Ginger Pomegranate Twist

Ginger
Pomegranate
Twist

Need an afternoon pick me up that doubles as a snack? Enjoy this refreshing drink and wait 15 minutes – you won’t feel like having a snack!

Drinks

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INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ cup pure pomegranate juice
  • 1 and 1/3 cup cool filtered water
  • 1 and ½ tsp pure lime juice
  • 1 tsp agave nectar or ½ tsp stevia
  • 1 tbsp chia gel (see below)
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate seeds (arils)
  • Ginger slice, about ¼ inch thick
  • Ice (optional)

    To make the chia gel:
  • Mix 1 tbsp of dry chia seeds with 9 tbsp of filtered water
  • Stir to prevent clumping
  • Wait 10 minutes for chia to gel
  • Put into a reseleable container and refrigerate

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Ginger Pomegranate Twist

Makes one 8-ounce glass of punch

Powerfully fruity pomegranate gets a light zing from the lime, while the ginger adds a kick of complexity. Chia seeds and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds add fiber and fight hunger.

DIRECTIONS

Simply combine all ingredients and stir for about thirty seconds to ensure that the sweetener is dissolved.

Cut your ginger root slice, and place it in your garlic press. Squeeze it over the pomegranate mixture and the ginger juice will begin to drip. Use about five to eight drops of ginger juice (or to taste).

Freely customize the fruit balance to your liking! Add more water or ice cubes for a milder drink.


NUTRITIONAL NOTES: The combination of fresh pomegranate seeds (arils) and chia seeds provides you with two kinds of fiber: the soluble fiber of the chia gel, plus the soluble and insoluble fiber of the pomegranate seeds.  Combined, they will help to keep you hydrated and feeling satisfied longer.  In addition, ginger benefits digestion and several compounds in pomegranate juice may help protect against diabetes. This delicious beverage also provides a little protein and a sprinkling of healthy omega-3 oils. Pomegranate-700-60

Recipe by Emily Morris at the MySeeds Chia Test Kitchen

 

Blueberry Coconut Chia Pudding

Blueberry
Coconut Chia
Pudding

This recipe shows a simple way
to integrate chia, one of the
world’s most versatile superfoods, into your diet.

Breakfast

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    INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup organic blueberries
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 ½ cups organic almond milk
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds for a garnish

Blueberry Coconut Chia Pudding

Makes 1 ½ cups of pudding (4 servings)

Directions:

1. Blend half the blueberries and all ingredients except the chia seeds in
a blender

2. Stir in the chia seeds and place in a glass or plastic container

3. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving

4. Divide the pudding into 4 equal containers

5. Top with the remaining fresh blueberries and slivered almonds

This pudding will store up to 4 days in the refrigerator.


Chef Angela: Organic blueberries are more expensive, but they are a real nutritional investment: they will help you avoid high pesticide residues found in the non-organic kind.

 

Debbie’s Nutrition Notes: A pudding that will help DECREASE your appetite? Yes! Almost all of the carbohydrates in chia seeds are fiber, absorbing water and helping to make you feel more full. Chia seeds are also loaded with protein and omega-3 fatty acids, and they are high in antioxidants, substances that may help prevent cell damage.