Berry Chia Seed Pudding

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Breakfast is a tricky meal to plan for a lot of people. It needs to be quick or something that can be made ahead of time. You also want it to be something that propels you forward into the day and sets a positive tone for good decision making for the day ahead. If you start out eating a processed meal that is void of nutrients, it will likely create a domino effect where you find poor choices stacking up along with energy crashes, cravings, and digestive upset among more negative symptoms.

Chia seed pudding is a favorite that I like to prepare ahead of time for a quick go-to meal or snack. Another reason I really like it is because you can add various toppings and flavors so you are sure to never get bored. Chia seeds are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids which help fight inflammation, they are a great plant-based protein and are filled with fiber along with good-for-you vitamins and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. You can buy white or black chia seeds and I tend to find that I like the white chia seeds better, especially for the chia seed pudding. The flavor tends to be more subtle with the white seeds in my opinion. Without further ado…

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Berry Chia Pudding

1/4 c. white chia seeds
3/4 c. almond milk (depending on preferred thickness
1 t. vanilla
1 T. maple syrup (or stevia to taste)
couple dashes of cinnamon
berries – strawberries, blueberries
coconut flakes, optional
So Delicious CocoWhip**

Add chia seeds to a bowl and cover with milk. Stir to mix and allow to soak for about 15 minutes, or until the seeds thicken to form a pudding like texture after being stirred. Stir the chia seeds and milk to form the pudding. Add the vanilla, maple syrup, cinnamon and mix well. Add half of the mixture to a cup and top with berries and coconut flakes. **For a treat, you can layer the pudding with So Delicious CocoWhip and berries. Makes 1-2 servings.

This is a great meal to prepare the night before for breakfast. You can also prepare individual servings into a jar and have a jar for each day of the week. Meal planning is key to your success with regards to achieving your health goals and preparing chia seed pudding makes it simple!

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