Chia Pudding in a Mason Jar

When doing a cleanse it’s always a great idea to keep some healthy sweet alternatives at the ready so you don’t fall back on old habits.

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Here are some of my favorites –

I like to have the maple flavored or honey flavored yogurts instead of ice cream.

Unsweetened applesauce

sliced apples with chunky peanut butter

You can make ahead this recipe and get creative with it.  I like to store it in a mason jar because it takes up less room in the fridge.

Chia Seed Pudding in a Mason Jar

2 1/2 cups almond or Coconut milk

3/4 cups chia seeds

2-3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey

1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

Blend in a blender or stir all ingredients into a Mason jar and refrigerate overnight.  If you make it directly into the mason jar, you will want to check it to make sure it is stirred  about a half hour after you first make it.

I like to layer it with one of the yogurts mentioned above and some fresh fruit, like mango, shown in the picture.

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For an extra treat, enjoy it outside on the patio or by the poolside.

 

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Most of the above satisfies the “no dairy” protocol during your cleanse or anytime.  Reducing dairy in your diet can reduce inflammation in your joints.

Even though there is some sugar and dairy in the yogurt choices, you cannot beat the healthy probiotics you’ll be getting.

Please share in the comments if you’ve found some healthy alternatives for your sweet tooth.

I’d love to hear from you.  Mahalo

This post does not intend to offer medical advice. Only suggestions for  healthier lifestyle choices based on my own personal experiences.

30 Days of Gratitude…Day 2….

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Banan ~ Food Truck in Honolulu

It’s not that often that I come across a business with so much integrity that I just want to shout it out to the world!

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Banan is located on Montserrat in Honolulu near Kapiolani Park.

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A modest food truck that serves up delectable frozen banana and fruit treats every day.

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Just pure fruit – No Dairy.  The main base is pureed, frozen bananas.

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Prices range from 6 – 12 dollars per bowl.

They’re delicious.

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A refreshing surprise all year long

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And a compost bin for the local farmer’s pigs.

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A bright and colorful seating area with a view of Diamond Head.

Next time you’re in Hawaii, check it out.

I feel so much gratitude for the companies who are conscious of our planet, and give something back to Mother Earth, who think out-of-the-box to offer healthy goodies for us to enjoy.

Mahalo!

This is not an affiliate post.  All opinions expressed are my own.

 

Waldorf Salad Wraps

As I am discovering new ways of eating, focusing on whole foods that are easily processed by the body, I was wondering what to do with that big bag of walnuts that was in the freezer.

I just love the taste of fresh apples with walnuts, and thought I might try a Waldorf Salad.  Would you believe it, that I could not find one recipe in the ten different cookbooks on the shelf?

I should have started looking on the internet, duh!?

I found a little about the history of the Waldorf Salad and a great, simple recipe at simplyrecipes.com.

And you know, I like just a few ingredients, and little prep time, and easy clean-up.

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Waldorf Salad Wraps

3 Tblsps Real Mayonnaise

1/2 squeezed lemon

1-3 red apples – cored and diced

3 stalks celery – diced

1 cup walnuts – toasted in 350degree oven for 15 minutes, then chopped

Salt and Pepper to taste.

Romaine Lettuce

Mix all ingredients, except for lettuce, together.

Clean and pat dry several lettuce leaves to prepare for stuffing

Cut other half of lemon into wedges

You can also add golden raisins, or sliced seedless grapes, or a touch of cinnamon.

 

imageEnjoy!  What would you add to this to give it your own twist?

These would be great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!