This make-ahead mix lets you power up with omega-3s, fiber, and protein. You’ve no doubt heard all the buzz about nutrient-packed chia seeds. Well, here’s a super-easy way to include them in your daily routine.
Soak the seeds in almond milk or water (1/4 cup seeds to 1 cup liquid) until they take on a chewy texture reminiscent of tapioca pudding, about 20 minutes. Soaked chia seeds can be refrigerated for up to 5 days, so you can make a big batch at the start of the week.
Stir a couple of spoonfuls of soaked chia seeds into a smoothie or oatmeal, or, for a parfait, mix 1/2 cup soaked seeds with 2 tablespoons almond milk; top with fresh fruit and a drizzle of maple syrup and/or add a dash of cinnamon for a great taste.
Sweetening the mix can be easily achieved. Add raisins or chopped dates or figs. You can also add fresh fruit. Even a drop of Stevia extract will do the trick.
ENJOY and GET HEALTHY!
Chia seeds soaked in Almond milk w/fresh fruit
Today, Fargo Insurance Group is sharing a personal testimony on the blog and is prayerful that it will provide encouragement and hope to all our readers.
May 1st, 2010 we were engaged atop a hillside in WV. August of 2010, we were married. January of 2012, Devin suffered a traumatic brain injury. His prognosis was very poor as his brain continued bleeding and swelling while having uncontrollable, violent episodes of vomiting. The doctor brought me to the computer and proceeded to show me his CT scan. “Mrs. Terris, I have far less severe patients that never wake up.” The 3rd day Devin was in ICU, I found out we were pregnant with our firstborn. I’m sure you can imagine the thoughts that crossed my mind in those moments. As I laid in the chair next to my husband day and night, there was one thing that remained consistent. I clung to it, slept with it, one hand inside and one hand holding the outside as it rested on my chest. It became so alive to me in those moments. Those moments when you have nothing left, but to look up. The Gospel in all its entirety became so alive. There was one specific prayer I prayed that I knew Devin would have been in agreement with and that was that I knew Devin would gladly endure all of this, all the pain, all the suffering, all the hurt if it meant that through his situation, the Lord would bring people to Himself. There was Gospel work to be done and some of the most powerful gospel work includes pain. Today, Devin stands alive and well. He’s a living miracle and a walking testimony. I will never forget walking into his first follow up doctor’s appointment after being released from the hospital. As he walked in with a cane assisting his gait, the doctor was already in the room. He immediately saw Devin and was speechless. He said, “you’re here, let alone walking; I have no explanation other than to look up”. I don’t know if in that time that doctor was a believer, but I do know at that moment, he and so many others were granted the opportunity to witness such power and might from and by our Creator. There was no explanation for his healing. His prognosis was very poor, yet God was not done with him. There was gospel work to be done then and still work to be done now. Why do I tell you this? Because it makes May 1st that much sweeter. Going into marriage, had I ever imaged my husband suffering through a traumatic brain injury that almost took his life and our first born being born with a birth defect that required 3 surgeries before the age of 1? No. But I wouldn’t trade it. Why? Because GOD in His goodness and in His power did so much gospel work through those valleys in more people (including ourselves) than we could have ever imaged. We may not always understand the “why’s” of life, but one thing we can rest in is our One Constant and that’s our Lord Jesus. No matter what valley you’re in now, I can assure you Hope can always be found because Hope Himself came down from Heaven to give us life and a future.
Author: Brittany Terris
Blogger, Photographer, Wife, Mother, Follower of Jesus
When I think of Paris, I think of Montmartre and Sacre-Coeur. It’s the highest point in Paris and a great location for a base of operations if you’re touring the city. Sacre-Coeur is a Roman Catholic church which sits atop Montmartre. The steps of this church are a gathering place to relax, take in the views and enjoy the atmosphere of a great city. I also think of a morning espresso and, in my opinion, the best pastry/bread you’ve ever had the pleasure of putting in your mouth. I’ve eaten many meals all over the world and for me, a French croissant is one of the best foods I’ve ever enjoyed. There’s just something about an authentic French Croissant with a strong espresso on an early Parisian morning.
