Monday, October 6, 2014

Tropical Chia Pudding with DOLE Frozen Fruit

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Dole has a wide variety of frozen fruit products that are perfect for smoothies, recipes, desserts and snacking. I love to defrost my Dole Frozen Fruit at room temperature for 30 minutes and add some to my yogurt or oatmeal for breakfast. It adds an extra boost of nutrients and fiber, plus it tastes great!

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Tropical Chia Pudding with DOLE Frozen Fruit

I wanted to come up with a simple, yet unique recipe using DOLE Frozen Fruit. I love making chia pudding and the addition of fruit makes it a very healthy dessert full of fiber and disease fighting antioxidants.

What are chia seeds?

Yes, they are the same seeds used to grow greens on the terracotta Chia plant! The chia seed is very tiny, but it's a nutritional powerhouse. Chia seeds are rich in plant omega 3-fatty acids, high in fiber (about 10 grams of fiber in 2 tablespoons) and are an excellent source of protein. They are easily digested, so they don't need to be ground like flaxseed. 

Chia seeds absorb 10 times their weight in water! When you mix the seeds in liquid, they swell and form a gel. It not only makes a great pudding, but it also helps you feel full!


Chia pudding is so simple to prepare. You can use regular milk, almond or other nut milk, rice milk or coconut milk. Add chia seeds to the milk and add some honey, maple syrup, agave or sugar. Vanilla extract adds an extra dose of flavor. You can mix it all with a spoon or even put the pudding in a mason jar and shake it up. 

Quick and easy ingredients! 

The mixture will be thin at first, but the chia seeds will expand after a few hours in the refrigerator.

The chia mixture before refrigeration. 

Chill the chia pudding for at least 4 hours or overnight. Your chia "pudding" should be thick and creamy. The chia seeds will look like tapioca. Spoon the pudding into serving dishes and add a layer of DOLE Frozen Fruit in the middle and top it off with more fruit! I added some shredded coconut as a garnish.

Dole sells Wildly Nutritious Tropical Fruit with a colorful mix of pineapple, mango, golden kiwi, papaya and strawberries. I went to 2 stores, but they were both sold out. I improvised with DOLE Wildly Nutritious Mandarin Sunshine Blend and DOLE Mango Chunks.

Tropical Chia Pudding with DOLE Frozen Fruit

Yield: 2 Servings


DOLE Frozen Fruit (I used DOLE Wildly Nutritious Mandarin Sunshine Blend and DOLE Mango Chunks)
12 oz light coconut milk, almond milk or other nut milk. (I used canned light coconut milk)
1/3 cup chia seeds (you can use white or black chia seeds)
1-2 Tablespoons honey or maple syrup (I used honey)
1 teaspoon vanilla


Stir together the light coconut milk, chia seeds, honey and vanilla in a bowl or mason jar. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight. The chia seeds will swell up and make a thick and creamy pudding.

Once your chia pudding is thickened, spoon into a serving dish and layer with DOLE Frozen Fruit. Garnish with shredded coconut flakes.

This post was created in partnership with Dole. I have received compensation for this post.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

It's Kiwi Season!

Did you know that two kiwifruit have more vitamin C than an orange and as much potassium as a banana? And, SunGold, a new variety of kiwifruit with tangy, tropical flavors, has four times the USRDA of vitamin C in one fruit.

Kiwifruit are nutritional powerhouses and are also a great source of micronutrients like Vitamin E and antioxidants. They’re high in fiber, have a low glycemic index, and two fruit have fewer than 100 calories.

According to Rebecca Scritchfield, registered dietitian, nearly 70 percent of Americans don’t eat the daily recommended amount of fruit. Says Scritchfield, “Kiwifruit packs a nutritional punch and is a delicious and healthy way to boost fresh fruit consumption.”

An infograph highlighting the many nutritional benefits of kiwifruit can be viewed and downloaded at Along with the infograph, you’ll find tasty recipes, a news release, product fact sheets and downloadable images.

Zespri® Kiwifruit are available in the United States and Canada for a limited time, from June through October. 

Article provided by Zespri® Kiwifruit. 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Michigan Tart Cherry Gift Basket Giveaway

I'm excited because this is my very first giveaway! The Cherry Marketing Institute sent me a tart cherry gift basket filled with a bag of Michigan dried tart cherries and a bottle of tart cherry concentrate. Cherries are my favorite fruit, so I'm pretty happy. One of my readers will also have a chance to win a tart cherry gift basket!

A few years ago, The Cherry Marketing Institute invited me to attend an educational cherry immersion event in Traverse City, Michigan - The Cherry Capital of the World. The Cherry Marketing Institute (CMI) is a nonprofit national promotion organization that's funded by U.S. tart cherry growers.

You can read about my tart cherry experience here: The Elusive Tart Cherry of Northern Michigan

Cherry Facts 

Tart or sour cherries are recognized as the key ingredient in decadent desserts, but their potential health benefits are promising! There are over 1,000 varieties of cherries, but the two main types are sweet and tart. Both sweet and tart cherries are high in antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, iron, folate and fiber. However, tart cherries have been found to contain more beta carotene, vitamin C and anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are powerful antioxidants and the pigments responsible for the bright red color of cherries. If a fruit or vegetable has color, then anthocyanins are present. Tart cherries are the richest source of anthocyanins 1 and 2, which may reduce inflammation associated with heart disease, arthritis, and assist with muscle recovery after strenuous exercise. Anthocyanins may also inhibit the growth of colon cancer tumors.

Fresh tart cherries are very delicate, so they're rarely shipped fresh. Therefore, the cherries are frozen, dried or made into a juice or concentrate.

Cherries May Help Relieve Muscle Pain Associated with Exercise! 

Oregon Health & Science University discovered that tart cherry juice may relieve muscle pain and inflammation associated with running. Runners who drank 10½ ounces of Montmorency tart cherry juice twice a day for a week before their race and on the day of their race had considerably less pain than runners who used a placebo. The researchers concluded that tart cherry juice may be being a safer way to treat muscle pain and inflammation than over the counter pain relievers.

Get More Rest with Cherries 

The University of Texas Health Science Center found that tart cherries contain substantial levels of melatonin, an antioxidant. Melatonin may help regulate sleep and maintain the body’s circadian rhythm. Melatonin has also been said to fight jet lag and may even prevent cancer. Since the body contains melatonin in very small amounts, even a slight increase in melatonin can have very promising results.

Quick and Easy Ways to Add Cherries to Your Diet 

Fresh tart cherries are hard to find, but they are available frozen, dried and as a juice or concentrate. (Your other option is the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan, in early July every year!)

 - Dried tart cherries are delicious in salads, quinoa, yogurt or on top of your oatmeal.

 - Mix dried tart cherries into low fat muffin or bread batter.

 - Create your own granola or trail mix with dried tart cherries.

 - Add an ounce of tart cherry concentrate to your water or sparkling water, or in your next smoothie, for a refreshing drink full of antioxidants.

Find delicious recipes at The Cherry Marketing Institute's Recipe Database

The Cherry Marketing Institute generously sent me 2 gift baskets, so a Nutritious Feast reader will win a bag of delicious dried tart cherries and a bottle of concentrated tart cherry juice!

Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. All entries are optional, but you'll have a better chance of winning if you submit more entries. A random winner will be chosen on or around August 9th! Good luck!

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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