Put the chia seeds and shredded coconut in a quart size glass mason jar.
In a blender put the coconut cream, cacao butter (if using), honey, warm water, turmeric, and black pepper. Blend on high until mixed well.
Pour this mixture into the glass mason jar with the chia seeds and coconut. If the jar isn’t filled almost to the top, you can add more of anything before shaking. For example, some more water or chia seeds or both.
Put a lid on the jar and shake shake shake. Wait a few minutes and shake shake shake again. Wait a few minutes more and shake shake shake again. Do this a few times.
Put the mixture in the refrigerator to chill for up to four hours before eating.
* Warm water helps the honey melt a bit to blend better with the coconut cream.
** Black pepper helps you assimilate the turmeric.
Here are five breakfasts I’m eating this week. They’re easy, nutritious and help me feel great.
Chia pudding with honey and nutmilk
I put a big scoop of nut butter in the blender. I added 2 to 3 cups of warm water, a pinch of sea salt, and big spoonful of raw honey (the warm water helps the honey blend). I blended it. In a mason jar, I had about a quarter cup of Chia seeds waiting. I poured the nut milk liquid in with the chia seeds (in the Mason jar). I put the lid on and shook it. I let it sit for a few minutes and shook again. Repeat shaking a couple more times. Then, I like to get it chilled in the refrigerator before eating (a few hours does the trick). This made about a quart of Chia pudding and it was delicious!
Hard-boiled eggs and an apple.
Gorgeous rich-colored yolks.
I have hard-boiled eggs in my refrigerator at all times. Ever since I learned to cook them in my instant pot (pressure cooker) it is way too easy to not have these handy snacks on hand at all times.
The best thing about making hard-boiled eggs in the instant pot is how easy the shells peel off and how consistently they cook perfectly.
Sometimes I have them with hot sauce and a dollop of Greek yogurt, and sometimes I sprinkle on some horseradish powder from Dr. Cowan’s vegetable powders and sea salt.
Pressure cooked carrots with sea salt and butter.
Easy Instant Pot Carrots
Another favorite food for me to cook in the pressure cooker: simply carrots. I break the carrots in half if they are too long and I put them in the instant pot with a cup of water, and cook them for 3 to 4 minutes under high-pressure.
As I’ve written before, the instant pot helps my family get way more veggies in our diet. Instead of having veggies one time a day at dinner, for example, we are eating them many times a day –> breakfast lunch snack and dinner!
Once these carrots are done cooking, I take them out and put them in a bowl with grass-fed butter and sea salt. If I’m wanting protein with it, I grab hard-boiled eggs from the fridge, chop’m up, toss’m on top.
Sourdough toast with smashed avocado and homemade pickled red onions.
F – this is good.
I have a serious love affair with sourdough bread. If someone were to offer me a slice of chocolate cake or a slice of sourdough bread with butter and sea salt… I would take the toast every time.
I’ve grown very fond of this combination, where I toast a piece of sourdough bread, I take an avocado and smash it up with some sea salt, and top it with homemade pickled onions. Pickled onions are fabulous to have in the refrigerator to put on top of almost anything you’re eating, except maybe chocolate cake.
Kefir and cucumber smoothie.
Cooling and refreshing Kefir + Cucumber
This is an easy smoothie filled with probiotics. I simply take some grass-fed, whole-fat kefir that I buy from the store (or make myself), and I blend a cucumber with it. I also add a pinch of sea salt.
It’s refreshing, light, and delicious. Perfect for these hot temperatures that will be coming with summer.
I was inspired to take my raw almond milk in another direction…
Turmeric Almond Milk.
Turmeric has some amazing health benefits from being anti-inflammatory to boosting your overall health. (My husband has an injured shoulder and I’ve been giving him a decently high dosage of curcumin (in supplement form), plus all the turmeric I douse our food with… and it’s helping immensely.)
Turmeric Almond Milk is easy to make and delicious. I like to drink it by the glass usually, but I also use it in soups, smoothies, and chia pudding (see picture below for that recipe).
And, let’s be real… I make fresh homemade almond milk because it doesn’t have any of the risky preservatives or emulsifiers. (<– yuck.) So, remember, natural almond milk will separate and you need to simply give it a shake before using.
Here is a refreshing chia pudding recipe for the summer that can be enjoyed as a snack, dessert, or as an easy breakfast (make it the night before to enjoy the following morning). I pulled it from my Raw Vegan Transitions book and changed it up a bit to suit my preferences these days. Mainly, I swapped out the agave nectar for raw honey. (To keep it vegan, simply use agave nectar or maple syrup in place of the honey.)
Congratulations Kaysie! Your name was chosen as the winner of my 18th Awesome Giveaway. The prize: A 2-pound bag of chia seeds from Chia Seeds Direct. Simply email me with your address so I can get the chia seeds sent to you.
Here is what Kaysie had to say when asked, “If you win these chia seeds, what is the first thing you want to make with them?”
“I have often put chia seeds in my green smoothies but if I win I think I will make chia pudding. I have not made it before and have been seeing it a lot recently! Thanks!”
My next Awesome Giveaway is right around the corner on February 10, so check back for details!
It’s time for another awesome giveaway! The prize this time? CHIA SEEDS! WHOOHOO! I will be drawing the name of 1 winner, who will receive a 2-pound bag of chia seeds (courtesy of Chia Seeds Direct).
