Chia Pudding & NEWS! 

Hey all!

I knows it’s been a while…butttttt here I am with some great news!  I will now also be sharing some love over at www.modernathletichealth.com. Woohoo!  Be sure to follow me over there to get awesome recipes & info for your paleo, health & wellness toolbox, soooo exciting! 😀 

Ok, back to food. I have a yummy treat sure to please. I’ve been making Chia Pudding for quite some time now & it is forever evolving. Or I just get bored.. 😎. Chia is so beneficial to include in your diet! Talk about a Protein, Calcium, Vitamin C, Potassium, Omega-3, blood sugar stabilizing powerhouse! (I’m out of breath…) Here is the latest version that I’ve been living on!
  
(I promise there’s pudding under there somewhere!)

Banana Chia Pudding:

(You may want to double this recipe!)

1/4 cup chia seeds (black or white)

1 cup full fat coconut milk 

1 (6-7ish oz) jar organic banana baby food (or 1 mashed super ripe nanner)

Pinch of cinnamon 

In a jar, add all of your ingredients except the chia seeds. Top with the seeds, put the top on and shake wilddddly! Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set. Top this pudding with some whipped coconut cream and you will be in heaven! (Trust me.. Coconut cream is life.) 😀 

Enjoy! 

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Hemp Protein Fudge!!

Sooooooo…I’m all about the post wod protein business, BUT I don’t like all of the whey proteins or the other protein powders that have a crap load of junk in them!!!!!! It’s totally unnecessary! I prefer to go with hemp protein. It doesn’t mix as well or come in a fabulous array of flavors…BUT it does the job! I was craving a sweet treat, and had just finished my hemp protein with coconut water serving (so yummy!), but wanted more! So here we have Hemp Protein Fudge! Oh, better yet…NO BAKE! 😊 5 ingredients later, this is what we have!

Hemp Protein Fudge:
makes about 12-16 1 inch (ish) squares
1/4 cup hemp protein powder
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp coconut cream (optional)
1/4 cup maple syrup (or honey)
1/2 cup coconut oil, softened

Now here’s the fun part…mix everything in a food processor, pour into a small square or rectangular container lined with wax paper & freeze for at least 2 hours!! Then you can enjoy your tasty creamy protein-y treat! Store in the freezer. 😊

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Carrot Ginger Smoothie!!

CARROTS

I’m sure you all know, if you follow me on Instagram & Facebook as well, that I am for suuuuuure a smoothie lover! I have one daily for my breakfast & sometimes for a little snacky snack! Love them! It’s so easy to jam pack them with veggies & other healthy components! YUM! I usually stick to the same recipe, which I have posted earlier, but I have to try & change it up once in a while! I came across this fabulous 100% Organic Carrot Juice at Trader Joe’s, I picked it up just to give it a try! Especially since it’s already juiced & makes my life so much easier =) oh p.s….$3.99…YES! Here is a VERY easy, simple, tasty recipe with few ingredients!

Carrot Ginger Smoothie:

carrot smoothie

8oz Trader Joe’s 100% Organic Carrot Juice

1 apple of you choice, cored & roughly chopped (I kept skin on!)

Sprinkle of cinnamon & ginger powder (fresh ginger will work!)

1 scoop of protein powder of your choice (optional, I use Nutiva Hemp Protein Powder)

Handful of ice cubes

**Throw everything in a blender…DONE….YAY!!!!!!! =) I love how the sweetness of the carrots comes out when blended with the apple. Such an easy, yummy treat! ENJOY! ❤

CARROT JUICE

 

 

Paleo Pumpkin Protein Shake!

So, as I’m sure you have noticed…..I have been addicted to these smoothies & shakes!! It’s just so easy for me (who doesn’t normally eat breakfast) to whip one of these up to take for breakfast & then bring the extra for a little snack later =) Not only can these babies be full of healthy fats, vegetables, fiber (keep you full), but they are so easy to make, easy to takeeee & DELISH! YUM! So here is my latest creation, using pumpkin, I know thanksgiving is over… pumpkin is NOT & you’ll see why!!

PUMPKIN SHAE

Recipe:

1/2 cup pumpkin puree (NOT PUMPKIN PIE MIX)

1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk (a little more if you want it thinner)

1/2 banana (or frozen banana if you thought ahead =))

4-5 dates (optional, just for a hint of sweetness)

1/2 tsp-1 tbsp (i like a lot) cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1-2 scoops protein of your choice (I only use one scoop)

(**feel free to add some nutmeg, or cloves for some extra spice!)

**Add ice if you didn’t have a frozen banana, or if you just want it colder! (I drink mine at room temp sometimes, i don’t mind it! =))

Pulse everything in your blender, add some extra almond milk if your shake is looking too thick. Pour into glass, sprinkle some extra cinnamon on top just for fun & drink up! Great for breakfast or post WOD…here’s why:

Pumpkin is not only an antioxidant (beta-carotene, plays a role in cancer prevention!) & an anti-inflammatory, but  FULL of Vitamin A, more than 200% of  your daily intake! Vitamin A can aid in your visibility & help prevent cataracts & sight deterioration.  Pumpkins are also rich in carotenoids (what gives them their color), which actually has anti-aging properties! Also, has shown to help aid in cardiovascular disease prevention. This awesome ingredient is full of fiber as well, keeping you fuller, longer  & helping us keep our fab figures! Last but not least, full of Vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system & contains more potassium than a banana!!! This helps refuel us and keep our muscles functioning well! I think it’s safe to say I’ll be enjoying pumpkin all year round =)

Ginger is great for our belly! Chew on some ginger or add some to your tea to help soothe upset stomachs or cramps & reduce flatulence..(I don’t have to explain that do i?!?!?!?) Ginger helps improve the absorption of nutrients in the body & helps get rid of throat & nose congestion! Definitely a SUPER SPICE!

Cinnamon is not only a tasty additive to baked goods, smoothies, teas, applesauce… is actually has shown to regulate blood sugar & reduce cholesterol (reduce risk of cardiovascular disease) Cinnamon has natural medicinal purpose by showing to be effective against some ulcer causing bacteria & other yucky bacteria. (YIKES!) Has been linked to arthritis relief & also cancer prevention! & finally, contains fiber, calcium, iron & maganese…granted we only use a TBSP or so per serving, but use it in everything & you’ll be good to go!!!

Happy Drinking!! =) ❤ Amy