Munch On This: Baked Crispy Roasted Chickpea Chips

Kale chips are fun to make and even more fun to scarf. They are a great snack to have instead of those pesky lays chips that don’t do you any good. Besides, who doesn’t love munchin’ and crunchin’ while watching a great movie or writing a blog about healthy snack ideas? Haha 🙂

I like a little variety: Yesterday was kale chips. Today is chickpea chips.

Whatever you fancy, whether it’s kale chips, nuts, seeds, crackers or in my case, delicious crispy spiced chickpea chips, we all need something to love….err, I mean munch. 

Ta-da! Are you licking the screen yet?

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Chickpeas are legumes. So don’t forget about your veggies! Pair these delicious chips with some cut up raw vegetables like cucumbers and baby carrots and you’ll have one heck of a healthy snack attack!

What you’ll need:

Soaked and rinsed organic chickpeas (about 2 cups)

1-2 tsp of organic virgin coconut oil

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp of cumin

1/2 tsp of chili powder

1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper powder (I like it really spicy so I usually do 1 tsp)

Black pepper

Optional: Squeeze of lime, pink Himalayan salt, Italian seasoning, turmeric powder

Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. With a paper towel, dry off chickpeas and place on cookie sheet. Add ingredients and using your hands, combine chickpeas until thoroughly coated with oil and spices.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until nicely browned. The longer you bake them, the crispier they will be! Be careful not to burn them! Let cool. And happily munch them with veggies of choice.

Hearty Chia Seed Pudding

Happy weekend everyone! 🙂

It’s a beautiful day in Toronto. The sun is shining, the sky is deliciously clear and the wave of summer vibes is here to stay! One of the best things about summer is feeling good about waking up in the mornings. Warm and sunny mornings allow you to start your day right, wouldn’t you agree?

And what’s the best thing you can do for yourself in the morning? Eating a healthy and scrumptious breakfast. It’s easy to grab a bowl of sugary cereal or oatmeal with some full fat milk but in my opinion, there are optimal and more nutritional meals you can have instead. If you want to start your summer day off right, you should eat right. Plain and simple. So after I have my glass of water and warm lemon water to wake my insides up from a good night’s rest, I opt for a chia seed pudding with hearty add-ons.

The recipe I’m about to share with you is vegan and free of yucky ingredients that we definitely don’t want in our breakfast. It’s also low in sugar, wheat and gluten free, high in anti-oxidants, rich in protein,  contains healthy fats and filling!

As you probably know, chia seeds are considered to be one of the many amazing super foods that Mother Nature has to offer to us. Despite their size, chia seeds are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are loaded with fiber, protein and omega 3 fatty acids. It’s easy to use and consume – sprinkle them in salads, bake with them, add them to smoothies and juices and my favourite way: puddin-nize ’em! (I made that word up btw!)

Here are some fast food facts about chia seeds and why they should be a staple part of your everyday diet…

  • Provides a massive amount of nutrients with very few calories! Excellent for someone trying to lose or maintain their weight. It’s unique way of gelling with liquid helps to keep you full for hours. It’s also an excellent low carb food as most of the grams is fiber!
  • Ideal food to help balance blood sugar. It’s great combination of soluble and insoluble fiber combine to slow down your body’s conversion of starches into sugars. Eating chia with a meal or as a meal will help you turn your food into a constant, ready energy and fuel your body rather than giving you the ups and down cravings that weigh you down.
  • Chia is the richest plant source of Omega 3 fatty acids. By weight and gram per gram, chia has more omega than salmon!
  • Rich in anti oxidants (more than blueberries) and contains good quality protein!

So whether you want to lower your cholesterol or blood sugars, properly lose weight or have more nutritional foods in your everyday diet, chia seeds will help you do all of that. Did I mention they’re also gluten/wheat free and vegan? 😉

If you don’t like the taste of gelatinized chia seed (chia seeds with liquid), you can sneak them in your smoothies or juices for added nutrients. But seriously, you should try making a chia seed pudding! It’s perfect for a filling breakfast, mid day snack or even dessert!

Don’t underestimate tiny things!

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Here’s my yummy basic go-to recipe which can be easily customized to your liking:

1 1/4 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (homemade if you have!)

1/4 cup of organic chia seeds

1/2 teaspoon of organic vanilla extract, flavouring or bean pod (alcohol free please!)

1 teaspoon of xylitol or some stevia (optional)

Add all of the ingredients in a glass jar or bowl. Give it a quick stir. If using a jar, cover with a lid and shake like crazy to mix it all up. If using a bowl, let sit in the fridge and stir occasionally. Refrigerate until it becomes very thick and pudding like. You can do this for a few hours or overnight. For me, 20 minutes does the trick; plus my stomach is impatient.

Top with super essentials: tons of organic blueberries (I like them frozen!), raspberries, raw almonds and half a teaspoon of organic cinnamon. If I want to satisfy my sweet tooth, adding unsweetened coconut flakes, carob/cacao powder or chips and coconut milk does the trick! Enjoy! x

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