The “Blues” are #1

Blueberry Chia Pudding

Blueberry Chia Pudding

Chia seeds are a superfood and can be added to a variety of foods for increased nutrition. They make a wonderful pudding that can be enjoyed anytime of the day - even (especially) breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups freshly made almond milk
  • 1/3 cup organic chia seeds
  • 1 Tsp organic pure vanilla
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries

Instructions

  1. Combine almond milk, chia seeds and vanilla in bowl. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  2. Stir several times while chilling to ensure pudding is well blended.
  3. When ready to serve layer pudding with fresh fruit in a pretty parfait or wine glass.
  4. Enjoy.
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Blue is the rarest of colors in the comestible world. Bet that is a little tidbit of information you’ve never given much thought to, am I right? Go on, try and name more than one or two blue-colored foods! While this is a tough challenge, chances are good almost everyone came up with a little blue fruit called a blueberry.  Native to North America, blueberries are the second most popular berry (next only to strawberries) contributing to their expected 2016 commercial cultivation reaching 750 million pounds on this continent and 1.4 billion pounds worldwide. While available year round blueberries are at the peak of perfection right now, so enjoy them.

I can remember when I was a little girl, I spent hours gathering wild blueberries on the hill behind my grandmother’s home in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.  I ate most of the berries I picked, despite having a basket to bring berries back to the house for everyone to share, and didn’t mind in the least being scolded for it.  I was pretty sure then, (and now) that God must have created blueberries just for me.

They may be small, but blueberries pack a lot of nutrition into their tiny packages. Blueberries are #1 in antioxidant capacity among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings.  The antioxidants in blueberries support our whole body and have particularly awesome benefits for our cognitive health and blood sugar management.

Blueberries are definitely a food you should buy organic.  The pesticides used in conventional agriculture today are particularly problematic for foods like blueberries.  For more information on The Dirty Dozen – Foods You Should Buy Organic, check out the Environmental Working Groups website by clicking here.  To get the most nutritional benefit from blueberries consume them in their raw state. They are perfect to take to work or school, make a great mid-day snack, are delicious on top of your favorite non-dairy yogurt or ice cream, and are a quick and easy addition to your morning cereal.  Here is one of my favorite ways to enjoy blueberries!

Blueberry Chia Pudding

Blueberry Chia Pudding

Chia seeds are a superfood and can be added to a variety of foods for increased nutrition. They make a wonderful pudding that can be enjoyed anytime of the day - even (especially) breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups freshly made almond milk
  • 1/3 cup organic chia seeds
  • 1 Tsp organic pure vanilla
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries

Instructions

  1. Combine almond milk, chia seeds and vanilla in bowl. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  2. Stir several times while chilling to ensure pudding is well blended.
  3. When ready to serve layer pudding with fresh fruit in a pretty parfait or wine glass.
  4. Enjoy.
https://jazzedupveggies.com/2016/07/the-blues-are-1/

Check out the incredible nutritional benefits of chia seeds in my blog “Pudding for Breakfast”.


Nutrition Facts – 1 Cup Raw Blueberries (84 Calories)

Vitamin K 28.5 mcg 32% DRI
Manganese .50 25% DRI
Vitamin C 14.36 mg 19% DRI
Fiber 14% DRI
Copper 9% DRI


 

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Why I Love Homemade Soy Milk and You Should Too!

Making Soy Milk

There are several great reasons to love homemade soy milk, or any nut or seed milk for that matter. It is delicious, nutritious, so easy to prepare and very budget friendly. There are so many combinations and variations to enjoy, you can please the whole family’s palette with ease.  My favorite thing about making my own nut or seed milk is I have total control over the quality of ingredients. While I have enjoyed the commercial versions of non-dairy milks, and will likely find the need to buy them again when in a pinch; I believe it is very important to be able to keep ingredients to a minimum and make sure I control the quantities of sugar and salt used in our foods.

The milk we make at home is literally prepared the same day we want to consume it.  Talk about fresh, right? Maybe today we feel like cashew milk or I might want to brew up some almond milk to add to a soup. I love soy milk in my coffee so that is a staple around here. Whatever you like, you can make it quickly and for much less than you would spend on commercially prepared products.  Remember, commercially available nut and seed milks are available for convenience; but they do cost considerably more than homemade milks. It is also critically important to read labels and look for the Non-GMO certification on the packaging. Not all commercially available products are created equally. Some contain considerably more sugar than you may want your family to consume.  I live by the credo “Less Is More”.

Watch how easy it is to make homemade soy milk!

The Art of Making Soy Milk from Berry Creative on Vimeo.

See, making homemade nut and seed milk is super easy and clean up is a breeze.  The tools needed are minimal too.  We love our Soyajoy G4 automatic soy milk maker. It is a great value and simple enough for anyone to use.  We don’t receive any compensation for recommending the Soyajoy G4 – we just feel it is an excellent product and believe sharing that information is of value to our readers. Feel free, however, to let them know we sent you.

We buy our non-gmo soybeans from the Chambers Family Farm. Again, we are recommending because we use their products ourselves and know they are of the highest quality.  You will love these soybeans and will be showing support for this family farm.  Awesome!

Nuts such as organic cashews and organic almonds can be expensive in local grocery stores and are typically only available in small packages. Bulk sections often don’t have organic options!  We purchase bulk supplies of these nuts and seeds from Food To Live. Domestic shipping is free and the quality of the products is excellent.

I hope you will try making homemade nut and seed milks. I know you will love the taste! You will also be consuming the best quality, controlling sugar and salt, and saving money.  What’s not to love!!!! Please share your experience with us.

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