Strawberry Lemon Chia Pudding (blended)

Yay! Another recipe for chia pudding that I know you will love…especially if you don’t prefer the tapioca pudding-texture of traditional chia pudding. This recipe is so easy, even my cat can make it! Just toss all ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until the chia seeds are broken down. 

The combination of lemon and strawberry makes for a refreshing summer breakfast or lunch while on the go. I like to mix mine with a scoop or two of full-fat cottage cheese (like Kalona SuperNatural Whole Milk Cottage Cheese) and top with a sprinkle of grain-free granola and unsweetened coconut flakes. 

You may also enjoy my other chia pudding recipes: Peanut Butter Banana Chia Pudding and Blueberry Vanilla Chia Pudding!

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Strawberry Lemon Chia Pudding (blended)
Another super easy recipe for chia pudding that I know you will love...especially if you don't prefer the tapioca pudding-texture of traditional chia pudding. The combination of lemon and strawberry makes for a refreshing summer breakfast or lunch while on the go! 4 Earthfoods per serving: ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Prep Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 4 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 oz. unsweetened vanilla plant-based milk
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced and stems removed
  • 1 small lemon, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup or raw honey
Prep Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 4 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 oz. unsweetened vanilla plant-based milk
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced and stems removed
  • 1 small lemon, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup or raw honey
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender or food processor and process until chia seeds are broken down and blended.
  2. Transfer contents to mason jar and secure with lid. Refrigerate for four hours or overnight. Top with nuts, seeds, or unsweetened coconut flakes.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per servingCalories: 210Total Fat: 7 g; Saturated Fat: 0 g; Sodium: 25 mg; Potassium: 475 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 31 g; Dietary fiber: 15 g; Net Carbohydrates: 16 grams;Sugar: 15 g (6 grams added sugar from maple syrup); Protein: 7 g

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Peanut Butter Banana Chia Pudding

I’m just getting started with chia pudding…so you’ll have to forgive my obnoxiousness over the next couple of weeks because it’s going to be nothing short of chia mania!

If you love the combo of peanut butter and banana, you will absolutely adore this variety. 

Each recipe makes two servings, or enough to fill one 12-ounce mason jar. I’ve been treating this like a dessert lately, scooping out a couple of tablespoons when I have a taste for something sweet (which is like every day). 

This really makes an incredible breakfast– totally blows yogurt out of the water. And you can make it dairy-free by using nut milk. The only sweetener I added was a teaspoon of raw honey, but the combination of cinnamon, pure vanilla, and banana sweetens it up plenty, so feel free to omit if you’d like. 

The fact that it packs 13 grams of fiber per serving means it will stay with you and won’t spike blood sugar. 

Like blueberry? Try my Blueberry Vanilla Chia Pudding recipe!

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Peanut Butter Banana Chia Pudding
If you love the combo of peanut butter and banana, you will absolutely adore this variety. The only sweetener I added was a teaspoon of raw honey, but the combination of cinnamon, pure vanilla, and banana sweetens it up plenty, so feel free to omit if you'd like. 3 Earthfoods per serving: ❤️❤️❤️
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened plant-based milk I like Elmhurst unsweetened nut milk
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. pure maple syrup or raw honey (optional)
  • 1/2 medium banana, ripe
  • 2 tbsp. natural peanut butter (oily kind works best) only ingredient should be peanuts (salt is ok too!)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. cacao nibs (optional) Navitas brand
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened plant-based milk I like Elmhurst unsweetened nut milk
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. pure maple syrup or raw honey (optional)
  • 1/2 medium banana, ripe
  • 2 tbsp. natural peanut butter (oily kind works best) only ingredient should be peanuts (salt is ok too!)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. cacao nibs (optional) Navitas brand
Instructions
  1. Combine chia seeds through vanilla in a mason jar and stir until combined.
  2. In a food processor, combine honey through cinnamon and process until combined. You could also mash the banana with a fork and mix the other ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. Stir the banana mixture into the chia mixture and mix well. Secure with mason jar lid and refrigerate for four hours or overnight. Top with cacao nibs if desired.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per servingCalories: 260Total Fat: 15 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Sodium: 145 mg; Potassium: 420 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 23 g; Dietary fiber: 13 g; Net Carbohydrates: 10 grams; Sugar: 7 g (5 grams added sugar from honey); Protein: 11 g

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Blueberry Vanilla Chia Pudding

A fantastic breakfast full of mood and brain-boosting omega-3 fats to start your day!

