maple pudding

super satisfied with my breakfast this morning 😌 I feel like this is a trending thing now! combined mango banana ice cream with creamy maple chia pudding and added medjool dates and goji berries after i snapped this picture! It was so delicious! not too sweet and was just the right amount.

Health Diary 24-04-17

What I ate

Breakfast: cinnamon maple chia pudding with pears

Snack: strawberries

Lunch: brown rice, mexican beans and roast pumpkin

Snack: rice crackers with coriander pesto and hummus

Dinner: brown rice, roast potatoes, pumpkin and broccoli, steamed kale, chipotle tahini and salsa


½ hour walk

Healthy habits

Water: 2.5L

Tea: 4

Coffee: 2

Supplements: probiotic, B12

Health update

YAY for motivation and getting my life together at last!! Today was quite a good day. I woke up at 5:45, had ½ a litre of lemon water and a coffee before work, ate breakfast and lunch at work, went for a walk at lunchtime, then came home and kind of crashed on the couch for an hour. I felt pretty exhausted tbh. I seem to have gotten a second wind though, so I’m going to do some blogging and journalling, eat dinner, watch Gossip Girl, and get an early night.

So many people responded to my Healthy Habits post yesterday, I’m so glad I could help so many of you! Message me, share your goals or any health rituals that you either already do or would like to start doing. I’d love to hear! Also let me know what kind of written posts you’d like to see from me in the future. I’m going to keep doing these daily health diaries, and the occasional rambling life update post. But if there’s anything else more specific you’d like to see, just lemme know! I’ll be having a lot more free time between now and September, so am hoping to really put a lot of energy into my social media platforms. Also if any of you follow me on instagram (naturallyessie), let me know what kind of posts you’d like to see there too!

Yule - Winter Solstice

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Yule is the first minor sabbat of the year, celebrated at Winter Solstice (which is on December 22nd in 2015), the longest night of the year. This day marks the return of the sun, as the days will start to get longer again from here on, and the rebirth of the Horned God, as well as the beginning reign of the Oak King, taking the Holly King’s place and bringing the light half of the year.

This is a day for introspection, peace, planning for the future and new beginnings and spending time with your family and friends. Parallels can be seen in Christmas, Hannukah and other festivals around this time of the year, all with the same motifs: light and joy. Giving gifts and decorating a Yule tree (I decorate mine with candied oranges and other handmade decor!) are popular activities, as is creating a Yule log and burning it in honour of the sun returning.

Other activities include caroling, wassailing, kissing under the mistletoe, making wreaths, storytelling, sending greetings, lighting a fire, as well as charity, donating food and clothing, volunteering or putting up bird feeders.

Edit: It’s that time of year again! I’ll be reposting this for the upcoming Sabbat but will probably be updating it as I go along. Not everything at the bottom is a link yet but the ones that are there should work. If you guys find any problems just let me know! 

Symbols: yule log, evergreen boughs or wreaths, holly, mistletoe hung in doorways, gold pillar candles, clove studded fruit, wassail, poinsettias, christmas cactus

Altar decoration: mistletoe, holly, small Yule log, fairy lights, Yule/Christmas cards, a homemade wreath, presents wrapped in colorful paper

Incense: pine, cedar, bayberry, cinnamon

Herbs: ash, bay, bayberry, blessed thistle, chamomile, evergreen, frankincense, holly, ivy, juniper, mistletoe, moss, oak, pine, pine cones, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, yew, laurel, yellow cedar

Food: roasted turkey, mulled wine, dried fruit, cranberries, eggnog, pork, beans, gingerbread, cookies, caraway cakes, roasted apples, nuts, hibiscus or ginger tea, spiced cider, wassail

Colours: red, green, gold, white, silver, yellow, orange

Stones: rubies, bloodstone, garnet, emeralds, cat’s eye, diamonds

Animals: stag, wolf, hawk, squirrel, wren, robin, phoenix, troll

Deities: Brighid, Pandora, Tiamat, Isis, Demeter, Diana, Apollo, Balder, Ra, Saturn, Helios, Odin

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Java Chia Pudding

December was a very busy month for me (that whole graduating college thing) but I’m settled back in snowy Boston now and ready to focus on ONLY the most important things. You know, like breakfast. And ways to cook with coffee.

