Monday, May 4, 2015

Life is Better with Cookies #CarringtonMayOnTheMove

Cookies are everything to me.  I could eat them every single day without fail. My dentist probably hates me.  How can anyone resist freshly baked, warm chocolate chip cookies? Of course you can't forget a tall glass of milk either.  If this doesn't appeal to you, I don't think you're human.  Go ahead and have a cookie or twelve today!

Carrington Farms offers healthy food for a healthy soul.  If you're looking to get healthy and give your body the boost of nutrition it needs, Carrington Farms is there for you.  Some options the brand provides are coconut oils, flax and hemp seeds, and chia seeds.  There are so many different recipes that you can use any of the selections above for that you'll never run out of ideas.  Did you know that not only is coconut oil great in food, but also good for your skin and hair too? Carrington Farms will help you get back on track with optimum nutrition.  Why not start living more healthy now?

I was selected to be apart of Carrington Farm's May on the Move blogger program.  They sent me a variety of products and I was to make a recipe with one of the products.  I was very interested in trying the chia seeds in some kind of dessert recipe. Chia seeds are extremely healthy and have amazing health benefits like being high in protein and are loaded with antioxidants.  I had a vegan friend come over recently and I thought it might be fun to actually have something at my house she could eat for once!

I pondered over what to make and discovered a vegan cookie recipe online.  The only vegan changes in the recipe were adding in vegan butter, whole wheat flour, whole cane sugar, and chocolate chips, which are easy to find at any local health food store.  You also had to substitute eggs for chia eggs, which is where the chia seeds came into play.

As I mentioned earlier, I live for cookies.  So when I had the chance to create a new cookie recipe, I was excited for the opportunity.  It would be different for me.  The cookie dough was pretty simple to whip up.  When it came time to add the eggs, I had to create chia eggs. This may sound difficult but it wasn't that bad.  I do have to admit, I was slightly nervous! You make 1 chia egg with a tablespoon of chia seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons of water. You have to let the "egg" sit for at least 10 minutes until a gel forms.  This represents one chia egg.  The recipe called for two eggs, so you get the picture.  Chia eggs have the same binding strength of a regular egg, so they are ideal for vegan desserts.

The cookies came out fantastic and I was really impressed with myself for trying something new. They didn't taste odd or different at all to me really.  So not only are we eating fabulous cookies, we're also receiving nutritional benefits from the chia seeds.  What a win-win! Of course my friend and I gobbled the cookies up like wild animals.  What do you expect from two cookie lovers though?

I'm very interested to try using chia seeds in many more dishes in the future.  I have my eye on a chia crusted chicken recipe that I'll be making in the near future!

If you haven't tried chia seeds before, I highly recommend you experiment with them and create crowd-pleasing dishes featuring chia seeds! It's never too late to start eating healthy.

*DISCLOSURE* I received complimentary product samples as part of Carrington Farm's May on the Move Blogger Program.  All thoughts are strictly my own.

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