Thursday, July 23, 2015

Recipe: Chocolate, Vanilla or Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding

Chia seeds are so good for you and chia pudding is so versatile to customize into many different flavors!  We love it here in our house!
The basics of chia pudding are to combine 1 cup of non-dairy milk with a half cup of chia seeds.  I usually use a mason jar or reuse the jars that our jelly comes in!  After the basics, it becomes up to you to create new and exciting flavors!  Once it becomes pudding you could top with fresh berries or shredded coconut.....fresh raspberries are a favorite of mine!   
My daughter's favorite: Chocolate Chia Pudding
1 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
1/2 cup chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla
I tsp maple syrup
1/2 scoop of vegan chocolate protein powder
I combined all ingredients in the jar and gave it a good shake.  Then I put in the refrigerator and it was ready in 4 hours.  Another idea is make them at night and they are ready by morning! 
Vanilla Chia Pudding
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla
I tsp maple syrup
Not pictured: Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding
1 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
1/2 cup chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp matcha green tea powder

Recipe: Cauliflower Fried "Rice"

This is a pretty easy recipe to just "eyeball" and throw together.
I used 3/4 head of cauliflower
1 cup frozen shelled edamame beans
1 cup frozen peas
2 carrots (chopped using food processor)
1/2 of a onion (chopped)
1/2 block of extra firm tofu (drained and cubed)
Coconut Aminos
Toasted Sesame Oil
I added Toasted Sesame oil to the pan to start satueeing the tofu. 
Then I added cauliflower to the food processor in three batches.  I ran it for a sort amount of time until it chopped the cauliflower up into little bits that resembled rice.  I dumped that into a skillet with warm toasted sesame oil and the chopped onions and carrots.  Then did the next batch and added that also to the skillet.  You don't want to fill the processor with too much cauliflower or it wont' chop correctly.  Once the cauliflower started to brown a bit, I added the peas and edamame beans that I had thawed in the microwave.  I kept stirring the mixture.
Once the tofu was browned, I added it to the cauliflower mixture and poured on a few splashes of coconut aminos for a soy sauce flavor. 
I served topped with green onion.  My husband added a little spicy sesame oil to the top of his because he likes things spicy. 
There you have it!  Delicious, nutritious and quick!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Product Review: Rocket Pure Products

Rocket Pure sent me a stick of their Friction Therapy Anti-Chafe Balm Stick.  I've happily been using it for long runs and took it along on my very hot and sweaty Ragnar Wasatch Back trip.  It's a similar product to body glide but the key difference for me is the tea tree oil in it.  
It has many other great ingredients too!  

Tea Tree Oil not only makes it smell nice and fresh but it's an essential oil with natural anti-microbal properties. Perfect for the places you end up running this I right?  

I also was lucky enough to try the powder.  When they sent it to me I thought it was perfect timing!  I was going to be heading to Ragnar Wasatchback and be in a van with six other runners for upwards of 24 hours....things could get stinky!  I brought it along and sprinkled my feet prior to each leg I ran to help keep my feet dry and fresh.  When I was applying it, a team mate got a whiff from outside the van and said, "yum...what is that?  It reminds me of a spa!".  I love anything Eucalyptus!  

They make a few other products that can be found here:  You can use this link to get a 10% off coupon.

I have been so happy with the balm stick and it has completely replaced body glide for me for long runs!  

Thank you so much Rocket Pure!  

Note:  I was not compensated for this review, but was sent product.  All opinions are my own.  

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Product Review: Wahl Hot/Cold Massage Spot Therapy Vibrating Gel Pack and Ceramic & Gel Therapeutic Cold Pack

Women's Health Magazine and Wahls sent me these recovery aids to try out.  
It's like they must have known I was about to get a nagging hip/quad injury!  Ugh.  So I was able to put them to use right away.  I opened it up to heat it up in the microwave and saw this: 
So cute!  

I wore the pad heated in my hip as I walked around the house and I as I watched TV.  It felt good!  You also have the option to activate the massage feature too.  So neat.  
The ceramic beads allows the product to hear/chill faster and then retain the temperature longer than similar products.  

I really have enjoyed these products and it was perfect timing.