Chia pudding is SO easy to make, it literally comes together in minutes. I prefer it once it has set overnight in the fridge but you don’t have to wait that long (that’s why i have put 4 – 12 h in the cook time bracket) . Chia seeds are packed with fiber, essential fats, and calcium to boot!
Mango is one of my favorite fruits and absolutely easy to find here in Hong Kong and Macau – in fact – Southeast Asia. It’s high in sugar, like most fruit from the tropics and has many nutritional benefits. Mango is great for the skin as it is loaded with antioxidants. It also fights breast and colon cancers and has vision protecting properties.
- 2 sweet and juicy mangoes
- 1 cup of coconut milk
- 2 pitted dates
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of raw nuts and seeds
- Start blending the mango until you have a thick sauce.
- Pour the mango sauce evenly into 2 glasses or bowls. Set in the fridge.
- Blend the coconut milk and two dates until smooth.
- Pour the sweetened milk into a small mixing bowl.
- Stir the milk, chia seeds, and vanilla until it becomes a thick pudding. Stir constantly for 3-4 minutes then let stand for about 5 minutes to thicken.
- Pour the chia mixture on top of the mango sauce in even portions.
- Allow to set overnight.
- Be sure to cover if you are storing over 1 day, it lasts 4 days in the fridge, covered.
- Serve with chopped nuts.
- If you have difficulty with tropical fruits like Mango, you can substitute with a fruit of your choice in this recipe. Fresh or frozen will work here. The consistency should be like a thick smoothie.
- If there is too much liquid in the mango portion it will not set up at all. If you are having issues add 1/4 cup of raw coconut meat, that should for sure make it set up and I’ve made it like that many times.
Using Flax and Chia as “Eggs” in Baking
Flaxseed powder and chia seeds powder are extremely helpful baking tools. Due to their naturally high amount of mucilage (gluey/gelatinous substance), each has the ability to quickly form a gel-like substance when soaked in liquid – similar consistency to a raw egg white. While this “gel” will not rise like a cooked egg, it does serve as an excellent binder in baked recipes. As long as the recipe contains other agents to help rise (such as baking soda…), this beneficial superseded formula can be used in place of raw eggs with no problems.
For the equivalent of two eggs:
Mix 2 tbsp ground flaxseed or chia seed powder with 1/3 cup water or nut milk. Stir, wait 5-10 minutes and stir one more time. Easy peasy!!
Frozen Banana 101
Frozen bananas are a superfood kitchen Must Have for two reasons:
First, they provide a frosty ice cream-like texture to blend mixtures that’s different from a fresh banana. Second, frozen bananas are a fantastic way to save bananas that are past their prime.
Check this 5 steps to freeze your bananas
- Use the ripest bananas possible. Brown is good!
- Always peel the banana prior to freeing them
- Slice the bananas into rounds before freezing. Why? Your blender’s blades will thank you!
- Store in a large ziplock bag, spread it into a flat layer
- As a guide: one handful of frozen banana slices is about one banana
I am OBSESSED with these Jars!!!!!!
These timeless kitchen staples are enormously handy—and stylish in that shabby-chic sort of way. Originally used for preserving food, mason jars are made of sturdy glass that stands up to hot and cold temperatures—so you can freeze, bake, microwave, or chill them. Don’t know where to begin? Take a cue from one of these clever ideas:
Mason Jar Pros
Multi-Purpose – Apparently these are not just for salads
Portion control – If healthy food is prepared, measured, portioned and packaged for individual servings, it is less likely that you will over-serve or choose something less healthy or eat out altogether.
Cute! – I think a mason jar looks much nicer than the plastic stuff.
Space – Mason jars might take up space or sometimes they can help make space.
Leftovers – Sometimes we can’t find the container we want to use or you can split a larger portion into single servings by just storing it in the mason jar rather than storing it all in a larger container which will have to be separated later
Portable – I know plastic containers are lighter but you can still just grab and go. This is not as easy with a large storage container.
Safe in the microwave, fridge and oven – I have heard there are some that are freezer safe, too. (Mine are not)
Safe – No BPA. There are questions as to the safety of some materials found in plastic containers.
Less mess – I haven’t had anything leak or spill (yet). However, I have had lids “warp” and open up in transport which did end up getting all over my stuff. Even if it was “empty” the plastic containers would get messy.
Mason Jar Cons
Breakable – This has never happened to me…it is probably just a matter of time.
Lids – the metal lids rust or get stuck together, but you can get plastic lids, too.
Clunky – Kind of clunky to carry around
Buy Mason jars in Macau
- Parkn’ Shop – Taipa
- Better Homes – Taipa
- Party with Meemo
- Tao bao
- Kara’s Party Ideas
- Pottery Barn
Summer is ALL about being fun, colourful, tasty, skinny, sexy, tanned, light meals, and yummy desserts/ice creams!!!
Chia seeds are a great superfood booster, so why not add them to your yoghurt, smoothies, juices, cereals, muffins, salads… even popsicles!
I LOVE chia pudding and I love coconut milk, so i came across these yummy Guilt Free Summer indulgences.These are the perfect healthy treats and will satisfy all your sugary cravings, especially when its hot outside!These chia pops are super refreshing, delicious and the raw chocolate coating adds a bit of crunch. It’s amazing how easy it is to make popsicles which are great for the kids (and adults too!). I’m so in LOVE!!
You can change your fruits. From Strawberry to Raspberries, Bananas to Blueberries…you choose!!!
The results… fabulous! The texture, the flavour and the little bits of fruit in each bite. They are refreshing and delicious and virtually guilt free! Don’t be scared, give them a try!
Enjoy your homemade chia popsicles!!
- 1/2 cup lite coconut milk
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 3/4 cup raspberries
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp sweetened shredded coconut
- Combine all ingredients in a large container. Mix well and close container; refrigerate 4 hours so the chia expands. Pour into 4 popsicle molds and freeze overnight.
Why is everybody adding Chia seeds to their diet?
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but suddenly everybody is talking about this seeds…People are adding it to their food, to their drinks and to their life like never before…
Wanting to know the reason behind this phenomenon i decided to do a little research on this magical seed and guess what i have found: