CHIA SEED PUDDING RECIPES

Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding
Serving Size: Serves 4

Ingredients:
• 1 1/2 cups coconut, almond or soy milk
• 4 tablespoons maple syrup or honey (or substitute with a few drops of stevia)
• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
• 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
• 1/3 cup chia seeds
• 1/2 cup berries

Instructions:
Whisk milk, maple syrup, and extracts until smooth. Stir in chia seeds. Divide mixture evenly between 4 glasses. Cover tightly and chill in the refrigerator overnight or for a minimum of one hour. Top with berries and serve.

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
Serving Size: Serves 4

Ingredients:
• 1 1/2 cups coconut, almond or soy milk
• 4 tablespoons maple syrup or honey (or substitute with a few drops of stevia)
• 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
• 1/3 cup chia seeds
• 1/2 cup berries

Instructions:
Whisk milk, maple syrup, cocoa powder and extract until smooth. Stir in chia seeds. Divide mixture evenly between 4 glasses. Cover tightly and chill in the refrigerator overnight or for a minimum of one hour. Top with berries and serve.

Chia Seed Pudding For One
Serving Size: Serves 1

Ingredients:
• 2 tablespoons chia seeds
• 1/2 cup almond milk
• 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
• 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
• Pinch kosher salt
• Berries, mango, etc

Instructions:
In a small mason jar combine the ingredients, stir and refrigerate overnight. Top with fruit and serve.

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“GOLDEN MILK” Turmeric Tea

Golden Milk tea is a great way to get the benefits of turmeric daily and its delicious!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of milk of choice (almond, coconut, etc)
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of black pepper (increases absorption)
  • Pinch of fresh ginger root or 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp raw honey or maple syrup (add more if desired)

Instructions

  • Add the milk to a small pot on the stove and heat on low.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, stirring frequently for a few minutes. Heat mixture but do not bring to a boil.
  • Remove from heat and strain the mixture through a strainer.
  • Froth the top of the milk if desired.

 Notes

If spilled this mixture may stain countertops. Should this happen, try making a thick paste of baking soda and water and scrub the stain.

 

 

BANANA BREAD CHOCOLATE CHIP OAT BARS

BANANA BREAD CHOCOLATE CHIP OAT BARS

Ingredients
2 1/4 cups oats (before blended) (gluten free, if desired)
1/2 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 medium ripe bananas
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup honey (agave nectar if vegan)
1/3 cup chocolate chips (vegan, if desired)

For chocolate drizzle:
2 tablespoons chocolate chips (vegan, if desired)
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9×9 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. To make oat flour: Place oats into blender or food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes until oatmeal resembles flour. You may need to stop blender and stir oats a couple of times to ensure that all oats have been blended. Transfer oat flour medium bowl; whisk in baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; set aside.
3. Place bananas, vanilla, applesauce, and honey into blender; blend 1-2 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Add to oat flour mixture and mix until just combined.
4. Gently fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly with rubber spatula. Bake for 15 minutes or until knife inserted into center comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached. Cool 10-15 minutes on wire rack.
5. Prepare drizzle by adding 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips and coconut oil in microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high 30 seconds; stir well to combine then drizzle over the top of bars. Cut bars into 16 squares and enjoy!
Notes: Bars can be frozen. Simply bake, cool, cut; store in ziploc bag. Reheat individually for 30 seconds in microwave. Extra ripe bananas are best for this recipe.

Nutrition Information
Serves: 16
Serving size: 1 bar
Calories: 116
Fat: 2.9g
Carbohydrates: 21.8g
Sugar: 10.8g
Fiber: 2.2g
Protein: 1.7g

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CHOCOLATE CINNAMON BREAD PUDDING

Minutes to Prepare: 10

Minutes to Cook: 35

Number of Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 5 slices whole-wheat or white bread, torn into small pieces
  • 2 large eggs
  • 12 ounces evaporated skim milk
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 cups nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil an 8-inch square baking dish. Spread the bread in the dish in an even layer. In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the evaporated skim milk, brown sugar, cocoa, vanilla, and cinnamon. Whisk until the sugar and cocoa dissolve. Pour the cocoa mixture over the bread. With a fork, mix in any unsoaked bread pieces. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top and let stand for 10 minutes. Bake for 35 minutes, or until puffed and set in the center. Serve warm, with a scoop of the frozen yogurt on top.

Nutrition Info (per serving)

  • Calories: 426
  • Fat: 5.3 g
  • Carbs: 92.7 g
  • Fiber: 3.8 g
  • Protein: 15.0 g

Recipe from sparkpeople.com

 

NON-DAIRY STRAWBERRY/ BANANA ICE CREAM

Ingredients (makes about 4 cups)

  • ½ cup (or less) non-dairy milk alternative (coconut, soy, rice, almond, etc)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 or 2 frozen bananas
  • 12 ounces frozen strawberries

 

Directions (these are for a Vitamix, modify for a regular blender…you will need a strong blender!)

