Vegan Quinoa Pudding

Happy Thirsty Thursday πŸ™‚

As promised, I have a new yummy recipe for you all today.

One of my favorite desserts is rice pudding. The restaurant my mom works at has the most amazing pastry chef. She made my wedding cake, and hands down, it was the BEST wedding cake I have ever had in my life. It was not even close to any other cakes I’ve had. People raved. Leslie also makes an amazing rice pudding, which was one of my most requested foods for my mom to bring me back from work when I lived at home. Recently I have been craving me some rice pudding, but thought I would try and put a healthier, unique spin on it. So, I decided to take a shot at making Quinoa pudding, incorporating the flavors I loved that makes Leslie’s so delicious!

Creamy Vegan Quinoa Pudding


Vegan Quinoa Pudding

The Fitness Dish


1 Cup Quinoa (rinsed and drained)

2 Cups Water

1 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Hemp Milk

1/2 Cup Unsweetened Dried Cherries (soaked while Quinoa is cooking)

1 Tablespoon Raisins

3 Tablespoons Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

1/3 Cup Maple Syrup

1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger

1/8 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Cook Quinoa in 2 cups of water according to box directions until all liquid is absorbed. Drain the cherries (if you soaked them, I liked them a little more plump so I do). Stir in the remaining ingredients and cook over low heat until the liquid is absorbed. Store in the refrigerator. I like to serve my pudding warm πŸ™‚



Thirsty Thursday Drink of the Day:

I really enjoyed the Honest Teas I found a couple weeks ago. Yesterday I noticed they carried Kombucha too! Loved it. The bottle has 2 servings, and with Kombucha you want to make sure you ONLY drink a serving per day. The flavor in this was much more mild than the Synergy. You Kombucha virgins may enjoy the Honest brand as a starter πŸ˜‰

(source: operation beautiful)

Check out Operation Beautiful this week for a special tribute to NEDA Week.

I have many fears about becoming a parent. This is all new to me, and I have no idea what I am doing. One of my biggest fears is that my daughter is going to be growing up in a society that puts so much pressure on image and being thin. I know how tough it was being a young girl, and those struggled followed me through adulthood. It is important that I work through all my confidence and body issues before I become a mother. I have said on here many times how I have come so far with my struggles, but it’s not perfect. I don’t know if it ever will be. I fear that those issues would be passed onto my daughter. With that being said, I want to make a few promises to her so I can do my very best to make sure she always accepts and loves herself; never focusing on body image or weight:

Dear Ella Morgan,

-I promise to never put myself down in front of you.

-I promise to teach you about healthy food and exercise, but also about balance. I promise to never equate those things with weight or being thin. But about health, andΒ  fun.

-I promise to focus on your inner qualities–the ones that truly matter.

-I will do my best to ignore or dismiss magazines that promote unrealistic images of women.

-I promise to always use positive language–the words “fat” or “thin” will never be used to describe anyone.

– I will never ever, ever go on a “diet.”

-I promise to always focus on our relationship and always make time for you.

-I will always do my best to make sure you alwaysΒ  feel beautiful, not because of the way you look, but because of who you are.

For more information on NEDA Week and for resources, treatment options or support, check out the NEDA Website.

Also see my previous posts this on my pregnancy and body image, misconceptions of ED,Β  and dismissing negative thoughts


Consider Nominating me, Pretty Please πŸ™‚

I would be HONORED & Love you forever if you would please nominate The Fitness Dish for Women’s Health- Blogs We Love 2011

Just enter my URL here and a brief sentence/reason why you love me πŸ™‚

Thanks so much


Do you feel that mothers can pass down a negative self-image to their daughters? How can we prevent it?

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  • Reply Angela (the diet book junkie)

    aw, Laury, i think you’re going to be a great mother! just remember that you don’t have to be perfect, your daughter certainly won’t expect you to be! (do you expect your mother to be? probably not.) all she wants is to be cared for and loved.

    i guess the first step to stopping the cycle of negative self image is to be aware, and it sounds like you’re already there!

