Blackberry Chia Parfait

Hi everyone, I'm officially done with intern year! Yay!
Blackberry Chia Parfait | Obsessive Cooking Disorder
I finished off intern year with VA hospital nights which can be exhausting - if you've never been jolted awake from pages at 3am (or worse, hammer pages, which is non stop back to back paging), you're not missing out on anything. Sometimes you'll even get 2 or 3 pagers going off simultaneously ("Oh nice, they're harmonizing" - my med school surgeon attending).
Blackberry Chia Parfait | Obsessive Cooking Disorder
While finishing intern year is always a cause for celebration (goodbye waking up earlier to pre-round on patients, endless note-writing, and answering constant pages), I can't help but have mixed feelings about stepping up to second year, since now I'll be in charge of the team when it comes to running the team, making decision and handling emergencies. 

I'm going to miss the ability of saying, "Wait, let me ask my senior..." 
Blackberry Chia Parfait | Obsessive Cooking Disorder
Although I'm know I've learned so much intern year, I still feel like there's so much I don't know (I have no idea how doctors managed without internet -all of our medical resources are there, from looking up medication doses for patients with kidney disease to finding possible diagnosis for a a strange case).
Blackberry Chia Parfait | Obsessive Cooking Disorder
During my year end meeting (bleary eyed after a rough sleepless 14 hr night shift), I told my advisor, Dr. S, my concerns, and he said "Great! You should be a little nervous - I always worry about the interns who aren't anxious about becoming the resident!"

"That anxiety means you understand how serious your responsibilities are, which will drive you to be the best doctor you can be. Knowledge can always be gained by simply ready; that's easy. Apathy and arrogance are harder to treat. While knowing this won't make your nervousness go away (sorry), at least you'll know there's a purpose for this stress." - Dr S.

He's right, I still feel anxious. But I can live with it for the sake of my patients.
Blackberry Chia Parfait | Obsessive Cooking Disorder
Anyways, I do look forward to meeting the new batch of interns. With my schedule, I happen to have a few rotations (emergency room, clinic) before I work the wards with interns, so they'll have time to learn the basics. In the meantime, I'll continue celebrating completing 1/3 of residency training!

Sharing this gorgeous 3 layer Blackberry Chia Parfait (recipe from The Feed Feed). One layer for each year of residency, haha.


Blackberry Chia Parfait


Ingredients
SMOOTHIE LAYER
1 cup frozen blackberries (and/or mixed berries)
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup ice

CHIA LAYER
1/2 cup chia seeds
1 cup coconut milk (extra to adjust thickness as needed)

YOGURT LAYER
vanilla Greek yogurt
fresh blackberries
toasted coconut flakes
honey

Directions
Combine the ingredients for the chia layer in a jar, then stir well to combine. Set in the fridge for at least 30 min.

In a blender, blend the ingredients for the smoothie layer and divide evenly in the glasses. Place in the freezer to chill (about 30 min) while the chia layer is thickening.

When the smoothie layer is semi-frozen,  top with the chia layer.  Place in the freezer again to chill (about 30 min)  for the chia layer to become semi-frozen. Top with yogurt, fresh blackberries and toasted coconut. Drizzle with honey. Enjoy!

* you do not have to chill  each layer in the freezer to enjoy this, however, the layers will not be defined unless it's slightly more solid (in my experience).

25 comments

  1. These are gorgeous! Would be perfect for a brunch.

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  2. Chia parfaits became one of my favorite desserts about an year ago by I didn't try the blackberry kind yet...will try your recipe ! And congrats !

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    1. This is my first chia parfait I've tried - I've seen them all over Instagram and Pinterest and finally got around to making one

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  3. Oh wow, this looks delightful! It's so pretty as well; loving the gorgeous layers and all the berry recipes I'm seeing at the moment. Man I love Summer!!

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    1. I love summer fruit so much! I go crazy buying them hehe

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  4. Thanks for the great recipe! I looooove chia seeds. I pinned this for later.

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  5. I love chia seeds and add them to everything, but I have never tried to make chia parfait. It looks absolutely delicious and so pretty as well :D

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    1. I usually eat them on top for crunch but my roommate showed me how to soak them in almond milk for chia magic :)

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  6. what a picturesque dish! i've finally come around to chia seeds and am currently obsessed.
    congrats on your successes!

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  7. These look sooo yummy! I want to grab a spoon and dig in!

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  8. I've been loooving blackberries lately! (I got some this week that were so sweet!) This chia parfait sounds awesome!

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  9. Well done for finishing your intern year! That is such a great accomplishment :) I've been making a chocolate chia seed pudding, but it gets old QUICK. I think I need to give this a go so I can shake up my snack time!

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  10. This is a very nice recipe, it could work for dessert or breakfast, well done!

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  11. These pictures are fantastic, this sounds like a great alternative to my boring yogurt and granola.

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  12. These look delicious! I must make them!

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  13. This looks delicious, I love all the layers and bright colors!

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