Personally, I’ve never been a big fan of yogurt. It’s one of those foods people believe is a healthy choice, meanwhile many varieties contain as much sugar as a Hershey’s bar (seriously). 

Chia pudding is a beautiful alternative to your morning yogurt parfait because YOU control what goes in it…not to mention that a serving packs an enormous amount of fiber (hello 11 grams!). 

More varieties are coming, but in this recipe I decided to keep it simple: just chia seeds, unsweetened nut milk, blueberries, pure vanilla, and a touch of honey. You could even leave the honey out if you’d like. 

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Blueberry Vanilla Chia Pudding
A fantastic breakfast full of mood and brain-boosting omega-3 fats to start your day! 2 Earthfoods per serving: ❤️❤️
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla plant-based milk almond, coconut, cashew, flax, hemp
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. pure maple syrup or raw honey (optional)
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries, mashed
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla plant-based milk almond, coconut, cashew, flax, hemp
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. pure maple syrup or raw honey (optional)
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries, mashed
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
Instructions
  1. Combine chia seeds through fresh blueberries in a mason jar and stir until combined.
  2. Add frozen blueberries and a couple tablespoons of water to a blender or mini food processor and blend until smooth (should look like a thin fruit puree). Stir into chia pudding, secure with mason jar lid and refrigerate for four hours or overnight.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per servingCalories: 170Total Fat: 7 g; Saturated Fat: 0 g; Sodium: 80 mg; Potassium: 150 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 21 g; Dietary fiber: 11 g; Net Carbohydrates: 10 grams; Sugar: 9 g (5 grams added sugar from honey); Protein: 6 g

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Un-bee-lievable Protein Bars

March 14th, 2019 | no comments

Like peanut butter fudge with a kick!

Made with either plant-based or bone broth-based vanilla protein powder, peanut butter, bee pollen and a handful of other simple ingredients, these bars store well in the freezer and can get quite soft if left out too long (i.e. you may need to eat it with a fork!). 

Bee pollen is one of nature’s most nourishing foods, housing nearly all nutrients required by humans to thrive. It’s rich in protein, folate, B-vitamins, minerals, and live enzymes.

You can buy bee pollen in either granule or ground form, but whatever you do, make sure it is 100% raw and free from pesticides and chemicals. Both Beekeeper’s Naturals (granules) and Bareorganics (ground) are trusted and reputable options. For this recipe I would recommend using ground bee pollen.

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Un-bee-lievable Protein Bars
Made with either plant-based or bone broth-based vanilla protein powder, peanut butter, nutrient-rich bee pollen and a handful of other simple ingredients, these bars store well in the freezer and can get quite soft if left out too long (i.e. you may need to eat it with a fork!). 2 Earthfoods per serving ♥♥
Course Bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
bars
Ingredients
  • 1 cup smooth or crunchy peanut or almond butter (only ingredient should be peanuts/almonds; salt is OK too)
  • 2/3 cup (or 2 packets) vanilla protein powder Vanilla Bone Broth Protein or Garden of Life Smooth Vanilla both work well
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tsp. ground bee pollen
  • 3 tbsp. almond flour
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened plant-based milk almond, coconut, cashew, flax, hemp all work well
Course Bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
bars
Ingredients
  • 1 cup smooth or crunchy peanut or almond butter (only ingredient should be peanuts/almonds; salt is OK too)
  • 2/3 cup (or 2 packets) vanilla protein powder Vanilla Bone Broth Protein or Garden of Life Smooth Vanilla both work well
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tsp. ground bee pollen
  • 3 tbsp. almond flour
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened plant-based milk almond, coconut, cashew, flax, hemp all work well
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until well combined. It should be thick and tough to mix. If too runny, add a little more protein powder or almond flour. If too thick (can't mix at all), add a splash more milk.
  2. Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap. Using clean hands, press mixture into a large rectangle shape. Freeze for one hour then cut into 8 bars. Wrap each bar individually in plastic wrap and store in a freezer bag in the freezer. Bars soften at room temperature. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per servingCalories: 230Total Fat: 18 g; Saturated Fat: 2 g; Sodium: 150 mg; Potassium: 300 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 7 g; Dietary fiber: 4 g; Net Carbohydrates: 3 grams;  Sugar: 1 g (0 grams added sugar); Protein: 14 g

