Golden Milk Chia Pudding

Golden milk has been a trend in the health world for a few years. I first tried it about 5 years ago, and have been enjoying it regularly since. Typically, golden milk is enjoyed as a hot milk drink and is perfect as a warm, comforting pre-bedtime snack. It’s made with the flavorful spices cinnamon and ginger, which boast huge health benefits which you can read more about in this blog post.  The star of the show is turmeric, a bright orange-yellow spice that has the potential to reduce the risk of chronic disease such as cancer, heart disease, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease. The little dash of pepper in the recipe actually helps boosts the digestion of turmeric.

I decided to take this popular drink and turn it into a breakfast in the form of chia seed pudding! In addition to the powerful spices, the chia seeds provide their own nutritional benefits. Each serving of the pudding contains ¼ cup seeds, offering 12 grams of protein and 20 grams of fiber. They are also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory and extremely heart healthy! If you’re not convinced, try giving it a shot for the delicious taste instead!

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Golden Milk Chia Pudding

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1, 15 oz. can light coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • Dash of pepper
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • 2 tsp. honey

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients and divide into 2 mason jars. Stir well to combine. I recommend shaking the mason jar or stirring a few times over the course a couple hours to prevent clumping of the chia seeds.
  2. Let sit at least 3 hours or overnight.

Weekly Meal Plan #10

My meal plans were a feature I used to do every week about a year ago. While it’s not something that I’m going to continue to post every week, I still think it is a fun look into my kitchen every once and a while and get some recipe ideas and meal prep inspiration. Here’s a look into what we had for dinner last week:

MondaySheet Pan BBQ Meatloaf Dinner

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This dinner came one day after the Super Bowl (*sad face*), for which I had made BBQ pulled pork. I had made my own BBQ sauce from this recipe, and saved a few tablespoons to use in the meatloaf.  Homemade BBQ sauce tastes soooo much better than the bottled stuff, is much less processed, more nutritious, and doesn’t take long to prepare at all. The meatloaf is rounded out with sweet potatoes and broccoli for color and nutrition.

TuesdayCarrot Apple Ginger Soup with Grilled Cheese

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This soup is on the sweet side because of the apple and carrots, but has a savory component from the onion and vegetable broth as well as some zing from the ginger. Soups always need a little something else on the side, so we had grilled cheese too!

WednesdayPiña Colada Chicken

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I actually got the idea to make this again when I was looking through old meal plans on the blog. One of the best things about having piña colada chicken in the winter is that the tropical flavors almost make you forget it’s winter (almost…).

Thursday– Banza Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Vodka Sauce and Spinach

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High protein pastas are all the rage these days! While there is nothing wrong with the carbohydrates in regular pasta, if you can squeeze some extra protein into your diet without any extra effort that is always a plus! Banza  pasta is made from chickpeas, and compared to whole wheat pasta has 5 additional grams of protein and 3 more grams of fiber.

FridayDeep Dish Pizza with Caprese Salad

I’m so sad I forgot to take a picture of this, but it was national pizza day so we had a little pizza party at my house. To make it more nutritious, I used whole wheat pizza dough and made my own tomato sauce.

Drink Up!

One of my new year’s resolutions this year was to drink more water. Sometimes I do really well with my water intake, but occasionally a day will go by that I’m rushing from appointment to appointment barely taking a sip. I know that I’m not the only one with this issue, so today I wanted to share some tips on hydration.

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The Importance of Water

Everybody knows we need water to “stay hydrated,” but what does this mean for our bodies? Water is needed in every cell, organ, and tissue in the body, and is vital for numerous bodily functions. Continue reading