Over the last few days, my site had been out of business and was down. I didn’t realize it until over the weekend and then spent the last few days getting it back up and running. I am sorry for any inconvenience it may have caused, but we are now up and running again.
I enjoyed a beautiful and VERY HOT weekend in Montana for my little sisters wedding. It was fun seeing family, but I way over did it, and was in a lot of pain come Saturday night. I left the reception early to get off my feet and to try to relieve some pain. I was miserable. Thankful I was able to be apart of her day though. R enjoyed seeing cousins and was a doll during the wedding.
Now we are counting down days until little man arrives. Not much longer folks. Less than a month away. I feel oddly unprepared, but still have a peace about his arrival. I don’t think any mother is fully prepared. I have what I need, and I have stopped stressing about the nursery not being completely finished. The important stuff is done.
In my rush to get things done, I have enjoyed trying new recipes and baking, as well as enjoying the old recipes on my blog. One of my favorite breakfasts, is overnight oats or chia seed pudding. Honestly, you can eat the Raw Matcha Chia Seed Pudding for dessert or for breakfast. Overnight oats and chia seed are incredibly simple and if you haven’t tried them, you are missing out. Prepare the night before and you are well on your way to a great wholesome breakfast, which obviously “wholesome” is my thing. 😉
I love matcha green tea, and it’s great in many different breakfasts and drinks, from smoothies to matcha green tea latte’s and even in chia puddings.
Matcha green tea powder is ground from green tea leaves and contains catechins, which are antioxidant flavonoids. These antioxidants are known to protect against cancer and other diseases. Antioxidants are also great at protecting our skin and keeping us looking younger. Catechins are the most potent of antioxidants.
Overnight Raw Matcha Chia Seed Pudding
(Yes it’s green, but it won’t leave you feeling green!! 😉 )
Matcha is known to help increase energy levels and endurance, burn calories, detoxify the body and help the immune system. Chia seeds are high in fiber and essential fatty acids, such as omega-3’s, minerals like calcium and magnesium, and B vitamins. Omega-3’s are great for reducing inflammation.
Pair matcha with chia seeds and you have an amazing breakfast for runners. The matcha helps with energy and endurance, while the chia seeds help provide protein and fiber, as well as omega-3’s to reduce inflammation, common among runners. I have been on an anti-inflammatory diet trying to rid my body of the inflammation caused from my last half marathon. Matcha and chia are powerhouses!!
This breakfast or dessert, whatever you chose to eat it for, only takes 5 minutes to prep. Let it sit in the fridge overnight or for a couple of hours to thicken, and you have a healthy, whole breakfast full of antioxidants, fiber, and EFA’s (all great for runners, pregnancy and just YOU in general).
Prep: 5 minutes Servings: 1
- 1/4 c chia seeds
- 3/4 – 1 c almond milk
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 Tbsp matcha green tea powder
- 1 Tbsp french vanilla almond milk creamer or creamer of your choice (optional)
- splash of maple syrup
Directions: In a jar or bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Cover and store in fridge overnight. Enjoy in the morning for breakfast.
You’ll also want to try this Red Beet Cleanser juice. Beets are growing like crazy in the garden and the Farmers Market, so it’s no wonder they have been in many recipes lately.
The only downside to beets is the mess and stains. If only they didn’t dye everything red!! Don’t forget to use the tops, beet greens, too. They are great steamed with a little salt and pepper. My hubby and I love that we can use all of the beet and don’t have to waste any of it. If you haven’t tried steamed beet greens, you are missing out. The greens contain great nutrients and antioxidants as well.
Red Beet Cleanser
Every runners diet should include beets. They are great for runners performance and aid in recovery as well. Really we all should consume beets more often.
I suggest making beet juice apart of your running nutrition. If you can’t drink straight beet juice this recipe is great, as it pairs with apples to help tone the beet taste down a little bit. It’s great as a cleanser and don’t be surprised or alarmed if you starting peeing a little red or if your poop has a pinkish tint. It’s just the beets doing their job.
Prep: 5 minutes Servings: 1
- 1 apple
- 1 beet
- 2-4 stalks celery
- 4 kale leaves
Directions: Feed apple, beet, celery and kale through your juicer. Pour into a glass and enjoy right away or store in an air tight container.
Until Next Time Be Whole and Be Fit