Almond Chia Pudding

By Martina Avanzini

Often we skip breakfast because we don’t have time to prepare anything. We are in a rush to leave the house and breakfast is not a priority as much as getting dressed. I know how it is. I have skipped breakfast most of my life. I would wake up not hungry and definitely not in the mood to sleep 20 minutes less in order to prepare myself something to eat when I wasn’t even craving it. I would skip it and drink a coffee. The problem was that I would get caught up doing something and would finally eat at lunch time. Where I was going to eat anything and everything to later feel drained and bloated by 3pm.

I have learned with time how important it is to get my body fuelled with something after it has been fasting for 8 hours (while I was asleep). Letting our bodies go into starvation mode is not healthy. So if you don’t wake up hungry in the morning you can do two things: Eat less at night. You are probably going to bed stuffed and obviously are not hungry in the morning. This is very bad for you digestive system as you don’t let your body fully digest your dinner. Give it at least 2-3 hours before you head to your pillow.  Another thing is to just drink water or tea and wait a bit before you eat. I wait about 30-60 minutes but this is very personal.

The best part of this recipe is that you prepare it the night before and it takes only two minutes. The rest is done my the magical chia seeds.

Chia seed is the first superfood I introduce to any of my clients. Easy to take and it doesn’t have any particular taste so everybody likes it. The benefits of chia seeds are numerous. Some of the most important : They are filled with fibre, have much more Omega 3 than the one found in salmon, are high in calcium and antioxidants. When soaked in water or any liquid they expand and create this pudding.

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The ingredients are very simple: chia and almond milk. Check that you are buying the unsweetened almond milk if you don’t make your own. There is no sense in drinking almond milk which is a much healthier choice than dairy and then buy the one filled with sugar. You can always add a dash of vanilla or honey later.

Recipe: Two servings

  • 1.5 cup of almond milk
  • 5 tbsp of chia seeds
  • fresh fruits
  • 1 tbsp of honey or agave to sweeten things up

In a bowl add the almond milk and the chia seeds. Stir for a couple of times all together until the chia seeds are completely soaked in almond milk. Cover and store in your fridge overnight.

3-4 hours will also do it but I see this recipe as something practical to prepare right before I go to bed and enjoy in the morning. Knowing it will taste even better. Magically the chia seeds become pudding overnight and you’ll be enjoying the healthiest pudding of your life.

If you feel the mixture is too thick add more almond milk. Top with fresh fruits, honey or some nuts.

Let me know what you think in the comment bellow