Friday, February 7, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: Strawberry Coconut Chia Seed Banana Bread

If you are looking for a dose of incredible nutrition with your carb fix, we’ve found it for you… Strawberry Coconut Chia Seed Banana Bread! We were bowled over by the long list of delicious and nutritious ingredients. Just about all of the ingredients in this bread are great for your skin, especially chia seeds! These little seeds are intensely anti-inflammatory, calming and antioxidant rich, which means that they are helpful in restoring vital moisture, diminishing redness and inhibiting wrinkles. We will be helping ourselves to a slice of this skinful treat… join us!
strawberry coconut chia seed bread

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup ripe mashed banana (about 2-3 bananas)
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted and cooled
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
1/4 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk (soy, coconut, or skim also work)
3/4 cup diced organic ripe strawberries
1/4 cup smashed organic raspberries (or you can use more strawberries)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut, plus 3 tablespoons for topping (sweetened is fine, too)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2-4 strawberries, sliced for topping



Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 9-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.


In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
In a seperate large bowl, beat together banana, brown sugar, egg, coconut oil vanilla, yogurt, and almond milk until smooth and creamy. Slowly add dry mixture to wet ingredients, and mix until combined. Gently fold strawberries, raspberries, coconut and chia seeds into the batter.
Place batter in prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle top evenly with 3 tablespoons of coconut. Place sliced strawberries over the top of the bread. Bake for 50-65 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 20 minutes, then remove from pan and return to wire rack to finish cooling. Bread is even better the next day (they always are). Bread will stay fresh for a few days when wrapped tightly.


Source: Ambitious Kitchen


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: What To Do With Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds. We’ve all heard about them, but maybe you’ve never known what to do with these delicious seeds! Chia seeds help to control your appetite because they fill you up and act as a great source of protein. They’re full of nutrients, such as vitamins A, B, D, E, calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium!  So when we came across these 10 ideas for incorporating chia seeds into your regular diet, we just couldn’t resist passing them along to you!


chia seeds uses


1. Use In Place Of an Egg In Recipes

Substitute 1 tablespoon of chia seeds (preferably finely ground) + 3 tablespoons of water per egg.


2. Thicken Up Soups Or Gravies
If you don’t want to use cornstarch or other thickening agents, add a teaspoon of chia seeds or chia bran at a time until you reach your desired thickness. Bear in mind it takes a minute or two for the seeds to swell and work their magic. Be patient!


3. Sprout Chia Seeds To Use In Salads.
These things are quite zesty…a bit like broccoli sprouts. Chia seeds are mucilaginous so you can’t use the usual tray or jar sprouters. Instead, sprinkle a thin layer of seeds on the bottom of an unlaquered terra cotta dish or plate. Put the terra cotta dish in a larger plate of water. Cover with another plate. Small amounts of water permeate the terra cotta plate upon which the chia seeds sit, and provide exactly the right amount of water to sprout them. Day 2, lightly mist the seeds (or sprinkle) with water. Day 3, they should be right to eat.


4. Add To a Chocolate Brownie or Truffle Recipe To Turn Them Into Protein Bars
Throw in a few tablespoons of protein powder while you’re at it.


5. Try a Chia-coconut Goob, Especially if You’re An Athlete
Just mix coconut water and some seeds to form an electrolyte-laden “goo.”


6. Use as a Slow Cooker Aid.
Cooking with a slow cooker can often leave you with a lot of excess liquid. I do two things.
The first: Thicken the sauce by adding some seeds or chia seed bran.
The second: Remove any excess liquid (a very brothy, nutritious mixture) and put in a jar with some chia seeds and then eat with toast, over rice, pasta or vegetables.


7. An Easy Thick Omelette.
Add chia seeds to beaten eggs, soak for 10 minutes and turn into an omelette or frittata.


8. Make Crackers.
Make a thin batter of ground chia seeds and milk and cook in a slow oven to make crackers.


9. Make a Cinnamon Chia Butter.
Add ground seeds to nut butter and amp the nutrition. Or add to butter with some cinnamon and spread on hot toast.


10. Make a Healthy Pudding.
Add 1/2 cup of chia seeds to 1 1/2 cups of almond or cashew milk.


Source: Hungry For Change


Friday, June 21, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Apple Pie Oatmeal

Our mouth is officially watering! What is the old saying? An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Does Apple Pie Oatmeal count? We love this recipe for Apple Pie Oatmeal because it’s a nutritious way to satisfy your sweet tooth!  This delicious treat is made with oats, apples, AND chia seeds; which we can’t get enough of because they increase skin hydration and have anti-inflammatory properties.


This recipe makes a great breakfast or dessert so go ahead and give it a try…

apple pie oatmeal



1/3 cup regular oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger + pinch of kosher salt
1 + 1/4 cups Almond Milk
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1-1.5 tablespoon pure maple syrup + more for drizzling
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp fresh lemon juice (optional)
2 tbsp chopped walnuts, for sprinkling on top



In a medium sized pot over medium heat, whisk together the 1/3 cup oats, peeled and chopped apple, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, 1.25 cups Almond milk, 1 tbsp pure maple syrup, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ginger, pinch of kosher salt. Whisk well.


Heat over medium heat for about 8 minutes, stirring often. When the mixture thickens and the liquid is absorbed, it is ready. Stir in the pure vanilla extract.


Pour into a dish and sprinkle with chopped walnuts, a pinch of cinnamon, and a drizzle of pure maple syrup. Add a tiny bit of almond milk on top.


Source: Oh She Glows