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Earthy Turkey Chia Chili (crockpot)

November 21st, 2018 | no comments

This recipe is just brimming with Earthfoods! And because it’s chili, you can hide just about anything in there and no one will ever know.

Although I wish I would’ve thought of it, I must confess, chia in chili is not my idea. This brilliant use of chia seeds came from a woman who attended one of my presentations a few months ago. And she was right…you don’t even know those little stinkers are in there! To learn more about the benefits of chia seeds, click HERE

Also adding to the “earthiness” of this recipe are spices (including turmeric…BONUS!), beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions! 

Just be sure your tomato sauce contains no sugar in the ingredient list. You’d be surprised how some brands sneak it in. The same goes for the canned tomatoes.

Enjoy a bowl of Earthy Turkey Chia Chili with a side of Paleo Cornbread Muffins and you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Full belly? Oh yeah! 

 

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Earthy Turkey Chia Chili (crockpot)
This recipe is just brimming with Earthfoods! And because it's chili, you can hide just about anything in there and no one will ever know. 3 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground turkey I like Plainville Farms
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 sweet bell peppers, finely diced
  • 2 15 oz. cans tomato sauce (no added sugar)
  • 2 15 oz. cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can dark red kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 15 oz. can pinto beans, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese, plain, whole milk Greek or Icelandic yogurt, green onions, sliced olives
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground turkey I like Plainville Farms
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 sweet bell peppers, finely diced
  • 2 15 oz. cans tomato sauce (no added sugar)
  • 2 15 oz. cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can dark red kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 15 oz. can pinto beans, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese, plain, whole milk Greek or Icelandic yogurt, green onions, sliced olives
Instructions
  1. Brown turkey, onions and peppers in a large skillet with extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Place in the bottom of crockpot and layer with tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, beans, chia seeds, and spices. Stir well.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours. Stir occasionally. Serve with toppings of choice.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 7 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Sodium: 750 mg; Potassium: 745 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 31 g; Dietary fiber: 11 g; Net Carbohydrates: 20 grams; Sugar: 6 g (0 grams added sugar); Protein: 15 g

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Blueberry Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins

May 24th, 2018 | no comments

I love blueberry muffins, but I don’t like what they do to my blood sugar. I adapted a recipe I found online by cutting the amount of honey in half and adding psyllium husk powder to increase the fiber content and lower the glycemic response (the effect that a food/meal has on blood sugar after it’s eaten) of the final product. As a result, these muffins are NOT sweet, but I think you will find the coconut flour offers a pleasant natural sweetness on its own. 

Blueberry Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins taste amazing with a dab of butter or fresh ground peanut or almond butter. 

The best part about these muffins is they are diabetic-friendly, with 8 grams of fiber, loads of good healthy fat, 6 grams of protein and only 10 grams of net carbohydrates.

