Healthy breakfast option – Smoothie
- 1 cup low sugar orange juice (or almond milk or really any juice you like!)
- 1 banana, peeled- 1 cup frozen fruit (strawberries, mangoes, raspberries, pineapple…)
- 1/2 cup non-fat vegan yogurt
- 2-3 tsp Chia seeds *
- handful of baby spinach
Meg grew up in and when she wasn’t busy pretending to be a mom, she was in the kitchen learning family recipes. She won over her husband, Alan, whom she met her freshman year at Stanford, with some very fancy home cooked meals. After working in finance and strategy for Gap and NBC-Universal, Meg returned to Stanford where she earned her MBA. Now with three kids of her own (Avery, 5; Brooks, 4 and Ryder 1), Meg’s husband doesn’t see too many of those fancy meals. But her kids eat very well! She believes good food is all it takes to make a friend, and she is grateful for all the friends she has made through her videos. You can find more of her stories on www.youtube.com/whatsupmoms
Raw Chocolate Chia Pudding
Today, I am going to teach you how to make a delicious, chocolate pudding that will not only appease your chocolate cravings but is extremely healthy.
How fabulous is that?
Okay, we’re going to get straight into it. It’s really simple. Firstly, grab one avocado or two to three small ones. Remove the stone and scoop out of the skin. Just place it straight into the food processor. Next, we’re going to grab one cup of coconut water. You could use normal water. I just prefer to use coconut water for flavor. So you’re going to chuck that in there as well.
Next we’ve got a quarter cup of raw honey. Choose raw honey. Don’t use the heated stuff. It loses all its nutrients.
All right, while we’re scooping that in there, you could also use agave if you wanted to or Stevia if you can’t use honey. I know with vegan you don’t really want to be using honey, or for lactose intolerance I think you can’t take honey either. So you might choose agave with Stevia or something instead.
Next, I’ve got three tablespoons of raw, organic cacao powder as well as two tablespoons of chia seeds. So in that, you’ve got protein, magnesium, Omega-3s, fiber, a little powerhouse of nutrients.
Lastly, we’ve got half a teaspoon of cinnamon and just a pinch of Himalayan salt if you didn’t want to use the cinnamon, you could use vanilla or you could use a bit of espresso to give it a coffee flavor or fresh mint leaves to give it that beautiful minty flavor.
Start your Food Processor or Blender.
You just want to make sure you can’t see any of the avocado in the mix.
Then all you need to do is pop it in the fridge for about an hour to make it set. It might look a little bit runny now but the chia seeds will absorb some of that, so it will give it more of that pudding consistency.
Lisa Wiedrich is a Holistic Health & Wellness Mentor, Author, Chef, Meditation Instructor and Mother based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Through her business SoulFood Journey, she creates lifestyle transformations by coaching her clients to create health in mind, body and soul as a path to happiness. You can find out more about Lisa and her mentoring programs at www.soulfoodjourney.com.
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