PE & R Mondays: Chia Seeds — Raw Blue Berry and Macadamia Nut Yogurt Parfait with Chia Seeds, Goji Berries, and Peaches

Happy Memorial Day everyone! It is beautiful and sunny out, so I thought something sweet, cool, and slightly tropical would be great for Pantry Essentials and Recipe Monday!

If you’ve looked through some of my older posts, you know I am a huge fan of Chia Seeds (see recipe for Sprouted Chia Drink or Green Protein Oatmeal). Chia seeds are a good source of Omega-3, antioxidants, protein, and fiber, these seeds have a ton of great health benefits, including; anti-inflammatory properties, detoxification, weight loss, energy, brain power, and more (see a complete list here)

If you’re looking to add a bag of chia seeds to your pantry, I order mine online in bulk from AZ Chia. They have good quality seeds at very reasonable prices. You can also buy Chia Seeds in bulk at your local health food store.

Raw Blueberry and Macadmia Nut Yogurt Parfait with Sprouted Chia Seeds, Goji Berries, and Peaches:

Ingredients:

  • 1 TBSP Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Macadamia Nuts
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 3 Dates (take the pits out)
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries
  • 1 Ripe Peach
  • 1 TBSP Goji Berries

Place the Chia Seeds in a bowl and cover them with a thin layer of water. Let them sit while you are prepping (at least 20 minutes).

Let the Macadmia Nuts and Dates soak in water for about 15 minutes. I like to give them a little pre-soak to make it easier on my awful blender.

Drain the nuts and dates and place them in the blender. Add 1/3 cup of water and the 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries. Blend until you get a thick, even paste. If it is too watery, add a couple of nuts, or if it gets too thick, add a splash of water.

Pour out the paste in to a bowl and stir in the sprouted chia seeds. They will add a gel-like texture.

Cut up the peach and place in the bowl, and then top it off with the goji berries!

(Note: when the blueberries melt it will thin out your yogurt, so eat quickly after making!)

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Elder Berry Extract

After coming back from Coachella, I ended up battling a 2 week fever/cold. As soon as I felt mostly better, I was back in action and working non-stop between acting and my new job; it’s safe to say, I started pushing myself a bit too soon and kept feeling like I was about to get sick again.

After complaining to a friend, she told me about Elder Berry Extract.

This stuff is seriously amazing; if you take it when you’re about to get sick, it helps boost your immune system and stops the illness. If you take it when you are already sick, it helps speed up the process and you feel better sooner.

As soon as I started taking it, I felt completely better within the next 1-2 days.

Here is a little excerpt from Nature’s Answer‘s website:

The dark blue/black berries of this plant have many naturally-occurring nutritional substances such as Rutin, Quercetin (flavonoids) and Anthocyanins. Current research supports the long held beliefs about Elderberry’s health benefits on the body. Elderberry syrup has been traditionally used to help support the immune system, especially during the winter season or when experiencing extra stress.

So if you’re feeling a little run down, maybe a cold or flu sneaking up on you, give it a try!

I found mine ate whole foods, or it seems as though you can order online at Nature’s Answer.