic delivery.  If you live in OT - check 'em out. Juniper Farms.

photo cred Cat My eldest asked for a smoothie last night as she was getting her pj's on (which was an obvious ploy to prolong going to bed as she knows that I usually jump at the chance to make her smoothies but she was sooooo mistaken - bless her cotton socks for trying though). So I promised her one in the morning. I tried something different today and it was a huge success and then I slapped some in a sippy cup and the little one downed it too. Moral of the story: Both kids had kale for breakfast and both had no idea. Yesssssssss. The Double Trouble Smoothie 1 cup of filtered water 1/2 banana 1/2 avocado 1 sprig of kale 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 1 tbsp hemp hearts Blend and enjoy. Yields appox. 1.5 cups.  Add more water if too thick and serve it with a straw for the kids.  Straws always rock.

photo cred Cat Here are the facts of life.  Not all smoothies were created equal. The pretty fruit smoothies are well, just that, pretty but have waaaaay too much sugar.  The yogurt & fruit smoothies are really milkshakes pretending to be smoothies so that's a non-issue. So that leaves us the green smoothie. Now green smoothies are smoothies that have predominantly leafy greens as their main ingredient. They don't actually have to look green though, after blending. If you add items like rainbow chard or beet greens, the smoothie loses that rich green colour. Sometimes the end colour looks more like mud than grass (ref: picture above). But what they lack in colour they totally make up for in magic. If you are all about the end colour, there are ways of cheating.  My fav cheat is a 3/4 cup of blueberries.  They are low on the glycemic index, that amount actually only counts for half a fruit serving and they are so amazing for you. If you need more, add more, they're blueberries after all.