Coconut Chia Breakfast Pudding

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It’s been a crazy few days around here and I am exhausted. Hubs and I are fostering two 6 week old lab cross puppies and boy are they a handful. In fact, I’m surprised that I have found the time to sit down and write this post (though, I can hear one stirring now so I’ll probably have to write this in chunks). I have always been in awe of mothers to newborns, and this is even more so true now. If puppies are hard, I cannot imagine what it’s like to take care of a new tiny human being.

It is no easy feat getting these little rascals up and down the elevator a million times a day as we house train them. We live on the 23rd floor! It is times like these when eating healthy meals is a bit of a challenge and take-out or a making up a quick pot of pasta seems like the easiest solution. OH MAN am I happy that I have a few go-to super easy breakfast options that are full of nutritious goodness. One of these go-tos is my chia seed breakfast pudding. Thats right, pudding for breakfast!

Chia seeds are amazing. Not only are they full of fibre (if you haven’t eat them before, introduce them slowly), but they are also packed with protein and Omega 3 fatty acids. I don’t know about you, but waiting for spring to arrive has left me a little blue and Omega 3s are great for mood! All that being said, chia seeds will fill you up, nourish your body and maybe even make you feel a little more happy!

This recipe is oh-so easy to make. Don’t worry too much about the fat content and calories. It’s all good stuff and breakfast is supposed to be a big hearty meal. This is the best of both worlds because it is big and hearty but doesn’t feel like it. It is so easy to fix up and eat in the morning and it goes down so effortlessly even if you aren’t feeling super hungry. I like to make a batch of the base and keep it in the fridge for the week. This gives me four super easy breakfasts and the prep is so quick!

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I like to use canned lite coconut milk, but if this is too rich for you, you can use an dairy-free or dairy milk, or a combination if you like. The coconut milk gives it an amazing texture and richness, but I realize it isn’t for everyone. I usually distribute it amongst two mason jars but you could easily make it all in a large container or even make one serving at a time, or make four separate servings in 4 jars at a time so you can pack and go this am treat.

Be sure to make the base the night before so the chia seeds can absorb as much liquid as possible. You want a tapioca like consistency. I always find mine works out best if I mix in the chia with a mini whisk, put it in the fridge, and then whisk it again an hour or two later so that the chia doesn’t clump together..

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The possibilities are endless with this. I like to keep it simple but you could add cocoa to make this a chocolate pudding, some nut butter to add some more protein, or blend up some fruit with your milk before mixing to give the base a fruity flavour. Top with whatever your heart desires! I like to do chopped nuts (cashews, almonds and coconut), some flax seeds, some hemp hearts for extra protein, some fresh fruit (bananas tastes amazing with this!) and some coconut chips. I’ve also tried matcha powder as an add-on but think it would be better if I blended it with the milk first.

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I hear a puppy whining (just in time!) so there goes my solitude! Enjoy and let me know any amazing variations that you may come up with!


 

Coconut Chia Breakfast Pudding

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients:

1 can lite coconut milk

6 tbsp. chia seeds (the ratio here is approximately 1.5 tbsp per 1/2 cup of milk)

2 tsp. Pure Maple Syrup

Dash of himalayan sea salt

Any toppings you desire

Directions:

Split coconut milk between two mason jars. Mix half the chia seeds in one and half in the other. Stir in 1 tsp. of maple syrup in each jar and add a dash of salt. Place in fridge overnight. Stir after about an hour to prevent clumping.

Take out of fridge in morning and scoop out half the contents of one of the jars into a bowl. Top with chosen toppings and enjoy!

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(Healthier) Super Bowl Eats

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I don’t know about you, but when I hear “Super Bowl” I think two things; the first being “puppy bowl!” and the second being “food!”

I would be lying if I said I actually pay any attention to the game itself, but come on, who doesn’t love a good reason to pig out on some indulgent food??

I have spent more than my fair share of Super Bowl Sundays pigging out on food that I wouldn’t normally eat, and I find I’m often still paying it for it days later. This is especially true after spending Super Bowl Sunday with my mid-western american relatives. YIKES, talk about some super heavy, zero nutritional value comfort food (velveta cheese and breakfast sausage dip anyone?)

This year, instead of heading out and ordering some crappy bar food (we are also pretty broke and didn’t want to spend money), we decided to stay in and have a little more control over what we ate. Don’t get me wrong, I still plan on indulging a bit but I really wanted to do it in a way that wouldn’t make me feel sick afterwards. I love me some junk food, but more than that, I love food that is actually full of the good stuff, but disguises itself as the bad stuff. That way, I can completely shove my face in the spirit of football and feel okay about it afterwards.

Here is what is on tap for this afternoon, try these out for yourselves for a healthier, while still indulgent evening:

1. Life Affirming Nacho Dip by Oh She Glows

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Okay guys, I swear this is amazing. I make this all the time and people can’t stay away from it and ask me for the recipe. I usually wait until there is only like a tablespoon left in the dish to reveal that the recipe is vegan. People often don’t believe me. But for serious guys, it’s vegan and it’s delicious and it’s good for you and it truly is life affirming. You won’t regret trying this, I promise.

I change it up a bit by adding a little bit of chipotle powder for some smokey flavour and a touch of dijon to just give it a little more something-something, but it is already full of so much flavour, these additions aren’t totally necessary.

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2. Buffalo Cauliflower bites

These bad boys have been circulating allllll over the interwebs recently, and for good reason. Do we actually love wings because we love the taste of the chicken? Or is it about the sauce? Instead of chicken wings, these buffalo bites are made from cauliflower and I swear you can’t really tell. Even my meat-lovin, chicken wing obsessed husband loves these! Pair with some blue cheese dressing or if you’re a vegan, try this recipe for a dairy-free ranch dressing from the Hot For Food blog.

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I roughly follow the recipe that is linked above, but I usually use spelt or sprouted whole wheat flour instead of the junky white flour. And like all recipes, I throw in a little bit of chipotle. I also will usually substitute the butter with some ghee or if I’m going for a vegan version, some coconut oil. I like to drizzle some more wing sauce on top after they are done as well. More flavour that way! You seriously can’t lose with this, and they definitely satisfy the buffalo wing craving!

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Of course, if all of this seems like too much work, don’t forget some “junk” foods aren’t as bad as others. Dig in to some guacamole, some hummus or white bean dip, or pop up a batch of popcorn on the stove.

What are your favourite Super Bowl foods and do you have any secret healthy versions?

Happy Super Bowl Sunday everyone!!!