Healthy Food Offerings

In January, all my thoughts turn to healthy food offerings. After an indulgent and delicious holiday season, I can't wait to refresh my diet and try a few new things.

We all know that breakfast is an important part of starting our day but I find myself skipping it frequently. This recipe below makes it easy to have a healthy antioxidant-filled breakfast. I especially like the crunchy, naturally sweet topping which makes this feel rather indulgent.

Research suggests that high antioxidant levels are associated with reduced signs of aging, lower medical risks for many diseases, increased immunity to certain medical conditions and better skin and eyesight. These are all things that make us feel and look better -- certainly a goal of many. They are also associated with better body detoxification. Lucky for us many items high in antioxidants are also high in flavor and wonderful to add to your diet. Cocoa nibs, goji berries, blueberries, goldenberries and sliced natural almonds all add flavor and texture to your meals, as well as being good for your body.

Overnight superfoods chia bowl

Serves 2

2 cups almond milk or coconut milk

1 tb Sahadi Organic Honey or Al Wadi All Natural pomegranate molasses

¼ c. chia seeds

¼ ts. cinnamon

1 tb cocoa nibs

1 tb goji berries

1 tb dried blueberries

1 tb Goldenberries

1 tb sliced natural almonds

Whisk together the almond or coconut milk with the honey, chia seeds and cinnamon. Let sit in refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight. Stir gently and then top with cocoa nibs, goji berries, blueberries, goldenberries and natural almonds.

Feel free to mix it up with different nuts and fruits or seeds to customize to your personal taste.

Another fun way to avail yourself of these great properties is in customizing your evening tea. Herbs and spices are a wonderful nutrient-rich source of flavor. Tea is easy to infuse and has tons of medicinal properties as well as being warm, soothing and delicious

My favorite combinations are:

Chamomile, Ginger and lemon – Use ¼ cup chamomile, ¼ cup whole dried ginger root and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Hibiscus, Clove and Cinnamon – Use ¼ cup hibiscus, 1 tsp cloves and two cinnamon sticks

Cocoa Nib & Mint - Use ¼ cup each coco nibs and mint leaves

For all of the above bring to barely simmer and keep at that temperature to infuse at least 10-15 minutes. Sweeten to taste with Sahadi Organic Honey. All are great to recharge at the end of a long day -- soothing and satisfying. Remember this is just a jumping off point! Feel free to play around with your favorite herbs and spices. Of course, let’s not forget that one of the best sources of antioxidants is dark chocolate. One more reason to love modern medical research!!