Chia seed coconut pudding


IMG_0511 IMG_0515 IMG_0518This pudding is really rich and reminds me a lot of eating tapioca with my grandma when I was little due to the formation of gel when you soak the seeds in liquid.  I started eating chia seeds just recently using them in my juice drinks to up my fiber. Being pregnant really changes digestion and adding chia really, really, helped me. Chia seeds are grain free, gluten free, full of antioxidants, fiber and omega 3s.  You could even use them as an egg substitute in recipes (about 1 tbs chia/3 tbs water) which I’m excited to try.  Here’s the pudding recipe:

1 C organic lite coconut milk//1/4 C chia seed//1/4 C agave nectar//a handful of chocolate chips

Add chia and agave nectar to the coconut milk in a cup or bowl. Refridgerate overnight. Mix well. Add chocolate chips. Enjoy! xoJess

Gluten free Chocolate donuts


IMG_0272 IMG_0274IMG_0273IMG_0264 IMG_0259 IMG_0257I used this bloggers recipe and slightly altered it to what I had in the pantry. The husband loved them. They’re a perfect snack or quick breakfast.

Here’s what to do:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease donut pan. Mix all ingredients in medium bowl:

1 C gluten free flour, 1/4C agave nectar, 3 tbs cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking powder, salt, 1/2 C almond milk, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 egg.

Pour into the donut pan and bake for 12-14 minutes.  Cool for 5-10 minutes then slightly turn and pop out donuts.

Frosting: (this is my own recipe for PB cream cheese  frosting): 3 tbs peanut butter, 1 tbs agave nectar, 2 tbs almond milk, 1 tbs cocoa powder, 3 tbs kefir cream cheese.

Enjoy! xoJess

Cucumber pear cocktail


cucumber pear cocktail IMG_6322 IMG_6325 IMG_6327 I love experimenting with cocktails and I really wanted something fresh tasting and cool to get me through the rest of this summery heat.  The combination of cucumber and pear in this is sweet but not terribly so.

Ingredients: 1 part Pear liqueur, 2 parts vodka, club soda, 1 pear, 1 mini cucumber, lime, cucumber and pear slices for garnish.

The first step is to blend the peeled cucumber, pear, and vodka in a blender. Pour pear liqueur and the blended mix into a shaker on ice, shake well. Top with club soda and garnish. Serve in a martini glass or on ice.  I added extra club soda to my highball version but both drinks were equally tasty. Enjoy! xoxo JessicaIMG_6320

Decadent strawberry choco dessert cocktail


IMG_8200 _SnapseedDo you need a little more ‘kick’ to your dessert after this week?  Well, sometimes I have  weeks days like that too.  This dessert cocktail is definitely deliciousness in a glass.  The how to: Mix 1 part strawberry shortcake or other dessert flavored vodka, 1 part coffee liqueur, and fill it up with almond milk into a shaker of ice.  Shake well and pour the whole mix including ice into a glass. For a martini, rim a glass with chocolate syrup and pour sans ice.  Garnish with a strawberry and a few choco chips. Enjoy and TGIF my friends, Jessica.  
IMG_8197 _SnapseedIMG_8199For more cocktails go here, here, here, here, or here!

Vegan Ginger shortbread bars


IMG_8225IMG_8214IMG_8215IMG_8217IMG_8219IMG_8224I adapted this recipe from Deborah Madison’s vegetarian cookbook replacing butter with the vegan option Smart balance as well as a few other tweaks.  It’s softer and richer in my opinion than with real butter (I have nothing against real butter here, I just find myself avoiding dairy more and more these days)  It’s a super simple recipe and  a totally delicious treat.

Ingredients: 3/4 C rolled oats, 1/2 pound Smart balance butter replacement (1 Cup), 1 C light brown sugar, packed

1/4 tsp salt, 1 Tbs ground ginger, 11/2 C flour, 1/2 C dark chocolate chips (dairy free kind).

1//Preheat the oven to 350.  Beat your Smart balance ‘butter’ and sugar together until creamy and light.

2//Add in the salt, ginger and rolled oats.

3//Add in flour and choc chips.

4//Spread the batter into a 9×12 pan and bake for 30-35 minutes.

5//Let cool on a rack, cut into squares and enjoy!

This is great for a dessert treat with almond milk:)

Berry sparkler cocktail


DSC_0022 DSC_0028 DSC_0039 DSC_0041 DSC_0013For this drink I made a sorbet and simply poured sparkling wine on top–it was a great drink for our backyard BBQ/grilling night and a sorta celebration of my birthday.

Berry sorbet: 3/4 C sugar, 3 C frozen mixed berries, 1/8 C key lime juice, optional *add ice. Blend well in a blender. Freeze for 3-4 hours.

Spoon into glasses and pour sparkling wine to fill or sprite for a non-alcoholic version.  Add a few fresh berries to garnish and have a sweet weekend ya’ll!

Instagram: Healthy(er) choices


The weekend is coming and I know for me, my clean eating diet may slip up some; all those Costco samples, eating out, chips (lots) and salsa at our fave Mexican place, movie theater popcorn, cocktails, ect.  The hubs and I have been really focusing on eating clean this year (for many reasons) and i like to document many of the choices we make on Instagram (follow me at #Jesshm28).  Click on the pictures to get to a post I’ve already done with the recipe (if no link is there then it means I’m working on the post still!). Also, there’s a couple great links for more information on some of these awesome foods! Happy healthy weekend!

1//Sprouted whole grain toast with avocado. Fabulous breakfast with healthy proteins and fats. Have raspberries on the side for extra antioxidant benefits.

2//Fish cakes with sautéed mushrooms (recipe com in ya’ll). Super delicious and healthy!

2//Tabbouleh salad (recipe coming soon!). One of my all time favorites.  Soaked/sprouted grains are more loaded with nutritional value then regular “whole grains”.

3//Spinach, tomato, feta omelet  (on my recipe to-do list). Protein-packed, vitamin loaded awesome way to start the day and not get hungry before 12 pm!

4//Mixed baby green salad with peppers, onion, and lemon infused olive oil dressing (recipe on its way). Light summer dinner that’s fast and easy, can’t beat that!

5//Sake Bloody Mary with veggie garnishes. I love bloody’s and veggie garnishes. Load this one up for a cocktail snack!

6//Anything Dip made with almonds, evoo and more. Great on toast, crackers and as a veggie dip.

7//Green smoothie made with whole foods. Great way to get your greens in the a.m. Green foods are super nutrient dense and loaded with awesome health benefits. Try getting them at every meal!

8//Health remedy “fire cider”.  Fermented foods are great sources of probiotics, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. I made this remedy in winter months to stave off colds/flu and it worked!

9//Cheese fondu served with fruit, whole grain bread, and veggies.  This is a treat (aka high fat)  so use healthy dippers like raw veggies and fruits.

10//Jalepeno-watermelon martini (alcohol can have benefits, hello-decreased stress- if used moderately, 1-2 glasses per day for a healthy person)IMG_7404 IMG_7386IMG_7369IMG_7300IMG_7298IMG_6292IMG_5310IMG_4616IMG_4606IMG_4205IMG_6756