We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but really how easy is it to get a well balanced meal in when we are just trying to get out the door on time?
Chia pudding with whole fat coconut milk is a great way to fuel your body with healthy fat and without the excess sugar and you can flavor it 1,000 different ways. Recent studies in science have come out in favor of healthy fats and how important they are in our diets. In Fact, our brain is primarily made up of fatty tissue and needs adequate healthy fat to function at optimal capacity.
You can make this the night before so it's ready to grab in the morning. The other benefit is that it's pretty cost effective because it only requires 2 ingredients: Chia Seeds and the liquid of your choice for your base. All other ingredients are completely optional.
You can play with measurements to make your preferred texture but the basic ratio is
•1/2 cup Chia Seeds
•1 1/2 cups Coconut Milk (almond, cashew and regular milk all work well too)
•Throw in any spices or extracts you want to add.
•Sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup (completely optional)
Throw everything in the blender together to prevent clumping.
When you're done, pour in a bowl and add desired toppings. Throw in fridge and let set up for 10-15 min or even overnight. This recipe makes 1 large serving or 2-3 smaller servings. Keep in mind this can be very filling.
Here are a few of my favorite ingredient combinations:
•Banana, Walnuts and Unsweetened Coconut Flakes.
•Cinnamon, Vanilla Extract and a pinch of Cardamom
•Sautéed Green Apples with Cinnamon in Coconut Oil
•Blueberries, sliced Strawberries and Almonds
If I feel I need extra protein, I will add a raw egg as I am blending it (can't tell it's there at all) or add a favorite vanilla protein powder, Matcha, Green super food powder blend etc.
I'd love to hear any of you favorite combinations in the comments below.