Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Simple. Creamy. Naturally Sweetened. & Perfect for breakfast, a snack, or a dessert. 
Chia seed pudding is a mini powerhouse of calcium, antioxidants and omega-3’s. + I’m a big fan of anything that I can pop into the fridge & have breakfast waiting for me in the morning! (ahem, 0vernight 0ats)
I’ve avoided making + eating Chia Pudding for as long as I can remember. I was always so unsure of what the texture would be like + what it would taste like, but after some research, I decided to take the plunge & I’m so glad that I did.
We’ve been hearing for what seems like years, how great Chia seeds are. Just last year, I shared their many benefits. Sprinkle them on top of salads, sandwiches, blend them into smoothies or use them as an egg replacement… the possibilities seem endless.
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Turkey Day

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I still can’t believe that the holiday season is upon us. I have been totally counting down the days until Thanksgiving… It’s so close I can taste it (especially with the acorn squash recipe below)! How fortunate are we to have a day dedicated to spending time with family and friends, eating, watching football and just being thankful for all that we have!? As you prepare your menu for Thanksgiving Day, consider incorporating some of the health(ier) recipes below!
Take a second to look around and realize how amazing this life is. I encourage each of you to grab a friend or a relative and spend some time giving back to your community this holiday season. Donate your time, a hug or a meal to someone in need because sometimes the impact that you can have on an individual can mean the world to them. Lets spread positive vibes this holiday season!
I am currently taking part in Lauren Gleisberg’s #LGfitmas challenge, which is comprised of daily workout challenges posted to her blog + a huge accountability base on Instagram + occasional recipes, and more! Fortunately, it just started today so it’s not too late for you to get on board! The holidays often times present a number of challenges with holiday parties, treats and more but I am looking forward to mixing up my routine with this challenge and holding myself accountable. PSA: Lauren offers variations so you can do the exercises at home, no excuses!
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Homemade Coffee Body Scrub

My love for coffee does not discriminate… I like it hot, cold, in the morning or the middle of the day, on my body, you name it. Take a little time this Labor Day weekend to pamper yourself with this homemade coffee body scrub recipe that will leave your skin feeling baby soft!
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Cha-Cha-Cha-Chia!

No, not the silly childhood toy that was commonly advertised on TV, chia pets, but chia seeds!
Chia seeds are very versatile and provide a number of benefits if added to your daily diet!
Chia seeds come from a flowering plant that is native to Mexico and Guatemala. In ancient times, the Aztecs, Incans and Mayans used it for medicinal purposes, mostly as a major source of energy!
They provide two times more protein than most grains and five times more calcium than milk. The calcium and phosphorous in chia helps to maintain strong teeth and bones. It also has high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, soluble fiber, potassium and antioxidants. A one-ounce serving of chia has nearly 11 grams of fiber, which is about a third of the recommended daily intake for adults and important for digestive health.
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Black Soybean Tofu Lettuce Wraps

Last night for dinner, I had a bunch of veggies to use up so what better to make than a stir-fry?

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I decided to cut up zucchini, carrots and onions along with black soybean tofu. I am a huge fan of tofu because one of the healthiest foods!
Tofu, a staple in many Asian dishes, originated in China and is made from soya. It is made in a very similar way to traditional dairy cheese in that soya milk is curdled; the remaining liquid (which is whey) is pressed then cooled into tofu!
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Guiltless Banana Ice Cream

I have the biggest sweet tooth sometimes, especially for anything chocolate. But I have found a yummy alternative to everyone’s favorite, ice cream! Frozen bananas provide an extremely easy, cheap and healthy alternative to any of your favorite flavors of ice cream.
 You can add any flavors or toppings to satisfy your sweet tooth!
 Guiltless Banana Ice Cream
Serves: 1

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