Blueberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding

Blueberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding

If you follow me on Instagram, this recipe probably looks familiar. It’s become a go-to for me as the weather has warmed up so I think it’s worth sharing on the blog as well!

This blueberry mint chia seed pudding only requires five ingredients and is the perfect warm-weather breakfast or snack. Think light and refreshing–just enough sweetness without feeling like dessert.

Blueberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding

Serving Size: 2 modest servings or 1 big 'ol bowl

Blueberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding

This light, refreshing blueberry mint chia seed pudding is the perfect summertime breakfast or snack.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut milk (NOT canned)
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries + more for topping
  • 1 banana
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 heaping tbsp fresh mint leaves (packed)
  • Optional: 1 tbsp natural sweetener (honey, agave, maple syrup)*

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients except the chia seeds into a blender.
  2. Stir in the chia seeds (you can either put the blender speed setting on super slow or just mix in with a spoon).
  3. Refrigerate in a sealed container overnight or at least 8 hours.**
  4. Top with blueberries and enjoy!

Notes

*I add the optional tbsp of sweetener (honey is my favorite if you're not vegan) if I use unsweetened coconut milk. Otherwise, I don't feel it's necessary. **Because of the banana in this recipe, you might notice the outer layer of your pudding is slightly darkened when you go to get your pudding out of the fridge the next morning. It's just the banana browning slightly. Stir it up and there won't be any negative taste consequences. That being said, I wouldn't save this in your refrigerator for more than a few days.

http://pumpsandiron.com/2016/06/26/blueberry-mint-chia-seed-pudding/

Blueberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding

Om nom nom.

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Red, White & Blue Patriotic Activewear Roundup

Red, White & Blue Patriotic Activewear

Other than the year Joe had to get post-MMA-fight hand surgery, the 4th of July is always one of my favorite holidays. For this festive activewear roundup, I tried to choose a good mix of price ranges for the items. A couple are on sale; I have discount codes for some; and others give back to charity. The rest are just cute. 🙂

1. Terez Tie Dye USA Performance Capri Leggings | I have a couple pairs of Terez leggings and might just need to add this fun print to the collection! If you’re new to Terez, you can take 25% off their leggings with the code nicole25. This particular print, however, might be an exclusive for Shopbop (I can’t find them on the Terez site). Luckily the ‘bop is having a sale and you can use the code 25EXTRA for an additional 25%. Not totally sure if these leggings are included in the sale but worth a try! $75

2. Make + Model Freedom Jogger Sweatpants | Cute and affordable–love that! $38

3. K-DEER leggings  | Not only is the pattern super cute, but I hear K-DEER leggings are incredibly comfortable (I don’t own a pair myself but have been eyeing them!). This particular design from K-DEER is especially awesome because 5% of sales go to T.A.P.S. $98 long / $88 cropped 

4. S’well Love 9oz Water Bottle | I am on an awful roll with losing water bottles every. single. time. I bring them with me to a fitness class. Maybe having a stylish one like this would motivate me to keep better track of my water bottles … $25

5. Nation LTD Stars Tank & Crop Tee | Cute for everyday wear as well as the gym. $70 tank / $81 tee

6. Sadhana TAPS leggings | These patriotic prints from Sadhana give back! $1 from every purchase goes to T.A.P.S. $80

7. Beyond Yoga Swept Away Open Back Tank | Love the open back! This tank is on sale (and you can get 15% off a purchase if you use the above link). $35.50 

8. Fabletics 4th of July OutfitsFabletics is always reasonably priced and if you become a VIP member you save even more. Love their July collection!

Which are your favorite items?

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What Was Inside My Summer BabbleBoxx

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Aside from a brief obsession with Bath & Body Works that was pretty much a rite of passage for 90’s kids (I can still identify the scent of Juniper Breeze and Cucumber Melon a mile away), I was never really interested in beauty and skincare products until I hit my late 20’s. I guess noticing your forehead start to crease every time you lift your eyebrows to apply mascara will cause your interests to shift. 😉

When I got this fun opportunity to receive a wellness and beauty BabbleBoxx, I was excited because all the brands involved where new to me and I always love discovering new products. I got to try everything from body scrubs to leggings, so let’s look inside my delivery! Some brands are offering reader discounts so be sure to keep an eye out below.

