Breakfast of Champions
by Michele Marie Jeppson
1 pound strawberries, sliced
1 cup blueberries
1 peach, diced
1 tablespoon whole chia seeds
1-2 teaspoons sweetener of choice (coconut sugar pictured)
Slice fruit and place in large bowl. Sprinkle with chia seeds and sweetener of choice, stir well and then divide into serving dishes. Enjoy fresh or store in the fridge for a quick energizing snack!
Learn more about Chia Seeds!
Thousand of years ago, chia seeds were a main staple of ancient Aztec and Mayan diets.
Chia seeds name is derived from the Mayan language, meaning “strength,” and Aztec warriors depended on chia seed to increase stamina and boost their energy. Fast forward to modern day times and chia seeds are touted by athletes as an endurance enhancing superfood.
The mild, nutty flavor combines well with both savory and sweet dishes. Chia seeds work great in smoothies, sprinkled on fruit and salads and mixed into drinks to help add a energizing twist!
Elaina Love with Pure Joy Planets suggested uses for Chia are as follows:
-Use as a nutrient-dense thickener in smoothies.
-Add to homemade salad dressing and cut back on oils.
-Use in dehydrated cookies, breads, and energy bars or in baked goods.
-Thickener & Egg Substitute: Use ground or whole
chia as a binder for your favorite recipes. 3 tablespoons = 1 egg. Soak in water for 5
minutes. Add to recipe. Or substitute equal amounts chia for flax seeds.
-Raw Porridge: Hand mix 1 part whole or ground Chia Seeds with 4 parts water or nut
mylk. Allow 5 minutes for Chia to fully absorb liquid. Add a sweetener and any
other desired ingredients. -Best kept refrigerated for longer shelf life.
What experts are saying:
“They just may be one of the healthiest things around.” – Dr. Oz from the Oprah show
”A healthful and interesting addition to my diet. My prediction? You will begin to see chia being added to more and more commercial products, such as prepared baby foods, nutrition bars, and baked goods.” – Dr. Weil, Nutrition expert
Pure Joy Planet is a great source to order high quality organic raw chia seeds shipped directly to your home!
Stomach Soothing Green Juice
by Michele Marie Jeppson
1/2 fresh pineapple
6 stalks celery
1/2 – 1 bunch fresh cilantro
1 1/2 lemons, juiced (peel if not organic)
1 inch fresh ginger
Directions: Rinse all fruits and vegetables, set aside. Peel lemons if not organic. Juice all fruits and vegetables through your juicer of choice. If you do not have a juicer you can blend as a smoothie and/or strain through a nut milk bag. I love to reserve the pulp from juicing to save for crackers and breads. You can place pulp in a bag/container to store in freezer until ready to use. I label the bag with a permanent marker so I know the date and taste of the pulp.
Ginger has been known for years to help soothe stomach aches, morning sickness and motion sickness. You can chew on fresh ginger or add it into your recipes to help settle your stomach!