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One of my go-to’s is chia seed pudding. Stir a 1/2 a cup of Chia seeds and 2 cups of almond milk in a mason jar and let it sit in the fridge over night. Wake up in the morning and the mixture has formed into a puddling like consistency! I love a Chia parfait- grab whatever fresh fruit you have in the fridge and start layering! Don’t forget to top with slivered almonds, shredded coconut, bee pollen or homemade granola.

My friend Joe Holder works for my favorite Chia seed brand, Health Warrior. He told me all about the amazing effects chia seeds have on our bodies.

·       Perfect addition to smoothies. Not just due to the great fiber content, antioxidants and protein but it can also provide some much needed (healthy) fat. This is key for absorbing the fat soluble vitamins A and K which are found in leafy greens.

·       Athletic Nutrient Powerhouse. Chia is rich in iron, calcium and magnesium which are all vital minerals for athletic performance. Iron is key for oxygen transport/fatigue prevention, calcium for muscle contraction, and low magnesium levels are connected to poor exercise performance.

·       Carb Loading Substitute. “Carb loading” has been shown to improve athletic performance but on certain diets this can be difficult and some may want to avoid. Chia can provide a viable alternative and not impair performance.

·       Full Tank, Empty Stomach. Chia is wonderful for providing energy and providing satiation without actually filling you up with calories. The seeds absorbs water, keep you hydrated longer, and sustain your energy levels.

·       It’s Versatile. Everyone from vegans to paleo fanatics can find solace in this seed. It is nutrient dense, a complete protein, helps prevent blood sugar spikes, and can even be used as an egg substitute.

Matcha is my current obsession, I’ve been adding it to everything, Check out this amazing Vanilla Matcha Chia seed pudding recipe!


MATCHILLA PARFAIT

INGREDIENTS

Vanilla:

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup Health Warrior chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Matcha:

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup Health Warrior chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons matcha

PREPARATION

  1. Add vanilla and match ingredients to each jar
  2. Stir on and off for 10 minutes or so
  3. Place in fridge over night

It’s great to always have some homemade granola on hand to add to chia seed pudding, smoothie bowls and on-the-go trail mix. Here is my favorite recipe.


MAPLE NUT GRANOLA

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 cups gluten free oats
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup flax meal
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons walnut or coconut oil
  • ½ cup chopped dried figs
  • ½ cup chopped dried apple rings

PREPERATION

  1. Preheat the over to 250 degrees
  2. In a bowl, combine the oats, walnuts, almonds, flax, and cinnamon
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the maple syrup and oil
  4. Pour the syrup and oil mixture over the oat mixture and toss well
  5. Spread evenly in a shallow baking dish or on a cookie sheet
  6. Bake for 1 ½ hours, stirring every 15 minutes
  7. Stirr in the figs and apples and continue to bake for about 30 minutes, until the mixture feels dry
  8. Cool to room temperature and store in a covered container at room temp for up to one week

 

 

 

1 Comment

  • Hannah S. August 25, 2014

    I’m so excited that your site is live! I’ve been trying to get into matcha but need advice on brands–can you recommend any?

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