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Dreamy Coconut Chia Pudding

Ch-ch-ch-chia! I never put 2 and 2 together until my mom pointed out “Chia seeds.. is that like chia pets?” Good point mom. Being a 90’s kid, I grew up to the chia pet commercials where you could water a terracotta shaped animal and it would eventually grow “hair” aka a chia plant. Originally the seeds were grown largely throughout South America, but now Australia is the leading producer of chia seeds.

Chia seeds can be added to smoothies, salads, baked goods, porridge etc. They’re the superfood of choice for many atheletes because they contain essential vitamins and minerals, protein, fiber and lots of omega-3.

When they come in contact with liquid they turn gelatinous- which reminds me of the tapioca bubbles in boba/bubble tea and the rich and creamy coconut milk  gives it a lot of flavor and makes it creamy instead of the thinner/milky texture you get when you use almond milk to make chia pudding.

This chia pudding is my mom’s recipe and is super simple to make! It’s also raw so it doesn’t require cooking just mixing and whisking! It makes a delicious vegan and dairy free breakfast, dessert or snack.

 

 

Enjoy!

xx SS

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 can of coconut milk

5 tbsps of chia seeds

1 tablespoon of organic sugar ( I use less- adjust according to preference)

 

DIRECTIONS:

Whisk all the ingredients together until the chia seeds start to become gelatinous and the mix starts to hold together. Pour into ramekins and refrigerate for at 3 hrs for best firmness.

Bon Appetit!

 

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Happy Mother’s Day: Green Goddess Smoothie

Happy Mother’s Day everyone! Don’t forget to give your Moms some extra love today! This year, although I couldn’t physically spend Mother’s day with my mom, I sent her a very special gift, Slim Down Now, a cookbook and wellness book by the amazing Cynthia Sass.

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I finally got around to trying out some recipes from the book, Slim Down Now and since my mom and I are very big Green Smoothie fans, thought I’d share this very special Cherry Chocolate Green Goddess Smoothie with everyone! This is just one of the many amazing recipes that are in the new wellness book by Cynthia Sass. There’s also tons of amazing healthy, balanced and even vegan versions of some delicious dinners and desserts along with helpful, proven tips to stay slim and glow from the inside out.sEkwDlErY66VB7bgdJc72qw5LBw_jirrJowIWydIIT0

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One of the best things I did was get my mom hooked on Green Smoothies! (I’m the healthy influence and whenever I come visit I make her try something new.) I even got her hooked on Kombucha ( she was scared at first) and juicing but I’ll save that for a later post.. Yay for healthy moms! Green Smoothies are an excellent breakfast option because they provide so much nutrition (healthy fats, protein, fruit and carbs) all which provide a great start to your day! The other awesome benefit of Green Smoothies is that they don’t take too much time to prepare and considering all the healthy benefits they’re definitely my go-to breakfast.

I’m such an amazing fan of Cynthia Sass and her advice and have been a client of hers for years now. If I didn’t truly believe in these recipes and her educated advice I wouldn’t share this awesome recipe, but this is hands-down my favorite Green Smoothie (it combines my favorite fruit AND did I mention real dark chocolate?!)- I’m sure you’ll love it too!

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Cherry Chocolate Green Goddess Recipe

Makes 4-5 cups  (recipe taken from Slim Down Now)

Ingredients:

1/4 cup vanilla-flavored pea protein powder ( I used NuZest brand in Smooth Vanilla)
1 cup baby spinach leaves
1 oz. dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao), chopped into tiny pieces
1 cup of frozen cherries
*optional: 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

Directions:

In a high-speed blender, combine the protein powder, spinach, chocolate, cherries with 3/4 cup of water and a handful of ice if desired and blend until smooth; serve. ( I personally omit the ginger and lime because I feel it tastes too strong for my taste preference but feel free to experiment and play around with it!)

 

* FYI-All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own- I do NOT get compensated for any links or products included in this post. These are things I use myself and am simply sharing them to my readers. I promise I don’t post on anything I don’t genuinely stand behind and personally love! Everything in this recipe has been personally taste-tested including the protein powder mentioned and recipe in this post. Enjoy! xx SS

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Healthy Cookie Dough Bites!

As an end to midterms treat ( or start of Spring.. however you want to look at it,) and as promised on our Facebook Page, I am posting this recipe for Healthy Cookie Dough Bites!!