    February 24, 2011 at 4:30 am
  • Reply susan

    I agree with Angela, you’re going to be a great mother. Ella will be very luck to have you as her mom. From what I hear from my sister, kids especially girls do pick up eating habits from their moms. My sister serves healthy food during the week and doesn’t make a big deal about it and then she finds her kids don’t pick up on it. Good thinking too of yours, there is no fat talk in her house either.

    Recipes for quinoa looks wonderful, I wonder if it will work with apricots. Yummy

    February 24, 2011 at 6:33 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Susan! I definitely am not striving to be perfect. No parent is and I think it’s a learning experience. I just wantt o do my very best to shield her from teh world of negative body image and make sure I am doing everything I can to set a good example πŸ™‚

      February 24, 2011 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply Tina

    I love the idea of quinoa pudding! Your letter to baby Ella is so, so sweet!!<3 When I am ready to have a child I definitely do not want them obsessing over the body image or getting caught up in all of this dieting nonsense!

    February 24, 2011 at 8:38 am
  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    LOVE the quinoa pudding! I have had rice pudding a few times (made with arborio rice) but I think quinoa is a much better idea – and a whole grain! Great recipe Laury! I’m bookmarking this one for sure πŸ™‚

    February 24, 2011 at 9:05 am
  • Reply Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete

    Laury I think it is great that you are so serious about being a good mother — that and the fact that you are dedicated to make sure Ella has a positive self image is wonderful.

    I have a friend with a 13 year old daughter and it kills me to hear the things they each say — putting themselves down, etc and I know the daughter learned it from the mother. I gave the daughter an Oper Beaut book and she told me she really liked it — but the negative messages she receives at home just kills me. Thank YOU for being committed to not do that with your daughter.

    I nominated you! πŸ™‚

    February 24, 2011 at 10:06 am
    • Reply laury

      That is so wonderful you gave them a copy of OB. I wish that book was out when I was a teen! It’s very sad to see girls recieve negative messages at home and how it reflects on their own self image.

      February 24, 2011 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply Chantal

    Wow, Laury, that went from being one of your usual totally yummy recipe posts to one that made me super emotional (okay, and I might be PMSing…). But that letter was beautiful. I love that you opened with “I promise to never put myself down in front of you.” That is something so important that most people probably don’t even notice… it’s not about putting her or people around you down, but never doing it about yourself. Teach by example, and she’ll have the best role model ever! You’re beautiful! xox

    February 24, 2011 at 10:33 am
    • Reply laury

      Awww, Chantal πŸ™‚

      Thanks so much. Yes, teach by example is something people don’t realize and it’s something I will constantly have to remind myself of too!!!

      February 24, 2011 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    Sorry Laury but I cannot stand quinoa haha don’t know what it is but it is not a taste I enjoy. haha We all have our dislikes.

    I LOVE your promises to Ella. Mine are so similar. I never want to talk about my weight or my image in front of my future children. My mom did this constantly, always criticizing SOMETHING and it made me feel inferior, especially because in high school I was BIGGER than her! I will never do this to my child. You’re going to be a good mom! DOn’t you worry!

    February 24, 2011 at 10:42 am
    • Reply laury

      HA! No worries! No offense taken! You can totally sub quinoa for brown rice and follow the recipe the same πŸ™‚

      February 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Morgan

    Ella is supposed to be with you and Michael or a reason and is going to be so lucky! You have so much to offer that tiny little life and you will be the most cute adorable and loving mother! I have really felt over the past year or so of reading your blog daily, that you have turned some of your weaknesses into your strengths. Look at how many people your are touching and helping along the way in their own lives with your uplifting and positive advice and promotion of a “healthy lifestyle” not a “diet lifestyle”. You have been one of the the people who has turned an area that was once a struggle for you and completely turned your life around and use all that you have learned in your life to help others! That is why you are SO AWESOME! I have the same fears having two daughters. It is scary to know all of the influences they will have in their lives. But I know that their foundation from me has been good and promoted inner beauty continually. I have always tried to teach and talk to my girls in a way that is about feeling healthy and having energy, And I feel that I have been lucky in the sense that myself I have very good self esteem DISPITE ALL MY IMPERFECTIONS. I am totally OK with them. I feel cute and happy and thats what matters to me.I really feel that self esteem is linked to how we perform in all other areas of our life and I hope so much that that attitude will pass along to my girls.. Thats why I am so happy to see all of this good information you put out there on healthy body image, etc. . People are reading and listening and being affected!! I have seen first hand though little girls saying if I do not eat breakfast I will be skinny (I heard this from a friends daughter) and it truly breaks my heart. The fat talk HAS TO STOP.
    On another note, that quinoa pudding looks amazing! YUm GIRL! And I of course nominated you and I think you 100% deserve it! I will spread the word! <3 <3 <3

