Chia blend

I woke up this morning and decided I wasn’t ready to say good-bye to Christmas.

Thank goodness for The Fresh Market and their Christmas Blend coffee. I’ve become a huge fan of their seasonal blends. Has anyone tried the Holiday Caramel Machiato?

What I was ready for was a 10:15  Athletic conditioning class. Think gym class for grownups minus the awful gym clothes. We did sets of sprints, pylometrics, push ups, seals, burpees, weights, and high knees, followed by abs. It’s a great way to build endurance and increase speed.

Before the workout I enjoyed 2 slices of Trader Joes sprouted rye toasted with Better n peanut butter, banana and chia seeds.

You may be wondering what chia seeds are and yes they do sprout. Chia is a flowering plant in the mint family native to central and southern Mexico. Chia is grown commercially for their seed which is high in omega 3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, and vitamins including calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. They become gelatinous if placed in liquid giving oats and smoothies a nice texture.

Lunch was a breakfast burrito made by moi

For two servings:

  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • onion
  • mushroom
  • brocoli
  • 2 low carb tortillas
  • salsa
  • splash of Local Folks Foods smoked red-hot sauce
  • 2 laughing cows
  • salt, pepper, garlic, cumin

and fruit salad prepared by the little apron

  • mango (left over from the tres leches cake)
  • kiwi (also leftover)
  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 2 clementines

topped with small amounts of granola, yogurt and coconut.

Twas delish! I also had a simple salad of spinach and lettuce for the greenage.

After lunch we did some cleaning, organizing and errands.

By then I was ready for a small glass of wine and girl scout trail mix. The cook needed a snack.

I meant to make this recipe for tonight’s dinner

but didn’t have the steak, nor the lemon nor the pears. Regress I improvised with chicken, and came up with own creation. It was actually very good, and family approved.

Stuffed chicken pita sandwiches

makes 4


  • cooking spray (natural if possible)
  • 2 chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup sliced red onion
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 4 cups of lettuce
  • 1 tomato
  • 4 tbsp gorgonzola cheese
  • 2 pita breads cut in half
  • yogurt dressing (Bolthouse had a good one)


Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper add to a heated pan coated with cooking spray. Cook each side for about 6 minutes or until done. Remove the chicken from the pan and let rest. Meanwhile lightly coat the pan with cooking spray and cook the onion until tender and lightly browned.  Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute, stirring frequently. Cut chicken diagonally into thins slices. Top each pita bread with about 2 ounces of chicken,  a handful of greens, some tomato slices, 1 tbsp  gorgonzola cheese, and 1-2 tbsp Bolthouse Farms creamy yogurt dressing.

My plate with a side of brussel sprouts. I went back for seconds on the sprouts. Recipe coming soon.

After dinner we went to Yogi for a sweet treat.

My bowl consisted of 1/2 chocolate and 1/2 peanut butter. The peanut butter was my fave.

topped with small amounts of

  • berries
  • cocoa pebbles
  • almonds (not very good) left those behind
  • waffle cone bits
  • and mint candy

Going to do some reading



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