Inspiration from a Lifelong Vegetarian
– Writing and Photos

Cravings for sweets are all too common, but so are obesity, diabetes and scores of other health problems. The good news is that thanks to nutrition and cooking experts and the amazing ease with which we can find healthy recipes online, our meal doesn’t have to end on a sour note.

I love the process of making chocolate chip cookies – especially as a comfort food on a rainy or bad day – and enjoy sharing the finished treats with friends. But too much flour and sugar make people tired and add fat to our otherwise healthy California lives, so I have been looking for alternatives to the sugary stuff.

I happened upon this chia pudding video by Mimi Kirk, the lovely writer of “Live Raw” who looks amazing in her 70s. Within minutes I was preparing another chocolate version of the pudding found at the highly useful Fat-Free Vegan Kitchen site.

These recipes are very quick to prepare, and chia seeds are a great way to get Omega 3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, calcium and antioxidants! Grab your stevia, date sugar, agave, or whatever you use in place of refined sugar, and eat your heart out! Don’t forget fresh fruit to add to the recipes or eat on their own!