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Chia Seed Pudding

IMG_7044Chia seed pudding in something simple to make.  At first I was a little hesisitant to try it after seeing what it looked like but after a bite I got used to it & really enjoyed it.

I bought the Chia Shot package from The Chia Company at Whole foods. This comes with some white chia seeds & some black seeds.  They taste the same & to my knowledge aren’t really different.

I made these overnight but after a few hours the pudding would be ready to eat.  The chia seeds expand in liquid & become gelatonious.  HOW TO MAKE THIS: 1 & 1/4 cup of almond milk (you can use any type of milk sweetned or unsweetened) in a bowl with 1/4 cup chia seeds & 1/4 tsp vanilla.  Mix & refridgerate.  How much milk you use can change how thick or not the pudding in but you must use atleast a cup or the chia seeds wont be able to expand.  I topped the pudding with some strawberries, blueberries, coconut shreds, & on one of them cinnamon.

The pictures I have show one pudding with white chia seeds & one white black chia seeds.IMG_7059 IMG_7051 chia seed pudding IMG_7007

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Acai Bowls

acai bowlAcai bowls are a healthy breakfast choice that can be easily made.  You can make the bowl your own but adding whatever toppings you would like.  To make these bowls I bought Sambazon brand unsweetened smoothie packs at Whole Foods.  Not every store sells these but you can go on their website and check to see where you can buy them near you.  Sorry I don’t have exact measurements I just cut some fruit & thew it in.  You can always add more fruit to the blender if you would like.  You can’t really make the bowl wrong.

To make an acai bowl: On the back on the packets it gives you general directions.  Run the packet under water for about 5 seconds cut the top off and empty the chunks into the blender. You can add whatever fruit you would like.  I added bannana’s & strawberries to the base.  You can also add milk or juice to sweeten it.  I added a LITTLE bit of almond milk.  If you want it to be thick don’t add too much.  After blending it I added my toppings.  I used some granola, shredded coconut, blueberries, kiwi, & some more strawberries.  I drizzled a little honey on the top as well.

Lots of people like to use goji berries, add some chia seeds or flax seeds, peanut butter, really you can add almost anything.  Have fun with it!!acai bowl

PUMPKIN PANCAKES & Coconut Milk Whipped Cream

all things yummy pumpkin pancakesI know I sound like many girls when I say this but I LOVE PUMPKIN. When fall comes around I get in such a good mood between the perfect weather and pumpkin flavored food. So with fall coming upon us I decided to make some pumpkin pancakes and boy were they good.

UnfortunatelyI realized I did not have canned coconut milk so what you see above is cool whip but the recipe will be below for it as well.

To make the pancakes you will need:

– 1/2 cup canned pumpkin (I use Libby’s)
– 1/4 cup coconut milk ( can be unsweetened if you preferred)
– 2 egg whites
– 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
– 1/2 cup white whole-wheat flour
– 1/2 tsp. baking soda
– *1/4 tsp. pumpkin spice
– 1/2 tsp splenda/stevia/sugar ( I used half stevia half splenda)                     – a dash of salt
*(Didnt measure this exact but put about 6 taps of the cinnamon bottle, 2 taps of ground ginger, 2 taps of nutmeg a tap of allspice and a tap of cloves- really is to your likings)

To make these mix the pumpkin, egg whites, vanilla extract and coconut milk in a bowl. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda, sugar, salt & pumpkin spice. Then put the dry ingredients into the wet  ingredients and mix until everything is completely mixed in.  Spray a non stick skillet, put on medium heat and once you put the batter on wait until you see bubbles and flip the pancakes.                                         Once there done top with whatever you would like and ENJOY.

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For the coconut milk whipped cream you will need:

-*1 Can of Coconut Milk full fat

– 1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)

– Sweeteners (optional) * (I used 15 oz of coconut milk but use how much you want to make)

To Make this you should have refrigerated the milk overnight. Once you take it out flip the can over. The liquid coconut milk that doesn’t harden will now be at the top.  Then open the can from the bottom. (If you don’t flip the can before opening you will spoon out the hardened coconut and just be careful to not get the liquid.) Pour out the liquid into a different bowl if you would like to save it for other use other wise pour into the garbage. Then scoop out the hardened cream grab a hand mixer and whip til you see small peaks. Now is when you can add the vanilla or other sweeteners like confectioners sugar if you would like.

