Have you ever just taken a second to stop, breathe and take a look at where you are in your life? I do this and often times think to myself “When did I become so grown up?” This morning was one of those moments. I was up at 5am, feed Hera, put her back to sleep, made a cup of this amazing coffee in my French Press, put the news on, hopped back into bed and it hit me – whoa, I’m an adult … like a coffee drinking, news watching, baby raising adult. Sometimes I feel like I’m still 16 but then I catch myself when I see 16 year olds driving around town and I feel like they look like children. I can’t believe I’m going to be 28 in a couple of weeks, where has the time gone? I have to say I’m so pleased with where I am in my life and what I’ve accomplished in my relationships as a wife and mother as well as my career. It’s so refreshing to feel this way. I wake up in the mornings with a smile on my face feeling so blessed. Sorry for the sappy moment here, it’s just mornings like these make me realize how amazing life can be. I think all these emotions stir from the fact that I’m turning another year older and how my 21-year old sister referred to one of her classmates as “your age”. Okay, I’ll lay off of the brain-unloading … I’m not quite sure what came over me.
Has anyone else jumped onto the Chia seed bandwagon? I know I’m a bit late but I have been in love with Chia seeds for quite sometime now, they just have never been the staple in a recipe. It began when I found these little gelatinous beauties floating around in my Kombucha. Can I just digress for a second and bring up the fact that I used to smother these bad boys on a Garfield-shaped terra cotta statue and they would magically sprout into the cartoon cat’s fur? Am I the only one who didn’t put these two together until just recently? Anyways, I’ve known about their amazing qualities for sometime and would often throw them into my smoothies or delicious Paleo Pancakes, but when I came across this Chia Seed pudding phenomenon I had to give it a shot. To be honest, this flavor combination was not meticulously thought out, it was not created from my culinary imagination, it was merely created based on what was in my fridge and pantry at the moment; but let me tell you – it is amazingly delicious. Coconut and lime is always a match made in heaven and the blackberries add such a freshness to the whole combination. It’s refreshing and robust at the same time. (Seriously what is up with all this emotional verbiage this morning?!) I better stop.
Coconut + Lime Chia Seed Pudding with Blackberries
Perfect for 2.
1 Cup of Organic Almond Milk
3 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds
2 teaspoons of Organic Honey
½ Vanilla Bean, caviar
The zest of 1 Lime, divided
Unsweetened Coconut Shavings
In a large mixing bowl combine the Almond Milk, Chia seeds, honey, vanilla caviar and half of the lime zest. Mix together thoroughly and set aside. Wait approximately five minutes before stirring once again. Cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight.
Spoon into two separate bowls and garnish with blackberries, coconut shavings, and the remaining lime zest. Enjoy!