Cardamom Cream Chia Pudding

Heather Crosby’s YumUniverse.com is hands down one of my favorite plant-based living sites.  If you haven’t been there yet, oh boy, are you missing out.  So many fabulous recipes to choose from, the hardest part is deciding what to make first.

This morning Lennox and I shared two {yes 2} bowls of YU’s:

Cardamom Cream Chia Pudding

My variations: I used Almond Milk , added two tbsp hemp protein and traded the raspberries for strawberries and banana. Yum indeed!

While you are there check out The Big Kale Contest and check out my entry Crystal’s Kale, Red Cabbage & Pistachios in Coconut Sage Butter, be sure to vote{by clicking “like”} if it’s your favorite!

XOXO,

Crystal

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Easy Cheese-y Black Bean Dip

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of salad dressings.  I do however love salads, so I usually dress them up with hummus or something of the sort.  Today I made some Cheese-y Black Bean dip and added that to my spinach salad and was quite please with the result.

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Here is the recipe:

Easy Cheese-y Black Bean Dip

Easy Cheese-y Black Bean Dip

What would you pair this dip with?

1 can of black beans

5 drop doTERRA lime

2 or 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast

Hot sauce to taste

Directions: 

Combine all ingredients and whizz in blender.

Vegan Coconut Lime Muffins

Eager to try out my new doTERRA lime oil in a recipe I got to work this morning.  We are going on a road trip today to Havasu {yippee} and so I needed to make some yummy snacks.  Here is what I came up with.

OK, you are probably wondering why there are so green, right?  One of my favorite secret ingredients…you guessed it, SPINACH!

Vegan Coconut Lime Muffins

2 cups spinach

1 3/4 cup coconut milk

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp vanilla

20 drops doTERRA lime oil

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 Tbsp maca

2 cups quick oats

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup golden flax meal

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

Directions Combine dry ingredients.  Add ACV to coconut milk and let sit.  Whizz spinach in a blender/food processor/whatever.  Add chia seeds to spinach.  Combine all ingredients.  Wah la.  Pour into baking tin or whatever you choose.  Bake at 350 till done – about 30 minutes for me.

Strawberry Lemongrass Smoothie

Yesterday I finally made it to the gym. Yay!  These days I’d choose an hour at the gym over an hour at the day spa (well really I would pick both).  Lennox doesn’t particularly like the day care at the gym and I’m right there with him on that, so I sneak off to the gym when my family is available to hang out with the little dude.  Unfortunately, because I don’t get to go as regularly as I would like, I tend to go a little overboard.  Yesterday was no exception.   In my book there isn’t much that is better than that day after soreness from a good workout…to a point.  So to combat what I felt was a little too much of a good thing I made this smoothie.

Strawberry Lemongrass Smoothie

1 banana

7 strawberries

1 cup coconut milk

1 handful of ice

1 tsp chlorella(high in protein and B12)

1 tsp chia seeds (helps speed recovery)

1/2 tsp to 1 tsp agave nectar (or sweeten as you choose)

4 drops doTERRA lemongrass

Directions: Whizz in blender and thank me later!

As an athlete, lemongrass is one of my favorite essential oils.  Not only does it smell divine (at least I think so), it is awesome in so many ways.  It’s an anti-inflammatory, after exercise it promotes relief of lactic acid build up (great for rubbing on sore muscles), it can increase athletic performance by increasing blood circulation, and it enhances energy.  Lemongrass is a mild diuretic and cleansing to the bladder and kidneys.  It can reduce cholesterol, relieve chronic fatigue symptoms, it stimulates and strengthens the nervous system.  Lemongrass is a great way to wake up the lymphatic system and it invigorates and strengthens the entire body.  Doesn’t is sound like the perfect addition to a morning smoothie?  I thought so too!

Now, be careful though.  Not all essential oils are safe to take internally.  Even most therapeutic grade essential oils clearly state on the bottle – not safe for consumption.  That is why I only use doTERRA’s CPTG (certified pure therapuetic grade) essential oils.  doTERRA’s oil are beyond therapeutic grade, they are beyond organic and 100% safe to take interally for this reason.  They even have a FDA supplement facts label on the bottle.  I get my oils at wholesale prices, if you are interested in finding out more about doTERRA’s fabulous oils message me at veganfamila(at)gmail(dot)com.  I’ll happily send you some to try out in your own recipes.

xoxo,

Crystal