Chia Pudding 101

Chia Pudding
Chia seeds are quite similar to flax but requires no grinding to receive all its benefits. These seeds have more omega-3s than salmon and the right amount of omega-6 which helps support heart health and beautiful skin, hair and nails. Chia seeds also have about 11 g of fibre per ounce which will help aid in digestion and staying fuller for longer. Furthermore, per ounce, chia has up to 3 times more calcium than skim milk!

Chia can be enjoyed as a topping on salads, oatmeal and yogurt. It can also be added into baked goods, smoothies or used as an egg substitute for vegans. When added with liquid this seed becomes like a superfood tapioca pudding. In recreating my last chia pudding recipe, I realized that adding that extra tablespoon of oats makes for a creamier result. The recipe given here is my usual base, but I often will change it up with one of the add ins mentioned below. The best part about chia pudding is you can prepare it for the entire week in one day, and change up your toppings daily depending on your mood.
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Ingredients:

• 3 tbsp chia seeds
• 1 tbsp oats (gluten free if your celiac)
• 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
• 1 tsp maple syrup, honey or a few drops of stevia (to taste)
• 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Additional Add Ins:

• 1 tsp protein powder
• dates
• matcha tea powder (working on a recipe with this now!Stay tuned…)
• fresh juice
• 1 tsp cacao powder
• mashed banana
• 1 tsp maca powder
• fresh jams and fruit purees

Toppings:

• fresh fruit
• nuts and nut butters (try coating nuts in honey and sea salt!)
homemade cereal
granola
• dates, figs, prunes, goji berries
• maple flakes
• coconut flakes

Directions:

1. Place all of the ingredients in a sealable jar. Shake vigorously. Place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes and then shake the jar vigorously again. Try and do this one more time before leaving it in the fridge overnight. You can have chia pudding within half an hour,however the longer it rests in the fridge the more thick and pudding-like it will be.

2. Remove from the fridge and add toppings of choice.
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Superfood Popcorn

Superfood PopcornThis Clean Eating Goddess is more of a crunchy, salt girl then a dessert one. Chips and french fries are probably my biggest weakness and I literally don’t think I could survive a month without having either. My man refers to me as a chip monster. Yes. MONSTER. Thank god there are some great healthy alternatives out there. I love any chip containing beans, non GMO corn or brown rice as one of the first ingredients. It is also an added bonus if they are baked in olive oil rather than deep fried. It is ok to indulge in these kinds of treats but always remember to keep an eye out on portions. From my experience, NEVER eat from the bag- especially in the car. I have come very close to finishing off an entire bag of chips all by myself. When your driving or doing other activities like watching tv or working on the computer you seem to lose control and become less mindful about what you are actually eating. On the other hand, I know its hard to just have 12 chips. 12 chips are a tease. Many people turn to popcorn because of its large portion for little calories and fat. I don’t count calories, but I know that having an entire bag of chips isn’t the best for my waistline, or my health.

I know that most of us go for that reduced fat microwave popcorn thinking we are doing ourselves good. But when something tastes like butter without butter being in it at all, logic tell us the product has its share of chemicals. So whats the solution, you ask? The old fashioned way- right on the stove top. I have to say, I was quite impressed with just how easy this was to make. I will never go back to microwave popcorn again. The best part is you have complete control of the taste and ingredients that go into your healthy snack. I added lots of superfoods into mine to make it salty, crunchy and also good for you. In this batch, I cooked the corn in anti viral coconut oil and coated the kernels in anti inflammatory turmeric, omega 3 rich chia seeds and vitamin rich maple syrup!
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Ingredients:

• 1 cup corn
• 4 tbsp coconut oil
• good pinch of pink himalayan salt (regular salt is fine)
• 1/2 tbsp turmeric
• 1 tbsp chia seeds
• 1/4 tbsp garlic powder
• 1/4 tbsp chilli flakes
• 2 tbsp maple syrup
• 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
• 1 tsp sumac
• pinch of pepper
• Add ins (optional): dried cherries, 70% dark chocolate, unsweetened coconut flakes, any nut etc…

Directions:

1.Add corn and coconut oil to a large stock pot. Turn on the heat to medium high. Add a good pinch of salt. Wait for the oil to simmer. When the first kernel pops, cover and allow to continue until the popping slows down. Once it begins to slow down. Remove from heat and pour popcorn unto a large baking sheet.

2.In a your food processor add a small pinch of a salt and pepper, turmeric, chia, garlic powder, chilli flakes, nutritional yeast and sumac. Pulse until a powder forms.

3.In a small sauce pan over medium heat, bring your maple syrup to a simmer. Add your spice mixture and stir for 2 minutes to allow the spices to release their flavour.

4.Pour the spiced syrup over your popcorn and toss until evenly distributed. Be careful with your hands here- hot turmeric can stain your hands! (if your hands to get stained, scrub with hot soapy water)

5.Store in an airtight container. I added dark chocolate, dried cherries and coconut for a sweet and salty mix! Feel free to add nuts, dried fruit and other superfoods!Superfood Popcorn