Chia Spirulina Breakfast Pudding

Find out how to make a chia seed breakfast pudding with a green & healthy twist, courtesy of Chef Jerome at The Dreamcatcher !

A while back, I showed you guys around The Dreamcatcher, a bohemian guest house that’s nestled on the northeast coast of Puerto Rico. The grounds are covered in lush greens and tropical flora, a haven unlike any I’ve ever seen. One thing The Dreamcatcher prides itself on is being a total vegetarian retreat, so the food they plate is local, organic and produced with 100% love. Chef  Jerome is the master behind the menu, a raw, vegetarian & vegan soul chef. He infuses traditional Puerto Rican flavors into his healthy way of cooking to create dishes that are one-of-kind and unique to the surrounding area. I enjoyed a delicious 3-course vegetarian brunch during my stay, and got to watch  Chef  Jerome do his thing in the kitchen. Find out how he adapted to his vegan lifestyle below, and learn how to make one of his specialties, Chia Spirulina Breakfast Pudding!

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How did your journey with cooking begin? 
It all started in 2005, first as a need of learning how to cook vegan for myself and so I started selling fruit shakes in a place that used to have reggae parties every Saturday. Feeling and seeing people’s feedback makes me keep on exploring my passion for cooking.

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Why/when did you decide to go vegan?

I began in early 2000. It was a process and a transition in which I started learning and getting educated in what to eat, and how to cook these certain types of food. By 2003, I was fully vegan.

In what ways has this diet changed your life/health? 

It has change my life in so many ways, and it continues to do so. First it’s a slow process of adaptation so you have to be patient to see results. Physically, I have always felt super healthy, but I started to see how my body was reacting to wholesome and substantial food. I felt more light and energetic every time I ate, and I noticed my immune system started working better. I also noticed improvements in my skin and hair. But for me, the most important part is seeing how it’s brought my mental, physical and spiritual being to a higher conciseness. It changed how I treat myself, how I treat others , and specifically how I treat mother nature.

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What are some key ingredients that are important for living a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle ? 

For me the most important ingredients are the ones that are in season and that are local and organic. I always keep around some super greens, such as kale or spinach, some lentils, cashews, avocados, bananas, papaya and some fermented foods, like sauerkraut or Kombucha.

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What’s the relationship like between your cooking and your location? Does the local food inspire your dishes? 

I think that, at the beginning of my cooking, my background was in local criollo food. It was very present in my dishes, especially the super tasty seasoning that we normally use. But then I started expanding and learned how to combine ingredients to create my own style. In Puerto Rico, people eat lot of meat with lots of rice, beans and root vegetables. I think many people make the mistake of taking out the meat and then eating lots of starchy food that causes an imbalance in nutrition. So you just have to explore and start incorporating new ingredients.

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If you were to give one piece of advice to anyone who’s interested in going vegan/ vegetarian, what would it be? 
I think that one very important piece of advice is to start knowing your local organic farmers. Start knowing your food and know what is available around you. Find a source for fresh food. The less processed and cooked, the better. Start a raw relationship with the natural flavors of the food, get to know the tastes and educate your palate. And most importantly, be thankful and grateful every time you eat.

Chia Spirulina Breakfast Pudding

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1 quart of unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup of chia seeds
1 tsp spirulina powder
2 tbsp raw agave nectar
1 tsp extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 tsp grated lemon zest

Mix together all of the ingredients in a container except for chia seeds. Once mixed, slowly add in the chia seeds while whisking everything together. Let it rest for 15 minutes, stirring about 3 time in between. Set it in the fridge for about an hour before serving with lots of fresh fruit and fresh mint!

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Voila!

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