Happy Thirsty Thursday 🙂
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 🙂
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 😉
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, and 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 always feel beautiful, not because of the way you look, but because of who you are.
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Do you feel that mothers can pass down a negative self-image to their daughters? How can we prevent it?
What are you drinking for Thirsty Thursday?