Superfood Breakfast Chia Pudding + Three Ways, Toppings & More
Updated: Jan 12
Hello Beautiful Souls!
Today I will get straight to the point because this recipe is one of my absolute favorites and I can't wait to share it with all of you.
As I have said many times, breakfast is one of my favorite meals. Its the meal that I look forward to the most out of all the others and could probably eat and be content with eating for the rest of my life. This being said I have so many recipes that I love to cook and prepare for myself for this particular meal but sometimes I just do not have the time to whip up recipes that take even ten minutes long. This is because the rush of morning routines slows down for no one, including squeezing in a nutritious healthy breakfast that our bodies deserve and need but more often then not we don't get enough of because of how demanding each and every one of our lives can be.
However, something I have come to understand after years of skimping on getting in that much-needed nutrition in the morning and settling for granola bars or sometimes nothing at all, is that the right kind breakfast is what ultimately determines the outcome of how you feel during your day. When we wake up, breakfast is what breaks the overnight fasting period that our bodies go through while we sleep. Its the meal that replenishes our glucose supply which then boosts your energy levels and alertness, while also providing our bodies with other nutrients that are essential for maintaining good health.
But... Yes there is a but.
You have to make sure you're feeding your body with the right type of foods that will help keep your energy levels and alertness up throughout the day.
Unfortunately because of how processed food is bought up all over the United States, most peoples breakfast when in a morning hurry involves ripping off the plastic lid to an egg McMuffin, tossing it in the microwave for whatever amount of seconds you have left to get out the door then running to get to school or work. And there is no shame in this! Life is again, absolute insanity sometimes and our schedules become the dictator of every minute we have in our days, including the time meals should be prioritized and attended to. When I was at school, one of my favorite breakfasts that I could make quick and easy was chia pudding. The art of chia pudding is that it has the same luxury that an egg McMuffin or pop tart does, that easy grab and go simplicity. The only difference is though, is that it's not processed, instead, it's packed with nutrients that our bodies need more of, and it's absolutely delicious because it can be made any way you want! I probably have, not even lying, come up with more than a hundred different chia seed pudding recipes just last year alone. Today though, because I recently have fallen in love with the power of superfoods, I created three different chia seed recipes that can all be made in less than ten minutes and popped in the fridge for overnight readiness that taste great but will also provide your body with great health benefits.
Matcha, Spirulina, and Pitaya. If you have never heard what any of these things are, your not alone. A year ago I didn't have a clue what any of these things where or how beneficial they are for the human body. If you are a little superfood crazy like I have become though, then you know how important some of these weird sounding foods really are.
Matcha for instance is one of the more popular ones.
It's packed with antioxidants, boosts metabolism, detoxifies the body naturally, aides in calming and easing anxiety helps to enhance concentration, is rich in fiber, chlorophyll, and vitamins, prevents disease, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar, and is one of the best natural energy boosters you can find on the grocery store shelves.
Even Starbucks caught on to just how great matcha is and friends there business of selling those matcha tea lattes is thriving. I really like tossing matcha powder into smoothies, overnight oats, or using it to make my own version of a matcha tea latte straight from my stove without having to make the trip to Starbucks at all. And during these times, going out is not as easy as it uses to be so having a bag of matcha for when you need an energy booster is the absolute best. Matcha is a form of green tea so yes caffeine is a little bit involved but it is nothing like coffee and is actually much better for you. So if you are trying to curb your coffee addiction this year, a cup of matcha in place of your regular cup of Joe is something I highly recommend trying to implement during the week.
Have you ever seen dragon fruit? Well, pitaya powder is the freeze-dried pitaya fruit or dragon fruit that comes out of South America and is delicately sweet with intensely vibrant color and impressive nutrients. Just like matcha its benefits are closely similar but just slightly different. This powder or tropical fruit is full of vitamins that include vitamins C, A, and B, magnesium, zinc, iron, fiber, and antioxidants, to name a few. It also has strong antioxidant properties, helps strengthen bones and hair, protects your ticker, has great skin benefits, soothes nerves, and does wonders for your gut including relieving constipation. Its also just so pretty to look at and put in different recipes. I love embracing the plant-based philosophy, of "eating the rainbow". The more color that is combined into your meals, usually means the more beneficial it is to your body and overall health. Colorful fruits and vegetables are loaded in all the essential vitamins we need to keep grooving and moving throughout our days so I intentionally make them apart of each and every meal I make. Pitaya has a great fruity flavor so it is great to toss into any breakfast food, so naturally, I found it tasted absolutely amazing in chia pudding.
I had never eaten anything blue in my life until I found out about spirulina. But once again I was mind blown by all the ways this blue superfood was loaded in nutrients I had been struggling to incorporate into my diet for years. I mean spirulina is really a beast when it comes to all the ways it can help the human body. It aids in reducing inflammation and regulates blood sugar, it has protein in it, improves our immune responses, promotes weight loss, and detoxes heavy metals, boosts energy, and helps ward off the growth tumors and certain types of cancers including, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer cells, mammary tumors, lung cancer cells, and liver tumors. I call it the smurf immunity elixir of life, and I think that it really lives up to its name. I had never thought about putting it into chia pudding but I saw it sitting in my pantry and was like why not give it a new purpose besides smoothie bowls and blue planet lattes.
When it comes to brands, I am not terribly picky but I have a couple that I really enjoy. Terrasoul, Sunfood, and TheReserve are all great organic brand finds that I came across after some midnight scouring of the internet. I really haven't tried other brands but I am not apposed, I just really like what I have been using. I am a creature of habit what can I say :)
Not going to lie, these are a little expensive. BUT! They are totally worth the investment and when I mean investment, the most expensive any one of these gets is twenty dollars at the most. They last a very long time though, months at a time, sometimes a whole year if you are really sparing with the things you buy. I really should adopt that skill because I go through these usually in two months just because of how much I use them on a weekly basis.
All of this I will link below but I am so excited to finally have this recipe out for all of you. Its fast simple and super great for you! Even without the powders, chia pudding has an immense amount of health benefits for you, chia seeds are tiny health warriors. They got omegas, their antioxidants, and great for the gut. All great things to be getting in first thing in the morning and really anytime during the day. Yes, chia pudding is a snack too, it can be anything you want, I will leave that to you to get creative with.
Have a yummy rest of your day and comment below if you are as much of a chia pudding fan as I am. I guarantee I am the biggest one out there, but we will just have to wait and see :)
Till next time,
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