Back on the Mat & A Preview of the Week

by HEAB on April 13, 2009

After 7 days of no yoga and nothing but a few short walks, I went to a 6 AM vinyasa flow class this morning.  My back is still a little sore, but this morning’s class didn’t bother it at all, and many of the postures felt great.  So good to be back…so happy. :) Just needed a few days off and some time in the jacuzzi tub.  Much better now!

Let’s talk oats, shall we?

What is that big brown blob next to the almond butter?

What is that big brown blob next to the almond butter?

Why it’s chia pudding.  After my Chia Fairy sent me some goodies, she recommended I try this raw chia pudding recipe.  I did, and it’s a.m.a.z.i.n.g. and unbelievably easy! The shredded coconut and spices make quite the combo, but I did leave out the lucuma powder.  What is lucuma powder you ask?  Beats me – that’s why it ain’t in my puddin. :)

My obsession with chia seeds continued with lunch.  I blended 1 scoop of Jay Robb’s chocolate whey protein powder with 8 ounces of water.  After stirring in 3 TBSP of chia seeds, I placed my concoction in the fridge and went to work.  When I arrived home for lunch, I had a thick bowl of protein goodness waiting for me, but I wanted it thicker.  So, I threw it the Vita-Mix with a frozen banana and topped off my bowl of chocolate protein fluff with some crunchy peanut butter.

Chia seeds, where have you been all my life?!?

Chia seeds, where have you been all my life?!?

This bowl was so delicious that I just wanted to curse.  There I sat in my kitchen eating fluffy spoonful after fluffy spoonful thinking S&*t, this is damn darn good! Does good food turn you into a potty mouth? Those 3 TBSP of chia seeds added 152 calories, 12 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein to my smoothie in a bowl, not to mention 20% of my daily calcium! Hell heck yeah!  Freaking love the chia! Thanks again Abbie.

In addition to reading Philippians together, Polly and I are going oat free for 5 days….I’m starting tomorrow. :)  I love my oat bran, but I like to shake things up every once in a while.  Feeling like you’re in an oat rut?   Want to join us?  Come on, it will be fun – new breakfast adventures await us all (meaning I will be eating protein pancakes tomorrow :)).  

Speaking of protein, there’s going to be a showdown tomorrow on HEAB:

War of The Rice Protein Powders

Sexy Hot vs The Warrior

There will also be many of these consumed over the next few days:

What is your favorite PURE bar flavor?

What is your favorite PURE Bar flavor?

A huge thank-you to Rebecca at THE PURE BAR for sending me some samples and a very cool PURE Bar reusable shopping bag! PURE bars are all organic raw gluten-free energy bars…and I heard from someone that they might even be better than Larabars!  Thanks again Rebecca – can’t wait to try them!  Make sure and check out Veronica’s blog, as she is the creator of the PURE Bar. 

OK, off to find new uses for my chia seeds. :)