Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Chia Seed Mousse
I love chocolate. I love raw chocolate, or cacoa. I put it in my smoothie almost every day - it's a super food & its really good for you.
When I was at Wanderlust this summer, one of the food vendors, Pizza to the People (http://www.pizzatothepeople.net/), was selling chia seed mousse. It was amazing! I had experimented with chia seed puddings before, but their's blew mine away. (check them out if you're in CT - great, great food!)
The first day I had it, I was starving! I wolfed down one serving & almost immediately went back for another. Why not?! It was delicious, it was good for me:) I got about half way through & realized...I was full. I realized I was actually full after the first serving. I just hadn't paused long enough to feel that I was full.
This happens alot, to alot of us. We eat because we can. We eat whatever we want, just about whenever we want. I say I was starving that day at Wanderlust, but I wasn't really. Thankfully I don't know what it feels like to really be starving. I was hungry, sure. But I had eaten once already that day. I didn't eat so fast that I didn't even taste the mousse - I tasted it alright. And it tasted so good I wanted more! But then I just rushed on to the next serving.
Mindful eating can be a wonderful, enjoyable experience. What I realized that day, was that we don't do a whole lot of that. I know I don't do alot of that. I eat because I want to, not because I need to. Most of the time, I do actually taste my food. But there are times when I'm rushed & distracted & I don't. I know I take food for granted. And so it becomes a practice. Mindfulness when eating is just like mindfulness in anything in life - on or off your mat. It's being present for the experience. It's feeling gratitude for what you have.
I was very grateful for that chia seed mousee & for the recipe!! By request, here's my adapted recipe:
1/4 chia seeds
1 cup milk (almond or coconut)
1-2 TBS raw cacoa
1-2 TBS melted coconut oil
1-2 TBS maple syrup
Add chia seeds to blender & run blender to break them down. Then add milk, cacoa & maple syrup & blend thoroughly. Once blended, add melted coconut oil to blender.
Yup. It's that simple.
I enjoy topping it with a sprinkle of raisins, cacoa nibs, nuts & even chocolate chips for an extra treat.
Try it! And savor each bite!!