Monday, January 23, 2017

SUPER BREAKFAST // protein chia pudding recipe

pudding is not very photogenic, and i'm no food photographer, so you're going to just have to trust me on this one please. i believe that i have discovered one of my NEW FAVORITE SUPER BREAKFASTS! 

i had heard of chia pudding before but have dismissed it because i'm not a big fan of pudding. but i am a fan of stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new things, and since january is the season of all things new, i got brave and sought out a chia pudding recipe. i made it, i tried it, and yall, i LOVED it. 

here is what we know about chia: the tiny edible seeds are a legit superfood because of their incredible nutritional value. chia seeds are packed with vitamins and nutrients that promote healthy skin, reduce signs of aging, support the heart and digestive system, build stronger bones and muscles, and help heal diabetes. woah! they are so little bitty but they have a good amount of dietary fiber and healthy fats making them filling and substantial in the best of ways. a little goes a long way. google chia seeds for all the deets.

the basic chia pudding was so delicious but one day i opened my kitchen cabinet and was inspired to improve upon the original recipe. i amp'd up the protein content by adding two of my favorite protein sources and lo and behold, my SUPER BREAKFAST was created! 


ingredients for 1-2 servings:
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 heaping tablespoon almond butter
- 1 scoop of your favorite flavor Shakeology (mine is vegan chocolate)
- 1 scoop of collagen peptides (i use this brand)
- optional: toppings of choice

over medium heat whisk all ingredients in a sauce pan. continue stirring/whisking until the pudding starts to boil. remove from heat, pour into a bowl and serve. top with your favorite healthy toppings like sliced banana, slivered almonds, a dash of cinnamon, coconut shavings, apple slices, a swirl of almond or peanut butter, strawberries, blueberries...the sky's the limit. ENJOY!

it is delicious and filling! and crazy healthy! chia pudding can be made the night before, refrigerated and reheated in the morning. i like mine warm but it's also good cold, like traditional pudding. store in mason jars and eat it on the go! by the way, i have been wanting a way to have my Shakeology warm during the colder months, and TA-DA! this is it!

tis the season for trying new (and healthy) things! give this protein chia pudding a try and let me know how you like it. xoxo

"God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. 
when you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure." 
-1 Corinthians 10:13