There’s that thing about recently turning thirty-four and realising that you just aren’t as young as you think anymore. I swear that I woke up the morning of my birthday in September and there was more puffiness around my eyes. I have always been one to do my best to be healthy, most-of-the-time. I know that living with a bartender means that I likely consume cocktails more than the average person but I also know that I haven’t eaten meat since I was sixteen and that we very rarely bring junk food into our house. The idea being that if it’s there, we’ll eat it up in no time. If you don’t have it, you don’t eat it. Simple. I also make a point of doing my Essentrics every morning. That thirty minutes of stretching makes all of the difference in my life and I know that it’s no longer an option to miss out on it.
Last weekend I went to Ridgeway where my best friend Wendy lives. I feel lucky because we have been best friends since we were five. Both of us are getting married in 2015 and this past weekend, they held a Stag & Doe for her and Ryan. It was a weekend full of fun and a lot of beer and bad food. On Monday I woke up, ready to get back into gear with my regular routine of health.
I am a big breakfast eater. I have always been. When I was a kid it was cereal. In the past few years, it has always been oatmeal. I had it timed out with my Essentric DVD to make it on the stove (I am not denying that I am a nerd!). I would boil the water, turn the oats onto simmer and I knew that halfway through my DVD, it would be time to turn off the stove and put the oats into a bowl. Then after my shower, they would be cool enough to eat. Yes, I also happen to be a virgo. 🙂 I would add a few berries to my oatmeal but that’s it. I liked the idea of eating straight up real food without any added sugar or preservatives. But I would find that by 11am, my stomach would start growling. The oats were just were not filling enough for me. Then I saw Chia Pudding recipes popping up in my Facebook and Pinterest feeds and I started playing. I liked that I could make it the night before and then all that was needed to do in the morning is to eat it. Talk about easy!
I tried a few different chia pudding recipes and have finally settled on my own that I really like. I eat this five days a week (weekends get a big breakfast!) and am never sick of it. You really can make it however you want and it can take a little bit of playing around with the proportions to get the consistency that you like. I like mine a little bit runny but not too soupy.
My Perfect Chia Pudding
1/3 cup oats
3 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1 tablespoon ground flax
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 handful of blueberries
1 cup almond milk
Mix the above into a mason jar. Secure lid tight and shake away. Store in fridge overnight. Eat it up the next morning. Easy peasy.
Chia is ridiculously healthy. The seeds expand when soaked in liquid so almost become like tapioca. Chia is full of fibre, protein (4 grams in 2 tbls of it!), Omega-3, calcium and a bunch of other good stuff. Hemp seeds are also full of protein with a wild 11 grams of it in just 3 tablespoons of the seeds. This is why you often see it listed as an ingredient in protein powders. Oats are full of fibre. Ground flaxseeds are also full of fibre and Omega-3. Blueberries have their anti-oxidant strength. Basically, this chia pudding is one healthy super breakfast that actually takes good. Try it out and let me know what you think!