Lacey Gaechter is the Development & Communications Manager for Waterkeepers Chesapeake as well as President and founder of Simple Foods, an organization whose mission is to promote a diet that is healthy for people, animals, and the planet. They use education, outreach, and advocacy to encourage action on a personal level, one individual at a time. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Public Health degree in Environmental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health - where she is a Center for A Livable Future - Lerner Fellow. Her professional background is primarily with environmental nonprofits, and she most recently worked on renewable energy projects on Native American reservations, especially in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains. She has her Master's in Kinesiology & Health from the University of Wyoming. Her studies focus on the similarities and differences between the tactics used by "Big Tobacco" and "Big Ag," and the best ways to combat these tactics. She strives to advocate for an ethnical food system.


Vanilla Chia Pudding

¼ cup chia seeds
1 tbsp pure organic maple syrup
1 cup unsweetened organic coconut milk
(you can substitute your favorite non-dairy
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
a sprinkle of cinnamon
a sprinkle of cardamom
Optional Toppings and Add-On’s
Berries: raspberries, blueberries,
Nuts: pecans, walnuts, almonds
Dried Fruit: raisins, cranberries, blueberries
1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
Sliced Banana
1 Tbsp Cacao
1. Pour the unsweetened organic coconut milk into a large measuring cup, add the
pure organic maple syrup, pure vanilla extract, pinch of salt, and shake of
cinnamon and cardamom.
2. Blend the mixture together lightly with a hand blender, to make sure the fats from
the coconut milk have combined with the other ingredients to make a smooth
3. Pour this mixture over the chia seeds in a small mixing bowl. Stir as you go.
4. Once the mixture has been mixed together well, put a lid or covering on top of the
bowl and place in the fridge to set for 30 minutes. Remove from fridge and give it
a stir. The chia seeds will have gelled and created a thicker mixture, more like a
5. Put it back in the fridge for at least 30 more minutes or overnight, stirring on
occasion. After the additional 30 minutes, you can adjust the flavor of the pudding
by adding more maple syrup, cinnamon, or cardamom if necessary.

6. Once the chia pudding has set, you can add your choice of toppings. Add any
additional spices to taste.
Optional: If you would like to experiment with other flavors, you can mash some berries
in a bowl and add them to the pudding, or cacao, or banana, or peanut butter. Have fun
with it!