Golden Milk Chia Pudding Recipe + Giveaway

Ahhh! Golden Milk, Chia Pudding, and all the goods. Naturally, combining two of my favorite things was on my radar on my "Things To Make" list.  This Golden Milk Chia Pudding is so delicious and has so many great healing properties to it while being a healthy meal. 

Chia pudding is great because you can whip it up the night before and have it ready to go the next day. PLUS Chia seeds are a great source of protein, fiber, and amino-acids - it is one of the best superfoods!  

I created this recipe as part of this fabulous giveaway I'm co-hosting with gr8nola, Natierra and Bounce!

Golden Milk Chia Pudding Recipe
Golden Milk Chia Pudding Recipe

Golden Milk Chia Pudding:
1/4 cup Natierra Chia Seeds
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp coconut flakes, unsweetened
1 cup golden milk (recipe)
2-3 drops stevia or to taste
1/4 cup water
1/8 cup gr8nola granola*
1 tbsp Natierra chocolate covered hemp seeds
1 Bounce Ball (I used the Coconut Macadamia flavor)

What You'll Need To Know

Add chia seeds, hemp seeds, coconut flakes, stevia, water and cashew milk to a bowl. Mix vigorously to avoid clumping.

Let chia sit for at least an hour before topping and eating!


Recipe makes 1 serving.

* Use promo code 'valeriefidan' at checkout for 20% your order of gr8nola!


Dark Chocolate Avocado Adaptogen Mylkshake

Having grown up in California, I thought I knew all there was to know about avocados and the various ways to enjoy them. 

Mash them up with salt, lime juice, roasted serrano peppers, and cilantro, and you have guacamole. Sliced or mashed up on a piece of toast and you've got avocado toast. Wrap them up into a cylinder of rice with crabmeat, and you have a California roll. Slice them on a sandwich with bacon, lettuce, and tomato and you have an elevated BLT.  

Dark Chocolate Avocado Mylkshake

How about in a milkshake?

Before you click out and away, hear me out for a sec!

Avocados are great main ingredients in making decadent desserts and shakes that are much healthier.

These creamy fruits are nutritionally packed, rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, fiber, and potassium. Add to that their high levels of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, which has been shown to lower cholesterol, and you have a treat that just might leave you better off than it found you. 

So this MYLKSHAKE is pretty darn delicious. I made unintentionally, but sometimes those unintended creations are the best! This Dark Chocolate Avocado Mylkshake has so many good-for-you ingredients: collagen peptides, greens, healthy fats from avocado and coconut, cashew milk, and adaptogens. 

Dark Chocolate Avocado Mylkshake

What You'll Need

1 small avocado (about 100g)
1 handful baby spinach
2 tbsp coconut shavings, unsweetened
1/4 tsp Mucuna Pruriens (I used this brand)
1 tsp Ashwagandha (I used this brand)
1 cup unsweetened cashew milk
1/2 cup fresh water
2-3 drops stevia
1 scoop Dark Chocolate Blackberry Collagen Peptides  from Vital Proteins
5 ice cubes

What You'll Need To Know

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender

Blend for 60-75 seconds or until everything is smooth.

Pour in a glass and enjoy!

Recipe makes 1 serving.

How To Pick Your Good and Green Juice

Not all juices are created equal.  


This is what I’ve come to discover over the years of the juice craze, where everyone seems to be guzzling some kale laden, aloe stirred, chia seed dotted bottle of liquid salad. Growing up in California, this is something that has been part of our culture from as far as I can remember. Even before green juice was an uber trendy "thing." 

As an adult, I’ve balanced my love of gastronomic meals and a down-right delicious craft cocktail and with juicing.

I'll be honest; I'm not an advocate of green juice cleanses. Nothing is appealing about drinking green juice for 3, 5 or 7 days.

However, a juice throughout the week is something I'm all for.  A green juice swap instead of an espresso for a pick me up at work, a deluge of fresh cold-pressed juices when I feel a cold coming on. Or just as a reset button when your system is feeling sluggish, or you want your skin to glow and your eyes to look clearer, sharper. When you want to feel more alive and revived with energy.

In Portland (and when I lived in San Francisco), there are plenty of places offering the veggie-forward based drinks. But, As I was traveling around Europe, I sometimes stumble into a juice place where five or six euros will get you a green elixir in an American-sized large. But let’s not kid ourselves; they are blended with water, the veggies are not organic, and it’s probably riddled with pesticides. And in a crunch, this works fine. Some juice is better than no juice after all, but if you’re looking to actually detoxify your system with all things good and green, then you have to go with the real deal. 

