Vegan Chocolate Fruit Wraps

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OK, where do I begin?

Do I tell you about how I was driving home and all of a sudden this idea hit me like crazy and I had to go to store immediately?

Wait, I just did.

These wraps need no particular introduction. They can be your breakfast, snack, or lunch. Heck, even dinner. They are rich and nutritious and I can tell you right now that one of them will do it. You’ll be satisfied. Fully.

So what’s in them? Well, let me tell you.

– Organic wraps

– Homemade chocolate almond butter (YEEAAHHH)

– Bananas

– Strawberries

– You’re welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ingredients
  1. 5 organic wraps
  2. 1 cup almond butter
  3. 1/2 cup chocolate (I made mine with coconut oil, cacao powder and maple syrup)
  4. (or use store bought chocolate almond butter)
  5. ~ 1 banana
  6. ~ 5-8 strawberries
Instructions
  1. Mix almond butter with chocolate, or use store bought chocolate almond butter.
  2. Spread over each wrap.
  3. Place a couple of pieces of strawberries and bananas at one side of wrap and roll.
  4. Cut in half.
  5. Keep in the fridge.
  6. ENJOY WITH LOVED ONES.

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Red White Blue Chia Pudding

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I finally got around to posting chia pudding. I know, it’s sad because it’s one of the easiest things to make. One of the reasons I hesitated until now is because I didn’t just want to post a plain simple chia pudding, not that there’s anything wrong with that. This weekend I thought about 4th of July, the Independence Day in the US and it hit me – red, white and blue! So here it is, with the blue layer not so blue ๐Ÿ˜€

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For those of you who’ve never had chia – why should you eat it?

– antioxidants

– plethora of vitamins

– fiber – ย most of the carbs in them are pure fiber

– high quality protein

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So how do you make it? Chia seeds are bland so it’s easy to add them to many different dishes and drinks so they boost nutritional value. When it comes to pudding, I feel like you have to be a bit creative in terms of adding flavor. For this pudding, I did blueberries with a bit of Organic Burst Spirulina powder (for color and nutritional boost), which you all know I love ๐Ÿ™‚ The middle layer is simply almond milk and vanilla extract and on top are pretty strawberries.

As always, I encourage you to make it your own in terms of flavor. I don’t like things too sweet so taste the mixtures before you add chia to make sure you’ll like them.

Bottom layer
  1. 2 cups of water
  2. 1 cup of blueberries
  3. 1 banana
  4. 3/4 cup chia
  5. 1 tbsp vanilla extract – optional
  6. 1 tsp spirulina powder – optional
Middle layer
  1. 2 cups almond milk, unsweetened
  2. 1 tbsp vanilla extract (add more if not sweet enough for you)
  3. 3/4 cup chia
  4. Strawberries, or any other fruit for topping
Instructions
  1. Blend water, blueberries, banana and optional ingredients, if using, in a high speed blender.
  2. Pour into a bowl and add chia seeds.
  3. Stir until all combined. Scoop out with a ladle and pour into cups/mugs.
  4. Let sit until it thickens, about 15 minutes. In the meantime, prepare middle layer.
  5. Mix almond milk and vanilla extract – I blended it in a blender so that it’d foam up, just for fun.
  6. Pour into a bowl and add chia seeds.
  7. Stir until all combined.
  8. Make sure the bottom layer is solid before pouring the middle layer with a ladle.
  9. Let sit until hardens again.
  10. Decorate with desired fruits or sprinkles!
  11. Enjoy with loved ones.

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Yummy Green Smoothie + Simple Guide to Smoothies

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Good afternoon everyone! Or morning. Or night, or whatever time it is when you’re reading this.

I finally made myself post a recipe of a smoothie. I think the reason I haven’t published anything is that it seems so simple and yet, I remember the days when I started with green smoothies and researched high and low what kinds I could make. So here you go, one of my favorites.

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This smoothie will be a staple in your home and everyone will love it – my toddler downs it in seconds. My husband always asks what I put in it, but he always downs it too ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m telling you, it’s easy to please with it and you’re getting the benefit of all the amazing ingredients in it. If you’re just starting with green smoothies, the fruit ones are the best for that. Veggie smoothies take a little time to get used to and also much more experimenting. If you want, I can give you my most favorite veggie smoothie recipe, just let me know ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The basics for smoothies in general:

– pick a liquid you’d like to use – I usually use almond milk for fruit ones and lemon and water for veggie ones

– choose your sweetener – the easiest is banana, although I don’t really like it in veggie smoothies so I go with apples and carrots. You can also use figs, or dates or maple syrup.

– go with less liquid at first and based on your ingredients and speed of blender add more later because fruits and veggies will let some water out and the last thing you want is a smoothie that’s too runny. I have a very basic and cheap blender so I sometimes have to use more liquids, but I do so gradually while watching the consistency.

– pick your greens – whatever you’re throwing into your blender, even if it’s just bananas, add a green veggie to it. It’s the best thing you can do for your body because the nutrients will at least double. The easiest one to start with is spinach. The taste of spinach is not overpowering when paired with other foods so it’s easy to forget it’s inย it – in case you have picky eaters ๐Ÿ™‚ย Kale is a bit stronger in flavor so that one requires a bit playing to figure out the best combinations for your taste buds. We’re all different and that’s ok. You may prefer Kale and if you do, more power to ya! Kale is packed with nutrients and vitamins so no harm done. After you try spinach and kale feel free to try other greens and see what you like.

–ย For a more dense and filling smoothie, add about one tbsp of chia, flaxseed (meal), nut butter, coconut or cacao powder

–ย blend until the smoothest possible! I used to be asked if I’m drinking salsa until I realized that I didn’t let the blender go long enough. Truth be told, my blender is also not veryย powerful, but it gets the job done once I give it enough time ๐Ÿ™‚

– these are the basics that I figured out when I was starting out with green smoothies. If you have more tips, please share them in the comments below!

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Allright, on to this beauty. You need:

– 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

– 2 medium size bananas

– 1 cup of frozen strawberries

– (big) handful of spinach

Directions:

Throw everything in a blender and blend until smooth! You can use frozen bananas as well if you want it thicker and colder. Serve in a cute glass because I promise you it’ll taste better ๐Ÿ™‚ Serve to loved ones immediately. If you have any leftovers pour into popsicle molds and freeze. Your kids will love you.

I love green smoothies in the morning, for snack or after a workout. Or whenever. ENJOY!

What’s your favorite?

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