A Breakfast of Champions
The holidays are full of light and sparkles. They are full of joy and family and friends. At times, they can also be a stressful, sad, frustrating mess... Between the decadent foods and the heightened emotions (good or bad), our bodies can suffer the consequences. If you're going to gatherings, or even staying with folks for a few days, you may not have that much say over what's being served... The best thing to do in situations like these is to relax and indulge a bit, while ensuring you are getting some good nutrition into your day. Breakfast is usually an easier time to do this.
Chia to the rescue! It's so easy to make a few servings of this recipe ahead of time, or take these seeds with you and make it at your host's house.
This little seed packs a powerful punch. One of my favourite things about chia is its Omega-3 content, a wonderful support for the brain and mood during stressful times. Chia is also super high in soluble fibre, which takes longer to digest, keeping you full longer and helping to bulk up your stools and slow down the uptake of sugar into your bloodstream. This is great news for blood sugar balancing, especially when faced with all those tempting holiday cookies! It is high in protein, keeping you satiated. In fact, chia is one of the few plant sources that provides a complete protein, so you're getting all of the amino acids you need!
But that's not all! This mighty little seed serves up so much more: phosphorus for tissue growth and repair, calcium to support our bones and teeth, manganese for brain and nerve function, even tryptophan to help us feel good! Check out it's full nutritional breakdown here. Studies have also shown it's positive impact on cholesterol and heart health.
Still not convinced? You can always use it to make these cute homemade chia pets! But first, give this super simple, no sugar added, delicious, healthy and filling recipe a try.
Overnight Chia Breakfast Pudding
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup of your favourite milk (hemp or cashew work really well!)
- 1/2 cup of strawberries
- 1/2 banana (optional - for sweetness and potassium!)
- 1 TBS raw cacao (use your leftover cacao to make these fabulous, healthy snacks)
- Sprinkle of cinnamon or cardamom (optional)
- 1/8 tsp of alcohol free vanilla (optional)
- a tiny pinch of salt (to enhance the flavours)
- Optional toppings: fresh berries, your favourite chopped nuts, sprinkle of hemp seeds, toasted (or not) pumpkin, sesame or sunflower seeds, a few cacao nibs, etc.
In the evening, place all ingredients (excepts optional toppings) in a blender and blend well. You can also leave things a bit chunkier if you prefer to add some texture. Place your pudding in a glass jar or container with a lid, and let it sit in the fridge overnight.
In the morning, stir well and eat with a spoon right out of the jar, or serve in your favourite bowl. Add in any additional toppings if you wish!
This will keep in the fridge for 4 to 5 days.