Cha-Cha-Cha Chia

Can we all sing along in our heads to the Cha-Cha-Cha Chia Pet song from the commercial that usually is only aired at like 2:43 a.m. on really lame cable channels? While showing pictures of a small, green, sprouting alfalfa pig-meets-groundhog type creature? Ok now that we got that vibe goin’, let’s talk about Chia Seeds.


As you may recall, I recently jumped on the Dulse Flake bandwagon. Oh, but wait, there’s another bandwagon hotter than a Bikram studio for me to jump on. Chia Seeds, and actually Chia Pudding to be exact.

It seems all the cool kids are doing it. Kristin’s got her Holiday Chia Pudding recipe.

And, then Angela just posted this lovely Repair & Recover Recipe. Really, chia seeds can repair me? Or help me recover? Clearly she doesn’t know what my days are like. I fear it’s gonna take a smidge more than seeds to repair and recover from daily life with a two year old, but sure, we’ll start with the seeds.

Elise just posted about sprinkling seeds on her salad. One factoid that I didn’t know was that unlike flax which needs to be ground for you to receive full benefit, the chia seeds don’t. How cool. What a time saver. Who wants to clean seed particles out of your fave coffee grinder or Vita-Mix, anyway?

And, how could I forget HEABs, homegirl loves her chia seeds. Just check out her Chia Seed blog tag. She puts seeds in everything from oat bran to rhubard smoothies. Now that’s bang for your seedy buck.

So without further ado, let’s talk about what I did. I mean if all the other kids jumped off the bridge, would you? Yeah, actually maybe I would…

Anyway…

*I started with 2 Tbsp chia seeds
*Added 1/2 c lowfat vanilla almond milk (TJs find, Pacific brand)
*1/4 c water
* Stirred

Then I added
*Dash of Vanilla
*1/2 Tbsp Agave
*Pinch Stevia
*Pinch Cinnamon
*Stirred some more

I let the bowl sit on counter for 15 min, stirred a few times. Compuslive stirrring goin’ on. Clearly not necessary, but I’m Type A, what can I say.

Then refrigerated for about a half hour. Didn’t think it was really thick enough, so I added another 1 Tbsp of seeds.

After about 6 hours in the fridge, I had a solid chia mass. Not so solid that it was too thick or anything, but it was definitely dense. Probably could have done without that panicked 1 more Tbsp addition. There was my Type A compulsiveness rearing it’s ugly head again.


Flavor was spot on, just the density was maybe a little too thick. Stick with the recipe folks, 2 Tbsp seeds to the 3/4 c liquid. I’m trying that again later today and will report back.

Chia Porn

After it was all said and done, Scott thought (oh by the way…this creation is largely for him, sort of like an ice cream substitute) he’d like it even better in the freezer. So after 45 mins in the freezer, it was like a cold rock, but he loved it. And the huge mound of Cool Whip on top didn’t hurt either.

I would definitely give Chia Seeds and Chia Pudding Two Thumbs Up! This is a bandwagon I’m really glad I jumped on. Easy, healthy, and there’s something fun about watching the seeds swell and balloon up. Kinda like my fingers do if I eat anything remotely close to sodium.

Moving right along…

I didn’t subsist solely on chia, I hit replay on dinner from the previous night’s raw feast. Well, almost. Lots of you wrote in a bit incredulous that I actually ate raw B.S. Probably not something I plan to repeat, but hey, I survived, despite giving my jaw a good workout.

This time I lightly steamed the B.S. and the Yellow Squash. Also appearing as supporting actors were Red Pepper and Zucchini.

Next Up, the Sun Warrior Brown Rice Protein Powder (BRPP) that I bought that just arrived. I know some of you feel that juicing your greens, eating your nuts and seeds, and nut butters is enough. But for my body, I feel depleted and weak without some added protein. I only do one scoop per day (kinda like crack, just one hit per day…kidding!) and it definitely helps me feel stronger and more in-balance, so I go with it.
Nutrition Info for all you Nosey Bodies

Here’s what one scoop of Sun Warrior Chocolate looked like in my shaker cup in 4 oz of water. Note that I used Jay’s scooper, not the Sun Warrior scooper. It’s probably buried deep in the can and I didn’t feel like digging through a vat of dust in search of it.
And for comparison’s sake, here’s what one scoop of Jay’s Vanilla BRPP and 4 oz of water looks like.
The Verdict: I really like the Sun Warrior Chocolate BRPP!

It’s hard to compare Jay’s Vanilla and Sun Warrior Chocolate because the flavors are so different, vanilla vs. chocolate.

I think that Jay has a much more distinct stevia taste that I did not notice with Sun Warrior. So if you are not into stevia, I would say Sun Warrior is your friend. However, I never thought I was into stevia either, and I actually like it now, weird, huh.

The Sun Warrior Chocolate is sort of dark chocolatey to me…definitely not overly sweet, which was nice. I could always make it sweeter with a dash of my own stevia.

I will say that I don’t think the Sun Warrior mixed up quite as quickly as Jay, it took me maybe another 15 seconds in the shaker cup, but not a biggie. But we’ll see how that goes tomorrow.

Enough about protein, let’s talk yoga! Continuing on with the backbending I was doing in yesterday’s yoga, here’s me in Reclining (supta) Hero (virasana) pose.

