Zesty Green Smoothie

Today was a really fun but busy day. I woke up early to get my kiddos ready for a field trip which wasn’t local, made them breakfast and got out the door as fast as I could, in order to avoid the CRAZY traffic that heads down the I80 to San Francisco… I dislike traffic and I cannot stand being late!

This morning I didn’t have time for coffee or my regular protein packed breakfast, so by lunch time, I had a pounding headache… I had stopped to grab a coffee across the street from where we were meant to be, but once I parked and got out of my car, the coffee somehow ended up all over me before I could get a sip, and unfortunately, the caffeine wasn’t absorbed by my skin… Ha ha…

We got home around 3:30pm and I needed something that would energize me. That’s when I decided to experiment and make myself a green smoothie with ginger. I needed something with a little zest!

Here’s what I put in my Ninja (YES! It was absolutely DELISH!!!)

Prep Time: 10-15 Minutes

Ingredients (Makes 3 8oz Servings)
1 Cup organic rainbow chard
1 Small piece of fresh organic ginger
1 Cup organic pineapple juice
1/2 Fresh organic lemon
1 Organic pear
1 Cup ice

*I did not peel my lemon as I’ve read online about lemon peel being a cancer fighter but you can peel it if you prefer.

Wash your chard and pat dry. Place all of your ingredients in a blender and blend well. My Ninja is pre-set for smoothies, so use your judgement. You can add more ice if you prefer – I felt like 1 cup of ice was sufficient.

Organic chard, lemon, ginger and pears
Organic pineapple juice
Place ingredients in your blender and blend well
Delicious smoothie!

My kiddos LOVED this smoothie and it’s great for the digestive tract!

Chocolate Chia Pudding with Coconut & Walnuts

Have you ever heard of a Chia seed pudding? Apparently I’m a little behind on the times, and just discovered this deliciousness that can be enjoyed as a pudding or a breakfast!

Chia seeds are extremely rich in Omega-3, which is healthy for the heart, and great for the joints. They also contain antioxidants, fiber and protein. Chia seeds make a perfect breakfast, because they will fill your belly and satisfy your hunger. 

Once you’ve become a Chia expert, you can master your own recipes and tweak it to suit your tastes. Here’s how I made my first batch today…

Chocolate Chia Pudding with Coconut & Walnuts

First, you will need some mason jars or storage containers…

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients (Makes 1 Serving)
Mason Jars for your pudding
1/4 Cup chia seeds
1 Tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbs Maple syrup (2 tbs if you want your pudding to be a little sweeter)
½ Tbs Cocoa powder (1 tbs if you don’t use the Spectrum mix)
½ Tbs Spectrum ground chia, flax, coconut and cocoa
1 Cup rice milk (you can use any milk you prefer)
1/2 Tsp cinnamon
1 Tsp unsweetened coconut flakes
1 Tbs Walnuts
Assorted berries for topping as desired

*All of my ingredients used are organic, but use whatever suits you best.

Combine the chia seeds, vanilla extract, maple syrup, cocoa powder, Spectrum mix, cinnamon, coconut flakes and walnuts in your mason jars.

Add your rice milk or milk of your choice and shake it up well. Place in the refrigerator overnight (preferably), or for a minimum of 6 hours before consuming.

Serve with berries of your choice. If you prefer your nuts to be a little more crunchy, consider adding them once your mix has set.

Photoraphy and recipe by Z Queen Bee