Being back to working out regularly is awesome. It makes me an even happier person. I’m pretty unhappy while traveling, mostly because people smell weird, but as soon as I get my first workout in, I’m back to normal. I don’t really understand how traveling can be so exhausting. All you’re really doing is sitting for a prolonged amount of time. And all that really happens to me is that my hips hurt baaaad and I smell different. Not necessarily bad, but definitely not like I normally smell. Do you think it’s people’s breath that makes the air smell weird, therefore rubbing off on others clothes? That’s my theory. More people should floss regularly.

It’s been an interesting transition to working out less. It’s not that I don’t want to workout as much, but I just sometimes can’t. I don’t have time to go to the gym while I’m in California creating this cookbook. And yes, of course I could do 150 burpees in his backyard, but it’s really the last thing I want to do after cooking all day and doing more dishes than I thought possible. Dishes are truly the worst part of cooking. Especially because I’m terrible at washing dishes. Ask any of my roommates. My poor roommates. Anywho, when I used to compete, I worked out 8-10 times per week. Now I’m lucky to get 6 workouts in. But the most interesting part of it all is that it doesn’t bother me now. Before, it would eat me up inside if I missed a workout or didn’t get a second workout in. I would obsess over it and beat myself up, thinking that I would gain weight or I would lose some of my strengths. Now, I don’t worry about it as much. I love working out, that will never change. But I have my whole life to workout. For me now, it’s not a sprint to look a certain way, it’s a marathon to keep myself happy and healthy. And this race has been way more fun since I haven’t stressed over it.

That’s just my thought for the day. You’re the best for sitting through that paragraph.

OMG. Have you ever tried a buddha button? My life was literally changed the other night. Ok, so I’ve been hearing about buddha buttons for a while from a couple of my friends. But they never explained what they were or why they were so exciting. Until the other night, when I was handed one by my friend Ben. Not sure what I expected one to look like, but that definitely wasn’t it. It looks like a little pod. Like if you squeezed the pod, some goo would ooze out. Your visualization of a buddha button is probably way off, but it’s cool. Anywho, I put this pod in my mouth and started chewing away. It doesn’t taste good, not whatsoever. But it does make your mouth feel numb. Then your tongue and the roof of your mouth feel like they are growing hair. Similar to what it looks like in the sea with the moss, or whatever the hell it is, swaying back and forth. Then everything you eat or drink tastes different. It’s real weird. Maybe I’ll make a recipe with them. Like chop them up into a burger so your burger tastes even more so like the animal it came from. Ew. That’s weird.

Oh ps- this is probably my favorite chia pudding thus far. I mean, I’ve only made one other one, but that one was real good. But this one takes the cake. Or pie. Whatever you like better. I made this pudding a bit thicker than my last one and added almond milk on top for a thicker pudding consistency experience. Don’t you just love experiencing new things? I sure do. 67% of the time.

4.9 from 26 reviews

Protein Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding
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Serves: 2-3

  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 scoop Formulx Vanilla Recovery Protein (30 grams)*
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter (or other nut or seed butter)
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • extra almond milk for topping

  1. Blend all ingredients, except chia seeds, until smooth.
  2. Place the blended mixture into a resealable large jar (or 2 smaller jars) then add chia seeds. Seal jar and shake.
  3. Place in refrigerator overnight or for at least 3+ hours. I shook my jars once in between to make sure they didn’t become too gelatinous.
  4. Pour some extra almond milk on top and eat up. Breakfast, snack or post workout recovery is served!

*Protein powder is optional. Recipe still works without it.