Chia Pudding Success!

By a show of hands who has had an epic fail attempting to make chia pudding. Any one? Just me? Cool. Well I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been sure I got it right. Place it in the fridge overnight, so excited for a ready breakfast in the morning, only to reveal… milk with chia seed in it. What was I doing wrong? Where was the thick goodness these chia seed whisperers were attaining in their recipes??? Well I am pleased to announce: I got it right! Finally. And if any of you have failed with the chia pudding concoction I have the answer to your prayers. after much experimenting I’ve mastered it.IMG_4270

This chia pudding texture is exactly what you would imagine pudding to be like. Not soupy and not jiggly. Just right!

Ingredients:

1/4 c. almond milk (or any milk you prefer)

1/4 c. greek yogurt

3.5 tbs chia seeds

1/4 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp almond extract (I always add a little extra)

Whisk milk and yogurt together until smooth. add chia seeds and vanilla and almond extract. Let sit for 30 min stirring occasionally. If it appears to runny add more yogurt. Place in the refrigerator overnight for a yummy ready-to-go breakfast!

Almond Joy Cookies

So I have a sweet tooth. And I love chocolate. Crazy I know! Eating clean requires a balance. If you’re going to deprive yourself of things (like life’s necessity: chocolate) the healthy lifestyle of eating clean will not last. That’s why we “indulge” in healthy treats!

What’s better than chocolate and coconut? When you find out let me know. These almond joy cookies are ah-maz-ing. I came across them on Amy’s Healthy Baking blog. Now I’m always hesitant to try new clean cookie recipes. I’ve tasted everything from cardboard to mushy cardboard. But THESE! I have taken them to so many dinners and they are always a hit, even among friends that don’t share the clean eating lifestyle. Now let’s get to the good stuff: the recipe. almond-joy-oatmeal-cookies_8016

Almond Joy Oatmeal Cookies
Yield: 15 cookies

Serving Size: 1 cookie

These almond-flavored oatmeal cookies are filled with shredded coconut and chocolate, the same flavors as are in Almond Joy candy bars. They’re incredibly soft & chewy, and they’ll stay that way for an entire week if stored in an airtight container. But… They never last that long!

1 c (100g) instant oats (measured correctly)
¾ c (90g) whole wheat flour (measured correctly)
1 ½ tsp (4g) baking powder
½ tsp (1g) cinnamon
1/8 tsp (1g) salt
2 tbsp (28g) coconut oil or unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg, room temperature
¾ tsp (4mL) almond extract
½ c (120mL) agave
2 tbsp (10g) shredded unsweetened coconut
2 tbsp (28g) finely chopped dark chocolate
Whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut oil or butter, egg, and almond extract. Stir in the agave. Add in the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Fold in the coconut and a little over half of the chocolate. Chill for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 325°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Drop the cookie dough into 15 rounded scoops onto the prepared sheet. Press the remaining chocolate into the tops, and flatten slightly. Bake at 325°F for 12-15 minutes. Cool on the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.
Notes: It’s extremely important to measure the oats correctly. They should be measured like flour. If scooped directly from the container, you’ll end up with 1.5 times as many oats, which will make the cookies dry and crumbly, as well as prevent them from spreading in the oven.

Honey or maple syrup may be substituted in place of the agave.

Miniature chocolate chips may be substituted in place of the dark chocolate.

This is taken straight from Amy’s blog. Make sure to check her out for more great recipes!

ENJOY 🙂

http://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2014/11/17/almond-joy-oatmeal-cookies/

The Kayla Movement

By now you’ve probably heard of Kayla Itsines. If you haven’t, prepare yourself to spend the next several hours scrolling through before and after photos. I’m not kidding. She’s an amazing trainer and her clients’ “before” and “after” photos will leave you speechless. The kayla army, as we call ourselves, consists of millions of girls around the world on  a mission: to be the best version of themselves. For some that has meant gaining weight and overcoming eating disorder. For others, it has meant transforming into the woman they always believed they were but, for one reason or another, never fought to fully become.

I remember first looking through her Instagram page. Her tiny frame but killer muscles. She could kick anyone’s ass. I needed in on these workouts. Now before I started them I was thinking 28 minutes? Seriously this is definitely designed for girls- but I knew pictures from her passionate clients didn’t lie. I hopped on board… and boy was it painful. I has never sweat so much in my life!IMG_4257

I grew up playing sports. I was no newbie to exercise. I hate to admit that marriage caused me to gain more than a few pounds (20 total!)- What?! I was happy okay?! But I wasn’t happy when I realized what I had become. I needed my figure back- and I knew this would get me the results I wanted. Boy was I right!! I’m on my 9th week of consistently doing the circuits with LISS (low interval strength sessions) on the off days along with eating clean. I had started then stopped her guides a few times due to getting sick, vacation etc but this winter I decided quitting would not be an option. I’m on board and there’s no kicking me off! My results are showing and I’m addicted (fitness junkie as my husband likes to call me) but that’s fine with me!

Follow my journey with me as I post motivation, recipes, workouts and more!

https://instagram.com/cali_ellie_fitness/