thevegetablewhisperer

Health Coach in training and my musings

Peaches and Cream Chia Pudding

Cha Cha Cha Chia!!!  Do you remember the Chia pets and Chia heads?  Funny how such a nutritious food was wasted in so many homes in the 90s, if only I knew then what I know now 🙂

Why you should be eating these super food seeds-

  • Complete vegetable protein
  • High in calcium, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids
  • High in iron
  • High in fiber 
  • Help maintain fluid and electrolyte balance
  • Low in calories but packs a nutritional punch
  • Not to mention how delicious they are

Peaches and Cream Chia Pudding

1 cup of vanilla almond cream (recipe below)

2 Tbsp chia seeds

Stir together and let sit at least 30 minutes but best if sits overnight so the chia seeds can absorb all of the yummy cream.  Chop one to two peaches into the pudding before serving.

Vanilla Almond Cream

1 cup of raw sprouted almonds

3 cups of filtered water

Blend for one minute then strain through a nut mylk bag.  Rinse out blender and put strained cream back into blender.

Add 6 dates (or more depending on your sweet tooth)

1/8 tsp vanilla bean powder (note-you could use 1 to 2 Tbsp of vanilla extract but the powder makes everything taste exceptional)

Blend until dates are incorporated.  This recipe makes about 3.5 to 4 cups.

 

The most important meal of the day….maybe not?

We have been taught or conditioned to look at breakfast as the most important meal of the day.  Breakfast literally means “breaking” and “fast” from the nightly fast we all do when we sleep.  As I have transitioned to a more raw diet over the past 3 years, I have given up breakfast entirely, as I like to follow Natalia Rose’s principle of light to heavy, making breakfast my lightest meal of the day to give me energy without weighing me down.  So I have fresh vegetable juice or a green smoothie.

This was a very gradual progression for me and was not done over night.  When I was a child my mother cooked breakfast every morning for my brothers and I.  I cannot remember one morning we didn’t have something, while it was usually a sugary concoction served with a side of fruit juice which is more sugar, I know now my mother was doing the best she could with what she had.  All she knew is that she should send us off to school with something in our tummies and I love her dearly for that because it was all done out of love.  We always had biscuits, gravy, eggs, and sausage on the weekends or pancakes which both would put you in food coma and depleted energy.

As I got older and out on my own breakfast was always my Achilles heel!!!  I never had time to make it so, it was grabbed on the go, think fast food or something highly processed.  When you try to abruptly stop eating breakfast your internal clock is like whoa wait!!!  I am supposed to have something right now so the rumbling begins.  So it has to be reset and it takes some time.  Where are you in your journey?  Do you enjoy breakfast?  How do you feel after you eat?  What are you eating currently?  Please let me know in the comments below.

For those of you who are transitioning to a healthier lifestyle I wanted to provide some options for you.  While I definitely believe everyone’s needs are different and also we are all in unique places in our lives there are a few items I would immediately scratch off of your breakfast menu.  Those are fast food, processed foods, white flours, refined white sugar, and refined oils and replace those with homemade, whole foods, whole grains, natural sweeteners (honey, agave, dates), and healthy fats (avocados, coconut oil, organic goats milk).

Here are some options for you to try

  • Sprouted grain toast with a hard-boiled organic free range egg
  • Sprouted grain toast topped with avocado, sea salt, and a drizzle of agave
  • Muslei make with water, fruit juice or milk (non-dairy or goats milk) and fruit or nuts
  • Homemade granola (if store-bought make sure natural sweeteners) with rice milk, nut milk, or goats milk
  • Goats milk yogurt with fruit
  • Savory breakfast-Brown rice and adzuki beans with miso, liquid aminos, and sesame seeds
  • Smoothie-fruit and yogurt or nut milk and fruit
  • Green smoothie
  • 16 to 32 oz of green fresh vegetable juice

Any of these options are quick portable, can be made in advance,  and just as fast as  any drive thru!!!  Please let me know what you think, love comments!!  Be well and have a wonderful day!!!!!!!!!!