Chia seeds are full of fiber, protein, calcium, magnesium and lots of other nutrients to make your brain happy. This is an easy breakfast to mix together the night before, and devour the minute you wake up.

Serves 2


  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or other sweetener)
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 banana (for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut shreds (for garnish)


  1. Mix all ingredients except banana and coconut shreds in a jar or bowl, stirring thoroughly to make sure maple syrup is distributed evenly.
  2. Chill in fridge for at least one hour, but overnight is best.
  3. Top with banana and coconut shreds! Of course you can use whatever fresh or frozen fruit you have on hand, like berries or apple slices.

Note: If you don’t have instant coffee on hand, the pudding still tastes great without it.

Anatomical Gastronomy: An Outlander Kitchen Cookbook Review

Outlander Ktichen (@outlanderkitchen​) is a veritable feast for the anatomical senses! This delightful cookbook by trained chef and food writer, Theresa Carle-Sanders, will charm all five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch.

Pupils will dilate with pleasure as you behold the gorgeous photographs allowing you to visually sample delectable dishes inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books. Who can resist the image of Rosamund’s Pulled Pork with Devil’s Apple BBQ Sauce? Yum! Even the typography used throughout the book is delightfully designed to awaken the senses.

Ear drums will vibrate as you hear yourself oooh and ahhh with pleasure over the variety of dishes designed to make your stomach grumble, from Mrs. FitzGibbons’s Overnight Parritch to Murtagh’s Gift to Ellen, cleverly presented in the form of Puff Pastry Boar Tusks, to Black Jack Randall’s Dark Chocolate Lavender Fudge (who knew BJR had a sweet tooth? Apparently, the only sweet trait he possesses!).

Taste buds will rock and roll once your dishes have been prepared and you take that first bite of Jocasta’s Auld Country Bannocks or Jem’s Bread Pudding with Maple Butterscotch Sauce. Your mouth will feel satiated with your stunning successes because Theresa’s expertise leads you through the basics of a Mrs. FitzGibbon’s worthy kitchen with informational tutorials and thoughtfully written recipes throughout.

Oh! And the smells! The olfactory system will go into overdrive as you catch a whiff of Pheasant and Greens at Ardsmuir glazed in “a sweet, luscious sauce of orange and apricot…” You can’t help but sniff deeply over Lord John’s Upside-Down Plum Cake as you pull it steaming from the oven. Your nostrils will flare with Sarah Woolam’s Scotch Pies as fragrant beef, onion, pepper and nutmeg hit your olfactory receptors.

And finally, wait until your fingers feel Roger and Bree’s Pizza; you just know as you pick up the first slice that the crust will be crispy and the inside chewy. Mayhap you’ll hesitate as your lips touch the rim of your glass with The Comte St. Germain’s Poison but you can’t resist the elderflower liqueur and lime twist. And, Brianna’s Bridies, with their flaky pastry and hand-pie size, will fit perfectly in your palm.

While I’ve focused on a few of the anatomical benefits of this cookbook, there are so many more treasures inside including Diana Gabaldon’s wonderfully humorous forward that begins with “Food disappears all the time…!” Hah! Throughout are passages from Outlander books, historical references, and clever adaptations of traditional recipes for today’s discriminating palate.

Give yourself a full-body, anatomical experience with this fabulous cookbook!

A deeply grateful,

Outlander Anatomist


It’s really is this simple! 😍💦 Maple @MammaChia 4 Ingredient Pudding~ Full recipe video in bio link ✌🏽️😉🍍🍌! This is a great snack or breakfast to take on the go , just screw a lid on, grab a spoon and throw in your bag! My friend @delicious_and_healthy_by_maya actually turned me on to chia pudding ! She is a flight attendant therefor always on the go and had found a way to still make health doable and a priority so she can keep up with her own life! Love that, inspires me , and just love how versatile and delicious this tiny powerhouse seed is 🌴✨ cheehoo! ✌🏽💋💦 (at Pipeline, North Shore Oahu, Hawaii)

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