How do you keep your energy going throughout your daily adventures? We use the Power of the Chia, my friend.
Last summer I led a beach yoga session for a group of young girls who had special ties to the water. Swim, water polo, junior guards, surfing and so on. These girls came together for a special session with the Vancouver based company Ivivva (the little sister to lululemon athletica). This was a way for the designers at Ivivva to hear first-hand what these gals need (and want) in a swimsuit and activewear.
I was asked to come along and lead a beach yoga session, before everyone pow wow’d over their favorite colors, love of the water and most functional fits to play in. I can relate to these gals. While I didn’t start playing water polo until I was in high school, I would go to my local high school pool just about every day in the summer as a wee kid. This was my favorite place to be; Rollerblading to the pool, swimming like a dolphin, pretending I knew how to swim butterfly and of course jumping off the high dive head first with my hands tight along my side (why I would voluntarily ram my head into the water is beyond me. Must be why I became a goalie). By the end of the summer, my hair would be stick straw bleached and my swimsuit would be as faded and pale as my sunless buttocks (my suit would also end up super saggy and baggy, which was thankfully not like my buttocks).
Hmm, maybe we’re not that different from when we were kids. We still love to play, do what makes us happy, be active, and have the energy to do so. What did you love to do as a kid? What do you love to do now? Where can you bring a little more fun into your life?
For me, my fun lies within a vast ocean of outdoors, lifestyle, health and travel. One particular area I’m totally digging is making tasty and clean goodies in the kitchen and then taking them out on an adventure (and eating them). This is exactly what I did with the Ivivva beach yoga session. I knew we’d be at Crystal Cove beach for a while, so I made sure I prepared some snacks ahead of time. I do love packing and prepping. I made my Power to the Chia balls to eat and share with the parents and kids who attended. While some young gals eyed the chia seed balls suspiciously, they eventually gave them a try, giving them the thumbs up. The next thing I hear, “Is there any more?”
I shared this recipe on my instagram, @aytlifestyle last summer. Yet it’s time to spiff it up and get it out to all ya’ll website perusers. Try it out and let me know how it goes (leave a comment below). I hope it inspires you to get outside and experience your own fun, no matter your age. Ladybug bathing suits optional.
Chia seeds are said to be used by the Aztec warriors, as a source of long-lasting fuel. The word on the street is that chia has more beneficial soluble and insoluble fiber than any other natural source. It also has a solid source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Your body does not make Omega-3, which is why it’s called an essential fatty acid. Most people get enough Omega-6, yet it’s the Omega-3 folks tend to lack. And in rolls the chia to the rescue! You may not be preparing for battle like the Aztec warriors, but I think it will help with your own lively adventures. Let the rolling begin…
- 1 cup organic medjool dates (soak for 10 minutes if they’re extra dry or firm)
- 1/3 cup organic peanut butter
- 1/4 cup organic raw agave
- 1/4 cup organic coconut butter (like Nutiva’s Coconut Manna)
- 1/4 cup organic raw almonds
- 4 tbsp organic cacao powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Small bowl of organic chia seeds (used for rolling balls in)
Creation Station: Using food processor or Vitamix, blend ingredients together. Roll into small balls, then roll each ball in the small bowl of chia seeds. Place ball on a tray or container in fridge or freezer (for harder consistency). Voila, you’ve got balls!
Travel Preparations: If you’re planning to take them with you out and about for the day, I recommend storing them in the freezer beforehand. This way they’ll stay cooler for longer. Also, if you plan to not eat them for a few weeks (how one could wait that long is beyond me), you can keep them in the freezer and they should last a few months.
Going organic: To absorb the most benefits (and least chemicals) go for organic products if possible. When a product is certified USDA organic, it is also non-GMO. Just a heads up, salts cannot be certified organic. But do opt for a non-iodized salt, like a sea salt or himalayan pink salt.
Jot it down: Are you creating your own goodies? Grab a notebook or journal to keep handy in the kitchen. You can even start with this recipe I shared with you and then let loose with your creativity. I’ve gotten in the habit of writing my recipes down, no matter how I think they’ll turn out. Because let’s be honest, you don’t really know until you fully test them. After I’ve tried a new creation, I write some notes on how they taste, what I should change afterwards, or even if they don’t “travel well”. And of course I still give myself my “throw it all together and don’t measure anything” days. So much fun! And way fewer dishes to clean.