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.
https://jazzedupveggies.com/2016/07/the-blues-are-1/

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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Eating well, nourishing your body with the best food possible, and taking a moment to savor what we consume is important every day. Yet, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season seems to knock us off track so easily. That drive through seems like a good idea when we are rushing from one shop to the other or heading to the airport to pick up family and friends; but we are not doing ourselves any favors by consuming junk food to save time. In fact, you might stave off hunger pains for a few minutes but you will surely replace those with other more unpleasant consequences that could really derail your holiday plans.

Good food to nourish your body can be found many places while you are dashing about. One of my favorite go-to while shopping restaurants is Lyfe Kitchen. Lyfe Kitchen is all about high quality, good for you, delicious and nutritious food. Their portion sizes are perfect too – just the right amount to satiate your hunger and give you the energy you need for the next several hours. Lyfe Kitchen is what I call a #Vegan Friendly restaurant. They have many wonderful choices for we vegans and those seeking a plant-based meal or snack to help power you through your day.

Squash Soup Lyfe KitchenMy quick lunch this week at Lyfe Kitchen was their seasonal soup: a delicious butternut squash that was so tasty and warmed me up immediately. I followed that with one of my favorites: a quinoa crunch wrap. HMMMMM! this wrap is awesome with quinoa tabouleh, crunchy veggies, avocado, and edamame hummus. If you like things “hot” it also comes with a spicy fireman’s hot sauce on the side. It is a little too hot for me but my husband loves it!

Some other tasty vegan dishes at Lyfe Kitchen include: Morning Veggie Wrap, Breakfast Berry Bowl, Sweet Corn Chowder (my husband’s favorite) made with cashew cream, Lyfe Veggie Burger, Kale & Avocado Salad (so yummy), Roasted Brussels & Squash, Ancient Grain Stir-Fry, and Thai Red Curry Bowl with Garlic-Lime Tofu. My favorite beverage is the Hibiscus Beet Lyfe Water. Talk about refreshing!  All their Lyfe Waters are vegan and gluten free, Woohoo! The coffee at Lyfe Kitchen is really smooth – no bitterness here.  You can order it with almond milk or soy milk or just have it black……it is that good! If you are looking for a quick smoothie to power you through the afternoon, Lyfe Kitchen has several excellent vegan choices. And last, but certainly not least, there is dessert. I love, love, love the Banana Coconut Budino or the Chocolate Budino. They are the right size to finish off your meal or for a mid-afternoon treat and taste so decadent you won’t believe they are also good for you.

Choose good, quick food over fast food – your body will thank you for it!


Lyfe Kitchen has 6 locations in California; including Culver City, Irvine, Palo Alto, Tarzana, West Hollywood and Santa Clarita. There are 2 locations in Colorado: Boulder and Lone Tree; and 2 locations in Texas: Plano and Dallas. There are 4 locations in Illinois: 3 in Chicago and 1 in Evanston. There is a location in New York City, NY; one in Memphis, TN; and one here at home in Henderson, Nevada.

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