Look, a lady can’t eat kale smoothies every single day. Sometimes she has to eat something else she can feel good about and possibly take a picture of for her private “fitspiration” Instagram account that only she and one other person know about. Enter: Chia Pudding.
First of all, any breakfast that is a bit like a dessert is an immediate win, for obvious reasons. Secondly, a set-it-and-forget-it approach is so helpful on mornings when you just can’t drag yourself out of bed and do meal prep of any kind. Just grab some delicious pudding from the fridge and chow down before zipping out the door! Thirdly, I know y’all know that chia seeds are good for you, right? They provide a quick, clean energy boost, help with healthy digestion, can stabilize blood sugar and lower cholesterol. So, how to make this thing? It’s crazy easy. AHEM:
– Combine 1 1/2 cups almond, coconut, soy, or dairy milk with 1/3 cup chia seeds and 2 tbsp sweetener (honey, maple syrup, agave) of your choice. Stir and refrigerate.
– Open fridge the next day, eat.
THAT’S IT! So simple, so delicious. You can add it to fruit salad, enjoy on its own, or slater it in nut butters, hemp seeds, granola, whatever. And the fun doesn’t stop there: my real fave recipe a chia pudding variation with overnight oats (pictured above). It goes like this:
– Mix 1 1/2 cups almond milk, 1 tbsp vanilla extract, 3 tbsp chia seeds and 1/2 cup oats together in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for at least 3 hours.
– In the morning, remove from fridge and add in some frozen or fresh berries, other fruit, cacao nibs, coconut shavings, or fun toppings of your choice. I’m on a cacao/raspberry kick right now, but last week it was all about the almond butter/banana.
YUM. YES. YOU’RE DOING IT.