While preparing for my surgery, I discovered a couple recipes that quickly became my favourites. I altered a couple of them because I couldn’t find the original recipe, for those I didn’t, the links to the website will be listed.
Chia Seed Pudding:
Chia seeds are LOADED with fiber and omega-3
- 1 1/4 cups Almond milk (I use light vanilla) – You can substitute any type of milk you’d like
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (I use agave)
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
Mix together almond milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Stir in chia seeds, I stirred the mixture every so often in the first hour so the chia seeds wouldn’t settle on the bottom of the bowl.
I keep it in the bowl and serve as needed, you can also pour into serving dishes and let pudding set ( 3-4 hours or overnight). Top with your favourite fruit!
*Because chia seeds are a great superfood and become kind of jelly when exposed to liquid, I put a teaspoon in a water bottle. (If you want to sweeten, add some honey to taste) ;)
Peanut Butter Protein Balls
This is similar to Tone it up’s protein balls:
1 cup Natural Peanut Butter (creamy or smooth)
1 cup Honey
1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
1 cup Sliced Almonds
1 Tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil
1 scoop Protein Powder
1) In medium pot, on lowest heat- warm up the Honey & Peanut Butter until texture is runny. (you are not cooking it, just mixing around until it is smooth)
2) Mix in Nuts, Oats and Coconut Oil
3) Stir until all ingredients are well coated
4) Cool in fridge for at least 45 minutes
5) Roll into small bite sized balls (about 1 tbs)
*I divide mine into small ziplock bags and freeze them. This keeps them fresh and you can use them as a quick “grab & go” snack.
1 package red seedless grapes (red grapes don’t freeze solid like green grapes do)
1 package jello of your choice (I used watermelon – made the grapes taste like jolly ranchers)
Wash grapes, put in freezer for an hour. I individually rolled the grapes in a bowl of the jello powder but you can add a couple table spoons and toss in a ziplock bag.
I divided them in small ziplock bags to have a “grab and go” snack
Freeze & enjoy!
Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt
*All ingredients I add to taste – I eyeball it*
1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
1 tsp Honey
1 tbsp Peanut Butter
1/4 tsp Vanilla
Mix all together – it sometimes helps if you put the peanut butter and honey in the microwave quickly.
1/2 a Cucumber (cut into quarters)
1/4 cup Feta Cheese (you can use more or less)
1/4 cup Red Onion (optional)
1/4 cup Dried Cranberries (optional)
1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Top with slivered almonds (optional)
Hope you enjoy some of these recipes! Feel free to share your own recipes/ experiences with these ones!