Back at my desk just a few short weeks after a self declared maternity leave, Poe and I have been playing this wild and precarious game I’ve been fondly referring to as balance. Learning to distribute our time between workweek productivity and those magical moments of togetherness, while maintaining some semblance of my own self care. Only just getting back onto my yoga mat and out for quick jogs, logistical feats in themselves hectic enough to crack even the most devout yogi’s zen, I’ve found the most physical and emotional strength in our casual and windy midday walks- in our movement for movements sake. Changing our environment and providing us just the right amount of fresh air and motion to wholly refresh, it’s these humble yet imperative walks that keep me centered and thriving as a mama bird and worker bee.
Whether your workweek takes the shape of a new babe, office deadlines, an impending final, or some hectic version of all three, incorporating conscious motion, even in the form of a subtle walk, is vital in maintaining whole body wellness. Recently, I’ve been wearing Withings’ Activité Steel, an office appropriate and wonderfully discreet analog activity tracker. Automatically noting everything from my daily steps and burned calories, to my nightly sleep cycle (or lack thereof), the Activité Steel seamlessly synchronizes with its corresponding Health Mate app, providing me with a detailed picture of my everyday activities. Celebrating the strength found in what was once the unquantifiable- those afternoons filled with walking, moving, moving, moving.
And because all of that walking undoubtably builds up an appetite, I’m always sure to keep healthful desk snacks nearby. In addition to convenience granola bars and sippable smoothies, this autumn I’ve been reaching for my make-ahead Maple Spiced Sweet Potato Pots. Divinely creamy sweet potato chia pudding made with roasted sweet potato and naturally sweetening pure maple syrup, think heaping spoonfuls of crunchy nut butter to tie it all together. Requiring only minutes of preparation for a workweeks worth of snacks or breakfasts, these simple pots have just the right amount of belly filling protein, fiber, good fats, and soul satisfying sweetness to keep your head straight through the toughest assignments. I serve mine with a piping mug of coffee (or two), and a handful of coconut flakes for good measure.
Maple Spiced Sweet Potato Pots [makes 4 bowls]
6 tablespoons raw chia seeds
1 ¾ cups unsweetened almond milk
2 medium sweet potatoes
¼ cup pure maple syrup
½ tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons crunchy nut butter of choice
In a medium bowl,whisk together chia seeds and 1 ½ cups almond milk. Refrigerate for a minimum of four hours, or until chia forms a creamy and gel like consistency.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, rack in the middle. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
With a fork, pierce each sweet potato’s skin 4-5 times (going about ½ inch deep). Place potato on baking sheet. Bake for 60-75 minutes, or potatoes are fork tender and just beginning to caramelize. Remove from heat then scoop out potato’s insides.
In a food processor fitted with an S-blade, pulse together sweet potato’s insides with remaining ¼ cup almond milk, maple, coconut oil, and cinnamon until well combined and smooth. Transfer to tupperware and refrigerate until ready to serve.
To assemble: evenly distribute chia mixture and sweet potato mixture amongst four bowls or airtight Tupperware. Top each with ½ tablespoon nut butter and coconut flakes (optional), serve and enjoy!
Nutritional Information [per bowl]
360 Calories, 14.5g Fat, 55.5g Carbohydrates, 14.5g Fiber, 26g Sugar, 9.5g Protein
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