Raspberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding Smoothie + Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by my friends at MegaFood. All opinions—as always!—are my own. I appreciate your support of the wonderful brands that make this blog possible. 🙂

So is it chia seed pudding or is it a smoothie? Both! I’ve mentioned before that sometimes—as delicious as they are—smoothies don’t fully satisfy me as a meal because I haven’t chewed anything. I’ll finish my smoothie then reach for something to eat. So the other day the idea popped into my head to just top my smoothie with something I could dig a spoon into. Duh. Friends, meet my delicious Frankenstein creation: the raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie.

Slurp down this raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie with a straw ... then a spoon!

You slurp down the smoothie portion with a straw as the chia seed pudding inches its way to the bottom of the glass, picking up streaks of yummy smoothie as it goes. When the last slurp gets stopped short with the thick pudding clogging the straw, your reach for your spoon and dig in.

One of my favorite smoothie add-ins is a scoop from one (or several) of MegaFood’s Daily Nutrient Booster Powders. You might remember these two recipes I posted last year using them:

Slurp down this raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie with a straw ... then a spoon!

For today’s raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie, I’m adding in a scoop of Daily Energy. This whole food powder is “mindfully crafted” to support a healthy, active lifestyle.* I love that phrase—”mindfully crafted”—and it really does sum up the way in which MegaFood approaches all its products. Daily Energy contains Eleuthero, Ashwagandha and Bacopa, herbs that have been celebrated through history for supporting a healthy stress response. It also contains FoodState® Chromium and Green Tea to help enhance mental alertness, focus and healthy metabolism.*

For those thinking, “What the heck is FoodState?”: MegaFood’s FoodState Nutrients are made with whole foods to provide essential vitamins and minerals. They’re gentle on the body and easy-to-digest, which is why you can take MegaFood supplements even on an empty stomach. I try to take my vitamins with breakfast, but some mornings I’m racing off to teach at the crack of dawn and it just doesn’t happen. I love that I can still take my multi without getting a stomach ache!

Slurp down this raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie with a straw ... then a spoon!

Raspberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding Smoothie

Yield: 1 smoothie

Raspberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding Smoothie

Ingredients

  • ½ heaping cup fresh raspberries
  • 1-2 tbsp packed fresh mint leaves (if you just want a subtle mint flavor do 1—I love mint so I usually do 2)
  • 1 banana, frozen*
  • 1 scoop Daily Energy
  • ⅓ cup coconut milk, plus more if needed to reach desired consistency
  • Toppings of choice: I used frozen raspberries (so the pictures would be pretty—in real life, I like fresh) and bee pollen. Granola or a little peanut butter would also be yummy!
  • For the chia seed pudding:
  • ⅓ cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3-4 raspberries, muddled (optional—this is just to give it a pink hue)

Instructions

  1. Stir together the chia seed pudding ingredients and let sit for 10 minutes (until gelled and thick).
  2. Blend smoothie ingredients in a high-speed blender. If too thick, slowly add coconut milk.
  3. Pour the smoothie into a glass then top with the chia seed pudding. Finish with desired toppings.
  4. Enjoy with a straw … then a spoon!

Notes

*If you only have fresh bananas on hand, you could use frozen raspberries instead of fresh. Just make sure one or the other is frozen so you get a good, thick smoothie texture.

http://pumpsandiron.com/2017/06/23/raspberry-mint-chia-seed-pudding-smoothie-giveaway/

Slurp down this raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie with a straw ... then a spoon!

You’ll notice in the above recipe that the chia seed pudding portion is really simple and plain. That’s because you’ll have smoothie remnants and toppings at the bottom of your glass to mix into it with each spoonful.

Daily Energy Instagram Giveaway

Before you run off to make your own chia seed pudding smoothie, hop on over to Instagram to enter to win a jar of Daily Energy Nutrient Booster Powder for you and a friend! Post is embedded below as well to make things easier.

To enter:

  • Follow @nicoleperr (that’s me) and @megafood on Instagram
  • Tag a friend in the comments section of my giveaway Instagram post (below)

That’s it! I’ll randomly pick a winner tonight and you and the friend you tagged will both receive some Daily Energy to take your smoothies to the next level.

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Chickpea Veggie Fritters (Vegetarian + Vegan Options)

These chickpea veggie fritters have a hint of ginger and are perfect to add to your next Buddha bowl or salad! Vegetarian and vegan options. | Pumps & Iron @nicoleperr

My obsession with Instagram stories is growing by the day (@nicoleperr). I wanted to test a vegan version of these chickpea veggie fritters and asked Instagram for tips on cooking with flax eggs and got so many helpful responses. You guys rock! At this point I’m pretty comfortable with vegan replacements for dairy but cooking without eggs is still new to me. Right now I eat eggs (I talked more about going vegan-ish in this post), but should I decide to nix them, I want to be comfortable with eggless cooking.

