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Have you heard of Chia Pods? They’re these cute little things that look like yogurt, but they’re actually a chia seed pudding. A coworker of mine had them and I was intrigued, since chia seeds are the current “it” food and I’ll try anything to create an easy healthy eating habit that I can actually maintain. Okay, it might’ve been the really cute packaging (that little orange spoon in the lid!) that caught my eye but still. The healthy factor still stands. I hunted the Chia Pods down at our local Fresh Market, but YOWZA. I was kind of taken aback by the price. They run $3-3.60 per pod here in Columbus, depending on where you shop. I used to think the Fage Greek yogurt w/ honey thingies were expensive at $1.50 a pop, but I think I eventually just got used to the price. Is $3/pod not that bad and I’m prematurely freaking out b/c I’m an occasional cheapskate? Maybe? But I tried one anyway. I thought “I’ll try it, see how I like it, and if I’m obsessed then I’ll figure something out.”

Well, I tried it. It was good. I wasn’t like OH MY GOD I’M IN LOVE but I was in love with the healthy aspects of this little thing. Chia seeds are packed with Omega-3s, and according to the company’s website, one pod contains your daily recommended dose of Omega-3’s. Take that! That’s pretty awesome. Plus, there’s fiber and protein. The other thing I love? They’re made with simple, real ingredients. SO SIMPLE, in fact, that I saw the side of the container where the ingredients were listed and thought “Really? That’s it?? Hell, I could make this myself.” So I did just that. I can’t remember if I did it that night or the next day, but I knew I had chia seeds sitting around, some almond milk in the fridge, and really, everything else on top would be a bonus.


I started out slow. I used 1/4 cup chia seeds and slowly added liquid. First 1/4 cup almond milk, then I let it sit. A few minutes later, I had a cemented lump of chia. Not what I was going for. Bring on another 1/4 cup of almond milk…then another 1/4 cup… and pretty soon, I was at just over 1 cup of almond milk. A sprinkle of cinnamon, a little honey, and by golly, it was actually really good. I even added a 1/2 tsp of instant coffee, being inspired by the Coffee Bean flavor of Chia Pod. I divided the mixture into little jars and let them gel overnight. The next day, I had a pretty satisfying chia snack that’s an awesome copycat of the store-bought Chia Pod. After making the first batch, I tested my next versions, refined the proportions, and had a recipe for chocolate and blueberry chia puddings.


While these things still aren’t “cheap,” (because chia seeds are kind of ‘spendy) they are a lot more sensible on the pocketbook, especially if you have 15 minutes in your schedule for prep. And yes, they really do only take about 15 minutes—amazing, right? I have three recipes for you. I like to think of the Vanilla Cinnamon as a good “base” recipe (minus the cinnamon, if need be) if you want to play around with flavor variations. Feel free to experiment and figure out other combinations!



Yield: 3 – almost 4 oz (just under 1/2 cup)

• 1 cup + 2 tbsp vanilla-flavored almond milk (Note: if you want to use unsweetened or “original” flavored almond milk, just increase the amount of honey you use)
• 1/4 cup chia seeds
• 1 1/2 tsp local honey
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Pour almond milk into medium bowl. Sprinkle chia seeds into almond milk, stirring well. Add honey and cinnamon, stirring for 1-2 minutes to make sure everything is incorporated. Let sit for 5 minutes, to allow chia seeds to start the swelling process. Pour mixture into a large measuring cup and pour into 4-oz mason jars. You will yield 3 jars that are just slightly under 1/2 cup in volume. Let jars sit several hours or overnight before eating. 

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Yield: 3 – almost 4 oz (just under 1/2 cup)

• 1 cup + 2 tbsp vanilla-flavored almond milk (Note: if you want to use unsweetened or “original” flavored almond milk, just increase the amount of honey you use)
• 1/4 cup chia seeds
• 1 1/2 tsp local honey
• 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Repeat same process as above, replacing cinnamon with cocoa powder.

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Yield: 4 – almost 4 oz (just under 1/2 cup)

• 3/4 cup blueberries (about 115 g by weight)
• 1 cup + 1/4 cup vanilla flavored almond milk (Note: if you want to use unsweetened or “original” flavored almond milk, just increase the amount of honey you use)
• 1/4 cup chia seeds
• 4 1/2 tsp local honey

Puree blueberries in food processor, adding almond milk. Pour mixture into medium bowl. Sprinkle chia seeds into blueberry/almond milk mixture, stirring well. Add honey, stirring for 1-2 minutes to make sure everything is incorporated. Let sit for 5 minutes, to allow chia seeds to start the swelling process. Pour mixture into a large measuring cup and pour into 4-oz mason jars. You will yield 4 jars that are just slightly under 1/2 cup in volume. Let jars sit several hours or overnight before eating.

I know, they look pretty weird. They look like funny little fish eggs or frog eggs or whatever you want to call them. The texture is jiggly and hilarious, but promise me to just give it a chance. I don’t eat tapioca pudding but supposedly they’re kind of like tapioca pudding. They’re smooth, but ever so slightly crunchy. I mean, for the health benefits and simple ingredients? How can you NOT give them a whirl??? Make yourself a batch and let me know what you think. And better yet, try your own variation and share what you created! And wait always remember to get guided with your health by visiting this site www.neuropathyhelp.co.


It’s been a little too long since we last posted something. Our excuse is that work became a little too cray and I was just so tired. While I had photos ready, the posts were only just partially written, so let’s get back to normal and make some content! BTW, it will help if you imagine this post going up 3 days ago. Please and thank you. 🙂

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Sochi-inspired cookie dough!

