Lately, I have been craving a breakfast with a thick pudding texture but not oats. It was time to bust out the chia seeds. I go through phases with breakfasts and am definitley in the chia breakfast pudding phase. The best part about this is it’s ready right when you wake up just like overnight oats. You can have it cold or heat it up in the microwave and enjoy it as a warm pudding.
You know how beans expand when you cook them? Well, this is the same idea. Chia seeds can absorb 10 times their weight in liquid and expand to form a thick like gel around them which is both hydrating and satisfying. This gel gives a thick pudding like texture which is also great in cereals, smoothies, yoghurts, juices, soups, sauces, salads, and dressings. Some even add it to water with lemon with or without a sweetener or coconut water for a refreshing beverage. When I wake up, I not only get excited for this already prepared yumminess but also for being able to see the chia transformation. It’s like a mini science experiment.
A few of the many reasons to love chia seeds aka an amazing super food packed with so many essential nutrients? (via Tone it Up)
They are a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids. In fact, you recieve 100% of your omega 3 daily value from just one serving ( about two tablespoons of most brands on average) Hello healthy hair, skin, and nails!
Chia seeds are one of the highest plant based sources of protein you can find. Protein is an essential macro-nutrient needed for almost every function in your body. It helps with weight loss (not of interest to me) and is a must for building lean muscle (of muchhho interest to me.) :)
They’re a great source of fiber. This helps keep you feeling full, controlling hunger and balancing your appetite. Fiber helps regulate your system and can be a great antioxidant.
They are naturally gluten free which is good news if you so happen to have an intolerance.
Lastly, they are high in magnesium, potassium and calcium! These essential nutrients keep your body healthy and energized for all your daily activities.
Banana Chia Breakfast Pudding
Prep time: 2-3 minutes
2 tablespoons chia
1 cup almond milk
1 ripe banana
any desired toppings (I used cinnamon and macadamia nut butter)
add sweetener if desired but it’s sweet enough if you se a ripe enough banana
1) Heat up and mash banana
2) Mix in everything (except the macadamia nut butter if you want to use it as a topping). Store in a sealed tupperware, jar, or bowl in the fridge overnight.
3) Give it a good stir the next morning, top with other legit goodies, and enjoy it served cold or heated in the microwave. I like heating it with a nut butter on top so that it melts in.
Pumpkin Almond Butter Chia Breakfast Pudding
Prep time: 2-3 minutes
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2/3 cup almond milk
1/3 cup greek plain yoghurt
1/3 cup canned pumpkin puree
half scoop Perfect Fit all natural vanilla brown rice protein (optional)
dashes of stevia until you get desired sweetness
(or any other sweetener: stevia, honey, brown sugar, maple syrup…adjust measurement to your desired sweetness)
Mix all ingredients a tupperware container, jar, or bowl in the fridge overnight. Sealing it is optional. Give it a good stir the next morning, top with other legit goodies, and enjoy it served cold or heated in the microwave.