This is a very simple recipe, but it takes a little time to prepare, so plan ahead. If you’re not already familiar with chia seeds, get to know them a little. They are fabulous! Very high in fiber and antioxidants, and they help to leave you “feeling full” if you have trouble with hunger cravings. When you let them soak in liquid, they get a little jelly-like “bubble” around them, which is why I like using them in tea. It’s reminiscent of the bubble tea I used to drink, but without all the starchiness.
Iced Rooibos Tea with Chia Seeds
- Enough teabags or loose tea leaves to brew 12 oz tea (I used Blueberry Bliss from Teavana)
- 2-3 tablespoons chia seeds (depending on how thick you like it)
- Hot water
Brew tea for desired number of minutes. (I waited 8-10 minutes, but every tea is different.) Place chia seeds in a tall glass and pour hot tea over the seeds. Wait 30 minutes, stir, then place glass in the freezer. (DO NOT forget about it! Set a timer if you’re worried. You can use ice too, but I didn’t want to water down my tea.) Wait 30 more minutes, or until tea is chilled. Remove glass from freezer, stir, and enjoy!
I prefer my tea unsweetened, but you are welcome to add a little honey if you’d like. This was a fabulous “treat” at the end of a very long day, after the kids were in bed. I curled up with my beverage and a Netflix episode of Doctor Who and I enjoyed an evening to myself.
Some of you know that I completed P90X in December. As far as “bucket list” items are concerned, I’m glad I did it. It was a goal, and I finished, and I’m happy. I learned a lot in the process, but one of the things I learned is that (at this time) I have NO desire to do another 60+ minutes a day, 6 days a week, 90 day long program again in the near future. While it was a fantastic physical challenge, I think it actually took its physical toll on me as well. As a person living with ulcerative colitis, I’m not sure I’m meant to “punish” my body for so long and with such a great intensity. That, coupled with the fact that we were going through winter (a time when, metabolically speaking, we should be giving our bodies more rest anyway), caused me to reevaluate my fitness choices for the near future. I took a couple of weeks off, spent some time aimlessly “trying” a few new ideas, and eventually settled on a plan that works for this time in my life.
Here is my fitness/exercise schedule, and I really love it. I do yoga once or twice a week – sometimes it’s a quick 25-35 minute power yoga boost, and sometimes it’s an hour or more, but either way, I feel refreshed and empowered. I take the kids swimming once or twice per week at the university’s pool. It’s not the same as doing laps by myself, but I can tell you that doing laps with a 2 year old behind me clinging to my shoulders while I push a 4 year old on a flotation disc is, in itself, a fabulous workout! And they have a blast. When I’m not doing laps with them, I’m treading water and getting them to follow me up and down the lanes. They are both still in life vests, so it takes some of the pressure off worrying for their safety, and allows me a bit more freedom. I’m hoping to add a solo swim time one morning per week… as soon as I can afford a bathing suit that is more appropriate for athletic swimming. (Mine has a cute skirt and a halter top – NOT ideal for swimming laps.) Most recently, I’ve started doing some Crossfit WOD from home. I plan on doing this, or my own strength/weight training exercises, in shorter sessions at home, once or twice per week.
Most of all, I do something active with the kids every day that I can. We walk to the park and I climb a tree or swing from the jungle gym. We run around the field behind our house, and I sprint up the hill while they try to catch me or shoot me with little foam air rockets, giggling hysterically the entire time. It’s not P90X, but it’s exactly what I need right now.