Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Chia seed disaster

Why does it feel like Thursday already?!?! It's not a work week for me so I can't figure that out. Since it's NOT a workweek for me, I'm happy that it's only Tuesday and I have the rest of this great week ahead of me! :)
I had planned to get up at 6am for my run before the heat and humidity became unbearable.... buuuut naturally I snoozed a few times and I didn't end up out the door until about 7:15. I had a good 3 miler - it was really humid, but I had a great attitude today and that seemed to help a lot!
Breakfast was a juice with a slightly different twist on yesterday's creation. I'm getting low on apples and lemons, so to stretch my fruit, I used a grapefruit instead of a lemon - about 1/2. So it ended up being:
- 4 stalks celery
- 2 handfulls spinach
- 1/2 grapefruit
- 1/2 apple
I usually use a whole apple, so I was cutting back in this area as well. Basically it was very, very grapefruity, which I wasn't a fan of. But it was still very fresh-tasting!
After this liquid breakfast, I had the itch to cook so I made up a batch of zucchini chips - no pic but I'll show that later when I eat them for dinner!
I had some errands to run, so of course I decided to do them on foot. I love walking to do my errands... and why wouldn't I when I get these benefits:
- Better for the environment
- Save gas money and wear and tear (on my car), or save $5.00 if I take the bus
- Get some exercise
- Get my daily dose of Vitamin D
- Great time to catch up on phone calls - and it's safer than talking on the phone while driving!
- I just love, love, love being able to walk through the city of Chicago. I feel so lucky to live just a mile away from the center of its downtown! It's so much fun to walk through the beautiful architecture and to people watch!
I dropped off Mike's drycleaning (found out we have a place just a block away from us, score), returned some books to the library, and then did some birthday shopping for the upcoming August birthdays.
It was probably about 40 minutes of walking.... however, after walking about 1/3 of the way home, my right heel was giving me a tiny bit of pain - nothing crazy, but it got me worried, so I took the bus home from there. I'm sure I would have been fine walking home, but if taking the bus spared me months of plantar fasciitis pain, it's worth it!
Once I got back, I wanted to do something with the chia seeds that I had let sit overnight. Yesterday I soaked 1/4 c. chia seeds in 1/2 c. water, and it looked like this:

It was amazing how the minute I added the chia seeds to the water, they puffed up and became much larger than their original size (TWSS).
I read that chia seeds increase their nutritional value if soaked in water overnight, which is what I did. However, this morning they had become soooo gelatinous that it was kinda gross and gooey. I threw them into my miniFP with 2 chopped tomatoes, some nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, and garlic.

Ummmm.... not a fan. I think this flavor would have been good, but I should not have let this soak so long!!! I think next time I will just let them soak a few minutes, and then it would blend better.
Since the chia cheesy sauce bombed (which was meant to be a dip for my carrots), I made some guac instead, which was definitely an acceptable substitute ;) I used:
- 2 avocados
- 2 tomatoes
- tons of cilantro
- lime juice
-garlic, S & P
- 2 carrots for dippingI felt slightly Miss Piggy for having 2 avocados worth of guac for lunch, but it was good, so who gives!
Remember those lime coconut cookies I attempted to make yesterday? I didn't care for them much, but I didn't want them to go to waste, so I morphed them into coconut date balls.

MUCH better!!!
Now I'm going to go relax for a bit on the patio and read The Time Traveler's Wife.... it's my favorite book, I re-read it every single summer, and I am trying to finish this summer's read before the movie comes out soon! So excited!!
I don't want to give up on my chia seeds - do you have any suggestions for chia seeds that I will enjoy?
Also, I am having a FANTASTIC giveaway sometime in the next 1-2 weeks... as soon as I get my new blog website up and running. So be sure to check back regularly! ;)


  1. Sorry to hear about your chia seed disaster! I am new to chia seeds myself, but found a recipe last week that I modified to be Gluten-free that uses chia seeds. These muffins were amazing! Also, there is a link to the original, non-gluten-free recipe in this link, too:


  2. You're so lucky to live in a major city!! I really want to move to Boston! Hope your heel feels better!

  3. p.s. I'm having an amazing giveaway tonight or tomorrow morning so check back!!

  4. I like chia seeds just soaked in vanilla almond milk with some cinnamon. Yum, its like pudding.

  5. I haven't tried chia seeds yet, but can't wait to see what you do with them! Thats awesome you live so close to downtown that you get to walk everywhere!

  6. i have yet to try chia seeds yet but i bet once i get a bag i'll be experimenting too....

    re: the daikon - my mom used to just add them to a soup like you would a carrot or a potato or celery - not the base of the soup, but an additional veggie....