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Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding (& video!)

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Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding. Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding. Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding. Say that three times fast.

But in all seriousness, how decadent is this dessert?

One of my favorite things to do is debunk the myth that healthy food can’t be self-indulgent and sweet. Take my dad for example. He’s juuuuust now getting more into healthy & sustainable eating. I gave him this pudding to try and I’m pretty sure his exact words were, “Micaela, this is really rich. What are you trying to do, kill me?” Mission accomplished. (Not that I wanted to kill my dad. I just wanted to prove healthy food can be extremely rich and satisfying… I know you know what I mean.)

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I made this for my family about 3 nights in a row when I was in the midst of photographing the recipe for the blog. A few canker sores forced us to take a wee break from chocolate and cherries but now we are back and ready to make this recipe again! Gotta take advantage of cherries while they’re in season!

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CHOCOLATE CHERRY CHIA PUDDING

(serves 1-2)

– 1 can full fat coconut milk
– 1 cup frozen cherries
– 1/4 cup chia seeds
– 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
– 2-3 Tablespoons maple syrup
– Pinch of sea salt

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Coconuts are rich in fiber, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.
Cherries contain powerful antioxidants and anthocyanins which aids in cancer prevention. Cherries also contain melatonin which helps regulate sleep and wake cycles.
Chia seeds are high in protein, fibre and amino acids, antioxidants and minerals. They are also high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which are known to reduce high cholesterol & inflammation and promote brain function.
Raw cacao powder is full of flavonoids, which act as natural antioxidants. They are also rich in magnesium and helps regulate blood pressure & reduce cholesterol.

Ready to see this recipe in action? One of my goals is to branch out into the realm of video more with this blog. I’ve made a few videos here and there, but I’d really like to make more. It adds a bit of extra oomph and extra oomph is always welcome when it makes something more exciting, don’t you agree? I hope you enjoy the video and please subscribe on YouTube to stay up-to-date with new videos I make!


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Recipe Giovanna Garcia (A Purified Life)
Words, photography & video Micaela Hoo (Drifter & the Gypsy)

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Smoothies w/ Style: American Sweetheart Parfait

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Haaaappy Friday! I’m extra happy today to introduce a new series on the blog. If you follow me on Instagram you know I’m a bit of a health nut. It’s partly by choice and partly dictated by the truckload of food sensitivities my body carries (which I’ll write about in a future blog post). I’ve been having so much fun with Drifter & the Gypsy’s food column lately that I’m starting a new series called Smoothies with Style, which combines my passion for healthy eating with fashion.

One of my favorite things to do in the summertime is to make smoothies. (I’m also known to make smoothies during the cold winter months, but I think it’s much more fun in the summer.) I love throwing together fruit & vegetables into my blender and seeing what bright and vibrant concoctions I can make. It really is an art. Case in point here.

For this column, I will create one smoothie recipe and an outfit to match with it. Being a huge fan of color and color combinations, I love matching together two photos that aren’t from the same genre but match in aesthetic & style. The series will be a combination of matching smoothies with both new outfits as well as already existing outfit pictures. It will include the smoothie recipe (of course) as well as a little fashion history on the outfit. This All-American parfait (I know I know, I cheated a little. It’s a parfait, not a smoothie–but close enough!) matched too well with my American Sweetheart outfit shoot that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to match these two together. I used all images I didn’t include in the first post to keep it fresh for you guys. But I WILL be creating entirely new outfits inspired by the smoothies too, so stay tuned.

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Here’s your first Smoothies with Style: American Sweetheart Parfait…

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Cilantro Green Smoothie

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This smoothie is quite a deceptive little guy. Its color is far from green, yet it’s jam-packed with so much green goodness. Spinach and kale are often the default greens for smoothies these days, but this smoothie features Swiss chard and cilantro for a fun and healthy twist. (Seriously, just check out the health benefits of these two rockstars at the end of the post.)

I feel like in life there are two kinds of people: Cilantro lovers and cilantro haters. I happen to be a cilantro lover. If you happen to be of the latter persuasion, try swapping out cilantro for another herb you like, such as mint or parsley. Or keep it simple and don’t use any herbs at all!

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CILANTRO GREEN SMOOTHIE

(serves 1-2)

Ingredients:

– 1 cup mixed frozen berries
– 1 cup cilantro
– 2 Swiss chard leaves
– 1 ½ cups coconut milk
– ½ Granny Smith apple
– 2 tablespoons almond butter
– Splash of lemon juice
– Sea salt

Procedure:

Place all ingredients and blender and blend until smooth.

