This colorful Vanilla-Cinnamon Spirulina Chia Pudding is a quick and easy breakfast recipe. It’s packed with nutrients, but don’t worry – it’s still delicious.
Strangely enough, it does rain in San Diego.
Especially when I make something pretty that I need sunlight to take pics of.
Chia pudding, pumpkin… none of that is strange. Adding quinoa to the mix may be a little odd, but it is quite good! (As is the occasional rain.)
Our anti-inflammatory diet experiment had led to a lot of creativity. Since we are grain-free, I’ve been using sweet potato and quinoa as our main carbs. Vegas claims to not like quinoa, so naturally I’ve been sneaking it into everything. Like this pumpkin pie-inspired breakfast.
I lost Vegas.
Not literally, thank god.
We’ve been doing a little 21 day reset. Vegas said she’d give it a week and then see if she wanted to keep going. She lasted a week like a champion… but then I lost her.
Actually, we both went a little off the reservation Saturday night. I got back on track Sunday, but Vegas was done. She’s still been basically eating whatever I eat… just with a side of caffeine and peanut M&Ms. She had no complaints about the protein pancakes we had for breakfast (more on that below).
It is time I clean up my act.
Let’s be real – its beyond time.
It’s generally pretty easy for me to keep my diet in check during the week. The weekends…. it’s another story. Since I’m not competing this year I haven’t been following any real nutrition plan.
Of course I took that to the extreme.
What I know about myself is that I love to indulge. I also know that when that starts happening too much, I feel like crap. It affects my physically and mentally. I’ve been struggling lately, and I know it’s time to reign it in.
For a few years now I’ve been doing a version of the Standard Process Cleanse. That’s the protocol I’m following for the next 21 days, except using my own supplements rather than buying their program. Basically, it’s eating super clean and eliminating common allergens like eggs, dairy, nuts, and gluten. The first 10 days is meatless. The last 11 days includes chicken and deep sea fish.
I’m only through Day 1, but here’s my first reactions:
This WIAW is my first on the 21 clean(se) train. I’m still working out the best foods to bring and when to time protein and carbs to get the energy I need.
Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations! …
We all had chia pets growing up.
The adult thing to do with EAT the chia. The seeds, not the pet… actually, I wonder if you could eat the pet…
Today I am guest posting on my friend Heather’s blog – Better with Veggies. This vegan-rockstar endurance athlete is tearing up the slopes on a snowboarding adventure!
Click here for a little chia education and some tasty (and easy!) recipes like…
I’m going to be sweating it to keep up with blog this week… work is out of control! Sorry if I am slow to comment.
Do you use chia seeds? What’s your favorite way to incorporate them?
Have you ever walked around with seeds stuck in your teeth? Why don’t people tell you these things?!
Book Club dinners when you’re on a cleanse are hard.
They’re even harder when you’re hosting and therefore responsible for food. The icing on the cake is that the theme is French (to go with this month’s book selection). Who ever heard of French vegan food?!
This may have had me sweating a bit.
So I said to myself: Man up. You can do this thing.
Predictably, I’m got a late start today so the details will have to come later, but it went really well! Like, 100x better than I expected.
The menu included:
I warned everyone ahead of time that it would be a clean dinner… and they subsequently brought meats, desserts, and wine. 🙂
French wine Dessert was the saddest thing for me to miss. There are so many possibilities for making French desserts that would have been fun to create. There will be many other dessert opportunities in my life though. And bottles of French wine.
In order to feel a little less left out, I created my own dessert to enjoy. And you know what… I can honestly say it was satisfying.
(But I did swoon a little over homemade banana pudding.)
Chia pudding has long been a breakfast favorite. As of last night, it’s been upgraded to dessert.
No this isn’t chocolate cake. But it is good.
Made like a traditional chia pudding (chia + liquid + congeal in the fridge), the twist here is the sweet squash and a quick blend at the end.
The cocoa-flavored stevia did give it notes of chocolate-y goodness. I also loved the classic pie flavors the vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg lent the dish.
A spin mix in the Magic Bullet at the end smoothed out the chia to make this like the pudding you grew up eating, (Thanks to Kasey @ Power Cakes for the idea!)
Yes, you can have your pudding even if you don’t eat your meat.
In a small bowl, mash up butternut squash until it becomes a puree (some small pieces are ok). Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 mins (or overnight for breakfast). The chia will absorb most of the liquid.