They are also gluten, dairy, and grain free! If I am going to enjoy a Blueberry Cinnamon Breakfast Muffin for breakfast, I usually smear it with a teaspoon or two of Kerrygold grass-fed butter and pair it with a hard-boiled egg. Enjoy! ♥ 

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Blueberry Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins
Whip up a batch of these amazing muffins and store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days or freezer for up to a month (but I doubt they will last that long!). Spread with grass-fed butter or fresh ground almond butter and pair it with a hard boiled egg...breakfast is served! This recipe is free of gluten, dairy, and grains. 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 1 cup organic coconut flour Nutiva brand
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tbsp. psyllium husk powder I use NOW brand psyllium husk powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 10 oz. unsweetened coconut milk
  • 6 organic free-range eggs
  • 1/4 cup organic virgin coconut oil
  • 4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen organic blueberries
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 1 cup organic coconut flour Nutiva brand
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tbsp. psyllium husk powder I use NOW brand psyllium husk powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 10 oz. unsweetened coconut milk
  • 6 organic free-range eggs
  • 1/4 cup organic virgin coconut oil
  • 4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen organic blueberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift the coconut flour, salt, baking soda, psyllium husk powder and cinnamon in a bowl.
  2. In a blender or bowl mix the honey, milk, eggs, coconut oil and vanilla. Add the chia seeds and blend on low. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with dry ingredients and mix well. Fold in the blueberries to mixture at the very end, and gently stir together.
  4. Spoon the batter into greased cupcake sleeves or tins and bake at 350 for 25 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through.
  5. Cool on rack and serve.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts: Calories: 180Total Fat: 11 g; Saturated Fat: 8 g; Sodium: 260 mg; Potassium: 85 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 18 g; Dietary fiber: 8 g; Net Carbohydrates: 10 grams; Sugar:  9 g (6 grams of added sugar from the honey); Protein: 6 g

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Craving-Crusher Water

April 19th, 2018 | no comments

Sip on this tonic throughout the day and you’ll be one step ahead of your cravings!

A combination of three key sugar-busting ingredients—fiber (in the form of chia seeds or Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Organic Fiber), lemon, and L-Glutamine powder—Craving-Crusher Water is pleasant to the taste buds and will help you meet your daily water quota!

L-Glutamine is a powerful multitasker, ideal for:

  • Fighting cravings, especially for sugar and alcohol
  • Burning fat and building muscle
  • Protection from digestive issues like ulcers and leaky gut
  • Strengthening your immune system
  • Detoxifying your body on a cellular level
  • Balancing blood sugar

If you don’t appreciate the texture of hydrated chia seeds, then simply replace it with the fiber powder. 

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Craving-Crusher Water
Sip on this tonic throughout the day and you'll be one step ahead of your cravings! 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥ (if using chia seeds)
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 whole lemon or lime Including juice and zest
  • 32 ounces water
  • 1 tsp. L-Glutamine Powder NOW Brand of L-Glutamine
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds or 2 tsp. Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Organic Fiber
  • 1/2 thinly sliced lemon
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 whole lemon or lime Including juice and zest
  • 32 ounces water
  • 1 tsp. L-Glutamine Powder NOW Brand of L-Glutamine
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds or 2 tsp. Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Organic Fiber
  • 1/2 thinly sliced lemon
Instructions
  1. In a pitcher, stir together the lemon zest, lemon juice, and water. Add glutamine powder and chia seeds (or fiber) and combine well. Stir in lemon slices and serve!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (calculated using chia seeds): Calories: 70Total Fat: 3 g; Saturated Fat: 0 g; Sodium: 0 mg; Potassium: 120 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 9 g; Dietary fiber: 5 g; Net Carbohydrates: 4 grams; Sugar: 1 g; Protein: 3 g

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Earthfood Energy Bars

February 5th, 2018 | no comments

Other than a select handful of bars (like the Elemental Superfood Seed Bars!), most of the so called “nutrition” bars on the market are nothing more than big fat sugar bombs disguised as health food. I find it to be much healthier (not to mention more cost-effective) to make my own. This recipe is as simple as it gets! With five Earthfood servings per bar, I found it most appropriate to call them Earthfood Energy Bars!

Point blank, these bars make me happy! Not because they are tasty and filling (which they ARE!)…but due to the addition of a secret ingredient used by the Inca warriors for endurance. The addition of maca powder places this bar in a league of its own. Maca–also known as Peruvian ginseng– is part of a group of plants called “adaptogens”, which means that it can help your body fight fatigue and cope with every day stress in a more peaceful way.