Chia seeds rock the house.Most of you already know I’m a big fan of these cute lil guys. Read my post about chia here, the “Dieter’s Dream Food.” Chia seeds are being praised for many things including their fantastic nutrient profile, which proudly boasts iron, boron, essential fatty acids, fiber, and more. Add to that the claims that they may improve heart health, reduce blood pressure, stabilize blood sugar, help people lose weight from giving them extra stamina, energy, and curbing hunger, and you might become a fan of these little guys, too. They’re superstars in my house and we consume them on a regular basis.
There are many wonderful ways to enjoy them, for example:
Plain, by the spoonful (be sure to carry dental floss… I’m speaking from experience – lol)
Roll a peeled banana in them
Add them to smoothies and Raw vegan nut/seed milks
Make chia crackers (like here) or chia bread (like here, this recipe doesn’t call for chia seeds specifically, but you can substitute the “twister” blend for ground chia)
Make raw jelly
And… drumroll please…. chia pudding (like Holiday Chia Pudding! Have you made this yet?) It’s the best!
Want the chance to win? It’s simple to participate! All you have to do is answer the following question in this post’s comment section. The contest will end Thursday night, February 4th @ 11:59pm. I’ll enter everyone’s name who answered the question into a drawing and announce the winner on my blog Friday, February 5th. *Please note: this month’s contest is only open to people living in the United States and Canada.
Question:If you win these chia seeds, what is the first thing you want to make with them?
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I just love a good shake and this is definitely one to put on the “household staples” list. It’s filled with protein, omega fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It’s filling. It’s lightly sweet. It’s AWESOME! It’s perfect for the growing baby inside me.
Yay! It’s recipe time! In today’s video, I’m showing you how to make an EASY yummy bread recipe, Soft n’ Savory Hemp Onion Bread. If you’re a fan of savory onions, then you’ll be one happy camper with a slice of this! Soft n’ Savory Hemp Onion Bread is delicious, pretty, and filled with nutrition… essential fatty acids, protein, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Essential fatty acids are necessary fats that we basically cannot synthesize on our own, so we have to get them from our diet. Enter: hemp and chia! Not only that, but hemp foods are an excellent source of complete vegetarian protein. Personally, I consider hemp foods as superfoods because they are loaded with important nutrients and they make me feel great. As a pregnant gal, I’ve been upping my intake of them – great for my growing baby. So… back to the bread… It’s perfect for snacking on by itself, dipping in Raw hummus, and spreading with Raw hemp seed butter or guacamole. Depending on the size you cut, you can also use it as a nutrient rich bread for hearty Raw sandwiches. As I’m typing this post, it’s dehydrating in the kitchen and it smells soooooooo awesome!
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Yield approximately 20 – 32 pieces (depending on size you cut)
3/4 cup hemp seeds (lightly ground)
3/4 cup chia seeds
3 pounds red onions, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 cup spinach, packed
1/3 cup raw agave nectar
1/3 cup tamari, wheat-free
1/4 cup hemp protein powder
Place the ground hemp seeds and whole chia seeds in a large bowl and set aside. Process the onions, tomatoes and spinach in a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, into small pieces – don’t let it get too mushy though. One thing that might help is to do this processing in two halves (half each of the onions, tomatoes, spinach in one processing, then do it with the other half) so that you can keep it a little on the chunkier side. If you process it too long, it can get too wet (as you’ll see in the video, I should’ve done mine in two processing batches, but I shoved it all in one – lol).
Add the onion mixture and the remaining ingredients to the bowl of seeds and stir well to mix. Let the batter sit for up to 5 minutes. If you find that the batter is too “wet” then add more chia seeds to soak it up (1 – 2 tablespoons at a time and wait a few minutes).
Use approximately 4 cups per tray and spread the batter onto 2 dehydrator trays, each lined with a Paraflexx sheet. Dehydrate at 130 – 140 degrees for one hour. You can score the bread into the desired size at this time, or you can wait to cut it after it’s done dehydrating.
Lower the temperature to 105 degrees and dehydrate another 8 hours. Flip the bread over onto another dehydrator tray and peel off the Paraflexx sheet. Dehydrate another 6 – 10 hours (until you reach your desired dryness – I like mine a little moist). Cut into 16 squares per tray. These are best stored in the refrigerator.
Here is what Courtney and Finding True Serenity had to say when asked, “If you could donate 1 million dollars to charity, which would you choose AND why?”
Courtney wrote, “That’s tough because there are so many that are deserving. I would donate to Ashoka, a non-profit dedicated to assisting social entrepreneurs. I love the organization because they work from the bottom up – finding individuals and small groups that are making a difference in their own communities – instead of from the top down (which rarely works!). This strategy great because the people that they fund are connected to their communities, know exactly what is needed, and are better able to figure out the best approach.”
Finding True Serenity wrote, “Wonderful question! I honesty would have to name my #1 choice as WWF (World Wildlife Fund). I think we need to protect our natural home, and all of it’s inhabitants while promoting efficient and sustainable approaches to preserve and reverse the degradation of our planet so all of our needs are met in harmony with nature! I would love to win a bag of chia seeds! They sound quite universal! Thank you for the wonderful opportunity!”
My next Awesome Giveaway is in October, so check back for details!