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Simple Chia Pudding

chia recipes Mar 11, 2020

This is such a simple recipe that it is hard to believe that it can be so good.    The combinations of what you can do with this are limited only by your imagination but the healthiness always remains.   Great for people on the go who need something quick and easy and healthy.

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

¼ Cup chia seeds
1 Cup  milk/milk alternative (ie.  coconut or almond)

*Flavouring of choice

 

DIRECTIONS: 

Mix ingredients in a bowl and then refrigerate for at least 30 min.

*Serve topped with nuts, fruit, cinnamon, cocoa nibs, toasted coconut shavings or whatever you like. Dig in!

 

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Chocolate Chia Breakfast Smoothie

chia recipes Mar 11, 2020

One of my favoritist ways to start a day, this is delicious but healthy recipe combining the power of chia with the regular benefits of a smoothie.     Served w nuts, cocoa nibs, raspberries, seeds on top. Absolutely fantastic.

 

 

 

 INGREDIENTS:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup plain kerfir (this is a drinkable yogurt)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp chia (soaked overnight) seeds
  • 1/3 scoop protein powder
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • drops liquid stevia, to taste (optional)
  • 1 medium-size ripe banana, frozen
  • 2-3 ice cubes (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

1.Soak chia * with milk (I use coconut), kefir, vanilla overnight (to allow the seeds to absorb the liquid and to expand before being consumed).

2.Morning - Place all ingredients in your blender to combine well.

3.If the smoothie is too thick, add an extra splash of milk or have as a smoothie bowl. Both are delicious. In bowl add desired toppings, and enjoy!

Notes

* Soak first 3...

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Chia Seed Jam Recipe

chia recipes Mar 11, 2020

Here is a simple-to-make recipe that gives you all the health benefits of chia seeds.  It is delicious both chunky and also blended (before adding the chia).

Note:   I have used all varieties of berries or combination of berries in this recipe.   All good.


Chia seeds are the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids. Two tablespoons of chia seeds contain about 140 calories, 4 grams of protein, 11 grams of fibre, 7 grams of unsaturated fat, 18% RDA for calcium, and trace minerals including zinc and copper. And Chia seeds are a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids that cannot be made by the body.

Chia seeds are so common now that you can buy them at almost any grocery store.  You do not need to make a special trip to a health-food store.

Use the Recipes category on this page to see other great recipes I use.


INGREDIENTS:

3 Cup Fresh or frozen berries of choice
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp water
3 Tbsp Chia Seeds
3 Tbsp Sugar Alternative like swerve,...

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Fattening UP will make you smarter and leaner

fats keto Mar 03, 2020

What? I know that just sounds ludicrous but today I’m talking about the role healthy fats play in the body - especially the brain - and why they are essential and how they will help you:

- think more clearly
- have more energy at work
- work smarter
- be more productive
- sleep better.

...not to mention all of the other benefits you will get from eating healthy fats such as having a healthier heart, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and you can lose weight.

There is a lot of confusion around fats. Fats had been villainized for almost half a century with little distinction. Yet so much new research supports the role fats play in what the body needs in order to function at its optimal health.

How do you even know if you are ‘fat’ deficient? These are some common physical symptoms you may have:

  •     Difficulty staying focused.
  •     Lack of memory.
  •     Having trouble getting through your workday.
  •     Lost...
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This is Me - Perfectly Imperfect

Uncategorized Dec 03, 2019
Hello Beautiful Soul
 
Because that's exactly how I see you all - Beautiful Souls wrapped in life experiences.
 
I'm Brandi. I love to create, learn and grow. This past year has seen a lot of growth, change, and challenges. I'm learning how to really get myself out there. I was published last year, I've spoken on stages, have a weekly newsletter, and have this podcast I like to call my playground. It's one place I love being. There is freedom within it.
 
I feel as though I've lived many lives.
 
As a child, there were some really rough times. Trauma was introduced very early. For these reasons, I understood people and their behavior very early. I came across as a very mature teen. For University, I traveled to the other side of the country, starting new, knowing only one person. It was a massive change - exciting and promising. I was Dbl major in Biology & Chemistry with a minor in Psychology - originally thinking I wanted to be a trauma surgeon....
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šŸ’° šŸ’µShow Me The Money šŸ’µšŸ’°

Are you ready to have more money?