The second thing I think about is the Champs Elysees, this means “Elysian Fields”, which indicates that someone thought this street was heaven on earth. It is possibly the poshest street on the planet. Standing at the western end of the Champs Elysees is the the Arc de Triomphe, one of the most famous monuments in Paris, which means Arch of Triumph. Napoleon would march his armies through the Arc after every victory on the battlefield, or something like that. I’ve seen these arches in many major European cities.
I scaled the tiny stairs to the top of the Arc de Triomphe my first time in Paris, and the view of the city is like no other. I knew I wanted to photograph the city from atop the Arc, but no tripods of any kind were allowed up the tight stairway, and I wasn’t able get the shot I wanted. One must have a steady camera if you want sharp night photos. I knew when I walked back down that tiny stairway, I’d be back someday and get that illusive shot.
Fast forward a few years later and guess what, I’m back in Paris, with my camera and a tiny collapsible tripod, which could be smuggled in a jacket pocket. I had all intentions of getting the shot I wanted. Now, for those of you that have not yet had the pleasure of walking along the Champs Elysees and standing on top of the Arc de Triomphe, it’s quite a sight to see. Along the Champs is a restaurant called Leons Muscles. A friend of mine had eaten here many times, but it was my first and boy was I in for a treat. These were definitely among the best muscles I’d ever eaten. Honestly though, deep down, I was ready to move on and get the shot I came to get.
Every evening in Paris, The Eiffel Tower displays a spectacular light show. The absolute best place to view this spectacle is on top of the Arc, which closes at 9pm. Well, dinner at Leons Muscles went a little long and as usual, the wine was flowing nicely. We all realized that the magic hour was quickly approaching, and we would have to run along the Champs and fight the crowd at the bottom of the steps. When we arrived at the Arc, luckily the line was short. We had made it just in time. When I got to the top, I screwed my tripod to the bottom of the camera and set it up on top of the Arc snapping as many photos in as many different exposures as I could, moving my camera along the top of each wall. The photo below shows the fruits of my labor. I call it, “Rues de feu, Paris. Streets of fire, Paris. It’s one of my favorite photos because of the thought and preparation that went into it, and now you know.
Behind every picture there’s a story,
Behind every story there’s a life,
Behind every life there’s a person,
Behind every person there’s a purpose,
Whats your purpose?
These pancakes are super simple and super healthy
1.) 2 eggs [cage free if you prefer]
2.) 1 Banana
3.) a few dashes of cinnamon
In a bowl mash up your banana with a fork
add the two eggs and a dash or 2 of cinnamon
whisk all the ingredients together like scrambled eggs
on medium heat prepare a sauce pan with some butter, (ghee butter) or coconut oil for a slightly healthier version
pour ingredients into the pan and cook for about 5 minutes or so, maybe longer depending on your source of heat
you can make smaller pancakes which will be easier to flip and cook faster
you want to get the bottom a little crispy, but not burnt so the pancake is easier to flip
if you cant flip it, just put the pan under a broiler and cook the top of the pancake
Healthy toppings for your pancake:
Honey or Agave nectar
Sprinkle cracked hemp hearts/seeds over your pancake (nutty flavor)
hemp hearts are exceptionally nutritious and rich in healthy fats, protein and various minerals, if you don’t want to use hemp hearts, substitute flaxseeds, but hemp hearts are healthier and provide more protein
you can also saute frozen or fresh fruit, (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
saute them in a little butter or for a healthier version some ghee butter, coconut oil or grape seed oil.
you can even put peanut butter on your pancake if you like
Pour this over your pancake and enjoy!
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Fargo Insurance Group? Interested in free, easy and yummy recipes? In need of words of encouragement from time to time? Fargo Insurance Group is very excited to announce the launch of our very own BLOG! From recipes, to behind the scenes, to words of encouragement, Fargo Insurance Group will be releasing fun, informative, and helpful information to all of our clients and all who would like to read. Stay tuned for next week’s behind the scenes post (rest assured you won’t want to miss this one!!) and make sure to follow us on all social media outlets to make sure you don’t miss a thing!
So, lets be social! Come follow us!