In the kitchen with Kelley: Overnight breakfast chia pudding

Many say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s certainly the most skipped meal of the day for a lot of busy people.

To make up for that, an entire industry of ultra-processed ready–to-eat or quick-fix foods erupted with toaster pastries, sugar-laden cereals and questionable protein bars.

I never quite understood the lure of those foods when something as simple as a banana comes in its own packaging and you can grab it on your way out of the door.

Still we search for ways to eat well — conveniently and easily…

In comes the overnight oats trend. Simply throw a few ingredients together in a mason jar, store in the fridge and there you have it: oats on the go.

It’s a great idea. But if you haven’t tried it yet, think about substituting chia seeds for oats.

Why? Chia seeds are a tiny superfood — but a very big deal. For starters it’s a gluten-free, plant-based whole food that’s loaded with fiber (no one gets enough of this anti-aging nutrient) and has a nutritional profile that’s out of this world.

It can help you lower your inflammation, blood pressure and heart attack and stroke risk. It’s also a potent antioxidant. And when it comes to eating it, there are lots of tasty ways…

But my favorite way is as a delicious chia breakfast pudding. I hope you’ll give this quick, easy-to-fix and good-for-you breakfast a try.

 

Overnight breakfast chia pudding
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond (or coconut) milk
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Honey or maple syrup, to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a mason jar. Cover with lid and refrigerate overnight (at least 8 hours to develop pudding-like texture). In the morning, add your favorite fresh fruit topping or eat as is. If transporting to the office, just make sure the lid is on tight, and don’t forget your spoon.

 

Kelley Martin

By Kelley Martin

Kelley Martin is an award-winning journalist who has been covering the news for more than 20 years. She cooks for her family, and she shares recipes with the readers of Easy Health Options™.