Beach Babe Juice Recipe for Weight Loss

Beach Babe Juice Recipe for Weight Loss via Linda Wagner

Beach Babe Juice Recipe for Weight Loss via Linda Wagner

It’s crazy to think that it’s almost mid February!! Spring break is only a month away and with spring break usually comes beaches and warmer weather (thank goodness)!! As you know, I love juicing as my go-to for a quick slim down. Plus it makes you feel absolutely WONDERFUL both inside and out! I know most of us are typically focused on the vanity of health but there really is no replacement for feeling good internally!

This Beach Babe Juice aids in weight loss while acting as a detoxifier and appetite suppressant when drunk first thing in the morning.

Beach Babe Juice Recipe for Weight Loss via Linda Wagner

Here is a breakdown of nutrients and benefits of the Beach Babe juice.

The carrots provide antioxidants and vitamin A which helps the liver to cleanse toxins out of the body. Carrots also support the skin and help to create that beautiful GLOW.

The citrus in this juice provides the body with hesperidin and diosmin which are bioflavinoids found in citrus fruits like lemons, limes and oranges. These bioflavinoids support:

  • fat metabolism
  • healthy cholesterol levels
  • active metabolic function
  • healthy veins (great for bulging veins and varicose veins!!)
  • immune system function
  • inflammation

Beach Babe Juice Recipe for Weight Loss via Linda Wagner

This juice also contains blackberries and raspberries which are bursting with skin clearing antioxidants. They’re also jam packed with polyphenol antioxidants, according to Dr. Perricone. Polyphenols fight free radicals and regulate skin’s blood flow, giving it rosiness and a youthful glow. Berries are also rich in antioxidants and anthocyanins which are associated with a lower risk of certain cancers, urinary tract health, memory function, and healthy aging. They also contain vitamin C which supports the immune system. When I have berries that have been in the fridge too long, I always throw them in my juice recipes, they have amazing health and anti-aging benefits! 

Beach Babe Juice Recipe for Weight Loss via Linda Wagner

Romaine lettuce is full of vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium and is also low in calories. It is an extremely alkaline food which results in faster cleansing in the body.

Cucumber is rich in B vitamins, water, electrolytes, silicon and sulfur to support hydration, liver, kidney, skin, and immune system health.

Beach Babe Juice Recipe for Weight Loss via Linda Wagner

Beach Babe Juice Recipe for Weight Loss
Author: Linda Wagner
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 32 ounces
Ingredients
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1 lime, peeled
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 2 apples
  • 1 pint berries – I used blackberry and raspberry
  • 4 large carrots
Instructions
  1. Simply Run all ingredients through a juicer (I recommend [url href=”http://www.amazon.com/Breville-800JEXL-Fountain-1000-Watt-Extractor/dp/B0002VAFVG/lindwagn-20″ target=”_blank”]Breville[/url]) and feel the ZING!! (Makes 32oz)
  2. Drink first thing in the morning as a replacement for your breakfast meal.

 

Beach Babe Juice Recipe for Weight Loss via Linda Wagner

Simply Run all ingredients through a juicer, I recommend Breville. (Makes 32oz) Drink this juice first thing in the morning as a replacement for your breakfast meal.

This juice is tart and tangy and SO good for you!!

You can see all of my juice recipes here. If you are interested in getting started with a juice cleanse start here!

If you are getting ready for a beach vacation, you may want to try skin brushing and these simple steps to ramp up your weight loss!