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Ingredient Highlights:

Berries High in antioxidants, low in sugar/balance blood sugar, boost brain function, anti-aging
Cilantro Anti-inflammatory, high in antioxidants, aids detox, balances blood sugar
Swiss chard Excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, vitamin E and iron.
Coconut Milk Hydrating, good source of healthy fats, anti-inflammatory, supports skin health
Apples High in fiber, good source of antioxidants, supports cardiovascular health

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Recipe & ingredient highlights Giovanna Garcia
Intro & photography Micaela Hoo

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Berry Breakfast Bars

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I must admit that when it comes to breakfast, I often default to a handful of go-tos. These go-tos involve one of two things: oatmeal or a smoothie. There’s nothing wrong with these go-tos (they are my favorite breakfasts!), but sometimes I want to try something new. I usually achieve this by changing up the toppings in my oatmeal or the fruit and veggies in my smoothies. But still, sometimes I want something entirely different. It’s not that I lack creativity, it’s that I lack the time. These berry breakfast bars can be made ahead of time and refrigerated up to three days.

And don’t get caught up in the fact that these are ‘breakfast’ bars. They can totally be eaten as a snack or for dessert as well!

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BERRY BREAKFAST BARS

Makes 6-8 bars

Ingredients:

– 2 cups medjool dates, pitted
– ½ cup gluten-free oats
– ½ cup raw sunflower seeds or nut/seed of choice
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– Juice of ½ lemon
– Pinch of sea salt
– 1 cup mixed fresh berries, chopped

Procedure:

1. Place all ingredients in food processor fresh berries. Process until ingredients are well combined and mixture sticks together when pressed with fingers.

2. Transfer to a parchment lined dish such as a pyrex or cake tin. Press mixture down into pan to flatten out. Here you can decide what thickness of bars you want. Place in freezer for about 20 minutes.

3. While bottom layer is setting, place mixed berries in food processor and pulse a few times to chop them up. You may leave a few out for decoration. Spread over date mixture and slice into bars.

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The thing I love about these bars is that the toppings are so open-ended. Blueberries and raspberries instead of strawberries and blackberries? Sure! Peaches and plums or apples and kiwis? Why not? Don’t worry about staying within the berry family at all! Experiment!

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berry breakfast bars - drifter and the gypsy blog
Ingredient Highlights:

Dates High in fiber, calcium, iron, and potassium. Regulates digestive system, provides energy, healthy sweetener, boost the nervous system.
Gluten-free Oats stabilize blood sugar, improves cholesterol levels, contains antioxidants
Sunflower Seeds Anti-inflammatory (high in Vitamin E), nerve calming, vegetarian protein, supports detox, good source of healthy fats.
Berries High in antioxidants, low in sugar/balance blood sugar, boost brain function, anti-aging.

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berry breakfast bars - drifter and the gypsy blog
Recipe & ingredient highlights Giovanna Garcia
Intro & photography Micaela Hoo

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Asparagus and Beet Salad

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One of my favorite things about the springtime is that asparagus comes into season. Asparagus season is very brief–lasting only from late February/early March till about mid-May–so I am always sure to take advantage of the few weeks asparagus is on the shelves and at farmers’ markets. I love asparagus in any kind of flavor situation: Grilled, sauteed, steamed, roasted… Apparently you can pickle asparagus too, but I’ve never tried that (somehow it doesn’t sound too appetizing, I don’t know, that’s just me).

This particular recipe has steamed asparagus–which alone may sound kind of boring–but combined with beets, mint, lemon and balsamic vinegar creates a five-way marriage of awesomeness.

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ASPARAGUS AND BEET SALAD

Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

– 1 pound beets, peeled and sliced
– 1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed
– 2 Tablespoons chopped mint leaves
– 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
– 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
– Splash of lemon juice
– Sea salt and black pepper

Procedure:

1. Place beets in a steamer and steam for 10-15 minutes, until tender.

2. Remove beets and add asparagus to steam for about 8 minutes, until tender. (You may steam these together if you don’t mind the asparagus getting stained by the beets.)

3. Place steamed vegetables in a bowl and toss with remaining ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.

4. Serve over mixed greens or grains.

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asparagus - drifter and the gypsy blog
Ingredient Highlights:

Asparagus – High in vitamin K (which prevents blood clots and supports bone health), high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, supports digestion and regulates blood sugar

Beets – Rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and aid detoxification. Red beets support the heart and blood.

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Recipe & ingredient highlights Giovanna Garcia
Intro & photography Micaela Hoo

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Spices 101

If you’re like me, you have a ton of spices in my spice cabinet that you hardly ever use. They were probably for recipes I wanted to try and either made them once or didn’t make them at all. For this month’s food post with Giovanna Garcia we decided to make a little ‘Spices 101′ guide. There are so many health benefits packed into each teeny grain, I figured it was time to give the little guys some credit.

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We underestimate the power of spices. In my journey to health and in helping others reach their optimal health, I’ve learned to incorporate spices in every dish to enhance health benefits, but also for their amazing flavor. Spices have been used medicinally and therapeutically for many years. Each spice provides it’s unique flavor, color, and healing properties. Get creative with these beautiful offerings nature provides us with and enjoy the wonderful benefits.