Earthfood Energy Bars are loaded with nuts and seeds…and then more nuts and seeds! Pure maple syrup is the sweetener…but don’t worry, it works out to be just a smidgen over one teaspoon per bar.

I just know you will fall in love with these bars. ♥

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Earthfood Energy Bars
A raw, no-bake bar full of good healthy fat and protein! The extra special ingredient is maca powder. Maca, a root vegetable native to Peru, is considered an adaptogen, which means that it helps the body adapt to stress. If you can't find maca powder or would rather leave it out, just replace it with two extra tablespoons of ground flaxseed! Earthfood Energy Bars store well in the freezer...so go ahead and double the batch! 3 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥
Course Bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup milled flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. cacao nibs
  • 2 tbsp. maca powder I like the Navitas brand
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh ground almond butter
Course Bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup milled flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. cacao nibs
  • 2 tbsp. maca powder I like the Navitas brand
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh ground almond butter
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, grind the almonds until coarse. Add to a bowl with the sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, pepitas, chia seeds, cacao nibs, maca powder, and salt.
  2. In a small bowl, combine maple syrup, coconut oil, and fresh ground almond butter. Mix until well combined and add it to the bowl with the dry ingredients.
  3. Tear a sheet of parchment paper slightly bigger than an 8X8 pan. Line an 8X8 pan with the paper and add the mixture, spreading evenly to cover the pan. Pack down tight with your hands, then place in refrigerator for one hour to set. Slice into squares and store in airtight container in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts: Calories: 195Total Fat: 15 g; Saturated Fat: 5 g; Sodium: 75 mg; Potassium: 160 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 12 g; Dietary fiber: 5 g; Sugar: 4 g; Protein:6 g
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Chocolate Peanut Butter “Pudding”

January 28th, 2018 | no comments

The beauty of this recipe? It can be eaten as a sweet treat or wholesome breakfast! And guess what? It’s dairy-free. The sneaky ingredient is avocado- which lends a beautiful creamy texture…just like traditional pudding!

With five Earthfoods per serving, it offers healthy fat and fiber, (from the avocados, chia seeds and fresh ground peanut butter) and a rich, natural chocolate flavor from the raw cacao powder.

It’s naturally sweetened with a mere 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup and ripe banana. You can omit the chia seeds If you don’t care for the texture…but just remember, you’ll be missing out on the omega-3 fatty acids!

Want it a little sweeter? Add another tablespoon of pure maple syrup or raw honey. Don’t like banana? Leave it out!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter "Pudding"
This deliciously decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter "Pudding" is the perfect sweet treat OR nutritionally-balanced breakfast. The secret ingredient is avocado, which gives the pudding its thick and creamy texture. It offers healthy fat and fiber, (from the avocados, chia seeds and fresh ground peanut butter) and a rich, natural chocolate flavor from the raw cacao powder. 5 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥♥♥
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 small avocados, ripe, peeled and seeded
  • 1 large banana, ripe
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder Navitas brand
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk Or other unsweetened nut milk of your choice
  • 1/2 cup fresh ground peanut butter The only ingredient should be peanuts (salt is OK too)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, raw honey or coconut nectar
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. fresh ground peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. chopped peanuts
  • 1/2 large banana, sliced into thin coins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 small avocados, ripe, peeled and seeded
  • 1 large banana, ripe
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder Navitas brand
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk Or other unsweetened nut milk of your choice
  • 1/2 cup fresh ground peanut butter The only ingredient should be peanuts (salt is OK too)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, raw honey or coconut nectar
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. fresh ground peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. chopped peanuts
  • 1/2 large banana, sliced into thin coins
Instructions
  1. To a food processor or blender, add avocados through chia seeds and process until smooth.
  2. Portion into dessert cups and top each with one tablespoon of peanut butter, one tablespoon of chopped peanuts and two banana coins.
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Mel’s Feel-Good Shake

November 25th, 2017 | no comments

Shakes are one of the easiest ways to get a ton of nutrition (and I mean a TON) in the least amount of time. I’m in love with them because they give me the opportunity to incorporate powerful foods that I wouldn’t be otherwise eating on a daily basis (like fresh ginger and turmeric root).