Place mix in a blender (I used my Magic Bullet) and blend until smooth (about 20 seconds). Remove, place in bowl, and enjoy!
Note: This would make a great post-workout snack! Just add a scoop of protein powder and increase the amount of liquid you mix in.
Unfamiliar with the benefits of chia? Click here for my post on why they rock!
I cannot wait to share the rest of the meal with you all!
For those with diet restrictions, do you ever feel left out in food-centric social settings? How do you navigate?
Has anyone ever been to France? I’m thinking that may be this year’s big trip…
We’re on Day 5 of a successful cleanse!
16 to go.
Honestly, it hasn’t been hard. It’s been so great having the friend support, and seeing them feel good makes me even more determined.
Results come quickly! My friend sent me the following message yesterday morning:
I have an inordinate amount of energy. This from a girl who consumed no less than 6 servings a day of caffeine… I’m like, let me clean the whole house, do laundry, and work all day with my kid on my hip. WOO!
I’m so proud of my best friend!!!
The daily breakfast smoothies continue. I do love smoothies. With all of the random things I throw in them, I rarely end up with the same concoctions (except my favorite Liquid Sweet Potato Pie).
Atlanta finally get cold(er) this week and the thought of a cold drink for breakfast was too much to handle. Then I remembered – seeds are allowed on the cleanse… that makes chia pudding legal!
I typically make fruit-based chia puddings like this peach cobbler chia or this banana cashew… but there was a giant sweet potato staring at me. With my favorite smoothie in mind, I decided to try it as a chia pudding.
Pie Chia Pudding. Sweet chia, it was good.
Nuts aren’t allowed, so that ruled out adding my usual nut butters… again, seeds are legal… sesame… tahini!
Turned out to be a genius mix-in. The nutty, toasty flavor came through subtly, adding a cool dimension.
The martini glass certainly added something as well. 🙂
Cheers to Friday! (Recipe at the bottom of this post.)
Oh yeah… we need a WINNER for the “Be My Veggie Valentine” giveaway for 1 of 3 boxes of Almond “Heart Beet” cookies and Grapefruit Fennel cookies from Cookie Underground!
Thank you for all of the creative veggie cookie suggestions! It seemed like a carrot and/or sweet potato ginger flavor was the most popular. You know I loved that with my orange-food obsession.
Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
Ashley @ Freckles & Spice
Please email me your addresses ASAP in order to receive your cookies for V-Day!!!
In a bowl, mash up the sweet potato until smooth. Mix in all other ingredients and refrigerate at least 1 hour (or overnight). If it looks too thick, add more milk or water as needed.
Stir and enjoy!
Weekends are always my clean-eating weakness, so I’m really excited to have a dinner and game night with my cleanse buddies!
Have you made chia pudding before?
Are you celebrating Valentine’s Day this weekend? Share your plans – let me live vicariously!
By Friday of last week I had to force myself out the door for a workout.
I say forced because I am determined to do cardio everyday and I just wasn’t feeling it. Not being able to run is dragging me down… 30 mins on the elliptical (or any machine) is not my idea of fun. My ADD and I need scenery! I tried to push it this week with running… every time the pain becomes excruciating at 0.8 miles.
Anyway, Friday I stayed on the elliptical by promising myself that if I was really miserable I could stop after 10 min… then 20 mins. This works really well for me – by the time I get to those marks, I tell myself “10 more mins isn’t going to KILL you.”
30 looooong minutes later, I did 45 mins of Back/Biceps. I coaxed myself through some heavier weights with thoughts of breakfast. #fatkid
Specifically the Greek Protein Mess waiting in my fridge. I wish I’d heated it so I could call it a hot mess.
Have you guys seen the Wallaby Greek Yogurt? I found it a Whole
Paycheck Foods last week and fell in love. This is the creamiest, most flavorful Greek I’ve tried ( that’s what she said)! 17g of protein and just 4 g of sugar, its my dream yogurt.
With the last of the container I was hoarding, I made a post-workout protein-filled mess. Mess because it was a total hodge podge… and I had the shakes (sure sign of a good gym session) so bad that I spilled the protein powder and the cinnamon and then sloshed the chocolate milk out of my bowl.
This is one mess I plan to make again! Recipe following the recap.
So… yeah. My knee. I’m frustrated. It better not ruin my plans to run the Nashville Rock ‘N Roll Half in April! I’ve been really good about getting cardio in with the elliptical and the stationary bike. The Mile-a-Day Challenge has been just the motivation I need.