    February 24, 2011 at 10:51 am
    • Reply laury

      You are such a wonderful Mommy πŸ™‚ Your girls (and boy) are so lucky! I love how you promote inner beauty continually and a healthy lifestyle. I think they are both so important. It is so crucial that young people learn about being healthy. Not living off “junk” or processed foods and seeing their parents go on “diets” whenever bathing suit season is coming. Thanks again so much for the sweetest words. You are right, my recovery had a lot to do with trying to reach out and help others. This is what keeps me going and makes me feel good. And thanks for the nomination!!! I heart you mucho πŸ™‚

      I can’t wait for that enchillada recipe!!!!!!


      February 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Julie

    Sissy – By far, my favorite post eh-va!!!!!!!! (And NOT for the quinoa pudding πŸ™‚ Such a beautiful letter to Ella. You are going to be a great momma! Mostly, she will always know how beautiful she is because she is so deeply loved. Love YOU!!!!!


    February 24, 2011 at 10:51 am
    • Reply laury

      Love you too sissy XXOO

      February 24, 2011 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply Kat

    I know for a fact mothers can past down their insecurities, because I am living proof. My mom is one of those people who gets botox every week and has had several plastic surgery proceedures. Its just who she is, and unfortunetly that has been passed to me. She constantly compares herself to me still, and sometimes it gets pretty embarasing and hurtful.
    My stepmom does the same, so its like a double whammy for me. Trying to escape it is really hard

    February 24, 2011 at 10:54 am
  • Reply Charlie

    I LOVE rice pudding but never eat it! And I loooove quinoa (and dried cherries) so your recipe is definitely a must-try!

    February 24, 2011 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    Hey Laury!
    Great post today, the words to your daughter are beautiful.

    I just have a question about Kombucha. Why should you ONLY have one serving of Kombucha a day? I usually only have one serving, but sometimes I will drink the whole bottle (ehem, if I am grocery shopping at Whole Foods and pick one up in the begining of my trip..ha).
    I understand that there is powerful stuff in those bottles but could you give me some more information as to why it is important to stress just one serving per day?
    Thanks! Great Blog!

    February 24, 2011 at 1:18 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks for your comment and the question, Jennifer.

      The reason you should only drink one serving per day is because Kombucha is “powerful stuff” like you said. It is meant to be medicinal. They actually suggest people that brew their own to start with only one ounce and see how your digestive system takes it! Kombucha is very acidic and too much can cause acidosis in your body. Acidosis can become dangerous and weaken the bodies system. You want to maintain a normal pH in your body (7.35-7.45) and it is to my understanding that when consuming something medicinal such as Kombucha, that is very acidic, it can throw that pH off. We are already waging war against molds, yeasts, bacteria, viruses and fungi. Kombucha has amazing health benefits when you drink it in the correct dose for your body, but just like anything else, too much of a good thing can turn bad.

      Hope this helps πŸ™‚

      February 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm
      • Reply Jennifer

        Thank you for the info! I always value information especially on food and health, education is vital. I had a faint idea about the details you described but no real knowledge (they should indicate more on the bottle!), so it is really helpful to have such a great breakdown of the facts.
        Thanks again for taking the time to provide such rich information in such a timely fashion!

        Also, I am loving your NEDA week posts. They are moving and inspiring. We should also remind people to continue to think positively, daily, for long beyond the workings of a recognition week!

        With love,

        February 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm
        • Reply laury

          My pleasure!!!

          February 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

    Your promises to Ella are hands-down the cutest thing I have read in a while! You have nothing to worry about–you are going to be a wonderful Mother! <3

    February 24, 2011 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Laura

    What a sweet letter for your daughter! Good work momma!

