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Chocolate Chia Pudding

I love chia seeds! They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help to raise HDL cholesterol. HDL is the “good” cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke. Chia seeds are also rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium.  I add them to pancakes and baked goods, I sprinkle over cottage cheese or Greek yogurt.  Sprinkle over salads for a slight crunch and make pudding!

The chia seed is nutrient dense and packs a punch of energy boosting power!  The reason Chia seeds are so beneficial is due to them being rich in fiber, omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins and minerals such as:

  • Dietary fiber (11g – 42% recommended daily value)
  • Protein (4.4g – 9% RDV)
  • Omega-3 fatty acids (4915 mg)
  • Omega-6 fatty acids (1620 mg)
  • Calcium (77 mg – 18% RDV)
  • Copper (0.1 mg – 3% RDV)
  • Phosphorus (265 mg – 27% RDV)
  • Potassium (44.8 mg – 1% RDV)
  • Zinc (1.0 mg – 7% RDV)

Chocolate Chia Pudding Recipe:

This recipe is sugar free, but if you prefer you can sub real maple syrup or honey for Walden Farm Maple Syrup.

  • 2 cups of Organic lite coconut milk or almond milk
  • 1/2 cup organic chia seeds
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • Fresh chunks of pineapple
  • pinch of cinnamon powder
  • fresh berries

* add stevia to taste, if not sweet enough.

How to Make:

  1. Blend milk base with cinnamon in a blender.
  2. Stir in chia seeds with milk mixture and allow to soak for at least 2 hours.  For best plumpness, soak overnight.  I enjoy the flavor more when it’s cool.
  3. Fold in fresh pineapple chunks and top with desired amount of berries.  Add a sprig of mint if desired.

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Best Brunch Menu!

I have strong memories of spring brunches at my parents’ house with wonderful smells coming from the kitchen.  Trying to enjoy the smell of spring flowers, freshly growing grass and having some down-time on a Sunday.   Many of our brunch get-togethers had a menu of quiche, fresh squeezed orange juice, asparagus and spring mix salad.  The March issues of eating Well and Cooking Light Magazines give great alternative ideas for variations on this theme. Continue reading

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Milk Alternatives and a Delicious Carrot Almond Soup Recipe

A glass of cold milk with an oatmeal cookie is a slice of nostalgia that many enjoy.  But what milk alternatives do you have if your body doesn’t love cow’s milk?

Cow’s milk is rich in protein, vitamins & minerals and if you choose the non-fat variety, the issue of saturated fat is a non-issue. Many Americans are lactose intolerant to dairy products, leaving them with stomach aches and digestive issues if they indulge. Here are some alternatives: Continue reading

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