Here’s my Tip of the Day: For all you runners out there, please try to stretch your quads, hammies, and calves after running, especially if you do hills. Running tightens up your legs, it shortens all the muscles. Yoga asansas like this one elongate and lengthen your muscles, which means happy legs, and less running injuries! Even if you can’t recline all the way, use pillows, blankets, just get yourself into some kind of deeper stretch. Oh, and the more you hate a pose, the more you probably need it, so keep practicing. And to answer one reader’s comment/question, Does yoga get easier? Resoundingly, yes, it does, stick with it!

And of course, as I mentioned yesteday, after any kind of backbending, do a counter pose, like child’s pose (balasana) or here’s me in a seated forward bend. Extra credit if you can contract your quads while stretching and leaning forward. Extra, extra credit if you can flex your feet, too.

So I wanna know…What was something that you used to hate, not just regarding working out, but that you’ve totally come around on, and now you love it? Even couldn’t live without it?? Do Tell!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s chocolatey adventures…

:)
Averie

   

14 Responses to “Cha-Cha-Cha Chia”

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    Jess in NYC — August 24, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    The blog looks great! I like the updates, but the pie looks even better. ;)

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    Kimberly — August 24, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    I was just thinking yesterday about getting some cloth napkins. We go through the paper towels!

    That pie looks yummylicious!!

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    VeggieGirl — August 24, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    PIE!!! Mmm…. :)

    I have yet to master that yoga pose – I'm working on it!!

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    Chocolate Covered Katie — August 24, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    You saved some pie for me, rigght riiiiight??? ;)

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    Girl on Raw — August 24, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Nice new layout…makes me want to do some housekeeping when I get home next weekend. All your food is making me homesick. Holidays are great, but I am looking forward to getting back in the kitchen :) (and sorting my bloggie award out once and for all xx)

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    Cindy — August 24, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Yeah… raw chocolate pie! MMM

    OH…for the family meals…I have been basing the meals on Veggies…good enough for me… baby gets same but also bits of everything else for good measure…hubs gets same with added meat (that he typically grills) or not..and he cooks that for him and the Teen. That's how we fly.

    I do on occassion short order but I try and stay away from it…it's exhausting.

    I figure if the base of the meal is the same..and everyone can customize it…better yet!

    and I LOVE cloth napkins… my husband thinks they are a bit much but he's simple that way. I would rather re-use anything than use and pitch…it's a PEEEEVE!

    nice post!…nice yoga pose…nice pie…yeah..just NICE !!!

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — August 25, 2009 at 1:04 am

    Glad everyone's diggin' the pie and the new layout.

    Cindy I generally do the same, base the meal for everyone off veggies and throw in some turkey for hubby. 2 yr old gets veggies that are more cooked and less raw but I am proud to say my the little pipsqueak eats her peppers, cukes, tomatoes, carrots, etc. She has had white meat before in her life but as of recently, I am committed to her being raised a veggie til she is older and can choose for herself. Yes, short ordering is totally exhausting but sometimes, sigh….you just gotta do it to make sure everyone eats healthfully given their own likes & dislikes. Yeah, exhausting though!

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    Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl — August 25, 2009 at 1:38 am

    That chocolate pie looks DIVINE!! YUM!!! I know what I'll be making in the near future. ;-)

    LOVE that yoga pose. I think it'll take about 100 years before I can pull that one off. LOL

    And, I LOVED your comment about my green cookie–way funny!

    *smiles*
    Michele

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    Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl — August 25, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Oh, and I forgot to say: I do really like this design! It's nice, girl! :-D

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    Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) — August 25, 2009 at 4:58 am

    Wow that pie looks amazing and healthy too!!

    That pose looks INTENSE! :-D

    I just did a post on my yoga experience from yesterday so I can only imagine how I would struggle in that pose that you are doing!!

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    Emily — August 25, 2009 at 7:35 am

    I could eat your pie right now for my breakfast! It looks Delicious.
    wrt meals: I am lucky in that my b/f asks questions about why I'm eating the way I am and then that interests him too. So, when I make a soup, he'll have that but then half the time he'll have something else to the side. So, I sometimes make extra things for him, but the main meal will be something for both of us.

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    Kimberly — August 25, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I forgot to ask you how much yoga and running to you do each day, because you rock in that swim suit on yesterday's post! I won't even wear a swimsuit without the skirt on the bottom:)You go girl!!

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — August 25, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Thanks Kimberly….probably about an hour to 1.5 hrs of a day. I go do something totally alone (walk or run) for 20-30 mins in the morning at like 7:30am. Just 20 mins alone can set this mama up for a better day :) Then I do about 20 mins of yoga.

    And then when my husband gets home from work, in order to help him get his workout in AND get couple time, we go for an hour walk with Skylar in the jogging stroller. I really don't count that as cardio but I am moving I guess. It's more for us than it is for health, if you have kids you know how it goes :) You fit in time together and exercise and conversation all in one fell swoop.

    Thanks for the compliment!

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    jjhampton — August 25, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Averie, love the new layout. Never thought about making the color where it makes my food look better. haha!! That pie looks fantablous!! In fact I think I am going to buy a ww crust and fill it with your raw brownies!! Cant wait. Going to the store in a few :).

    Ugh. I always make my meal separate from my mans and the little ones but they always eat the same dinner. So I am making 2 dinners not 3 :). I usually make them something from clean eating mag. or a family favorite healthified :)

    ~Justine

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    Erika — August 26, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    That pie reminds me of the raw version of my grandmother's chocolate cream pie. It was at every holiday growing up, but yours looks so much better!

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