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coco-choco-chia pudding

Choco-coco-banana-chia-goji Pudding - nu roots nutrition

One of the many fabulous things about pregnancy (yes, it really can be FABULOUS) is that crazy late night cravings inspire creativity in the kitchen. Especially if you live in a city where all the stores are closed at 7pm and as much as you want to send your husband out on a wild goose chase around town looking for your favorite chocolate bar, it really won’t do you any good.

The solution; keep deliciously healthy superfoods well stocked in the house and use a little common sense to combine flavors you think would taste incredible together!

I make no attempt to hide my love and desire for dark chocolate (especially of the raw variety). It has been a staple superfood in my diet for the past 5 years or so. It should come as no surprise that it has been one of my most prominent pregnancy cravings, and I do admit, I indulge from time to time…or all the time, whatever.

My inspiration for this creation: Commercial Chocolate Pudding – healthy styles (of course!)

Coco-Choco-Chia Pudding

  • 1/2 cup organic coconut milk (full fat is where it’s at)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 large banana
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder (organic, fair trade and raw if possible)
  • 2 tsp unpastuerized honey (or pure maple syrup)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla or 1/2 whole vanilla bean – slice along one side and scrape out the beans
  • garnish with raw cacao nibs & goji berries (optional)

Place all ingredients (except garnish) in a personal blender (Magic Bullet type) or regular blender and blend until smooth. Use a spatula to make sure all the chia seeds don’t stick to the sides of the blender. Pour into small bowls or wine glasses and set in the fridge to thicken for at least half an hour. Garnish with goji berries and raw cacao nibs. Serves dessert for two.

In the fridge, the chia seeds will gelatinize and create a pudding-like consistency. This is due to the high water soluble fiber content in chia seeds, which will fill you up faster, ensure your blood sugar does not go soaring, pull toxins out of your body and help keep you regular.

Now let’s compare this to the “real deal”. I use this term sarcastically as obviously the above (my delicious recipe) is created using real food, and this “readily available commercial chocolate pudding”…well I’m not so sure there is any food in it at all.

Actual Commercial Chocolate Pudding…without naming names…

Ingredients: SUGAR, MODIFIED CORNSTARCH, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, DISODIUM PHOSPHATE (FOR THICKENING), CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, SALT, TETRASODIUM PYROPHOSPHATE (FOR THICKENING), MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES (PREVENT FOAMING), RED 40, YELLOW 5, BLUE 1, ARTIFICIAL COLOR, BHA (PRESERVATIVE)

Personally, this ingredient list makes me want to vomit, especially when I think of copious amounts of children downing this stuff daily. Notice how my recipe did not require any refined sugar, GMO’s (corn is often genetically modified), artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or anti-foaming agents?

But – there’s NO fat in it! Well it’s time that the no (or low) fat paradigm is done away with for good! It makes me want to scream (or maybe that’s just the hormones). Usually these types products are high in sugar and artificial chemicals, none of which are there to serve your health.

On the other hand, good fats, such as those that come from coconut, are incredibly nutritious and are are vital to your health (future post on good fats to come…stay tuned). In the meantime, don’t be so scared of fat, just make sure you are eating the right kinds.

Have I sold you on the healthy homemade version yet? I sure hope so! This recipe is so quick and easy to make and you will not be disappointed when it comes to flavor and satisfaction. Enjoy!

In health and happiness,

Sam

death by chocolate

Chocolate Spirulina Balls

If I could choose the method by which I leave this earth, it would be to feed me these little bites of chocolate goodness until my body literally explodes and my veins are oozing with raw cacao and spirulina. Ok, perhaps that is taking it a tad too far, but these delights are my weakness, my death bed last supper, my ultimate craving. The combination of sweet, salty and chocolatey goodness always leaves my mouth watering for more…and it actually has algae in it! Yeah, only a nutrition nerd like me wants algae on their death bed, but just you wait and try it before you judge!!

I am not opposed to sweets, IF they are homemade and packed with raw superfoods, as this recipe is. Of course it is best not to overdo anything sweet, but there is nothing wrong with indulgence of this sort.

The sweets best to avoid are anything made with white refined sugar and flour…so that eliminates most of what you would find at any cafe, bakery or regular grocery store, ugh! Good thing you have a resource in which to refer to when making your own sweet treats…I mean me of course!

Ok, let’s get to the goods! The original recipe is from David Wolfe’s Superfoods book, but I have made a few optional, yet delicious additions. I hope you enjoy as much as I do!

Spirulina & Chocolate Balls
David Wolfe – SUPERFOODS adapted by Samantha Peris, Holistic Nutritionist

Always choose organic ingredients, when possible.

  • ¼ cup hempseed
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder
  • 1-2 tbsp spirulina
  • 3 tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 pinch celtic sea salt or Himalayan rock salt, finely ground (this is a must…the saltiness is divine)

Optional (any or all!)

  • 1 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla bean powder
  • 2 tbsp organic nut/seed butter
  • 2 tbsp goji berries
  • 2 tbsp coconut flakes

Mix all ingredients in a food processor, roll into 1” balls and freeze for 15 min then enjoy. Store in freezer for optimal freshness.

Then if you are feeling extra motivated, you can turn these superfood balls into:

Superfood Energy Bars

  • ingredients from above
  • ¼ cup whole buckwheat (soaked and rinsed)
  • ¼ – ½ cup oat flakes
  • ¼ cup goji berries
  • 2 tbsp hemp protein
  • ¼ cup nuts & seeds of choice

Just add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor (before rolling them into balls). For the bars you can press the mixture into a lightly greased (coconut oil) square glass pan or use parchment paper. Then freeze, cut into bars and enjoy on a hike or as a mid-day snack.

 

SUPERFOOD PROPERTIES (more info on my fave superfoods here)

  • Spirulina – 1 tsp = Antioxidants in 2-3 servings of vegetables, 70% protein, great for everyone!!
  • Goji Berries – 18 amino acids, 21 trace minerals, antioxidant. Add to trail mixes, breakfasts, tea, water (for flavour), smoothies, desserts
  • Raw Cacao – ORAC 620-955(14x flavanoids in red wine, 21x AO’s in Green Tea), high in Magnesium, in 28 grams there is 314% RDA of Iron. Commercial chocolate processed in temperatures up to 150C – destroying nutrients
  • Hemp seeds – high in omega 3’s, absorbable source of protein, complete protein, immune enhancing
  • Coconut oil – immune boosting, antiviral, metabolism boosting, great for cooking!

 

a nutritionist bride

photo by www.orangegirlphotographs.com

Well it was no surprise that there were many references to my career during our wedding this past weekend. So much so that my husband included in his vows “I promise to nourish your body with wholesome, healthy and, wherever possible, organic & gluten free food”. And my brother-in-law observed how I continue to love my man despite the fact that he put a spoon in my Vitamix. All of which were great for a laugh when I needed it most.

photo by www.orangegirlphotographs.com

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