Eating my way through the Greek Islands

For spring break we decided to goto Greece.  We went with a company called Bus2alps which is all kids our age from programs like ours.  We didn’t fly at all so the trip was cheaper.  In a later post I will touch on all the fun adventures we got to experience but this post is alllll about FOOOOD.

Now I thought I loved Greek food which I do, but now it is kinda ruined for me in America. It was so amazing.  We were in Corfu, Athens and Santorini. While we were there we tried many different foods.  Some I have had before & some I had not.

Let me start with these coconut sticks we had in Athens.  Now I am a true lover of coconut so when I saw these I had to get them.  You could get chocolate or vanilla or both so I got both so I could test them both out.  Now my food buddy/best friend isn’t a coconut lover but I of course let her have one & she instantly fell in love with these.  We went back and got more with our other friends & to this day we talk about them.  (We actually googled them to order them to America, that good)

IMG_3350 544640_10151591460671800_1793352819_n 555989_10151591391726800_103212902_nAlso in Athens there was a lady roasting corn & chestnuts.  I hadn’t had corn in month & love roasted corn so of course I had to get some. My food buddy tried the roasted chestnuts because she had never had them before & she thought they were great.  The lady working the stand was the nicest women ever & we sat and talked with her for at least 15 minutes. IMG_3790 IMG_3793While walking around the first morning we had got there we saw a bagel like ring.  We had not had bagels in months & they told us this was some popular in Greece so we tried them.  They have different flavors just like bagels too.  The bakery we got them from smelled amazing & they had so many great looking pastries.  We got a couple to try which were amazing as well.SAM_1461 SAM_1462 IMG_3759Another thing we had in Athens was some fresh fruit.  They were set up in the square right by the corn & coconut stands. SAM_1472At the end of our trip we went back to Athens for a half day before we left.  We found this frozen yogurt place & we had to have it.  We had been living on gelato for a while & needed a mini change for the day.IMG_3776In Fira, Santorini right by our hotel was this teeny tiny restaurant that made waffles. I am 100 percent a sweet breakfast person so this was perfect.  I had a different “spiltzies” buddy for this meal. We split 2 waffles one chocolate type & a apples & honey one.  The chocolate one was better but they were both amazing, clearly but the looks our our plate. My friends got a fruit crepe with honey that she loved!IMG_3667 IMG_3679 IMG_3672 IMG_3682392667_10151342846971039_410246275_nWhile in Santorini we of course had to split a gyro sandwich late night (drunk)388732_10151591453246800_1873896920_nThe best meal we had while in Greece was in Santorini.  It was at Mamas House & mama is the nicest, cutest women & we loved her. We had fried tomato balls which were amazing. My friend got a salad for her appetizer. My friend & I split the most amazing octopus I have ever tasted in my life.  It was perfectly cooked & was just plain amazing. Now the other food might not look amazing but it really was.  I split a traditional Greek dish which is Mousaka & chicken with plums which was out of this world.  We kept talking about this dish for a while. Lastly for dessert we got Baklava. We were so full but still of course ordered 2 for the table to share.  Thankfully we did because we all said we were just going to have a bite but when we tasted it we devoured it.  I know I will never for the rest of my life have a Baklava that tasted as amazing as this one.  Mama’s House was the best meal I had in Greece in all 10 days!IMG_3633 IMG_3635 IMG_3631 IMG_3637 IMG_3643 IMG_3644 IMG_3649305999_10151342846136039_1919819725_n482224_4853596421887_1125298901_nAnother trip favorite was this restaurant we found in Corfu.  It was a small little restaurant where the owners knew everyone (except us).         IMG_3259 IMG_3264 IMG_3268 IMG_3266 IMG_3267 IMG_3271 IMG_3274Below are some more food pictures from this amazing trip.IMG_3732 IMG_3731 IMG_3729 IMG_3506 IMG_3496 IMG_3446 IMG_3441 IMG_3440 IMG_3439 IMG_3363 IMG_3359 149495_10151591450496800_1605222141_n  This meal was from our hostel right before the booze cruise.  It was actually pretty good but I guess is wasnt enough to hold all my alcohol (at least I dont think, I only remember about 15 minutes of the rest of that day).547583_10151591441281800_1312008133_n We had an amazingly beautiful wine tasting in Santorini as well.547709_10151591397166800_884994936_n