Inspired by the healing effects of creativity, Filmmaker Cathryn Fowler shares a (bake-free) cookie recipe which she beautifully layers with chia pudding for a dessert to activate and rejuvenate our mind, body and spirit. By including adaptogens like Pine Pollen, which help balance out the potential higher amounts of xenoestrogens ("foreign" estrogens) in the system, Cathryn has created a parfait that is both medicinal and joy-inspiring!
Creativity. Playfulness. Because just as food is medicine, creativity is medicine too.
A note from Cathryn
I truly believe creativity is our birthright, that we were all made to be creative beings, all of us. (I don’t buy the sentiment “I’m just not a creative person”!)
When everyone realizes this and embraces their distinct stroke of creativity, their beautiful individuality, that part of themselves that belongs solely to them and no one else - that’s a vital part of walking in health.
That’s how big ideas spread. That’s how lives can be changed.
Because each one of us sees life a different way, thinks thoughts that no one else thinks, and when everyone celebrates that, remarkable things happen.
But in order to fully tap into our fullest creativity, we have to feel good, which directly correlates to our hormones being balanced.
Thus enters this cookies ’n cream chia pudding parfait. It’s a hormone-balancing and playful connection to my youth-filled days of dipping Oreos in milk whilst creating my latest “lord of the rings” inspired video (total Tolkien nerd!!)
The distinct difference is, this creation won’t send your blood sugar spiking and your hormones on a rampage. Rather, this medicinal creation will actually balance and nourish and hopefully inspire and motivate.
Because the world needs your creative thumbprint in it.
The intention with this recipe is to nourish our highly individualized and unique way of seeing the world. To nourish our creativity. To nourish our hormones.
What I love about adaptogens
Two adaptogens that I always reach for when wanting to nourish my hormones and fuel my creative, playful endeavors are Pine Pollen and He Shou Wu. I love how Pine Pollen works to help balance higher amounts of xenoestrogens, which are lurking everywhere nowadays. And then there’s He Shou Wu to help rejuvenate, to help bring my mind to a peaceful focus to work and play freely. They are beautiful partners together.
(for the chia pudding)
4 tbsp. chia seeds
3/4 cup cashew milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup coconut yogurt
1 packet of Vital Proteins Vanilla Collagen Creamer or 2 tbsp. coconut milk powder (optional but adds a more "cream" flavor)
pinch OF salt
sweeten to taste (I prefer unsweetened)
Whisk ingredients together until combined and set in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to thicken
(for the Pine Pollen & vanilla no-bake cookies)
2 tbsp. coconut flour
1 scoop Vital Proteins Vanilla Collagen (or 2 tbsp. regular collagen or favorite clean protein powder)
2 tbsp. nut butter
1 + 1/2 tbsp. applesauce
1/2 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
1 tbsp. cacao nibs
1 tsp. Sun Potion Pine Pollen
*you can do all nut butter and omit the applesauce if you want
if you need more moisture, you can add a bit of water/milk/or more nut butter
(for the He Shou Wu & chocolate no-bake cookies)
1 heaping tbsp. Sun Potion Cacao
2 tbsp. Hemplete Chocolate Protein Powder (or favorite chocolate protein powder, but I love Hemplete because of the simple ingredients and quality standards)
1 and 1/2 tbsp. nut butter
1/2 tbsp. apple sauce
pinch of salt
1 tsp. Sun Potion He Shou Wu
*you can do all nut butter and omit the applesauce if you want (I prefer this because the protein powder I used is sweetened with monk)
(He Shou Wu & chocolate no-bake cookies)
Mix everything together until combined
Roll into balls
Store in refrigerator if you need them to harden a bit
Layer the parfait however you want, and enjoy!
Photos and Video by Cathryn Fowler