I've been thinking a lot.
For those of you who know me personally... that's no surprise. I just loooove to sit around and think. If you are anything like me, you know how easy it can be to get caught up in your own thoughts. My thoughts, and yours, are valid and important; but action is where the magic happens.
Putting thoughts into action is crucial in my Courageously Healthy System. Taking thoughts and turning them into small steps = delicious results. It's seriously all about action.
So now you are thinking: how can I turn my thoughts into action? Baby steps. Don't over think it, just do it.
Ok. Lets talk food.
It's been a few days and by now you know how many leftovers we eat, so I'll give you the greatest hits.
Berry chia pudding made with homemade almond milk.
I'll start with the almond milk.
1 cup of raw almonds
3 cups of filtered water
1 pitted date
How to: soak the almonds over night. Drain the water from the almonds and discard. Blend the 3 cups of filtered water with the soaked almonds and pitted date. Blend for about 2 minutes. Drain with an nut milk bag or cheese cloth to separate the almond meal from the milk. You can use the almond meal for other stuff too. If you are accustomed to sweetened milk, you may want to add 2 more dates. Your mouth will tell you whats right. After I made the milk I thought it was a good time to try chia pudding. I had never made it before and it always sounds so yummy. This is how I did it.
2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
4 tbsp chia seeds
5 drops of liquid stevia (if you don't have this, or don't like it I'd use honey)
1 cup of your choice of berries
A handful of walnuts and pumpkin seeds
You'll need a 30 ounce mason jar or something else with a air tight cover. Pour milk into the jar, add the chia seeds and cover. Give it a good shake. Put it down for about 20 minutes and then give it another good shake. Refrigerate over night.
The next morning you can can add berries and nuts and enjoy!! I really liked it, but the consistency is different than I expected. I thought it would be more like rice pudding, but it was thinner. Which is why the nuts are a nice addition. I'd love to hear what you think about it.
Kale rice bowl recipe. This was the inspiration for my favorite lunch this weekend. I used wild rice, sauteed greens, slices of avocado, and a poached egg. I had broccoli rabe, bok choy and garlic scape from my CSA this week so I chopped them all up and thew them in the pan with some grapeseed oil. I seasoned them with a little braggs liquid aminos and pepper. I let them sautee for about 2 mintues, leaving them just a little crisp. Very pleasing little dish.
Rice cake with a thin layer of hummus, and a piece of jarlsberg cheese on top. This satisfying snack is about 150 calories and totally delish.
Tonight I threw together a very easy last minute dinner. Wild rice with cannellini beans, and left over steamed broccoli. I sprinkled it with some nutritional yeast (nooch) and pepper. Easy and yummy. Took no time at all because I had cooked everything yesterday!
An important note about the foods I choose:
I make it a priority to buy local and organic foods as much as I can. I plan for the week, buy in bulk, absolutely use my left overs and I get courageously creative with our meals to save time and money. Since avoiding GMOs and other questionable icky unnatural ingredients is important to me, I give it the attention it deserves. I feel that cheap food (I'll talk more about this later) is an illusion. Over time using quality organic foods has drastically changed our lives for the better. I'm not an expert, I'm just good at experimenting so I've learned a lot.
My mission as a health coach is to help you live a courageously healthy life that you love. I'm hearing from my clients that they simply want to feel better. They want to feel in control of their health. Not only is this possible, but it can be joyful. Small steps, big results. Lasting change takes time, but luckily life is long.
( I invite you to take a deep breath after reading that last sentence.)
Thanks for taking this 30 day journey with me! Let me know your thoughts along the way. Where are you with your health? What's in your way from having a healthy life?
I want to be a resource for you, so reach out and share your story!
You. Freakin. Rock.
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