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Coconut Chia Pudding

Coconut Chia Pudding

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I’ve been working on the perfect chia pudding recipe and this one is pretty dang close! I posted a chia pudding recipe not too long ago here. Then I had a chia bowl at First Watch and had to figure out their recipe because it was DELICIOUS! It was clear they were using canned coconut milk so I adjusted my recipe and BOOM… magical perfection.

This recipe is so versatile so don’t be afraid to experiment and play around with it. Enjoy this delicious meal ANY time of day! Easy on the go too!

400 Calories
Carbs 54g
Fat 21g
Protein 13g

VEGAN AT CHIPOTLE

How to Eat Vegan at Chipotle

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When you’re trying to cut animal products out of your diet it can be tricky figuring out what you can eat where. Chipotle makes it super easy to eat Vegan! There are a few ways to order so I thought I’d share my go-to order.

Depending on the day, I’ll either order a burrito or a bowl. There are about 300 calories in a Chipotle tortilla so if I’m trying to watch the starchy carbs I’ll go for the bowl. If I’m having a feast day I’ll go for the burrito! Otherwise, my order is typically the same every time.

“Veggie burrito/bowl, brown rice, black beans, fajita veggies, everything else, no sour cream, no cheese.” All the salsas and all the guac! Gimme gimme! If I remember, I’ll order a side of cilantro. I love that stuff!

Sometimes I’ll do pinto beans or if you’re feeling saucy you could always do BOTH. I only order the fajita veggies if they look fresh and remember if you’re not ordering meat or sofritas the guac is NOT extra.  So don’t let em getcha! Every so often I’ll do the sofritas but I have to be in the right mood. I love Chipotle chips so I’ll typically get a side of medium salsa to go with those!

It’s so easy eating Mexican food and being Vegan. I don’t think I’d be able to survive otherwise! Mexican food is my absolute FAVORITE. Every now and again I’ll meet someone who has never had Chipotle. If that’s you, you’re truly missing out. It’s quick, easy, and the food is pretty good quality.

Their website makes it easy to order if you have special requests such as low calorie, low fat, low sodium, low carb, high protein, vegan, vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free, paleo, or no sugar. Get in there and get some!

GRILLED

Grilled PB&J Recipe

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I was at a peanut butter and jelly party once when I was introduced to a grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  My mind was blown. Yes, you heard me right. A peanut butter and jelly PARTY. Sounds awesome right? It was.

I workout with a group of amazing women. One friend, Sidonie, who is from England had never heard of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. So my good friend Kilgore decided to host a party where we would all bring our own PB&J version for Sidonie to taste test. And yes, there would be a winner. We’re competitive like that.

Everyone makes their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches differently. Some use crunchy peanut butter some use creamy. Some use almond butter and some use Nutella. White bread or wheat. Strawberry jam or grape jelly. With bananas or without? The options are endless!  I was so stuffed by the end of this thing it was heavenly.

By far, my absolute favorite was Scott’s (Kilgore’s husband) grilled peanut butter and jelly version. I raved about this recipe (and still do) for weeks! I made everyone try it and although it was not Sidonie’s winning pick it was hands down mine.

If you try this recipe please come back to this blog, leave a comment, and let me know you did!

Get ready for the best peanut butter and jelly sandwich of your life!

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The Best Vegan Cereal of Your Life

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20727578_10155217978298101_1609401888_oThis recipe is simple, delicious, and something you should definitely experiment with. Add YOUR favorite fruit! Add nuts! Add coconut flakes! Use chocolate almond milk instead of plain! Try coconut milk!

I feel like this is how cereal SHOULD be made. Not the crap we buy in the box! If you’re trying to make a healthier choice this will definitely become a go-to recipe.

I keep frozen bananas in my freezer at all times. I use both frozen and regular bananas in this recipe so be sure you throw some in the freezer for a bit before making your “milk.”

If you try this recipe please let me know you did! I love hearing your feedback!

CHIA PUDDING RECIPE

Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

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CHIA PUDDING RECIPERemember the chia pet commercials? Same thing! Those are chia seeds! They sprout into microgreens, which you can add to salads or sandwiches, or just eat plain. They are similar to alfalfa sprouts in taste and texture. When eaten dry, chia tastes like a poppy seed. It is dense, small and has a crunch. Soaked chia seeds absorb liquid and become very plump, sweet and soft.

Chia seeds are considered a “superfood” and are loaded with healthy benefits.

One ounce (28 g) serving of chia seeds contains 9% of the recommended daily value for protein, 13 percent of oil and 42 percent of the recommended daily intake of dietary fiber.

Chia is a rich source of essential minerals including phosphorous and manganese as well as calcium and trace amounts of sodium and potassium, which all keep vital organs functioning properly.

Chia seeds also contain healthy antioxidants which may prevent cellular damage.

The chia seed is a rich source of Omega-3, and in fact, has more Omega-3 than flax seed. Omega-3 fatty acids support brain and heart function, promote healthy skin and hair and may prevent and treat certain mild types of depression.

Sprinkle chia seeds onto salads, soups, oatmeal, and yogurt. I add to into my smoothies too!

Chia absorbs 9-12 times its weight in water and can make a delicious pudding. Try my favorite recipe below!