Orange Chia Pudding Parfait

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Thank you everybody for your lovely comments and recommendations on my last post. I know many have been where I have been and can feel what it can be like. I can’t wait to start cooking in my cast-iron cookware we received as a wedding gift almost 3 years ago from a dear friend, so it now comes time to use it with purpose!


This weekend marks the first weekend where I sang to my baby. On Friday I had a performance in Holland singing an aria from Verdi’s opera La Forza del Destino, called “Pace, pace mio Dio!” I wore a new dress and was among 25 other singers from our chorale. It was a great night! Not only that, but it was the first night that I sang to my baby. I really want to know how this will enrich their life. How exciting!


Saturday was a great restful day. I took advantage of the sunshine and ran errands, mostly trying to walk outside to catch some rays! It was also an excuse to shop.  Saturday also proved to be a painful one.


Now that my hurling moments have disappeared, I have started with a horrible pain in my tail bone. It had started some time during the week but I kept on stretching in bed or going to the gym and doing some exercises there. Saturday was the most uncomfortable day. It felt like my bed was making my back hurt worse every night. From what I could remember, I knew I had not been straining myself or making any weird movements, so I sent a general concern over Facebook, and come to find out that this seems to be a normal preganacy symptom.

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I just made my 1st appointment to see a chiropractor, so I am going to get this fixed, hopefully, so I can travel with more ease this weekend as we head off to Carnegie Hall in New York!


I think I set myself up though. As soon as I was happy to say I had stopped hurling after eating, it happened on Sunday. I decided to make a new recipe I had had in mind for a while (which I willl feature tomorrow). I accompanied it with delicious cornbread. It was such a dreary day that I decided that soup was going to be perfect, since Ryan agreed as well.


After an hour of eating lunch, my tummy decided to revolt. I promptly rushed to the bathroom and I no longer had lunch in my tummy. I turned to Ryan and asked if he was sick at all. Whenever I cook it has made me paranoid that I have food poisoning or something, but alas, it is not so. It is just my stinking hormones acting up and letting me know they did not want my food. Oh well.


The furstrating thing was that this happened before I was performing that very evening! I was going without any eating for 4 hours before performance but only because I do not like eating before I sing. I sang 5 songs from Canteloube’s Chants D’Auvergne. I was really happy to be a part of my friend’s DMA Recital because it exposed me to these beautiful songs. I hope my baby enjoyed them!


That evening I was really hungry, so I ate a bit at the reception and then when I got home my tummy was yet again uneasy so I ate a granola bar with ginger tea. Thus was the end of my tummy troubles for the evening!


Anyway, that was a long intro for my weekend. I want to leave you with a yummy parfait I created this past week. I have been enjoying more fruit than ever lately. I woke up one morning REALLY craving chia seeds. Chia seeds are a complete protein so I knew I needed it for sure! They are also high in calcium and in omega 3’s and 6’s.


My grandmother likes making an orange tapioca pudding so I decided to make an orange chia pudding and then I combined it with some lovely fruits. Not only was it VERY filling and very tasty but it was SUPER quick to make. I cannot wait to have it again. Enjoy!

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Orange Chia Pudding Parfait


serves 2


1/4 cup chia seeds
2 cups fresh orange or tangerine juice
2 Tablespoons agave nectar or maple syrup
1 1/2 bananas, sliced
1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced


I bought a huge bag of tangerines, so I peeled them and blended them in my Vitamix, but you are welcome to squeeze your own.

In a medium bowl add the chia seeds and the 2 cups of orange juice. Stir the seeds into the juice until combined. Allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes, periodically stirring so that all the seeds absorb the juice.

Slice your fruit and take out to 2 parfait glasses. Add 1/4 cup of the orange chia pudding to the bottom of each glass, then add some bananas and strawberries. Repeat with more pudding and repeat the process again until finishing with some pudding. Decorate with fruit and eat!

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