What if you said, “yes” to every invitation, request, and opportunity? What if instead of spending time and energy making excuses and avoiding people and experiences, you simply said, “yes”?
This is the premise of a Jim Carrey movie called Yes, Man. His character avoids his friends and says “no” to everything. However, after being dragged to a self-help workshop, he makes an oath to say, “yes” to everything. From there we see how his life begins to unfold.
By saying “yes,” he opens himself to an entirely new world filled with fun, joy, and adventure. By the end, however, he learns the important difference between saying yes because he wants to and saying it because he thinks he has to. “No” is an equally powerful word. Being genuine and authentic and saying “no” when that’s what you mean is vital to living a balanced life.
You can say “Yes!!” to this dessert. It’s delicious, easy to make, and pretty darn healthy as far as desserts go.
Coconut Chia Pudding with Pineapple Gelée
One 13.5-ounce can of coconut milk (approx. 1 ¾ cup) (don’t use light)
½ cup water
2 Tbsp. agave, honey, or maple syrup
1½ tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup chia seeds
2 Tbsp. agar agar flakes (not powder)**
Fresh berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries
Sprig of fresh mint
*If you can find pure passion fruit nectar, it’s divine in place of the pineapple juice.
**I used agar agar flakes from Eden Foods, found at my local Natural Foods store. Agar sets at room temperature and sets faster than gelatin!
In a medium bowl, combine the coconut milk, water, agave, and vanilla. Add the chia seeds and mix well. Set aside. You’ll get the best consistency if you let it sit covered in the fridge over night. The next day, divide the pudding between six 7-ounce, clear juice glasses. Aim to fill each glass approximately 2/3 full. Use a damp towel to wipe down the sides of the glass.
In a small pan, combine the pineapple juice and agar agar. Bring to a strong boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes (or until the agar agar is dissolved), stirring occasionally. Cool slightly.
When the pineapple mixture is cool but still not set, very gently spoon it over the pudding until the glass is nearly full (leave some room for the berries). If any chia seeds float to the top, remove them with a spoon. When firm (about an hour), top with fresh berries and enjoy! Yes!!!
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