This was one of those days where I’ll be eating lunch on the subway and instead of dinner, biking from practicum to school. So I decided to make something I can eat on the go. Because it’s such a mondo day, I am making something mondo that could keep me nourished for many meals. What started as the remaining yogourt filling the bottom 1/5 of the container became a thick, intense mixture that fills almost the entire container. After every 3 ingredients I thought, I can stop now. But then I thought, I could just keep going…
- organic yoghurt
- chia seeds
- hemp hearts
- flax seeds (freshly ground)
- almonds (soaked)
- goji powder
- chocolate-flavoured nutritional powder
- sunflower seeds
- water (to calm it down)
- apple (chopped finely, then in chunks)
- sprouts (mung beans)
- more water (and lots of it)
This whole party could have happened in a blender. (Or even a juicer, as I was just given one a few days ago.) But I decided to mix it all by hand.
Aside from nutritional content and healthy ingredients, two important factors are sweetness and texture. I like things sweet, so I throw in stuff like honey, chocolate powder, and goji berry powder. Other items that work just as well include maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, whey, raisins, carob chips, jam or marmalade, and fruit such as crushed dates, bits of fig, coconut shavings, and banana bits.
As for texture, this can so easily be adapted for what I’m in the mood for. Avocado makes anything smoother. It can replace mayo in most recipes. Chia seeds can thicken things. Sometimes I love a big crunch, and nuts and sprouts are good for that. Different fruit or sauces can make things juicier or give a different bite.
There is so much that can be said on this topic, I got overwhelmed and ignored this post for three weeks. I would apologise to my readers, because as a Canadian I feel that apologising is my duty, but I’m sure they were eating just fine in the interim. So instead I say, hope you have a great holiday! And if you have any food tips for me, please feel free to leave a comment.
And do you know what else I forgot to mention? Seaweed. Seaweed is so magical. How could I forget?