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The Ultimate Liver & Kidney Cleansing Juice Recipe

The Ultimate Liver & Kidney Cleansing Juice Recipe

The Ultimate Liver & Kidney Cleansing Juice Recipe

The Ultimate Liver & Kidney Cleansing Juice Recipe

This juice is loaded with nutrients to support cellular detoxification and cleansing:

  • Cucumber is rich in B vitamins, water, electrolytes, silicon and sulfur to support hydration, liver, kidney, skin, and immune system health.
  • Nectarines are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, lutein, magnesium, potassium, iron, folic acid, and vitamin K.
  • Lemon helps support and flush the liver and kidneys and acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and diuretic.
  • Green Apples are loaded with flavinoids and vitamin C which act as antioxidants and can neutralize the effects of harmful free radicals. This is especially important if you have been eating out, as restaurant foods are always higher in free radicals from preservatives, additives, coloring, and cooking methods.
  • Romaine Lettuce is bursting with vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium and is also low in calories. It is an extremely alkaline food which results in faster cleansing in the body.
  • Kale is high in iron, vitamin K, antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, sulfur all of which are excellent at detoxifying the body, fortifying the body and supporting the liver in cleansing the entire body. It is an AMAZING superfood and one that I always turn to when I need to get back on track!
  • Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients in the body. Ginger also clears the ‘microcirculatory channels’ of the body, acts as an anti-inflammatory, supports immune system health, and is great for digestion.

I say it all the time but juicing is amazing!! There are SO MANY amazing benefits in just 8 ounces of fresh squeezed juice. As a little challenge, why not start incorporating 12 ounces of fresh juice daily for one week. I guarantee you will notice a huge difference in your skin, mood, energy, cravings, and more!

The Ultimate Liver & Kidney Cleansing Juice Recipe

You’ll need:

  • 1 large cucumber
  • 2 heads romaine lettuce
  • 2 nectarines
  • 2 med lemons (skin peeled)
  • 3 clementines (skin peeled)
  • 5 kale stems
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 inch knob of ginger

Simply Run all ingredients through a juicer (I recommend Breville) and feel the ZING!! (Makes 32oz) This drink is especially good after a big weekend out on the town or after travelling!

You can see all of my juice recipes here. If you are interested in getting started with a juice cleanse start here!

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The Ultimate Liver & Kidney Cleansing Juice Recipe
Author: Linda Wagner
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 2
This drink is especially good after a big weekend out on the town or after travelling!
Ingredients
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 2 heads romaine lettuce
  • 2 nectarines
  • 2 med lemons (skin peeled)
  • 3 clementines (skin peeled)
  • 5 kale stems
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 inch knob of ginger
Instructions
  1. Simply Run all ingredients through a juicer (I recommend Breville) and enjoy! (Makes 32oz) This drink is especially good after a big weekend out on the town or after travelling!

Wonder Seed GIVEAWAY!

I am REALLY excited to share this giveaway with you today! 

I’ve used these products for about a month now and I must say, I’ve tried SO MANY natural skin, body, and hair care lines over the years and most of them have been very disappointing. However, I absolutely LOOOOOOOOOOVE Wonder Seed!! First of all, they smell AMAZING!! They did a really, really great job with the scents while still keeping it 100% natural, vegan, with no parabens, and no artificial colors or perfumes.

Wonder Seed

They chose to use hemp seed oil because it is the most nutritious oil on Earth. All of the Wonder Seed products are made with virgin organic hemp seed oil, drawn by cold pressing the highest-grade hemp seeds for the purest quality.

What makes hemp seed oil so nutritious?

  • Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D, E
  • Minerals including Calcium, Magnesium, Iron & Zinc
  • All 10 Amino Acids humans need
  • Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids in perfect ratio for human absorption so all of the above gets absorbed deep into your skin delivering your most radiantly healthy glow ever.

What benefits will all this nutrition deliver?

  • ANTI-AGING – compensates for lower ceramide levels that deplete naturally with aging, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles and improving skin texture
  • ANTI-INFLAMMATORY – reduces inflammation
  • ANTIOXIDANT – combats free radicals that cause premature aging
  • BALANCES OIL – works for all skin types to balance oily, dry or normal skin
  • HEALING – helps heal Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea, Acne and dry, itchy scalp.

