[Nutrition] Fauxnola - Chia Pudding Blend

Introducing: Fauxnola

I was first introduced to Fauxnola last spring at the Third and Bird market. A girlfriend of mine was already familiar with the products and recommended that I try them. After a few weeks of whipping up energy balls, nutritious parfaits and 'oomphed' up salads I knew that it was a product that I wanted to help bring to my clients' kitchens.

I decided to roll out a series of blog posts about the different Fauxnola products for a few reasons:

  1. I want my clients to see how versatile the products are. Seriously, stock your fridges. (Also, there is an Emerge Fitness client discount - whoop! whoop!)
  2. All of the products are made of wholesome, natural ingredients which is what I support in terms of diet and nutrition. You've likely already noticed that from the majority of my food posts.
  3. It is a 'Manitoba Made' product making it local and more environmentally friendly. 
  4. it is a female owned company - that is worthy of a share in itself. 

There are a handful of different Fauxnola products including bagged granolas and tasty bars, but this week's post will focus on the Chia Pudding Blend. One bagged goodness at a time!

The Ingredients + Their Benefits

Chia Seeds 

A versatile and nutritional powerhouse, chia seeds have become "all the rage" in the past few years. A 1 ounce serving of these little guys has 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat and 11 grams of fiber. It also packs a high number of amino acids making it a high quality protein source. Did you know that chia means 'strength' in the Mayan language? Think of that next time you're sipping your chia smoothie.

Sunflower Seeds

So, maybe you were getting a bit of nutrients last time you downed a bag of Spitz? A 1 ounce serving of sunflower seeds contains 6 grams of protein and 14 grams of fat. That serving also provides you with Thiamin and Vitamin E. Providing your body with Thiamin promotes energy production and will help support your nervous system. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that, among other things, helps prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which will in turn (long story short) prevent atherosclerosis. Yay for heart health!

Pumpkin Seeds

Also known as ‘pepitas’, pumpkin seeds are another excellent protein source with their great amino acid profile. A 1 ounce serving has 7 grams of protein and 13 grams of fat. Chlorophyll, which gives these seeds their green hue, helps to alkalize the body and in turn reduces the inflammation caused by an unfavorable lifestyle and a high acid diet. I'll often munch on a handful of these at some point in the day.

Ground Flaxseed

Another powerful little seed that is being added to pastas, breads and other processed goods to help increase their nutritional profile. A 1 ounce serving has 5 grams of protein, 12 grams of fat and 8 grams of fiber. Flaxseeds also contain lignan, which has been shown to protect against cardiovascular disease and breast cancer. Your gut will also thank you for the quality dose of fiber.

Hulled Hemp Seeds

A 1 ounce serving of these psychedelic seeds (just kidding!) contains 9 grams of protein and 13 grams of fat. Hemp seeds have an excellent Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio of 3:1 making them great for cardiovascular health, reducing inflammation and improving your immune system's functioning. They provide a similar vitamin profile to pumpkin seeds with a good dose of Vitamin E and Thiamin.   

Recipes

Now that you're familiar with the nutrient prowess of the Chia Pudding Blend here are a few recipes for you to try making. If you have a favorite recipe that includes chia seeds, it's easy to make the switch to the Chia Pudding Blend. 

Banana Pudding

(Source: Stupid Easy Paleo)

Ingredients:

  •  1 banana
  • 1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • dash of vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. chia pudding blend

Direction:

  1. Blend together the first 3 ingredients.
  2. Stir in chia pudding blend.
  3. Let sit in fridge for 1 hour to allow seeds to soak up liquid. 

This is seriously delicious!!

Tip: Canned coconut milk will likely have separated when you first open it - totally normal! Give it a quick blend and store it in the fridge for easy use. It will last for about a week in the fridge. Do not store it in the can! 

Beet Smoothie

(Source: Emerge Fitness)

Ingredients

  • 1 beet (cooked and cooled)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 tbsp. chia pudding blend

Directions

  1. Blend all of the ingredients together. 

This picture does not do this smoothie justice! The beets give the smoothie a beautiful bright colour. Just try to not spill on yourself... 

No-Bake Raspberry Chia Breakfast Bar 

I never claimed to be a food photographer...

I never claimed to be a food photographer...

(Source: Daily Burn)

Ingredients:

For the raspberry chia jam

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. chia pudding blend

For the bars and crumble topping:

These bars go great with a cup of coffee!

I'm betting vanilla protein powder would go very well in the bar/crumble mixture if you're looking to bump up your protein intake. 

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 1/4 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt

Directions

  1. Place the chia jam ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Set the jam aside to thicken in a separate bowl for about 15 minutes while you prepare the bars.
  2. Rinse the food processor. Pulse the oats in the food processor until they become the texture of coarse flour. Add the walnuts, whole vanilla bean and salt. Turn the processor on and with the motor running, add the dates through the feeder one at a time until the mixture is uniform in texture.
  3. Evenly press 3/4 of the mixture in an 8-inch by 8-inch square pan, reserving the other 1/4 as the crumble topping.
  4. Spread the chia jam over the mixture in the pan. Sprinkle with the remaining crumble topping. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting into bars. Store bars in the refrigerator.

Want To Check Out Fauxnola for Yourself? 

Find the Facebook page here.

Find the Instagram page here

Want More Recipes??

Click on the pictures below to check out more great uses for your bag of Chia Pudding Blend.

Apple Superfood Oatmeal

Apple Superfood Oatmeal

Chia Meatballs

Chia Meatballs

Spicy Pineapple & Pepper Chia Seed Jam

Spicy Pineapple & Pepper Chia Seed Jam

Have a recipe you want to share? Post it below! Otherwise, keep your eyes peeled for the next Fauxnola feature. 

Thank you for reading. 

As always, feedback and comments always welcome.