Tree Hut Shave Prep Body Scrub

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This Shave Prep Body Scrub from Tree Hut exfoliates, removing dead skin and lifting hair. As the name suggests, it’s great as a pre- hair removal scrub, but I also think it’d be perfect to prep your skin for a spray tan. It’s thick and gritty enough to efficiently exfoliate, but I didn’t find it to be too rough. There are oils in it (oat kernel oil and avocado oil among others) that help soothe the skin. Added brownie points for being paraben-free and made in the USA!

2(X)ist Tank Top & Leggings

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The Square-Cut Tank from 2(X)ist is slim fitting and made from cotton. It’s a good everyday tank and I know I’ll get a lot of use from it when the weather gets cold again and I’m constantly laying with sweaters. It’s $26.

2(X)ist has leggings in prints, ombres and solids. The style I went with has a mesh panel in the back of the calves which is a fun touch and there’s a hidden zipper pocket in back for storing keys or a card. The fabric is super comfortable. If you think of workout legging fabric on a spectrum of straight up spandex to soft everyday-wear cotton, these are towards the cotton side. Solids are $48 and prints are $52.

Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Supreme

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LiftActiv Serum 10 Supreme is a lightweight anti-wrinkle and hydrating face serum containing Rhamnose (a sugar) and Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid. According to Vichy, this serum improves the signs of aging by reducing wrinkles and fine lines, evening out complexion, hydrating skin and giving it a plumped, lifted appearance. I’ve been using it regularly for only a bit more than a week so I can’t say the fine lines above my eyebrows have miraculously disappeared, but I have noticed a major difference in the hydration department! Air conditioning typically dries out my skin, but I’ve been feeling moisturized all day and night since using this serum (I put it on before bed and then in the morning after teaching). The serum is lightweight and absorbs quickly. It’s paraben-free.

READER DISCOUNT: You can get 20% off and free shipping on all LiftActiv products with the code BABBLEBOX (enter at checkout). The code is valid through 11:59pm PST, 06/30/2016. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or gift sets.

Village Naturals Aches + Pains Muscle Relief Products

These Village Naturals products would be the BOMB.COM if you had a cold. Not to say the products aren’t good for other times, but the eucalyptus-spearmint-menthol ingredient combo just screams “cold remedy” to me with its natural ability to clear the sinuses and soothe achey muscles.

Village Naturals Aches + Pains Muscle Relief Foaming Bath Soak with Epsom Salt

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Epsom salt baths help ease stressed muscles. This one also contains oils and extracts to make a softly foaming bath that’s so relaxing!

Aches + Pains Muscle Relief Concentrated Mineral Bath Soak

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This is similar to the above bath soak. The combination of sea salt and epsom salt help to draw out impurities and ease tired muscles, and the concentrated formula means you get relief by using less than you’d need in a traditional epsom salt bath.

Aches + Pains Muscle Relief Foaming Bath Oil & Body Wash

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As far as scent goes, this one is a little less intense with the whole menthol-spearmint-yup-I’m-awake-now smell. You can use it as a bath oil or can put it on a loofa as a body wash (that’s how I’ve been using it).

READER DISCOUNT: $1 off any one Village Naturals Therapy product with this link.

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

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I rarely wear a full face of make up because my job involves either sweating or working alone in my apartment, mostly likely sans pants. That being said, I love mascara. It’s crazy the difference just that little oomf to my lashes makes (to me, anyway!). IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara combines strengthening biotin and collagen in its formula to create a thicker, longer lash appearance. I’ll let the before and after pictures speak for themselves!

In the picture below, the left side of my face has no mascara on it and the right lashes have a coat of the Superhero Mascara. And yes, I totally took these using the “pretty filter” in SnapChat so that my skin would look like that of a newborn. 🙂

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The brush makes for an even application of the mascara and I love that it’s easy to remove (with just my regular face wash it all came off).

Have you tried any of the products/brands in this post? Thoughts?

Have you discovered any new skincare/beauty products lately that you’re absolutely loving?
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media. All opinions–as always!–are my own. I appreciate your support of the brands that make this blog possible! 🙂