Kelly from Plant based & Practical

I can’t tell you enough how excited I am that Kelly was the first one to jump on my crazy out of the blue but super fun opportunity to become a part of the Toned Mamas Blogger Squad! This is still in the works, and very early stages but I’m so happy to have Kelly on board with me and ALL her knowledge about eating plant based food. You may or may not know that my family was 100% vegan for a few months a couple of years ago, it wasn’t the right for us life-style – but defenitly something I would like to get back into – especially cutting out diary again!

Kelly is sharing more in her post below how we met, but we pretty much helped each other go through a pretty crazy time in our lives e-mailing back and forth 10 years ago! We are pen-pal buddies! Kelly has an amazing NEW blog where she shares her passion for plant based food, hence the name, PLANT BASED AND PRACTICAL, and her Instagram account (with the same name) makes me so hungry every time I go for a visit! Below Kelly is sharing some fun chia pudding recipes – I’m a HUGE chia fan – and can’t wait to try these out!

Please give Kelly some love and go check out her blog too!
Thank you so much Kelly for sharing with us! I can’t wait to learn more how to eat plant based!

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IMG_20161217_133656Hi Toned Mamas!

I’m so excited to get to do a guest post with Lina and this awesome community of strong women; thanks so much for having me! I’ll give you a brief background about me and how I know Lina and then get right to the good stuff: Chia Seed Pudding- two ways!

I live in Forest Lake, Minnesota, USA with my husband and our two boys (both turning 10 in May). I help run our family’s small business but my passion lies in cooking healthy, delicious, plant-based meals. I am a former Marine who loves being physically active and have completed one full marathon, countless half marathons and a handful of triathlons. I am currently obsessed with my bike and can’t wait for it to warm up a bit so I can get back on the road!

I met Lina online (MySpace was it?!) when we were both expecting just over 10 years ago. Her husband and my son’s father were good buddies and were getting ready to deploy together when we both found out, around the same time we were pregnant! We hit it off and have stayed connected through social media, even though life has never brought us together in person (yet!) Over the years, I’ve always found it funny that we seem to have so much in common, especially our love of the 3 essential F’s… Family, Food, and Fitness!

Today, I’m going to share one of my favorite clean eating recipes for chia seed pudding. If you’re new to chia, it is a powerful little seed that is rich in antioxidants, high in fiber, high in protein, is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, is gluten-free, and contains more calcium gram-for-gram than most dairy products (source: http://www.foodmatters.com/article/chia-seeds-for-protein-and-omega-3)! Once I learned about how beneficial these seeds were, I made sure to find ways to fit them into my diet and since they’re super versatile, it’s very easy to do. Unlike flaxseed, you don’t have to grind up chia seeds to get their nutritional benefits. You can add them to salads or dressing, sprinkle them on fruit, mix them up in a smoothie, use them as an egg replacer when baking (1 tablespoon of chia seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons of water, mixed and left to set in the fridge for 10 mins before using), or make the following chia seed pudding!

Chia Seed Pudding, Two Ways!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding & Coconut Chai tea Chia Seed Pudding 

IMG_20170328_171324_565For Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding
Ingredients:
1 can of lite canned, unsweetened coconut milk (use canned, not from a carton)
2/3 cup chia seeds
3-4 tablespoons of maple syrup (depending on how sweet you’d like it)
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1 small pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons powdered peanut butter* (you can use 1/4 cup regular peanut butter, it’s just a bit harder to work with!)

1 banana, chopped to top (optional)

Directions:
To begin, combine your coconut milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, salt, and vanilla. Divide pudding into two equal portions. In one bowl, add 1 tbsp of cocoa powder and mix. In the second bowl, add two tablespoons of powdered peanut butter and mix. Either leave separate until ready to eat or alternate scoops into 6-8 one cup containers for individual, ready-to-grab portions. Top with sliced banana and enjoy for breakfast, snack or dessert!

IMG_20170329_063154_211.jpgCoconut Chai Tea Chia Seed Pudding
Ingredients:
1 can of lite canned, unsweetened coconut milk (use canned, not from a carton)
1 cup of near boiling water
1 Chai tea bag
1 cup chia seeds
2-4 tablespoons of maple syrup (depending on how sweet you’d like it)
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1/8 tsp cinnamon
Small pinch of ground ginger
Granola & flaked coconut for topping (optional)
Directions:
To begin, combine your coconut milk, chia seeds, maple syrup (add 1.5 first and then adjust for preference) and vanilla. Make a strong, but drinkable cup of chai tea with the 1 cup of hot water and tea bag. Pour into chia pudding mixture. Add your cinnamon and ginger. Leave in large bowl or divide into 6-8 one cup containers for individual, ready to grab portions. Place in fridge for at least one hour to set. Enjoy for breakfast, snack, or dessert!
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These looks awesome! I hope you get a chance to try them out!
Don’t forget to hop on over to Kelly’s instagram as well as her blog and check it out! You’ll be so happy that you did!

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Xo Lina

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