More often than not I find myself between here and there. Wherever here or there may be. A couple of bags and a whole host of screw-top glass jars. Gypsy lady, or so I’ve heard. Jar lady, maybe. Settled in my soul while free in my being. Or something like that. Open heart and mindbody but connected all the same, trusted. Apt for that connection and trust, actually.
Though another winter is undoubtedly lingering behind the dusty rose-colored skies and I must admit the roots I’ve planted are fiending to anchor down deeper. The long limbs I’ve grown to embrace and integrate. Earth. A real home base provides that really real freedom, after all. This Air Gemini deeply values the Earth under her bare-bottomed feet. To her core.
Here’s bidding farewell to the slightest signs of summer simmering, honoring what remains of the local organic peaches by appropriately sandwiching them between soft and tenderly soaked chia quinoa clouds.
Also, the-ride-home-from-the-beach. Post-fall equinox.
Another star TOGO, to mix it up a bit. Road-trip tested and true. Or days later as the sacred first meal. Packed with essential (as in our bodies cannot synthesize them aka we need to obtain them from foods) omega-3 fatty acids thanks to the chia seeds, raw walnuts, and hemp milk in particular, this switch is the hits. A typical western diet is heavy on the omega-6 end of things (think cheap and highly-processed seed and vegetable oils, often used to deep fry foods), which are pro-inflammatory essential fatty acids. We do need some these, but more importantly we need a balance of them in respect to omega-3s, which are ANTI-inflammatory. And so it goes.
OVERNIGHT CHIA QUINOA LALA (4 Servings)
½ c tri-color quinoa
2+ T chia seeds
3 T currants
½ c unsweetened hemp milk
~1 c unsweetened almond milk
~1 small ripe banana, chopped
¼ c applesauce (optional)
+sunflower seed butter
+raw walnuts, chopped
/ COOK quinoa as per usual (I believe in you)
/ LET cool at least a few minutes
/ MIX with all other ingredients (except add-ins) in a large bowl
/ ADJUST added milk if necessary -- it should be a little soupy at this point as the chia will absorb the liquid overnight (aka magic)
/ DIVIDE half of mixture evenly into 4 small jars with tight-fitting lids
/ LAYER each with ~1 T sunflower seed butter and peach slices
/ DIVIDE remaining mixture among jars
/ TOP with fresh blueberries and walnuts
/ BRING A SPOON