Let's talk about some juice truth for a sec and some tips on how to pick your good and green as you navigate your way through the green juice world. 

Cold press juices.

Why does everyone say that, and why does that even matter? Cold pressing means using hydraulic pressure to extract juice from plants without breaking down nutrients with high levels of heat or oxygen. So basically it’s laborious, but worth the wait because it keeps all the good stuff in there.

Daily Serving of Veggies and Fruit.

A bottle contains up to twelve servings of organic fruits and vegetables.

Isn’t it better to eat your fruits and veggies whole? Realistically you aren’t going to eat 12 servings of fruits and veggies in a day, and because the juice has not been blasted with high levels of heat or oxygen, it’s alive. So unlike the spike and crash you get from caffeine, you will feel sustained all day long. I promise you the jolt you’ll get from a green juice will trump a coffee any day.

They use glass containers.

Yeah, so?  

Well first off, it’s infinitely better for the environment. It’s also part of Greenhouse’s ethos - they never compromise their juices with pasteurization, high-pressure processing (HPP) or plastic bottles. Which makes me love them even more. 

They are absolutely delicious.

There is no conversation for this one – who’s going to argue with taste?

My favorite shops to find incredible organic juices in include: 

US-Based: Pressed Juicery with multiple locations around the US, Juice Shop, and Project Juice in San Francisco,  Portland Juice Co in Portland,  Organic Avenue in NY,  and Juice Served Here in LA, JUGOS in Boston, Living Kitchen in Charlotte, Mountain Juicery in Asheville.

Over-Seas:  Frutas Prohibidas in Madrid, Mantra and V3Raw in Milan,  Yao Pressed Juice in Lisbon, Bite Delite in Munich, Slow Juice in Valencia, Ono Cold Pressed in Tamarindo, Juice Tonic Organic Juicery in London, B Juice in Berlin, Gló in Reykjavík.

Invest in your health – seriously guys; it’s worth every penny!

Avocado-Coconut Cauliflower Smoothie

I'm currently loving Avocado-Coconut Smoothie. It’s packed with so many good-for-you ingredients and is super refreshing! The avocado provides good-for-you fats that will help keep you satiated a bit longer. 

Avocado-Coconut Smoothie

What You'll Need

Smoothie Base:
1/4 avocado, frozen
30g coconut meat, frozen
1/2 cup cauliflower rice, frozen
3/4 cups almond milk, unsweetened
1 cup baby spinach
2 drops stevia or 2 dates, pitted
1 tbsp maca powder
2 scoops collagen proteins
1/2 lime, peeled

1 tsp coconut shavings
1/4 tsp bee pollen

What You'll Need To Know

Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend for 45-60 seconds.

Top with coconut shavings and bee pollen.

Recipe makes 1 serving.


Smoked Salmon Avocado Bun Burger

Some days you have a bite of food that makes you go “woah!”

Your eyes widen.

You look down at the plate, with a look of amazement; almost pushing things around with your fork to see what’s making it so special. You take another bite, smiling as you do so, almost giggling of euphoric bliss, because it’s just so darn delicious.


This happened to me with the rediscovery of the Avocado Burger in Milan.

Simplicity at it's best. Avocado used as the bun, filled with salmon lox, ribbons of zucchini and cucumber and marche greens all seasoned in a lemon, dill sea salt mix; and, the top avo-bun sprinkled with sesame seeds.

It is through my love of these tasty avocado bites, these perfectly balanced, sometimes weekly, sometimes daily forkfuls of little gastronomic treasures that excite me.

Since this rediscovery, I've been making a lot of Avocado Bun Burgers and playing around with plenty of different ingredients. This one in particular is simple yet so delicious. Fork and knife required. 


What You'll Need

1 Avocado, peeled, pitted, halved

Red bell pepper, thinly sliced

3oz smoked salmon

1 tbsp filled, chopped

Juice from 1/2 lemon

Sea salt (coarse or finishing salt flakes)

Ground Black pepper

What You'll Need To Know

On a small bowl mix together lemon, dill sea salt, pepper and toss in salmon and bell pepper slices. Set aside.

Carefully remove the skins from the avocado halves. Slice off a small portion from the bottom of one of the halves so that they lie flat. This will be the bottom "bun" and place on a flat plate.

Top with salmon and red bell pepper.

Place the remaining avocado "buns" on top and sprinkle with sesame seeds and sea salt flakes.

Recipe makes 1 serving.