Breakfast is a meal that often goes over-looked during the week, however, it’s really important to start your day with something that is well-balanced and fuel-filled to help you get through the morning. I’m a big fan of easy breakfasts, especially something that I can prep days in advance and simply grab out of the fridge on my way out the door. Lately I have been loving chia seed pudding, and by that I mean I have had it for breakfast 5 days a week for the past 3 months. It’s super easy to make, delicious and can incorporate different ingredients each time, so I have yet to get bored of it.
Chia seeds may seem small and insufficient, but they are nutrient powerhouses. In two tablespoons of chia seeds, you are consuming 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein and 5 grams of omega-3 fats (aka the healthy ones). That covers a lot of bases for such small seeds.
Below is my typical go-to recipe; however, feel free to make any swaps or substitutions you see fit.
Ingredients (serves 1):
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
½ cup milk (I use cashew or almond but coconut or dairy also works)
1 tablespoon powdered peanut butter (could also use cocoa powder or protein powder, or add a nut butter before eating)
1 tablespoon cacao nibs (or dark chocolate chips)
½ cup fruit
1. In a closable container or jar, mix the chia seeds, milk, powdered peanut butter and cacao nibs. Mixing may take a few minutes, and I would recommend using a fork.
2. Close the container and place in the fridge over-night. Add your fruit in the morning, along with any cereal or granola if desired.
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