Breakfast. Dessert. Snack. This mango cinnamon chia seed pudding is perfect for all of them. It is so good for you that it makes for a great breakfast or mid-day snack/treat. It also tastes so good that it can be an awesome dessert. Pudding for breakfast? Hell ya. I know many people who would smile at the thought of dessert for breakfast, but don’t do it because they know it’s not the healthiest idea. Well smile away my friends. Smile away. This pudding recipe is nothing but good for you, and nothing but AWESOME.
The different flavour combinations for chia pudding are endless. I happen to love mango and cinnamon! I have made chocolate coconut chia pudding before as one example. You can use any fruit you like. Strawberry chia pudding. Yummy! Maybe even strawberry and mango together, or strawberry and chocolate. Now we are getting somewhere. You see my point. Get creative!
My friend, Nathalie, who happens to be one of my favourite yoga teachers, just returned from a yoga training in Costa Rica where she stayed at The Harmony Hotel. Nat and I are always talking and sharing juices and smoothies. I walked into the studio and was greeted by Nat. She extended one arm out over the reception desk, mason jar in hand. “Kieran, you need to try this”. It was a smoothie she had discovered at The Juice Bar at at the Harmony Hotel.
After checking out their website a little bit I can safely say The Harmony Hotel in Costa Rica is my kinda place. It pretty much sounds like paradise. Eat. Sleep. Relax. Play. “They say The Harmony Hotel is the perfect place to get in tune with your natural rhythm.” Yes please.
If this smoothie is the type of fare they are serving up at The Harmony Hotel in Costa Rica, then I would be more than happy to eat there. I can only imagine what other amazing food and drink they have to offer. Local, seasonal food. 80% of the foods served at their Juice Bar are from their very own farm. Now that is fresh at its best.
I have made smoothies similar to this one in the past but not with coconut milk and coconut water. There are so many amazing different combinations you could come up with. Raw cacao truly is amazing. It is so good and so good for you. If you didn’t know, now you know. Raw cacao can be very expensive to buy, but if you are lucky enough to live in the US you can get a great deal on amazon.
Banana Nut Butter Smoothie
3/4 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs
1/4 cup almond butter (raw if possible)
1/4 coconut water
1 cup ice cubes
dates to to sweeten (amount will depend on type of dates used and personal taste)
1 medjool date should be enough
Combine all the ingredients together in a blender and blend until almost smooth but still a little crunchy. Do not over blend.
Enjoy the sweet rich goodness.
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Kale. A nutritional powerhouse that too many of us don’t eat at all or don’t eat enough of. When is the last time you bought kale? I will be honest. Before I started consuming green smoothies I don’t know that I had ever bought kale. It isn’t something that most of us grew up eating, so we don’t think of buying it, and we aren’t sure how to prepare it, or what dishes it complements?
Now that green smoothies are part of my (almost) daily routine I consume kale quite regularly. Kale is one of the greens I use most for making green smoothies, but it is great in a wide variety of dishes. Kale is great in salads, stews, soups, or simply sautéed with some garlic. I have several different recipes with kale on my site, so if you aren’t sure how to use it, check it out.
Everybody likes a little dessert now and then. Even those of us who eat healthy foods on a regular basis enjoy a sweet treat, and that’s okay. Not all desserts are equal. This chocolate coconut chia seed pudding is for those days when you are craving something sweet and delicious, but still want to eat something nutritious.
Not only is this dessert low in fat and sugar, it is nutritious. You are doing yourself a favour by eating this pudding. Chia seeds are a great source of essential Omega 3s that most of us need more of in our diet. They are also high in antioxidants, and a good source of protein. On top of all the nutrition that chia seeds offer, this recipe also contains raw cacao powder considered to be another great superfood because of its high content of antioxidants. It is considered to be be one of the best sources of antioxidants in the world.
After spending the past week packing up all my stuff in boxes, moving and unpacking everything again I was very ready for my first green smoothie in my new kitchen/apartment. It had been a few days since my last green smoothie and I was beginning to go through withdrawal. (joking)
Since I was moving into a friend’s apartment I was able to plant my herb/vegetable garden in the spring long before I moved in. The garden thrived in my absence. Apparently my friend/roommate has a green thumb. We planted beets, spinach, swiss chard, pak choy, tomatoes, and tons of herbs. So for my first green smoothie I thought why not venture into my green garden. Continue reading →
Do you like chocolate? Did you know that raw cocao is on the the world’s best sources of anti-oxidants. If you have never tried raw cocoa this is a good place to start.
If you are looking for a nutritionally dense snack that is easy to make and incredibly delicious then look no further. These energy balls are made with soaked pecans, raw cocao nibs, raw pumpkin seeds, ground flaxseed, dates and shredded coconut. Continue reading →
How often do you find yourself feeling hungry and/or tired during the day? What do you do when that moment hits? Your stomach is asking for food and you don’t have anything healthy close by. The majority of easily available food isn’t very healthy. Even a lot of the so called “healthy” options such as store bought energy bars contain lots of added sugar, among other things I would prefer not to eat.
These homemade energy bars are made from 100% whole food and are 100% raw. Meaning you are getting more nutrients from your bar.
Did I mention these bars taste delicious too. They are really easy to make as well.
Although these bars contain better quality ingredients that are more expensive and more nutritious than the ingredients in most store bought bars you will save money by choosing these bars over store bought bars.
Better quality more nutritious food for less. Sounds good to me. What do you think?
They taste so good you could almost serve them as dessert. I know that might get some of you more interested.
Raw Cocoa, Almond, Coconut Energy Bars
1 cup almonds
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup raw cocoa nibs
5 medjool dates, pitted
In a food processor, process almonds until they are ground up. Not so much that they are fine powder but enough so that there aren’t any major chunks. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until everything is ground up and well mixed.
The mixture should stick together when you pinch a little bit between your fingers.
You can either make the mixture into balls or bars. To make bars I layed the mixture onto some parchment paper and lay it into a 8 x 4 loaf pan. Flatten out the mixture by pressing it with your hands.
Once you have an even flat rectangle put it in the fridge and let cool for a few hours. Cut into bars all at once or as your want to eat them.
This is one of those recipes that just came together on the go. I assure you that when I started out I didn’t expect that I was going to end up with a black rice, roasted chickpea, kale, cashew salad with a citrus, sesame, mint dressing.
I can tell you that I am extremely happy that I did though. It was so good that I made it again the next night for a friend. Continue reading →
If you love chocolate you are going to love this smoothie. I just tried this for the first time and wow. What a treat. A healthy treat at that. It is by no means a low fat or sugar free treat. However it contains healthy fats and natural sugars. So treat yourself and nourish your body at the same time.
Welcome to Health is Happiness! My name is Kieran. I am a foodie who loves to eat and cook plant-based whole foods. Health is Happiness is for those of us that love great tasting food but also want to eat healthy. You will find recipes, videos and more. Enjoy!