Tag Archive | chia seeds

Honey Nutty Salty Granola

I love finding recipes and trying them and then want to make another batch but instead of that recipe I decide that I want to change it up a bit. This recipe is quick and easy and I hope you enjoy and much as I do and my hubby. He wants to eat all my bags so I have to hide a portion from him or I won’t have any to eat myself. 

Ingredients: 

4.5 cups rolled oats

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup slivered almonds

1/3 cup sunflower seeds

3 tsp chia seeds

3/4 cup honey 

3/4 cup butter

Instructions:

Pre heat over to 325. Add all dry ingredients in bowl and blend, in the mean time add butter and honey in pan and place on top of low-med heat and melt. Once melted pour over dry ingredients and mix well. Once blended place on cookie sheet that has parchment paper on it and spread evenly. 

Because there is a lot of liquid in this batch you can cook two ways. One you can have the granola crunchy or more of a soft texture. That is all up to you. I did soft texture and that baked for a total of 25-30 mins. It’s all up to how you want it. 

Serving = 1/2 cup = 267 Calories per serving.

 

Originally by: http://www.aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com/2013/02/coconut-honey-granola.html

 

 

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Super Protein Smoothie

I have been taking a walk everyday 2 times a day and I know that I haven’t been good in drinking lots of water and I know that I need more protein then what I am consuming so I decided to amp up this smoothie and add a lot of fresh and interesting things to this to make it different then the other smoothies that I have made in the past. I will tell you that I believe that this is my best one yet. 

2 Servings

Ingredients: 

1 cup almond coconut milk 

2 tbls Dannon Vanilla Greek yogurt ( use what you have ) 

1 tbls chia seeds 

1 scoop vanilla whey protein 

1/2 cup frozen raspberries 

1/2 cup frozen blackberries 

1 avocado 

6 baby carrots 

3-4 fresh kale 

1 tbls honey 

1 tbls fresh pomegranate

Instructions:

Put liquids in blender first and then add in all other ingredients and blend. Pour into either a frosty mug or a warm mug and enjoy.

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This recipe makes two servings. Have one smoothie right now and the other for later.

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I hope you all enjoy and feel free to change anything. This is just an idea of where to start. 

 

Light and Fluffy Pancakes with Chia Seeds and Strawberries

So I started out with Hungry Jack Light and Fluffy Pancake mix and started added this as I saw them. I would have to say it’s pretty interesting the things that you add to things and didn’t realize how well they tasted. You can add or take items away that you like or do not like. That’s how I look at it.  So I am here to share what I created and it’s up to you to try what I have created or make it your way. I sure hope you all enjoy. 

 

Ingredients:

3-4 Cups Hungry Jack Light and Fluffy Pancake Mix

1 scoop of Vanilla whey protein 

1-2 tbls chia seeds

1-2 tsps cinnamon 

1 tsp pure vanilla 

1/3 cup chopped walnuts ( or nuts of your choice)

6-8 frozen strawberries ( or fruit of your choice) 

 

Instructions:

Combine all dry ingredients and add water to the dry mix until it’s as thin or fluffy as you desire your pancakes. Once batter is to your desire add in the vanilla, walnuts and strawberries and mix well. 

Pour batter onto hot surface and cook until done. You can top with Maple Syrup or a low sugar low, carb syrup or eat as is. 

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Chicken and Asparagus with Chia Seeds

You are probably thinking why the heck is there chia seeds in this dish. Well once answer because they don’t have much flavor and you can add in more fiber and vitamins to your dish. Why not? They don’t have any flavor and you would never know they are in there. So why no and give it a try?  I am always trying to find ways to compile ingredients together and hope they taste good. I know that I am on a asparagus and vinegar kick lately but I try and incorporate different ingredients to these dishes.  Story is eat lots and lots of veggies but you don’t always want them the same way. So if you are interested in some crazy flavors here is a recipe for you to try.  

 

Ingredients:

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast ( cut into strips)

3 stalks celery

10 fresh spinach leaves

1 pkg of sliced mushrooms 

3-4 garlic cloves 

1 med onion

1 bundle of asparagus 

2-3 tsps balsamic capers ( I cannot find fresh capers) 

1-2 tsp chia seeds 

2-4 tbls balsamic vinegar 

1/3 cup white wine 

1/3 cup low sodium chicken broth 

1/2 tsp coriander seed 

1-2 tsps crushed red peppers 

1/4-1/2 tsp tarragon leaves

Instructions:

In a med pan add water and heat until hot for blanched asparagus.

In a med pan cook chicken strips in oil of your choice ( I prefer coconut oil ). While chicken is cooking on med heat; in a separate pan add oil with minced garlic and onion and cook until golden brown.

Once golden brown; add in celery,crushed red peppers, tarragon leaves, coriander seed and white wine. While that is cooking add  some crushed red peppers and tarragon leaves to the chicken.

Once chicken is golden brown turn heat off and set aside. Back to the onions and garlic pan; add in mushrooms, spinach leaves, chia seeds, capers and saute for a few minutes. In the meantime check the water to see if boiling, if so add the asparagus to the water and blanch for 2-3 mins. Once they are cooked to your liking turn heat off and set aside.

Now back to the main dish; you will add the balsamic vinegar and chicken broth and chicken. Cook for about 5 mins and then add in the asparagus and cook for another 5-8 mins until most of the fluid has evaporated.  Once the fluid is evaporated turn off heat and enjoy. 

I enjoyed this dish without anything to go under it but if you are feeling that you want more to this dish you can add rice or potatoes of your choice. 

I hope you enjoy. If you have any questions please let me know and I will help you along the way.  Happy New Year Everyone!!

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