I have to admit that I was pretty skeptical about chia seeds. My mom made a chia seed pudding, and it was not something I enjoyed, but these breakfast bowls are delicious. The mashed banana adds its own natural sweetness, as well as a thickness to the breakfast bowl; you won’t even need to add a sweetener. The addition of vanilla extract provides a rich flavor and maximizes the vanilla from the unsweetened vanilla almond milk. The chia seeds are high in protein, fiber, omega-3, calcium, potassium and iron (see more here from the Cleveland Clinic). This Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl is especially great because you can make it the night before, literally roll out of bed and viola! breakfast is served. Add fresh fruit and nuts and enjoy a tasty and satisfying breakfast!
Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Granola with Craisins is the perfect easy and delicious snack. I’ve never made granola with hazelnuts before, but the hazelnuts came out wonderfully toasted; chopped walnuts also work quite well, and are usually my go-t0 nut to add in. The mini dark chocolate chips gives you just enough of your chocolate fix without being overwhelming. With some many options for nuts, dried fruit and spices, you can experiment with what works best with the season or for you. I made this last fall and have been hooked ever since. You can make the granola in bulk and be happily snacking for the rest of the week!
Farmer’s Market finds make the perfect salad. Upgrade your salad for something fresh, different and a little bit exciting. The walnuts and quinoa add crunch and texture to the salad, while the fresh mint, fizz kale, apples and strawberries add a layer of freshness and a straight-from-the-garden taste. Toss the ingredients together with some olive oil and white balsamic vinegar and viola! A deliciously upgraded summer salad.