Money is the currency with which the external world revolves. Money is a tool we use to survive and thrive. It's not about happiness - it's about the freedom to do what you want, give where you want, live how you want, eat what you want, dream big and do great things.

I want to start a foundation - Low-income housing for families with an education component so they never fall back into struggle again, never need assistance again, and go out and THRIVE. This requires a lot of money and I want this foundation in every city. I want to create a powerful movement...

Yet, there are so many hangups with money and how we perceive it; we want it, need it, want to keep it, get mad at it, love it, hate it, envy it, feel guilty about it... the list goes on and on.

We FEEL so much about it.

We've attached so many emotions to it. The kicker is money is only a flow of energy. And how we feel about it creates that same energy with it.

Imagine what it's like when...

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Control Tower - Where We Take Direction

Uncategorized Jul 13, 2019

Life teaches us lessons in strange places until we get the message.

A life of saying yes to almost everything had set the stage for many overwhelming experiences. On the precipice of a new venture, an exam I took years ago, jumps to the forefront of my thoughts. The mayhem of those last few days prior to writing. The thoughts I had. The feelings I was ignoring. The patterns emerging. All there to teach me a very significant lesson.


The city of Calgary was experiencing the warmest spring it had had in years. It was a beautiful, bright, warm spring day. Such a contrast from the prolonged winter that seemed to have held us only days earlier.

The exam was two days away. Though I studied for the past two weeks, I still didn’t feel prepared. Doubt and fear leached throughout every thought. It felt overwhelming and debilitating.

What if fail?

I’ve set the expectation. Everyone knows I'm writing it. They expect me to pass.

Why isn’t this information sticking?

Adding to my...

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It's Raining Flavor

recipes Jul 03, 2019

Do you love what you're eating?

I bet you do but the better question is - Does it heal, nourish, and satiate all while tasting great?

This week is all about flavor and a few recipes and sites to get you going.

For me, cooking starts with what's in my fridge. Often it's like a little game. Today, I had some broccoli, rib eye and avocado. If I wanted to add a small quantity of carbs I would use sprouted rice (cooks in 25min) or quinoa.

Tomorrow, I'll roast chicken breast, topped with salsa and cheddar with a vegetable fry on the side. I love taking zucchini, onion or leek, mushrooms, bell pepper, and asparagus or swiss chard/spinach sautéing it with a butter/olive oil combo then add spices to brighten up the flavor. Adding a healthy fat will really help you feel full sooner and hold you longer. Added bonus - fats taste great!

I have to admit, sometimes I like to use a spice blend. This is one of my favorites - absolutely delicious on vegetables, eggs, white meat or fish....

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Chart Your Course

Uncategorized May 22, 2019

The Life You Choose

When confronted with a habit, we often act like addicts; justifying them, quantifying them, defending them, all for the sake of not having to change. The biggest, most impactful question I ask myself today - How does this serve me in my life? Does this lead me where I want to go or am I letting life carry me away? While the latter may seem like an adventure, its no different than getting on a sailboat with no destination in mind, no navigation tools and just letting the wind carry you all over the ocean. At first, it might seem exciting. But quickly the wind carries you out to vast expansive blue, no land in sight and you are left panicking. Trying to find your way out of this mess. How do you find land? Great adventures require preparation. Think climbing Mount Everest, African safaris or going to the moon. Planning goes a long way. All great adventures require some planning so when the unexpected enters we are better equipped to create a solution with knowledge...

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Money ā€“ A Tool or a Noose?

Uncategorized Feb 26, 2019

Over this past year Alberta has seen many challenges with oil dropping and so many being laid off. What I’ve found most fascinating is not so much the person that earns $50K a year and struggles but the executive earning six figures selling off his/her possessions to make next months mortgage payment. How do we get into these financial positions? Why are so many living pay-cheque to pay-cheque?

An interesting thing happens with money. While it is only a tool, the exchange made for goods and services purchased or provided, we in society have attached many emotions to it. To most, money represents… power, greed, pleasure, guilt, freedom, happiness, and to some even self-worth.

The psychology of money is deeply rooted from a young age. There are a few major theories on our spending/saving behaviors. Our childhood experiences and environment are the reason behind our ability to save, invest and spend wisely and that of pain and pleasure. I believe it’s a mixture of...

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