From the desk of Lauren Palmer
First I want to mention the Weck Jars from Ettiene Market. Friends, these glass jars make wonderful storage containers for snacks. I have them in a variety of sizes and use them every single day. Truly. Three large ones sit out on my counter at all times always full of snacks. Coryanne Ettiene, owner of the Market, opened her market to sell stories that look like ingredients, and I find this so incredibly true with Weck Jars. Storing snacks in sustainable glass jars brings a richness to my personal culture that wouldn’t be felt by using a plastic baggy. These jars ground my kitchen and have become a reliable source of whole food snacks for all of my family members to enjoy. If you don’t own any Weck Jars for your snacks, today is the day! Ettiene Market is delivering or available for curb-side pickup. Please reach out today!
Okay-now on to snacks.
Like I said three large Weck Jars sit on my counter at all times with healthy snacks. First, we always have almonds and cashews. Always. This became a habit when Brian and I did the Whole30 for the first time a few years ago. It is nice to have a healthy, filling snack readily accessible at all times. I also keep plantain chips from Trader Joe’s in one of the Weck Jars, and often dip them in the Cashew Fiesta Dip –also from Trader Joe’s. This is a non-dairy “cheese” dip made of: cashews, potatoes, carrots, onions, green chile peppers, tomato paste, sea salt, distilled vinegar, garlic powder, and jalapeños. Clean, huh? I keep the plantains and nuts in THESE Weck Jars. (They come with glass lids, but I grabbed some of wooden ones to use at times. )
My friend, Shelley Loving, Founder of Shelley Can Help shared the recipe for Chia Seed Pudding with us today. Have you ever worked with Shelley? She is a local health and wellness coach, and I have actually known Shelley my entire life. Her recipe for Chia Seed Pudding is really simple and SUPER delicious. Chia seeds are high in protein, Omega 3s, fiber, and antioxidants, and when you soak them they swell slightly and soften. And of course, after making a batch and allowing it to sit in the fridge for at least an hour, I stored small amounts in Weck Jars. I had this size and this size on hand, but I think Shelley likes these. It is wonderful to wake up in the morning and have a healthy breakfast already made in the fridge.
1/2 cup organic coconut milk from the can, 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cashew milk (or whatever nut milk you have), 1/2 cup chia seeds, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1 cup blueberries, 2 tbsp slivered almonds (I just chopped whole ones I already had), 1 tbsp raw honey (local is best)
Combine all ingredients except blueberries, almonds & honey in a large container. Refrigerate for at least one hour or until chia seeds have set. I like to do mine overnight. Separate into Weck Jars and store in the fridge. Add blueberries, almonds, and honey when ready to eat.
Friends, Shelley and Coryanne are both my friends and both own small businesses. If you need any help with nutrition or kitchen accessories, please reach out to them. They are still conducting business during the quarantine, and I know would love to be of assistance to you! You can find Shelley HERE and Ettiene Market HERE.
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