New Year’s Detox

I LOVE the holiday season and part of the reason I love it so much is that we all have carte blanche to do a little guilt-free binging. Huge boxes of chocolates are lying around, beckoning us as we innocently walk by. Nights on the town, eating, drinking and then eating and drinking some more. And holiday feasts, with second and third helpings and lots of holiday bubbly and holiday wine.

But what happens when January rolls around and you’ve got a depleted bank account and a bulging muffin top?

It’s Detox time.

I found an ultra-healthy recipe a couple of months ago and have been saving it for the January bulges and blues. So, if you want to get back on track fast, blend this for breakfast for a couple of weeks and I guarantee you’ll have your waistline and your energized self back in no time.

2014 Power Detox Smoothie

  • 1/2 bunch parsley
  • 6 kale leaves
  • 1 cucumber, peeled
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 organic apples
  • 1 cup blackberries (or blueberries)
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • juice from 1/2 lemon

Blend. Drink. Glow.

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Green Summer Smoothie

Summer is here and the beach is starting to call my name. Since I’ve been dipping into the chip bowl again (Miss Vickies, I can’t resist you!) I may need to do a little bit of maintenance work on my beach bod. Looks like it’s time to step up the workouts and jump back on my green smoothie wagon.

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The recipe for this emerald green tonic is a yummy blend of green veggies and fruit that will help you detoxify, energize and has a wonderful alkalinizing effect on your system too.

Green Goddess Tonic

Blend with one cup water until smooth:

1 cup organic dark greens
1 cup cucumber

Then add and blend:

4 stalks celery
pinch of parsley and
1 apple, 1 pear, 1/2 cup blueberries

Enjoy!

The Farmers Market

My neighborhood Farmer’s Market opened last weekend and I am so excited to have easy access to fresh, local, organic fruit and veggies again. I’m sorry Whole Foods but your mangoes and bananas, imported from Chile and Mexico, don’t hold a candle to this!

Wandering through the tented stalls, with the aroma of freshly baked bread and scents of just-picked fruit, was heaven. My favourite purchase of the day was a carton of strawberries. Not the conventional, too-big, too perfect looking, bland, watery-tasting, possibly GMO strawberries but small, dark red, velvety, oddly-shaped, super-sweet, bona fide organic strawberries. Strawberries the way they are supposed to look and taste. Strawberries so mouth-wateringly sweet and delicious I devoured them all before I even left the market.

For the first time ever I decided to barter a little with the farmers; well actually my budget made the decision. I gathered my courage to ask them if I bought, say, four bunches of arugula and two bags of kelp, could they give me a deal? And, yes, they could! I guess it works out well for both of us. They sell more of their produce and I save a little money, so we both win. I happily filled my bags to the brim and concocted this tonic when I got home:

The Market Special

I cup blackberries

1 cup wild greens

I pinch parsley

1 leaf lemon balm

1 apple

1/2 cup organic apple cider

Fresh, local goodness.