chia seed breakfast pudding

Chia seeds have been dubbed the ‘It’ food of 2013, according to this article from ABC News. They’ve been in stores for a while but just started gaining popularity the past few years and you can now find them in many forms, including chia seed butters/spreads and chia bars.

So what are the benefits of chia seeds, and why should we incorporate them into our diet?

High in fiber. The seeds actually expand in your stomach, making you feel more full. In 1oz (2.75tbs) of chia seeds, you’ll get a serving of 10g dietary fiber. If you’re new to try the seed, take it slow as the high fiber may upset your stomach.
Protein. A 1oz. serving offers almost 5g of protein.
One of the highest sources of omega 3 fats. These fats are found in other foods like salmon, flax seeds and walnuts. Omega 3 acids maintain fluidity in cell membranes, reduce inflammation, improve the body’s ability to insulin properly and keeps blood from clotting.

Overnight Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding
-1/2 cup almond milk (or any time of milk)
-2 tbs chia seeds
-1/2tsp. vanilla extract
-1 packet sweetener (Stevia, Truvia, etc.)

Place in a container with a lid in your fridge overnight. What comes out the next morning is a bit of an odd, jelly pudding. But I promise it’s good! Mess around with different flavoring to see how you can tweak it. Taralynn from Undressed Skeleton made an eggnog flavored chia pudding!

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creamy florida avocado mango smoothie

As a follow up to my post on the Florida avocado, I still had a second half of the large avocado to eat.

Since I wasn’t a huge fan of the taste in my salad the first time, I decided to mask it a little bit in a smoothie. It was the perfect ingredient. The avocado replaced any yogurt I would have normally used and gave my smoothie a delicious, smooth, thick and creamy texture. It reminded me of the smoothies at the mall! You know what I’m talking about … the claimed ‘healthy’ fruit smoothies that sometimes are everything but healthy.

Creamy Florida Avocado Mango Smoothie
-Half a Florida avocado
-1 cup of frozen mango
-1 cup of Skim milk
-1 ice cube
-1 tbs Agave syrup
-3/4 Stevia packet

Blend it all together! You should get a heaping serving of a creamy, green smoothie. Enjoy!

avocado mango smoothie

This smoothie is great for breakfast. It packs about 16 grams of protein and fills you up.

Have you ever tried to make a smoothie with avocado? How did it turn out?

let’s get our quinoa on

I really love quinoa. I think it has a better texture and flavor than bland rice, and it’s definitely more filling. I eat it a lot, usually in stuffed peppers, but I also like it as a cold salad.

The other day I made this flavorful, and colorful, quinoa salad. I ate it a few times for lunch this week.
-1 cup quinoa
-chopped pepper
-chopped green onion
-drizzle with olive oil, fresh lemon juice and sprinkle with salt and pepper

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All mashed up and some kind of wondeful.

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I had a very hectic work week, so here’s a couple of other random dinner meals throughout the week.
-1/2 cup egg whites
-sweet potato, drizzled with olive oil, salt, pepper. Baked in oven at 400˚for about 30 minutes

I can never get sweet potatoes crispy. Do you have a recipe that works?

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My go-to, salmon and sauteed peppers and onion.
-1 frozen salmon fillet. Thaw in a bowl of water for about 30 minutes. Pan sear in olive oil on stove top for about 5 minutes.
-1 chopped pepper, chopped onion sauteed in oil in skillet

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