Add ingredients to blender in the order listed, keeping the cap of the lid off. Set to frozen dessert setting, turn on, and use the tamper to push the frozen fruit down towards the blades.

If you don’t have a frozen dessert setting, pulse several times to break up the bananas and strawberries, then turn on and run for a few minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the blender.

 

WHAT’S IN MY KITCHEN

As a Nutritionist/ Health coach people often ask me what I eat.  Rather than talk about specific meals, here are some specific foods I always keep around and what I use them for (this is not an all inclusive list, however 99% of the time you will find these in my kitchen).

Fruits:

  • Apples – snack, with or without almond butter
  • Berries – in hot/cold cereal, in smoothies, as dessert w/ cinnamon
  • Lemons – my AM detox drink w/ water, in salad dressing, with hot tea
  • Avocado – in salads, spread for wraps, healthy fat for smoothies, smashed on rice cakes
  • Tomatoes – in salads or sliced w/ avocado for snacks

Vegetables: (plus whatever is in season)

  • Spinach/kale – for salads, in wraps, sautéed or in smoothies
  • Broccoli or cauliflower – steamed or oven roasted
  • Carrots – for salads or snacks w/ hummus
  • Sweet potato – baked
  • Trader Joes’s frozen artichoke hearts – fast and easy to add to meals

Protein: (I don’t eat red meat or pork)

  • Tofu – baked or lightly fried in coconut oil
  • Arbonne vegan protein powder – for smoothies
  • Eggs – for breakfast or lunch (sometimes I eat breakfast foods for lunch)
  • Organic/hormone-free sliced turkey – for wraps or snack
  • Black/garbanzo beans – in salads or “bowls”
  • Quinoa – with veggies, eggs, side dish
  • Hummus – spread for wraps or w/ carrots for snacks

Others:

  • Coconut water – for extra hydration after workouts
  • Almond/coconut milk – for cereal, smoothies and coffee
  • Hemp/chia/sesame seeds – add to cereal, salads, smoothies
  • Walnuts/almonds – add to cereal, salads, smoothies, snack
  • Coconut oil – cooking, smoothies, add to coffee
  • Cinnamon – I add this to everything! Cereal, smoothies, coffee, on apples
  • Almond butter – in smoothies, with apples
  • Brown rice thins – topped w/ smashed avocado, almond butter, etc
  • Trader Joes super dark chocolate – because it makes me happy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPRING CLEAN YOUR HEALTH

The change of seasons from winter to spring is a time of renewal – “out with the old, in with the new.” We often feel the urge to do some spring-cleaning and to get organized. After the winter months it’s not just our homes that need cleaning out, our bodies do as well. Here are some tips for a healthy spring makeover.

Kitchen
Clean out the cupboards and refrigerator. Get rid of sugary, processed and unhealthy foods and replace them with whole, natural foods. If bad choices are not within reach you won’t be as tempted to eat them.

Organize your kitchen space for ease and inspiration. Buy a few colorful plates, bowls or napkins to spruce things up. Replace round storage containers with square ones, which take up less space. Replace your mop and sponges and try natural cleaning products without harsh chemicals such as “Seventh Generation” products.

Office
If you spend a lot of time at work, give your office a fresh start. Go in early one day, schedule a long lunch or pop by on a weekend to get it done. Organize your online files, emails, etc as well as your physical space. Add some color, put up an inspiring photo or quote, buy a plant – get inspired!

Home
Clutter is known to create stress. Does your home, especially your bedroom, make you feel relaxed or energized? Colors and scents provoke emotions. Surround yourself with colors that make you feel relaxed and try putting fresh spring flowers, cinnamon sticks or a natural oil diffuser in your home.

Water
Water is a great cleanser. Start each day with a glass of hot or cold water and fresh squeezed lemon juice. For additional cleansing add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Try switching coffee or black tea for iced, caffeine-free herbal teas. Add fresh lemon, mint, honey or stevia for extra flavor. Purchase a stainless steel or BPA-free refillable water bottle and carry it with you everywhere. You’ll drink more water and its much better for the environment than individual bottles. Fruits and vegetables have a high water content and help the body detoxify, so aim to get more in your daily diet.

Exercise
Take it outside. Fresh air is great for the mind and body. Exercise in nature when possible – hiking, biking or beach walking. Being in nature can help lower blood pressure and reduce stress levels.

Doctor Visits
Have you been putting off those annual check ups, teeth cleanings, eye appointments, etc? Now is a great time to schedule appointments and be pro active with your health care.

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