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If you live in Toronto, you know that yesterday was a beautiful day—a slight reprieve from the hot-as-sin temperatures we’ve been experiencing lately, with just enough scattered showers thrown in to add that lush mid-summer-green smell to the air. Perfect, in fact, for a long walk in the ravine with the dog.

Now, I know, from unfortnate experience, that there is a particular breed of small brown biting ant that lives along the paths in this particular ravine. I know this because both my dog and I can, on occasion and if observed from a distance, be seen to be dancing along the path. We’re not dancing—we’re trying to escape the ants.

Yesterday, therefore, I went prepared. I was determined to walk sedately if I preferred, to step calmly, to stroll leisurely. To defeat those pesky little ants, I carried with me my own blend of jojoba oil and oil of lemon eucalyptus (50/50), which I smoothed over both my feet and my dog’s paws as soon as we entered the ravine. (more…)

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Hot summer day in downtown Toronto…oases ripple on the asphalt, iced tea in dappled sunlight, a patio, a parade—a full and perfect day. I knew the cold pitcher of sangria would make me hungry later but I was prepared. I had a recipe at home just waiting for a day like today. A little bit sweet, a little bit decadent, cool and refreshing Strawberry (and coconut!) Pistachio Bites!

These don’t take long to make and the inclusion of coconut oil make them rich without being greasy and uniquely healthy without being bland.

View the recipe here: http://crazysexylife.com/2011/strawberry-pistachio-bites/

Coconut oil is loved by many as a natural skin and hair moisturizer—stay tuned for a post on why you might want to include this oil in your healthy skin regime!

 

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Nothing like flowers to quiet the mind and a walk to pique the appetite. That’s how I find myself here—I have plans to make sautéed kale, mushrooms, and rice for lunch and have been hunting online for the best way to cook kale. As I learned today, kale is on the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) list of fruits and vegetables with the highest levels of pesticides and should always be bought from an organic farm or distributer (Click here to view the EWG’s list—in printable, wallet-sized format).

Kale is an Extremely Important Vegetable (one of the best, in fact). It is very high in cancer-preventing antioxidants, helps the body eliminate toxic chemicals, lowers cholesterol levels, and helps to reduces inflammation throughout the body. A super-vegetable! You can find out more about kale here, at the very comprehensive WH Foods website.

In Canada you can almost always find organic kale at Loblaws and most certainly at the St. Lawrence Market farmer’s market or the market at the Evergreen Brickworks.

So, the best way to cook kale? Steam it for 5 minutes. Or, as I will, steam for 5 minutes, sauté with mushrooms for a minute or so, toss with rice bran oil, and enjoy with a side of brown rice. And a glass of chardonnay!

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