pineapple banana coco chia pudding + other preggo musings

Looking for something that will tantalize the taste buds with some tropical flavours AND keep chia seeds fun and interesting?

I’ve got ya covered my friend with this PINEAPPLE BANANA COCONUT CHIA PUDDING recipe. 

Mother Nature is making us wait for warm weather here in Southwestern Ontario {boo} but until then, I will continue to have a party in my kitchen pretending it’s warm out.

This dessert recipe was born out of invention as I hosted my in-laws the other evening. I am always thrilled when it’s a success for the wee one and our guests.

chia pudding

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 can coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup dairy or dairy alternative {I used hemp milk that I had on hand}
  • 3 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 banana’s {fresh or frozen}
  • 1/2 cup pineapple {fresh or frozen}
  • 2 Tbsp shredded coconut {and a bit extra to garnish with}
  • 1 Tbsp alcohol free vanilla extract
  • Juice of a lime {feel free to add some zest to garnish too}
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • Optional: 1 Tbsp honey or maple syrup to sweeten

Method: 

  1. Add all of the ingredients except the chia seeds to a blender and blend on med/high for a couple minutes.
  2. Add the chia seeds and blended for another 30 seconds or so.
  3. Let stand in the fridge for at least an 1/2 an hour to an hour {or longer is great} in portioned out cups OR serving bowls OR in your blender. This allows it to become a bit more firm like pudding.

This is such an easy and quick {not to mention healthy} dessert to serve up for your next dinner guests orrrrrr just have for breakfast!


In other news – I’m still pregnant. 38 weeks and 1 day to be exact.

Not that I’m counting…

I’m having lots of Braxton Hick’s contractions, and can feel my ligaments starting to loosen. I am ridiculously amazed at how incredible the human body is.

I am super grateful for regular chiropractic adjustments, Dancing For Birth , yoga, afternoon naps when needed and warm baths with essential oils and epsom salts at night.

Overall, I am still feeling really good and I think it’s safe to say that I am in full nesting mode. Stay tuned!


Hope you have a chance to experiment with a new chia recipe and I am wishing you an incredible weekend!

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bump life at 36 weeks

4 weeks out from D.Day and I’m feeling… large, excited and {almost} ready to meet this little person doing kung fu in my belly all day.

Here is the view at 36 weeks.

36 weeks

I am still feeling a bit bigger and carrying much lower than I was with my daughter at 36 weeks {proof is HERE}. 

Energy levels have been great the last couple weeks. It helps that the hubs is home to help with most of the heavy lifting, Sloane is now at a babysitters a few days a week and I am trying to be mindful of S-L-O-W-I-N-G down and listening to what my body is telling me. All of these things are helping!

I am in total nesting mode and feeling much more mentally prepared for slowing down to adjust to life with a new baby, a new routine and what this will mean for our whole family.

Next on my agenda is to stock my kitchen with lots of healthy grub and do a bit of batch cooking so that when the babe arrives we can hunker down but still have healthy and quick meals and snacks.

My husband and I also will be sitting down to really go over our birthing preferences again as we prepare for another home birth. At this point the midwives feel confident the babe and I are in a great physical and mental place to have another home birth, so we just want to go over some labour comfort measures {how he can help me}, chit chat about how we hope it will play out, get all the equipment we need accessible so it can be easily set up and a few other things.

Oh and one more thing. I was pumped to see that my actual due date is the night of a full moon! Sloane was born the night before the full moon. I guess whether the lunar effect in fact affects labour and delivery or even conception may long be up for debate but I was excited to see that it was on my actual due date.

For this mama’s who have already prepped for life with another babe – what are some ways you prepare in the final weeks? Any go-to meals, rituals or must have items that you can recommend?


 

As a little aside, I totally enjoyed THE MOM CONFERENCE and for those of you who signed up for the free summit, I hope you did too.

While the conference is now over you have access to own all 36 classes a bunch of other bonuses {E-Books, videos and other discounts for $97 {it’s valued at almost $1800}. If you want more info CHECK THIS OUT. I hope that those of you who signed up were able to take away some great tips to add to your healthy mama tool box!

Happy Easter Weekend!

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