Chia: Shaken, Not Stirred
April 3, 2008
This is one of the quickest and simplest shakes around, and something I’ve begun to crave for my morning take-along meal. It’s basically a combination of chia, soaked overnight in plenty of water and added separately to a banana and spirulina blended with a bit more water and then shaken together – and I think its simplicity is utterly delicious. While I make gourmet creations for my clients and am therefore constantly creating new dishes for others, it does seem that this only increases my love of extremely simple food for myself, as much as I love the taste of a winning gourmet extravaganza!
As an aside, I must tell you this story: a funny thing happened on the way to the market…heh, sounds like the beginning of a promising April Fool’s day joke but alas, I’m just going to let that opportunity go for the moment and talk instead of this amazingly random encounter I recently had. As I was saying, I was on my to the local organic bodega for my daily staple of kale and whatever else looked good, when I happened to meet a (VERY cute) man who turned out to be a former instincto eater – from Norway of all places. He was 100% instincto for 6 years (impressive, I thought) and we had a very long converstion about how he transitioned into it ( he didn’t: he jumped in cold turkey) and how he managed – in Norway (!?) – and with friends etc. A fascinating conversation and a compelling coincidence for me, with my proclivity for eating simply. Needless to say, I stopped believing in coincidences long ago, and am going to make an attempt to go this route during this summer and see where it leads me. I love these adventures!
I’d first heard about instincto eating while doing a work/trade exchange on an organic farm in Hawaii. (Something I highly recommend looking into, by the way, where ever you are even if you don’t come all the way out to Hawaii. Small-scale organic farmers are always in need of cheap or free labor and in return, you are given room and board along with some sort of wage and learn SO MUCH and meet fascinating people, (like yourselves!) – all there with various degrees of experience growing organic produce. Going the WWOOF route is one of the best ways to begin.
I am not much into limitations but I do enjoy working within a set parameter for the sake of evolutionary growth. I guess that’s what being a spiritual being in a human body is all about though, isn’t it? Am I being too random for you? Well, don’t mind me, these little asides are part of the charm of the blogosphere and I wouldn’t be living my dream if I couldn’t rely upon at least a few of you to listen and enjoy my bizarro treks into the unknown. Thank you, and deeply, by the way!
And so, my chia breakfast shake: those light streams radiating upwards from the individual seeds are so intriguingly gorgeous! This looked so much like a giant, liquid, green strawberry that I am inspired to add fresh strawberry puree the next time I make this, probably tomorrow. Strawberries are just beginning to show up in the markets of those of us fortunate to be in the more temporate climes and I am feeling their call intensely!
I do my best to eat seasonally and locally; it’s a great meditation to work with what the earth is providing us at any given moment within one’s particular agricultural food shed, but I don’t impose any severe restrictions upon myself about it just yet. Without a real garden, I tend to just make Gratitude for whatever nutrition does come my way, my main practice. While I am fortunate to live in a place where fresh produce is grown year round, and I realize well that I was fortunate enough to even have the options that allowed me to make that choice, I really wouldn’t have it any other way. At least not without an enormous and well-managed greenhouse on my property!
***for a fascinating introduction to instincto eating and a GREAT read, I recommend, Instinctive Eating: The Lost Knowledge of Optimum Nutrition by Zephyr. And just so you are forewarned, not all instincto’s are vegetarians and neither is the author. But he details his relationship and feelings about this aspect with such enormous personal insight and wisdom that it doesn’t stop me at all from considering this one of the most compelling perspectives I’ve read, even though my flesh-eating days are a past-life memory at this point. Even the thought makes me shudder, but the book is still a vital read because even if instincto has no appeal for you at all there are valuable points here that will benefit anyone’s eating experience. Not to mention that this is an incredible, true-life adventure story.