Apple Cinnamon Chia Pudding
If you know me at all, you would know that I love Chia seeds. Chia is a super-food, it is full of protein, omega-3 fats, and it is anti-inflammatory for the gut. It resembles flaxseeds, it also comes in bulk in the grocery store, but it has less of a nutty flavor. I like that Chia absorbs liquid because it has so much fiber, and in the right ratio you can make a pudding like this one. Chia pudding just needs about 3-4 Tbsp of seeds mixed with about 1 cup of liquid, in this case I used coconut milk. Any milk will work including cow's, almond, hemp, cashew, rice milk. The coconut and the nut milks are usually more creamy in general. Chia pudding can really be made from any mix of ingredients. I like to at least add some vanilla for a little sweeter flavor, and a fruit of some kind. When you add cinnamon with vanilla it tastes great and I have added different flavors like pumpkin or apple for example. You could also top the pudding with nuts, coconut flakes, or peanut butter for example. This particular pudding has flavors of apple and cinnamon together to create a fall flavored breakfast.
Tip: If the pudding comes out too watery then add more Chia seeds. If it is too thick then it likely needs more liquid. Let the Chia pudding set overnight, you will see it begin to set after about 3 hours of time in the fridge.
Healthy tip: Chia is mucilaginous which means it coats the intestines as a natural laxative for constipation without causing loose stools. The fiber keeps the bowels regular daily.
Apple Fig Harvest Bowl
I call this a "Harvest Bowl" because it has many flavors of fall, which is my favorite season of them all. Figs and apple together give some sweetness, while the pumpkin seeds and chia seeds add some protein. A smoothie bowl in general is a thicker version of a smoothie you may drink in a glass, this is served in a bowl with toppings. The smoothie itself can really be any combination of vegetables with some fruit. I will give you a basic smoothie recipe, but feel free to experiment with different flavors. I like to keep my smoothies pretty basic without a lot of fruit, and then use the fruit and nuts on top in the bowl. I also drizzled a little bit of fresh farm sweet clover honey at the end.
Tip: If you layer your toppings in a straight line, they create a border with each other which is appealing to the eye, and nice to serve for guests. I also like to create color combinations with a little bit of color that will pop!
Healthy tip: Most breakfast items like cereal, toast, and pancakes have a ton of carbohydrates and sugar. When you start your day with a fresh vegetable smoothie, whole fruit with fiber, and nuts/seeds, you are starting your day with a balanced blood sugar. This will help your energy through the whole day!
Blueberry Chia Oatmeal
Chia Oatmeal is actually grain-free without actual oats. I use hot water and chia seeds together in a pot, and as it heats up it thickens just like regular oatmeal. This tastes great with some sea salt, and walnuts, as well as cinnamon. The flavors taste like regular oatmeal but even better. To make it a little sweeter you can add some berries on top.
Tip: You want to have the right ratio of seeds to water. As the water boils, the mixture will thicken up. Just don't let it go too long or it will burn the bottom of the pot, keep stirring the mixture to prevent this from happening.
Healthy tip: Regular oatmeal is very high in carbohydrates which can effect blood sugar balance and hinder weight loss. By using chia seeds instead, you are replacing the carbohydrates with a seed that is high in protein and healthy fats.
This makes a delicious breakfast, it also reheats well!