Chia Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast

Chia Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast

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Chia Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast
Power packed and loaded with nutrients, this breakfast is easy to make from scratch and serves as a canvas for TONS of different flavor combos. Fresh fruit, dried fruit, chocolate, natural sweeteners...the sky's the limit. However, do note that even though quinoa and oatmeal are loaded with nutrients, they are still high in carbohydrates. Don't go too crazy on sweetening agents, as they'll spike your glycemic response and you'll crash (and be more likely to retain those elements as fat). Try to focus on low-sugar fruits (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, bananas, etc.) BTW, I use the higher concentration of quinoa as it's a complete protein. That means it contains all 23 amino acids; the same makeup found in animal protein, but plant based.
Chia Quinoa Oatmeal
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Primary Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Primary Ingredients
Chia Quinoa Oatmeal
Instructions
  1. Put main ingredients into small pot, uncovered, and turn heat to just over medium (6 out of 10). Give ingredients a slight stir, and then allow water to come to a light boil.
  2. Chop fruit, chocolate and other ingredients.
    chocolate and bananas
  3. Stir lightly every few minutes. Let water continue to boil off. Mixture is done when you can stir it so that it's viscous, but not watery. If air vents develop in the mixture, you've cooked it too long. (Oops.)
  4. Turn off heat. Add powdered ingredients (cinnamon, turmeric) and mix until blended. Then add fruit. Frozen blueberries will defrost in the mixture within a minute or so.
    Oatmeal Quinoa
  5. Transfer everything to a bowl and allow to cool for 1-3 minutes. Add chocolate, peanut butter or other meltable items and move lightly across the top of the mixture. Serve and/or eat!
Chocolate Avocado Banana Pudding

Chocolate Avocado Banana Pudding

Chocolate Avocado Banana Pudding
Serves 2
A thick, creamy, and vitamin-packed version of the original.
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 avocados, ripe
  2. 2 medium bananas, ripe
  3. 6-8 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1 tbsp honey, agave, or Stevia
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into Vitamix container in order listed and replace lid. Start on 1, then raise speed to 10 and flip to high. Allow ingredients to blend roughly 60 seconds or until smooth. Chill or serve immediately.
Notes
  1. Watch to make sure you don't overblend the pudding. It can get overmixed and start to become chunky if it goes too long. Also, be sure you're using ripe bananas.
  2. Image courtesy of http://www.edibleperspective.com/2012/03/avocado-pudding-two-ways/
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Chocolate Avocado Banana Pudding

Chocolate Blackberry Power Shake

Chocolate Blackberry Power Shake

Chocolate Blackberry Power Smoothie
Serves 2
Dark, sweet, fruity, and packed with protein and antioxidants.
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
4 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
4 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup water
  2. 3 tbsp
  3. Live Superfoods Ecuadorian Cacao Powder
  4. 1 cup frozen blackberries
  5. 1 1/2 scoops vanilla or chocolate protein powder
  6. 1/4 cup baby spinach leaves
  7. 3/4 cup ice
  8. 1 tbsp honey, agave nectar, or stevia (optional)
Instructions
  1. Secure lid to Vitamix. Blend all ingredients on high for 45-60 seconds.
Notes
  1. Raw cacao is different than processed chocolate or chocolate powder. A superfood, raw cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than any food tested so far, including blueberries, red wine, and black and green teas. In fact, it has up to four times the quantity of antioxidants found in green tea. Health benefits of these antioxidants include promoting cardiovascular health by dilating blood vessels, reducing blood clotting, improving circulation, and helps regulate heartbeat and blood pressure.
  2. Image courtesy of adashofmeg.com
Adapted from Vitamix
Adapted from Vitamix
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Chocolate Blackberry Power Smoothie

Chocolate-Cashew Milk

Chocolate-Cashew Milk

Chocolate-Cashew Milk
Serves 3
Cashews and chocolate are both incredibly versatile, luscious, and nutrient-dense ingredients. In this milk, you get a healthy take on a childhood favorite.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
16 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
16 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 1/2 cups water
  2. 1/2 cup cashews
  3. 1/4 cup cacao powder or nibs
  4. 1 tbsp coconut butter
  5. 2 tbsp agave (or other sweetener)
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  8. 1/2-1 cup ice (to chill)
  9. Optional: 1/4 cup baby spinach or kale
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender for 45-60 seconds and serve.
Notes
  1. To make the milk smoother, strain out the pulp through a nut bag.
  2. Image courtesy of HealtheeLife.
Adapted from Liquid Raw book
Adapted from Liquid Raw book
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Chocolate Cashew Milk

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