Health & Wellness · Lifestyle · Natural · Pudding · Recipes · Vegan

Almond Butter Chia Pudding

This super tasty, super easy, protein-filled pudding is an excellent dish for both adults and children!

It’s a great alternative to the sugar-filled puddings you may buy at the store.

What you need:

1 1/2 tsp Agave or Maple Syrup
1 tbsp Smooth Almond Butter
1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
3 tbsp Chia Seeds
1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

What to do:

-In a small saucepan over low heat, mix the agave or maple syrup with the almond butter until smooth. Remove from heat.
-Slowly mix the almond milk, chia seeds, and vanilla.
– Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Done!

You can also top with fresh fruit for an extra burst of flavor!

Got any tips or questions?

 

Based on a recipe by Sherry Buckingham
Featured Image: VegKitchen.com
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Health & Wellness · Lifestyle · Natural · Recipes · Vegan

Southwestern Cobb Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing

Homemade salad with homemade dressing. This recipe can be enjoyed by both adults & kids! It’s an easy recipe that is fun to make and sure to inspire healthy eating.

4 cups Organic baby kale
1 cup Grape Tomatoes, washed and halved
1 cup Whole Kernel Corn, drained and rinsed
1 cup Black Beans, cooked
1/2 cup Avocado Ranch Dressing (recipe here)
1/4 cup Vegan Cheddar Cheese, shredded (this one is good)
2 Tbsp PC Ancient Grains & Super Seeds Blend (here)
Optional: (If you’re feeling creative) 4 Vegan Hard-Boiled Eggs
(Recipe here. This is a very clever & fun recipe to try. Highly recommend!)

In a large bowl, add kale, tomatoes, corn and black beans. Add dressing. Toss to coat. Top with cheese, the vegan eggs (optional), and grain & seed blend.

You can also add other tasty ingredients: tofu chunks, vegan ‘chicken’ strips, vegan ‘bacon’ pieces, etc. Be creative!

I hope you enjoy! Any tips?

Credits
Recipe: Based on a recipe by Sherry Buckingham (Contact me for her email/original recipe)
Featured Image: Marilyn C. Cole

Dips · Health & Wellness · Recipes · Vegan

Avocado Ranch Dressing

Why buy salad dressing when making your own is so easy? This kid-friendly avocado ranch dressing does double-duty in our menu, dressing a veggie salad or serving as a dip for some crispy chips.

Prep time: 15 minutes

1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
1tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup plain vegan Greek yogurt
3/4 cup vegan buttermilk (This recipe is good!)
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt & black pepper
2 tbsp chopped fresh chives

1. Purée avocado and garlic in food processor until smooth and creamy. Add yogurt, buttermilk, lemon juice, salt and pepper; purée until smooth. Fold in chives until combined. (Makes about 2 cups).

2. Serve immediately with salad, crispy tenders or vegan ‘fish filets’.
Refrigerate leftovers and use within 1 day.

Per about 1 tbsp serving: 15 calories, fat 1g, sodium 45mg, carb 1g, protein 1g

TIP: You can halve the recipe for smaller groups.

I hope you enjoy! Any tips?


Credits:
Recipe idea: based on a recipe by Sherry Buckingam. Thank you, Sherry! (Contact me if you’d like her email!)
Featured image: Hass Avocado Board

Drinks · Health & Wellness · Lifestyle · matcha · Natural · Tea

Matcha & Weight Loss

People are always looking for the next best thing to help them with weight loss.
Some try fad diets, strange pills that claim to get rid of fat fast, etc.

The key to losing extra, unwanted weight (and keeping it off) can be done simply by adding more exercise in your everyday life, not eating fast foods or foods that are just not great for you. A well-balanced diet with no over-eating will do wonders for your body (and mind!)

However, there are some natural products that when added to your already healthy lifestyle, can aid in losing the extra weight! Yes, I’m talking about matcha.

What is Matcha?

Matcha is a finely ground green tea with a wide range of health benefits. It helps promote weight loss and an overall healthy lifestyle.

How does it promote weight loss?

Epigallocatechin gallate is the catechin that is in matcha that is responsible for enhanced weight loss.  A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that matcha has properties that promote the loss of fat. Matcha was shown to increase the body’s ability to burn calories from about 10% to around 40%.

How can I drink Matcha for weight loss? 

To drink matcha for weight loss, mix about a teaspoon of the matcha powder with 1/2 cup of hot water. Whisk the liquid until it begins to froth (whisk with a bamboo whisk for better results) You can add extra taste to your matcha by adding some coconut or almond milk. Add a touch of raw agave for some sweetness.

The best Matcha tea X How to make Matcha

Should everyone be drinking Matcha?

Health & Wellness · Natural · Recipes · Vegan

Watermelon Pizza

This recipe is great for both kids and adults!
Low in calories and great tasting.

What you need:

Whole Watermelon
Coconut Whipped Cream
Blueberries
Strawberries, sliced
Bananas, sliced
Any fruit you love!
Shredded coconut

What to do:

Cut the watermelon into circle slices
Spread the coconut whipped cream over the watermelon. This is the “pizza sauce”
Place sliced fruit on top of the watermelon
Cut your watermelon pizza into pizza-like wedges

Done!

