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Chia Cereal

Chia Cereal

Raw Vegan Style

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Chia Cereal

 

 

When I was a kid we got to choose our cereal that we ate in the mornings – little was known about real health back then and I am embarrassed to say my favourite was Count Chocola – seriously eh? My brother’s was Frankenberry – I know beyond a shadow of a doubt my kids never got that crap from me and I doubt my brother’s kids do either.  Some of us have come a long way and yet it saddens me when I walk down the isles of the grocery stores and I see the crap for kids these days, and how advertising targets them.

There are other choices.  I promise in the very near future I will write a post on some of the properties of some of the Superfoods I choose to add into my way of eating.  When you know this information, it’s hard to go back to nutrient void, chemically processed, man made empty, carbon like cereals or foods.  We eat to live not live to eat, and it really does not have to be hard, boring or expensive.

One of the best things I can share with you about eating real foods, healthy foods and superfoods is it feeds the body.  When it feeds the body you actually require less or eat less food as the body is satisfied.  If we are over eating its usually one of three things, we are nutritionally starved, we are emotionally eating or we are so distracted we aren’t paying attention (i.e. watching tv while eating) and are disconnected not only to our food and ourselves but also our bodies.

Conscious eating is eating – enjoying and tasting the food,(no the, computer or cell phones around) having great conversation (anything negative should be spoken later on), slowly chewing each mouthful so you taste the food, digest it properly and are present.

This Chia Cereal is easy to make and one can get quite creative with it – you’re only limited by your imagination!

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–  1/4 cup Chia seeds

–  1 cup Nut Mylk

Put the Chia seeds in the nut Mylk and let sit for at least an hour.  You can also put it in the refrigerator over night.  You may want to add a little more nut Mylk to get the desired thickness or consistency.

It’s at the point when I add in the rest – in this recipe I added in

–  Hemp Seeds

–  Fruit (Pomegranates)

–  Pumpkin Seeds

–  Almonds

–  Rice Bran Solubles (Purium)

Vanilla, Cinnamon and a pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt

But you can add in  some fun spices like Cardamon, Maple etc  You can add in shredded Coconut, other nuts, Goji Berries, Raw Cacao, or you could even make it with a Chocolate nut Mylk (kids might like it or think you went a little nuts 🙂

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I choose Pomegranates to stick with the color red for the festive season but you could add any kind of fruit.

Not only is this a tasty healthy cereal, it has a fair amount of nutrition in it, so for kids its awesome and will stick with them for awhile.

Eat, Enjoy and please feel free to share!

 

Eat Healthy

Live Well

Create a Life YOU Love

Jodi

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Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding

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This is so tasty you won’t be feeling guilty!!  And when you use real raw cacao – it has nutritional benefits – not that that gives you the excuse to eat it all the time or tons of it.  To think that healthy, nutritional things can actually be really tasty and easy to make – well makes life more fun I think!! 🙂  This is raw and vegan – but you wouldn’t know it!!

Chia has been around for a very long time – it was used  for centuries by the Aztecs of Mexico and the Indians of the Southwest of America, these tiny seeds formed part of their staple diet.  Aztec warriors were said to use Chia to as a high energy ‘supplement’ on their conquest.

Google Chia as there are many stories on it since it’s been around for so long and it has many health benefits – especially again a good source of protein and omega-3 oils, a lot of nutrients, antioxidants and fiber.  Not bad for a tiny little thing!!

Due to their antioxidant qualities, chia seeds don’t go rancid as quickly as flaxseeds do. Store Chia in a glass jar or in a sealed container to help keep it longer.  Ground chia seeds should be placed in a container with a tight-fitting lid, and may also keep a month or more.

You can add Chia to many things but when you add it to a liquid remember it will become gelatenous – therefore can make good puddings or thickener!!

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–  2 tbsp Chia seed in 1 cup water and let soak for at least an hour – the longer the better as the softer the seed becomes but it will work with an hour.  It will become gelatenous and I did add a little more water to mine as it got a bit too thick, add up to 1/2 cup more of water if it is too thick

–  3 tbsp raw Cacao Powder

–  4 tbsp Agave (or Honey or Brown Rice syrup)

–  1 Avocado (or you can also use 2 Bananas or 1 peeled Mango)

the fruit will make it a little more sweet than the Avocado so you can always cut the sweetener back a tbsp

–  1 tsp Vanilla

Once the Chia has soaked for at least an hour, throw all ingredients into a Vitamix or Blender and blend until smooth.

If you are going to serve it right away, throw in 2-3 ice cubes to make it cooler.

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Yes that is the Cashew Whip added on top and that is tasty!!

What I had for breakfast today was the pudding with the Cashew Whip and a cut up Banana, Blueberries and Strawberries

Yummy – what a great way to start the day!!!

Hope you enjoy it and please feel free to share this!!

With Gratitude

Jodi