These chickpea veggie fritters have a hint of ginger and are perfect to add to your next Buddha bowl or salad! Vegetarian and vegan options. | Pumps & Iron @nicoleperr

These chickpea veggie fritters are easy to make and have a hint of ginger that gives them a delicious personality. I don’t know if personalities can be delicious or if food technically even has a personality but we’re just gonna go with it …

These chickpea veggie fritters have a hint of ginger and are perfect to add to your next Buddha bowl or salad! Vegetarian and vegan options. | Pumps & Iron @nicoleperr

Chickpea Veggie Fritters (Vegetarian + Vegan Options)

Yield: 12-15 fritters

Chickpea Veggie Fritters (Vegetarian + Vegan Options)

Ingredients

  • 15.5 oz chickpeas (1 can), rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini (about 1 medium zucchini)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots (about 2 carrots)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (I've used whole wheat and panko—both work!)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 eggs (see notes for vegan alternative)*
  • 1" ginger root, peeled and grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • Salt + pepper to taste (be generous)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. If you're making these vegan, prepare the flax eggs (see notes). Otherwise, whisk together the eggs in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Using a small food processor, pulse the chickpeas. You don't want them to turn into a paste, so don't overdo it. You want them combined but still with a bit of chunk. If you don't have a food processor, just coarsely mush them up with a fork.
  4. Use a grater to shred the zucchini and carrots. Use a paper towel to press out excess liquid.
  5. Add all ingredients to a big bowl and mix together (easiest to use your hands).
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or lightly grease it). Roll the veggie mixture into small balls (about 1 1/2 - 2") and then press down into a patty shape. Place on the pan.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes. If doing the vegan version, keep in a little longer (25-30 minutes).

Notes

*Egg replacement = 2 tbsp flax meal + 5 tbsp water. Mix them together in a small bowl and let sit while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. You want the mixture to start to gel. Depends on the temperature of the water, but could be good to go in as little as 5 minutes.

http://pumpsandiron.com/2017/06/04/chickpea-veggie-fritters-vegetarian-vegan-options/

These chickpea veggie fritters have a hint of ginger and are perfect to add to your next Buddha bowl or salad! Vegetarian and vegan options. | Pumps & Iron @nicoleperr

There’s no taste difference between the vegan and vegetarian versions, but there is a slight difference in texture. The eggless patties will be a little more crumbly but if you’re just going to break it up in a Buddha bowl or salad then who cares, right? 😉 I would recommend rolling them a little smaller than if you’re using eggs. And be sure to let them cool out of the oven for a few minutes before trying to move them from the pan.These chickpea veggie fritters have a hint of ginger and are perfect to add to your next Buddha bowl or salad! Vegetarian and vegan options. | Pumps & Iron @nicoleperr

If you’re food prepping for the week ahead, make a batch of these and keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge to add to your lunches and dinner all week. I also eat them as a snack dipped in hummus. Sounds weird but it’s goooood.

Simple Berry Smoothie Bowl & Grocery Delivery with Peapod

This post was sponsored by Peapod and links are affiliate. All opinions—as always—are my own. I appreciate your support of the brands that make this blog possible!

It’s not uncommon for me to go to the grocery store almost every single day in a week. Living carless in the city, I can only carry so much at at time on foot back to my apartment. And if I’m making recipes for the blog that week, forget about it. Sometimes I make multiple trips to the grocery store in a single day. So remind me again why I haven’t been using Peapod for years?!

Peapod is an online grocery store via Stop & Shop. Just like browsing your favorite online clothing retailer, you can browse the site by category (aisle) or use their search bar to find specific items. One feature I love is that Peapod remembers your orders so that you can browse past purchases and easily add those favorite items to your cart the next time you shop. And they have a whole section dedicated to organic. *jazz hands emoji*

Once you’ve added everything on your grocery list to your cart you can choose a pick-up time or, my option of choice, a delivery date and time. Delivery is available as soon as next-day and then you can pick a two-hour window during which to have your groceries arrive. It’s so convenient! And new Peapod customers get free delivery and pick-up for the first 60 days with code 60DAYSFREE (enter into promotional code box at checkout). You better believe I’m taking advantage of that! 😉

The first thing I made in the kitchen from my Peapod delivery was a simple smoothie bowl with some not-so-simple toppings. Guys. I chopped up a peanut butter cookie Larabar to top my smoothie bowl and now life will never be the same.

Simple Berry Smoothie Bowl

Simple Berry Smoothie Bowl

Yield: 1 bowl

Simple Berry Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup almond milk (additional 1/3 cup if needed to achieve desired consistency)
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • You pick the toppings:
  • 1 peanut butter cookie Larabar, chopped
  • Small handful granola
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Place everything in a blender and combine until smooth.
  2. Add desired toppings.
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Peapod Discounts for Your First Delivery

I already mentioned the 60 days free delivery and pick-up (60DAYSFREE promo code entered at checkout) but wait wait I’ve got MORE savings for you! Get $15 off your first order with THIS LINK (or any of the links to Peapod used throughout this post). When you head to the Peapod site, they’ll have you enter your zip code to make sure the service is available in your area (Boston friends, you’re good to go!). 

To answer my shirt‘s question: I do now. 😉