Hope you enjoy.

Featured image credit: goodhousekeeping.com

Dips · Health & Wellness · Lifestyle · Recipes

Chili Lime Dip

I was eating some tortilla chips earlier this afternoon (healthy brunch, right?). I didn’t want to use the sauce that came with it. It was very high in fats that are not that great for you!

I remembered a recipe my friend and I used last Summer. I think this is how it goes… I am not entirely sure, but I made it anyway! (It was amazing).*

What you need:
2 Cups of non-fat plain vegan Greek yogurt (I used this)
1 tbsp agave
2-3 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce (This one is good)
2 tbsp fresh lime juice

What to do:
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and serve with tortilla chips! You can also get some fresh veggies and dip em’ in as well. I think I tried this as a sauce for a pita once! It was amazing!
I hope you enjoy! Did it taste amazing for you? Any suggestions?

*I am not sure where this recipe originated from. Please let me know if there’s a creator =)

 

Featured image credit: ScrappyGeek
Health & Wellness · Lifestyle · Recipes · Vegan

Easy Vegan Breakfast (Burrito!)

I don’t know about you, but I love burritos. If I could have burritos for every meal, I would.

If you are not experienced in making burritos, that’s okay. This Burrito recipe is super easy (and healthy!)

It takes only 3 steps to make a great burrito.
1. A spread
2. Filling (protein)
3. Veggies + Greens

There are tons of healthy ingredients you can choose from. This Burrito is going to be a Breakfast Burrito (My fav!)

This is what you will need:

Breakfast Burrito
A vegan tortilla
1.Salsa, vegan cheddar cheese
2.Scrambled (by hand) cooked firm tofu with added spices.
3.Black Beans, sautéed spinach, mushrooms.

Simple as that!

Here’s a picture of my breakfast burritos: (I used tiny tortilla bowls) (I also added red peppers)
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Let me know what your favorite burrito is in the comments.

 

DAVIDsTEA · Ice Cream · Natural · Recipes · Summer · Tea · Vegan

Matcha Ice-Cream!

I decided to play around with a few ingredients earlier today and I think I found my favorite ice-cream.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place the sweetened condensed milk in the fridge to keep cold.
  2. Beat the cold whipping cream with a hand mixer until it becomes thick.
  3. Pour the condensed milk into the whipped cream and mix slowly. (You can add the vanilla now).
  4. Then, beat the whipping cream again and whip until your mixture is really thick.
  5. You now have your ice-cream base. Add in your Matcha powder and mix until the mixture is a light green color.
  6. Put your ice cream into a large container and freeze at least 5-6 hours or overnight before serving.

That is all! This recipe really worked well for me. Everyone loved it. Let me know your thoughts. Any suggestions?

Enjoy!

 

Featured image: ijsc
Recipes · Vegan

How to make Coconut Whipped Cream

This is a pretty easy recipe on how to make coconut whipped cream! It’s a perfect alternative for dairy-free and vegan lifestyles.
Serves: about 2.5 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 can of full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 – 3/4 cup icing/powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Chill the coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight. (do not shake the can)
  2. The next day, chill a large mixing bowl before whipping.
  3. Remove the coconut milk from the fridge without tipping or shaking and remove the lid. Scrape out the cream and leave the liquid behind (you can reserve for use in smoothies).
  4. Place the thick cream in your chilled mixing bowl. Beat for 30 seconds with a mixer until creamy. Then add powdered sugar and mix until creamy and smooth. You can adjust sweetness as needed.
  5. Use immediately or refrigerate – it will harden/set in the fridge the longer it’s chilled.

Done!

Let me know how it worked for you! Any suggestions?

Enjoy!

This recipe is based off Minimalist Baker’s coconut whipped cream recipe. 
Featured image: epicurious

 

Drinks · Health & Wellness · Natural · Vegan

Healthy Strawberry Lemonade!

lemonade                                                                                                    Photo lifesambrosia

Today is the first day of Summer! To celebrate, here is a Strawberry Lemonade recipe that I’m sure you will love.

The original recipe idea is from the Green Princess Cookbook by Barbara Beery.
I highly recommend for you to check out her website and cookbooks.

I customized the recipe a little to make it more healthy and diabetic-friendly.

What you need:

-1/2 cup Truvia Sweetener *
-1 cup chopped strawberries
-2 strips lemon zest
-2 cups of water
-2 cups of fresh lemon juice
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
-2 cups water, chilled

What to do:

-place Truvia Sweetener, strawberries, lemon zest, and water in a half-gallon container with a lid.
– stir the ingredients until blended
-secure the lid and shake container a few times to continue mixing.
-let the strawberry mixture sit for about an hour
-pour the strawberry mixture through a strainer over a large pitcher.
-add the lemon juice, vanilla, and chilled water.
*Do a taste test to see if you need to add any more sweetener. 1 tbsp at a time. Dissolve in hot water before adding to the lemonade.
-stir and serve over ice.

That’s it!

This recipe worked perfectly for me. Let me know if you tried it! Any suggestions?

Enjoy!