I’m not a huge breakfast person. I am not into sweets, I don’t feel like carbs when I wake up. I just want to slowly wake up with a cup of coffee until I’m ready to eat a real meal. The only acceptation to this is that I actually really love going out to eat for breakfast. A nice egg and potato meal is amazing with endless cups of coffee.
But I know not eating breakfast is not reality. Especially when I run and work out in the morning. Water and food is key before and after a hard workout. Before working out I usually stick to a banana with peanut butter followed by a smoothie after the workout or maybe an egg with sautéed veggies if I need something more. But they days I don’t work out? Coffee. I know I need to change that. I was eating cereal with fruit when I was in Iowa, and that was working out well. I stopped in the cereal aisle after my trip, but didn’t buy anything. I know I should.
Already a fan of chia and it’s power to keep me full, I finally plunged into making chia seed pudding. Chia is heave on protein and fiber, making it a great food already. And because they seeds expand with liquid and take on the flavor of liquids, they are already a part of my diet in smoothies and yogurt. And I’m a fan of the banana-yogurt parfait that uses chia gel. So I tried this pudding with blueberries, but any berry would work. I just have a monster tub of blueberries from Costco. This is a super easy recipe that requires 5 minutes of prep work before going to bed and then the food is ready when you wake up.
Blueberry chia seed pudding
Makes one healthy serving
- 4 tablespoons chia
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup berries of your choice, smashed
- 1 teaspoon liquid sweetener (I used agave but maple syrup or honey would work)
- Mix all ingredients well in a bowl. Cover the bowl and let sit overnight.
- In the morning, stir and top with any desired toppings (I used fresh blueberries and hemp seeds).
Are you a breakfast loyalist? What is your go-to meal to start the day?