Wonder Seed Shampoo and Conditioner

The texture of these products is just lovely. I am always a little hesitant when it comes to all natural hair care products because they typically leave a waxy film. Combine that with long hair, Texas heat & humidity, and you’ve got a recipe for very flat, dull hair…no bueno! The Wonder Seed shampoo & conditioner is not waxy AT ALL and actually rinses clean, leaving your hair light and moisturized…a miracle! As with all the products, the smell was absolutely lovely 🙂

The body lotion and hand cream moisturizes perfectly without feeling greasy. I love that a little goes a long way! It absorbs directly into the skin and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and smelling fresh! I think the lotion and creams are an absolute must come the dry winter season!

Wonder Seed body Care

Wonder Seed GIVEAWAY!

I just am so thrilled and so impressed with every single item I tried!! And even more thrilled that the lovely Founder, Theresa, has offered to giveaway a set of her Wonder Seed body wash, body lotion, and hand cream to 3 lucky readers! To enter the giveaway simply follow the instructions below! Winners will be announced next Wednesday 9/25.

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Theresa has also been kind enough to offer all of you 20% off every single item through the month of September! Simply enter the code LINDAWAG at checkout to receive your discount! Enjoy and good luck with the giveaway!

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Metabolism Master Juice + Montana Photos

Metabolism Master Juice

As most of you know, I’m finally back in town after a two week vacation in Montana. It was such an amazing trip; each day in Montana is more beautiful than the last! It was absolutely stunning and the weather was perfect! A wonderful escape from the triple digits we were having here in Texas.

Here are a few pics from the trip…I miss it already!!

Morning sunrise, Whitefish, MT

our first morning in Montanta

Hidden Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana

View from our hike to Hidden Lake, Glacier National Park

Hidden Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana

Hidden Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana

Fiery sunset on the paddleboard, Whitefish, MT

Fiery sunset from my paddleboard

Montana Moment

 loved our evening fires on the deck! We grilled steaks and fresh caught lake trout.

Another beautiful Montana Sunrise, Whitefish Lake

Another beautiful Montana Sunrise

Linda Wagner paddleboarding

One last sunset paddle before we left.

Oh man…these photos make me miss it so much! Montana is truly God’s country. If you ever get the chance to go, DO IT!!

Metabolism Master Juice

This was the first time in a long time that I took a REAL vacation as in, no emails, no phone, barley any internet. I was truly disconnected and it was really nice! I ate lots of great food (too much probably)!! So now it’s back to the real world and time to get on track again! I’ve been feeling a little puffy and “off” since I got back so decided this Metabolism Master juice recipe would be great to get my system revving again!

Metabolism Master Juice

This juice is loaded with nutrients to support cellular detoxification and cleansing in the body:

  • Lemon helps support the liver and kidneys and acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and diuretic.
  • Carrots provide antioxidants and vitamin A which helps the liver to cleanse toxins out of the body. Carrots also support the skin and help to create that beautiful GLOW.
  • Green Apples are loaded with flavinoids and vitamin C which act as antioxidants and can neutralize the effects of harmful free radicals. This is especially important if you have been eating out a lot as restaurant foods are always higher in free radicals from preservatives, additives, coloring, and cooking methods.
  • Pears contain vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, folate and niacin which help to fight free radicals, reduce inflammation, and strengthen the immune system.
  • Romaine Lettuce is bursting with vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium and is also low in calories. It is an extremely alkaline food which results in faster cleansing in the body.
  • Kale is high in iron, vitamin K, antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, sulfur all of which are excellent at detoxifying the body, fortifying the body and supporting the liver in cleansing the entire body. It is an AMAZING superfood and one that I always turn to when I need to get back on track!

Metabolism Master Juice

If you’ve been travelling or getting a little off track as many of us have during these summer months, keep this juice in mind to have both before and after your trip. You can drink it 1-2 times per day until you feel like your body is back on track and your metabolism is revving again!