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Making cookies growing up I always enjoyed licking the raw cookie dough batter off the spoon and bowl instead of eating the actual cookies straight out of the oven ( I know.. I’m weird.) But not only is that not the healthiest thing (because of salmonella and a variety of other reasons) I’m also older now and prefer healthier desserts anyway.

Adapted from Momable’s version, this raw cookie dough ball recipe doesn’t require baking ( yay!) and can be enjoyed right away but they’re best after a few hours of being in the refrigerator. I don’t recommend freezing these though… not the same as cookie dough so they lose flavor and consistency- not ideal. I personally preferred adding a little more honey ( you can add maple syrup or a few drops of stevia if you prefer) to my batch so that they got that cookie dough flavor to mask the saltiness of the other ingredients, but adjust as preferred to your preference!

 

 

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This is perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth and cookie dough cravings whenever they might arise- Enjoy everyone! xx SS

 

Ingredients
  • ½ cup creamy raw almond butter or cashew butter
  • 1/3 cup, plus 1 tbsp raw honey (or maple syrup for vegan version)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup, plus 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 3 tbsp ground flax seed
  • pinch of tsp sea salt
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips or Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips for Dairy Free Version
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the almond butter, honey (or maple syrup) and vanilla until creamy and well blended. In a separate bowl, mix together the coconut flour, ground flax seed and sea salt. Next, add the dry mix to the almond butter wet mix and mix until well combined. Use your hands to knead the dough. If the dough is too wet, add a bit more coconut flour. If it’s too dry and doesn’t hold together well, knead in one teaspoon of water. Sprinkle in the dark chocolate chips. Finally taking the mix, knead and form small balls
  2. *Refrigerate balls for 30 minutes before serving. Makes about 18 cookie bites.

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Already Spring? Time for Banana Nice Cream!

Now that it’s finally shorts weather in NYC ( bye bye winter wardrobe?) It seems like a perfect time to roll out this frosty favorite of mine- BANANA NICE CREAM! This raw (vegan) healthy treat is actually made out of frozen bananas, a splash of almond milk and topped with chewy granola, dried fruits and super foods. Inspired by one of my favorite bloggers and all-around health goddesses, Loni Jane ( I’m dying to get my hands on her e-book to serve up some raw goodness!)

 

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This treat is perfect for breakfast, afternoon snack or even dessert! While bananas make up a bulk of the everyday calories for those on high carb raw vegan diets, they are also an excellent source of potassium and good for a post-workout snack or a couple hours before a strenuous workout.

 

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This creamy, banana goodness tastes great plain or topped with shredded coconut, mulberries and raw granola!

Enjoy! xx SS

 

 

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Brownie Bliss Balls ( Raw Dessert)

 

In the Spirit of V-Day and for all you chocolate lovers out there, I took a stab at an adaption of one of my favorite bloggers’ (the Detoxinista) raw treat and made some changes of my own.

 

It was my first time making these and I have to say they were so easy to make and soooo yummy! I got hooked on these “Bliss Balls” in Australia when I was visiting Cairns. They had a few varieties to choose from but my favorite was the raw cocoa and coconut version so I promised myself to give them a try when I got back home to New York.

 

 

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For this version, I sprinkled in some chia seeds for healthy fat and fiber, a sprinkle of unsweetened shredded coconut and used maple extract instead of vanilla. I also used cashews as the base because I have a sensitivity to walnuts if I have too many!

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Hope you guys enjoy making (and eating) these as much as I do- and be sure to save some for your friends and family for Valentine’s Day- I know they’re yummy so maybe double the recipe in case! The best part is that they’re naturally sweetened with fruit so go ahead and enjoy!

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Makes About 12-16 Balls ( Adapted from Detoxinista’s Raw Brownie Bites)

INGREDIENTS

 

  • 1½ cups raw cashews
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder ( I used Hershey’s Unsweetened)
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract (alcohol free, if you prefer)
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 8 Medjool Dates (the softer the better, if hard soak for 1 hour)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ½ tablespoon of chia seeds
  • ¼ tablespoon of organic unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
  • Additional cocoa powder, for coating (optional)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

  1. In a large food processor fitted with an “S” blade, grind the cashews until they’re a powdery “meal” texture. Add in the rest of the ingredients, and keep processing until a dough forms.

Scoop out the batter carefully using a silicon spatula if you have one to get all the batter off the sides. On parchment paper, roll the balls between your hands. Finally dip the balls in cocoa powder (optional)

 

  1. Store the balls in the fridge or freezer (serving them chilled is the best texture.)