I’ve experimented with many shake concoctions over the years, and one thing that remains consistent is I’ve always included three nutrient “blocks” in each recipe:

  1. Fiber-rich “Earthfoods”: berries, kale, spinach, red cabbage, fresh turmeric, fresh ginger.
  2. Earthfood-based fat: avocado, fresh ground almond butter, fresh ground peanut butter, walnuts, MCT oil, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds.
  3. Healthy protein: unsweetened plant-based protein powder, Bone Broth Protein Powder, or Bone Broth Collagen Powder.

This combination of fiber, fat, and protein offers the perfect blend of nutrients to:

  • Satisfy my hunger
  • Keep my blood sugar stable
  • Keep my brain sharp and focused
  • Fill me with tons of energy!

This Feel-Good Shake is one of my favorite go to recipes. It satisfies me to the core and, as the name suggests, really makes me feel good! I use only about a 1/2 cup of frozen wild blueberries to sweeten my smoothie, which means it isn’t very sweet at all! This is by design.

But I didn’t start out this way.

I used to add more fruit and a stevia-based protein powder to my shakes, which gave it an ultra-sweet taste. The problem was, I found myself getting hungry about an hour after I drank it. At first I thought I was losing my mind! How could I possibly be hungry? But then I learned that sweetness, whether from sugar, stevia, or artificial sweeteners, enhances the appetite and motivation to eat. Also, because they are hundreds of times sweeter than regular white table sugar, these zero-calorie sweeteners encourage sugar cravings and sugar dependence. Because of this, I very gradually traded my stevia-based protein powder for unsweetened Bone Broth Protein Powder and Bone Broth Collagen Powder, and also decreased the amount of fruit.

It took quite some time before my taste buds adapted to prefer less sweet and quite honestly, I never thought I would see the day! Now when I accidentally eat or drink something with stevia, it tastes unpleasantly sweet. My taste buds have actually reset themselves! 

If my Feel-Good Shake isn’t sweet enough for you, feel free to add one teaspoon of raw honey, pure maple syrup or coconut nectar, or one pitted date.

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Mel's Feel-Good Shake
This is one of my favorite go to shake recipes. It satisfies me to the core and really makes me feel good! I use only about a 1/2 cup of frozen wild blueberries, which means it isn't very sweet at all. Feel free to add one teaspoon of raw honey, pure maple syrup or coconut nectar, or one pitted date if you prefer a little more sweetness. I hope you enjoy the energizing benefits of this shake as much as I do! PS: One serving of this smoothie contains 17 grams of fiber! Not bad considering the minimum daily recommendation for dietary fiber is 25 grams. 🙂
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 16 oz. Unsweetened nut milk Try unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, flax milk, or macadamia nut milk! Check the food label to be sure there is no added sugar or artificial sweeteners in the ingredient list!
  • 1/2-1 scoop Pure Bone Broth Protein Powder or Bone Broth Collagen Powder
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder Navitas brand
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 handful fresh organic kale
  • 1 handful sliced red cabbage
  • 1/4 large avocado Or 1/2 of a small avocado
  • 1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
  • 2 thin slices fresh turmeric root
  • 2 thin slices fresh ginger root
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 16 oz. Unsweetened nut milk Try unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, flax milk, or macadamia nut milk! Check the food label to be sure there is no added sugar or artificial sweeteners in the ingredient list!
  • 1/2-1 scoop Pure Bone Broth Protein Powder or Bone Broth Collagen Powder
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder Navitas brand
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 handful fresh organic kale
  • 1 handful sliced red cabbage
  • 1/4 large avocado Or 1/2 of a small avocado
  • 1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
  • 2 thin slices fresh turmeric root
  • 2 thin slices fresh ginger root
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a high-power blender and blend until smooth- about 30 seconds.
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