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Healthy Dessert for Breakfast? – Mango Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding

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!

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Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding Recipe & Video

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.

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Raw Cocoa, Almond, Coconut Energy Bars

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.

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Raw Cocoa, Chia & Strawberry Smoothie

My second smoothie experiment with the raw cocoa nibs I bought. The result? A second incredibly tasty beverage that is nutritious, sweet, and filling all at the same time.

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Chia Fresca: Iskiate


Warning. Drinking this delicious and simple beverage is good for your health and may make you feel great and increase your daily productivity.

I discovered this delicious and healthful drink by reading the incredible book called Born to Run by Christopher McDougall.  This is my version of the chia drink that the Tarahumara tribe would drink to keep them energized during their 50 mile+ runs.  I say my version because I am not quite sure exactly how they prepared it.

I think it will be good enough to keep you going during your everyday life.

 

Just to mention a few of the positive things about chia seeds.  A great plant based source of protein, omega 3s, fibre, and antioxidants.  All in one little seed.

Mix it with some water, lemon or lime juice, and natural sweetener and you have yourself one SUPER drink.

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Chili con Verdes

Chili con verdes with quinoa cornbread

Nothing like a big bowl of spicy chili to warm you up on a winter’s day.  This is a healthy but delicious twist on the chili a lot of people are used to.  How do yo take something that is amazing and make it even better.  Throw some greens in of course.  Hence the name, Chili con verdes.  I chose kale to greenify this chili. Oh baby.

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

3 tablepoons extra virgin olive oil
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 celery stick, finely chopped
2 large carrots, diced
2 medium parsnips, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 medium zucchini, cut in small chunks
3-4 large kale leaves, stems removed, leaves roughly chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 whole dried chip peppers, chopped
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 cinnamon stick
salt and pepper
4 cups pureed tomato
3 cups cooked red kidney beans
1 1/2 cups cooked chick peas
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup water – use more if chili is too thick

optional: a few sprigs of fresh coriander, leaves picked and chopped – for garnish

Instructions

1. To make your chill powder grind the chili peppers, 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds, oregano, and paprika in a mortar and pestle or in a coffee/spice grinder.

2. Add olive oil to large pot with remaining 1 teaspoon of the cumin seeds and the mustard seeds.  Cook on medium-low for 1 min until seeds begin to pop.

3. Add your all chopped vegetables except the zucchini and kale with cocoa powder, cinnamon stick, chili powder and good pinch of salt and pepper to the pot and sauté on medium for 10 minutes until vegetables begin to soften.

4. Add kidney beans, chick peas, and tomato puree.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 mins.

6.  Add chia seeds, zucchini and 1 cup water. Cook for another 20 mins.

7. Add chopped kale leaves and remove from heat.   Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.  Kale leaves will become a beautiful vibrant green colour.

8. Serve in bowls and garnish with chopped cilantro if that’s your thing.  Serve with rice or even better homemade cornbread.

 

Throw those greens in!

 

Enjoy.

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