Chia Pudding May 7, 2015 May 07 2015 Do you know what gets me out of bed in the morning? If you’re thinking along the lines of, “helping people”, “seeing family and friends”, “going for a workout”, “getting things done”…then unfortunately, that is incorrect. While all those things give me purpose and metaphorically get me out of bed each day, what LITERALLY gets me out of bed is the thought of breakfast. On days when the blanket is my best friend, I think about the delicious breakfast that’s waiting for me in the fridge or that I’m going to make. I start thinking about berries, green smoothies, chopped nuts, muffins, oatmeal, pancakes…and by then it’s game over. I’ve thrown myself off the bed and I’m eager to get into the kitchen. My brain is that simple. My current breakfast obsession is chia pudding. (If you’re wondering what the heck that is, chia is a tiny, nutrient-dense seed that creates a gelatinous texture once left in water for over 15 minutes or so…perfect for a pudding!) I tend to make a few servings the night before, and then I have breakfast ready for the next few days. It feels like a nice treat to wake up to in the morning, plus you’re getting in a ton of fibre, calcium, magnesium, Omega 3s and antioxidants! Note: 1 Tbsp. of chia seeds = 6g of fibre = call me if you don’t go to the bathroom that day. Chia Pudding Ingredients: 4 Tbsp. chia seeds 1 cup non-dairy milk e.g. almond, coconut, hemp ¼ cup chopped nuts e.g. almonds, walnuts 1 cup berries of choice ½ banana 2 Tbsp 100% pure maple syrup 1 tsp. vanilla Instructions: Blend together non-dairy milk, berries, banana, vanilla and maple syrup. Add in chia seeds, and blend on the lowest setting for a few seconds, just until incorporated into mixture evenly. Throw chopped nuts into the mixture. Pour mixture into two small mason jars. Give the jars a good shake. Refrigerate overnight. The chia pudding will be ready to eat in the morning! Before serving, garnish with additional chopped nuts and berries. About Alina I'm a Holistic Nutritionist based in Toronto, Canada and my official title is Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP). I received my diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. I'm a coach and an educator. Follow Alina on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all of the latest updates.