1 a: appreciative of benefits received
b : expressing gratitude <grateful thanks>
2 a: affording pleasure or contentment : pleasing
b: pleasing by reason of comfort supplied or discomfort alleviated
My friend, Esther, who is one of those people who knows the latest and best of everything, came to visit recently and lucky for me, she left behind a cup of Chia Seed pudding, from Verve Coffee Roasters in Los Angeles, in my refrigerator. At first, I wasn’t sure what it was, but then I recognized those familiar black seeds. It was covered with fresh blueberries, raspberries, granola, almonds, coconut and some cinnamon and edible flowers. I excitedly dug my spoon in and got the perfect bite, with all the toppings. The flavor, creamy texture, and crunch exploded in my mouth and was absolutely amazing! I sat down and enjoyed every last drop.
Thank you Dear Esther!
I wanted to make a batch myself so I did a little investigation and here’s what I found:
Chia seeds are packed with fiber, omegas, potassium, magnesium, protein and calcium. This superfood is great for boosting energy, improving endurance, and even helps regulate digestion and did I mention, it's DELICIOUS!
One ounce (about 2 tablespoons) contains 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber, plus vitamins and minerals.
The liquid is up to you. I used low-fat almond milk, but you can use cashew or coconut milk. They give the chia pudding a creamy consistency that’s really nice. And it’s a great option for people who follow the paleo or keto diet.
Chia seeds have no flavor so the pudding will taste like whatever liquid and mix-ins you’re using. If you want the pudding to have a bit of sweetness you can add sweet spices like cinnamon and cardamom, vanilla extract and your sweetener of choice. Honey is a great option and if you need a sugar-free option, just skip the sweeteners all together. For a chocolate version, add some cacao powder to the mix!
In terms of timing, the chia seeds start to absorb the liquid pretty quickly, but you do need to give the pudding a bit of time to build the gel-like consistency. I added the milk, gave it a good stir, let it sit for 10 minutes, gave it another stir to make sure the chia seeds weren’t clumping and then let it sit in the fridge overnight.
I couldn’t wait for breakfast!
Makes 2 cups
One things for sure, there are endless, fun recipe variations!
Everyone seems to have a favorite love song. The first one that comes to mind for me is “WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW” It’s so true, all of the time.
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It's the only thing that there's just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No not just for some but for everyone.
Over the years I’ve asked some of my Award Winning, fellow songwriters and collaborators, “What’s Your Favorite Love Song?”
Here’s some answers to what Carole Bayer-Sager calls a nearly impossible question.
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One of my favorite songs is All is Fair in Love by Stevie Wonder, I fell down when I first heard it. So well written!
Songwriter - The Color Purple musical, Piano In The Dark, Get Here
This was super tuff to choose!! However, my heart sang when I heard "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" in 1972. Recorded by The Spinners, co-written by Melvin and Mervin Steals. I was totally in love at the time and this song said 'everything'!!
Actress - singer, songwriter, musician, cake baker extraordinaire and member of the 1st all female rock group on a major label, “Fanny”.
Favorite love song? Boy that’s hard. I’d have to go with “Without You” by Harry Nillson as a known one or “Winning A Battle, Losing The War” by Kings Of Convenience as a song that wonderfully encapsulates unconditional love.
Founder - Tears For Fears and songwriter - Shout, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Head Over Heels
“At Last” I heard it on the radio the other day, and I thought to myself, if anyone ever asks me…that’s the one. :)
Songwriter - What A Girl Wants, Bitch, Almost Doesn't Count
"The Way You Look Tonight” - Jerome Kern/Dorothy Fields. Fred Astaire’s version.
Songwriter - He’s So Shy, Don’t Know Much, Dreaming Of You, Let's Hear It For The Boy
Hmmmm...Maybe "Sometimes When We Touch" by Dan Hill? That's the first one that came to my mind...Of course other than one of my own...which would be, I Have Nothing...
Songwriter - Miracle, Grown Up Christmas List, I Have Nothing
My all-time favorite song is "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" written by Ashford and Simpson.
Songwriter - Run To You, I Live For Your Love, I Don't Have The Heart
My favorite love song is, “SOMETHING” by George Harrison. Beatles. Though choosing one is nearly impossible.
Songwriter - That's What Friend's Are For, The Prayer, Arthur's Theme, Don't Cry Out Loud, Midnight Blue
“AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH” - A totally joyful and jubilant expression of toe-tappin’ love. There can’t be a bad version of this song it’s so good. All love should be so good.
