GREEN TEA CHIA PUDDING
- 2 cups non dairy milk
- 3 green tea bags
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon spirulina powder
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
Top with (optional):
- banana slices
- bee pollen
- In a small or medium sized pot, heat your non dairy milk, green tea bags, and honey over high heat until boiling. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and whisk in your spirulina powder. Let sit for 3-5 minutes.
- After 3-5 minutes, remove the tea bags. Add your chia seeds to a large jar or bowl. Pour your liquid over your chia seeds and stir well.
- Refrigerate for 4-6 hours, stirring once or twice to reduce the clumping.
- Serve your pudding with bananas and bee pollen or eat straight out of the jar.
- EAT UP.
I am coming to the end of my time here in Europe. I have less than a week left and just two more cities to see from here (Milan.) It’s been a crazy whirlwind of a month, and I promise I am going to do a big recap of each city and fill you in on all the details. But for now I want to tell you a little about what I am learning.
One month ago I packed myself, my camera, my computer, my shoulder mount, and a month’s worth of clothes into a backpack and a carry on sized suitcase. That backpack weighed an insane amount, and the suitcase wasn’t light either. I hauled those things from bus to train to plane to airbnb. And in this month I have proved to myself just how capable I am. But I have also found some other truth – a truth that gently whispers the time in my life for pushing myself and my body to the limit is ending.
I now have sort of re-injured my lower back (I have bulging discs in my L-4 & L-5 so it’s not surprising.) But it now means that I am in pain most of the day. It’s nothing that a month of physical therapy exercises, and icing, and rest won’t cure, but it is annoying. And it was totally preventable. I just wanted to believe that I have less physical limits than I do.
I have also realized that no matter where in the world I am existing, I want to do the same things. I want to cook. I want to work. I want to take photos and be creative. I want to exercise and I want to interact with people I love. These are the simple things that shape my life and they are totally not location specific.
So basically what I am saying is that even though I can travel Europe with very little to carry, and do it the cheap way by eating 4 euro sandwiches and power bars. And even though I can keep moving, and push myself, and work while also traveling around 12 cities in a month doesn’t mean I have to. Or that I have to want to.
I want to allow myself a quieter life, a simpler life, if that is what is calling to me. I want to be softer to my body, and gentler with my soul. I want to nurse my exhaustion with large doses of Green Tea Chia Pudding. I am so thankful for the far and wide that has happened over the last month, but I am returning home with a renewed sense of gratitude for the small world I have created around me.
I will retreat into that world quietly, and calmly. The things I want in this world are not complicated. I want some good food, I want to move my body, I want to find more kindness in my soul, and I want to share it all with those that I choose to love. So now this is my mission going forward. These are the words of my soul… quietly, calmly, simply, my heart moves forward.