When did you start the Goods?
I started the Goods in 2012, I was committed into being part of the healing food movement and spent the better part of the year blogging, coaching, teaching, and studying before I found myself preparing lunches for delivery around town.
What was your inspiration for doing so?
I had a healing experience, unexpectedly, after changing my eating habits from a pretty standard Western diet to a primarily plant-based diet. The transformation on every level, mind, body, and spirit, was profound. I was so blown away by the overall improvement in my health that I quit my career in advertising and dove into the functional food world headfirst.
What are some tips you can give for eating healthy while living a busy lifestyle?
My number one tip for eating healthy is buying a good blender and make green smoothies! They’re a staple for me and guarantee I get my daily dose of greens, fruits, veggies and good fats. A few additional suggestions for eating well when you’re in a pinch; the takeout scene in Toronto has really improved over the last few years, you can always grab takeout or delivery from us, or there are loads of other spots in the city offering healthy alternatives to traditional junky takeout. Alternatively, if you want to start cooking at home, but don’t know where to start, ordering meal prep kits can give you a real boost of confidence in the kitchen and form some great new habits. I like Hello Fresh the best, their veggie box is pretty great.
What’s your favourite item on the Goods menu?
Everything is my favourite, otherwise, I wouldn’t put them on my menu 🙂 but if you’re making me select one item then it’s my Be Well Soup. It’s a medicinal-superfood broth with turmeric, garlic, ginger, miso, and chaga. We load it with immunity-boosting shiitake, portobello and cremini mushrooms, carrot, celery, red onion and brown rice. It’s very comforting and a bit nostalgic reminds me of homemade chicken and rice soup from when I was a kid.