CINNAMON

Cinnamon is a delicious naturally sweet and warming spice that has been used for thousands of years for it’s medicinal properties. It helps balance blood sugar, it’s high in antioxidants, improves risk of heart disease, anti-microbial, anti-clotting and the scent boosts brain function. Cinnamon is most often used in sweet dishes, but also goes well in savory dishes. Use in smoothies, chia pudding, desserts, porridge, tea such as homemade chai, soups, sautées and on roasted vegetables.

CAYENNE

Cayenne is used for it’s therapeutic properties in many populations. It packs a punch of benefits and has been commonly used in America for detox and helping the body become less acidic. Cayenne pepper is anti-inflammatory, eases pain, anti-cold and anti-flu, anti-fungal, aids digestion, reduces blood clots, and promotes heart health. It can be used in all types of cooking such as sauteing, roasting, salads, dressings, dips, sauces, teas, and even chocolate desserts. I love adding it to my superfood hot chocolate drink for a nice kick.

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CUMIN

Cumin is a delicious spice with a nutty and peppery flavor. It is commonly used in Mexican, Indian, and Middle Eastern cuisines. It also contains some important nutrients such as iron, manganese, copper and calcium. Cumin supports the immune system, aids digestion and is cancer preventative. It can be used in soups, stews, as meat and vegetable seasoning and dips and sauces such as hummus and pesto.

PAPRIKA

Paprika is a spice a spice made by drying and grinding up fruits that come from the chili family. It is used in many cuisines to season and add color to rice, soups and stews. Paprika is high in antioxidants, vitamin E and iron and is anti-inflammatory. It is often used to garnish dishes, but it’s benefits actually increase when lightly heated. Use paprika in soups, stews, to season vegetables and meats, in rice and salads.

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TURMERIC

Turmeric has a bitter and peppery flavor. It has an orange color and resembles ginger root. It is one of the main ingredients in curry, which is what gives it the orange-yellow color. Turmeric packs a punch of nutrition as well as adds an earthy flavor to dishes. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, cancer preventative, aids circulation, high in antioxidants, supports the immune system, eases pain, anti-bacterial, supports detox, speeds up wound healing and protects against flu and cold symptoms. It is mostly used in savory dishes, but can also be incorporated into sweet foods. Use turmeric to season vegetables and meats (it combines great with cinnamon), smoothies, curries, stews, soups, drinks such as hot chocolate or smoothies and chocolate treats.

NUTMEG

Nutmeg is a spice used to add flavor and aroma to dishes. It can be used in sweet and savory cooking. We commonly see it in dishes related to the holidays. Besides it’s delicious flavor, it has many health properties. It is anti-inflammatory properties, aids digestion, supports the immune system, relieve pain, boost skin health, aids detox, alleviate oral conditions, reduce insomnia, and improve blood circulation. Use nutmeg in porridge, smoothies such as this awesome pumpkin spice smoothie, desserts (especially chocolate), pesto, to season vegetables and meats and sauces.

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spices 101 - drifter and the gypsy blog
By Giovanna Garcia // Intro & photography by Micaela Hoo

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A winter’s salad

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You know what makes me sad? Winter produce. Not that I don’t like it, but the fact that it frequently gets overlooked. We often attribute fruits and veggies with the summer season. (Helloooo loves of my life: tomatoes, peppers, stone fruit, strawberries, watermelon….) But the winter has so much beautiful produce to offer as well!

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SHAVED BRUSSELS SPROUTS AND ENDIVE SALAD

Serves 2

Ingredients:

Salad

– 2 cups endive
– 8 brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
– 5 radishes, thinly sliced
– ¼ cup kalamata olives

Dressing

– Juice of 1 grapefruit (about ½ cup)
– ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
– 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
– 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
– 1 small shallot, minced
– Sea salt and black pepper

Procedure:

1. Place all prepared salad ingredients in a bowl.

2. To make dressing, place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Alternatively, whisk all ingredients together for a dressing with more texture.

3. Toss dressing into salad and serve.

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I don’t normally put grapefruit in my salads, but the tangy mixture of tart and bitter is a most wonderful juxtaposition of flavors.

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Ingredient Highlights:

Grapefruit – High in vitamin C and other antioxidants, cancer protective, prevents kidney stones and aids detox.

Brussels sprouts – High in vitamin K and vitamin C, aids detox, anti-inflammatory, supports cardiovascular health, high in fiber and aids digestion.

Apple cider vinegar – alkalizing, aids detox, supports skin health, soothes a sore throat, aids digestion, anti-bacterial and aids allergies.

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a winter salad - drifter and the gypsy blog
Recipe & ingredient highlights by Giovanna Garcia // Words & photography by Micaela Hoo

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