Chia pudding has quickly become my new favorite summer breakfast.  The pudding is cold, you can mix it up adding any type of fruit you want.  Here is how I make mine:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (sometimes vanilla almond milk too) but any milk will work
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • mix – that’s it!

I will tell you that I tend to like it best after it’s been in the fridge for a couple of days.  Yesterday’s pudding was made on Saturday.  I then occasionally stir the seeds so they don’t settle to the bottom.  The longer the seeds sit, the thicker the pudding gets.

Yesterday’s bowl was 4 points.  

My sister had a work deadline so didn’t get a change to walk with me.  My blood sugar was only 128 before walking, so I only walked for 30 minutes.  I passed by this restaurant that had the most gorgeous flower baskets – I wish I could keep flowers alive – I’ll just admire the ones that I see. 😀

Jennie-0 Turkey sent me a big hunk of turkey – a flavor that I had never seen before – Sweet Thai Chili.  

I made an epic picky plate – I called it epic because I loved everything on this plate – I made an open-faced sandwich with the turkey (6) and the rest was free – salsa verde for dipping with the veggies, and the fruit was so sweet.  This literally took me about 3 hours to eat – which is why I call it a picky plate – I keep picking at it until it’s gone. 

When my friend Nick said he wanted to get together after work one day, my first inclination was to say no – I mean, it’s a school night after all – ha!  But I know I have to say yes to more social situations, so I jumped at the chance.  He’s starting a vinegar business and gave me a bottle to try out.  We used to go to Shamrock’s after work at The Chopping Block – so it was only fitting we go there. 

It’s your typical neighborhood Chicago bar.  No frills.  Just cold beer and bar food.

They had Stella on tap, and I had two for 10 points.  We had such a fun time catching up.  He and his wife are just about to have their first baby, and he’s freaking out.  He needed social media advice (which I had to laugh that a 30 year old was asking ME for social media advice), and I gave him some tips about how to do Instagram stories, etc.  

He makes vinegar out of the waste from the Right Bee Cider brewery.  He explained it to me, but I don’t understand it, but he hopes to sell to Chicago area restaurants.  He also sharpens knives as part of his job, and brought me this selection of kitchen knives – so nice!  I used that paring knife this morning and I can already tell that’s going to be one of my favorite knives.

I missed my 7:30 train by a minute, and had to wait for the next one.  I didn’t mind.  It was still light out, so I walked for a while, then stopped at McDonald’s and asked for two ala cart chicken tenders.  She kept trying to talk me into the meal – it comes with large fries and a drink.  Duh – I know that – but I knew I would also eat every single fry if I got that.

Guess who much two chicken tenders cost me ala cart?  $4.50!  The meal would have been $6.25.  The Weight Watchers app said those two pieces were 12 points.  

I ended my day with 31 points, and still have 15 weekly points until Friday.  I do feel a bit bloaty this morning – maybe from the sodium?  Or quite possibly the beer – ha!  I’ll try to get 80 ounces of water in today – I’ve been slacking on the water.

I got home at 9:45.  My car was in the far lot and the lone vehicle.  I like how this picture turned out.

Do you find yourself saying no to social situations, or do you jump at the chance?  l’d love to know.

Happy Tuesday friends – make it a great day!