Metabolism Master Juice

The Metabolism Master

You’ll need:

  • 4 small green apples
  • 2 pears
  • 1.5 cups of carrots – I used organic baby carrots since that’s all I had
  • 1 head organic romaine lettuce
  • 6 stalks of kale
  • 2 lemons – skin removed

Simply Run all ingredients through a juicer (I recommend Breville) and enjoy! (Makes 32oz) After just one day drinking this juice I already feel so much better!

You can see all of my juice recipes here. If you are interested in getting started with a juice cleanse start here!

Metabolism Master Juice

Metabolism Master Juice
Author: Linda Wagner
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1-2
This juice is loaded with nutrients to support cellular detoxification and cleansing in the body!
Ingredients
  • 4 small green apples
  • 2 pears
  • 1.5 cups of carrots – I used organic baby carrots since that’s all I had
  • 1 head organic romaine lettuce
  • 6 stalks of kale
  • 2 lemons – skin removed
Instructions
  1. Simply Run all ingredients through a juicer (I recommend Breville) and enjoy! (Makes 32oz) After just one day drinking this juice I already feel so much better!

 

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Fennel & Citrus Juice + The Amazing Health Benefits of Fennel!

Fennel & Citrus Juice + The Amazing Health Benefits of Fennel!

 Fennel & Citrus Juice + The Amazing Health Benefits of Fennel!

As a part of Williams-Sonoma’s Juice Week, I wanted to branch out and experiment with some ingredients I’ve never used before. I’ve been seeing fennel at Trader Joe’s so I decided to started experimenting with it. There are so many amazing health benefits that I didn’t even know about! Did you know fennel is great for:

  • Anemia
  • Supports breast milk production
  • Cancer & immune system health
  • Supports healthy digestion and can ease constipation, diarrhea, indigestion & flatulence
  • Acts as a diuretic – great for eliminating water weight after overindulging!
  • Supports clear skin and anti-aging
  • Hair health
  • Healthy body weight
  • High blood pressure
  • Female hormones & symptoms associated with menstruation
  • Vision

I love the diversity of this vegetable!

Fennel & Citrus Juice + The Amazing Health Benefits of Fennel!

I recently had some fennel roasted with olive oil and thyme in this recipe and it was sooooo good! I also added a little drizzle of balsamic glaze on top which added that extra something special to really make it pop! I think all roasted veggies taste amazing with balsamic glaze and am kind of obsessed with putting it on everything lately!

Ok, back to the fennel! I decided to add it to today’s juice. It has subtle licorice flavor that really goes well with citrus.

Fennel & Citrus Juice + The Amazing Health Benefits of Fennel!

Fennel & Citrus Juice

You’ll need:

  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 2 pink grapefruit, peeled
  • 3 large oranges or mandarins, peeled
  • 3 small blood oranges, peeled
  • about a dozen kale stems left over from making kale salad

Simply Run all ingredients through a juicer (I recommend Breville) and enjoy! (Makes 32oz)

I felt super energized after drinking this juice so maybe fennel helps with energy too!!

You can see all of my juice recipes here. If you are interested in getting started with a juice cleanse start here!

Fennel & Citrus Juice + The Amazing Health Benefits of Fennel!

 

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Coconut Vanilla Chia Superfood Pudding + How to Get Started With Superfoods

Coconut Vanilla Chia Superfood Pudding + How to Get Started With Superfoods

Coconut Vanilla Chia Superfood Pudding + How to Get Started With Superfoods

I am a huge fan of superfoods. Superfoods are foods that contain super concentrated levels of vitamins and minerals. They are a great way to get that “extra” boost in nutrition! It’s kind of like withdrawing $20 from the ATM and getting another $20 for free! Superfoods give a boost of energy, make my skin glow, and make my body feel stronger!! It’s the type of shift you can FEEL which is awesome!! Who doesn’t love beauty food that’s energizing and strengthening?!

