It’s a well known fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you get it right, it will provide you with good energy throughout the day and can even stop you from craving sweets or snacks in the late afternoon.
However, starting your day with a grain-based breakfast, like cereals, is not the best idea. You want your breakfast to be very nourishing, well balanced and packed with all the important nutrients your body needs for optimum health and energy throughout the day.
Chia seeds are one of the most complete food sources on this planet. They are a balanced blend of high quality protein, carbohydrates, fats and fibre. They are high in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and minerals, basically all the important things your body needs. And the fantastic thing is that chia seeds don’t need to be ground for the body to obtain their nutrients!
If you want to complete the perfection of starting your day right, you should have a big glass of freshly squeezed green juice with your breakfast as well.
Chia pudding with almond milk
1 cup almonds (best to soak them for 8-12 hours)
3 cups water
30 drops of stevia (you can get them with wonderful flavorings), or use any other healthier option sweeteners of your choice, for example: 2 tablespoons of honey, coconut nectar, agave, or 4 dates…
1/2 teaspoon salt.
Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth. The milk can be used just like this, or you can squeeze it through a nut milk bag to get that extra smooth texture. You can then keep the pulp and use it next time you bake a cake, bread or make burgers for example. The pulp can be added to all sorts of food.
Chia pudding for 4
3/4 cup chia seeds
2 1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cup almond milk
2/3 teaspoon salt
Optional toppings: Bananas, mangos, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, mulberries, Goji berries, raisins, chopped apricots… the list is endless, just anything that you and your family will like and enjoy.
Put the chia seeds and water in a bowl and stir regularly. When the chia seeds have absorbed most of the water, add the milk and the salt in and continue stirring regularly and it will be ready in few minutes.
You can also add seasoning such as cinnamon or vanilla. This recipe is a great base which you can play with to find out what you and your family like best.
Personally, I prefer to make a big recipe that lasts for 3-4 days. I put a perfect serving size for one person in glass jars and keep them ready in the fridge.
The only thing I need to do in the mornings is to chop down some fruits, add some berries on top and pour the milk in and I have healthy breakfast ready for the whole family in only a couple of minutes.
If you still have cravings for sugary snacks in the afternoon, after this breakfast, I suggest that you get some good quality, raw vegan protein powder and add it to your chia pudding; like hemp, pea or sprouted rice protein. One tablespoon per person should be enough. That way you have added even more high quality protein to your breakfast and it will keep you fuller for longer. This will help keep you away from any cravings for sweets you might get in the afternoon! You might want to add a little bit more milk to the pudding if you choose to put the protein powder in there as well. For more information and to check out more of Elfa’s super recipes go to www.rawmother.com
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