My week days are always crazy. Between work, the gym and taking care of Momo, it’s almost impossible to cook a fresh meal every night. So I make it a purpose to prep my meals at least twice a week, which usually happens on my rest days.
And, honestly, anything that makes my weekly prep easier is a blessing. That’s why I love overnight chia pudding. It’s so easy to make, and you can dress it up all different ways to make every breakfast a different one. An added bonus: It’s downright delicious—and nutritious! Chia seeds are chock full of health benefits—rich in omega-3 and antioxidants—and are pretty low in carbs, so I’m not seeing a downside to them. Soaking them in milk overnight makes them bubbly and gloopy (I’m not sure this is an attractive word to use describe them, but it works for me). It’s a perfect breakfast or even an after-dinner dessert.
I’m sitting in my apartment watching American Hustle. And I apologize, but I’m going to sidetrack for a bit. Both Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale are dreamy AF, but I cannot get over how disgusting Christian is in this movie. Please Google him now how how his character looks in American Hustle. Getting back on track… as I’m watching, I’m thinking of new things I can top chia pudding with, which I will explain further at the end of the blog post. The chia seed pudding base is so simple to make (it’s literally two steps), and it can keep all week long, so make sure you make a huge batch! The following recipe will be one serving—all made in a cute mason jar!
But before I get to the actual recipe, I’m going to get sidetracked once more. Please take a few minutes out of your day to gaze upon my beautiful baby boy—in his Eagles jersey and all!
What You’ll Need:
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup milk (whole, almond, cashew—any kind will do)
1 tbsp. sweetener (maple syrup, honey, agave)
How You’ll Do It:
1. Pour the chia seeds, milk and sweetener in a 16 oz. mason jar.
2. Put on the lid and shake aggressively, then place in the fridge and let set up overnight (or at least 2 hours).
Now it’s time for the fun stuff. I’ll share with you my number chia pudding combo: peanut butter and banana. I like to layer chia pudding, non-fat Greek yogurt, banana and peanut butter.
And here are a couple more ideas that have been circling in my head:
- PB & J: Layered with your favorite jam (mine is raspberry), peanut butter and fresh fruit.
- Coconut Pistachio: Layered with crushed pistachios, shredded coconut flakes and coconut cream
- Nutella Pretzel: Layered with Nutella and crushed mini pretzels.
I’ll make sure to update this post when I try these flavor offerings!