Monthly Archives: March 2016

Vanilla Chia Pudding with Banana and Coconut

I often get asked what I eat for breakfast. I have three go-to breakfast meals: Green smoothies (with either kale or spinach), gluten-free steel-cut oats and chia pudding. They are all easy to prepare and full of fiber and protein. Today, I am sharing my Vanilla Chia Pudding with Banana and Coconut.

Vanilla Chia Pudding with Banana and Coconut

I make this quite often with homemade non-dairy milk but you can also use store-bought almond or coconut milk, if you are pressured for time.

Vanilla Chia Pudding with Banana and Coconut
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
  1. 2 tablespoon of raw chia seeds
  2. 1 cup of non-dairy milk (coconut milk or almond milk, preferable) **
  3. 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  4. 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla
  5. 1 teaspoon of Organic Mushroom Matrix (optional)
  6. 1 medium banana
  7. 1 tablespoon of coconut flakes
  1. Place all the ingredients ( except for the banana and coconut) in a glass container. I like using Mason jars.
  2. Put in the fridge and allow to chill for 3-4 hours or overnight.
  3. Top with some sliced bananas and coconut flakes
** For homemade almond or hazelnut milk (optional)
  1. In a blender, combine 1 cup of raw organic almonds or hazelnuts (already soaked overnight) with 4 cups of filtered water, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 2 dates and a pinch of salt.
  2. Blend all the ingredients for about 90 seconds, until creamy and smooth.
  3. Strain using a nut milk bag or cheesecloth.
  4. Transfer the milk to a glass container with a tight fitting lid, and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Sunshine & Kale
Chia seeds are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients.

Enjoy it!

Spring is here!

“It was one of those March days, when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade”. -Charles Dickens

And so I went to Chino Farms and its Vegetable Stand in Rancho Santa Fe, looking for fresh produce and inspiration. This is what I came across: Vibrant radishes and beets in beautiful reds, pink and purple hues. Stunning peppers in three shades of yellow and orange. Mustard greens, lacinato kale and lots of greens. A beautiful explosion of colors!

Chino Farms 2


Chino Farms 4


Happy Spring, everyone!
~ From SunshineandKale
“Colors are the smiles of nature” – Leigh Hunt

About Chino Farm

Chino Farm is a small, local, seasonal, family owned vegetable farm.  They sell to the public as well as to some local renown restaurants like  Chez PanisseGeorge’s at the CoveMille FleursDolce Pane E Vino and Market Del Mar to name a few. They are located at 6123 Calzada Del Bosque, just off Via de la Valle.  Their hours of operations are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays.  Their website is Chino Family Farm

The Superlife 10-Day Nutrition Program by Darin Olien – Part II

First, read The Superlife 10-Day Nutrition Program by Darin Olien – Part I

These are a few of the recipes that I prepared during the second half of the program:

Steel Cut Oatmeal with Homemade Almond Milk and Organic Wild Blueberries

Homemade No-Bean Hummus Lettuce Wraps

SL-Homemade No-Bean Hummus Lettuce Wraps

Instead of store-bought hummus, I decided to prepare my delicious homemade no-bean hummus. For the recipe, click here

 Just Beet It Salad!

Go Get’ Em Smoothie – Mixed berries with Spinach, Coconut Water and Mushroom Matrix.

Buckwheat Noodle Salad

Buckwheat Noodle Salad

SuperLife 10-day Review

This is a great program for anyone that wants to incorporate more vegetables into their life. I also recommend it to anyone that doesn’t have a lot of time to cook but wants to eat healthy(ier). The recipes are simple, with ingredients easy to pronounce too! OK, maybe you never heard of kelp noodles before or you are not familiar with nutritional yeast or mushroom powders, but you can easily find these products at your local natural health store.

A nice thing about this program is that each recipes takes approximately 15-20 minutes to prepare. That’s it! I also like that each recipe includes tips for “Athletes/Increased Energy Needs” and for people following a grain-free diet, a nut-free diet and a seed-free diet. There are also alternatives for the few smoothies that call for a scoop of Shakeology ( using in most of the cases spinach and/or almond butter). I am glad he is offering other options.

