Coconut-Mango Chia Pudding with Ginger

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This delicious chia pudding is perfect for breakfast, as a snack or dessert. When thinking about meal prepping for the week, I like to keep this recipe in regular rotation because it is quick and easy to prepare and nutrient-rich. Chia is high in fibre, omega-3 fatty acids and is a plant protein.

As a child, the only chia I knew of, was the ceramic “cha-cha-cha-chia” pig who lived on top of our fridge who sprouted chia “hair”. If you grew up in the 80’s, the chia pet might ring a bell. But today chia is widely available throughout the world and apart of a healthy diet.

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***Below you will find two of my recipes. The first is lighter and the second is richer/ creamier. Both are delicious but the second recipe is my favourite***

Coconut-Mango Chia Pudding with Ginger

Prep Time: 15 minutes           Resting Time: overnight in the fridge for best results.
Author: Milk & Marigolds      Serves: 4 large servings (easily scaleable)

Ingredients(Lighter Version): 
2 1/2 cups of bite-size mango pieces (I used frozen)
1/2 cup chia seeds
1 large can of full-fat coconut milk
1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
1/2 cup water
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp maple syrup or natural sweetener

Garnish Suggestions:
shredded coconut
fresh or frozen mango
1/4 cup shaved ginger

Ingredients(Creamier/Richer Version): 
2 cups of bite-size mango pieces (I used frozen)
1/2 cup chia seeds
2 large cans of full-fat coconut milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp maple syrup or natural sweetener

Equipment:
blender or masher
2 medium-sized bowls
whisk
funnel (optional)
jars or glasses for serving

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1. Begin by blending or mashing 2 cups of the mango until smooth. Add a couple tablespoons of water if needed to help it along. Reserve the remaining mango for topping/garnish. Pour the blended mango in one of the medium-sized bowls.

2. In the other medium-sized bowl, mix together all the ingredients but the mango. Whisk until well distributed and then pour half of the mixture into the bowl with the mango. Whisk contents.

3. Use a funnel or carefully spoon the coconut and the mango chias into jars or glasses. Create as many layers as you wish. Cover servings and refrigerate for several hours or for best results, overnight.

4. Top with garnishes and enjoy!

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Warm Mushroom Salad with Avocado, Dried Cranberries & Quick-Pickled Red Onions

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How are you getting your Vitamin D these days? Did you know that mushrooms are the only natural (non-fortified) plant source of Vitamin D? 

Mushrooms are incredibly versatile and can enrich any meal. If it is challenging to find fresh mushrooms, try ordering dried mushrooms which can be easily rehydrated. This warm mushroom salad is both sweet and savoury and full of nutrients. Let me know if you give it a try and please use @milkandmarigolds or #milkandmarigolds on Instagram to show me how yours turns out! 

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Words of Wisdom – Reads for Sustaining Inner Peace

What would your day look like if you gave yourself an extra 15 minutes in the morning? 20 minutes?

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Perhaps early mornings aren’t for you, for a long time they weren’t for me either. However, after two weeks of setting my alarm 15 minutes earlier, I completely shifted the way I approached my day. Did I ever hit the snooze button?  Absolutely.  But most days I dedicated those first 15 minutes to reading passages from the following attached literature. The result was a more positive outlook and a calmer mind.

The books selected and shared in this post are intended to help uplift the reader and provide simple practices for sustaining inner peace.

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Self Care & Wellness Kept Simple

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What Does Self Care Look Like To You?

To me, self care translates as being kind to myself. Mental health and wellness is something I have long been passionate about. Therefore, I felt it was time to bring this new category into what Milk & Marigolds has to offer.

When it has been instilled in us to put others before ourselves, self care can sound selfish. However, as the flying metaphor goes, “you need to put your oxygen mask on first, before helping others. ..”

As a teacher and a new mother, the majority of my time & energy is dedicated towards giving.  I am well educated on the science behind burnout and as prevention, I teach mindfulness exercises to my students, yet, I don’t practice it enough in my own time. Many of us are working towards getting more creative with our time and with our resources so self care and mindfulness can become a part of our regular routines.

The goal of Milk & Marigolds is to offer simple ways to bring calmness and self-care practices into your daily lives.

Good things are coming your way! Please subscribe to Milk & Marigolds or follow @milkandmarigolds  on Instagram.

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Skinny Sumo Salad

Looking to step up your salad game? We have got you covered with this Skinny Sumo Salad.

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Did you know that the Sumo is not an orange?
Although the Sumo’s appearance is gnarly, beyond the peel it is the sweetest and brightest citrus around. These gems are only available for a few months of the year from January to April and while they are more costly than the average citrus, Sumo Citrus is an absolute treat.

If Sumos are out of season or not within your budget, a combination of grapefruit and oranges will also pair lovely with these ingredients.

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Sumo Citrus

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Skinny Sumo Salad

 

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