How do you eat your cereal? (and don’t pretend that there is only one way to eat cereal because I can name at least three)
Growing up, I always ate cereal dry, picking up one piece at a time with my fingers. It wasn’t until college, when Honey Nut Cheerios became my go-to cafeteria dinner, that I learned to put milk in the cereal bowl and eat it with a spoon.
Here’s a little known fact about me (or maybe it is a well-known fact): I love Veggie Tales. I grew up on regular doses Esther, Jonah, and King George and the Rubber Ducky (on VHS of course). I had the Madame Blueberry card game. I often fell asleep while listening to the audio cassette tape of Daniel. As time passed, my family had DVDs of Wizard of Ha’s, Lord of the Beans, and Sumo of the Opera. We knew every lyric to every song on Veggie Rocks. We even met Bob and Larry!
To this day, I regularly quote Veggie Tales. This is one of the scenes I have perfected:
You can’t eat strawberries without bananas!
So if we are celebrating National Strawberry Month, we need to have some bananas, too!
This chia pudding incorporates strawberries, bananas, and Coconut Macaroon Nut Butter!
If you have never made chia pudding, there is something you need to know. The chia seeds absorb a lot of the liquid, making the pudding thicker as it sets. When you make this pudding at night and let it sit until morning, you will get a thick, creamy pudding. If you don’t wait, you will basically be drinking milk with raw chia seeds.
But trust me, this is worth the wait!
One overripe banana
One 5.3-oz container of coconut-flavored Greek yogurt
Four tablespoons coconut macaroon nut butter
One cup of milk (any milk will work. I used 2%, but I am sure this would be amazing with coconut milk)
Eight or more strawberries
1/4 cup chia seeds
Extra banana slices and strawberries for topping
Using a fork, mash the banana and mix it with the Greek yogurt. Try to make this mixture as smooth as possible. Stir in nut butter and milk. You may have to stir for several minutes to incorporate everything. Alternately, you could use a blender.
Dice at least eight strawberries and stir them into the mixture.
Add chia seeds and mix until everything is well-combined.
Cover and refrigerate at least two hours, preferably overnight.
Top with additional strawberries and banana slices, if desired.
It’s no secret that I LOVE nut butter. I like nut butter with bananas. I like nut butter with oatmeal. I like nut butter with pretzels. I like nut butter with carrots. And I really like nut butter with chocolate.
Today for What I Eat Wednesday, I am showing pictures of my meals on Saturday. I wrote the text Saturday morning, and I felt that it gave appropriate “spiritual food for thought” to pair with my comestible activity for the rest of the day.
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Be anxious for nothing -Philippians 4:6
I seem to quote that verse on a second by second basis, and yet I am so bad at obeying it. I tend to do the opposite and worry about everything.
Right now, it is 4:30 Saturday morning, and this is what I am thinking:
What if I got a failing grade on the speech I gave yesterday?
Will I have enough time to get this assignment done?
What will the cafeteria serve for lunch?
If I swim today, will it give my mind a rest or be too taxing on my muscles?
I told M and K that I would take date-iversary pictures of them this afternoon, but I don’t really know what they want or what their style is.
Did I drink enough water yesterday?
Should I make my WIAW post for Saturday or Monday?
Should I go to the elementary school on Monday to do some prep work for student teaching?
I wonder if I can pick up some extra hours at work this week.
Should I have bought a different type of cake mix to bake for the hall meeting on Tuesday?
Will I pass my licensure tests next month?
Am I prepared to student teach in January?
What am I going to do after graduation?
Am I worrying too much?
I am sure the list could go on for quite a while.
Be anxious for nothing,
But in everything with prayer and supplication
Let your requests be made known unto God.
– Philippians 4:13
I think my problem is that I never really make it past that first line of that verse. I get so worried about not being anxious that I fail to realize that God does not leave me to find my own peace.
God wants me to bring my worries to Him in prayer with thanksgiving. He doesn’t expect me to mitigate my own fears.
…My peace do I leave with you. I do not give it as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled or afraid.
– John 14:27
So right now, I am bowing my head in prayer and dedicating myself to a stress-free Saturday. I am going to fervently surrender to God’s grace. Then I will crawl back into bed and rest in God’s peace, eager to embrace His mercies that are new every morning.
Did I spend Saturday completely stress- and worry-free? No. Nonetheless, typing that post did help me put my anxiety into perspective. I must daily hold my life up to the light of eternity and surrender my struggles to God.
Fridays are my free days, and the best things in life are free. On Fridays, I am always free from class, and I am usually free from work. Pure relaxation.
A couple of weeks ago, I woke up and enjoyed a short, free run through the quaint village of Old Salem. When I got back to school, I emptied out the storage closet on my hall and set any unclaimed furniture in the hallway with a sign that said “free.” After lunch (which I consider free because I ate in the cafeteria), I took advantage of my free gym membership (special “thank you” to my college for providing that!) and swam at the nearby YWCA.
Once I was back in my room, I needed some post-swim fuel. In my mini-fridge, I had frozen strawberries which were technically free because they were left over from an RA event. I also had a single-serve pack of chocolate protein powder (a free gift with a purchase of Quest bars) in my closet/pantry. Some simple mixing and microwaving made a perfect (almost free) snack.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Proats
1/3 cup oatmeal
1 scoop (or one packet) chocolate protein powder
1/4 cup frozen strawberries + more for topping
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup milk or an additional 1/2 cup water (I used cashew milk because it’s what was on sale at Aldi that week)
Combine oatmeal and protein powder in a large microwaveable bowl.
While stirring, add water and milk.
Mix in 1/4 cup strawberries.
Microwave on high 1 minute. The oats should have a thick, fudgy texture.