At the Coffee Shop

Since having to be in the city for a couple of days and having a little time to check things out in different areas of Vancouver, and yes on ‘The Drive’ again as one of the areas, I am amazed at the amount of coffee shops around.

I sat in one yesterday, actually a Starbucks so I could use my computer since I had a no show for an appointment, grrrrrr, moving on!! I was in there for over an hour on my computer, but paying attention to the amount of people coming in and out. Yes in was in downtown Vancouver, but it was one  of a quazillion coffee shops, ok, maybe not that many but there are alot of them on every corner!!!

It probably also didn’t help that there was a huge line up outside for The Wonder Girls, I think that was there name anyways as there were 100’s of people lined up down the street and around the corner of the Starbucks I was in.

I have to admit, I have this weird quirk that I have always had whether I am in a coffee shop or in a grocery store, I always look at what people buy or put in their cart.  Lately though, I have looked at their face and then in their carts and I can usually connect what type of food will be in their carts before I even see it.  Believe it or not, the face and eyes give it away in most cases.

Back to Starbucks though, I was totally amazed at the number of people coming in and out and this was the second one I was in in the day and it was the same at the first one.  We have become a nation of take out, coffee, lattes, frappacinos and snacks.  Doesn’t anyone eat at home anymore???

I sat just wondering how much some people spend in a week in coffee shops, how many coffees or the syrup, sugary, fatty drinks or snacks people are consuming and how much waste we are creating by all the take out containers.

Then I thought, wow, this is just one (well two today) spots in one city, what about the province? Across Canada? Across North America?  Now the world??

Wow……..two thoughts then came to me, I need to get out more often and make sure I do my part in making the world a better place in ways that I can, like bringing my own to go cups (which I do).  And to really start spreading the word about eating healthier.  Now I know some peopel might say, well once in awhile it’s a treat.  Yes and No……..I will dive into that one later on!!

The best part about it is people watching, I love doing that, people are so interesting!!!

Yup, I need to get out more often, it must just be the city!!!

Hope you’re having an awesome day!!

JB

Pesto Sauce

Raw Pesto Sauce

I was at the market the other day and there was an abundance of Basil and fresh Garlic – perfect for making pesto.

2 bunches basil leaves (no stems)

2 – 3 garlic cloves

squeeze of 1/2 lemon

3/4 cup cold pressed olive oil

nuts are optional, I usually use them, but you don’t have to. Traditional pesto called for pine nuts, but you can also mix them up. I have used pumpkin seeds, macadamia nuts and walnuts, you don’t have to soak them, it is up to you, I usually don’t.

Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend up until mixed well.  You can make it very smooth or a little more course.  You can add more olive oil for less concentrate.  I usually make it somewhat concentrate then depending on the dish I can add more oil if need be.

This is great for pastas, (regular and raw), crackers, dressing etc

Enjoy!!

Raw Kale Chips

Kale Chips

Great alternative to chips!! Easy and quick to make.

1 – 2 bunches of kale

Take the leaves off the stems and put into a bowl.

Here is where you can get creative.

Add

– couple tablespoons olive oil and a few dashes celtic sea salt

or

Instead of  salt or along with it you can add cayenne, garlic, onion or chili powder

or

– couple tablespoons Pesto

or

– couple tablespoons Pesto with some Nutritional Yeast

Mix together with the kale until well coated.

Spread out on dehydrator tray and dehydrate about 4 – 6 hours depending on how crispy you like it.

If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can bake them in the oven, but I recommend using the lowest temperature possible.

If it is above 115 degrees in the oven, chances are it won’t be raw then, but still healthier than chips!!

Enjoy!!

Why Orgnic??

A word on Organic

You are what you eat and your skin is the largest organ of the body, everything you put on it gets absorbed into the bloodstream, so for me, if I am going to eat healthy, raw and organic as often as possible, then I want to put healthy products on my skin as well.

We already get exposed to enough toxic chemicals and if we have a chance to reduce that, why not??

Foods and products that are organic are not gentically modified (GMO), don’t have pesiticides, herbicides and other chemicals.  These chemcials can be detrimental to your health and are usually cancer causing.

Organic foods and products reduces overall toxins in your body further increasing your health and vitality. They are more nutritious, safer, have more vitamins and minerals and are better tasting.

I find everytime I go to the store and try and find a safe, healthy or organic product, reading the labels is quite amusing to say the least!!  I don’t know what the guidelines are but to put on the labels nautral or organic and to find out they still have toxic chemcials in them can be  frustrating!!

These are some foods that have high amounts of pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics etc

– beef, chicken & pork

– dairy

– strawberries, raspberries and cherries

– apples and pears

– tomatoes

– spinach and salad greens

– peaches and nectarines

– coffee

– potatoes

– grapes (imported from Chile)

– celery

– peppers red and green

Organic may be more expensive, but for me, I feel it’s worth it.  A good way of getting fresh, organic and usually well priced produce is through your local organic farmer or at farmer’s markets, buy from organic co-ops, buy in bulk or decide on what you can or will buy that is organic, it’s not always alot more money especially if it’s in season.

I have found that I can actually taste the difference, but I know I am feeding my body better.

Here’s to Your Health!!

JB