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.

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Protein Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

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  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 2-3 1x




  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.

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  1. Liz says:

    This looks so good! Do you have calorie amounts or estimates for your recipes?

    1. juli says:


  2. Lou Yourk says:

    I absolutely love the flavor and texture in this awesome breakfast!! Thank you for posting!

  3. Samantha says:

    Had this for breakfast this morning. AMAZING! Every recipe I’ve tried from your website has been fantastic. Thank you so much!

  4. CathyK says:

    If you need calorie or carb counts for any recipe, just copy and past the recipe and servings into this website:
    I use this to get carb counts for recipes because my son is diabetic and it seems to be accurate.

  5. Chrissie says:

    Hi Juli, I am new to paleo eating. Just finished up a 21 day sugar/candida dextox. And feeling pretty good. 🙂
    I was wondering do I NEED the protein powder in this? I am so skeptical of them.
    Do you have a post on the benefits of them? Is it possible to eat a clean/whole foods diet without them? I have just never understood the need for them.


    1. juli says:

      You can absolutely omit it, some people prefer the extra protein and some people don’t!

  6. Chrissie says:

    Can I omit the protein powder? Also, do you have any posts on the benefits of protein powder? I am new to paleo and a little skeptical of it. Is it necessary for someone who isn’t doing CrossFit or other intense training? Can a proper amount of protein be obtained through other whole foods? Just looking for some info to educate myself.

  7. Nicole says:

    OMG! This is so good that I have found that I hoard it. I take it to work and hide it in a darkly colored container (which I have further hidden in a bag with multiple knots), and then I place it in the back bottom shelf of the refrigerator. This is genius. Thank you for creating it. Btw, I use the vanilla Jay Robb egg white protein powder, and fresh ground almond butter from Whole Foods. Yum!

  8. Kayls says:

    UNREAL GOOD!!! It tastes just like pumpkin pie filling. So delicious, with a little bit of whipped coconut cream! Mmm new favourite treat! Thank you!!

  9. Diana says:

    This is amazing!

  10. Emily says:

    Am I crazy or is there no actual recipe here? I used to make this a lot and wanted to while quarantined but I don’t see the actual recipe loading anywhere?

    1. juli says:

      all fixed!! thanks for pointing it out!!