I get a lot of questions about superfoods and I know adding superfoods can be intimidating at first so I thought I’d share an easy recipe and the anatomy of an easy superfood bowl. It’s actually so much easier than it seems, even a kid could do it!

I like to start with a base of chia seeds. It is one of my absolute favorite superfoods and here’s why:

Chia Seeds:

  • Support Heart Health Chia seeds can help reduce blood pressure. The seeds contain one of the highest known plant sources of essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6). EFAs cannot be synthesized by our bodies however, it is very important that we get enough to support our immune, cardiovascular, nervous and reproductive systems. EFA deficiency is quite common in North America.
  • Stabilize Blood Sugar Chia seeds slow down the rate at which complex carbohydrates are digested and then assimilated into the body. The soluble fiber helps to stabilize blood glucose levels resulting in steady, sustained energy. In one study on diabetic patients, Dr. Vladamir Vuksan of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, found that blood was thinner and less prone to clotting and blood pressure of participants dropped significantly, after three months of taking Chia seeds daily.
  • Energizing The word “Chia” comes from the Mayan language and means strength. Chia seeds are a balanced blend of protein, carbohydrates, fats and fiber. It is said that 1 tablespoon of Chia can sustain a person for 24 hours. Athletes have reported that Chia seeds help them perform at optimal levels for much longer periods of time.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Properties  A number of arthritis sufferers have reported reduced pain and inflammation after a few weeks of taking Chia seeds. The high concentration of omega-3 helps to lubricate joints and keep them supple. Additionally, Omega-3s are converted into prostaglandins which are known to have both pain relieving and anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Weight Loss The essential fatty acids contained in Chia seeds helps to boost metabolism and promote lean muscle mass. The seeds are sometimes added to food to provide bulk and nutrients while adding very few calories. For these reasons, many people have found Chia quite useful in weight loss and weight maintenance.
  • Detoxification and Elimination Similar to psyllium, the swelling action of Chia in the body helps to cleanse and soothe the colon, and absorb toxins while lubricating and strengthening peristaltic action.
  • High Quality Protein Chia seeds contain about 20% protein, a higher percentage than found in many other grains such as wheat and rice. Chia seeds contain strontium which helps to assimilate protein and produce high energy.
  • Antioxidants Chia seeds are an excellent source of antioxidants containing even more antioxidants than fresh blueberries. The high amounts of antioxidants in Chia seeds also keeps the oils from going rancid – contributing to a long shelf life.
  • Provides Fiber and Other Nutrients Besides EFAs, Chia seeds also provide fiber, iron, calcium, niacin, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus. 2 tablespoons of Chia= 7 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, 205 milligrams of calcium, 5 grams omega-3
  • Brain Power EFAs are known to make cell membranes more flexible and efficient making nutrients more readily available and nerve transmission more efficient. This helps to improve brain function (including memory and concentration). – source

With all of those fabulous health benefits, what’s not to love?! Chia is also great because it will take on the flavor of anything you add to it. It’s perfect for adding to smoothies and making yummy desserts or superfood bowls!

Coconut Vanilla Chia Superfood Pudding + How to Get Started With Superfoods

Next layer on some berries for antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin A, and enzymes!

Coconut Vanilla Chia Superfood Pudding + How to Get Started With Superfoods

Then come the superfoods:

Hemp Seeds

  • Healthy Heart The essential fatty acids contained in hemp can reduce blood cholesterol to prevent plaque buildup in the arteries. Plaque buildup can contribute to atherosclerosis, which is the hardening of the arteries and eventually can cause heart attacks and stroke. The fatty acids help to reduce inflammation that can cause poor blood circulation and high blood pressure. Therefore hemp can reduce the workload of the heart, and as a result helps to prevent heart disease and stroke.
  • Healthy Mind Your brain contains lot of the same essential fatty acids which are found in hemp. Therefore, hemp can help to improve your memory, and prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Hemp seeds can also help to improve your moods, alleviate symptoms of depression and reduce anxiety and stress levels.
  • Healthy Skin Hemp oil is often used for cosmetic purposes in products such as soaps, skin lotions and lip balms. This is because the oil helps to penetrate into the layers of the skin to promote new cell growth for a softer and smoother skin. Hemp can also help to clear up skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dry skin.
  • Weight Loss Hemp is a natural appetite suppressant, and helps you to feel full longer. Adding 4 tablespoons of hemp seeds to your breakfast can help to reduce your food cravings for the rest of the day. On top of that you will have lots of energy for exercise and other activities to help you lose weight.
  • Digestive Disorders The high amount of fiber that is contained in hemp seeds can help to keep your digestive tract clean and healthy. As a result you can eliminate digestive disorders such as bloating and constipation.
  • Prevent Cancer A healthy digestive system along with the antioxidants and plant sterols contained in hemp can help to reduce your risk of breast, colon and prostate cancers.
  • Diabetes Hemp seeds are also essential if you are diabetic, or are at risk for diabetes, as they can help to control your blood sugar levels. This is due to the healthy fats which help the body to absorb the glucose from the bloodstream and turn it into energy. As a result, energy levels will increase and sweet cravings will decrease. (via 3 Fat Chicks)

Goji Berries

  • Cancer Prevention: One of the best benefits of brightly colored berries, like goji berries, is that they contain high levels of antioxidants which are extremely effective in fighting cancer. When you eat goji berries, the antioxidants seek out and remove cancer causing free radicals in the blood.
  • Heart Disease and Cholesterol: Another benefit that the antioxidants they provide is that they lower bad cholesterol levels and protect the heart from disease. Goji berries also contain fiber and higher fiber consumption has been linked with a lower risk of high cholesterol and heart attack.
  • Anti-Aging: Slowing the aging process can be achieved by eating certain types of foods and the antioxidants contained within goji berries have been linked with wrinkle reduction and slower aging. Also, longevity may be increased because of the disease and illness prevention that naturally occurs when antioxidants are consumed.
  • Eye Health: Goji berries contain vitamin A, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene, all of which have been associated with healthier eyes. These compounds protect your eyesight, and they also prevent certain eye conditions such as macular degeneration.
  • Better Sleep: Regular consumption of goji berries can help to improve sleep. If you are suffering from insomnia, try eating goji berries on a daily basis and your sleep patterns will likely improve.
  • Stress Relief: Research has found that goji berries may relieve stress and promote a sense of calm, happiness, and well-being by reducing the amount of cortisol released in the body during periods of stress. (source)

Cacao Nibs

  • Magnesium: Cacao beans are one of the best dietary sources of magnesium — a mineral needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in our bodies — with 272 milligrams per 100 grams. It’s important for muscle and nerve function and keeps the heart rhythm steady.
  • Fibre: You don’t get any dietary fibre when you eat a chocolate bar, but you do get some when you snack on cacao nibs: one ounce has nine grams!
  • Iron: Iron, which is necessary for red blood cell production, is found in cacao nibs. An ounce of the raw nibs has six per cent of your recommended daily iron intake.
  • Antioxidants: Surely you’ve heard about the antioxidant power of dark chocolate — well, that goes even more for cacao beans, especially when eaten raw. Antioxidants are important for health because they absorb the free radicals that cause damage in the body.
  • Mood Improver: Neurotransmitters are the messengers in our brains that tell our bodies how to act, and that includes mood. Cacao’s ability to act on those neurotransmitters is why it’s known for its mood-enhancing skills. Chocolate and cacao stimulates the brain to release particular neurotransmitters that can trigger emotions — including good ones like euphoria. That’s why some people say chocolate is better than sex!
  • Phenylethylamine (PEA): This is a chemical found in cacao, one that our bodies also make naturally. We produce PEA, an adrenal-related chemical, when we’re excited — it causes the pulse to quicken, making us feel focused and alert.
  • Anandamide: Anandamide, a lipid found in cacao, is another compound tied to cacao’s feel-good properties. This lipid has been called “the bliss molecule“, because its natural molecular shape represents that of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
  • Theobromine: Cacao beans do have a couple of controversial ingredients, though. One of them is theobromine, which makes up one to two per cent of the cacao bean and is a nervous system stimulant that dilates the blood vessels — much like caffeine. This ingredient is what makes cacao and chocolate unsafe for dogs, and some people find that it affects them the way caffeine might.
  • Oxalic Acid: Oxalic acid is a compound found in cacao that inhibits the absorption of calcium, a mineral that’s also found in the food. So though there is calcium in cacao, it’s not considered a good calcium source for this reason. The good news is that you’re getting more of the calcium by eating cacao than you are if you eat processed chocolate, because the sugar found in chocolate takes calcium reserves from the body.  (via the Huffington Post)

