Pomegranate Chia Seed + Yogurt Parfait

December 5, 2015
Pomegranate Chia Seed + Yogurt Parfait - A pomegranate chia & yogurt parfait that's vibrant and nourishing. An easy, portable, make-ahead breakfast or snack.

Happy Saturday!

What are you up to this weekend?

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I'm going to a cookie exchange on Saturday .. and am secretly hoping a few of the women I met water walking this summer will be there. If not .. it'll still be fun to get a little dressed up and drink some hot chocolate

So this week I've been experimenting with a few new cookie recipes .. Swedish Rye .. Vegan Gingerbread Men .. Honey Almond Sesame. Although I may end up bringing one of our all-time favorites .. ginger cookies with apricot and chocolate

After a busy week fighting a cold .. trying to tire out the puppies .. and The Chef out-of-town for work .. I'm also hoping to steal a long nap on Sunday(!)

Hope you have a good one

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This weekend .. Part III in a short series about water

Part I .. I shared a bit of about my journey to discover .. not only what works for me .. but the facts around why

Part II .. Why is water the most important element in nutrition? What are the two main compartments where it's stored in our body? What are some of the incredible things it does for us?

How does our body maintain proper fluid balance?

Our bodies are so incredible(!) .. with many different systems working together to strike the right balance when it comes to all of its fluids

To maintain balance .. it's important that the amount of fluid gained throughout the day is equal the amount that's lost.

On the outgoing side of the equation .. at the bare minimum .. the body needs to excrete about 500 milliliters everyday .. just to be able to carry away the waste. Three of the key players here are our skin .. lungs .. and kidneys .. with their work being far from glamorous

There are many ways water is lost. Certainly some of the losses can be measured .. while many others can prove far more difficult

Pomegranate Chia Seed + Yogurt Parfait - A pomegranate chia & yogurt parfait that's vibrant and nourishing. An easy, portable, make-ahead breakfast or snack.

Water lost from our skin and lungs are two that are tough to measure .. and typically go unnoticed. Sweat is constantly evaporating to help cool us down (even more so when we exercise).  When it comes from our lungs as part of breathing .. water is lost in the form of vapor.

Then there are the fluids lost when bleed .. or go to the bathroom. Everyday the volume of urine excreted by the kidneys ranges up to ~ 1400 millilitres. Water is also lost through intestinal elimination .. making up ~ 70% of fecal matter.

** Food for thought if you know someone who's on a high protein diet. Because water and urine are needed to rid the body of urea (the end product of protein break down) .. their chances of dehydration are greatly increased (particularly if they're exercising a lot)

** More food for thought .. if a person has diarrhea .. or a case of vomiting .. they can lose a significant amount water. This can be life threatening when it's longer lived .. especially in the cases of an infant .. because their body mass is so much less

On the intake side of the coin .. we have a thirst mechanism that will guide us .. when we pay attention it's signals. Admittedly .. it can be a bit tricky at times. For example .. when the blood has lost water .. it'll become salty. Then we withdraw water from the salivary glands .. which leaves our mouths dry ..

and so we drink

Pomegranate Chia Seed + Yogurt Parfait - A pomegranate chia & yogurt parfait that's vibrant and nourishing. An easy, portable, make-ahead breakfast or snack.

Special Water Needs

There are definitely cases where special attention should be given .. and a person will want to be diligent about increasing their water consumption

Infants:  The body surface of an infant is far greater than that of an adult .. and therefore they'll lose relatively more fluid via their skin throughout the day. If they have diarrhea or a case of vomiting .. again it's relative .. because their body mass is so much less

Elderly:  The elderly people we love typically have less lean tissue and higher body fat .. and therefore a higher need for water

Anyone with a fever .. who's vomiting .. or has diarrhea. Those taking diuretics (this includes caffeine and soda!). Anyone following a high protein diet .. lives in a hot environment .. or is exercising strenuously

Special Water Needs for Athletes

Those who exercise vigorously are prime candidates for dehydration. In fact .. an athlete can lose 2-4% of their body weight via sweat without even realizing it(!)  Our thirst response is blunted during and just after very vigorous exercise.

For example .. a 150 pound man who loses 4% of his weight in water has lost 6 pounds (~ 3 quarts). If he's running on a humid summer day in Iowa .. he'll need upwards of an 8-oz glass of water every 6 to 8 minutes .. which simply isn't feasible.

Therefore .. it's good to know .. the gold standard of fluid replacement for athletes is frequent drinks of small amounts of cold water. (Cold water tends to empty from our stomaches faster than warm .. and therefore will get into circulation quicker).

** Food for thought .. Electrolyte drinks are really popular .. but have high sugar contents .. which can be problematic because they'll stimulate an unnecessary insulin response

How much water does an average person need everyday? Is there an RDA for water consumption? What happens to our body is we have too much or too little water?

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(to be continued .. )

In December .. with the drop in temperature .. don't let it drag down your mood and energy too. Think vibrant and nourishing foods to lift your spirits on even the coldest of days

Chia seed pudding is the ultimate do-ahead portable power breakfast or snack. Perfect for sharpening your mind and welcoming your day with beauty and ease

These magical little seeds have a plethora of fiber .. omega 3 and protein. The extra crunch from the walnuts is a nice surprise .. along with the burst of fruit from the pomegranate seeds

Enjoy!

xoxo

ps:  This is Part III in a series about water. Part I can be found .. here .. and Part II can be found .. here .. and Part IV can be found .. here

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~ Adapted from Bon Appetit  and inspired by Dana James

Pomegranate Chia Seed Yogurt Parfait
 
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Serves: 2 Servings
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ cup greek yogurt (** or coconut yogurt for a vegan option)
  • 2 Tbsp walnuts, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp pomegranate seeds
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, add the pomegranate juice and chia seeds.
  2. Whisk until combined and refrigerate overnight
  3. Layer chia mixture with yogurt, and top with walnuts and pomegranate seeds
Notes
Nutritional Data by %
% Protein: 23
% Carbs: 39
% Fat: 1
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ Total Recipe Calories: 166 Fat: 9.39 Carbohydrates: 16.38 Sugar: 8.25 Protein: 9.67

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