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Carob-Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding

Serves 2

  • 1 cup milk (Nut Milks/Seeds Milks, Raw Milk)
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey/raw organic maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp organic carob powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 small pinch sea salt

Stir together all ingredients in a small bowl, refrigerate until it reaches your desired thickness, stirring occasionally.  Ready in 3 or more hours, or chill overnight.

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Carob is an evergreen flowering shrub, belonging to the pea family. The Evergreen Carob (aka locust tree), is mainly found in Mediterranean countries and found wherever citrus or olive trees are grown, (warm and dry climates). Many carobs were planted in Texas, Arizona, California and a few in Florida as ornamental and street trees. The pod’s fruit is technically a legume and commonly used as a chocolate alternative, but it has many applications in the food industry. Carob is high in nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber.

Here are some of the nutrients you’ll find in carob:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B (e.g, B1, B2, B3, B6)
  • Vitamin D
  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Selenium
  • Fiber
  • Antioxidants
  • Protein

Carob Health Benefits:

  • Carob tannins contain Gallic acid that works as an analgesic, anti-allergic, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral and antiseptic.
  • Carob improves digestion and lowers cholesterol level in the blood.
  • It is used for treating diarrhea in children and adults alike.
  • Since it does not contain caffeine, carob benefits people with high blood pressure.
  • Regular use of carob helps in preventing lung cancer.
  • The vitamin E content in carob helps in treating cough, flu, anemia and osteoclasis.
  • The Gallic acid in carob helps in preventing and treating polio in children.
  • Carob fights against osteoporosis, due to its richness in phosphorus and calcium.
  • Carob pod husks are chewed by singers to clear the voice and throat.

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Different varieties of cinnamon-tree exists, however, Sri Lankan variety is regarded as “true cinnamon” and scientifically named as Cinnamonum verum. Traditionally, the inner bark is bruised with a brass rod, peeled and long incision are made in the bark. Its bark is then rolled by hand and allowed to dry.

It is the bark of the tree from where aromatic essential oil (makes up 0.5% to 1% of its composition) is extracted. Usually, the oil is processed by roughly pounding the bark, macerating it in seawater, and then quickly distilling the whole. The oil features golden-yellow color, with the characteristic odor of cinnamon and a very hot aromatic taste.

The pungent taste and scent in cinnamon spice are due to compound cinnamic aldehyde and cinnamaldehyde the oil.

Cassia also known as Chinese cinnamon is a different member of  lauraceae family and named ascinnamonum cassia. Cassia is coarser, more spicy, pungent but less fragrant than cinnamon. It is usually substituted for the cinnamon in savory dishes.

Cinnamon variety source: nutrition-and-you.com/cinnamon-spice

Chinese medicine and Ayurveda have long revered cinnamon as a superpower used to treat things such as colds, indigestion and cramps and also believed to improve energy, vitality and circulation.


Cinnamon Health Benefits:

  1. 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower your bad cholesterol (or LDL).
  2. Cinnamon may help treat Type 2 Diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels and increasing the amount of insulin production in the body.
  3. Cinnamon has antifungal properties, and it’s been said that candida cannot live in a cinnamon environment.
  4. Cinnamon can reduce the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
  5. Cinnamon has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
  6. Honey and Cinnamon combined has been found to relieve arthritis pain.
  7. When added to food, cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
  8. Just smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
  9. Cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.
  10. Cinnamon has been found to be an effective natural remedy for eliminating headaches and migraine relief.
  11. Cinnamon can also help stablize blood sugar (which is great for weight loss). A couple of dashes in your morning tea or cereal is all it takes!

Cinnamon health benefits from organicauthority.com

Note: Cinnamon has been found to be toxic in large doses, so the best way to intake cinnamon is in small amounts, i.e. just a pinch in your smoothies, coffee, cooking, desserts, etc.

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Chia Seeds: Health Benefits, Tips and Recipes

For years, chia seeds were almost exclusively associated with sprouting terracotta pets and heads. That is, until Chris McDougall published his novel, Born to Run in 2009.

Seemingly overnight, chia seeds became a hot commodity with runners, cyclists, triathletes and other athletes, seeking the secret to Tarahumara endurance.

But soon the trend also caught on with food bloggers, chefs, foodies, and generally health-conscious people. Now, chia seeds are commonly included in energy bars and drinks, added to kombucha, used to thicken puddings, and used as a binding agent in egg-free baking.

And for good reason! These little seeds are incredibly nutritious, with significant concentrations of protein, fiber and several essential minerals.

Health Benefits:

Chia is, appropriately, the Mayan word for strength. Chia seeds were an important energy source for Mayans, Incas and other ancient cultures, and remain a dietary staple in  many South and Central American countries. Some nutritional highlights:

  • Just 1 tablespoon of chia seeds contains 5 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, 2282 mg of Omega 3 and 752 mg of Omega 6 fatty acids!
  • A significant concentration of fiber combined with their ability to absorb 10 times their weight in water also makes chia seeds excellent for maintaining regularity.
  • This fiber content also helps normalize blood glucose levels by slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar.
  • Chia seeds contain respectable concentrations of potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and manganese.
  • Chia seeds are extremely nutrient-dense, with one of the highest antioxidant concentrations of any known food!

Smoothies and Drinks: Chia seeds make a great addition to smoothies and other drinks. Added whole, they impart a fun texture to frescas and even cocktails. Ground, they are great thickeners for smoothies and nogs.

  1. Chia Margarita
  2. Cranberry Coconut Smoothie
  3. Allergy-Friendly Holiday Nog

Raw Treats: With their amazing water-absorbing capacity (and no heat required), chia seeds are perfect thickeners raw puddings and sauces! These recipes are all must-try’s!

  1. Banana Chocolate Chia Pudding
  2. Raw Spring Power Applesauce
  3. Blueberry Chia Breakfast Pudding
  4. Chocolate Chia Breakfast Pudding
  5. Beautiful Berry Napoleons

Baking and Desserts: 

Chia seeds can be combined with water to make a “chia egg” (shown below) – a gel-like mixture that’s perfect for baking. Simply combine 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and wait about 10 minutes before adding to other ingredients.

The recipes below use chia seeds for added texture, body and nutrition.

  1. Iced Banana Pecan Cake
  2. Lemon-Coconut Breakfast Bars
  3. Probiotic Chocolate Bark

chia source: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/channel/vegan-food/

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Festive Chia Seed Porridge

(Serves 1)
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (I was a slacker & used Pacific boxed milk from WF)
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • small handful goji berries
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1/2 honey crisp apple, chopped (any variety you like is fine)
  • 1/4 cup fresh pomegranate seeds
  • ground cinnamon
Mix together the almond milk, chia seeds and goji berries in a small mixing bowl. Cover and let sit for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent clumping of the seeds. This can also be done before going to bed, just put the mixture into the refrigerator and it will be ready wen you are for breakfast. Before serving, add in the hemp seeds, apple chunks, pom seeds and a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired. Enjoy!!

Recipe from REAL FOOD TULSA

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