Dear Reader, at the risk of sounding overly melodramatic, I become quite apprehensive of stepping into health food stores. This is mainly because every time I visit one, I feel as though I am in a parallel universe. While it may look like a regular shop, there is always a whole lot of ingredients that I've never heard of before but apparently I'm supposed to be eating! And things change with these ingredients-apparently agave was supposed to be great for you but now it's something else and well we've all heard about coconut oil but what about copha?
At times like these, I retreat into the familiar. Things that I am sure are good for me. Vegetables for instance are not just favourites for flavour but provide so many nutrients. And I'm trying to get away without getting sick this winter so I figure if I bulk up the amount of vegetables that I eat, that might help. This is a soup that was suggested to me by my trainer. She had it at a restaurant the other week and I thought to myself that it sounded like a marvellous combination. Chestnuts and mushrooms are plentiful this season but even better still, I had some dried porcinis, a gift from Tania at Lario that I could use too. There's just the tiniest amount of cream which truth be told you could completely leave out and it will still have a creamy, velvety texture.
Now all I've got to do now is figure out these activated almonds....
So tell me Dear Reader, do you buy a lot from health food stores? Do you use coconut oil and eat activated almonds?