Updated: May 4, 2018
Happy St. Patrick's Day to all the leprechauns out there! For those of you who don't know, my father was born and raised just outside of Dublin, Ireland in a town called Naas. Growing up, I'd spend each summer running around the woods of our family home, chasing cows (they might have been chasing me, but I'm still not sure), and picking fresh veggies from the garden.
A typical summer day in Ireland would start off with a nice big bowl of Irish oatmeal and freshly picked berries, proceeded by a game of tag with my brothers in the back yard, chasing the farm animals or taking my granny's dogs for a walk, and then begging my dad to let me help cook dinner.
One thing I can guarantee we did not do there is make chia pudding infused with spirulina, alfalfa, barley, chlorella, mesquite and ginger. But now that I'm in Los Angeles... what better way is there to celebrate St. Patty's day that an ultra green, hydrating seed pudding?
Spirulina is a fresh water blue-green algae that reaps an insane amount of benefits. According to Dr. Axe, just one 3-gram serving contains 60% protein and an adequate amount of vitamins A, K1, K2, B12, iron, manganese and chromium. Spirulina has 2,800% more beta-carotene (a powerful antioxidant) than carrots; 3,900% more iron than spinach and 600% more protein than tofu. It's been used around the globe to detox heavy medals from the body, balance the microbiome, prevent cancer, lower blood pressure, boost energy and reduce cholesterol.
Spirulina is SO easy to incorporate in to your daily routine. Add it to smoothies, oatmeal, tea, milk, pudding, taco sauce. IDK - get crazy with it - you'll be happy you did!
Green Alchemy Chia Pudding
6 tbsp chia seeds
2 cups unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tbsp maple syrup or liquid sweetener of choice
2 ripe kiwis
1 tbsp spirulina, chlorella or green detox powder of choice (be careful to not over do it with the spirulina, because then it will taste a bit salty)
1/4 cup golden raisins (optional)
1. In a medium size bowl, mix together the chia seeds, coconut milk, vanilla extract, greens powder & sweetener. Mix well so that there minimal clumps.
2. Cover the bowl with wrap or a kitchen towel and let it sit in the refrigerator for 1 hour
3. After 1 hour, check to see if the chia seeds have absorbed the milk to make a "pudding" texture
4. Slice the kiwi and serve with golden raisins :)