Let me tell you how this all started.

I was trying to be a good on-topic blogger and find a Russian recipe or two to bring you in honor of the Winter Olympics. I love being festive. But by the time we found something we wanted to make and then actually had the time to make it the “Yay! Sochi Olympics!” excitement was kind of gone. Celebrating the Olympics several days in isn’t as exciting as celebrating the Opening Ceremony. We did try making a traditional Russian mulled spiced drink and spiking it with some good ol’ fashioned vodka, but it was overly cinnamon-y (my fault)and the addition of alcohol made it taste like cough medicine. Blech. Normally, I would not admit to either of those occurrences but you know what? Them’s the breaks, dude.  So you know what’s coming in the next few posts instead? Desserts, y’all! It’s just how my brain works. In terms of cooking vs baking, I’m a more experienced baker, and generally better with the sweet flavor palette overall. The flavors and combinations (and experimental pairings) just tend to make more sense. Which is kind of ironic b/c in terms of having a sweet tooth, it’s actually rather tame.

Cookie dough just sounded really damn good. Like most of y’all, I love a good chocolate chip cookie, and I’m sorry but who doesn’t love cookie dough? I mean, really??? And isn’t a chocolate chip cookie as American as apple pie? So maybe I can spin this eggless cookie dough as Go Team USA cookie dough? Maybe? I’d be real grateful if you’d just smile and nod. Thank you for your cooperation.

While the cookie dough is all well and good and tasty enough to eat on a spoon, is it worth going through the fuss of making a whole batch of eggless cookie dough if that’s all you’re going to do with it? Even if you will really-honestly-put-the-rest-in-the-freezer-I-swear-I-won’t-eat-it-all-I’ll-only-have-a-few-small-bites? No. Buy a log of the Toll House slice & bake stuff, hunker down in a corner with your feelings and a TV show to binge watch and take that thing down while you cross your fingers that you don’t get sick. (But seriously, that’s maybe not a good idea. And if you do that, then maybe don’t blame me if you do get sick. But I’ve totally almost done it. #ionlyateahalf #tryitatyourownrisk)

Eggless cookie dough can go on to bigger and better things! For instance, a pudding parfait. Eggless cookie dough layered with dark chocolate pudding and topped with a creamy marscapone whipped cream? Oh yeah talk to me baby!  For those of you with serious chocolate cravings, this will do the trick. The chocolate pudding is a rich and luscious cocoa dream. And it just so happens that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner still totally valid to celebrate this weekend! Bingo, it’s a festive recipe after all! Whip this up for someone special or for a small party because this will yield multiples. A few notes before we get started…


I added peanut butter to the cookie dough to deepen the flavor. The extra fat from the PB also makes the dough creamier, thus giving us a better texture for straight-up cookie dough eating. Also, I'm a fiend for peanut butter. #canthelpit #dontjudge If you're allergic, try almond/cashew/etc. butter.
If it's just you and your boo (or even just you b/c you're awesome), cut the pudding recipe in half. The rest of the cookie dough can be stored in the freezer for another day.
Make small parfaits. The components are all delicious, but definitely rich. A smaller portion will be perfect. Promise.
If you don't want to use marscapone for the whipped cream, that's totally okay. You can go with virgin whipped cream, or you can do like the fancy chefs do and mix in some sour cream.
The parfaits will keep in the refrigerator for a few days. Just keep your eye on the whipped cream b/c that will be the first part to get funky.



1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup peanut butter (if you’re allergic to peanuts, use a salted almond butter)
3/4 cups packed brown sugar
2 tsp granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 – 1 cup all-purpose flour (depends on how malleable you want the dough)
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

1. Cream together the butter, peanut butter, sugars, vanilla, and salt. Mix for 3 minutes until light and fluffy.

2. Add in half of flour, mix well. Add in rest of flour. Blend until well incorporated.

3. Fold in chocolate chips.

4. Find a spoon. Go to town. Store leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer.


Recipe by Geoffrey Zakarian, Food Network

12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 pinches of fine salt
8 large egg yolks

1. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over low heat. In a medium saucepan, bring the cream and milk to a bare simmer. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, vanilla, salt and egg yolks.

2. Slowly pour the milk mixture into the egg mixture to temper it, whisking all the while. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over low heat until the mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 4 minutes. Pour in the melted chocolate and whisk until smooth.

3. Pour into glasses or custard cups. Refrigerate until chilled and set, about 3 hours.

Note: This is for topping a few small parfaits, so you may want to increase the quantity depending on your yield goal.

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 TBSP confectionary sugar
1/4 cup marscapone cheese

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, or in a medium bowl with a hand-held electric mixer, whip the heavy whipping cream until you have soft peaks.

2. Add the confectionary sugar, then continue to beat until you have stiff peaks.

3. Add marscapone, and blend just until marscapone has been uniformly incorporated.


Freestyle! I recommend the cookie dough as the bottom layer, pudding as the middle layer (and the thickest), and the whipped cream as the last. To reference my quantities, I used cookie scoops (the slightly larger size, not the weensie size) to measure it out, except for the whipped cream. It’s one scoop of cookie dough pressed down to fill the bottom, three scoops of chocolate pudding, and a dollop of whipped cream.

So tell us! What desserts did you make for Valentine’s Day? Did you make any fun foods for the Olympics? Inquiring minds want to know!