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.
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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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A Vegan Muffin By Any Other Name Would Taste as Good!

Vegan Blueberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

These muffins are beyond delicious! They are lovingly made with the most nutritious ingredients available so guilt or avoidance is definitely not necessary. Store-bought muffins, on the other hand, come with a lot of baggage (i.e) lots of refined sugar and preservatives to keep them “fresh” while on the shelves. You know you’re in trouble when you can’t pronounce the majority of the ingredients, right? Baking muffins at home allows you to control the ingredients, to have some fun experimenting with flavors and textures, and ties in beautifully with our Make Nutrition a Family Affair initiative. Muffins are so easy to make even small children can lend a hand; and they are so quick to prepare it won’t be long before you can devour them together.

My recent batch of Vegan Blueberry Chocolate Chip Muffins, pictured above, were so good they were gone in less than 24 hours.  One of my friends who’d stopped by for a visit asked if she could take a few home. Of course I obliged! Muffins are easily portable in lunch bags, make a great morning or afternoon snack, pair well with a luncheon salad, and are perfect to take to the sports park or for an after-exercise boost.  So give this recipe a try. I can assure you the myths that vegan muffins have no flavor, have texture like wood chips, and need a herbalist to decipher the recipe will all be put to rest with the first bite.

Vegan Blueberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 12

Serving Size: 1 muffin

Vegan Blueberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Size matters with muffins, or any sweets for that matter, so bigger is not better here. While the ingredients used are individually healthy, eating sweet foods should only be enjoyed in moderation. For added nutrition add chopped organic almonds or walnuts. You can also substitute any nut milk for the almond milk.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp chia seeds mixed with 6 tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 cups organic spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup organic whole ground flaxseed meal
  • 3 tsp baking powder (I prefer Bob's Red Mill no added aluminum)
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp organic white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup melted organic coconut oil
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup vegan dark chocolate baking chips

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift together dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Add all wet ingredients (chia seeds, almond milk, vinegar, coconut oil, blueberries) to dry ingredients until blended. Be careful not to over mix.
  4. Add vegan chocolate chips and combine with as few strokes as possible.
  5. Drop mixture into prepared muffin tins (grease sparingly with vegan butter or use muffin cups). Fill only to just below top of muffin tin.
  6. Bake for approximately 25 minutes. If your muffins are bigger they will need more time.
  7. Remove tin from oven to cooling rack.
  8. After 10 minutes, loosen muffins with knife or spatula. Allow to cool.

Notes

If you choose to use a stand mixer to prepare this batter, keep the setting on low to ensure the batter is "just mixed". Over mixing will make the muffins dense. Remember the chocolate will be quite hot when the muffins come out of the oven, so make sure little fingers and mouths are patient before eating.

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Please let me know how you like this muffin recipe. Got some ideas on variations? Please share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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