I’ve also been loving Body Rock. The hotel I stayed in last week had a terrible gym, but Body Rock saved the day. The 30 Day Challenge is no joke! Especially the Sean’s part of the Day 3 workout. Holy quad burn, Batman.
Workout Recap (1/16 – 1/22)
*Sunday’s ab work was basic but good – if you ever need a quickie just try doing 100 reps of your favorite ab exercises. I did 100 sit-ups on the exercise ball, 100 bicycle abs, and 100 baby crunches. Then I did Hayley’s 6 minute plank rotation.
Mix everything (except the apple) in a bowl and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Remove and stir, adding more milk if necessary.
Top with diced apple, or other fruit of choice.
This weekend I completed a fun art project (and I’m NOT artsy like my aunt). Can’t wait to share with you tomorrow!!!
Do you like doing cardio on machines? How do you get through it?
Some of you said last week you were doing/wanted to do Body Rock. How do you like it so far?
Today is a tribute.
Friday seems like the perfect time to celebrate some fantastic bloggers who have inspired some of the best meals I’ve had. This list is not at all exhaustive, but it’s what I’ve had lately for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
These fluffy, lemon-flavored chia muffins were based on this Lemon Chia Cake created by Lisa @ Healthful Sense. I’ve made several of Lisa’s recipes and have never been disappointed. She’s also the only person more obsessed with sweet potatoes and peanut flour than I am.
They are gluten-free and vegan – great for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Next time I make them I’ll add some poppy seeds too, as that’s what the chia bites reminded me of.
Who doesn’t need a little opium first thing in the morning?
You should try these. Like now.
When I can work from home, lunch is my favorite meal of the day. I can cook something fresh AND use the daylight for picture-taking.
Even though I was too lazy to whip out the good camera for this pic.
These “crashed” sweet potatoes tuned out beautifully, and my Middle-Eastern spice blend went perfectly with the Coconut Curry Marinated Tempeh by Turtle Mountain I had in the fridge. Nom.
After an orange lunch, I needed a green dinner.
Served with sriracha and an Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Tortilla. Pinned and will be making again soon!
I have a bajillion blogger desserts marked to try… but tonight was my own.
These Chewy Granola Cookies (not limited to dessert – momma texted me to say she had 2 for breakfast with Greek yogurt) with a glass of “Chocolate Milk.”
Mix in cocktail glass and serve with ice.
Yes, I realize such a simple drink shouldn’t count as a recipe… but it was good, so I’m going to milk it. (Tee hee… milk it… get it?)
What blogger recipe have you made lately and loved?
What do you use to bookmark recipes? Pinterest? Reader? Delicious?
2011 was a big year.
I began this blog at the end of 2010 (yes, I missed my blogiversary), and I cannot believe how much my life has evolved since.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of the wonderful bloggers out there. You have inspired me in so many ways – introducing me to new foods, pushing me to think of new flavor combinations, motivating fitness and healthy living by example and through kind comments.
Resolutions aren’t my cup ‘o tea – I like to tackle goals as I think of them throughout the year.
In lieu of posting those and in honor of a rockin’ 2011, I decided to list the top 11 posts for the year.
Often I see bloggers comment that they don’t necessarily agree with the top posts… but in this case I largely agree. There are a couple of soups/stews not on the list – but you guys apparently like breakfast and dessert (and I have no room to judge)! Out of these 11 my top 3 are #1, 2, and 7.
1. Sparkling (Champagne) Cake Balls (these would be great to bring to a NYE party – toast with balls!)
2. Peach Cobbler Chia Pudding (with an overview on the benefits of chia)
5. Coconut Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies (with an overview on the benefits of coconut flour)
6. Coconut Milk Greek Yogurt (with PBJ Vegan Yogurt recipe)
7. Cherry Balsamic Chickpea Salad (this was one of my favorite meals of the year)
10. Garam Masala Daal (this post also includes my favorite Banana Cashew Chia Pudding recipe!)
11. PB&J Pancakes (gluten-free and vegan!)
Thank you to everyone who has read this blog, left a comment, passed along my link, written an inspiring blog… I am honored to have you all in my life and wish nothing but the best for us all in 2012!
I stopped posting on weekends… but check back tomorrow for a special Saturday post that might come in handy this weekend.
If you are a blogger, are your “most viewed” recipes the one you like the most?
What is your biggest hope or goal for 2012?