chocolate banana chia pudding

I’ve been interested in trying chia pods, but haven’t been able to find them anywhere!  So, I ordered a case of them through the food co-op that I am a part of.  Good thing I like them because now I have a whole refrigerator full!  Made with only 3 ingredients and no added sugar, they make a great on-the-go snack especially since they are packaged with a cute little spoon!


And it doesn’t hurt that Kelly Slater sponsors the company as well :)  Check out his video here

While they taste awesome and are super healthy for you, they cost a lot…over $3.00 each!  So, at a fraction of the cost here is my chia pod recipe!

chocolate banana chia pudding ~vegan, gluten free~

Chocolate Banana Chia Pudding

1 can coconut milk

1 banana

1/4 cup chia seeds

2 tablespoons cacao powder or cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

-In a blender or food processor, blend together coconut milk, banana, cacao powder and vanilla.  Pour mixture into a bowl.

-Add chia seeds and stir.  (continuously stir for a few minutes so chia seeds do not clump!)

-Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours.  Chia seeds will absorb liquid resulting in a pudding consistency.

-Portion out pudding in single-serve containers and enjoy!

almond date bites and why I love running


I did it!  I signed up for a half marathon!!!  The Zooma Cape Cod half marathon on September 28th, which leaves me 6.5 weeks to train…gulp!

I used to run a lot…hours on end.  It’s my moving meditation.  Running clears my head, gives me energy, grounds me and helps me to remember how lucky I am.

I was born with a congenital dislocation of my right hip.  My hip-joint was deformed leaving my thighbone to “slip” out of the socket.  When I took my first steps as a baby my mom knew something was wrong.  It took years of doctor’s visits, traction, hospitalization and multiple surgeries to repair my hip-joint and return the bone to the socket.  My worried mom asked the surgeon if I would be able to walk without a limp.  He assured her I would, but stated “she won’t be a marathon runner.”  Kids are put on this planet to prove adults wrong and I did just that!  In 2005 I ran my first marathon, the San Diego Rock and Roll marathon.  I didn’t break any records, but I finished and that was good enough for me!  Since then I was hooked.  Every time I start out for a run I remember how lucky I was to be born in a time of modern medicine and in a place where healthcare was accessible.  If I didn’t, my life would be very, very different then it is now.

My love for running started as a teenager.  In high school I was on the field hockey team.  I was bad downright horrible!  I was granted the “best team spirit” award each year which translates into “the coach feels bad she never played you and needs to give you some kind of award to make up for it.”  I didn’t care that I didn’t play.  My best memories are from the friendships I made (and still have!) from that field hockey team!

Since field hockey wasn’t my thing, I tried cheerleading.  Big mistake.  I knew I wasn’t athletic, but I soon found out that I sure as hell was not coordinated!  (thank you to my friends and family who supported me in that endeavor! I know it was painful to watch!)  Simply put, I can’t dance.  My best and only dance move, the chicken dance comes out at weddings after one too many drinks (ok,  it only takes one drink).  It’s ugly.

I knew I couldn’t play sports and couldn’t dance, but I could run!  One foot in front of the other and you’re doing it Peter!  I’m not fast, I’m not graceful, but my two feet can cover some miles!  Since becoming a mom, it’s hard to find time to run.   I haven’t clocked many miles since before I was pregnant….I miss it.    Some days I’m too worn out from chasing Noah around to even think about going for a run!  But, when I do, I feel great!  That’s why I signed up for the half marathon.  I’m setting a goal for myself, leaving no excuses as to why I can’t go running.

I’m super excited for this event!  I have my “crunch-time” training schedule all planned out and I checked a 7 mile run off the list this past monday…it feels good to be back!  The Zooma event benefits a charity called “every mother counts” which was started by Christy Turlington.  Maternal wellness is something that I am very passionate about.  Proceeds of the event will help mothers around the world get the care they need for a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

Every two minutes, a woman around the world dies from complications due to pregnancy or childbirth, creating a rippling effect that devastates children, families, and communities. But 90% of those deaths are preventable.  

I’m not one to ask for donations, but if you have a little extra to spare you can donate here

And, if you don’t have money to donate download this app and get moving to raise money for a charity of your choice!  For my training, I will be running for every mother counts!

Ok…enough about running!  Here is a recipe for almond date bites!  The combination of carbs and protein make them a perfect pre-run snack!

almond date bites ~raw, vegan, gluten free~

Almond Date Bites

6  dates, pitted

dash cinnamon

12 raw almonds

dried shredded coconut

-Place pitted dates and cinnamon in a food processor and pulse until a paste is formed.

almond date bites ~raw, vegan, gluten free~

-Use your hands to cover an almond with a small spoonful of paste, mold into a ball.

almond date bites ~raw, vegan, gluten free~

-Roll in shredded coconut and store in the refrigerator.

almond date bites ~raw, vegan, gluten free~


kettle corn kale chips

What food and nutrition blog doesn’t have a recipe for kale chips???  These aren’t your average kale chips!  I was inspired to make kettle corn kale chips after our trip to the fair this past week.  Walking through the sea of fried twinkies, slushies, fried dough, ice cream and candy apples we found a somewhat healthy fair treat!  It was a local vendor who was selling all natural kettle corn with four simple ingredients, sea salt, sugar, olive oil and popcorn.  I took these ingredients and turned them into kale chips!

kettle corn kale chips

Kettle Corn Kale Chips

1 large bunch kale

1/4 cup olive oil

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoons dry coconut sugar (regular sugar works too!)

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

-De-stem kale and tear into pieces, wash and pat dry.

-Place kale in a large bowl, drizzle with olive oil and massage into kale leaves.

-Sprinkle with coconut sugar and sea salt, massage into kale leaves.

-Using two cookie sheets, spread kale in a single layer and place in the oven.

-Cook for 12-15 minutes or until crisp, completely dry and lightly brown however, do not burn!

kettle corn kale chips

Another variation would be to add almond butter and honey!  Follow the same directions but mix together 2 tablespoons raw honey, 2 tablespoons almond butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil.  Massage into kale leaves and cook for ~15 minutes, checking occasionally.

honey almond kale chips

It was Noah’s first time at a fair, he loved it!  The animals, the lights and the rides!  Unfortunately he was a few inches shy of being able to ride most rides, he was bummed :(  But, we did find a merry-go-round that he could ride!


and again…


My niece Ella Mae flying high!photo-56

We didn’t have much luck with the games, better luck next year!


The animals were the best part, I had to drag Noah out of the petting zoo!


This guy was our favorite!


And this one too…


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