What is it about jealousy on paper that makes it something we don’t want to be a part of, and yet our actions show otherwise?
We visit a vibrant, new parish and only wish so many aspects of that were true of our own home parish. Even parts of our own home parish which seem fine don’t seem to hold even a long, thin beeswax candle in our opinions or to our ideals or vision.
Or how some friends of ours seem to effortlessly spoon together chia seed pudding (that they claim is so easy!) in the mornings always after a grueling, intense workout session before work on Monday morning…making those of us who choose to sleep in or oversleep making the drive-thru the only option and not trying to mutter a mean word about Carrie Cross-over taking her time in front of you.
But coffee to-go though. Drool.
Some will argue there are truly certain types of individuals, but I believe change is possible if you truly are interested.
I will admit there are times where I felt God’s presence moreso than others in certain churches. It’s not just felt in the hospitality, but the energy inside the church and in the social hall. God’s presence is energy, and energy is magnetic. That’s one reason why the monastery seems so spiritual- the energy is consistent there. What we receive from our visits to monastery pilgrimages to mission events can bounce back tenfold in our own homes and church.
That’s the point!
But what about people and chia seeds? Should we just leave it to the so called health nuts or is it perhaps only crucial for a cleanse? (which, by the way, chia IS friendly enough for a Candida diet if you can handle it.)
Chia seeds have been popping up everywhere due to their major antioxidant potential. These tiny little seeds are a great source of plant fiber (10g!) as well as potassium (115g!) Getting both fiber and potassium helps us be and stay well rounded. The benefits range from improving digestion to brain health and sharper eyesight to stronger bones and muscles. And once digestion starts improving, loads of energy to boot without the need of a latte… even though strawberry vanilla lattes are my current guilty pleasure. Now it makes sense why you hear of athletic minded friends scooping chia in their smoothies, but you can also see why the average individual might want to start buying a bag of chia seeds too.
There’s a wide variety of recipes for chia and I’m just starting to learn to become accustomed myself. I admit I was a little nervous as someone that struggled and still somewhat does with digestive issues. Fiber is the key,but even packing in an extreme so quickly can lead to unpleasant or adverse reactions.
The key, also, I’m finding, in addition to making sure you drink enough of water (a 150lb person should drink 72oz a water a day), is to work with chia seeds in a gel like texture. What does this mean? Add chia to a Tupperware container with a lid for as much as the recipe calls for (usually 1/2 cup to 1 cup on average, but please double check your recipe!) and add in enough water to fill to the top of the seeds. Refrigerate for a few hours giving the chia to form a unique gel texture and measure out for your recipe. You may have more or less. In my case, I had more so what was leftover easily became chia seed pudding.
Chia seeds pudding is ridiculously simple to make and with so few ingredients, I couldn’t help but think…how could this be? I just put one cup of geled chia seeds, raw milk or almond milk, a banana and honey or Stevia (if doing the candida diet or paleo) for a touch sweetener into a blender and you’ll get a smooth, creamy dessert like consistency.
Add to a container and put into a refrigerator for four hours but overnight is common especially if you need a fast, portable breakfast. It actually better the longer it’s refrigerated.
Chia Seed Banana Pudding
1 cup of geled chia seeds
1 cup of raw milk or almond milk
1 tsp of honey or Stevia
1 tbsp of steel cut dried oats
Add all to a blender and blend into a creamy like consistency. Pour into a Tupperware container and refrigerate for 4 hours (at a minimum) or overnight.