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Happy New Year, everybody! I think we’re all a little relieved that 2016 is over, even if that means an end to the holiday season. Fry fest (otherwise known as Chanukah) is also done, and it’s about time to get down to business in the health department. I think possibly the biggest mistake anyone can make when trying to live a healthier lifestyle is going from one extreme to another. It’s about making better-for-you choices that are delicious and simple to make. You’ve heard it said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it’s the truth. The more nutrients you can pack in the early hours, the better off you’ll be throughout the day. For months now, my husband has been making me chia pudding for breakfast, and it is a life-saver.
The key to a good chia pudding is what you pair it with. When my son got to the Honey Bunches of Oats section of the cereal aisle at Walmart, he couldn’t contain his excitement. Honey Bunches of Oats is his and my favorite cereal, and would add a nice crunch to our chia pudding. Also adding some tartness from fresh fruit makes a complete, quick and easy breakfast. For this recipe we chose raspberries, kiwis and blueberries.
If you know anything about me, you know that I’m busy. Beyond busy. Full-time mom, full-time job, full-time blog and some other things in the works. Here’s the beauty of making chia pudding in a mason jar. You let the chia seeds soak overnight, layer the chia seeds with Honey Bunches of Oats and your fruit, then cover with the mason jar lid. You can take it to work or even just take a few bites when you have a moment.
Why chia seeds? Well, they are filled with a long list of nutrients, but what I find most important for me is the fact that chia is packed with Omega-3s and fiber. On top of that, chia seeds help keep you full until lunch time, which may help with weight loss.
Honey Bunches of Oats not your jam? That’s okay! Post has so many other nutritious options to choose from including Shredded Wheat and Great Grains cereals. All contain high amounts of fiber, protein, antioxidants and many other nutrients. It’s a better-for-you option that isn’t just for breakfast, but can be enjoyed any time of day.
This chia seed pudding gets me out the door quickly and ramps me up for a busy day ahead. Better yet, my son loves it too! It’s a delicious way for the whole family to get healthy in 2017.
Want to incorporate Chia Pudding into your morning routine? Pin the pic below!
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Chia Pudding
- Honey Bunches of Oats
- Fresh fruit of your choice (I used raspberries, kiwi & blueberries)
- Mix chia seeds, coconut milk, almond milk, honey and vanilla extract in a mason jar.
- Cover mason jar with lid and let sit overnight in refrigerator (at least four hours).
- In another mason jar, place a third of the chia pudding in the bottom, put a thin layer of fruit, then a thin layer of Honey bunches of oats. Repeat until you have three layers of each.
- Enjoy, or if enjoying later, cover with a mason jar lid.