The program recommends washing all vegetables with the TherOzone Blue Leaf sanitizer. It’s supposed to be “the most comprehensive, cost-effective way to kill food-borne bacteria and remove toxins”. I didn’t do this. I think water and a tad of vinegar does the trick. He also recommends drinking distilled water with added Himalayan crystal salts. Oops, I accidentally skipped this part too, an important one. But I drank the recommended daily doses of (filtered) water ( 62 oz for my body) which is practically a miracle for a camel like me. Having a water journal really helped. Thanks Darin!

Overall, I really enjoyed the program and all the “rainbows” that I ate in the last ten days. My plate was colorful, nutritiously balanced and full of Sunshine&Kale!

For more information about this program check SuperLife 10-Day.

The Superlife 10-Day Nutrition Program by Darin Olien – Part I

Who is Darin Olien? He is the Indiana Jones of the Superfoods. He is a widely recognized exotic superfoods hunter, supplement formulator, and environmental activist who travels the planet discovering new and underutilized medicinal plants.

I learned about Darin Olien several months ago when he was interviewed on the Rich Roll podcast ( you can listen to his interview here).   He is also the founder of SuperLife, creator of Shakeology and the author  of “Superlife: The 5 Forces That Will Make You healthy, Fit & Eternally Awesome“. In this book, he suggests simple daily actions that promote life-long wellness through proper nutrition, hydration, oxygenation, alkalization and detoxification or what he calls the five life forces. 


Last Monday, I came across this post from Darin Olien’s  Facebook page:

“Last Chance! It is Leap Day!  Today is a day you didn’t have last year and you won’t have again today! If you aren’t feeling “healthy, fit, and eternally awesome” right now, I would challenge you to check out my SuperPlant program and get plant-powered! It is easy, delicious, and will have you on track FAST! Use the code LEAPINTOHEALTH (all caps) to get 50% off today only (2-29). Get the program here: […] One year from now you will wish you had started today!”

Three seconds later, I signed up for his program. This is what I received for less than $20 (regular price is $37):

  • 40+ insanely nutritious, but easy-to-make recipes.  
  • Shopping list 
  • Downloadable journal 
  • Live support and feedback from Darin

I decided to start this 10-day program on Monday, March 7th.  I am on Day 3 and I couldn’t be happier. After all,  I am “eating the rainbow” everyday.

These are some of the recipes that I prepared in the last three days.

SL- Prepping

Prepping for the week

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

SL- Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Rainbow Salad with Almond Carrot Ginger Dressing

Rainbow Salad with Almond Carrot Ginger Sauce

Rainbow Salad

 Steel Cut Oatmeal with Blueberries, Reishi and Cordyceps powder

Steel Cut Oatmeal with Blueberries and Mushrooms

Thai Wraps with “Peanut” Sauce

SL ZIngi Thai Wraps

Better than dark coffee or dark chocolate! Go Get’ Em Smoothie – Mixed berries with Spinach, Coconut Water and Mushroom Matrix.

Sl Go Get' Em Smoothie

Fiesta Salad with Vegan Ranch Dressing

SL Fiesta Salad with Vegan Ranch Dressing

Colorful, isn’t it?

Leaving you with some words of wisdom from SuperLife:

“When you eat the EXACT same foods each day, you’re getting the same amount of concentrated nutrients from them. It doesn’t matter how “healthy” the foods are individually, this approach could lead to nutrient OVERLOAD from one food, and DEPRIVATION of key nutrients that you would get from other foods”

“Think about how your food looks together on the plate. Is everything beige? What colors can you put on your plate? The phrase “Eat the rainbow” is full of wisdom — and vitamins!”

For more information on this program, check out the SuperLife 10-Day Program. I am not affiliated with this company. I am just a Darin Olien fan.

YES, I promise to write an extensive review at the end of the program. Until then, Bon Appetite!

UPDATE: Check out The Superlife 10-Day Nutrition Program by Darin Olien – Part II


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