I actually have 2 completely unrelated, recently discovered, amazing things to talk about today starting with this concoction.
Chia pudding. You’ve probably seen it before, I’m definitely not the first person to post it but this combination BLEW ME AWAY. So much so that it deserved a mention.
First of all, let’s start by addressing the elephant in the room with this one. The texture.
Yes, it’s weird.
If you’ve ever had chia seeds, you know what they do in liquid…puff up, triple in size and get all gelatinous. If tapioca freaks you out, this won’t be your thing.
I, however, looooove tapioca, rice pudding, bubble tea, all those weird texture pudding-y things.
This came from wanting something smoothie like with kefir but not wanting to shiver my way through the drink. I also had no bananas on hand and I find orange to be one of the few fruity flavors I like alone, sans banana.
I’ve also been really curious about this whole chia pudding since seeing it passed off as a “treat” on many blogs.
I was skeptical.
I went into this doubting it would pass the dessert test.
I was wrong.
The orange flavor was so refreshing, the kefir is pretty much like eating tart frozen yogurt and the chia seeds give it a very cool texture. It’s like eating a tart creamsicle. It’s honestly an experience eating this. I know how ridiculous that sounds, but if you try it you’ll understand.
- ½ cup kefir
- ½ cup milk
- juice of 1 orange
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon coconut flour
- Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour or up to overnight.
- Remove from refrigerator, if it’s been sitting overnight you may want to add a little more milk to thin it out.
- Serve cold.
Ok, #2….Bodyrock TV
Told you, completely unrelated.
I’ve been really into quick, effective circuit style workouts lately. Since this post, my ambition for running long distances (right now I consider that more than 3-4 miles, funny how your perception of “long” changes when not training for a half marathon) has completely gone away. It’s not that I’m burnt out on running, I’m just enjoying circuit training and strength a lot more so my runs have been 2-3 miles at most and usually quick, HIIT style only 1-2 times a week.
Earlier this week, I stumbled onto Bodyrock’s website. It wasn’t actually my first time there, I’ve heard people talk about it and had actually checked it out briefly before, but the half naked people with ridiculous bodies and the horrible layout of their site (it’s barely organized into any categories and you can’t search or filter for specific workouts) turned me off and I never actually did a workout.
My recent obsession with circuit workouts though got me interested enough this time to poke around and watch some of the videos and something just clicked.
Before I knew it I was doing the fit test for February’s monthly challenge, completing the Bikini Body Beach Ready workout and watching tons of other videos trying to get a queue of workouts that I can easily do at home without any of their props (I refuse to buy a $100 sandbag).
There’s something amazingly satisfying about a workout that leaves you completely spent after just 12-15 minutes of full blown, balls to the wall effort. Call me crazy, but that sounds way more fun and way more time efficient than running 10 miles to me right now.
I also found Lori & Michelle’s post on their favorite Bodyrock workouts which looks like a gold mine. Like I said, the site is cumbersome so having a go to list of workouts from someone I “know” (I read their blog, so obviously that counts as knowing them) is definitely helpful.
I’m thinking I’m going to give this workout approach 30 days and see what the results are and how I feel. I’ll probably still keep up with the minimal running I’m doing now. I don’t want to completely stop because I never in my life want to have to build a base back up…that is HARD work!
There may or may not have been “before” pictures taken. We’ll see what 30 days brings before I decide on posting them.
Any of you “bodyrockers” out there? Link up your favorite workouts if so!