    February 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun

    you are going to be a great mom and do a fabulous job at setting a healthy example for Ella. I know it! And it really isn’t so hard to keep that focus. You just do because you grow to honestly believe in those things when seeing what your body can do in bringing a child to the world. It’s not hard for me to keep those perspectives with M at all.

    February 24, 2011 at 3:09 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks so much, Tina. You are doing such great things and such a positive influence πŸ™‚

      February 24, 2011 at 8:55 pm
  • Reply Caree @ Fit-Mama

    I have the same sort of fears with my children, I want them to have so much self love and confidence and know how special and truly loved they are!! I wouldn’t worry about it though, as long as you (and your hubby) give her so much love, affection, and praise and just fill her up, I don’t think you have a thing to worry about (or thats what I keep telling myself)! πŸ™‚

    February 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm
  • Reply Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans

    What a beautiful post. I am sure your daughter will learn self appreciation from you because you are so committed to it.

    February 24, 2011 at 4:49 pm
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    Glad I’m not the only one who likes hemp milk… it’s really the best (though expensive!).

    Sweet and true words to your unborn daughter. Call me pessimistic, but I find the “never putting myself down in front of you” a VERY lofty goal. Obviously, it would be great, but sometimes we admit that we aren’t perfect and we do it in front of others. I’m sure you meant that you’d never put yourself down about your appearance, but I think knowing that this still could happen (it does to the best of us), you’ll know how to do “damage control.”

    Also, I’d like to add that it’s common that a little girl puts on a dress, and everyone starts going, “Oh, look how beautiful you are!” as if the dress is what makes them beautiful and that they aren’t so beautiful without it. This is probably harmless, but something to keep in mind.

    February 24, 2011 at 5:31 pm
    • Reply laury

      Yes, I am more talking about the superficial things. I try not to get too caught up worrying about her feeling like shes only pretty because of a dress. I think there are other things that can be done to make that more positive and not negative.

      February 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm
  • Reply Keri

    I love your promises to Ella!

    February 24, 2011 at 7:06 pm
  • Reply Sophia @ Raven Waves

    You’re going to be an amazing mother! This note is seriously beautiful!! I’m a Kombucha virgin haha. I’ve seen it on so many blogs though. I think I’m going to have search for it!

    February 24, 2011 at 8:56 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    I’ll be honest…I’ve never had rice pudding, but I totally love quinoa so I’m sold on this! Looks fab πŸ™‚
    I also love kombucha…I brewed it for a few months (then it “died”), but it’s on my list to do again!

    February 24, 2011 at 9:11 pm
  • Reply Jennifer @ Evolving Well

    Done and done…best of luck in the contest!!! πŸ™‚ Hope you have a great weekend, Laury!

    February 24, 2011 at 10:16 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks so much, Jen!!!! You too!

      February 24, 2011 at 11:09 pm
  • Reply Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)

    Wow that quinoa pudding looks amazing! I’ve never made quinoa into a sweet dish so I definitely gotta give this one a shot. And you are going to make such an awesome mother πŸ™‚

    February 24, 2011 at 10:48 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks πŸ™‚

      February 24, 2011 at 11:10 pm
  • Reply Carrie

    Loved this post! You have such a wonderful outlook on motherhood. Your daughter is going to be a lucky girl! πŸ˜‰

    February 24, 2011 at 10:57 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Carrie! Going into this thing clueless, but going to try my best πŸ™‚

      February 24, 2011 at 11:10 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!

    Your pudding looks delicious! I definitely think mothers can pass down negative body image to their daughter. I think the most important thing to stress to our daughters is that we are all different and that there is no perfect body.

    February 24, 2011 at 11:12 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    What a great post girl! And that pudding looks AMAZING πŸ™‚

    February 24, 2011 at 11:38 pm
  • Reply La.

    Awesome dear. I feel like I should copy what you wrote and paste it on MY wall so that I can be a better roll model for Gooner.

    Of course I will TRY THAT PUDDING. Gooner LOVES that grain so yay!

    February 24, 2011 at 11:56 pm
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