This morning I made it to the gym for another day of cardio and strength. I’m happy to report that since I committed to doing more weight lifting, I have been sticking to the new schedule pretty well! It’s funny how when I get back in the routine of weights, I can’t figure out why I ever got out of it.
Before I headed out this morning, I popped a few of my new favorite pre-workout snack.
Dried apricots are a great snack for workouts – at least for me. They don’t weigh me down, I can eat them quickly, and they are relatively high in carbs and low in calories. I usually eat anywhere from 3-6 right before a medium intensity workout. Of course if I was going for a longer or more intense workout, I might want to eat something more substantial. I’ve also been using them to curb my sweet cravings after meals – just a couple of them do the trick!
Monday is my busiest day of the week, and today it turned out to be extraordinarily busy because I got a new tutoring student! She’s another sweet Korean girl, wife to one of my current students and as cute as pie. International students make me smile big time:)
You know what else makes me smile big time? Comments from you! I just want to say thanks so much to all of you who read my ramblings. While I write this blog because I feel passionate about food and healthy living, and I love writing about and taking pictures of it, it wouldn’t be near the same if you didn’t talk back to me. You guys rock. Seriously:)
Speaking of readers and comments, I got a comment the other day from reader Sarah who asked if I’ve ever made chia pudding. “Why no, no I haven’t” I replied. And then I asked myself – why have I not made chia pudding??
I love chia seeds so much that I named my blog after them and yet I haven’t made one of the coolest and most chia like recipes out there. Something is wrong with this picture. In fact, I think chias have taken a bit too long of a hiatus from CSM. It’s time to bring ’em back!
And what better way to bring them back than paired with my other favorite obsession as of late.
Pumpkin of course!
Sweet Pumpkin Chia Pudding
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1/3 cup canned pumpkin (I used 1/4 cup this morning, but will up it to 1/3 next time)
- 3-4 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 cup soy milk (any kind of nut milk would work)
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- In a medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients until well mixed.
- Place bowl in the refrigerator and allow to set for 20+ minutes. I threw mine together and then let it set while I was at the gym – probably a total of about an hour or a little more. You could even let them set overnight and have a ready made breakfast.
Super easy, super quick and tasty! If you appreciate the gel-like texture of moist chia seeds and you like pumpkin – then you will love this pudding! I know there are many variations of chia pudding all over the place, and you can sub in and out ingredients to make whatever variation you want! I have yet to see pumpkin although I’m sure it’s out there somewhere.
I am still loving my fall table arrangement, and as excited as I am to switch it to Christmas, I’m kind of sad to say goodbye. Not too sad though! Nothing keeps me from being over the top happy for the Christmas season! Now if only it wasn’t still 80 degrees outside, I’d really be getting into the holiday spirit:) The fact that Walmart has already put up a giant Christmas tree in the front entrance is helping a little bit.
Hope the beginning to your week has been lovely!
Are you saying bring it on to the Christmas season? Or are you clinging to the last days of fall?
Also, do you eat something before your workout? If so, what works for you?