Songwriter - The Color Purple musical, September, Boogie Wonderland, Neutron Dance
Jaded romantic. Hmmm I have a lot of favorite love songs. I think one of my alltime favorites is “YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY” by the great Ashford and Simpson. Rip Nick Ashford.
Songwriter - Because You Loved Me, If I Could Turn Back Time, Un-Break My Heart, How Do I Live
My Favorite Love Song: "ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART
" Ah, the passion, the drama, the yearning!! This is the real thing-- sing it at the top of your lungs!! Best melody and lyrics ever!!
Songwriter - Heaven Is A Place On Earth, Circle In The Sand, Body and Soul
What a question! So many songs, so little space. I’m going to bend the rules and pick two: “IF I LOVED YOU” from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Carousel”. The song was introduced on Broadway by the great John Raitt (father of Bonnie) playing the role of “Billy Bigelow” and Jan Clayton as “Julie”. It’s one of the most beautiful melodies ever composed, with brilliant lyrics that allow the listener to eavesdrop on the inner-thoughts of the two characters. They’ve obviously fallen hard for each other, but neither is willing to admit it, even to themselves. Instead of saying the words, “I love you,” they’re only willing to suggest how things would be “IF I loved you.” The other favorite is “MARIE” by Randy Newman. The character singing to Marie is a bastard...a guy who has to drink in order to let his guard down. Newman has him grasping for clumsy expressions to explain his true feelings. With the most plain-spoken language possible, the lyrics are both ironic and profoundly honest.
Producer, Record Executive, Publisher, Songwriter - Barbara Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, Barry Manilow, Mary J. Blige
“AS” - Stevie Wonder from his masterpiece “Songs in The Key of Life.” The lyric says it all. He knocked it out of the park with this one. One of the best songs not to mention love songs of all time, for me. His performance captures every word and note as well.
Songwriter, Performer - Don't You Want Me, Looking For A New Love, Everything, Friends, The Mood
I would have to say my favorite love song (for the sheer exercise of the lyric writing) is “SAD EYED LADY OF THE LOWLANDS” which Bob Dylan wrote for his wife of three months (at the time) Sara Lownds. It took up all of side four (oh the days of double albums) of “Blonde On Blonde”. He then references it again in 1975 on the desire” album in the song “Sara” (in the midst of their breaking up), saying “Staying up for days, in the Chelsea Hotel, writing Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands for you” which isn’t entirely true. He wrote the lyric to “Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands” in a nashville studio over the course of many hours, while the session musicians waited for him to nish. But still, it’s the most romantic song ever written (in my opinion) to a lover, in it’s poetry, pageantry, and sheer scope. And then of course there’s “Somewhere” from “West Side Story” which is probably the greatest love song ever written hands down, but then that entire score is in a category of its own - exists almost as some otherworldly piece of art - that occupies it’s own oeuvre, given voice by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.
Songwriter, Author - This Kiss, Out Of My Bones, She's My Kind
George Harrison. Beatles.
A beautiful song sung by George Harrison of the Beatles. Something in the way she moves, attracts me like no other lover. That’s the truth, and to this day still is.
Record Producer, Songwriter - Our Time In Eden, 10,000 Maniacs Unplugged, Oranges and Lemons, Top Gun
My favorite love song is “MY FUNNY VALENTINE” by Chet Baker. Former trumpet player turned into unpolished but deeply resonant vocalist who wore the song like a well loved and well worn overcoat. Natural, pure, unassuming, sensual, and sexy. Emotionally stunning. grounded, genuine, and real in every sense of the word.
Record Producer - Maroon Five, Faith No More, The Replacements, Blues Traveler
I think my favorite love song is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s, “IF I LOVED YOU”. Of course this will date me, however, I don’t care. It is truly perfection. How many love songs have been written directly expressing ...a love, the love, our love, my love, this love, etc. Zillions. This song takes a unique and circuitous route, and in so doing, it makes the most simple, ironic, and ultimately direct statement about the greatest feeling a human can have. Typing this now, I’m getting an itch to play it. So I’m gonna go to my itunes and hit: Barbra Streisand...If I Loved You...and play it loud!”
A close second is...of course...SOMEWHERE.
Songwriter - Love Don't Need A Reason, Lessons To Be Learned, I Am Blessed
One of my favorite love songs is OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY. It was the last song written by George and Ira Gershwin. It’s touching, witty, thoughtful and peaceful and sure at its core. That said it is impossible for me to choose a number one favorite as there are so many sterling examples of great love songs.
Songwriter, Recording Artist - Don't Cry out Loud, Midnight Blue, You Should Hear How She Talks About You, Whenever I Call You Friend