Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding

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I have been seeing “Chia Pudding” popping up all over the place recently.  I have not had much of a desire to try the concoction until a great friend of mine recently sent me a recipe for a tropical chia pudding.  In honor of her I wanted to come up with a new and different recipe to add to her arsenal.

First of all, lets go into what “Chia Pudding” consists of.  Chia seeds are a small round seed that have been touted all over the place as a new superfood.  The truth of the matter is that Chia has been a superfood for a very very long time. The Aztecs and the Mayans used the chia plant as an energy booster.  Chia is rich in antioxidants and omega 3s!  There have been studies regarding the seeds ability to act as an appetite suppressant, however, these studies are inconclusive and let’s be honest, there is no magical weight loss pill or fix just good nutrition and a lot of moving that body!  Regardless, chia is nutritious and a good addition to your arsenal and this recipe is the perfect way to begin incorporating it into your diet.

It is no secret that I love chocolate.  Raw cacao is one of the most antioxidant rich foods you can find! Check out my recipe for health chocolate for more information on the benefits of raw cacao.  So, when coming up with a recipe for chia pudding I decided my best bet was to combine these two antioxidant powerhouses into  a chocolate coconut chia pudding that will absolutely knock your socks off.

The trick to chia pudding is to make it the night before and leave it in the fridge in a sealed container (I use a mason jar) overnight.  Chia seeds posses the ability to absorb almost 10x the liquid of their original size! When left in liquid overnight the liquid takes on a gelatinous consistency similar to a pudding that is delightful.

What you will need:
2 Tbs Chia Seeds.
2 Tbs Raw Cacao.
1/4 Tsp Cinnamon.
1 1/2 Cups Unsweetened Coconut Milk (or Almond Mik).
Stevia or Honey to taste.
Sprinkle of unsweetened coconut flakes.

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a mason jar and seal the lid on the jar tightly. Shake shake shake until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Place in the fridge and wait ten minutes, shake the jar again to avoid any clumping of the chia seeds. Leave in the fridge overnight and wake up to an amazing surprise!

I topped my chia pudding with a sprinkle of coconut flakes but you can top yours with just about anything (banana slices also sounds yummy to me)
This will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days and the recipe technically makes 2 servings but… I typically eat the whole thing.

Spicy Mango Madness Smoothie

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I use a blentec blender for all of my smoothies (quite a few people have been asking that question lately) but any blender will work to make this delightfully tangy and slightly spicy smoothie. This would also make a great juice if you would like to break out the juicer!

The below recipe makes about 2 servings. I usually eat one serving in the morning and place the other serving in an airtight container until later that day when I am ready to enjoy my second serving and I throw it back in the blender with about 6-8 ice cubes and voila! Just be sure to consume your smoothie mix within 8-12 hours after you make it that morning.

Many of you have been asking about jalapenos and if this smoothie is extremely spicy. You will only notice a slight kick of spice, but if you are sensitive to spicy foods, maybe start with 1/2 jalapeno and add more to your liking. Jalapenos fight headaches, relieves congestion, soothes your digestive system, acts as a thermogenic for weight loss, along with many other health benefits! (Source)

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RECIPE:

  • 2 lemons, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Lime, peeled and sliced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1/2 lime
  • 1 jalapeno pepper sliced (I use the seeds as well)
  • 2 Kiwi fruits quartered (leave the skins on! they are so good for you!!)
  • 1 cup frozen/fresh chopped mango
  • 1 cup frozen/fresh chopped pineapple
  • 2 handfuls kale
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1 cup water or green tea (any liquid will do)
  • Stevia to taste

1. Place your liquid in your blender followed by all of your greens, the lemons, limes, zest, and jalapeno.

2. Blend until completely smooth (the last thing you want is a chunk of unblended jalapeno!)

3. Add all remaining ingredients and blend until smooth, add ice cubes if necessary to achieve your desired consistency . ENJOY!!

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XOXOX- Reverent Lion

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Booty Workout

Here is a mini-series booty workout to add on to whatever workout you have planned for the day. Do this entire series 4 times all the way through.

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1.) 25 donkey kicks, each leg (25 right leg, 25 left leg)

2.) 25 donkey kick pulses, each leg.  Do not lower your leg all the way back to start, keep it at 90 degrees and pulse up as if you are trying to kick the ceiling.

 

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3.) 25 straight leg lower-lifts, each leg.

4.) 25 straight leg pulses, each leg — lift that leg higher!

 

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5.) 25 side donkey lifts, each leg

 

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6.) 25 side straight-leg lower lifts, each leg.

7.) 25 side straight-leg lower lift pulses, each leg — lift that leg higher!

NOW REPEAT THREE MORE TIMES!

Zippy Morning Energy Green Smoothie

Good morning my beautiful reverent lions! I woke up today with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude and just a zippy attitude.  So, in accordance with my mood, I came up with an awesome recipe for a tangy, spicy, energy packed, antioxidant packed green smoothie to get you going today.

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2 Lemons peeled and quartered

Zest from 1 Lemon

1/4 cup fresh ginger peeled and roughly diced

1 cup frozen organic blueberries

1/2 Green apple sliced

3 handfuls of arugula

1 Tbs matcha green tea dissolved in 1/2 cup of water

Stevia to taste

Place the matcha green tea in the blender followed by the remaining ingredients (it’s helpful to have the liquid on the bottom).  Blend until nice and smooth.  Add a few ice cubes if the texture seems too liquified for your liking. ENJOY!!

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XOXO – Alyssa