Lavender Chia Pudding and the Blender Girl

by Julie on September 9, 2016


Hey Happy September! Summer happened (it was really great over here, hope your summer was too!) and here we are heading into a warm fall and hopefully not too chilly of a winter! Some of you are enjoying spring, I’m totally jealous…. as I’m a spring baby and that’s my season of all seasons!

However, home sweet home….I’m ready for some tasty breakfasts that help me feel energized yet I’m not quite ready for a hot porridge. I’ll save that for the rainy and snowy mornings.  This Lavender Chia Porridge recipe is from my book and was just featured by my dear online friend Tess on her blog The Blender Girl.  She so kindly did a wonderful summary of my book while sharing this recipe for you and for all her readers to enjoy this season.

If you jump on over to her blog you’ll find this recipe as well as a great place for smoothies recipes as well as her two cook books, her 14-day clean eating program and, and, and… she even has a fabulous app that I just downloaded to make it even easier to whip up the tastiest and most nutritious smoothies ever!

Oh and if you are looking for more regular posts from the Alkaline Sister, that’s me of course, my Instagram is where I find it most convenient to share–check out my stories there too as that’s been fun to post on as well!  You can also go to my Facebook page too!  I’ll be here sharing on this blog too but less frequently.

If you missed the article in Yam Magazine you’ll be inspired by a wonderful story of motherhood with 4 moms and their journey, one of whom is yours truly! It’s now available for free to read online.

And lastly if you haven’t picked up a copy of my recent book Eat Better, Live Better, Feel Better just click the book image on the right and you’ll be off to a healthier you!

Have a wonderful weekend and happy Alkalizing my dear friends :)

Julie, your alkaline sister



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Carrot Cake Teff Porridge

by Julie on March 22, 2016

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Although spring has sprung here on the West Coast we still get lots of rain to nurture all the pretty flowers that are emerging daily–my favourite pretty part of spring of course!  But rainy blue days still call for cozy breakfasts to go along with my green juice.  This teff porridge is the perfect way to start your day.

No, it’s not white like cream of wheat (that old favourite from my childhood) but it does resemble it in texture since teff is such a teensy weensy grain, perhaps the smallest in the world!  Because it’s so tiny it actually packs way more punch!  The bulk of the seed is germ and bran thus very high in fiber, thiamine and iron. It is the highest in calcium of any grain, also containing Vitamin C which is rare for a grain.  It’s gluten free, high in resistant starch (a newly discovered type of dietary fiber) that helps to balance blood sugar levels (helpful for those healing from diabetes). It is also a gluten free grain.

If you are cooking for one this makes enough for a couple breakfasts-I am oh so happy to have it again and again and you will be too!-but double it if you have a gang to feed and want left overs.  It reheats beautifully with a dribble of almond milk to loosen it up. Don’t skip out on the finely grated carrot cuz that’s what really makes it- be generous here!

Carrot Cake Teff Porridge

***alkaline balanced -A low alkalizing breakfast along side a green juice is a great way to start your day off right!

Pre-prep: soak teff over night, drain & rinse in fine sieve. Soak cashew for 20 mins.

Yield: approx 2 cups- 2 generous servings or 3 smaller bowls- this is filling!

1/2c teff seeds
2 c almond milk (use 1/4 c extra if not soaking)
6 drops stevia
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cardamom
1/8 tsp ground allspice
pinch of ground cloves
1 or 2 carrots finely grated carrot – about 1/2 carrot per serving or more
*creamy cashew milk see recipe below

Note-If making cashew milk, soak nuts now.
Wisk together all ingredients except the carrots in a medium sized pot, bring to boil and turn down to low and simmer til liquid is absorbed, approx 12-15 mins. Remove from heat and cover with lid for 5 mins. Meanwhile grate the carrot.  Spoon into serving bowls and top generously with finely grated carrots and top w/ lots of creamy cashew milk.


Creamy Cashew Milk (make this while the teff is cooking)

Yield: 3/4 cup
1/2 c cashews- soaked 20 mins in filtered water, rinsed and drained- can use almonds     instead or in combination
2/3 c filtered water (fresh water not soaking water)
1/4 tsp vanilla, alcohol free
3 drops stevia, liquid alcohol free

Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and process til creamy.  If you don’t have a strong blender combine til as smooth as possible and strain if you want to be fussy or leave as is. Keeps for a couple days in the fridge.


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Mmmmm this is making me hungry for breakfast and I just finished dinner!  I hope you enjoy  this tasty nutritious brekky as a break from your usual morning routine.

A few things I’d like to mention if you don’t mind….

If you are interested in a better peek of my pretty studio check out the March Issue of Where Women Cook for a 10 page spread with 2 recipes from my book. You’ll find it at Indigo or Chapters and sometimes Costco or you can order it from Amazon.

And there’s an interview I did on my creative process if you are keen to check it out here.

Also….if you have purchased my book and you love it please take a moment to leave a Comment here on Amazon This will help the ratings of my book so it becomes more visible in that it reaches more people who need to return to health.  I would so appreciate it!

And lastly, Instagram is where I try to post something daily. You may enjoy the mini recipes that I share there and the pretty visuals to inspire your day. Check it out and follow if you wish, it’s a fun place to be!

With Spring here it’s a perfect time to get out and enjoy the beautiful outdoors and move your body in an alkalizing way to circulate that lymph and flush acids from your body.  Exercising in a way where you break a sweat but don’t over do it to cause excessive lactic acid is ideal.  If you are an extreme athlete I highly recommend balancing your workout with greens powders in water before during and after to neutralize and flush excessive acids from the body.

Until next time….Happy Alkalizing and Happy Spring!



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