Chef Uy Presents: Blackberry Chia Parfait

Natalie Uy is a resident in Internal Medicine who loves to eat and doodle. Her food blog, Obsessive Cooking Disorder, is a collection of recipes she made during her study breaks and stories on my medical / life adventures. Here is her recipe on how to prepare Blackberry Chia Parfait.

Hi everyone, I’m officially done with intern year! Yay!


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).

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…”


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).

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

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

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

vanilla Greek yogurt
fresh blackberries
toasted coconut flakes


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).

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Natalie Uy

Hello! I'm a resident in Internal Medicine who loves to eat and doodle. This foodblog is a collection of recipes I've made during my study breaks and stories on my medical / life adventures. Feel free to read more about me at Enjoy!