A Few of My Favorites - 09.12.14

091214 1. Cat naps: I say this with a cautious conscience. I love naps because even at the at of 27, I get tired after a long day at work. Sometimes I can lay down for 15-20 minutes and wake up feeling fresh and revitalized. Other times, like yesterday, I lay down and don't wake up for three hours.

2. Blame by Clavin Harris: This song came out recently and it has been on repeat constantly. John Newman is a new artist out of the UK who has a huge future ahead of him. Calvin Harris, well, can do very little wrong. He is one of my go-to artists when I want to get pumped up, working out at the gym, or am getting ready to go out with friends.

3. Space Jam: Is there any other movie from 1996 that tops Space Jam? No. In fact, I would argue that this is clearly a classic from the 1990s. Space Jam = my childhood. I grew up in Chicago. I was obsessed with anything Michael Jordan.

4. Lumosity: I feel like a major nerd including this one this week's list of favorites. For the most part, I don't have too many games on my iPhones. I tend to stick to a select few: Bejeweled, Heads Up and Tiny Wings. Until recently. A friend at work plays mind games on Lumosity during her lunch hour constantly at work. I've gotten hooked. It can't be a bad thing - I'm working out my brain!

5. SoundCloud: My friend Michelle got me hooked on SoundCloud with her mix that she constantly updates. For real - morning, lunch and afternoon! I am listening to this mix all the time - in the car, at work, at the gym. So much good music, so little time.

Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

At the beginning of the summer I took my first plunge into the world of chia seeds. Before that, I had only ever heard of them in reference to chia pets. I never realized that they were something you could eat. After putting chia seeds in my green juice, I kind of threw them by the wayside. They sat in my cupboard going forgotten. Until this past weekend. I was talking with a close family friend and she told me about a chia seed pudding recipe that she swears by. ingredients

pudding ingredients

The nice thing about this recipe is that there is little work involved, yet it yields at least 3-4 days of breakfast. It is also an incredibly healthy recipe with chia seeds, nonfat Greek yogurt, and agave nectar. You don't have to feel too guilty about eating this pudding.

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A great addition to this recipe is to add fresh fruit and sliced almonds on top of the pudding. It is perfect for a quick breakfast before a busy day at work.

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After taking the above picture, and trying to edit out the insane white-out, I have realized how badly I need a diffuser panel. Looks like my photography equipment collection will be growing very shortly.

I hope you all get the chance to try this recipe, and if you do, please let me know your thoughts!

Vanilla Chia Pudding

Ingredients: 1 cup fat-free or low-fat plain Greek yogurt 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 1/4 cup chia seeds 2 tablespoons agave syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Mix ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Let sit on counter, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes.
  3. Refrigerate.
  4. Top with fresh fruit and almonds, serve!