Mango Coconut CHIA Tarts and Summer Mocktails

Copy of Recipes (1)Is it just me, or is there something so incredibly exciting about new health and wellness products?

I walk through the isles of our local Fresh Choice store and am always enticed when I discover a new product on the shelves. Recently there’s been a few popping up and I especially got excited about the launch of CHIA’s new range of gorgeous drinks. Just in time for summer, the lovely CHIA team have release 4 new flavors of their ever popular CHIA range.

As you all know, I am super keen on supporting local businesses, and CHIA is definitely one of them! CHIA is a Nelson based company that is all “about adventure and the outdoors, good food, and living a balanced sustainable lifestyle.” 

“In creating CHIA, we wanted to share something of nutritional value for sustained energy and well being. CHIA started as an endurance drink for athletes, but we soon realized that everyone can do with a nutritional boost.” Source Continue reading

Blackcurrant CHIA and Mint Protein Smoothie

Blackcurrant chia and mint smoothieRolling on from my post last week, where I shared a neat Infographic explaining some of the nutritional health benefits of popular culinary herbs, this week I decided to add a little bit of mint to my diet. I don’t often use mint to be perfectly honest, mainly because I seem to forget about it. Does that ever happen to you with certain foods? You’ll forget about them for ages and then one day realize ‘Oh yeah! I forgot about that! I haven’t had that in ages!’

Anyway, I spotted some fresh mint in store and it quickly found it’s way into my shopping basket.

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Grape and Apple Chia Jam

Grape and Apple Chia JamI’ll never forget our car journeys from our farm home in the Dargle, KZN South Africa to our schools in Howick, 45km away, and back again in the afternoons. Potting along the dusty dirt road in my mums cobalt blue little Ford Laser. I would always be ravenous by the time we got home after a long tiring day of school. My go to snack before dinner was predominantly peanut butter toast and jam. The highly processed florescent purple jam that came in a tin and was sweet as pure glucose! (*Insert yuk face here*) It was called Hugo’s if I remember correctly. Aaahhh adolescent bad food choices, how things have changed! Now this chia jam recipe is a totally different story!

Anyway, in my current nostalgic faze, I’ve been sifting through old childhood memories and finding inspiration in the foods that I used to eat. Finding ways in which I can replicate them by using wholesome nourishing and healthy ingredients. This Grape and Apple Chia Jam recipe is a product of that inspiration and I really am so happy with how it turned out.  Continue reading

Breakfast Chia Jar

A breakfast jar is the perfect option if you’re rushed most mornings, tend to skip breakfast for lack of time, or just enjoy to have the reach and eat option first thing in the morning. By preparing this jar the night before, it’ll be ready in the morning for you to just grab and munch! So easy, so delicious and so fulling! 

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This recipe is so so tasty, and is really versatile too, so you can add ingredients that suit your taste. In this jar I’ve used banana and golden kiwi fruit to sweeten it, but you can really add what ever fruits you like. I’m thinking of maybe doing a breakfast jar series, with different recipes, so let me know if you’d be keen to see more like this. Continue reading

Coconut Chia and Banana Passion Fruit Breakfast Bowl

A couple of posts ago, you’d see our Adventure to Picton, New Zealand, and on this adventure we managed to find a massive stretch of Banana Passion Fruit vines. Now while we were there, there weren’t many to be found, ripe and on the ground. We did, however, find a few and I at least got to taste this delicious fruit for the first time. One of my lovely friends, Lee-Anne, then gave me a bag of them that our trusty tour guide had managed to collect on a trip back up to Picton the following day. The big rainfall from the previous night had helped bring these little gems down to the ground, for us 🙂

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With an abundance of these tasty little morsels, I pondered what I could create. A Chia breakfast bowl was the winning thought, and the result was simply scrumptious

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Omega Spinach Pancakes

I love pancakes! Such a fun treat to make, and what a pleasure in creating this healthy version. A perfect way to hide green leafy vegetables for kiddies, and so easy to make!

Omega Spinach Pancakes

In these modern times, there is no much acidic influence in our lives. Whether it be from diet or exposure to harsh chemicals, our bodies are constantly trying to stay in perfect pH balance.

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