Valentines Chia Chocolate Breakfast with Strawberry & Balsamic Smoothie

Valentines Chia Chocolate Breakfast with Strawberry & Balsamic Smoothie

Now I know I have disappeared for a while, far longer than I had ever anticipated.  It started with time seemingly becoming lacking and I was unable the luxury of reading other people’s blogs, then I got to post less and less, but I thought to myself I will surely have time to post my Happy  Monday.  Shock horror, time seemed to disappear completely!

I’ve had some major projects on and additions or addition to the family who I should have blogged about by now.  Archie is the sweetest new member to our family since losing Splodge last October who I still miss dreadfully.  Archie isn’t a replacement but I know Splodge would have approved of this cute addition.  To give you a sneak preview please look below but I will promise to post on our new little black furry four legged addition very soon, but before that I am throwing myself in with a healthy breakfast treat.  I have been on a mission to lose weight and or eat healthily, succeeding at one not always both.

Sneak Preview

Archie our little black pug

Archie our little black pug

So I present to you a lovely chocolate chia breakfast, I feel the chocolate being raw isn’t so naughty but rather healthy in fact if you research the benefits of raw chocolate, combined with chia, home made almond milk (recipe on this follow soon I promise also) and topped with Omega 3 seeds is a real superfood breakfast.

The strawberry smoothie a total treat, the balsamic really teasing the tastebuds, a lovely combination.

Visual Evidence


Valentines Chia Chocolate Breakfast with Omega 3 topping and Goji Berries

Ingredients

 

  • 40 grams chia seeds
  • 240 ml home made almond milk (or coconut depending on preference)
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut syrup (or your sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder, I used Fairtrade Organic, it’s delicious
  • 1/2 tablespoon of raw Goji berries, again I used Fairtrade Organic

Directions

  1. Mix chia seeds, chosen milk, Goji berries and sweetener together in a small bowl or glass mason jar. Let it set in refrigerator overnight.
  2. Remove it from the fridge, and make sure your pudding looks thick and the chia seeds have gelled. Top with fresh fruit and nuts, I used organic Omega 3 seed mix as a topping, enjoy immediately.
  3. I particularly like the way the Goji berries swell up in the chia when left overnight, if you don’t like this you can always add it as a topping.  It tastes good yet different either way.

Stawberries with Balsamic

Ingredients

  • 2 punnets of ripe strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon of honey or rice syrup which is what I used (trying to avoid too much sugar/honey)
  • To Serve
  • A dash of balsamic vinegar (to taste)
  • Ice cubes

Serves 2 – 4 or one if you’re greedy like me

Directions

Reserve a few strawberries for decoration.  Blend the rest with your sweetener of choice with a cupful of ice cubes and add 1/4 cupful of water – more or less as needed so it blends easily and is tasty to your palette.

You can blend in the balsamic like me or place to add in drops on the side, decorate with a few strawberries and posh glass!  Voila it looks like it should contain alcohol.  My youngest as myself absolutely adored this.

I am very excited to be able to post again and contribute towards Fiesta Friday #106

Take a look if you like cooking and moreso eating and enjoy all the recipes posted on Angies blog, FiestaFriday.net

There is lots more to come, but meanwhile enjoy whatever you are getting up to this weekend and see you soon.  I shall enjoy catching up with conversations.

Justine xx

 

  34 comments for “Valentines Chia Chocolate Breakfast with Strawberry & Balsamic Smoothie

  1. February 13, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Nice!

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    • February 13, 2016 at 3:37 PM

      Thank you 😀 Archie would probably only be as big as one of your dogs ears!!!

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      • February 13, 2016 at 3:38 PM

        They would get on real well

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        • February 13, 2016 at 3:42 PM

          He’s a really plucky little fellow, very sociable! Loves dogs with lots of loose skin ie my Frenchie as enjoys hanging off his Jowls lol. Teddy doesn’t seem to mind!

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          • February 13, 2016 at 4:00 PM

            My wont either! Well me Wentworth won’t.. Cora Morley may argue a bit!

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            • February 13, 2016 at 4:25 PM

              Lol. I think Archie is good at ignoring arguing. It’s his puppy wishes that he hears nothing else 😀

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  2. February 14, 2016 at 1:21 AM

    Oh my gosh. This little pup is just adorable. I think I would just give up cooking to play with that little baby. I’m trying to watch what I’m eating too, and I’m doing well….70% of the time. 😦

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  3. February 14, 2016 at 7:04 AM

    Hello Archie!!!! 😘

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  4. February 14, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    Same here, trying to eat healthier. And exercise more!! And welcome to the 70 percenter. Oh who am I kidding, I’m more of a fifty percenter 😄😄

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    • February 14, 2016 at 7:23 PM

      I failed totally today eating lots of red meat and chocolate blew my weeks diet!

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      • February 14, 2016 at 7:31 PM

        That’s ok, it’s Valentine’s Day, once a year. Just like Fat Tuesday, Cherry Pie Day, Margarita Day and on and on… All once a year, so we can actually have a reason to not follow our diet every single day, lol! 😄😄😄

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  5. February 14, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Lovely dog, lovely breakfast – you’re making this a real treat for us readers! Thanks for bringing these two along to Fiesta Friday; we wish you all the best for your healthy diet 😉
    Ginger x

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    • February 14, 2016 at 7:23 PM

      Thank you Ginger 😀 and Happy Valentines. The diet went a bit awry as chocolate got the better of me hehe x

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      • February 14, 2016 at 7:23 PM

        You can always go pna chocolate diet I suppose 🙂

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  6. February 14, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    What a nice breakfast! Plus it looks very pretty! 🙂
    Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

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  7. February 14, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    Aww… Archie is adorable! Happy Valentine’s Day, Justine. 🙂 I’ve missed you.

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    • February 20, 2016 at 9:46 AM

      Awe thank you that is such a lovely thing to say. Getting back in to the swing of things with a little Archie nipping at my feet, he loves the leather things on my slippers, trouble is I forget he’s there when I go to walk off and go flying!

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  8. February 15, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    It;s lovely to see you and that breakfast looks delish! Lovely new addition to the family too 🙂

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    • February 20, 2016 at 9:47 AM

      Thank you 😀 He’s a wonderful addition and Teddy has been so so good with him. Great to be back, how are things with you? x

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  9. February 16, 2016 at 5:30 AM

    This Valentine’s breakfast looks gorgeous! How lucky your husband is, Justine! 🙂
    Archie is adorable – I just want to reach in and cuddle him! haha!
    Oh yes, I know exactly what you mean by time being so limited these days!

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    • February 20, 2016 at 9:48 AM

      Oh I am sure Archie would attempt to lick your face all over, it’s one of his specialities, he is quick mover and it’s done before you even realise hehe xx

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  10. February 16, 2016 at 6:57 AM

    I love how this breakfast is so healthy! And I would never have thought to combine strawberries and balsamic in a smoothie! Thanks for sharing at FF!

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    • February 20, 2016 at 9:48 AM

      It’s an amazing combo, really tweeks the taste buds, almost heightens the taste of the strawberries, I think there are some odd but natural food combinations out there 😀

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