3 Ways to Eat Chia Seeds

Hey Y’all! I’m sure you’ve heard about chia seeds, the tiny super foods that all of the celebrities and health food junkies rave about. Chia seeds contain loads of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, omega 3, fiber, and protein. They’re one of my favorite things to incorporate into meals and snacks. Here are just a few of the ways I love to sprinkle them into my diet;)
image   In my nut-butter~ One of the easiest ways to add chia seeds into your regular meals and snacks is through nut-butters. Sprinkle some into almond butter to enjoy with apples or celery. image In my smoothie bowls~ Another much raved about food item is the smoothie bowl. I love to add chia seeds as a topping along with frozen mango, shredded coconut, and hemp seeds.

img_1562 In my homemade popsicles~ One of my favorite treats are homemade popsicles. It is so easy to combine fresh fruits, and even vegetables, into healthy indulgences that can by enjoyed by the whole family. For convenience, I like to blend all-natural fruit juice, frozen berries, and chia seeds in a blender, pour into popsicle molds, and freeze overnight for an anytime pick-me-up.

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Emerald

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3 Ways to Unwind

About this time of year, mid-terms arrive and work schedules seem to be never ending. It is so easy to get bogged down and let the stress of day-to-day life get to you. With that being said, it is also just as easy to unwind after a long day. A little bit of self-care can go a long way in bringing much needed relaxation. Here are just a few ways that I like to unwind when life gets crazy…

A Cup O’ Tea: Ahhhh I love tea! For me there is nothing better after a long day than sipping on a cup of tea as I settle down for the night. Some of my favorites for relaxation include Traditional Medicinal’s Organic Throat Coat tea, Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Honey tea, and Twining’s Lemon and Ginger tea.

Working Out: It is crazy how much stress can be released through exercise. Most days, I like to go for a run, stretch or do yoga, or do a floor barre or boxing workout video off of Youtube. Just moving, especially after sitting all day working on school and writing, eases my mind and makes for a much better night’s sleep.

 

Listening to Podcasts and Music: While reading is great for relaxing, after looking at school books and a computer screen for most of the day, it often hurts my eyes and is just unappealing. Instead I really enjoy listening to a podcast or music while I sip my tea, walk, or get ready for bed. For podcasts, my two favorites are Glorious in the Mundane, a podcast by Christian singer/songwriter Christy Nockels, and Gospel in Life, a podcast of sermons by Timothy Keller. For music, I love listening to artists such as Audrey Assad, Ellie Holcomb, and the Norton Hall Band. My Encouraging Morning playlist has some of my favorite songs by these artists.

Well there you go! Thank you for visiting me here at Little Things and Sunshine.  I hope these suggestions help you to “take a deep breath”. If you have any favorite ways to unwind, let me know in the comments!

Emerald

 

Vegan Chocolate Icecream

 Hi there! Thanks for visiting Little Things and Sunshine. In my last post, I talked about my experience with veganism and the month that I “went vegan” (you can find that post here). Along with a new sense of self control, I also discovered an amazing vegan alternative to one of my favorite treats: chocolate icecream. This particular recipe will yield a  refreshing and chocolatey dessert thats taste reminds me of your classic chocolate soft serve. Having this little pick-me-up really helped me through my experiment, and I honestly never missed the real stuff;) 

 
This recipe is incredibly easy. All you have to do is add 1 can of unsweetened lite coconut milk, 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 1 heaping tablespoon of powdered sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla to your blender and turn on high until it’s frothy. After that you just pour your mixture into a container and freeze. Now of course the texture of this desert is icier than your typical store bought alternatives, so just be prepared to let it thaw for a few minutes before serving;)

All of the measurements can be changed to suit your needs. If you like it a bit sweeter, feel free to add more powdered sugar. Play around and adjust it to your taste! 



Well that’s all folks! I hope you have a blessed weekend. Do you have any favorite vegan dessert recipes? Let me know in the comments! 

Emerald