Coconut Vanilla Chia Superfood Pudding + How to Get Started With Superfoods

The Anatomy of a Superfood Bowl

The Anatomy of a Superfood Bowl via Linda Wagner

Coconut Vanilla Chia Superfood Pudding

You’ll need:

Blend coconut milk and vanilla stevia by hand or in a blender to mix. Taste and add more stevia as needed. In a glass bowl add chia seeds to the blended mixture and stir to mix. Let sit for 2 hours in the fridge or overnight to thicken. Once the mixture is thick, use a fork to stir your pudding and break up any clumps.

You can enjoy your pudding plain if you like. Kids love it and it makes a great dairy free alternative to yogurt if you’re looking to go dairy free. Or you can turn it into a badass superfood bowl by topping with berries and then sprinkling superfoods on top!

Grab a spoon and dig in!!

Coconut Vanilla Chia Superfood Pudding + How to Get Started With Superfoods

This superfood bowl is SO YUMMY!! It’s absolutely PACKED with nutrition. I mean…seriously, did you read the paragraphs and paragraphs of health benefits at the top of this post?! It’s kind of crazy how much good stuff is in this bowl!

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Coconut Vanilla Chia Superfood Pudding + How to Get Started With Superfoods
Recipe Type: Breakfast, snack, lunch
Author: Linda Wagner
Prep time:
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Ingredients
  • 1 can coconut milk – alternately you could use almond milk but I love the creamy, mousse-like consistency that the coconut milk provides!
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 2 droppers full Vanilla Stevia
  • assorted berries – I like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries
  • 1 tsp Hemp Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cocoa Nibs
  • 1 tsp Goji Berries
Instructions
  1. Blend coconut milk and vanilla stevia by hand or in a blender to mix. Taste and add more stevia as needed. In a glass bowl add chia seeds to the blended mixture and stir to mix. Let sit for 2 hours in the fridge or overnight to thicken. Once the mixture is thick, use a fork to stir your pudding and break up any clumps.
  2. You can enjoy your pudding plain if you like. Kids love it and it makes a great dairy free alternative to yogurt if you’re looking to go dairy free. Or you can turn it into a badass superfood bowl by topping with berries and then sprinkling superfoods on top!
  3. Grab a spoon and dig in!!
  4. This superfood bowl is SO YUMMY!! It’s absolutely PACKED with nutrition. I mean…seriously, did you read the paragraphs and paragraphs of health benefits at the top of this post?! It’s kind of crazy how much good stuff is in this bowl!
  5. Where to get your superfoods: Most of you know that I purchase almost everything through iherb.com! They’ve got the best prices and fast shipping – they ship to over 180 countries, including APO addresses! Feel free to use my discount code WAG472 to get $5 OFF your first order or $10 OFF your first order of $40 or more + free shipping on orders of $20 or more!!

 

Coconut Vanilla Chia Superfood Pudding + How to Get Started With Superfoods

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