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Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding

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Have you heard about the latest chia seed craze?? I swear I’m not crazy – they are my new favorite breakfast food! I think this meal is the perfect substitute for oatmeal in the summer. I have been eating it for breakfast almost every single weekday morning for the last two months and I still get excited every time. It is perfectly convenient for bringing breakfast to work. I convinced two of my coworkers to try it out as well, and they’ve been making it for themselves ever since.

Chia seeds look just like little seeds that you would plant in your garden. I have been buying them at Trader Joe’s in the purple pouch below. When you mix them with milk and let them sit overnight, they absorb all of the liquid and you get a consistency similar to tapioca pudding. The best part is that you are eating something extremely healthy and good for your body!  They are packed with protein, fiber, antioxidants, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, they are low in calories but very filling! What more can you ask for?

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There are two versions that have become my favorites: Berry Chia Seed Pudding and Banana Chia Seed Pudding. Both are just variations on mixing milk and chia seeds. I can’t really decide which one I like better, so I make both, mainly depending on what type of fruit I have in my kitchen at the time.

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Berry Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut milk (or whichever milk you prefer, but I swear by the coconut milk pictured above from TJ’s)
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon honey (or more if you prefer)
  • ½ cup berries (I used blueberries and chopped strawberries)
  • Optional toppings: more berries, slivered almonds, granola, more honey

Directions:

In a Tupperware bowl, mix together the honey and berries first. (If you add the honey after the cold milk, it will clump together and not mix well.) Next, stir in the chia seeds. Then, add the milk and mix until all of the chia seeds are submerged in liquid. Put on the lid and refrigerate overnight (or at least 4 hours). In the morning, stir up the pudding, add any topping you would like, and enjoy it cold.

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If you are more of a banana lover, try this version:
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Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut milk (or whichever milk you prefer)
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 dashes cinnamon
  • Optional toppings: shredded coconut, slivered almonds, granola, diced strawberries

Directions:

In a Tupperware bowl, mash the banana and then stir in the chia seeds, vanilla, and cinnamon. Add the milk and stir until all of the chia seeds are well mixed in and submerged in liquid. Put on the lid and let soak overnight (or at least 4 hours). In the morning, stir up the pudding, add any topping you would like, and enjoy it cold.

Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding / www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.comThis is the perfect breakfast to pack and take to work because it’s already in a Tupperware container. You can play around with all different variations of fruit and sweeteners to find what you like best. Enjoy!

Green Monster Smoothie (Vegan)

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After sharing my favorite cookies with you last weekend (and hearing rave reviews from those that tried them), I have a solution to balance out all that chocolate and peanut butter: Vegan Detox Green Monster Smoothies! They are loaded with all kinds of healthy stuff, including vegetables!! I made a couple batches this weekend to test out on friends to make sure I wasn’t crazy. Everyone thought they were awesome. Here’s what goes in them:

Green Monster Smoothie

How healthy does that look?? But, you can’t even taste the vegetables and would have no idea that there is spinach and kale in there. First mix together the kale, spinach, frozen bananas and your choice of milk. I used unsweetened coconut milk, but you could also use soy or almond to keep it a vegan smoothie.

Green Monster SmoothieThen, blend in the strawberries, cucumber, a few ice cubes, and your detox smoothie is ready!

Green Monster Smoothie

I plan to have this for breakfast all week!

Vegan Detox Green Monster Smoothie

Source: Ambitious Kitchen

This recipe is enough for 1-2 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup frozen strawberries.
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1 large frozen banana, broken into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut or almond milk (you could sub 1/2 cup for orange juice for a slight citrus flavor)
  • Large handful of spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups kale, loosely packed, stems removed (you can also just use more spinach)

Directions:

Add the almond milk to a high-power blender and toss the banana pieces and kale in. Blend on high. Add the strawberries and cucumber. Blend again until smooth. Add in more almond milk, some orange juice, and/or ice for desired consistency.

Does anyone else avoid using their blender because they don’t want to clean it? That’s how I felt until Jimmy shared this great tip with me! Now, I don’t think twice about it….First, rinse the blender out with water, then add some more warm water with soap, but it back on the mixing stand and blend for a few seconds to get it all soaped up. Just one more rinse and it’s as clean as new!

How to clean a blender