Chia what?

Did you know that chia seeds have a high inflammation factor rating? They rate a 77 according to Self Nutrition Data which means they are great in helping reduce inflammation! They also have a glycemic load of 1, so they will not cause spikes in blood sugar! In just 1 ounce of chia seeds there are 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein with an amino acid score of 115 which translates to a high quality protein! Chia seeds meet 18% of your required calcium intake! As for omegas, 1 ounce contains 4915 mg of Omega-3 and 1620 mg of Omega-6.

How cool is that?

So this morning I made myself a tasty raw breakfast using chia seeds!

Here’s the recipe!

My version of chia pudding – this mornings breakfast with an added bang of antioxidants!(blueberries)

Chia Pudding

Chia Pudding
4 T Chia seed
8-10 T Coconut Milk or  Almond Milk
1/4-1/2 cup fresh blueberries
Add coconut milk to chia, let sit for 15 minutes, mix about half way.
Add blueberries & enjoy!

Valentine Avocados & Raw Sauce Recipe!

I just received an amazing, delicious delivery from The Avocado Diva!  Fresh from California ~ Bacon, Pinkerton, and Haas avocados, lemons, sweet limes, and pixie tangerines!  I’ve been trying to incorporate more ‘raw’ into my diet lately, trying to get back up to about 90% for the health benefits!  I know what I’m having for my raw dinner tonight!

If you want to order high quality avocados, the customer service is awesome and products are ALWAYS fresh!  Visit the Diva at: www.avocadodiva.com  They even have an avocado of the month club!

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The Avocado Diva was kind enough to share one of her very own recipes that I’m going to share with YOU!  I hope you like it!

Speaking of health benefits:  By using an avocado – you will add 12-16 grams of protein to your pasta in this recipe! Plus 20 vitamins and minerals – including potassium (3x the amount of bananas!), folate, vitamins K, B6, C & E.

Avocado “Alfredo”Sauce Over Linguini by Brenda Cusik, The Avocado Diva

INGREDIENTS:

1 package of linguini pasta – cooked as per the directions (*for total raw, use spaghetti squash)
2 oil-rich avocados
2 cloves of garlic, pressed
1 medium lemon
2 – 3 teaspoons of the Diva’s “Avocado Salt” 
fresh ground pepper to taste
3 tablespoons avocado oil (or EVOO)

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a food processor, put in the avocados (sliced, depitted and skinned).
2. Add garlic, juice from lemon, and zest from 1/2 the lemon, salt and pepper.
3. Pulse all items to chop and combine. Then let it go full force for about 30-45 seconds to make a creamy sauce.
4. As it continues to blend in the food processor – slowly add avocado oil to make a creamy, frothy emulsion.  Stop processing so it does not “break” (the oil comes back out).

Taste and season more if needed.  Pulse to add the seasoning.

Put pasta in a large (non metal) bowl and toss with the avocado “Alfredo” sauce. Serve immediately.

Serves 4-6 people

**For a totally raw dish, use spaghetti squash instead of linguine!**

Trick your kids into eating healthier!

So have you ever had difficulty getting your kids to eat things that are healthy?  I have 4 children, each of them unique.  Some would eat some things and others would eat, or at least be willing to try, other things.  My oldest two were big on veggie platters.  Ten years later, my younger two, are big on the ‘try something new’ which is usually fruit!  Then I deal with the “you always make us eat healthy” and the “dad doesn’t do…”

Of course, nutritionist mom comes back with; “You still need at least 5 servings of fruit and veggies a day.”

On days like today, when school gets out and they are wanting a snack mom makes ICE-CREAM!  What kid doesn’t like ice-cream?!

So easy, healthy, and tasty! (I am not a fan of ice cream, but I did try this and LIKED it!)

The kids loved it, well, really they said “it’s okay” when I asked how they liked it but it was gone pretty quick!

Mission accomplished, mom’s strawberry ice-cream = 2 fruit servings AND coconut milk has less sugar, less carbs, and more calcium that regular milk!

Raw Strawberry Ice Cream

Raw Strawberry Ice Cream

Raw Strawberry Ice-Cream Recipe

2 Ingredients!  It doesn’t get any easier than that!

Equal parts frozen strawberries and coconut milk!

Put in blender, blend!

(May need to add a little more coconut milk as it thickens in blender)

Variations:

Fruit

ANY frozen fruit can be used, such as, cherries, blueberries, mango, papaya, pineapple.  You can freeze chunks of ripe banana for 24 hours and use with 1T cocoa powder for chocolate ice cream or add 1T almond or nut butter!  Yum!

Milk

You can also use almond milk.