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Peppermint Mocha Shake

Off I go for a one on one coach training. I’m a home body and I don’t get out a lot on purpose, so when I do, a meeting planned for 90 minutes is sure to last a lot longer because there’s just SO MUCH to catch up on!  And seeing that my metabolism does best when eating every 3 hours,  I came prepared!


8oz brewed Coffee, 2oz water, 1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder or Superfoods Shake (I used Vegan Chocolate by Shakeology), 3 drops Peppermint EO (or use 1/2 tsp pure extract), 4 ice cubes and blend.

Oh,  I also added a scoop of extra fiber – you know,  trying to up my fiber in the quest for cancer prevention!

I used my NINJA Nutri Cup to blend and take the shake with….you just have to remember that the lid has an opening when you get out of the car,  oops.

What’s your favorite Holiday Drink?


Chia Fruit Bowl

I have a deep love for Chia, if not possibly even an addiction!   I love Chia jam, Chia bread, Chia in Oatmeal, Chia in green smoothies, Chia pudding and Chia in juice.  I have never had a Chia Pet though.

Unfortunately my Chia Pudding never really turns out like Pudding.  It’s either too dense with seeds or too liquidy to be called a pudding.  It’s still tasty though and I keep a batch to eat if I have a craving for sweets or to use in my new favorite Chia Fruit Bowl.

On hot summer days in Germany (yes, there are such days!) my Mom spends hours in the kitchen cleaning, cutting, boiling and straining all sorts of red fruits to mix with Pearl Sago and makes Rote Grütze.  It always smelled sweet, took all day to make and hours to set and when we can finally eat it, it is oh so delicious and refreshing!   I have never attempted to make it because I have no idea what “Johannisbeeren” are called in English or where to find them in Las Vegas.  And more importantly, no other Rote Grütze I have ever tried has come close to tasting as good as what my Mom makes.  So it has to be her touch.  You know…made with love ♡

This Chia Fruit Bowl somehow reminds me of that without trying to immitate it, and fail.  It can be eaten cold, but I think it’s the heating up of it that makes it extra tasty.  And bonus: it doesn’t take all day.

This is super simple to make and you could probably figure it out yourself.  But if you’re anything like me, you like to know the exact steps someone took to make something you want to try yourself.  And then adjust it.

How To Make It
For best results you do need to have that Chia pudding concoction ready in your fridge and here is how I make it.  Use organic whenever possible, or non-gmo-certified.

8 Tb Chia seeds
2 tsp Vanilla (fresh or flavoring)
2 cups (500ml) Almond Milk (I use plain and unsweetened)

Stir it all together in a storage container, stir, stir, stir, and place it in the refrigerator to thicken.  I like to let it sit for at least 4 hours before I eat it or use it for anything else.  Stir it again to break up some of the seeds that stuck together.  Now it’s ready.

For the fruit bowl all you need now is, you probably guessed it, fruit.  My current favorites are Blueberries, Strawberries and Apricots.

2 hand fulls Blueberries
4 Strawberries cut into small pieces
1 Apricot cut into small pieces

Top it with 4 Tablespoons of your Chia Pudding, mix and eat OR even yummier heat it up for a couple of minutes.

I currently savor mine for breakfast, with the Pugs by my side, sitting outside and enjoying the morning.  Simple joys!

Of course you can top it off with more almond milk, add mint leaves, cinnamon, or for a dessert have it hot over some ice cream!

Enjoy and let me know how it turns out for you and how you changed it to make it yours ♡

🙂 Melanie