It was my first day back at college today, and I came home feeling so incredibly motivated, inspired and ready to take on the world! Partly because I was so well organised, partly because I fuelled myself all day with some nourishing food and partly because of a few inspirational moments I had at college. But more on those later, because first… the food!
I packed rice paper rolls for lunch, which I stuffed with mixed greens, cucumber, carrot, organic adzuki bean noodles, homegrown mint leaves and roast beef slices from my favourite deli. Such a nice and refreshing lunch! Snacks for the day was just as simple as carrot and celery sticks with a bit of cheddar and a container of raw cashews, almonds and dried chemical free blueberries from the Source.
And breakfast. Oh breakfast. This one was my absolute favourite meal of the day (breakfast usually is anyway – but today it outranked all other meals by miles). Coconut Chia Pudding. Layered with organic banana slices and makeshift stovetop berry coulis. I know, it sounds dreamy doesn’t it?
I used Australian chia seeds from The Source Bulkfoods and they were brilliant quality as usual. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I have the absolute pleasure of being a recipe creator for this great little business. Actually, I shouldn’t say little. They’re not so little anymore. The Source has actually just opened up it’s tenth store. Tenth. How great is that?? Congratulations to The Source, you guys deserve all your success!But back to the chia pudding, it’s incredibly easy to make. I actually made two, one for today and one for tomorrow. And it’s so simple to change up the flavour. Swap the cacao for cinnamon and add sultanas and grated apple for an apple teacake flavour. Use cinnamon, sultanas, crushed walnuts and grated carrots for carrot cake flavour. Me? I like to keep it simple and just top with some fruit of choice in the morning. And the berry coulis? Well, that was as simple as heating up some frozen mixed berries on a stove top with a little water until softened and syrupy. The full (printable) recipe is at the bottom of the post! Feel free print/save it and definitely make it the next chance you get! It’s full of beautiful fats (saturated fat from the coconut milk and omega 3 fatty acids from the chia seeds) that will nourish your body and keep you fuller for longer. Perfect for college, uni or work fuel!
And that was the food part of my day! The rest of my day was filled with a tonne of inspiration and laughter. We’d had a rough time last trimester. I’ll be honest, I didn’t make it to many classes and I started to really not enjoy my time there. The assignments were incredibly hard, one of the teachers we had really intimidated me and made me dislike the class so much I began to drop attendance in other classes just because my morale was so low. Which in turn just made my motivation and drive drop even further. A lot of students in our class went from full time to part time due to the high workload and there was just a really bad vibe going on.
I refused to let that happen this trimester though, so I went in with my packed lunch, new stationary and an open heart. And wouldn’t you know it? I had the best day at college I’ve had in the longest time! We had a new teacher this morning, and she was just a reminder of why I got into this field. She had such a love and passion for the subject, and it really came across when she taught. Her good vibes definitely resonated in everyone in the class I think. The class was lively, and it felt good to laugh and joke around with everyone again. You could just feel this great energy in the room. It was really uplifting to not only feel it in myself, but to see my classmates feeling so positive too after the rough few months we’d had.
I’d been going back and forth with the idea of continuing on my studies beyond just an Adv. Diploma and doing the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Nutritional Medicine. But by the time I left college today, I knew I just had to do it. My thirst and curiosity for knowledge had been restored, and I felt so inspired. Isn’t that great when it happens? I actually can’t wait to go back tomorrow and soak up some more information. You guys, you’re looking at nutrition student who’s just found her joie de vivre again!
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon raw cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon honey/rice malt syrup (if vegan)
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk
- Fruit of choice
- Combine chia seeds, cacao, honey and coconut milk in a cup, bowl or small container and stir well.
- Cover the cup or bowl with foil or cling wrap, or place lid on container, and place in fridge overnight.
- Top or layer with fruit of choice in the morning.