Chia is the New Flax

You have probably noticed Chia seeds popping up everywhere in baked goods, sprinkled on salads, and blended into smoothies. Well what are they? These tiny little seeds that look like dinosaur eggs are an ancient superfood. Chia seeds come from the desert based salvia plant and were a staple part of ancient Mayan and Aztec diets. Chia contains high amounts of fiber, easily digestible protein, antioxidants, calcium and iron. They are the highest known source of plant-based omega-3, stealing the spotlight from the ever so popular flax seed (which is still great for you). The health benefits don’t stop there!

PatisseRaw’s Yummy Cheeezcakes!

I met Christina with PatisseRaw at the El Segundo Farmer’s Market last week and got a chance to sample all the wonderful flavors of the raw cheesecake.

The Strawberry Sublime and Raspberry Borealis burst with real fruit while the Chocolate Eclipse (don’t you love that name!?) did really melt and fade away nice and smoothly! They are in most Whole Foods so be sure to grab one the next time your sweet tooth aches for some lovin’!

Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Serves: 4

I love chilled summer soups that are filling yet refreshing. I happened to have most of the ingredients required to make Healthy Bitch Daily’s awesome recipe of this soup and it was yummy! Stay cool and fed as the temperature starts to creep!

Handy Dandy Electric Kettles

My old electric kettle was plastic so I started to use a small pot, but after almost burning down the house a few times, I decided to search for a stainless steel electric kettle.

All of the kettles I found had a plastic water level viewer which seemed to defeat the purpose of using a stainless steel kettle so I searched and searched. The Breville Ikon was highly recommended to me though it is a bit pricey for something with a single purpose.

The Magic Bullet

I use this small but mighty tool just about everyday — and most of the time, more than once a day — so I figured it deserves a place on this site. Though the product isn’t a super blender (it won’t make almond butter or chop up apples), it serves it’s purpose as a blender. I makes smoothies, protein shakes, sauces, marinades, salad dressings, cashew cream yogurts, and much much more with this small by mighty tool.

Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich

It was a hit this weekend when I make my usual Chicken Curry Salad with a bit more jazz as a sandwich for my friend’s Bridal Shower Brunch. This recipe will make 12+ sandwiches but will top 6-8 salads. I used an organic multigrain bread, but feel free to use your favorite. Scoop over your favorite greens – I used arugula in the pictures below – for a fresh summer salad!

Orange Dreamsicle

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Serves: 2

Reminiscent of my childhood hot summer days with sticky orange creamsicles on bicycles and of my adolescent trips to the mall with a big styrofoam cup of Orange Julius, this wholesome version of the orange-and-cream pair will trigger your taste buds to walk down memory lane too.

Rawesome Tomato Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Serves: 4

Growing up, if someone asked what my favorite food was, I probably would have said “spaghetti”. My love of Italian pasta still lingers deep within but I rarely eat pasta. That doesn’t mean that I don’t eat tomato sauce… Not Prego and not Ragu, but I do sometimes buy organic pasta sauce in a jar out of convenience.

Pineapple Smoothie

Prep Time: 3 minutes | Serves: 2

I had a bit of cashew milk leftover last Sunday that I wanted to use up. I poked around my freezer for some frozen fruit and found just enough pineapple pieces. It was the perfect cool-down drink post-hike for us.