Let your food nourish you, even if it’s full of sugar

When I was 7, I ate loads and loads of Dirt with worms out of a wheelbarrow.

I don’t remember having a stomach ache later, although I probably did. But I do remember how excited I was about food in a wheelbarrow!

Food can be a source of pleasure and fun and creativity. And it can also be a source of shame, discomfort, embarrassment, disgrace.

And when food is a source of guilt, we control our portions and we control when and what we eat out of fear and lack. And we feel remorseful and humiliated when we’re caught eating for pleasure. What kind of fat pig am I?

*sigh* Let the struggle go, love. Let your food be the way you nourish your body and your emotions, while maintaining a healthy weight. Get empowered in your food relationship. That’s what I’m all about.

If we take shame away from eating food, we take away food being our addiction. Our bandaid. Then we can get to the real, underlying cause.

So I’m turning 31 in a few weeks, December 7th to be precise, and I’m having a small group of friends over to celebrate. I’m not a fan of birthday cake, but I am still a fan of Dirt. 

My problem is that there are 18 food ingredients I avoid including, but not limited to:

  • dairy
  • eggs
  • almonds
  • peanuts
  • wheat
  • yeast

So I can’t just grab the ingredients for pudding from the grocery store and make traditional Dirt.

Instead, we sacrificed ourselves in order to make and taste-test our very own Dirt recipe. It was a huge sacrifice, but totally worth it. 😉

Dirt Recipe




  • 1/3 C chia seeds
  • 2 Tb cocoa powder
  • 1 C milk substitute (we used coconut milk beverage, different from canned coconut milk)
  • 1 Tb maple syrup


  • 1 can coconut cream (coconut milk would do just fine)
  • 1 C milk substitute
  • 2 packets gelatin (1 1/2 Tb)
  • 1/2 C maple syrup
  • 2 Tb honey
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 2 Tb vanilla





  1. Make the chia seed pudding
    1. In a mason jar, pour all ingredients inside and screw the cap on tightly
    2. Shake the jar every 2-3 minute for 30 minutes
    3. Then place in refrigerator overnight, or 8-10 hours
  2. Make the vanilla pudding
    1. In a medium sized bowl, mix coconut milk, milk, maple syrup, honey, salt and vanilla together
    2. Sprinkle gelatin evenly over the top of the mixture and allow it to soak in for a minute
    3. Then whisk well so that gelatin doesn’t clump
    4. Pour into 4 glasses and place in refrigerator for 2-4 hours or until firm
  3. Make the chocolate chip cookies
    1. Follow the directions on the box
    2. Allow at leaf 2 hours for cookies to cool and get crunchy


At my birthday party, I want to present Dirt in a small wheelbarrow or flower pot and serve it with a garden trowel. (I pinned a few ideas of how to present Dirt here.)

  1. Take chocolate chia seed pudding out of the fridge, and blend. I used my Nutribullet.
  2. Mix smooth chocolate chia seed pudding with the vanilla pudding, to create one mixture.
  3. Take cookies and crumble into pieces
  4. In your flower pot or wheelbarrow or glass, take turns layering pudding mixture with the cookie crumbles.
  5. To serve, stick gummy worms in the top and add a garden trowel
  6. Enjoy!